Whether you're a lifelong resident of the Corridor area, a University of Iowa student, or just visiting the area, you've come to the right place if you're looking for information about lodging, dining, activities, finding a good mechanic, a lawyer and otherwise in the Metro area! Looking for a refreshing dinner experience? Find a restaurant that intrigues you in Metro Pursuit. Have some relatives coming into town and need some entertaining ideas? Find some in Metro Pursuit. Need to move? Find a house or apartment to your liking in Metro Pursuit. Serving the entire Corridor and the metro areas of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, Riverside, Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Marion and surrounding communities!

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Metro Pursuit Iowa City

Whether you're a lifelong resident of the Corridor area, a University of Iowa student, or just visiting the area, you've come to the right place if you're looking for information about lodging, dining, activities, finding a good mechanic, a lawyer and otherwise in the Metro area! Looking for a refreshing dinner experience? Find a restaurant that intrigues you in Metro Pursuit. Have some relatives coming into town and need some entertaining ideas? Find some in Metro Pursuit. Need to move? Find a house or apartment to your liking in Metro Pursuit. Serving the entire Corridor and the metro areas of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, Riverside, Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Marion and surrounding communities!



Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code below.


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Stocking your bar for Christmas and New Years - Bachelor on the Cheap

20180812_182511-1By Mike Thayer

This is NOT the typical frilly, foofoo, cutesy, fancy drinks will make everything all merry Christmas drink idea list.....

The truth is, all you need are some basics to get "merry".....   A simple glass of wine, a choice or two of beer, and/or a smart selection of a few spirits will make just about any Christmas party guest quite happy....  pun intended.  You won't see frilly drinks like "Candy Cane Cocoa" or "Hot Buttered Rum Punch" on this list.

Here are my choices for the Christmas bar:

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Iowa vs. Northern Iowa - Game Recap

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- No. 22 Iowa can unofficially declare itself state champion after bulldozing Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

In likely the last matchup between the Hawkeyes and the Panthers for the foreseeable future, Iowa showed how good it can be when it plays to its full potential.

Tyler Cook had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Luka Garza scored 17 and Iowa cruised past Northern Iowa 77-54 on Saturday for its second straight win.

via www.espn.com


READ: Texas judge’s ruling striking down ObamaCare

A federal judge in Texas on Friday struck down the Affordable Care Act, throwing a new round of uncertainty into the fate of the law just one day before the deadline to sign up for coverage for next year.

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional, and that because the mandate cannot be separated from the rest of the law, the rest of the law is also invalid.

via www.thehill.com


News – City of North Liberty - 12/14/2018

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.
 
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Hilton, Seymour, Platz Recognized for Contributions to North Liberty

Debra Hilton, Mitch Seymour and Brian Platz were recognized for they work at the City of North Liberty with annual employee awards. Hilton, the city's human resources director, was named Employee of the Year. Nominated by a group of staff and department heads, Hilton had a exceptional year. While she was kept busy handling routine business,…

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2018 Paving for Progress Accomplishments

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – December 14, 2018 – The 2018 Paving for Progress construction year is coming to an end, which included approximately 9.8 linear miles of roadway improvements (or approximately 20 lane miles) for the completion of 28 projects on both local and arterial roads. This was the fifth year of the program, and one of our most ambitious to date. At the peak of construction season, the combined value of projects underway exceeded $30 million.

This year was the first of a three-year project to replace O Avenue NW between Edgewood Road and Ellis Boulevard. The segment completed this year included a complete overhaul of the section from 16th Street to Ellis Boulevard, including new sewer, water main and pavement. The next segment of O Avenue is scheduled to begin in 2020 and will be completed in 2021, and will result in the complete reconstruction of O Avenue NW between Edgewood Road and Ellis Blvd.

Other major projects this year included:

  • Johnson Avenue NW – This was the first year of a two-year project.  2018 work included the section from east of Jacolyn Drive to Wellesley Court/Shelley Lane. The work consisted of complete pavement replacement, roundabout installation to address the corridor’s accident-prone intersection, and utility work. The entire project will stretch from 1st Avenue to Midway Drive.
  • E Avenue NW from Highway 100 to Stoney Point Road, and Stoney Point Road from E Avenue to Cherry Hill Park – This was the first year of a two-year project. This year, work focused on the E Avenue portion from west of Highway 100 to Bluestone Street, which included upgrading the road to curb and gutter instead of ditches.
  • Northwood Drive NE from Glass Road to 42nd Street – This was the final year of a two-year project to reconstruct this neighborhood street. Work this year focused on the section from Glass Road to south of Brookland Drive, and included pavement reconstruction and sidewalk.

By the end of the 2018 construction season, 28 streets will have been improved through the local option sales tax, including:

  1. 14th Avenue SE from 36th Street to 42nd Street
  2. 14th Street SE from 5th Avenue to Bever Avenue
  3. 16th Avenue SE from 4th Street to 5th Street
  4. 17th Street SW from 1st Avenue to 8th Avenue
  5. 22nd Avenue SW from 6th Street to 8th Street
  6. 23rd Street NW from Johnson Avenue to Burch Avenue
  7. 27th Avenue SW from 3rd Street to J Street
  8. 36th Street SE from Clark Road to Dalewood Avenue
  9. 6th Street SW Culvert at Hoosiers Creek
  10. Bayberry Drive SW from Cameo Lane to Edgewood Road
  11. Bramble Road SW from 29th Avenue to 33rd Avenue
  12. Cameo Lane SW from Pebble Drive to 33rd Avenue
  13. Carriage Drive SW from Bramble Road to Chapel Drive
  14. Chapel Drive SW from 29th Avenue to Bayberry Drive
  15. Coral Lane SW from Cameo Lane to Eden Lane
  16. Drexel Drive SW from 1st Avenue to Langdon Avenue
  17. Eden Lane SW from Bayberry Drive to 33rd Avenue
  18. Hollywood Boulevard NE from Center Point Road to Council Street
  19. Mansfield Avenue SE from 34th Street to 32nd Street
  20. Meadowbrook Drive SE from 23rd Street to Bever Avenue
  21. Northwood Drive NE from Glass Road to south of Brookland Drive
  22. Avenue NW from 16th Street to Ellis Boulevard
  23. Oakland Road NW from H Avenue to 32nd Street
  24. Pebble Drive SW from Chapel Drive to Bramble Road
  25. Texas Avenue NE from Center Point Road to Sherman St
  26. Westview Drive NW from 1st Avenue to Sharon Lane
  27. Wilson Avenue SW from West Post Road to Troy Street
  28. Woodland Drive SE from Bever Avenue to Grande Avenue

We also had an opportunity this year to work jointly with Linn County to make improvements to Milburn Road NE from Blairs Ferry to Tower Terrace Road. Linn County has been a great partner in helping to ensure cross-jurisdiction streets are kept in good condition.

This construction year posed several challenges, including cold and wet weather extending into late spring, above-average rainfall in August and September, and multiple major flood stage threats. As a result, some projects will carry into the next construction season. Despite the poor weather, the City completed more miles of roadway repairs this year than last year (approximately 20 lane miles this year, compared to approximately 14 lane miles repaired during the 2017 season).

Projects that will carry over into next year include:

  1. 3rd Avenue Bridge
  2. Arizona Avenue NE from Center Point Road to Lawrence Street
  3. H Avenue NE from 14th Street to 16th Street; 16th Street NE from H Avenue to D Avenue
  4. Lawrence Street NE from Hollywood Boulevard to Arizona Avenue
  5. Memorial Drive SE from McCarthy Road to Mt Vernon Road
  6. Memorial Drive SE from Mt Vernon Road to Bever Avenue
  7. Midway Drive NW from West Post Road to Zelda Drive and from Alma Drive to Wiley Boulevard

PAVING FOR PROGRESS PROGRAM IMPACTS TO DATE

Paving for Progress began during the summer of 2014 and started with streets that required minimal design considerations or complexities. The program has since evolved to include a 10-year capital improvement plan that includes a prioritization list and recommended treatment methods, based on data on city roadways. The plan was published in 2015 and updated in 2017 based on new pavement data. The plan will continue to be updated approximately every two years to address changing needs in the city’s infrastructure.

To date, the program has made the following impacts:

  • Linear miles of roadway improved: 43.68
  • Investment as of October 31, 2018: $79.7 million
  • Projects completed to date: 134
  • 66 percent of completed projects have been local/residential
  • 33 percent of completed projects have been arterial

Center Point Road NE and H Avenue NE Lane Reductions

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Monday, December 17, southbound traffic on Center Point Road NE will be reduced to one lane between 29th Street and H Avenue for utility work. In addition, eastbound traffic on  H Avenue NE will be reduced to one lane between 12th Street and Center Point Road. Work is expected to take ten (10) days, weather permitting. Traffic may experience delays and should seek alternate routes.


Copy Cat Arbynator Sandwich - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

The Arbynator is a great sandwich, what Arby's did was kick their classic Roast Beef 'n Cheddar up a notch by, well, just read the description from the restaurant itself:  The Arbynator has Roast Beef, Cheese Sauce, Horsey Sauce®, Arby’s Sauce® and Curly Fries, all in the same sandwich. Or in other words, it is the most Arby’s sandwich Arby’s has ever made. Available in Classic, Double and Half Pound sizes.

It's my favorite sandwich from Arby's!  So the least I could do, is come up with a copy cat recipe so I can make it at home, right?

20181214_143250-1What's not to like.....  Roast beef, cheese sauce, a delightful combination of Arby's Sauce and Horsey Sauce, topped with seasoned curly fries and served on a garlic butter toasted bun?  (yes, the garlic butter is my personal add, so too is the seasoning on the curly fries, a little more than just salt and the thinly sliced roast beef warmed in that yummy garlic butter....).  This sandwich is another dose of YUM and I've kicked it up a notch with my own personal twists. 

And this sandwich only cost me about $1.50 to make at home, that's FAR cheaper than the restaurant price and BETTER TASTING!  Yes, better tasting because I added my own personal touches - and you can too, easily!

  • Garlic butter toasted bun: $0.12 (Arby's serves the sandwich on a sesame seed bun)
  • Roast Beef sliced deli thin: $0.78 (Arby's roast beef NOT warmed in garlic butter)
  • Cheese:  $0.25
  • Curly Fries: $0.25 (Seasoned with my signature rub, not just salt)
  • Horsey & Arby's Sauce combo: $0.10

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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