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J Michel Photography - Coralville

J Michel PhotographyExperience Award winning photography in the Iowa City and Coralville area by National Award winning Photographer Janell Ploof-Michel.

J Michel Photography is owned by Janell Ploof-Michel and Mary Bunting. Janell has more than 25 years of photography experience. The Studio has been in business since 1998.

We are a full service photography studio. We are happy to provide photography for special events, graduates, families, children, professionals, pets and more. We photograph in our studio or on location within 50 miles of Iowa City.

J Michel Photography – Through all of the cycles of life!

Award winning photography – come experience the difference yourself!

Studio Location:
100 Oakdale Blvd. Suite 200A
Coralville, IA 52241


Serving the Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and surrounding area



HIM Hearth-N-Home Cooking


While planning your next event, take care of your food needs with HIM Hearth-N-Home Cooking. We can cater any event or party with delicious food.

We have a variety of home style and gourmet foods that you can choose from. You can also get a chocolate fountain for a special dessert.

HIM Hearth-N-Home Cooking

1012 Juniper Ave., Kalona, IA 52247-9117


Tel:  319-656-3518



Movie Review: Dr. Strange

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

So my boys and I went to see Dr. Strange over the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you're into the Marvel movies, it's a must see.  If you're not into Marvel movies so much, it's still a good time.

It's a good origin story and actor Benedict Cumberbatch was the perfect choice to play Dr. Strange.  There is dazzling imagery throughout the film with plenty of comic relief one-liners in the script. 

It's not the best Marvel movie, but it is good.

I give Dr. Strange 3 out of 5 stars.

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Aero Rental - Iowa City

Aero RentalAero Rental & Party Shoppe is a locally owned and operated business serving Eastern Iowa for over 40 years. A truly unique business offering a wide range of construction and tool rental combined with party rentals. Our party store includes a large retail section consisting of themed, decorative and everyday party supplies. A true must see.

Our mission statement says it best: Aero Rental exists to provide its diverse rental and party customers with the finest service, products, and equipment available.

Serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, Solon, Mt. Vernon, Hills, Riverside, Kalona, Washington, West Branch, West Liberty, Tipton, Muscatine, Oxford, Amanas, Williamsburg, and all other surrounding communities with top-quality, affordable equipment rentals and party rentals.

227 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

PH: 319-333-7737




Chicago Cubs' Aroldis Chapman may be on the move

It may be a tad too soon to read the tea leaves, but there are indications that Aroldis Chapman, 28, the hard-throwing lefty reliever, of the Chicago Cubs could be re-signed by the New York Yankees.

Several articles recently came out in the New York press that said Chapman would like to return to the Yankees and that the Yankees would be happy to resign him. At first glance, the issue is money. And the Yankees have the dollars to spend to get Chapman.


Iowa 34, Purdue 3: Trainwreck'd | Go Iowa Awesome

Iowa began the season with competition against mainly non-Division I competition at the Iowa City Duals and the Luther Open and rolled to easy victories. They faced their first real Division I competition of the season on Sunday -- and they rolled to an easy victory anyway.  In part, that's because Iowa is a very good team.  But it's also because Purdue is a very poor team this season.  None of Purdue's ten wrestlers are ranked in the Top 20 of the various wrestling ranking services, which was a good sign that they would be in for a long day on Sunday.  SPOILER ALERT: They were. 


Bears drop chance to rally late, lose 27-21 to Titans | Chicago Sun-Times

Starting for Jay Cutler one week after he injured his right shoulder, Barkley threw two red-zone interceptions — one in the end zone after a successful onside kick —but rallied the Bears late. Down 20, he found Marquess Wilson for an 8-yard touchdown with 8:23 to play and Thompson for a 6-yarder about five minutes later to pull the Bears within six.

After Eddie Goldman stuffed a Titans shovel pass on third-and-2 with 2:06 left to force a punt, Barkley marched the Bears to the Titans’ 7 before throwing four incompletions. Two were drops — Bellamy on first down and Thompson on fourth.

Despite the all-too-typical result, the effort, at least, indicates the outmanned Bears haven’t quit on coach John Fox or his staff.


Chili Ginger Spiced Pork & Noodles

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Chili Ginger Spiced Pork NoodlesThis is a great tasting, low budget, easy to make oriental inspired dish with a little kick using whatever you might have on hand. Leftover grilled pork chops makes for some GREAT stir fry!

And so you don't have any oriental style noodles you say?  No problem, use fettuccine or spaghetti and YES, Ramen noodles will work great!  Don't have any beef stock?  No problem, use chicken stock instead.  Don't have any leftover pork?  No problem, use some sliced up chicken or beef.   Sure, you can chop up some turkey lunch meat if that's what you have on hand!


  • One package Oriental Style Noodles (yes, Ramen noodles will be just fine!)
  • 1 teaspoon and a pinch of crushed red pepper/chili flake
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 4 - 6 ounces of sliced, leftover pork
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sweet & sour sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon and a splash of canola oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce


Cook the noodles per package instructions, set aside.  Heat up a wok or similar vessel on medium high heat.  When the pan is hot, put in the pepper flake, letting it roast for about 30 seconds before adding the oil.  Add onions, celery and carrots, stir.  Season with the salt and pepper, stir and let it sizzle for about 2 minutes.  While that's cooking, mix together the corn starch, beef stock, a splash of canola oil, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic powder and a little more red pepper flake in a small bowl, set aside.  Add the leftover pork, hot sauce, cilantro and sweet & sour sauce to the veggie mixture, stir, let those flavors marry for about a minute.  Add the noodles and corn starch mixture to the veggies, stir to incorporate.  Serve this deliciousness immediately!

It doesn't get much cheaper than creating something delicious with leftovers.  That's why it's important to have a variety of noodles, rice, veggies and the makings for sauces on hand so you can create something from a previously delicious meal you prepared.

Nebraska Cornhuskers look into allegations of racial slurs from Faith Ekakitie of Iowa Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Nebraska athletic department says it is conducting an investigation into an allegation that a Nebraska football player slung racial slurs at an Iowa football player as the Big Ten rivals played in Iowa City on Friday.

Iowa defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie said he was the target of racial slurs from a Nebraska offensive lineman whom Ekakitie declined to name during postgame interviews Friday evening, the Des Moines Register reported.

Nebraska Athletics said in a statement Saturday night that it has reached out to Iowa to ascertain the facts regarding the allegation.


4 things to watch: Bears-Titans

With quarterback Jay Cutler listed as doubtful for Sunday's game with a right shoulder injury he sustained last weekend against the Giants, Barkley is the next man up. The former USC standout has appeared in five NFL games over three seasons—all as a reserve—since being selected by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. Barkley has yet to throw for a touchdown, having completed 36 of 65 passes for 381 yards with six interceptions and a 34.2 passer rating.

The Bears signed Barkley to their practice squad Sept. 5 and elevated him to their active roster Sept. 22 after Cutler sprained his right thumb in a Week 2 loss to the Eagles. Cutler is the team's third quarterback to be injured this year, joining Brian Hoyer (arm) and Connor Shaw (leg). Nonetheless, Bears coach John Fox believes in Barkley.