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Happy Birthday America!

Today, July 4th, we celebrate Independence Day, the 241st birthday of America!

We also commemorate those who signed the Declaration of Independence, those who were willing to risk so much.

The signers of the Declaration pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor to fight tyranny.

Indeed, many of the signers suffered for their actions. Some were hunted, lost homes and property, fled with their families to avoid capture, and had family members captured or killed. Yet despite the high cost, no signer went back on his personal pledge and America did win its freedom!

What our Founding Fathers gave us is priceless, we must not forget, we must continue to build on their dedication to duty, honor, country.

How Seattle's Minimum-Wage Disaster Hurts Those It's Meant To Help

Minimum Wage: When Seattle embarked on its progressive path to force up the minimum wage in the city, the results were predictable: Those it was intended to help would be hurt the most. Will policy-makers never learn?

It's both sad and tragic, but even policies passed with the best of intentions can hurt those they're intended to help. So it is with Seattle's minimum wage.

Last August, we asked: "What will happen when Seattle raises its minimum to $15 an hour in 2017? It could get ugly."

Unfortunately, we were right. Economists at the University of Washington looked at the recent increases in Seattle's minimum from $9.47 to $11 an hour in 2015 to $13 an hour in 2016.

Their findings are devastating for supporters of a higher minimum wage.


The Iowa Children's Museum

Iowa Childrens MuseumThe Iowa Children’s Museum features outstanding exhibits in a 28,000 square foot active learning playground rich with unique hands-on educational components that promote the active exploration, problem solving, and discovery that lead to learning.  Most importantly, the act of play is respected and valued by museum staff and volunteers as a critical aspect of childhood that leads to healthy, happy adults.

All of our exhibits build skills that correlate to one or more of our five educational initiatives.  Our exhibits focus on Arts & Culture, Financial Literacy, Healthy Kids, School Readiness, and STEM.

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(*we are open when local schools are not in session)

1451 Coral Ridge Avenue
Coralville, Iowa 52241




Wetting a line

Despite a fairly densely packed metro area that's ever-growing in the corridor, the choices for where to wet a line are many - even in downtown Iowa City which boasts some of the best walleye fishing around!

Coralville Reservoir - Located about four miles north of Iowa City, this 5,280 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed lake is best fished by boat.  Just about every species of fish native to the waters of the midwest can be found here.  Amenities for the fisherman at Coralville Reservoir include boat access via one hard surface boat ramp just off the Mehaffey Bridge area, a fishing jetty, boat rental and camping.   Noted for white bass.

F.W. Kent Park - 2048 Hwy 6 NW, Oxford.  This picturesque 1,082-acre park located 3 miles west of Tiffin on Highway 6 features a 27-acre lake, which contains catfish, large mouth bass, bluegill, walleye and crappie and provides the angler with many fine hours of fishing enjoyment.   A hard surface boat ramp can be found on the east side of the lake.  Excellent bass lake.

Iowa River - 207 W. Burlington St., Iowa City.  The Burlington Street Bridge below the damn is the spot to be if you're looking to catch walleye.    The east side of the river below the University of Iowa Power Plant is THE spot, giving fishermen the best shot at a real whopper.  Regulars typically catch fish in the 3-5 pounds on a routine basis in the spring and fall.  Catfish bite from ice break to ice-over.  Access to a boat ramp can be found approximately 1-1/2 miles south of the damn at Sturgis Ferry Park.

Lake Macbride State Park - An angler's delight! Good catches of walleyes, channel catfish, crappies and muskie await the angler in the 812-acre artificial lake located 4 miles west of Solon. Walleyes, channel catfish and muskies are stocked annually. Lake Macbride may be the only lake in Iowa in which the prized Kentucky spotted bass can be caught. Good lake access is available for both shoreline and boat fishing.  There are seven boat ramps on the lake and a number of fishing jetties.  Boat rental is available at the marina.  Spring crappie fishing is excellent.

For Iowa Fishing Regulations, click here.  

Find a hotel to your liking in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and elsewhere

Check out location, amenities, make online reservations and reserve your room today!   Listings include a direct link to the hotel so you can easily make a reservation. 

Baymont queen Baymont Inn & Suites - 200 6th Street, Coralville.  The Baymont Inn and Suites Iowa City/Coralville, IA is pleased to provide our guests with exceptional service and quality amenities at an affordable price. Whether you are here for Business or Leisure you can enjoy our Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Fitness Center, Business Center, Conference Room, and Free Internet in all guest rooms, Free Cable, HBO and much more.

Cantebury pool Best Western Cantebury Inn & Suites - 704 1st Avenue, Coralville.  Guests can spend the day enjoying the Iowa River, exploring the Amana Colonies or catching an NCAA sporting event at the nearby University of Iowa. Find a variety of brand name shops at Coral Ridge Mall, located just two miles from the hotel.

ClarionClarion Highlander Hotel - 2525 North Dodge Street Iowa City.  All our well-appointed guest rooms come with standard amenities and feature free local calling, coffee makers, desks, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers and cable television with free movies.  Ask about our rooms with hot tubs, microwaves, refrigerators and balconies. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms can be requested. We are a pet-friendly hotel; fees apply.

Heartland innHeartland Inn - 87-2nd Street, Coralville.  Conveniently located on the Coralville Strip and  the closest hotel to both the VA Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Join us to cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium or at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  Experience a fun weekend getaway and enjoy Coral Ridge Mall, the Amana Colonies and  Tanger Outlet Center

SheratonSheraton Iowa City Hotel - 210 S Dubuque Street · Iowa City.  We understand our guests' need to bring their pets on their travels. Dogs up to 80 pounds are allowed with no fee.  Dogs must be accompanied by owner at all times when in public areas.  Enjoy our upscale amenities and comfortable Iowa City accommodations. We offer complimentary high speed Internet in each of our 234 guest rooms, which feature a 37'' flat screen HDTV, the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, and 100% of our rooms are completely renovated and showcase the new Sheraton design.

TravelLodgeTravelLodge - 2216 North Dodge St, I-80,Exit 246, (1)Block South, Iowa City.  The staff at our Travelodge Iowa City hotel extends a warm Hawkeye hello for your comfortable stay near the University of Iowa and University Hospital. Located just off Interstate 80, our Iowa City hotel offers comfortable accommodations at an affordable rate. Use your discounted passes to the athletic club next door, and then return for a relaxing swim in the indoor pool.  Grab a bite to eat at our on-site restaurant before heading to your room with balcony views and vaulted ceilings. Amenities include free Wi-Fi Internet access in your king or queen room and some of our rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator. Handicapped-accessible and non-smoking rooms are available at our pet-friendly hotel in Iowa City. We offer laundry facilities and dry cleaning services. Sit beside our lobby fireplace on cold nights and start each morning with free Bear Bites continental breakfast featuring fresh waffles.  Pet policy, additional charge of $10 per night, per pet.




Find a Bountiful Harvest in the Corridor's Farmer's Markets

Fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, honey, meats, baked goods, jams & jellies, knick-knacks and more can be found in the Farmer's Markets of the corridor.  

Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmer's Market Runs June through September on Saturday's from 7:30 a.m. to noon on 2nd and 3rd Avenues.  The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market, presented by the Economic Alliance, has become one of the largest open-air markets in the Midwest, with an average of  14,000 patrons visiting each market. We are proud to have more than 200 local Iowa vendors offering fresh produce, a variety of baked goods, artisan gifts, meats and dairy products.

Coralville Farmer's Market - Runs the first full week in May to the first Thursday in October on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the  Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot, 1513 7th Street, Coralville.  Vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams and preserves, cut flowers, plants, and crafts.

Hiawatha Farmer's Market - Runs May through October on Sundays 11 am - 2 pm at the 10th Avenue parking lot of Guthridge Park. You'll find the summer's best fresh fruits and vegetables, just-picked flowers, fresh from the oven breads and pastries, jams, honey and one of-a-kind arts and crafts by local artisans.

Iowa City Downtown Farmer's Market - Runs May through October on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. - noon, located at East Washington St. across from City Hall inside the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp Iowa City.  The Iowa City Farmers Market opened for the first time in August of 1972 with 13 vendors selling on Saturday mornings. Over the next 40 years the market has continued to grow into an integral part of the community with over 50 vendors present at the Wednesday market and over 140 Vendors present at the Saturday market, making it the largest farmers market in Johnson County.

Iowa City Mercer Park Farmer's Market - Runs May through October on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City.  Shoppers have another day of the week to purchase fresh produce, baked goods, prepared foods, jewelry, gift items and other products from local farmers, bakers and artisans. 

Marion Farmer's Market - Located at East End Shopping Center, 2275 7th Avenue Marion, IA in Marion, Iowa. Hours are May-September Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Come visit and take a look. Phone to find out about its selection of organic food, crafts, vegetables, local specialties and fruits.  Takes WIC, SFMNP, SNAP.

North Liberty Farmer's MarketOrganized by the City of North Liberty, the Market runs May-October on Sundays 1-4pm behind the North Liberty Community Recreation Center, 520 W Cherry St., North Liberty.  All vendors grow or produce their own Iowa based products, taking pride in all that they do.   Some of the featured products include Havel Farms-Pork, Produce, & Plants; Kroul Farm Garden & Greenhouses-plants & produce; and Alice Wade-baked goods.

Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at $13.7 billion

Amazon said Friday it plans to acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 a share, in a deal valued at $13.7 billion.

Whole Foods' John Mackey will remain CEO of the grocery store chain after the deal closes, and the store will continue to operate under the Whole Foods brand.

Amazon's offer represents a 27 percent premium to Whole Foods' closing price on Thursday. The deal is expected to close in the second half year.


Steve Scalise shot in Virginia: reports

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise has been shot in Virginia, according to CNN and Fox News. His condition wasn't immediately available. At least one of his aides was shot as well.

Scalise, who is the U.S. House majority whip, was shot in the hip Wednesday morning by a gunman who opened fired at a baseball practice, Fox News is reporting.

Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News the gunman was dead.

Fox said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise's bleeding.

Check back for more details on this developing story.


Democrats to Hillary Clinton: You used data wrong

Washington (CNN) Democratic data gurus are lashing out at Hillary Clinton after she complained publicly that her campaign was hamstrung by a party that had out-of-date information on individual voters.

Clinton said Wednesday in an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher that once she became the Democratic nominee, she inherited "nothing." The Democratic National Committee's data, she said, "was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong. I had to inject money into it."
Her comments drew swift rebuttals from some Democratic operatives who built, or worked with, that data.
Andrew Therriault, the former DNC director of data science, lashed out in two since-deleted tweets, calling Clinton's comments "f---ing bull----."


Trump cements 'America First' doctrine with Paris withdrawal

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord has put the world on notice that “America First” is not just a campaign slogan — it’s his administration’s guiding doctrine.

Trump on Thursday delivered on a key campaign promise by announcing he will pull the U.S. out of a 190-country agreement that former President Obama entered into less than nine months ago.

Obama had hailed the Paris Agreement as a “turning point for our planet” and the culmination of “an intense diplomatic effort” that drew scores of countries, cultures and governments into a pact aimed at slowing the rise in global temperatures.

Critics of Obama, including Trump, called the agreement another example of him putting foreign interests ahead of America’s.