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September 2017

Grilling Good Eats: Teriyaki Turkey

Teriyaki Turkey
You’ll be eating a lot more turkey after trying this recipe! The following marinade is good for up to four turkey breasts cut in half, length-wise.

Marinade ingredients

  • Half cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • The juice from a whole lime
  • Tablespoon of dried, minced onion
  • teaspoon of garlic powder
  • One packet of artificial sweetener
  • Couple dashes of cardamom

Directions Cut your turkey breasts in half length-wise, set aside. In a container that will hold all those turkey breasts, prepare your marinade, stir, then add the meat. Refrigerate for four hours. Once your charcoal is established and that cooking grate is ‘ready to receive’….. Place your turkey breasts close to the hot spot but not directly over it for that great sear and those tantalizing grill marks. Since these breasts were filleted in half, cooking time is pretty quick. Turn the turkey after about five minutes, moving them to the cooler portion of the grill and lid. Give them about ten more minutes or until your thermometer reads at least 165 degrees. The turkey should be pointy finger touch firm. Brush with garlic butter and let rest for five minutes before serving. Excellent prepared with pecan wood or pellets in your charcoal preparation.

TIP: If the meat you are going to prepare is coming from the freezer, cutting it to the preferred portion sizes is always easier when the meat is still slightly frozen. It’s way faster and much less messy than trying to cut totally thawed meat.


Iowa-Michigan State: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 5 game (September 30, 2017)

The Hawkeyes  are 3-1 after losing 21-19 to No. 4-ranked Penn State. Michigan State is 2-1, losing 38-18 to Notre Dame in its last game. The Hawkeyes received votes in the latest Associated Press and Amway/Coaches Poll rankings.

Iowa-Michigan State game time, details 

Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT kickoff 

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30

Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.

Weather: 65 degrees and sunny at kickoff

The line: Michigan State -3.5

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Michigan State?

FOX will air the Iowa-Michigan State game. 

How can I watch Iowa-Michigan State online?

Iowa and Michigan State can be watched online through FOX On The Go. Click here for more information.


Stars sit again, but Ian Happ's three-run homer lifts Cubs past Reds

Alex Avila and Ian Happ had a baseball game to play Friday.

Except Avila didn't have a glove — at least one he was comfortable using to play first base, where he was penciled into the Cubs lineup against the Reds

So he borrowed one from teammate Victor Caratini, who delivered the beat-up brown piece of equipment to Avila a couple of hours before his 43rd career appearance at first base.

"I do have one, but I don't trust it yet," Avila said of a first baseman's mitt, adding that his wasn't broken in.

Happ took his glove to third base for the first time as a starter during the Cubs' 5-4 victory, their 91st of the season, at Wrigley Field to begin the team's final homestand of the regular season. His bat, though, was the reason the Cubs were able to win for the 14th time in 17 games. His two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning put them ahead for good.


Iowa City Animal Services seeks help locating dog after bite

Iowa City Animal Services is asking for the public's help in identifying a dog and its owner after a recent bite. 

The incident happened at approximately 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 29, 2017, at Rita's Ranch Dog Park, 640 S. Scott Boulevard, Iowa City. The dog is described as a Basset Hound or hound mix, and was with a person described as a white female who is in her 30s. 

Animal Services wants to verify the dog's rabies vaccination status. 

Anyone with information should contact Iowa City Animal Services at 319-356-5295. 

Iowa City Police asking for help in arson/burglary case



Expect traffic delays Saturday for Kinnick 5K event

Thousands of people are expected to participate in the Kickoff to Kinnick 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

The event starts at 9 a.m. Roads along the route will not completely close to traffic, but portions will be reduced and slow moving. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.   

The route begins on Hawkins Drive next to the Ronald McDonald House and Carver-Hawkeye Arena, then travels down Hawkins to the Coralville Strip (Highway 6), turns onto Mormon Trek Avenue, then Melrose Avenue and ends on the field inside Kinnick Stadium.

Spectators are encouraged to come see the finish, but must remain in the stands. Only participants with bibs can be on the field. 

The event benefits University of Iowa Dance Marathon. To learn more, visit

Kinnick 5k

Fall loose leaf vacuum collection program begins Oct. 2

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – For the 2017 fall loose leaf vacuum collection program starting Oct. 2, the City of Cedar Rapids will use an every-other-week schedule based on which quadrant a customer lives in.

From Oct. 2 through Dec. 8, leaf collection for the western quadrants will start on Mondays, and leaf collection for the eastern quadrants will start on Wednesdays. To help clarify which week customers can expect collection, residents simply need to know if they live in the north or south quadrant. One week, leaves will be collected from the south quadrants; the following week, leaves will be collected from the north quadrants.

Because collection days may vary slightly from week-to-week depending on leaf volume, leaves for Monday and Tuesday collection (SW and NW) should always be raked to the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on Mondays. These leaves will be collected on Mondays and Tuesdays. Leaves for Wednesday and Thursday collection (NE and SE) should always be raked to the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. These leaves will be collected on Wednesdays and Thursdays with collection continuing on Fridays and Saturdays if necessary. Crews will finish collecting leaves in each quadrant before moving to the next quadrant. To ensure residents always know when leaves will be collected, all customers are encouraged to sign up for garbage and recycling text or email alerts at 

Leaf collection schedules were sent with Cedar Rapids Utilities bills during the last two months, and a calendar is available at to help customers identify when their leaves will be collected. Customers can also call the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at (319) 286-5897 to determine their collection day.  

Leaf Vacuum Program Basics

  • Rake leaves into long piles on the parking area or grass next to the street. Leaves must be kept out of the street. The vacuum truck will not collect leaves from alleys or if the piles have sticks mixed with the leaves.
  • Collect brush and branches to put in your YARDY cart for collection.
  • Keep leaf piles away from obstacles like your collection carts, mailboxes, cars and utility poles.
  • During fall loose leaf vacuum collection, brown paper lawn and leaf bags are collected every week with YARDY carts. Your YARDY cart must be used first with overflow placed in paper kraft bags. Filled bags cannot exceed 40 pounds.

2017 Fall Loose Leaf Vacuum Collection Schedule

Mondays and Tuesdays

Wednesdays and Thursdays

Oct. 2-6

SW Addresses

SE Addresses

Oct. 9-13

NW Addresses

NE Addresses

Oct. 16-20

SW Addresses

SE Addresses

Oct. 23-27

NW Addresses

NE Addresses

Oct. 30-Nov. 3

SW Addresses

SE Addresses

Nov. 6-10

NW Addresses

NE Addresses

Nov. 13-17

SW Addresses

SE Addresses

Nov. 20-24 – (No collection Thurs., Nov. 23 due to Thanksgiving)

NW Addresses

NE Addresses

Nov. 27-Dec. 1

SW Addresses

SE Addresses

Dec. 4-Dec. 8

NW Addresses

NE Addresses


1st Avenue Downtown Lane Restrictions Rescheduled

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – This project has been rescheduled. Westbound traffic on 1st Avenue SE will be reduced to one lane, between 1st Street and 2nd Street SE, for private utility connections. Restrictions are expected to last approximately one week. In mid-October, 2nd Street SE will be closed to thru traffic at 1st Avenue SE for additional private utility connections. This closure will last approximately one month, weather permitting. A release will be issued when an exact closure date is determined.

Bachelor on the Cheap: Always having Ramen noodles on hand

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Even if you don't like to indulge in the occasional bowl of Ramen, surely you like noodles.  

Some people eat Ramen purely for budgetary reasons.  Some people truly like it.  Most people fall into a category that includes both, they like Ramen and it's easy on the wallet.

It's all about the noodles.

RamenAnd that's why you need to keep some packages of Ramen on hand, in your pantry at all times.  The flavor doesn't matter, beef, chicken, shrimp, mushroom, whatever.....  You've got instant noodles at the ready for whatever you feel like eating.  I've written before about turning some Ramen noodles into a spaghetti dish, because that was what I was craving.  Today I'm having chili over some Ramen noodles.

The noodles are great because they only take 3 minutes to cook and it doesn't take a pot full of water to do it.

Like the aforementioned 'spaghetti', other uses for Ramen noodles are:  Crunching up uncooked Ramen noodles to put on a salad; they work great in noodle casseroles of all types; plain, cooked Ramen noodles are fantastic in stir fry; and if you're feeling adventurous, Ramen noodles make a great hamburger bun.  For the most part, any recipe calling for some kind of noodle....  Ramen noodles can be used in a pinch or a twist!

And about those flavor packets... They aren't exclusive to making a bowl of Ramen.  I've got them in surplus in my spice cabinet for any number of uses.  I might use a chicken packet to make a quick chicken broth to braise a pan of chicken breasts with.  I'll use a beef packet to add some punch to a beef gravy.  If I'm making some kind of fish dish, a shrimp packet comes in handy to make a nice quick pan sauce with.  Adding a packet of the mushroom flavor for a cream sauce to pour over that cast iron seared steak is easy and delicious!  If you're not familiar with bouillon cubes, that's essentially what a flavor packet in the package of Ramen is.

Noodle up on some Ramen!  If you're not already a fan, you'll become one.

Cedar Rapids to Host City-Wide Walk for the Healthiest State on October 4

Iowans encouraged to walk more, connect more every day

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will hold a citywide walk on October 4 in support of the Healthiest State Initiative’s annual walk.

In order to engage the downtown community, the walk will have three starting points: McGrath Amphitheatre,  NewBo City Market and Grant Wood Studio parking lot in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District. The three groups will begin walking at noon but are asked to arrive a few minutes early for a group photo. Individuals walking will meet at Greene Square at approximately 12:15 p.m. After a few words from Governor Reynolds, Lt. Governor Gregg, and City Manager, Jeff Pomeranz, walkers are free to socialize, enjoy music from DJ Commando, and participate in tailgate-style entertainment. In addition, food trucks will be available from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Grilled sandwiches will be available for purchase. Water and trail mix will be provided free of charge. Walkers can return to work at their convenience.

The Healthiest State Initiative and this year’s presenting annual walk sponsor, Delta Dental of Iowa, hope to have an organized walk in all 99 Iowa counties again this year. The Annual Walk represents more than just 30 minutes of walking. It represents dedication to the long-term goal of changing the lives of Iowans by making healthy choices easy. It shows devotion to the future of the communities where Iowan’s live, work and play.

If schedule restrictions don’t allow for your organization, school, business or worksite to participate in the Cedar Rapids citywide walk, register a walk of your own at

The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. By engaging worksites, communities, schools, retail food, organizations, institutions and individuals, we can inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness, and ultimately achieve our goal. For more information, visit