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This classic Western Star is still trucking | 1968 WD4964 truck

Doug Small may be the owner of the oldest Western Star truck model in existence: a 1968 WD4964 truck that is nearing 50 years of age.

Though it’s now carried from place to place by other trucks – most recently from its home base at The Truck Shop dealership in Auburn, WA, to the 2017 Western Star Dealer Meeting in Quebec City, Canada – Small said his 1968 truck “still runs like a top,” though it’s been “retired” from active commercial duties for much of the last five years.

Small – who, with his brothers Steve and Dan, bought the truck for their dealership in December 2015 – said this particular WD4964 put in more than 45 years of hard labor before retiring to become a show piece.


Related:  Trucking Jobs

Grilling Good Eats: The Idaho Burger

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The Idaho burger

This recipe was ‘developed’ by my three young sons on a summer vacation trip to Idaho. It’s pretty much a classic bacon cheeseburger and BBQ sauce with a spin of mine (adding pork sausage), but my boys really thought they had come up with something new. I wasn’t about to spoil their creativity in their grilling moment of discovery.  

Ingredients: (TIP:  Using two meats in a burger makes for another layer of flavor)

  • One pound ground beef
  • One pound pork sausage
  • One Tablespoon Cookies Flavor Enhancer or if you want to keep it simple, salt and pepper
  • 16 slices of pre-cooked bacon
  • American cheese slices
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Hamburger buns

In a large bowl, season the ground beef with the Cookies Flavor Enhancer or the salt & pepper and hand mix until the seasoning is incorporated. Add the pork sausage, hand mix again until incorporated into the beef. Form into 8 patties. When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. Keep the lid off and watch for any flare ups. When you see red juices flowing to the top of the patties, flip those burgers over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place the butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling burgers. Check after about five minutes. The garlic butter should be melted and the burgers should be about ready. For well done burgers, wait to see the juices run clear. Apply the cheese, top with two slices of pre-cooked bacon and put the lid on for another minute or until the cheese is melted to your liking. Pull the burgers and let them rest. Apply the melted garlic butter to the hamburger buns and toast. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. You can either pour it on the burger straight from the bottle, or warm some up in a grill safe dish and spoon some of that mouth-watering deliciousness onto the top bun.

Tip: If you don’t like forming patties by hand, a quick way to get those made is by using a round Tupperware/plastic container type lid and plastic wrap. Invert the lid, line with plastic wrap, then press the ground beef into the lined lid to form a perfectly round patty.



Micky's Irish Pub - Iowa City

Mickys Irish PubLocated in the heart of downtown Iowa City, Micky's is a local favorite, serving great sandwiches, burgers, salads and specialties in a neighborhood-style restaurant and bar.  Be sure to check out our daily specials and weekend breakfast!

Friendly atmosphere, great food & drink menu and the COLDEST BEER IN IOWA CITY!


11 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240


Midtown Family Restaurants - Iowa City

Midtown Family RestaurantsTo many Iowa City families, Midtown Family Restaurants are the perfect place to grab a bite. Our restaurants are quick yet comfortable spots, with food that satisfies both kids and adults. We cater to all different ages. 

Midtown specializes in breakfast, lunch and dinner comfort foods. We bread own onion rings and tenderloins, hand cut our own chicken fried steak, and make our own brown gravy and mashed potatoes. Although it's all freshly prepared, you won't have to wait long for your feast. We like to get people in a hurry in, get them fed and get them on to the rest of their day. In addition to excellent food and service,  our staff is more than willing to accommodate.


Corridor Area Locations



Lane Reductions - Court Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Court Street will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Scott Court and Fairview Avenue.  This will be a moving operation on Court Street as work progresses with flaggers on site assisting with directing traffic.  The lane reductions are to accommodate tree trimming activities for MidAmerican Energy Company and work will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily through Friday, November 3rd. 

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City,

Digital Johnson County launches digital magazine contest

Tired of impulsively buying magazines at the grocery store? Save big bucks by downloading magazines for free through Digital Johnson County’s digital magazine collection. 

For more than a year, Coralville Public Library, Iowa City Public Library and the North Liberty Community Library have offered a combined digital magazine collection through RBdigital (formerly known as Zinio) to area residents. These magazines can be read on a computer, smartphone or tablet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

This is a free library service, but patrons must live in Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, Lone Tree, North Liberty, University Heights or rural Johnson County, and have a Library Card from their home library in order to use it. Sign up for a new RBdigital account at, then find your device on that page to download the app.  

With more than 175 magazine titles available, everyone will find something they enjoy. To prove this, the Digital Johnson County libraries – Coralville, Iowa City and North Liberty – will each give away an iPad Mini to a lucky digital magazine reader in December. To enter the drawing, got to to sign up, then download and read five magazines throughout the month of November. 

For more information about Digital Johnson County, call the Coralville Public Library at 319-248-1850; the Iowa City Public Library at 319-356-5200; or the North Liberty Community Library at 319-626-5701.

Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Advises Pet Owners on How to Keep Their Pets Safe on Halloween

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – As households across the country prepare themselves for Halloween, Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control advises pet lovers on how to keep their animals safe.  Halloween poses special hazards due to frequently opened doors, door bells, and excessive noise which can be frightening to pets.  And, most importantly, one of the biggest hazards is chocolate and other candies which are toxic to animals.

Here are a few Halloween pet safety tips to ensure that our best friends are kept safe.

  • Make sure your pets have on identification at all times. With that front door continuously opening and closing for trick-or-treaters, there is a chance they could run out - especially if they're spooked.
  • Give your pets a quiet, safe place on Halloween. Scary parties, constant doorbell ringing or too many strangers in your home can be stressful to your four-legged friends and even make them physically ill.
  • Halloween candy, wrappers and decorations should be kept out of your pets' reach. Chocolate can be toxic to animals, and many sugar-free candy, gum and baked products today contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. If you suspect that your pet has ingested any amount of xylitol, call your veterinarian immediately.   Tinfoil, cellophane, plastic candy wrappers and party supplies can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Keep lighted pumpkins out of your pet's reach. Pets can knock them over, and curious kittens especially run the risk of being burned.
  • Keep all electrical cords and wires out of your pet's reach. Halloween decorations are a great way to celebrate the holiday but can be harmful and even deadly to your pets should they chew on or ingest them.
  • Unfortunately, there can be tricks in addition to treats on Halloween. Keep your pets inside so that they will not be the target of pranksters who might tease, injure, steal and even seriously harm pets on this night.
  • Costumes are fun for people, but not necessarily for your pets. Don't dress up your pet unless you know they enjoy it. Make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe, and doesn't restrict movement, vision, hearing or ability to breathe or bark. Avoid costumes with small or dangling accessories that the pet could chew off and possibly choke on. Make sure that costumed pets are supervised at all times.
  • It's never a good idea to take your pet trick-or-treating. Dogs may become excited and uncontrollable, and if frightened may bite. For their protection, cats should be kept indoors at all times.

About Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control

You can view a list of the many wonderful pets we have available for adoption by visiting our PetFinder website at  Shelter hours are Monday-Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m.

Halloween Safety Advice from the Police Department

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than on other day of the year. But with some simple precautions, kids can stay safe.  The Cedar Rapids Police Department urges parents and guardians to prepare children to act safely and drivers to be particularly alert.

The Police Department recommends that parents and guardians talk to their kids about safety before allowing children to go out trick-or-treating.  Children are encouraged to trick-or-treat before it gets dark.  Children younger than age 10 should not be alone crossing streets on Halloween without an adult.  If older kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.

Drivers need to be extra alert as there will be more children on the streets and sidewalks – and those kids may be focused on gathering candy and caught up in the excitement of the holiday rather than being careful while crossing streets.  Drivers should avoid distractions and put down their mobile devices and slow down on neighborhood roads.

The Police Department, in cooperation with Linn County Safe Kids, offers the following safety advice:

  • Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.  Walk-- don’t run-- across the street.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Slow down and stay alert - watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
  • Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Masks can obstruct a child's vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible instead.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.

The Police Department and Linn County Safe Kids offer the following advice to drivers:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods.  Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, as well as throughout the year, visit  and visit the Linn County Safe Kids Coalition Facebook page at

Twin Pines Golf Course Closes for Season November 1

Cedar Rapids, IA – The last day of play for golfers at Twin Pines Golf Course will be Wednesday, November 1. The course will close for the season at dusk that day. Ellis, Gardner and Jones Golf Courses will remain open as long as weather permits. Please respect any frost/freeze delays over the final weeks of the golf season. For more information, call 319-286-5588.