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CALENDAR: Celebrate Bob Dylan's 74th Birthday at Uptown Bill's

Hey, Bob Dylan fans—don't miss BobFest, the annual birthday tribute to the 74-year-old troubador, at Uptown Bill's on May 23 • Find vintage treasures at the Bentonsport Flea Market May 23-24 • Hear the Mayflies at the Iowa City Yacht Club on May 23 ... read more


Hear distinguished cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum talk about women's heart health on May 23 & 25 ... read more

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Woman with a Washboard

Elephant Revival to Play at FAIRfest 2015

The Colorado-based band brings its indie-bluegrass to Fairfield's annual free music festival in June ... read more

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Ask Miss Barbella

Wake Up Your Skin with a Boost of Caffeine

You know what your morning coffee does to get your body buzzing—now find out what coffee can do for your skin ... read more

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Leave Them Be

Bird Babies: Mistaken Orphans?

If you find young birds hopping around out of the nest, leave them alone! They're out exploring the world and the parents are mostly likely nearby watching them ... read more


5K Woof Walk

Give a Dog a Bone 5K Fundraiser

Bring your pooch to PhysEmp's annual fundraiser for Noah's Ark Animal Shelter. Head down to Chautauqua Park in Fairfield on June 6 ... read more

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Cat and Mouse Game

True Story: The Journalist & the Criminal

Director Rupert Goold directs True Story, an eerie drama about a fallen reporter and a mild-mannered murderer ... read more

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A Kinder Approach

Farm Dog Philosophy

Growing up on a conventional Iowa farm, Jocelyn Engman came back after college and a career with an entirely different perspective .... read more

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Press Preserver

Mel Stockwell Saves Antique Presses

Mel Stockwell, the owner of the Calico Press in Birmingham, Iowa, is on a mission to collect and restore all of the old printing presses she can find .... read more


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Blogs from Source Writers

Musings, anecdotes, and stuff that didn’t fit in print

  • Keeping it Real 
    The work crew arrived and disassembled the Christmas scenes on the town square, packing up the plaster carolers, the reindeer, the sleigh, the rigor mortis Santa (waving still), the baby Jesus, and the pile of hay. They prepared the ground for the January thaw, the dubious holidays of Ground Hog ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Sharon Gradischnig, Painter in the MUM Library Foyer 
    Sharon Gradischnig, Painter in the MUM Library FoyerOpening Reception Friday April 24, 2015, 7 pm to 9 pmShow continues until the end of June.Artist StatementI paint as a way to share my experience of living as a physical, psychological and spiritual being. Through my interpretation of the cosmetolo ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Roads in the Mountains 
    I am resting in a hotel in Vermont, and now Drunks are entering their cars outside And slipping into the late evening To test the winding roads in the mountains. I hear them shout and slam their doors, Hear them start their engines, and then, After they are gone, I hear footsteps Sounding lik ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Aunt Gladys Moves to Korea for the Jajangmyeon  
    I want to scrub mold from the ice cube tiles in my shower. I understand crazy things can happen like celebrity death in Korea if I am not careful. After a healthy bowl of bean noodles in bean sauce I walk looking for an apartment in sub-freezing weather while a freighter capsizes. Winter has com ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • A Rosewood Chanter 
    in the mail todayfor mefrom someone address or gift came from a music storein Northern Irelandin a blue boxlike a wizard's wand. I don't know if the reedneeds seasoningor soakingor sounds like a saxhaving a nervousbreakdown.I like it. I'll record nois ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Cartoon by Kate Larson 
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