Author Archives: Mark Morris

Judge Reverses Cedar Rapids School Teacher’s Firing

Judge Reverses Cedar Rapids School Teacher’s Firing

A judge has overturned the firing of a Cedar Rapids teacher who’d been criticized for how a black baby doll was left hanging in her classroom.  The Cedar Rapids School board had terminated Tammy Ryan’s teaching contract at Metro Alternative High School.  A social media outcry arose in spring 2018 when a photo of the…Read more »

Top U-S Milk Producer Files for Chapter-11 Bankruptcy

Top U-S Milk Producer Files for Chapter-11 Bankruptcy

Dean Foods, America’s biggest milk processor, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday amid a steep, decades-long drop-off in U.S. milk consumption blamed on soda, juices and, more recently, nondairy substitutes. The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the Dairy Farmers of America, a marketing cooperative owned by thousands of farmers. Since 1975, the amount of…Read more »

Upcoming Dry Run Creek Sewer Project Could Save Waterloo Money

Upcoming Dry Run Creek Sewer Project Could Save Waterloo Money

The Waterloo City Council will hold a public hearing tonight(Tues) on a large sanitary sewer project that looks like it’s going to come in about $430,000 under the engineers’ estimate for the work. The Dry Run Creek Interceptor project price-tag was estimated by city consultant AECOM at $4.7-million, but the lowest of four bids, from…Read more »

DBQ Greyhound Park Betting Up 14% as Season Ends

DBQ Greyhound Park Betting Up 14% as Season Ends

Betting on races at Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque rose by 14% this year, but the park’s future and that of greyhound racing still look dicey. Wagering at the park and other facilities on the Dubuque races is up for the fourth year in a row.  This year’s season ended Sunday after 104 days of…Read more »

Waterloo Woman, Missing since Thursday, Found Dead on UNI Campus

Waterloo Woman, Missing since Thursday, Found Dead on UNI Campus

A missing Waterloo woman has been found dead in Cedar Falls. On Sunday, Waterloo police sought the public’s help in locating 27-year-old Courtney Elsbernd, who was last seen on Thursday of last week. Yesterday(Mon), University of Northern Iowa officials indicated that she was found dead in her vehicle in a remote parking lot on the…Read more »

Waterloo School District Releases Enrollment Figures

Waterloo School District Releases Enrollment Figures

The Waterloo School District has compiled its official fall enrollment figures and they show an 88-student increase over this time last year. Most of the higher number…67 students…is at the high school level, much of it due to the addition of the Waterloo Career Center, which now offers 14 career pathways.Read more »

Police Corral Waterloo Man Wanted for Violating Probation on Drug Charges

Police Corral Waterloo Man Wanted for Violating Probation on Drug Charges

 A man wanted for violating probation on drug charges in Bremer County was arrested in Waterloo following a foot chase with officers early this(Mon) morning. Police say 23-year old Nathaniel Hartness of Waterloo, was detained on the probation violations and arrested on new charges of first-degree harassment, interference causing injury, and assault. Court records indicate…Read more »

NW Iowa Hog Confinement Worker Dies from Burns

NW Iowa Hog Confinement Worker Dies from Burns

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man burned in a fire at a northwest Iowa hog confinement has died.  Le Mars Fire-Rescue says 38-year-old Jorge Orozco died Saturday at St. Elizabeth Burn Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He’d been flown there after being taken in a private vehicle on Sept. 30 to Floyd Valley…Read more »

Accused Cedar Rapids Killer Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge

Accused Cedar Rapids Killer Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge

A man charged with first-degree murder in Linn County has been found guilty of a lesser charge — involuntary manslaughter. 32-year-old Donald Harris was acquitted of two other charges Friday: robbery and going armed with intent. The online court records don’t list a sentencing date. He’d been charged after the Nov. 12, 2017, slaying of…Read more »