Touring Terry Trueblood Park

UI students reimagine park experience with unique adaptation plan

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Early on in the course, University of Iowa urban and regional planning professors Lucie Laurian and Scott Spak asked their students to imagine the perfect landscape. When asked what they saw, many of the students said they envisioned a peaceful place with soft grass, a few shade trees, and a gentle stream or fish pond. Laurian and Spak told students they were thinking too narrowly. They showed...

Webster City chosen as next community to partner with to promote sustainable development

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities has announced Webster City as the next community to partner with to promote sustainability. Webster City is a community located in Hamilton County with a population of 8,000. The group aims to promote sustainability in Iowa communities while transforming teaching and learning at the University of Iowa. When students work in the communities, they get...
Webster City

Sustaining Webster City

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities at the University of Iowa Wednesday announced Webster City as its next community partner. Webster City’s resilience and grass-roots recovery initiatives reportedly inspired the IISC advisory board to choose the community for IISC’s engaged-learning partnership that will bring 150 or more university students, faculty, and staff to work alongside...

UI Engineering students help Lake Delhi solve long-standing waste water problem

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
After a 2010 flood on the Maquoketa River caused the Lake Delhi dam to collapse and the lake behind it to drain, residents in this northeast Iowa community thought they might never get back their picturesque water views. But seven years later, thanks to an influx of state funding and the construction of a new dam, the lake and its prized scenery have returned. However, Lake Delhi residents still...

UI Students Present Wastewater Solutions to Protect Lake Delhi

Friday, December 8, 2017
IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS 2/ FOX 28) — It has been more than seven years since flood waters took out the Delhi dam, causing the city's lake to drain and disappear. "It's becoming a recreational lake once again, after this year," said Jason Ruffatti, University of Iowa senior in Civil Engineering. With the lake now fully restored, University of Iowa students are using engineering skills to protect the...
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Stopping the brain drain: Rural areas struggle to keep young professionals

Thursday, December 7, 2017
BELLEVUE, Iowa — Claira Sieverding is 25 years old and engaged, with a good job and a master’s degree. She was born and raised in Bellevue, population: 2,177. Other than living in Dubuque while she attended Loras College, she always has called Bellevue home — and plans to continue doing so. “In Bellevue, you can have an active voice and be involved in the decision-making,” she said. “I love the...
Assistant Professor Lindsay Mattock and LIS students

Digitizing Mason City’s Architectural Heritage

Saturday, November 11, 2017
This semester, students in Assistant Professor Lindsay Mattock’s Archives and Media course are working on a database project that engages with the notion of architectural heritage changing over time. The project began in the summer of 2017, when the Office of Outreach and Engagement reached out to Professor Mattock with a proposal for a community outreach project with Mason City, Iowa as part of...

Mason City's 'Taste of the North End' provides discussion on ways to improve

Monday, October 30, 2017
MASON CITY, Iowa- Three restaurants on the north part of Mason City are opening their doors and providing food to residents who have ideas on how to bring change to the north part of town, and those who live on the north side say they have plenty of ideas. "I'd like to see some more businesses open up here and to see the north end cleaned up some," says Larry Snyder, of Mason City. "We don't have...

Residents, U of I students, talk future of Mason City's North End

Monday, October 30, 2017
MASON CITY | Tiffany Jacobson has lived on the North End for 13 years. She likes her neighborhood, enjoys seeing kids play outside on her block and takes pride in where she lives. And with the Blue Heron Bar & Grille and Little Chicago opening on North Federal Avenue within the past few months, she hopes the city and community can continue to build and improve her end of Mason City. "It's gotten a...
Taste of the North End event

North End residents invited to free dinner, offer tips to better Mason City neighborhood

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
MASON CITY | Forty North End residents will have the opportunity to eat for free at three nearby restaurants on Thursday night. The catch? Offer input and suggestions to University of Iowa students on how to better their neighborhood. Travis Kraus, assistant director for the Iowa Initiative of Sustainable Communities at the University of Iowa, is one of the organizers of "Taste of the North End."