• Lounging on a tiny couch, in a tiny living room, wearing a TinyFest Midwest T-shirt, Darren Mike knows a thing or two about tiny homes. Stepping through the sliding glass door onto a retractable front porch, Mike explains the tiny house on display at the Jasper County Fairgrounds is the same model as the home owned by his family designed by Des Moines-based tiny house company Built on the Fly. Drafted using 3-D imaging, the 200 square foot, 24-foot long house sits on a trailer rig built and constructed piece by piece like a puzzle in 72 hours. — Jasper County Tribune


• CJ’s Bar & Grill opened Monroe’s American Legion Hall Sunday to two very special guests and their five friends. Gunnar and Little Bit are both Chihuahuas. They are also refugees from Houston who came to the Jasper County Animal Rescue League due to overcrowding in local animal shelters, a direct result of the aftermath of last month’s Hurricane Harvey. — Monroe Legacy

West Burlington

• According to a Sept. 23 Hawkeye article by Andy Hoffman, comments made by former West Burlington School Board member Jay Day have led to a defamation lawsuit against the District brought by a former football coach. The West Burlington School District is named as sole defendant in the suit and the plaintiff is seeking money for damages he received with the district “publicly sanctioned because it allowed Day, who was acting as a member of the school board at the time, to disclose personal information which is confidential under Iowa law.” — The Des Moines County News

Cedar Rapids

• The dedication ceremony of the Donald J. Bergman Golf and Recreation Complex was held on Sept. 14 at Kirkwood Community College. The complex includes a two-hole golf course, a mile-long fitness and interpretive trail, two intramural fields for flag football, soccer and ultimate Frisbee and in the future will include a sand volleyball court. No only will this complex give Kirkwood students and guests at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center an opportunity for recreation and fitness, but it will also provide a laboratory for the turf grass management students. — Kirkwood Community College Communique