While Newton and the other seven overnight host cities may have the spotlight for RAGBRAI this summer, the thousands of cyclists shouldn’t count out the surrounding cities they pass through on their trek through Iowa. The towns may be small, but city leaders said they are ready to make an impression. RAGBRAI organizers named Baxter, Reasnor, Sully and Lynnville among the pass-through towns in this year’s Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. This followed January’s announcement that Newton will be one of the overnight stops. Reasnor is no stranger to the oldest, longest and largest week-long bicycle touring event in the world. The city of nearly 200 was a pass-through town in the first RAGBRAI event back in 1973, and continued the tradition in 1975, 1984, 2000 and 2006.
Should a microbrewery be allowed to set up shop in Pella’s downtown business district? The City Council once again took up the issue this past Tuesday, with the city asking the Council for guidance as to whether they wanted to entirely exclude placing the microbrewery within the central business district, or if they only wanted to exclude placing the microbrewery in specific areas of the CBD. The council had previously stated their support for the microbrewery as long as it was outside the CBD. If approved, the microbrewery would be limited to 10,000 barrels of beer or ale annually and would need to have 30% or more of gross income would need to be food sales.