Water fight proves to be ‘barrel’ of fun for two riders

Some RAGBRAI riders got a little soggy in Monroe. But wasn’t from rain. It was from spraying fire hoses. Two teams of two or three people used fire hoses to spray a barrel hanging from a hanging wire. The teams tried to push the barrel toward their opponents. “It’s a challenge to hit that barrel,”
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Police: RAGBRAI riders well-behaved in Des Moines

RAGBRAI riders caused few problems for law enforcement during their Des Moines stay, officials said today. No one was arrested Tuesday night at festivities downtown or at the campgrounds at Water Works Park, Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax said. “The crowds were well-behaved and responsible using the shuttle bus and taxis as needed,” Halifax
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RAGBRAI politics: Bruce Braley to ride Friday

Even in the quietest year of Iowa’s political quadrennium, it’s probably unavoidable that RAGBRAI riders are going to end up rubbing handlebars with candidates looking for votes. Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley – who’s looking for a promotion to the U.S. Senate next year – said Wednesday that he plans to ride the Oskaloosa-to-Fairfield leg of
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Riders get sneak peek at butter cow

RAGBRAI riders got a sneak peek Wednesday of butter sculptures that will be unveiled next month during the Iowa State Fair. Some of the cyclists who peddled through the fairgrounds in Des Moines stopped at the Agriculture Building to watch artist Sarah Pratt work her magic. Pratt has produced butter sculptures for the State Fair
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Des Moines first-timers agree: Iowa Capitol a sight to behold

For riders climbing Walnut Street on Tuesday morning up to the Iowa Capitol, the must-have photo of the gold dome was a welcome relief. RAGBRAI riders from other states commented as they rode past the building. One woman bragged to a teammate about how many times she’d visited as a child. Neil Schneider, a Sacramento
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Riders could ‘milk’ a cow in Monroe

RAGBRAI riders could “milk” a cow in Monroe without the risk of spilling even a drop of milk. A painted cow with water-filled udders stood outside Jersey Freeze, a Monroe ice cream shop, on Wednesday. RAGBRAI riders could “milk” the cow and take picture with it. “We’re the last stop out of Monroe,” said Jill
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