Woman finishes 4 days of ride; accident cost her memory of first RAGBRAI

Laura Baker, the 26-year-old graduate student from Waverly who doesn’t remember riding her first RAGBRAI last year because of a traumatic brain injury she suffered in a bike crash in August in Colorado, ended her comeback ride Wednesday night after struggling into Knoxville. But even a partial RAGBRAI should be considered a triumph for Baker.
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Expect storms tonight, rain Friday along RAGBRAI route

Thunderstorms expected to form in northwest Iowa this afternoon will probably affect tonight’s overnight stop in Oskaloosa and Friday’s ride to Fairfield, meteorologists said. Tonight, thunderstorms should move through central Iowa during the mid-evening hours, perhaps reaching Oskaloosa around 9 p.m., said meteorologist Frank Boksa with the National Weather Service in Johnston. There is a
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Kathlynn’s Hope advocates promote message along the roure

BUSSEY — Advocates for stricter sentencing guidelines for those who commit crimes against children are taking their campaign on the road. The road along RAGBRAI to be exact. About halfway between Pella and Bussey, a giant purple banner with the words Kathlynn’s Hope greeted riders. At a booth setup outside a farmhouse, cyclists can learn
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Teachers rack up the RAGBRAIs, and the memories

Pella, Ia. – It’s the classic first-day-of-school question: What did you do this summer? And when it comes up in room 4B at Crossroads Elementary School in West Des Moines, the new batch of wide-eyed fourth graders in Ms. (Carol) Mahlendorf’s class will hear what each of her 37 previous classes have heard: That their
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Day 5: What to know before heading out

Here’s a quick primer about today’s 52-mile ride from Knoxville to Oskaloosa: WEATHER: The ride will start today with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-60s, WHO-TV forecasts. Expect a high in the mid-80s. There is a chance for storms late tonight. TONIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Main Stage Entertainment: The Nadas & the Fishheads Opening Acts: Oskaloosa Municipal
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Biking through the snow on a very merry RAGBRAI

Expecting the unexpected is a given for any RAGBRAI cyclist. But even some veterans were caught off  guard by the shouts of merry Christmas and snow flakes falling in Runnells Wednesday. It only seemed fitting that before pedaling through the “Christmas in July” themed streets, riders awoke to an uncharacteristic chill in the air. With
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