Kinnick Stadium at the University of Iowa is the inspiration for one couple’s 7,500-square-foot dream home.
Kinnick Stadium at the University of Iowa is the inspiration for one couple's 7,500-square-foot dream home. (David Wallace / The Gazette)

Twisted thief makes off with pretzel truck

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — It's a twisted crime: Someone stole the Pretzel Chef trailer, a food truck that operates in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Pretzel Chef is a fixture at summer events such as the Tanana Valley State Fair, selling pretzels in various flavors, including a pizza pretzel.

Co-owner Michelle Hajdukovich tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the white, 14-foot trailer had been parked for the winter.

It has a concession window taking up most of one side, and inside, two ovens, cheese pumps, a cooler and a cash register.

The loss is estimated at $30,000.

Hajdukovich says the trailer looks like a "toy hauler" that could be used for carrying four-wheelers or snowmobiles. She says she hopes the thief will abandon the trailer once it's found to be a food truck.

Neighbors sue to block home modeled on stadium

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Fitting tribute to Iowa football or Hawk-eyesore? That's what a judge must decide.

Angry neighbors have filed a lawsuit against the Iowa City Board of Adjustment for allowing a couple to proceed with their plan to build a 7,500-square-foot home that will resemble the University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Neighbors of Manville Heights Association requests an injunction to block construction of the home and for the repeal of the city's building permit allowing it.


The house Reed and Sandy Carlson plan to build would look like the Hawkeyes' 87-year-old stadium, complete with brick siding and a replica of the press box.

The association has expressed concern about the home's size, the potential for big parties, as well as drainage, fire safety and traffic issues. But the board said the home met all of the city's guidelines.

Associated Press