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IOWA CITY, Iowa \u2014 Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is collecting both a\n$130,000 salary as governor and a state pension worth more than\n$50,000 per year for earlier service \u2014 a legal practice, but one\ncritics say is hypocritical given the governor's plans to slash\npublic spending and his calls for shared sacrifice.

Branstad has been receiving pension payments that reflect his\nprior 26-year tenure as governor, lieutenant governor and state\nlawmaker since he was sworn in for a fifth term last month\nfollowing a 12-year hiatus from state service, spokesman Tim\nAlbrecht said Tuesday. The Republican's salary will not reduce his\nretirement benefits, unlike other retired state workers under age\n65 who return to service, because of a provision he signed into law\nas governor in 1992 that exempts retirees who return as elected\nofficials from pension cuts.

Albrecht said Branstad \"made a significant personal sacrifice\"\nby stepping down as president of Des Moines University to run for\ngovernor. The university position paid $357,000 in 2008, according\nto the school's most recent tax filing. Albrecht said Branstad did\nnot earn a salary in 2010 and paid for his own health insurance as\nhe campaigned across the state.

As for his decision to keep his pension, Albrecht said: \"If\nsomebody earns that income, they are entitled to it.\"

Critics concede that point. But a spokesman for the Democratic\nParty of Iowa and one top labor leader said Branstad is\ndisingenuous for \"double-dipping\" as he moves forward with plans to\nlay off up to 1,500 employees, take away wage increases negotiated\nby his predecessor, and end universal preschool.

\"He's asking for state employees to give up pay raises which are\nmodest, at best, and to pay more for their insurance. I guess,\nGovernor Branstad, where is your shared sacrifice?\" said Danny\nHoman, president of the largest state employees union. \"If you are\na public servant, why are you even taking a salary as governor? Why\naren't you living off your already earned pension?\"

\"At a time when Branstad is increasing the burden on Iowa\nfamilies through unprecedented cuts to education, including\neliminating universal preschool, receiving what amounts to two\npaychecks from the state is absolutely hypocritical,\" added Sam\nRoecker, the Democratic Party spokesman.

More than 7,000 public workers were receiving both pensions and\nsalaries as of June 30, 2010, according to the Iowa Public\nEmployees' Retirement System. Retired workers who return to public\nemployment and are under age 65 have their monthly retirement\nearnings reduced by 50 cents for every dollar they earn over\n$30,000 under Iowa law.

But elected officials were exempted from that reduction under a\nprovision included in an overhaul of IPERS that was passed with\nbroad support in the Legislature and signed into law by Branstad in\nApril 1992, according to the Legislative Services Agency.

That means the 64-year-old governor will not have his monthly\nbenefits reduced this year. Without that exemption, Branstad's\npension income would have been mostly wiped out before he turns 65\nin November because of his salary. For all workers ages 65 and\nolder, retirement earnings are not affected by the size of their\nsalaries.

Former Democratic Rep. Eugene Blanshan, a sponsor of that 1992\nmeasure, said the provision was meant to allow retired public\nworkers to run for the Legislature without facing financial\npenalties.

\"It was done mainly to open up the way for people that have\ncollected IPERS as teachers, county supervisors and hospital staff\nmembers to be able to serve in the Legislature,\" he said. \"We\ncertainly didn't imagine the governor doing it.\"

Critics of Branstad's arrangement note the state last year\nbanned 2,000 workers who accepted early retirement incentives from\nreturning to service because of abuses in which employees retired\nand returned almost immediately to other jobs to earn pensions and\nsalaries. The practice of \"double-dipping\" has come under fire\nacross the nation as cities and states look for ways to save money\nand respond to complaints about public employees' pay and benefits\nbeing out of line with the private sector.

Branstad himself used such rhetoric during last year's campaign,\nquestioning whether Iowa's retirement benefits were too burdensome\nfor taxpayers. In his budget address last month, he called for\n\"significant immediate shared sacrifice\" with cost-cutting measures\nacross state government.

Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor, said he\ndid not fault Branstad for collecting pension benefits he had\nearned. But he questioned why the governor was allowed to\n\"double-dip\" while recent state retirees could not do the same.

\"It's a parenting model that says 'do as I say, not as I do',\"\nhe said.

Albrecht said it was ridiculous to compare the two. He noted\nthat employees who took early retirement last year received $1,000\nper year of employment, up to $25,000, and health benefits for five\nyears.

Branstad's tax return for 2009, released during the campaign\nlast April, showed he reported nearly $52,000 in income for a state\npension reflecting his service between 1973 and 1999. Monthly\nbenefits stay the same in the IPERS system but retirees receive a\nlump sum payment every January instead of a cost-of-living\nincrease.

Albrecht said the precise value of Branstad's 2010 pension would\nbe released in April in his tax return.

Branstad was one of three former governors elected to their old\njobs in November. Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon stopped collecting\nhis pension the day he was sworn in because state law prohibits\ncollecting both, a spokeswoman said. In California, Gov. Jerry\nBrown said during last year's campaign he was not yet collecting a\nstate pension.

Branstad's return to the governor's office will also boost his\nfuture pension earnings, which increase for years of service and\nare based on a worker's highest three years of earnings. Branstad's\nsalary was $105,000 when he left the governor's office in 1998.

Albrecht said Branstad has learned since taking office that he\ncannot voluntarily give up any future pension increase, and he\nwould support legislation enabling him to do so.

\"He does not believe it's right for state employees to be able\nto double-dip into a retirement fund like that,\" he said.

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CORALVILLE, Iowa \u2014\u00a0Todd Isador Zambrano, 38, of Coralville, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Davenport.

Todd was born Aug. 28, 1978, in Iowa City, to Bonnie Dandridge and Antonio Zambrano. He graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1997. He attended the University of Iowa and received a bachelor\u2019s degree in sociology and a master\u2019s degree in education. He was currently enrolled at the University of Iowa, working on his second master\u2019s degree in special education. After moving to Coralville, Todd began working for the Iowa City School District as a substitute teacher and also was employed at the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Center. His passions included his family and children, playing and coaching football, lifting weights and cheering for the Hawkeyes. He also loved traveling and being outdoors.

Todd was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elsie Dandridge, and his parents, Bonnie (Dandridge) Abbott and Antonio Zambrano.

Todd is survived by his children, Sara Zambrano, Serena Zambrano, Madeleine Anderson and Antonio Zambrano; fianc\u00e9, Monique Holtkamp; grandmother, Isabel Zambrano; sister, Erin Zambrano; nieces, Zaitha Burroughs and Amaya Zambrano; stepfather, Rod Abbott; his close friend, Nicole Bornhoft; along with many extended family members.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Salvation Army ARC Chapel 4001 N. Brady St., Davenport. There will be a small dinner to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully asking for donations toward funeral costs.

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CLINTON \u2014\u00a0Hannah N. Birt-Steeg, 17, of Clinton, passed away Tuesday Nov. 29, 2016, at her home. Funeral services will be\u00a011 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.\u00a0until the time of service Saturday\u00a0at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Corry Bailey, Todd Schau, Travis Birt, Lane Boisen, Matt Cordes and Luke Boyd. Honorary pallbearers will be her friends and classmates. A memorial fund has been set up at Vibrant Credit Union, Clinton. Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at papefh.com.

Hannah was born Sept. 7, 1999, in Clinton, the daughter of Melissa and Paul Steeg. She was a junior at Clinton High School, where she was involved in softball, tennis, CHS yearbook and orchestra. She worked at Papa Murphy\u2019s in Clinton. She danced at Dance Makers in Clinton. She would attend Camp Shalom in Maquoketa. Hannah was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she was involved in church youth activities.

Hannah is survived by her parents, Melissa and Paul Steeg, Clinton; two brothers, Keegan Birt and Karson White, both of Clinton; a sister, Kaylee White, Clinton; her grandparents, Ronald and Sandra Birt, Ada Steeg, Jeff White and Ann White, all of Clinton; her great-grandmother, Hazel Sturtz, Clinton and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Marc Steeg, uncle, Phil Heine, and her great-grandparents.

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Two of the creative forces behind the hit TV series \u201cOutlander\u201d were strangers in a strange land Saturday, as an actor and costume designer from the show both visited the Quad-Cities for the first time as part of the Thru The Stones Convention Friday and Saturday at the Isle Center at the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf.

\u201cThis is actually the first time I\u2019ve ever seen the Mississippi River,\u201d said Terry Dresbach, an Emmy award winner for costume design and current costume designer for the Starz production of \"Outlander.\" \u201cThat sounds really strange, since I\u2019ve lived in the U.S. my whole life.\u201d

Grant O'Rourke, who plays Rupert MacKenzie in the show and flew in from Scotland for the event, one-upped her.

\u201cThis is the first time I\u2019ve ever been in the United States,\u201d he said.

Both said they were enjoying their first trek to the area, noting the friendly people and the enthusiastic response of the thousands of fans from 35 states, Canada, Scotland and Poland who packed into the center for a variety of \u201cOutlander\u201d-themed activities, speakers and events. The event is based upon the popular sci-fi/fantasy books by Diana Gabaldon.

\u201cWe\u2019re absolutely thrilled at the turnout and incredibly happy that Terry and Grant could join us,\u201d said Debbie Ford, organizer and founder of the festival, which debuted in 2014.

\u201cIt\u2019s been quite remarkable to be a part of this; this is an amazing fandom,\u201d the dry-witted and amiable Dresbach said about the series.

Both she and the friendly O\u2019Rourke answered questions politely and jovially, in between casual, funny banter and anecdotes about life on the set.

\u201cYou spend a lot of time on the set just sitting around waiting, so you build up good relationships with everyone involved,\u201d O\u2019Rourke said. \u201cYou develop a tight bond with the people you\u2019re working with.\u201d

Neither of them could divulge any particularly juicy details about the upcoming second season, which they\u2019re in the midst of shooting, but both said it was an adventure.

\u201cWe shoot way out of sequence, so it\u2019s like putting a Rubik\u2019s cube together,\u201d O\u2019Rourke said. \u201cWe just finished shooting four decades and two centuries of scenes in two weeks. So it\u2019s pretty intense.\u201d

Given the series\u2019 strong female protagonist, it was perhaps not surprising the majority of attendees at the convention were women, and Dresbach said it was an honor to be a part of such a progressive work.

\u201cTo me, this is the story of a strong, powerful woman who goes back and forth in time and who falls in love with a man who loves her for all she is,\u201d Dresbach said. \u201cBut even when she loses him, she doesn\u2019t fall apart. She remains strong and goes on to achieve great things. In the season we\u2019re doing right now, she becomes a surgeon in the 1960s, which was not very common for a woman. I think that strength resonates with the readers of the books and the viewers.\u201d

Both actor and designer said the production\u2019s leaps in time can be challenging and that you can never rest on your laurels.

\u201cIt\u2019s one of the things I love about it,\u201d O\u2019Rourke said.

Playing the fan favorite comic foil Rupert in the show has been a blast for the former stand-up comedian and actor, he said.

\u201cI think it was Alec Guinness who said there\u2019s no difference between comic acting and dramatic acting, there\u2019s just good acting and bad acting,\u201d O\u2019Rourke said, \u201cand I just always try to do my best.\u201d

Dresbach echoed those sentiments.

\u201cI knew the costumes were going to be a huge part of this series, and I knew they were really going to be over the top, especially in season two,\u201d she said. \u201cIt can be tough. We\u2019re all here because someone wrote these books a while ago, and everyone who read them wants to see if they come to life the way they saw them in their head. That\u2019s the challenge I had to accept, to live up to 20 million people\u2019s expectations.\u201d

As organizer of the only event of this type in the world in 2014, Ford can relate.

\u201cI\u2019m very proud of it,\u201d Ford said. \u201cThere was nothing in the world like it, and I made it happen. I\u2019m so happy to have done it. In my opinion, Diana (Gabaldon) is the best author I\u2019ve ever read. She has such rich stories and characters, and I think that\u2019s why you see so many people here.\u201d

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Chad Pregracke makes it clear he respects the Davenport riverfront request for proposals process, but he's excited about a plan he has come up with in the event the city wants to go in another direction.

Davenport received two proposals for the barge and porte cochere at the former Rhythm City Casino, one from Muscatine's U.S. Inland Marine and the other from Restoration St. Louis, but the response has been lukewarm at best.

A review committee found one of the proposals did not meet its criteria, and only half of the committee thought the other proposal shared in the city's long-term vision for the riverfront.

Enter Pregracke, who envisions a floating park with concepts similar to Philadelphia's Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River waterfront.

\"People are looking at (the former Rhythm City Casino site) and saying, 'That's ugly. I don't want that,'\" Pregracke said. \"All I'm looking at is the barges and what that could be.\"

Pregracke worked in Philadephia and saw firsthand the amount of traffic that was attracted to Penn's Landing.

As Pregracke looked out from Davenport's skybridge on the cold and windy Friday morning, he spotted a man slumped over the rails trying to fish.

\"It'd be like a fishing pier like in Santa Monica where it's cool to see what people are catching,\" Pregracke said. \"Go to San Francisco and ride your bike out on those piers. It's people of all economic backgrounds, all races, diversity, and that is what's cool about those places.\"

Pregracke points out the lack of signs, which he views as a missed opportunity, but is open to suggestions and uses because as he sees it, this is chance to benefit the downtown area.

As someone who has lived and worked on more waterfronts than he can count, Pregracke also has a perspective on what works and what doesn't.

He rattles off restaurant after restaurant located on barges from St. Paul to New Orleans that have failed.

\"If I wasn't sure it wouldn't work or people wouldn't come here, I wouldn't waste my time,\" Pregracke said. \"Davenport would be setting a trend, and they would be trying to duplicate this elsewhere because there's nothing else like it. If worst comes to worst and nobody came on it or the fishing sucked, there would be 10 other cities that would want this because every city is missing this.\"

After speaking to Muscatine-based Stanley Consultants, Pregracke received a set of renderings within a week, and he has been showing them around and getting positive feedback about.

\"I've sent some feelers out there and talked to some people about,\" Pregracke said. \"I've gotten nothing but good feedback. Based on that, I think if the city was to say, 'Hey, we want to go down that road or check into that,' I would be able to build a great team of people to make this happen.\"

Rene Gellerman, senior vice president of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber was supportive of the plan because it leverages the Mississippi River as an asset and fits in with the chamber's Q2030 regional action plan.

With his renderings in hand, Pregracke is a bundle of energy and stops Rock Island's Amy Brown and her husband, who are walking on the skybridge to ask them what they think.

Brown, who recognized Pregracke from photos she has seen, thinks the vision is a great idea.

\"I've got one condition,\" she said. \"If Davenport turns this down, can you bring it over to Rock Island or try there?\"

Ten minutes later, Pregracke sees two younger men are making their way to the elevator.

He quickly whips out his plans out of their cylindrical container and asks if they would visit the riverfront if a floating park was there.

The response again is overwhelmingly positive, only this time delivered with more expletives and vigor.

The Davenport City Council will meet on Nov. 29 to look at the one proposal that has not been removed from consideration, but Pregracke is hoping to get his opportunity to present his vision in December.

Pregracke, who was named 2013 CNN Hero of the Year and a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, said he is not a developer and sees the riverfront vision as a community project.

He wants to hear what people want and who wants to contribute or partner in his plan.

He's even willing to put in the resources to help tear down some of the existing structures, which will cost between $70,000 and $100,000, according to estimates he has received.

\"This isn't going to make me any money,\" Pregracke said. \"It's only going to take a lot of time and energy, but I'm willing to put my resources to help facilitate it if this is something the city wants to do.\"

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Two longtime area restaurateurs plan to stretch the Quad-Cities' pizza offerings with a new down-the-line pizza restaurant known as Your Pie.\u00a0

Doug Ormsby, of Bettendorf, and Dan Sacco, of Dubuque, will open the rapidly growing chain's first franchise in Iowa next spring. It will be in a new retail development located in Birchwood Fields Office Park at 4520 E. 53rd St., Davenport. The 25-acre park is a Russell Construction project.

\"Your Pie is a down-the-line freshly made-to-order pizza concept,\" Ormsby said. \"You pick a recipe or choose your own toppings. They build it for you, put it in a brick oven and it bakes in five minutes.\"

Their two planned stores\u00a0\u2014 and another to come later in an unknown location\u2014 are part of a chain founded in 2008 in Athens, Georgia, by Drew French. It since has expanded across 14 states (when Iowa opens).

\"Dan and I have been working together for 20 years, and we were drawn to the pizza category,\" Ormsby said, adding they first worked together in a Clinton pizza place.

The owners of Panchero's, both in Davenport and Dubuque, he said the two went out on their own 12 years ago and were looking to expand when they found Your Pie.\u00a0\"We fell in love with Your Pie.\"

\"They make food the first priority,\" he said. \"If you don't keep the food first, you become about process and procedure. Dan and I look for brands that focus on keeping the food quality as high as you can.\"

In addition to using all fresh ingredients, he said Your Pie stores still stretch their own dough everyday. The new Your Pie will employ about 20 to 25 people.\u00a0

Ormsby said the down-the-line pizza concept is one of the fastest growing segments in the restaurant business. \"You're going to see a lot of it in the near future.\"

LifeStyles Furniture helps homeless shelter

LifeStyles Furniture in Davenport is helping raise awareness for area homeless with a donation campaign to benefit the Humility of Mary Shelter.

In partnership with Ekornes of Norway, Lifestyles Furniture is offering a $400 savings off its Stressless seating products when customers make a $50 donation through the store to the Davenport housing agency.

Working under the \"Give the gift of giving and kindness\" theme, the 25-year-old Lifestyles will run the donation drive until Jan. 16.

Eligible products include any size Mayfair recliner and Mayfair office chair models. Other Ekornes or Stressless seating products are eligible for a $200 discount. Donations are tax deductible.

Humility of Mary Shelter helps area homeless with emergency shelter as well as other programs such as transitional shelter, veterans programs and permanent housing. For more information, visit HumilityofMaryShelter.com.

Founded in 1991, Lifestyles is located at 4711 N. Brady St. in Davenport's Walnut Center. It specializes in contemporary, high-end furniture from American, Canadian and European companies. For more information, visit LifeStylesFurniture.com.

Hungry Hobo renovates its EM restaurant

The Hungry Hobo celebrated the grand reopening last week of its East Moline store at 1842 18th Ave.

First opened\u00a0in 1975, just two years after the Quad-City sandwich chain began, it marked the second major renovation for the restaurant. It last was refurbished in 2006.

Pryce T. Boeye, the company's president and CEO, said the remodel comes as the company continues to expand the sandwich restaurant in eastern Iowa. Boeye bought the company in 2004.

The sandwich shop was created in 1973 by brothers Jim and Joe Gende; their brother-in-law, Tom Spero; and mutual friend Ray Pearson. It now boasts 13 Quad-City locations. For more information, visit www.hungryhobo.com.

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\u00a0This date is significant on the Quad-City\u00a0calendar. Cary Grant died here, 30 years ago, Nov. 29, 1986, of a stroke. It was headline news and thousands of stories have been since written on the death of the matinee idol in Davenport. Every angle has been touched\u00a0\u2014 all but one\u00a0\u2014 the story of the hospital administrator who was steps away on that night.

Historic photos: Cary Grant

James Stuhler, then administrator of St. Luke\u2019s Hospital, now Genesis East, has kept the moments tightly to himself. This week he said for the first time, \u201cI suppose you could call it my three minutes of fame.\u201d It included a call from actor Van Johnson and a reported attempt by another matinee idol,\u00a0Gregory Peck, to reach him.

A year ago Stuhler and I lunched together at Venice, Florida, I cajoled him: \u201cI will buy your lunch if you give me your version\u00a0\u2014 not until the 30th anniversary\u00a0\u2014 of the night Cary Grant died.\u201d He shook my hand.

Sunday afternoon, he told what he remembered.

\u201cI was at home with my wife, Leeta, when a phone call came for me from the nursing superintendent of my hospital. She thought I should know that Mr. Grant had just been admitted. Mr. Grant? The name of \u2018Mr. Grant\u2019 meant nothing to me. It was a jolt when she added, \u2018You know, Mr. Grant, Cary Grant,\u00a0the movie star.\u2019

\"1986:

In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.

\u201cI was in my grubs, my clothes for hanging out around the house. I quickly changed into suit and tie. I hurried to the hospital and the area where Cary Grant was being cared for. I wasn\u2019t sure of his condition. It was such a secret. The chaos was only beginning. The word was leaking out to the press. Grant\u2019s wife, Barbara, would say nothing.\u00a0Reporters and photographers were coming in from all over, flown from Chicago and Des Moines and then the West Coast. They all demanded to know everything, was he dead or alive? I was in the middle.

\u201cI couldn\u2019t tell the press anything. This was big time, so I called my public relations\u00a0officer, who was in Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving with his parents. He was frantic, said he was going to fly to Davenport immediately. I told him to stay where he was; by the time he got here it would all be over. Mercy Hospital sent over their public relations person who was trying to calm the angry press. He brought in sandwiches and pop; that didn\u2019t help.

\u201cWord that Grant was dead was rumored. His wife had told his lawyer, but she refused to release the news to me at my hospital,\u201d says Stuhler. \"It put me in an awful situation.

\"She wasn\u2019t going to tell of his death to anyone but his daughter. She had to know it first. But no one could find her; she was on a date at a restaurant but no one knew the restaurant.\u201d

Stuhler, always a patient person, said he tried to keep the reporters at bay. Reuters News Agency in London got through to Stuhler, insisting on confirmation of death. Phone calls buzzed their way through hospital lines.

\u201cOne was a call to me from Van Johnson, who apparently was a close friend of Cary Grant,\u201d says Stuhler.

Finally, in the early morning hours, there was confirmation of death.

\u201cI remember how determined his widow was to get her husband out of Davenport,\u201d\u00a0 Stuhler says. A plane was chartered from Peoria and Cary Grant was quickly flown home to Los Angeles.

Stuhler stayed at the hospital until after dawn. \u201cBy 3 a.m., I had answered all the questions and tried to field all the calls.\u201d One\u00a0call that didn't get through\u00a0was said to be from Gregory Peck, who\u00a0had told an operator that he would keep trying.

Stuhler admits to being numbed by the experience. Her slept restlessly that night. At daybreak,\u00a0his home phone\u00a0started ringing, movie stars, agents and\u00a0celebrities wanting to give condolences. There were names Stuhler can no longer remember. He wanted to leave the house that Sunday afternoon to escape the turmoil.

\u201cMy wife insisted, \u2018You better stay around because an important call is to be coming soon.\u2019 \u201d It could have been Gregory Peck,\u00a0or it could have been from a fellow movie star friend who made it to the White House, Ronald Reagan.

The important call never came, so Jim and Leeta Stuhler went on an outing.

They visited Quad-City Arts Festival of Trees. It was the event that was to star Cary Grant the night before

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Clay and Tamieka Grafft\u2019s 3-year-old son Jet is full of energy at lunchtime \u2014 and it\u2019s not from sugar or soda.

As Jet jumps back and forth from his dad\u2019s arms to his mom\u2019s lap, they attribute his smiley spark to natural sources: He drank a shot of wheatgrass and a cup of kombucha an hour earlier.

\u201cAnd he won\u2019t get one of those crashes,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cIt\u2019s our daily routine.\u201d

The Graffts' clean-eating routine includes whole foods and super-foods that are allergy-conscious, dense in nutrients and loaded with fruits and vegetables.

Over the past 20 years, Clay Grafft has developed recipes for cold-press juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, sprouted grains and voodle (vegetable noodle) bowls. It began when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.\u00a0

\"At that point, my dad and I started researching how to beat diseases and just eat healthier, and applied that in the kitchen,\" he said. \u201cWe came up with things that seem to be really working for us and that we eat every day.\u201d

And, as of this year, his recipe list is no longer a family exclusive.

The Graffts, who have been married for five years, took their recipes and so-called healthy-eating movement public at Simple Superfood Cafe, which they opened Aug. 12.

\u201cEveryone\u2019s going out four or five a days a week because they\u2019re too busy to cook at home anymore,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd you look around for healthy things and it\u2019s like, what are your options?\u201d

The simple way\u00a0

One option is the \"simple and super\" way. Walk into the vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurant on Belle Avenue in Davenport, and the menu doesn't look all that simple.\u00a0

On the menu, smoothies contain raw and \"alive\" ingredients such as dragon-fruit seeds, adaptogens, maca, chia and honey carob. Drink options include alkaline water, which comes with this description: \u201cMade in house with a 10-stage reverse osmosis system and UV filter and then mineralized and boosted with antioxidants.\u201d There\u2019s also simple golden milk, which contains turmeric root, ginger root, honey, pepper and coconut milk.

It can be daunting, but the Graffts and their staff say they\u2019ll take the time to break it down. They also might talk you into a three-day juice cleanse, which they call a \"juice feast.\"

\u201cIn a one-day cleanse, one person is taking in about 10 pounds of fresh vegetables,\u201d Clay Grafft said. \u201cThat\u2019s something that normal people don\u2019t come close to in a week, so it really is a feast.\u201d

For ingredients, the Graffts order online and partner with Brammeir Farms in Wilton, Gilbert's Grapes in Bettendorf and Fresh Friday's Market in Davenport.

They call it a foodie\u2019s dream without steep prices.

\u201cThere\u2019s been a really big movement of people wanting to understand what they eat,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cOur mission is to bring real and healthy food to the average person.\u201d

'Let food be thy medicine'

It goes beyond cutting calories. They say items on the menu help with anti-aging, digestion and energy, as well as fighting (and healing from) disease.

\"I hate to say that we've lost our culture, but we\u2019ve lost the idea of eating foods from our ancestors,\" said Clay Grafft, adding his food philosophy is \u201csuper everything.\"

\"The things we use have cultural significance from all over the world, which means that people have been eating them for thousands of years to be healthy,\" he said. \"That has to mean something.\u201d

Keeping culture alive means something to the Graffts, who are both in their 40s and have full-time jobs outside the food business. Clay Grafft was born in Korea and Tamieka Grafft was born in Vietnam. They both were adopted and came to America as young children.

\u201cHealthy eating was instilled in me from a young age,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cMy parents eat that way and they\u2019re in their 90s, so it seems to work for them.\u201d

On the back wall, a chalkboard message sums it up: \"Let food be thy medicine.\"

Take this small example from Tamieka Grafft.

\u201cI haven\u2019t had soda in years or coffee in years,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd I used to really rely on that, like a lot of people.\u201d

Instead, she sticks to three or four cups of kombucha, a fermented and lightly fizzy probiotic made out of black tea, that contains a variety of healthy bacteria, she said. The cafe has homemade kombucha on tap and offers kombucha from Agri-Cultured, a health-food store in Dallas Center, Iowa.

\u201cIn Asia, they call kombucha the golden tonic,\u201d she said. \u201cIt gives energy, fights cancer, fights inflammation. So I drink it every day.\u201d

A food journey\u00a0

So far, they say, plenty of people are buying in. Clay Grafft already is talking about opening additional cafes in the future.

\u201cWe were nervous, because not everyone thinks about food the way we do,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cBut we so believe in the power of this food that we want to share it.\u201d

\u201cWe thought we were a small sliver of the population that wanted these options,\u201d Clay Grafft said. \u201cTurns out, there\u2019s a lot more interest.\u201d

It helps that there\u2019s an addicting factor to eating healthy.

\u201cThe more you eat clean, the more that when you put junk into your body, it\u2019s going to reject it,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cOnce you experience the natural energy and the effects, you see that value and want to keep feeling that way.\u201d

But it will likely take time to convert many Quad-Citians.

\u201cThe absolute best thing that could happen is people could change their lifestyle and feel better,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cIt\u2019s amazing what food can do. And it\u2019s a journey that lasts a lifetime.\u201d

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A strong finish to the regular season could impact Iowa\u2019s bowl destination.

Wins over second-ranked Michigan and the season-ending 40-10 pounding of 17th-ranked Nebraska during the final three weeks of the Big Ten season have caught the attention of the Outback Bowl, making the Jan. 2 game in Tampa an additional postseason possibility for the Hawkeyes.

\u201cWe have had only good experiences with Iowa and they certainly have played their way to a spot high on our list,\u2019\u2019 Outback Bowl president Jim McVay said. \u201cWe love their fans, their coaches, their players and the way they finished. The Hawkeyes will be among the teams we\u2019re taking a hard look at this weekend.\u2019\u2019

The Outback Bowl is very familiar with Iowa, having hosted the Hawkeyes four times since 2003 but Iowa last played in the bowl following the 2013 season, losing a 20-14 game to LSU.

Bowl berths will be announced Sunday after the selections for the College Football Playoffs are finalized.

With four Big Ten teams currently rated in the top six in this week\u2019s playoff selection committee rankings, the outcome of games this weekend across the country will impact both playoff and bowl possibilities for a number of league teams.

Now ranked 22nd, Iowa won its final three regular-season games as part of an 8-4 regular season.

The Outback Bowl has the Big Ten\u2019s selection after the College Football Playoff Committee fills slots for the playoff and other New Year\u2019s Six bowls.

If a Big Ten team is selected to play in the Orange Bowl, by contract the conference would not send a team to the Citrus Bowl this year and the Outback Bowl would have the conference\u2019s first selection outside of the six New Year\u2019s games.

The Holiday Bowl, a San Diego-based game scheduled for Dec. 27, and the Music City Bowl, scheduled for Dec. 30 in Nashville, are also eying Iowa.

The Hawkeyes last played in the Holiday Bowl in 1991 when Iowa and BYU battled to a 13-13 tie. The Hawkeyes have never competed in the Music City Bowl, which is played in the hometown of Iowa senior quarterback C.J. Beathard.

The Holiday Bowl selects its Big Ten representative right after the Outback Bowl and the bowl\u2019s executive director Mark Neville likes the position his bowl is in right now.

\u201cBottom line, nothing will be determined until Sunday and it\u2019s likely we won\u2019t settle on a team until about an hour before it\u2019s announced after the Outback makes its pick,\u2019\u2019 Neville said. \u201cWe do know we\u2019re going to get a good Big Ten team.\u2019\u2019

He said Iowa and Minnesota, both 8-4 teams, have generated the most conversation among the bowl\u2019s committee members but Neville said other teams could come into play based on what happens elsewhere.

\u201cThere are possibilities out there that we may not have talked much about,\u2019\u2019 said Neville, whose bowl hosted Wisconsin last year. \u201cWe\u2019ll see how things play out on the field, and what the others above us do, and we\u2019ll go from there.\u2019\u2019

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