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Did you set your clock back an hour?

Iowans are reminded to set their clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday.

Standard time returned this weekend at 2 a.m. Sunday.

The change means most Americans will get an extra hour of rest, but those working overnight shifts might toil an hour longer. It also means some will forget to change their clocks, and show up early for church or other events on Sunday.

Daylight time returns to Iowa in March.

Not everyone in the United States makes the switch from standard time. The exceptions are Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

--The Associated Press

Furbearer season begins in Iowa

Iowa's furbearer season opened Saturday, and biologist Vince Evelsizer says participation is expected to remain similar to last year, when about 14,500 furharvester licenses were sold.

The season in Iowa runs through Jan. 31 and covers muskrats, raccoons, coyotes, beaver, mink, bobcats and otters.

--The Associated Press

Hotel lays off 30, temporarily closes

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa City hotel has announced it will lay off 30 employees and temporarily close on Dec. 31 as it transitions to a new owner.

The Sheraton Iowa City disclosed the moves in an Oct. 27 letter to Mayor Jim Throgmorton. The newspaper reported earlier this year that the hotel would be sold to Graduate Hotels, owned by Chicago-based AJ Capital Parners. The building will be remodeled and reopen as the Graduate Iowa City boutique hotel by next summer.

The Davidson Hotel Company operates the Sheraton. Company spokeswoman Kerri Crannis said in an email Friday that the laid-off employees will be invited back once the hotel re-opens.

Iowa City Assessor records show the Sheraton sold on June 29 for about $26 million to Graduate Hotels ownership.