Of Linn & Johnson County, Iowa

 Read What People Are Saying About Tidbits®

Our Readers Say:


I just wanted everyone to know what a nice experience I had over at the Great American Popcorn Company after winning a gift certificate for one of Tidbits weekly drawings! Who doesn't like free stuff?


The girls at the Great American Popcorn Co. were so sweet! They allowed me to try so many different types of popcorn and ice cream, it was great! I'm hooked on the caramel pecan popcorn...yummy!


It was a great evening to relax with friends, watch movies and enjoy delicious popcorn! Head on over to the Great American Popcorn Co. These ladies will definitely treat you right! Thanks again!


Sharre Simmons

Cedar Rapids


This is a great fun and interesting little paper!!  I read it from front to back.  I enjoy sudoku the puzzles, and the humor in it, and the stories are very worth while.


Rob  Liittschwager

Iowa City


Charming, fun paper with great puzzles and articles!  The local nature of the paper makes it a unique delight!


Diane Pollock

Cedar Rapids


I pick the Tidbits up, every chance I get, as I do love the puzzles and stories. I also enjoy the contest, as I have been a winner a couple of times, which is fun. The paper shares a lot of history on things you would not otherwise read about. It's a fun little paper and I pass them on.


Gail Nix


Since the beginning of TIDBITS being circulated in this area, We find that we look forward to Tuesday and the weekly edition of the paper.  We enjoy the articles, the puzzles, and this past week we also enjoyed a tasty tenderloin meal from Maid-Rite West by entering the drawing that is offered each week.


Also...thank you for the non-profit ads which run every week.  They have been a great help to our church fundraisers.


Joyce and Harold Hutchins


I really enjoy the Tidbits because of the interesting articles & I enjoy the jokes. Thank you


Carl Jr., Marion


Reading Tidbits is a fun part of each week!!! It always has such interesting information included and fun things as well. Of course, I love to enter the contests and especially like it if I win something!!! Keep up the good work and all of you who haven't read this little paper, pick one up around town and give it a try.


Jane Beck, Cedar Rapids, Ia


I love everything about Tidbits. Love the puzzles. Makes waiting for appointments easier. Keep up the good work!

Linda K, Marion, Ia


I won the 2 Penguins Comedy Club tickets. My husband and I went on a Friday night. We enjoyed ourselves very much. We plan to go back again soon. Thanks for picking my name to win the tickets!


Kathy Castek, Hiawatha, Ia


I started reading tidbits while I was waiting for my husband to get out of the locker room at a local health club. After reading the first issue, I was hooked. I never minded the wait again. Every week I find myself looking for the new issue to come out. It's a quick, fun, easy paper to read.


Although I normally do not pay attention to advertisements in the magazines that are commonly strewn around waiting rooms in doctors offices, etc, I found myself reading all of the ads in Tidbits.  Why?  I suppose because the businesses that advertise in Tidbits are local.


  I entered a contest from one of the  businesses  and won a prize. What a surprise!  That was like the icing on the cake.  Never did I expect such a small paper to  give me so many big surprises. Thank you


Sharon Taylor - Cedar Rapids, Ia


The articles are fun to read. I love all of the games and puzzles. The trivia facts always get my friends thinking and we actually learn stuff when we pick up a Tidbits.


Jimmy J. - Cedar Rapids, Ia


Tidbit's of Linn County is a wonderful paper to read while taking a break at work and catching up on the trivia or learning of local deals around town. It is certainly something I look for each week.


Ryan Brems - Cedar Rapids, Ia


Tidbits is a fun and interesting paper to read. The puzzle, quiz, etc. are short and quick to do.  I can see a lot of tidbits in a short time.  Keep up the good work!


Luella VE - Marion, Ia


I enjoy your paper and the puzzles. I don't often win anything but the first week I entered the contest I won a gift certificate to Papa Juans. I hadn't eaten there in over 10 years. They have very good food and I let them know how their advertising had paid off. I will be going back.


Claudia Waggener - Shellsburg, Ia


Tidbits is growing, is well designed, diverse, interesting, educational, entertaining, a lot of fun. The ads are of top quality.  My favorite features are The Garden Big, Strange But True, Moments In Time, Hocus-Focus. ss well as  the ever-changing front-page article.  I especially like the articles, if continued, are printed in the same column on each page, making it easy to cut out.  I look forward to Tidbits every week.


Penelope Warner - Cedar Rapids, Ia


Tidbits is one of the most unique and colorful quick reads I have ever run into in my travels around the county. I count on being able to fill in my time at my hair stylist, dentist, car repair shop etc., getting a laugh to make my day, learning something I never knew, or finding a local business that I have a need at that moment. If you see it pick one up and you'll be a fan too.


Richard Bohrn - Iowa City, Ia


I browsed through an issue of Tidbits while waiting for a dental appointment. It was the first time I'd seen the paper and I was quite  impressed.  A very enjoyable "read." As an added bonus, I won a gift certificate to Papa Juan's in the weekly drawing.  We used it last night and the food was excellent! We will be going back!


Karen M - Center Point, Ia


I thoroughly enjoy Tidbits. I read it cover to cover

every week.  It's a welcome relief from the often

gloomy news in the local newspaper.


Dan Breitbach - Cedar Rapids, Ia


Tidbits has it all, fun facts, helpful features, classifieds and strange but true. I thumb through it at car repair places, bar and grills, and I usually take one with me to check out ads, local events, concerts and food specials. It is fun and different


Kerry Hansen - Cedar Rapids, Ia


I enjoy reading the Tidbits newspaper because you print interesting facts about interesting topics. I also like the idea you can enter contests and win free things. Keep up the good work and keep the paper going!


KC - Hiawatha, Ia


I love Tidbits! I was a lucky winner of a gift certificate to the cutest little store called MyTyme Creations in Shellsburg, IA. They had such wonderful, handmade craft items and warm friendly service. Thanks Tidbits

for introducing me to this wonderful shop!


Tammy Hepker - Vinton, Ia


I love the Tidbits paper. It has fun information which you don't find in any other paper. I often look at Tidbits when I need a place to go eat or have another need in my household. Tidbits is a great advertising paper.


Pam Brown - Marion, Ia


I really enjoy the variety in the Tidbits. I entered one of the drawings and won a $10 gift certificate to Shueys, which had great food and service.


Norrine Kahler - Ely, Ia


I would like to tell you how much I enjoy reading the Tidbits each week. I have been a loyal reader from the first edition. The reading is very informative and interesting and easy reading. I enjoy the puzzles also as

they are a great stress reliever. I also have been lucky enough to win certificates from many of the advertisers in the paper. I would never have tried these places without the certificate and have become a loyal customer of several of the advertisers. It is a win-win situation for all of us.


I would encourage you to pick up the paper and read it and enter the Tidbits drawing and try your luck at winning some certificates. It is easy to enter and fun to win.


Sandy Matt - Cedar Rapids, Ia


I recently won the weekly drawing for MyTyme Creations in Shellsburg. Their ads had gotten my curiosity up and I was excited when Russ called me to tell me I won.  What a neat store!  Elayne was very friendly.  And the prices are very reasonable.  There is a variety of items, you need to allow plenty of time to browse.  I got several items with my $10 gift card!!  I definitely

will go there again, it is a unique, fun store!

Thank you Tidbits and MyTyme.


Carol G. - Cedar Rapids, Ia


There are lots of interesting facts in the Tidbits.

Plus I won a prize on the Tidbits web site drawings!


Tim Dohrmann - Cedar Rapids, Ia


I love Tidbits!! It's very helpful. You can find anything you want or need in there. (Like places to eat & shop) The design of the paper is awesome as well. Good graphics and color.


Sheryl N. - Cedar Rapids, Ia


I enjoy reading Tidbits when I stop at various places in the area. They are always fun to look at. I enter the contest most weeks and I just won 2 tickets to Penguins Comedy Club.  My wife and I are looking forward to going to the show. Thanks for a great paper.


Jerry Farland - Marion, Ia


I love reading Tidbits.  It is a fun publication. I love trivia and there are so many interesting facts and stories.  I like to enter the drawings and I have won.  Yeah!  I received a gift card to Zio Zohno's and had a great pizza and great service.

Thank you for sharing this with us.


Judy Hall - Marion, Ia


It's fun to read. The horoscopes are different. Mostly, your articles are meaty containing items of interest not easily researched. Thanks for good reading.


Grace H. Zimmerman - Anamosa, Ia


Tidbits is a great paper. It actually takes me longer to read Tidbits then it does the daily paper. It always has interesting articles and games.


I've won the Tidbits weekly drawing about four times now. So, I would like to tell everyone that's they all have a good chance to win. Just register each week. It only takes a few minutes. I just won a pizza from Mammamias. Keep up the good work Tidbits!


Louis Van Marm - Cedar Rapids, Ia


Tidbits is FUN to read. The articles and trivia are light and upbeat which is a nice change of pace from the usual. I enjoy the puzzles as a nice break from the work day and at my barbers while I'm waiting. I see it everywhere which is great.


David Bell - Cedar Rapids, Iowa


We totally enjoy reading and doing the puzzles in the Tidbits paper every week, can't wait until the next week's edition, this is one paper I read from cover to cover, and also I enter the weekly drawings.


Thank you

Ron Helgerson


Our Advertisers Say:


Thank you very much for your cooperation in running our announcements about the human trafficking meetings at our church. We had our second one on Saturday and had a very good crowd and informative meeting. We appreciate your help in getting the word out.

God bless you.   Jan McMurray


Thank you for providing the Tidbits publication!

What a wonderful way to advertising open employment opportunities. Russ’s willingness to assist with content advice was very helpful.


 D. Boelter, MBA

Director of Human Resources and Recruiting

Don Hummer Trucking Corporation


Russ, we are very pleased with the Tidbits concepts in our advertising efforts. This is definitely an innovative way to communicate our message to our customers and a great way to bring new people to our business.


The crossword puzzle definitely created the awareness we desired in turn giving us an increase in customers. Not only have we come to depend on Tidbits for consistent great prompt service for our advertising needs.


Our customers have come to depend on the weekly edition of Tidbits because they get great enjoyment reading the paper.


Sincerely, Glen & Donna Stouwie, Owners

King & Queens Coaches Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Kyle’s Framing and Gallery has advertised in Tidbits since 2006. We offer clients a discount off custom framing when they mention our ad in Tidbits and find it an effective use of our advertising budget. We are proud to join other local, Marion businesses who advertise in Tidbits, to promote our growing downtown Marion!


Russ stops by often with new ideas for promotions and print ideas. He sets up our ad accurately, quickly and ensures our ad looks enticing and professional. New customers come through our door because they saw Kyle’s Framing and Gallery in Tidbits!


Who hasn’t been in a waiting room, restaurant or office and NOT noticed the rack of Tidbits inside the front door? Russ and his staff do a great job of saturating the advertising market. Whenever we walk in a business and see the Tidbits display, we know Kyle’s Framing and Gallery has hit that target, too!


Because of the Tidbit format, potential clients of all ages and professions will pick up a Tidbits. They might be in search of a service or a discount, but most often it will be because the monthly theme is of interest or someone will know to search for a puzzle, poem, cartoon or article. Clients remember to call us when they have custom framing and artwork needs because they saw it leisurely sitting at their desk or kitchen table… in a Tidbits.


In 2011, we opened a new business called Indian Creek Lure Company. Tidbits was our first mode of advertising and has seen real results!


Give Russ Swart and Tidbits the opportunity to earn your business!


Sincerely, Kyle Robinson, Owner

Kyle’s Framing and Gallery

Indian Creek Lure Company

Marion, IA 52302


Russ, It is my pleasure to write a testimonial regarding the impact Tidbits has had on our 11 Linn County Stores. We have been running a double ad on the front page since 2007, and receive many comments from customers about those ads. I see Tidbits at many locations in addition to our stores, and always read it myself while waiting for a Doctor appointment, or enjoying lunch at the DQ! It is informative, entertaining, and free!!


In addition to the regular weekly ad, I think your potential clients would like to know of the additional services you have provided to our franchisees. Many of them use you to print up menus for customers to take back to the office for call in orders. I have many times had you design special coupons that we often donate to charity walks or other fundraisers. And last summer as part of our sponsorship of the Corvette Club Charity Car show at Lindale mall, we ran a coloring contest for kids. The entry forms for them to color were done by you, and were a big hit. Often you will make special sale posters for us as well, since we sometimes run specials that the national advertising unit of Dairy Queen does not make available for us. It is invaluable to have a poster in the stores that mirrors the ad we are running in Tidbits.


All in all, we are very pleased with the ongoing relationship we have with you, and would highly recommend Tidbits to anyone looking to reach new or existing customers on a weekly basis, at some of the most reasonable rates anywhere.


Sincerely, Sally Stendel Business Manager

Dairy Queen of Linn County


It is my pleasure to write this letter of recommendation regarding my experience with the Tidbits publication. I have been advertising in the Tidbits since 2006. Each week, it never fails that new people come up to me and mention that they have seen my ad in Tidbits. I feel that Tidbits has been a good investment for my advertising dollars. You can't beat the local circulation that Tidbits gets. I would highly recommend it to anybody considering placing advertisement in the Tidbits publication.


Sincerely, Dave Braden Dave Braden Agency, Inc.

American Family Insurance


Russ, I wanted to send you a quick letter to let you know how happy we have been to be involved with Tidbits. Of all the advertising we do, we have had the most customer response from the Tidbits publication over the last few years.


Besides good exposure to our customer base, I also find Tidbits the easiest advertiser to work with when it comes to designing our ads, updating our ads and getting quick responses to any questions we need answered. When you throw in the very low cost of advertising over other forms of advertisement, using Tidbits is an easy direction to reach.


Thanks for all you do,

Sherry Kramer, Manager A-1 Home Healthcare

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


Russ, I thought that I would let you know that the weekly drawing that I’m doing with you has been some of the best marketing we have ever done. I find that most people visit us with a spouse or friend which allows us to at least break even with their free sandwich they win. The hardest part to gain new customers is getting them in the door the first time to try us out. This has been a great way to establish new customers as we can always satisfy them to return again and again.


Thank you very much for all the help you do for us at the Maid Rite!


Sincerely, Jim Hanson, Owner

Maid Rite West Cedar Rapids, IA 52405


Russ, marketing with your Tidbits has been very affordable with great exposure. Not only do I get new business but I really like how easy it is to work with you!


Thank you very much, Jeff Koppes, Owner

Jeff's RV Inc. Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


I just wanted to let you know that I get a lot of comments that people have seen my ad in Tidbits.


You do a great job distributing the publication and people enjoy reading it.


It is a good "bang for your advertising dollar". I've been in Tidbits since you first started and you are great to work with! I always recommend my friends in business to give Tidbits a try!


Sincerely, Steve Emig


I stopped at Zio Johno’s to pick up a take out order. As I waited for my order I looked around for something to read to pass the time.


I spotted a stack of brightly colored papers folded neatly in half. The paper carried the name of Tidbits. The sign said “Free, take one” and so I did. As I flipped through it I forgot that I was in a hurry to get my food order and became more focused on the content of the paper. I couldn’t help but notice the advertising within it especially since I handle marketing for Briarwood. The ads were professionally designed to be eye catching and the detail was crisp and clean. Plus, all the ads were in full color!


Just as I became engrossed with Tidbits trivia and was attempting to solve a puzzle it was announced my order was ready.


The following week I approved ad design  and my ad began running in the Linn County edition and later the Johnson County edition. I have been a Tidbits reader since and continue to market our services with them.


Sincerely, Andrew Maas, RN BSN


Briarwood Health Care Center

Iowa City, IA 52246



We are very selective with our advertising dollar, and track results religiously. We average 6-8 inquiries per month and actually rent 1-2 apartments per month as a direct result of advertising in the Tidbits. Per dollar spent this gives us a better return than the local newspaper.


Ronald L. Kelley Kelley Properties Inc.

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


I have been using Tidbits for over 4 months now and am excited to report that I have had some good calls from the display advertising I have been doing.


I really like how easy it is to get my ad to the publisher and get a proof back for my review so quickly. This has been a positive experience to date. I am very glad I chose to advertise in Tidbits.


David Pitts, Cedar Rapids, Ia


TIDBITS Of Linn Co and Our Organization Have been going steady for about one a half years now. Believe it or not our TICKET SALES are up 25% over last year. Tidbits doesn't get all of the credit, CRCCA's 10 LIVE Shows for $35, not each, all 10 for 1 $35 price is impossible to beat, but spreading the word is so important.  TIDBITS helped do just that, to over 25,000 readers each week. THANKS TO YOU RUSS.


Tony Staab, Pres.

Cedar Rapids Community Concert Assoc.

Cedar Rapids, Ia


Tidbit's of Linn County has been a great, low cost way to get our message out to the public.


We've received good high quality leads that have turned into great new customers for our computer repair, search engine placement and website design services.


- Michael Albee, ALBEE Digital Design

Cedar Rapids, Ia


MyTyme Creations would like to thank Tidbits for getting out the word and enabling the connection between us. Keep up the good work!!



(Retired, Marketed in Tidbits from 2007-2011)


I have been marketing my businesses in tidbits since the first issue and love it. Russ does a great job updating our ads with excellent creativity.


Dave Carey, Cedar Rapids, IA Fieldhouse


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