From the Cedar Rapids Defender About page:
The Cedar Rapids Defender is an independent media watchdog owned and operated by the people who work for it. Letters, articles and guest columns are welcome.
Although they have a dedicated — and clearly marked — Satire section, as far as we can tell, the articles presented in their News section are indeed real.
That’s not to say that they aren’t above putting commentary with their story.
Reader beware, there is a fair bit of opinion on this site and not all of them are clearly marked as such.