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February 11th, 2016

Enquiring minds want to know

Lakeview Elementary students dive into science projects

SOLON– Civilized humanity has always liked to put things on display.
The Great Expositions and World’s Fairs prominently displayed the latest in future thinking and scientific wonder.
That inquisitive spirit lived on, in part, at the Lakeview Elementary Science Fair, held Saturday, Jan. 30, in Lakeview’s large gym.
Inside the event, sponsored by Lakeview’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), 78 students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade manned nearly 60 exhibits.

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Solon, townships to form new fire agency

Audit leads to probable organizational changes for Solon Fire Dept.

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SOLON– A new fire service agency will be created to serve the City of Solon and three townships surrounding it.
In September 2015, a state audit of the financial accounting of the Solon Fire Department raised some eyebrows; specifically, with the volunteers’ use of Benevolent Association donations.
The audit, triggered by a citizen complaint, had two sides, said Solon Mayor Steve Stange. One side involved the Benevolent Association, which he declined to comment on.

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Iowa ranked 4th in nation

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men played two games last week, taking down Penn State, 73-49, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, then traveling to Illinois Sunday and winning, 77-65.
Good defense, Adam Woodbury getting a career-high 15 rebounds and 28 bench points helped Iowa win its 15th straight home game against the Nittany Lions.
In the win at Illinois, Woody came through with 14 rebounds, 10 points and led the team with four assists.
The big guy from Sioux City has grabbed 10 or more rebounds on five of the last six games.

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Denese Marie Kromminga

Denese Marie Kromminga, 63, of Solon, died Feb. 4, 2016, from complications of ovarian cancer. She was at home surrounded by family and friends. Feb. 4 was World Cancer Day.
She is survived by friend Paul Sofranko of Iowa City and her children Micah Toomey and husband Malcolm Sturgis, Winnetka, Ill., Bridget Toomey, Iowa City, and Daniel Toomey, St. Paul, Minn., and beloved grandchildren Annabel, Ian and Edward Sturgis.

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Alligators and chicken wings

Walkin'

On our recent trip to Florida, it was too cold to see any snakes or alligators.
As reported last year, I ran into a lot of snakes on a bike ride on the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail. It was a little later in the year and a lot warmer. Totaled, I passed two-dozen serpents on the 30-mile round trip including one extra big one that coiled and took a strike at my rear wheel as I passed. At the end of the ride I talked with a local and mentioned the last encounter.
“Did the snake have a white mouth?” he asked.
“Yes,” I replied.

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Unusual friendships

Food For Thought

I caught part of a recent television program dealing with inter-species friendships in the animal kingdom. When I tuned in, they were discussing an unusual relationship between a Labrador pup and a young lion. They did a lot of racing around and playing just about the same as animal siblings do, and I thought about the kitten we had at one time. She came into a household that already had two female dogs, who got along peacefully, and she was soon adopted by the youngest (and smallest) of the two, who tended to mother her.

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February 10th

North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen Announces Run for State Representative in Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen announced Feb. 10 that she will run for State Representative in House District 77, which encompasses western and southern Johnson County, including the cities of North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher, Shueyville and Lone Tree.

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February 7th

Women of Troy upset Cougars in OT

IC West edges past Kennedy, 56-55

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy upset sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy by one point Friday, Jan. 29, on the Cougars’ home court. West outlasted Kennedy to win, 56-55, after trailing throughout the first half.

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Trojans escape Cougars’ upset bid

IC West boys defeat CR Kennedy, 42-39

IOWA CITY– On paper, it looked like an easy game for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 29, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars paid a visit in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division showdown. West entered the contest with an 11-3 record overall and an 8-1 record in the conference, while the Cougars were 5-9 and 3-6.

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Trojans escape Cougars’ upset bid

IC West boys defeat CR Kennedy, 42-39

IOWA CITY– On paper, it looked like an easy game for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 29, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars paid a visit in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division showdown. West entered the contest with an 11-3 record overall and an 8-1 record in the conference, while the Cougars were 5-9 and 3-6.

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