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January 4th, 2018

Ice safety reminder

DES MOINES– The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are starting to get out for the popular early ice fishing of the season.
“Many of us look forward to ice fishing each winter,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “It is a fun, social activity best enjoyed with family and friends.”

Francis Paul Vislisel

Francis Paul Vislisel, 86, of Solon, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Full military rites will be conducted by the Solon American Legion. Burial will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Brosh Chapel in Solon is handling Francis’ arrangements.

Marilyn “Kay” McFarland

Marilyn “Kay” McFarland, 79, of Solon, passed away with family by her side on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Celebration of Life Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Solon United Methodist Church, with Reverend Scott Keele Kober officiating, with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Solon United Methodist Church. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon are caring for Kay’s service.

Maxine Hofer

Maxine Hofer, 93, of Clive, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at Village at Legacy Pointe, Waukee. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Surviving are her children, Barbara Hofer Anderson of Naples, Fla., and Tom (Lisa) Hofer of Grimes: grandchildren, Mike (Eva) Anderson of Urbandale, Jon Anderson of Ankeny, Robyn (Rick) Baldenegro of Naperville, Ill., Leigh (David) Benish of Temple, Texas, Kenny Hofer of Swisher, Aaron (Jordan) Thomas of Silverthorne, Colo., and Jennifer (Rod) Claiser of Urbandale; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

About those resolutions

Food For Thought

If you’re like most of us, you’ve already fudged a little on one or more of the resolutions you so bravely made just a few days ago. We all like the feeling of being able to wipe the slate clean and start the new year fresh and guilt-free. But too often those well-meant promises we make to ourselves turn out to be a lot harder to honor than they were to make. I’d like to pass on some thoughts about New Year Resolutions, things that I’ve learned from experience and things that persons much wiser than I have shared with me over the years.

December 29th, 2017

Hawkeyes have solid football class

Hawk Talk

The early signing day for football was last Wednesday, Dec. 20.
That is the earliest high school seniors could sign a letter of intent.
It’s a little early to see if this is good for the Hawkeyes. Iowa picked up some solid recruits that could help right away.
This season the Hawks had three freshmen in the two-deeps on offense and three on defense.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is listed as a starter at wide receiver on offense for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
That will be Ihmir’s fourth start of the season.

Hawkeye men’s basketball

Hawk Talk

The Iowa men played two games last week.
They cruised to a 92-64 win over Southern Utah last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Once again, the Hawks used the size and depth to take down the Thunderbirds.
Southern Utah is a little bit like Drake as they rely on the 3-pointer. When they are hot, they are tough to defend, but the Hawks held the Thunderbirds to 8-26 from 3-point range (30.8 percent), controlled the boards (48-29) and points in the paint (52-24).

State champs

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women beat Drake, 79-66, last Thursday at Carver, making them the mythical state champs with wins over Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa.
What a difference a year makes.
Last season, the Drake Bulldogs went 29-5, 18-0 in the conference. They beat the Hawkeyes 81-76 in Des Moines. Iowa had two players in double-figures, led by Ally Disterhoft with 24, and Megan Gustafson with 20.
The Hawks only made 3-11 from 3-point range. Drake had four players in double figures and finished 8-19 from behind the arc.

Bloodhounds bite the Bolts

Fort Madison boys 68, Liberty High 45

NORTH LIBERTY— The Liberty High varsity boys basketball team suffered their second consecutive loss, in as many days, as the Bloodhounds, of Fort Madison, bit the Lightning Bolts, 68-45, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Liberty High.
The Lightning led, 8-4, at the end of the first period but dropped into a hole in the second trailing, 21-16, at halftime. The Bolts could only muster four points in the third period as Fort Madison led, 41-20, going into the fourth period.

Rebels run wild over the Lightning

NE Gooselake boys defeat Liberty, 78-41

North Liberty Leader
GOOSELAKE— The Northeast Gooselake’s Rebels remained unbeaten with a 9-0 record at the expense of the Liberty High Lightning Monday, Dec. 18, in Gooselake. The Rebels ran over the Bolts, 78-41, handing Liberty High their fourth loss of the first varsity season.The Lightning trailed throughout as four Rebels scored in double-digits, led by Dawson Stoll’s 26 points in the game. Northeast led, 21-8, at the end of the first period and held a comfortable 44-21 lead at halftime. The Rebels enjoyed a 57-31 lead going into the final quarter.