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Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Earlier this month, about 40 trees were cut down on the property of Gary Weinman, a rural resident who is suing the City of North Liberty to halt condemnation of a portion of his prairie land for a public sewer project. The city prevailed in a court hearing to stay compensation proceedings, and was ordered to pay Weinman $80,000 for the easement. The city is appealing that award, and more recently communicated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about a permit process questioned by Weinman’s legal counsel. (photo by Tom Tau)

A room to grow

NL CoLab offers innovative space for start-ups

NORTH LIBERTY– Google was started in a garage, Facebook in a college dorm room.
In the business world, the term “start-up,” conjures images of small, cramped quarters and slightly uninviting spaces.
But now that image is starting to change.
The North Liberty CoLab, located at 215 Hwy. 965, Ste. 1, is the newest collaboration space in the Iowa City area. It’s a place where start-up businesses and entrepreneurs can come together, network and bounce ideas off one another.

Amazing to others

SCSD Media Specialist Kathy Kaldenberg to retire after 12 years of service

SOLON– “Obvious to you, amazing to others.”
It’s the title of a YouTube video by entrepreneur Derek Sivers that describes how ideas that seem so simple and, well, obvious, to one person could be mind-blowing and awe-inspiring to someone else.
It’s a quote that Solon Community School District (SCSD) Media Specialist Kathy Kaldenberg tries to remember each day. She’s used it on her blog and has posted the video to her Twitter account as a reminder to everyone about what they have to offer the world.

Mini Dance Marathon gives kids a fighting chance

raises over $6,000 for cancer patients

TIFFIN– Students and community members got down and boogied to raise money to help kids fight life-threatening diseases on Friday, March 6.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s mini Dance Marathon, now in its second year, raised $3,417 to support children battling cancer and their families. Mini marathons held by area schools support the University of Iowa’s annual Dance Marathon, a student-led organization that raises millions of dollars to assist young patients treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
At CCA, this year’s total more than doubled the amount raised last year.

Making it official

West High’s Hartwig named head football coach

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY— After serving as interim Head Football Coach last season, Iowa City West High School’s Garrett Hartwig has been named as head football coach, according to a Tuesday, Feb. 17, press release from West High Athletic Director Scott Kibby.
Hartwig served as the Trojans’ defensive coordinator until last spring when Head Coach Brian Sauser left the program and the district.
Hartwig came with Sauser from Muscatine High School where the pair engineered a successful turnaround of a struggling program. It was a similar situation at West when the coaching duo arrived.

Solon Trustworthy Hardware celebrates 40 years of business

SOLON– Walking into his parents’ hardware store, Tom Trump wasn’t quite prepared for the display of pink step stools, toolboxes and tools that greeted him in the front window. It seemed out of place for a store that sold lawn mower parts, plumbing supplies and other home improvement tools.
Immediately, he knew this was his mother, Carolyn’s, doing.
“What are you going to do with that?” he recalled asking her.

Come and get it

West Trojans to defend title, close in on four-peat performance in Des Moines

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans took a 23-0 record to the Class 4A Boys State Basketball Tournament after powering past the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 79-50, in a substate final Tuesday, March 3, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Natural curiosity

Solon senior Kaitlin Hatcher traveled to New Zealand to participate in a biology study with the University of Iowa

SOLON- John Hatcher remembers buying his daughter, Kaitlin, a go-cart when she was in her early teens.
Like any other kid her age, she and a friend immediately took the new toy out in the back of the family’s property to test it out. After awhile, John began to worry about the girls, who had yet to return from their ride, and went outside to check on them. Seeing no sign of Kaitlin or her friend or the go-cart, he went into the brush to find them.
John what was surprised by what he found.

North Liberty Fire Department responds to mobile home fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was dispatched to 115 Holiday Lodge Rd. in North Liberty on Monday March 2, at 1:45 p.m. to respond to a report of a mobile home on fire. First-arriving units found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the home. The occupant of the home, 70-year-old Fred Steven, was able to exit the structure. It is unknown if smoke detectors were functioning at the time. Fire crews had the fire under control in 20 minutes while clean-up continued for a couple of hours.

Women of Troy return to state tournament

IOWA CITY— After sitting out the 2014 Girls State Basketball Tournament, the West High Women of Troy returned to the Wells Fargo Arena after knocking out Muscatine and Pleasant Valley in Class 5A Regional competition.
The Muskies were pan-fried in Iowa City on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Semifinal Round 54-28, while the Spartans of Pleasant Valley were foiled 45-27 in Iowa City, during the Regional Final on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

RAGBRAI returns

Bicycle ride to pass through Solon a week after Beef Days

SOLON– Guess who’s coming to lunch?
About 10,000 bicyclists on their way to Coralville.
The City of Solon has accepted an invitation by the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) to participate as a pass-through town Friday, July 24.
The decision was announced at a Feb. 18 city council meeting during City Administrator Cami Rasmussen’s report.
The 43rd edition of the statewide bicycle race will begin in Sioux City Saturday, July 18, and end in Davenport Saturday, July 25, spanning a route of 462.2 miles.

Birds-eye view

Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo: attendance and eagles rebound

JOHNSON COUNTY– The weather was more cooperative this year for the third annual Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo, held Feb. 7, at the Coralville Lake and North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Last year, an early morning snowstorm and icy conditions kept attendance down, but this time, the sun was shining and the temperatures mild, bringing the best attendance the event has seen, including the birds.