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NL boy to be Kid Captain when Hawks take on Indiana Nov. 7

IOWA CITY– Lincoln Ortman, 5, son of Chris and Missy Ortman of North Liberty, will serve as Kid Captain when the Hawkeyes take on Indiana on Nov. 7.
Lincoln was born with a hemangioma– a non-cancerous growth caused by an abnormal collection of blood vessels– that started on his leg. By the time he was 5 months old, it had become segmented and spread up his leg and into his diaper area. When his parents grew concerned about the birthmark bleeding, they took him to their dermatologist.

Equipment damage slows North Liberty leaf collection

NORTH LIBERTY– Leaf collection in North Liberty will be slowed due to the destruction of one of the city’s vacuum trucks. The damage was caused when a piece of concrete, obscured by leaves at the curb for collection, was sucked into the truck’s impeller. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Repair will require the truck to be out of service through the end of leaf collection, limiting collection to a single crew working with older, less efficient equipment.

Just there to help

Rural Health and Safety Clinic faces many challenges

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

HILLS— President Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
For four years, Roger Stutsman and Kelley Donham have been trying to convince farmers they are not from the government, and they truly are there to help.

Women of Troy to regional final

Third win over City moves West one match away from state

IOWA CITY– Once again, the West High Women of Troy proved conventional wisdom doesn’t count for much, as they showed it is possible to beat a quality team three times in one season. The myth busting occurred Thursday, Oct. 29, as West High faced rival City High in a Class 5A regional semifinal match at West, and won, 3-1. The teams first met on Sept. 8, at West, for the annual “Battle for the Spike,” which the Women of Troy took, 3-2. The rivals faced each other again, later that month, in the Dubuque Invitational with West winning, 2-0.

Cardinals fly away with Clippers’ football hopes

CCA falls, 13-7, in Class 3A playoffs

MAQUOKETA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football season came to an end Wednesday, Oct. 28, as the Maquoketa Cardinals knocked them out of the Class 3A playoffs with a 13-7 loss on a cold and windy night in Maquoketa.

CCA volleyball season ends with loss in Marion

Creek Girls dump the Demons, fall to the Indians

MARION– The season ended for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team as the Marion Indians sank the Clippers, 3-1, in a Class 4A regional semifinal match Thursday, Oct. 29, in Marion.
The Clippers opened the postseason with a 3-0 win over the Washington Demons at home, in Tiffin, on Monday, Oct. 26, in a quarterfinal round match up. Alyssa Weldon led the Clippers with a dozen kills as the Creek Girls met little resistance with 25-13, 25-8 and 25-12 set wins.

Women of Troy fourth at state cross country meet

Nock finishes seventh for West

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FORT DODGE– The West High Women of Troy cross country squad placed fourth in overall team points Saturday, Oct. 31, at the state meet in Fort Dodge. Urbandale won the Class 4A Championship, followed by Pleasant Valley, Bettendorf, City High and West.
Bailey Nock brought in a top-10 finish with her seventh place showing in 18:41.5. Pleasant Valley’s McKenzie Yanek won the race in 17:55.0.

Douglass leads Clippers in Fort Dodge

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FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) sent five runners to the 2015 Iowa High School Cross Country Championships held Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

West High swimmers qualify for state meet

Six girls will compete Saturday in Marshalltown

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IOWA CITY– Six West High swimming and diving team members will compete in the 2015 state meet Saturday, Nov. 7, in Marshalltown.

NL council approves smaller lot sizes in office, research park

Downsizing to draw businesses

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY­– North Liberty officials are trying to make it easier for businesses to locate in the city’s available office and research park areas.
The North Liberty City Council, at its Oct. 13 meeting, approved the first reading of a zoning amendment reducing the minimum size of lots for land zoned O/RP (Office/Research Park). Instead of requiring 2-acre lots, zoning officials are requesting to allow 1.5-acres. Lot width would go from a minimum of 200 feet to 150 feet, and allow side yards to be just 20 feet wide instead of 50 feet.

Little pumpkin with a big haul

Presley Russ gets ready for Halloween as she visits Colony Pumpkin Patch during the farm’s Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 3. The annual event offers family activities, vendors, displays and of course, lots of pumpkin picking. The Colony Pumpkin Patch also has a corn maze, with this year’s proceeds benefitting the North Liberty Community Pantry. For information and more photos from the event, see page A6. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Ronin to speak at CCA Financial Aid and Scholarship night Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m., Clear Creek Amana High School will host its annual Financial Aid and Scholarship night. Ryan Ronin, guest presenter from the Iowa College Access Network, will discuss the FAFSA, Federal Student Loan programs and scholarship searches. High School counselors Mark Hovey and Grant Elsbernd will discuss local scholarships and deadlines. This is an important meeting for junior and senior parents, but is open to anyone wishing to learn about funding their child’s education.