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Solon Economist

Boys win six events to claim district title

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist

MARION– The Solon boy’s track team, riding the strength of six first-place finishes, claimed the team title at last week’s district track meet held at Marion.
Team scores:
1. Solon
2. West Dubuque
3. Marion
4. Xavier
5. Wahlert
6. Anamosa
7. Maquoketa
Event champions included:
Shot put: Dalton Ferguson, 59’10;
Discus: Tanner Wymer, 153’10;
200-meter dash: Connor Ham, 22.69;
110-meter high hurdles: Connor Ham, 14.67;
4x100 meter relay: Jordan Wymer, Nate Christensen, Brandon Childs, Connor Ham; 44.57;

Spartans repel Raiders’ attack

Postseason begins next Tuesday

SOLON– The postseason begins Tuesday for the Solon boys varsity soccer team.
The Spartans travel to Davenport Assumption for a Class 2A substate 4 quarterfinal at 5 p.m., with the winner to advance to face Marion Thursday, May 29. The regional final is set for Saturday, May 31, at Central DeWitt.
Solon ended its regular season Tuesday night with a road game against Vinton-Shellsburg. Results were not available at press time.

Ending the year on a high note

Jazz vocal ensemble 5th Street Jazz poses proudly with their state championship trophy (photo courtesy of Joel Foreman)

Steve Stange appointed mayor of Solon

Residents have two weeks to call for special election

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city council appointed Steve Stange mayor at a May 7 meeting, and decided to appoint, rather than elect, his replacement on the council.
City voters have until Wednesday, May 21, to file a petition for a special election if they disagree with Stange’s appointment.
Stange had expressed an interest in the position after previous mayor Cami Rasmussen resigned her post to accept an interim position as city administrator.

American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Days in Solon May 17 through 26

SOLON– Each year the American Legion Auxiliary distributes poppies to commemorate the sacrifice of our servicemen and women who gave their lives in our country’s wars. The tradition of having the memorial flower honor the war dead began after World War I when returning soldiers brought memories of the battlefield poppies which were immortalized in Canadian John McCrae’s poem “In Flander’s Fields” whose opening lines are familiar to millions around the world:
“In Flander’s Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses row on row…”

Milli Gilbaugh to read May 17

SOLON– Local writer and artist Milli Gilbaugh will be reading from her short stories Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at the Solon Public Library as part of a meeting of the local chapter National League of American Pen Women.
The public is welcome to attend.