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Solon Economist

Construction on 180th Street NE to county line completed

IOWA CITY– 180th Street NE, from Utah Avenue NE to the Johnson-Cedar county line, will reopen to traffic by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The improvements planned for this project are complete and only minor touch-up work along the roadway may take place over the next couple of weeks. Drive carefully through the project area and be aware of equipment and workers in the right-of-way.

Advocates attending “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15

SOLON– The Solon Senor Advocates are planning to attend a performance of “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island.
“Elf The Musical” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Leave the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 10:15 a.m.
Call 624-2710 to join the trip.

Leo Shima’s Country Sounds at Old Gold Diner Wednesday, Nov. 22

SOLON– The Solon Old Gold Diner will feature Leo Shima’s Country Sounds as entertainment for the Wednesday, Nov. 22, meal. Cards will be played before and after lunch. Call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, for reservations.

Free Thanksgiving Meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 23

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 23. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Senior Advocates seeking to raise funds for van upkeep

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates is asking the community to help maintain the organization’s trip program for seniors. The Advocates’ yearly $3,000 insurance and maintenance costs exceed what can fairly be charged to area seniors. The Advocates purchased a 15-passenger mini-van from the University of Iowa in 2014 in order to take seniors on monthly restaurant road trips and excursions to area interests.

Ely News by Lenna See

Edward and Loretta Jenson, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., spent a few days visiting her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Eileen Jacobson. They were en route to their winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery receives Iowa Entrepreneur Award

WEST DES MOINES– For several years, Dan Takes had a vision of starting a creamery right by the family’s Linn County dairy, and they would provide farm fresh dairy products to local consumers. Dan’s wife, Debbie, knew how much work would be necessary for the creamery, and with six children, Dan’s business vision needed to wait for the right opportunity.

Spartans advance to quarterfinals

Solon smothers Vikings in 34-2 win

SOLON– Neither rain, nor sleet, nor cold of night could deter the Spartans on Friday, Oct. 27, at Spartan Stadium as Solon emerged victorious from a postseason football clash with the Decorah Vikings, 34-2.

Out of the crowd for top-25 finish

Conway 22nd at state meet

FORT DODGE– Even with a little sun breaking through by noon, it was still 40 degrees when the starter’s gun went off for the Class 3A girls state cross country championship Saturday. “It was very crowded in the first mile. I was blocked in from front and back,” recalled Solon freshman Kiersten Conway.
She’s been in big races before. It was very similar to her middle school state race with Iowa Speed Camp a year ago. “But here, they were in high school... and there were more of them,” said Conway. One hundred-thirty-eight to be exact, across the rolling hills north of Fort Dodge.

Linderbaum selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Solon football standout honored with assembly presentation

SOLON– The crowd roared.
U.S. Army SSG China Lee had announced Solon lineman Tyler Linderbaum’s selection to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to a crowd of family, friends and students during a special presentation in the Solon Center for the Arts auditorium Friday afternoon, Oct. 27.
Linderbaum, seated at a front dais with his parents and Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller, rose to the cheers of the audience, and the added fervor of thunderous music provided by the Solon High School Marching Spartans, to display and don an official jersey.

Solon Wrestling Club Starts Nov. 2

SOLON– The Solon Wrestling Club announced the beginning of the upcoming youth season for students in grades K-8. The club’s emphasis is learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun. The Solon Wrestling Club is lucky to bring back youth head coach and college All-American Dale Handley for a fourth season.

Annual Prairie Seed Harvest at Kent Park Nov. 4

OXFORD– Play a role in expanding the native prairie areas throughout Johnson County. Each fall, Johnson County Conservation staff members collect prairie seed from county properties. The seed is then used to plant new county areas to prairie. Volunteers from the public are welcome to take part in this rewarding conservation process by attending the Annual Prairie Seed Harvest on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at F.W. Kent Park.