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Solon Economist

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.

City doesn’t want to take lead on Gallery Acres West

City: DNR not helping with water issue

SOLON– The city can’t investigate providing rural water if it doesn’t know how many local subdivisions would be interested.
And the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is apparently not very interested in helping determine that number.
According to discussions at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Solon City Council, the DNR stepped back from its lead role in determining whether municipal water could help resolve arsenic issues in developments outside the city.
For the city’s elected officials, the news brought their interest in researching the problem to a screeching halt.

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.

Czech mates

Carl Richey and Czech student Daniel White make most of visit

SOLON– “I told my parents, let’s do this,” Carl Richey said when he saw the flier posted at school last fall.
It described an opportunity to participate in a summer exchange program sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation.
High school students of Czech, Moravian or Slovak ancestry living within 100 miles of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City were eligible to apply to the Foundation’s Homestay program, which has awarded 55 scholarships since it began in 1983.

Revised site plan approved

Alley dining for new restaurant scaled back

SOLON– Everything’s okay now.
After two weeks to iron things out, two prospective Main Street neighbors have mended the fence.
As a result, the members of the Solon City Council, at an Oct. 18 meeting, unanimously approved a revised site plan for a new restaurant at 122 E. Main St., the former location of the Solon Station.
The site plan was tabled at an Oct. 4 session after Salt Fork Kitchen owners Jay Schworn and Eric Menzel said they had not been approached about a plan to use an alley between the two buildings as an outdoor dining area.