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Solon Economist

Reflections from a wrestling coach

Special to the Economist

Written after losing the team state dual final, 45-23, to New Hampton
As a wrestling coach for the past 10 years, I would consider every team I’ve worked with a special team. That being said, some teams stand out among the excellent and rise to a higher level. This was most certainly the case for this year’s Solon wrestling team. When speaking of excellence, it is not necessarily warranted with on-mat accomplishments, although this team has many.

$6 million gift for SCSD

School board, Gerdin Family Foundation announce contribution to build high school addition

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It is a massive contribution.
An estimated $6 million addition to Solon High School will be built by the Gerdin Family Foundation.
The addition, which includes a practice gymnasium, expanded weight room and the completion of the elevated walking track eliminated from the original construction, was announced at a special meeting of the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education Monday, Feb. 13, in the lobby of the recently-completed Solon Center for the Arts.

Solon Methodist men hosting annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 24

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Men will be hosting their annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 12, and includes oyster stew, chili, and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs and dessert.
Live entertainment will be provided by Leo Shima. Donations of new or used children’s books will be collected for the “Change a Child” campaign.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper March 31

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper is Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The pancake supper is an all-you-can eat supper which includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The supper is used to support mission activities, both at home and around the world.
The church mailing address is 1195 Steeple Ln. NE, in Swisher, but is located in Shueyville, just 3/4 mile east of Interstate 380 on Exit 10.
Cost for adults is $6, ages 3-12 is $3, and those under 3 are free.

New city administrator finds paradise and potential in Ely

A destination island

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
ELY– The City of Ely has a new city administrator in Denise Hoy, a veteran of more than 29 years of small town government. Hoy started her job in Ely Jan. 3, after falling in love with the southeast Linn County community and its main street.
With three grown children out in their careers, Hoy said she felt maybe a time for change was afoot.

SOLON NEWS by Lenna See

Lenna See

Allen Shima, son of Kevin and Sherri Shima, was honored on his ninth birthday on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, with dinner at the Huhot Mongolian Grill in Coralville. Those attending were his grandparents, Leo and Elaine Shima, of Solon; Jerry and Lou Adair, of Oxford; and Nathan, Missy , Logan and Leigha Pacha, of Oxford.

Kevin and Sherri Shima entertained with a party in honor of their son, Allen, for his ninth birthday on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, at the United Methodist Church Family Life Center. About 25 classmates, friends and relatives attended.

ELY NEWS by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Gwen’s Restaurant, in Lisbon, for dinner and a meeting. There were 28 members and two guests present. The event was postponed for a week due to the ice on Jan. 16. Hostess was Bonnie Fencl. Guest speaker was Ed St. John, of Solon, a beekeeper. He gave a interesting talk about the bees.

Eight to state

Spartans advance solo and as a team for state wrestling

SOLON– Last November, a state wrestling dual appearance was in the back of the Spartans’ minds as they began a second season under the only coach to ever get them there back in 2001.
Three months later, it’s on the forefront.
After an overwhelming victory at home Tuesday, Feb. 7, over Saydel (70-12) and Mount Vernon (51-18), Solon advanced to the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Dual Tournament. They were scheduled to wrestle Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a 9 a.m. quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Spartans spoil CCA Senior Night

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans fended off Clear Creek Amana (CCA) on the road Feb. 10, handing the Clippers an 82-50 varsity basketball loss on their Senior Night.
Solon broke open a tight game in the second quarter, outscoring CCA 21-10 on the way to a 36-22 halftime lead.

Lady Spartans end season against No. 10 Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– They’ve probably seen enough of the Mustangs for now.
Solon’s varsity girls ended their basketball season with a 52-36 loss to Mount Vernon Feb. 11 in Mount Vernon.
The Lady Spartans had concluded the regular season Feb. 7 hosting the Mustangs in a 61-41 loss, then faced Mount Vernon again four days later in the Class 3A Region 5 quarterfinal.
Solon’s season closed out with an 8-14 record.

City mulls impact of TIF rebate for Main Street project

HPR applies for $350,00 to help build “121 on Main”

SOLON– They didn’t say yes, but they didn’t say no.
At a regular meeting Feb. 1, members of the Solon City Council directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen to project the impact of between $125,000 and $200,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) rebates over the span of five budget years for a proposed Main Street development.
The move was in response to a TIF application by HPR Investments LLC seeking $350,000, or 10 percent of the $3.5 million project cost, in assistance for “121 on Main,” a mixed-use two-story building slated to replace three Main Street residences.

Their aim is true

Spartan team takes 2nd at home tournament, 1st at Hawkeye Downs

Solon Economist
SOLON– Their aim is true.
The Solon Spartan Archery team hosted its second annual tournament Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Solon High School gymnasium, finishing a strong second place and missing first place by only 12 points. Several individual archers were awarded medals in different divisions.