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Solon Economist

Solon girls fall in shoot-out to unbeaten Central DeWitt

DeWITT– It came down to penalty kicks for the Solon Lady Spartans and the Central DeWitt Sabers Friday, May 1.
And Central DeWitt was just one shot better.
On the wrong end of a 3-2 penalty-kick ending, Solon’s girls fell to undefeated Central DeWitt 1-0 in DeWitt.
“The DeWitt game was a fairly evenly matched game,” said head coach John Tucker. “Neither team was able to get the ball in the net during regulation, but we certainly had our opportunities. We played well, and fought hard.”
The loss dropped the Lady Spartans to 4-2 on the season, with a string of three road games this week.

Science Café May 14 at Frida Kahlo

SOLON– A Science Café is a public event that takes place in a casual setting, such as a pub or coffee house, featuring an engaging conversation with scientists about a particular topic. On May 14, from 5-6 p.m., the first Solon Science Café will be held at Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant. Dr.

Solon's Ed Hadenfeldt set to retire

longtime coach and teacher Going,but won’t be gone

SOLON– Ed Hadenfeldt has been a fixture of the Solon Community School District for 36 years in the classroom, the wrestling room and on the gridiron sidelines. But now he says it’s time to try something else for a few years.

First phase of improvements for Ely Road coming

Johnson and Linn counties partnering on three-phase project

JOHNSON COUNTY– Commuters between Linn and Johnson counties have a while before they will see work on Ely Road.
It’s coming in late August.
The first phase of Johnson County’s plan to upgrade Ely Road (W6E) will begin at the Linn County border and extend just four-tenths of a mile southward. Phase 1 includes replacing a deteriorated culvert and grading and widening the roadway’s foreslopes– the ground that goes from the shoulder to the bottom of the ditch.

Old Gold Diner celebrate 35th anniversary

Johnny Krob entertains the capacity crowd at the Old Gold Diner’s 35th anniversary celebration Wednesday, April 15. The Old Gold Diner is Solon’s congregate meal site, and some of the original staff were present for the meal. Located in the fellowship hall of the Solon United Methodist Church, the Old Gold Diner provides a lunch meal weekdays and special events and activities throughout the month. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon council extends interim administrator

Rasmussen to stay at least until August

SOLON– The Solon City Council needed more time.
Back in April 2014, council members approved a one-year contract for Cami Rasmussen to serve as city administrator, with the idea of eventually finding a long-term candidate for the post. Rasmussen stepped down from her job as mayor to assume the position, which was vacated by Cassandra Lippincott.
But the city has yet to interview a candidate for the permanent position, and Rasmussen’s year was set to expire April 28.
At a brief special session April 22, council members approved extending her contract to Aug. 1.

“Spring into Nature!” May 3

Trees Forever, Bur Oak Land Trust team for “Spring into Nature!” field day near Solon to showcase native plants, spring flowers May 3

SOLON– A new partnership will highlight the beauty of spring with a nature walk.
“Spring into Nature!” is a free field day sponsored by Trees Forever and the Bur Oak Land Trust that will feature many varieties of native plants from trees to prairie to spring ephemerals- those short-lived woodland wildflowers that mark the start of spring. The free event will be Sunday, May 3, at Turkey Creek, a Bur Oak Land Trust property on 107 scenic acres of prairie and forest near Solon.

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 2

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club will be hosting a May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.

Community input meeting for Comprehensive Plan May 11

SOLON– The public input session for the update of Solon’s Comprehensive Plan will be Monday, May 11.
The consulting firm MSA Professional Services Inc. has been hired by the City of Solon to complete all aspects of a comprehensive plan update. MSA will be facilitating the first of two public meetings at Solon City Hall May 11 at 6 p.m.
Community input is needed. For more information on this process and project updates, please visit the Solon Comprehensive Plan website at www.the solonplan.com.

Prostate cancer awareness seminar April 30 at St. Mary

SOLON– St. Mary Church invites parish and community members to join a seminar on Prostate Cancer Awareness on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall classroom at St. Mary Church. This is a health education seminar by University of Iowa urologist, Dr. Sundeep Deorah, M.D. He presents a program on prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment choices followed by a question and answer panel of Solon men and wives who have experienced prostate cancer and treatment. Call Nancy Upmeyer, MSN, RN, Parish Nurse at 319-624 2944 for additional information.

Twin titles for solon at Drake Relays

Solon’s Shelby Gunnells follows through on a throw in the 2015 Drake Relays high school shot put. Gunnells won the competition to match her 2014 Drake title.
Solon senior Connor Ham eyes the finish line during the final of the 110-meter high hurdles at the Drake Relays Friday. Ham won the event in 14.31 seconds, the fastest time of all preliminaries as well as the final. Ham placed second in the event as a sophomore and missed the finals last year as a junior.

Gunnells wins second shot put championship

DES MOINES– Late Friday, Shelby Gunnells was still at the Drake track; watching as her teammates wrapped up their events in the high school division of the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s most prestigious track meets.
Her work was done.
“It feels like it was so long ago,” she said and smiled, thinking back to her morning in the shot put ring. That is where she rang up her second consecutive girls shot put title.