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Solon Economist

Cornerstone Grand Marshals

Mary and Denny Gruber

Mary and Denny Gruber were chosen as this year’s Solon Beef Days Cornerstone Grand Marshals of the 2016 Celebration. The special recognition was awarded to the Grubers for their involvement in community activities that have made a positive impact on the Solon community and surrounding area.

Celebrity Grand Marshal

Marshall Koehn

Marshall Koehn is this year’s Solon Beef Days Celebrity Grand Marshal of the 2016 Celebration. Thank you, Marshall, for bringing hometown pride to the Solon community.
Growing up Solon -
parents, siblings
Parents: Theresa and Jay Koehn, sisters Mattison and Marissa. Enjoyed youth sports and going to watch high school games.
High school highlights: Three state football championship football games, four state baseball tournaments and one state soccer championship game.

Beef Days Parade Grand Marshal:

In Memory of Bob Stinocher

Solon Beef Days has chosen to honor the late founding Beef Days member Bob Stinocher as this year’s Solon Beef Days Grand Marshal of the 2016 Celebration.

Something a little different in Ely

Closed roads means the parade goes on, even when it goes nowhere

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
ELY– The time-honored cliché says, “The show must go on.” In Ely, the Independence Day Parade had to go on despite road closures and prohibitions.
A concrete overlay project is underway on Ely Road from the Linn-Johnson County line to Cedar Rapids. Traffic in and out of Ely has been diverted to Jappa Road in place of Ely Road, which has altered traffic patterns in the small southeast Linn County community. It also put the brakes on the annual parade.

Bean Bag Tournament

The tournament starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.
Register now online or near the hay bale toss on Friday night.

Beef Days 5K and 1 Mile Run

Race Time: The 1 mile starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m.
Registration is available online by printing an entry form to mail or the day-of registration is available in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot between 6:30-7:15 a.m.
Individual pricing: 1 mile - $10, 5K - $15 ($20/Race Day), Solon Students K-12 - $7, Family pricing option - $40 with additional family members $5 (Family is limited to four related individuals with the same primary residence).

2016 Beef Days Beef Cup 3v3 soccer tourney

The Second Annual “Beef Cup” 3v3 Tournament is a Solon Beef Days-sanctioned event, run by Solon FC. Open to teams of 3rd/4th grades, 5th/6th grades, 7th/8th grades, and high school/open class. Depending on the number of teams registered, the Beef Cup is formatted in either a round robin or a two-pool round with a playoff for first/second place and third/fourth place.

Solon Beef Days Parade Route

The Parade will commence at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16.
The Parade staging area is located off of West 5th Street, there participants will be directed into the school grass field staging area, next to the football stadium.
The Parade will start promptly at 10 a.m., proceeding off of West 3rd Street, turning north on Iowa Street to Short Street for one block, then turning north again on West Street, across Main Street to North Street, then turning east (right) on to Dubuque Street, turn south and run the entire length of Dubuque Street to 5th Street, turn east and end at the nursing home.

Ely News

Sherry Novak of Rosemead, Calif., flew in to the Eastern Iowa Airport and spent a week visiting her parents, Bill and Irene Novak, and many other relatives and friends. On Saturday, July 2, a family picnic dinner was held on the Novak farm. They toured the Reiman Gardens in Ames, Vinton and other things in Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor. They also celebrated Irene’s 80th birthday which was in May. Sherry flew home on Monday night, July 4.

Lake Macbride State Park named to top U.S. fishing, boating list

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon, was recognized among the 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing.
“I’m not surprised by this recognition,” said Nick Rocca, Lake Macbride State Park ranger. Rocca talked to many park users and campers that come from near and far to fish Macbride. “They always have good things to say about coming to Macbride to fish.”

Solon girls punch ticket to state tournament

Late-inning heroics lift Lady Spartans in regional final

SOLON– With two strikes in the count, Nichole Oberthien laid down a bunt.
The play went to the plate, where Tara Lance slid wide of the tag to give the Lady Spartans a sixth-inning 4-3 lead over Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).
In the top of the seventh, Solon added two more insurance runs, the first of which prompted Solon Head Softball Coach Jim White to leap in the air joyously and repeatedly along the third base sideline.

Spartans tackle CR Kennedy after doubleheader sweep at Maquoketa

SOLON– The Solon varsity baseball team bounced back from a sweep at the hands of Western Dubuque to take two games from the Maquoketa Cardinals July 8 in Maquoketa.
The Spartans won 5-2 and 10-3 to move to 17-16 on the season.
The Cardinals built a 2-0 lead that held up through six innings, but Solon erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh to take control in the first game.