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Community

Pain is unnecessary

Aero Performance & Physical Therapy in North Liberty is ready to help you achieve your goals

NORTH LIBERTY– From receiving an ankle sprain to earning a doctorate, and from treating multiple clients at once to providing exclusive one-on-one care sums up in the briefest manner the career path of Troy Bockenstedt, physical therapist (PT), and doctorate of physical therapy (DPT), as well as his Aero Performance & Physical Therapy clinic in North Liberty.

Home-style, done curbside

North Liberty’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner adapts to the pandemic

NORTH LIBERTY– Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition, but like just about everything you can think of, it too has been altered this year by fears of the COVID-19 virus. Case in point, for nine years people in North Liberty gathered at the South Slope Cooperative Communications facility on North Front Street for a free Thanksgiving dinner.

City of North Liberty appoints Neighborhood Ambassadors

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty welcomed 41 residents to its Neighborhood Ambassador program. They are the first volunteers selected for the new program and are key players in the city’s Great Neighborhoods Initiative.

Indoor pool closed for heater repairs

NORTH LIBERTY– The indoor pool has closed for repairs.
Last week, the heater that usually keeps the indoor pool water heated to a comfortable 84 degrees went down, and the water’s temperature slowly started to drop. While our staff kept the pool open through Wednesday, over the Thanksgiving break, the water temperature hit a chilly 76 degrees and staff has closed the pool.
The aquatics team hopes to have a timeline for repair from its contractors and will provide that to patrons once it’s established.

A bright light shines on

Liberty High mourns and remembers a young life lost

NORTH LIBERTY– A very dark year got even darker for the Liberty High School community as 17-year-old Liberty High senior Brooke Anne Langland died on Friday, Nov. 13.
She was born on Dec. 17, 2002, to John and Traci Langland. A senior, she had been accepted into the University of Iowa to pursue a career in healthcare, and was planning to try out for the Iowa Dance Team. “Since the age of three, Brooke had lived and breathed dance,” her obituary said. She was a member of Liberty High’s three-time state championship dance team.

No changes on the Clipper ship’s bridge

CCA school board keeps things the same in annual organizational meeting

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, the “Home of the Clippers,” will see no changes at the top of the school board after the board of directors’ annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Board President Jennifer Mooney retained her post following nomination and without an opposing challenge. Mooney was voted-in unanimously with board member Kathy Swenka absent. Vice-president Matt McAreavy also retained his position after nomination without a challenger, and by unanimous vote of the board.

On course to return, but subject to change

CCA school board discusses Nov. 30 return to on-site instruction

OXFORD– If all goes well, students in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will return to their classrooms on Monday, Nov. 30. The district moved to virtual learning on Monday, Nov. 9, after a wave of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines sidelined a significant number of transportation department employees. Coupled with a high COVID positivity rate in Johnson and Iowa counties, the district applied for, and received, a waiver to return to online learning until Tuesday, Nov. 24. The district is on Thanksgiving Break Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25-27.

CCA and ICCSD return to virtual learning

Significant increase in COVID-19 cases leads to online school through Thanksgiving break

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s back to online learning for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) students.
Students in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District returned to all-online learning after the district shifted back to virtual education on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The new big project for North Liberty

NL council discusses Phase Five of the Ranshaw Way reconstruction project

NORTH LIBERTY– Reconstruction of Highway 965, also known as Ranshaw Way, in North Liberty will continue next year with Phase Five of the multiyear project.
City Engineer Kevin Trom and representatives from Shive-Hattery presented an overview of the $9.3-9.4 million project to the city council on Tuesday, Oct. 27, during the council’s regular meeting (conducted virtually).

Governors proclamation requires masks in gatherings and services

NORTH LIBERTY With rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and hospitals around the state reaching capacity, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation adding restrictions and continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation imposes a number of additional public health measures, including a mask requirement in a variety of settings, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

NLPD awarded $1,000 for AEDs

Area nonprofits and communities receive over $25,000 from Alliant Energy’s Foundation

CEDAR RAPIDS– A total of 15 area organizations received community grants totaling $25,500 from Alliant Energy’s Foundation.
The grants fund projects in four key areas, which resonate with Alliant Energy’s core values: Hunger and Housing, Workforce Readiness, Environmental Stewardship, and Diversity, Safety and Well Being.
Among the 139 awarded by Alliant Energy’s Foundation for the fall grant cycle, totaling over $345,000, the City of North Liberty Police Department received $1,000 for automated external defibrillators (AED).

Will people “Swing and Sway the CRANDIC Way” again?

NL council discusses the latest study on reestablishing passenger rail service to Iowa City

NORTH LIBERTY– In 1904, the Iowa Railway and Light Company began “interurban” passenger rail service between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City with a trolley powered by an overhead electric line.