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October 28th

Spartans bow out

Third time not the charm against Mustangs Solon falls in quarterfinal, 3-0

MOUNT VERNON– At the end of the first game, Mount Vernon had just dominated Solon for a 25-10 win.
Head Coach Jeff Walker didn’t have a particular message for his team.
“(I) just told them that game’s over and this is a new game,” he reported.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team responded and fought back gamely, but the Mustangs withstood the storm and took the second game, 25-23. Third-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon rolled on to a 25-15 third-set win and ended the season for the Spartans in a Region 7 road quarterfinal Oct. 19.

Spartans tether Huskies, 41-12

Solon faces Independence Oct. 30

SOLON Solon is on a streak, six straight wins following its 41-12 defeat of the Oelwein Huskies on Friday, Oct. 23, at Spartan Stadium, in the second round of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Class 2A football playoffs.
The victory puts the Spartans (6-2) on a collision course to host the Independence Mustangs (6-1) on Friday, Oct. 30, at Spartan Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Twice as nice! Solon boys and girls both head to state

Boys win regional Monticello meet; girls third

MONTICELLO Again, using a mix of veterans and freshmen and a pack of runners so close they could almost tag teammates around them, Solon is sending both boys and girls cross country teams to the 2020 state meet.
The Class 3A girls race is at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, on Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, in Fort Dodge. The boys hit the course at 4 p.m.

Johnson County voters encouraged to vote early

IOWA CITY– With the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General Election less than two weeks away, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office encourages voters to cast ballots as soon as possible to alleviate potential lines and crowding both on Election Day and the day before.
The auditor’s office has historically seen a massive influx of in-person absentee voters the day before the election; more than 1,700 voters cast ballots in person at the Johnson County Administration Building the day before the 2016 General Election.

“Halloweekend” in the Amana Colonies, Oct. 31-Nov 1

AMANA– As part of the first ever “Autumn in the Amanas,” the weekend of Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 is designated “Halloweekend.” The Amana Colonies celebrate the initial Halloweekend with a variety of frightfully fun events.

GreenState steps up to support AACUC’s Commitment To Change

NORTH LIBERTY– GreenState Credit Union announced a $25,000 per year pledge for five years totaling $125,000 in support of the “I’ve Got Five on It” campaign, led by Opal Tomashevska, chair of the Young Professionals of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC).
Tomashevska accepted the pledge and commented, “We look forward to a strong partnership with GreenState Credit Union, who is certainly taking the lead as a pacesetter with their generous support of the ‘I’ve Got Five On It’ campaign. This GreenState pledge is the first and the largest of its kind.”

Solon council approves shelter estimate

Stebral to construct restrooms for splash pad

SOLON The City of Solon moved another step closer to building its first water amenity last week.
During an Oct. 21 meeting, city council members approved a $138,957 contract with Stebral Construction of Iowa City to build a shelter and restroom adjacent to a planned splash pad.
Its really been a group effort to get us to this point, noted City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.
Before council members was a resolution approving the price estimate and construction contract prepared by City Attorney Kevin Olson.

Bobby versus Lonny in House 73

Kaufmann and Pulkrabek seeking to represent Solon in Iowa Legislature

SOLON The race for Iowa House District 73 is drawing a lot of attention.
Democrat Lonny Pulkrabek challenges incumbent Republican Bobby Kaufmann for a two-year term representing six eastern precincts in Johnson County (including Solon, Lake Macbride and Morse), all of Cedar County and the city of Wilton.
Pulkrabek is the retiring Johnson County Sheriff, having served since defeating Republican Steve Snyder, of rural North Liberty, in 2004. He replaced 30-year sheriff Robert Carpenter. Pulkrabek was unopposed in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

He loves campaigning

Former Gov. Branstad sings Kaufmann’s and Miller-Meeks’ praises in Solon

SOLON– He’s back, and he’s on the campaign trail again. Former Gov. Terry Branstad, America’s longest-tenured governor after two separate terms (1983-1999, 2014-2017), and most recently the United States Ambassador to China, is out on the campaign trail stumping for Republican candidates ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

Sustainable Iowa Land Trust receives 40-acre donation from Brian and Sabra Fleck

SOLON– Johnson County farmer Brian Fleck and his spouse Sabra donated 40 acres they call Bee Haven Farm to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT), the group announced.
“The Flecks’ generosity has been a true inspiration to everyone at SILT, especially during such a challenging year,” said SILT Executive Director Suzan Erem. Bee Haven Farm is the second farm in Johnson County donated to SILT.