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October 8th, 2020

Still a long way back to normal

Volunteers pitch in to clean up Lake Macbride State Park

SOLON– Almost seven weeks after the historic derecho wind storm moved across the state of Iowa, the after-effects are still evident at Lake Macbride State Park despite a Herculean effort by park staff.
“It was bad,” said Park Manager Ron Puettmann. “There’s probably thousands of trees down in the park, most of them in the timbered areas, of course.”
The hardest-hit areas though, were the campgrounds, he said.
“Those are still closed yet until we get the hazard trees taken care of,” he noted.

Malli and Barker crowned as CCA’s Homecoming Queen and King

Tradition reigns in scaled back 2020 Homecoming

TIFFIN– Although greatly scaled back due to concerns prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Homecoming Week was held in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District. Organizers cancelled the annual parade and traditional dance, opting instead to defer both events until a time when such gatherings are safe to attend.

October 1st

Iowa 1 south of Iowa City to reopen Sept. 25

IOWA CITY– Replacement of two bridges and construction of two new box culverts on Iowa 1, just south of Johnson County Road F-52, south of Iowa City, was expected to be completed and the roadway reopened to traffic Friday, Sept. 25, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Fairfield construction office.
There may be intermittent lane and shoulder closures over the next few weeks where flaggers assist traffic through the work area to allow the contractor to finish the detail work for this project.

Firewise on the Farm

DES MOINES– As Iowa’s annual harvest preparation hits full stride, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’ The following simple steps can save time and money:

Curbside leaf collection begins in October

NORTH LIBERTY– Fall leaf collection is scheduled to start Monday, Oct. 12, and run through Friday, Nov. 20. Leaves are collected curbside if at the curb by 7 a.m. that Friday.
To have leaves collected, rake them within 2 feet of the public street by 7 a.m. on each Monday. Crews collect them by Friday. Don’t bag leaves or mix them with sticks, branches or other yard waste, or any other materials.
To speed collection, avoid placing piles near street signs or utility poles, and avoid parking vehicles in front of leaf piles.

Spartans deliver Stanton’s first home win at homecoming

Solon downs Vinton-Shellsburg, 28-6

SOLON– Homecoming benefited both the Spartan faithful and Head Coach Lucas Stanton on Friday, Sept. 25, as the Solon varsity football team handed the coach his first home win, 28-6, over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings.
“It was definitely nice to get a win at home in front of our fans,” Coach Stanton professed. “I know our kids really wanted to make sure we got back to protecting our home field. We felt we were in control even when we were down 3-0, we didn't panic. Homecoming is always a week of distractions even in the COVID-19 world we are living in right now.

IHSAA and IGHSAU revise XC postseason dates

Changes due to COVID-19 fears splits qualifying and state meets

DES MOINES– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) announced changes to the 2020 boys and girls cross country season on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The schedule was altered due to ongoing fears related to the COVID-19 epidemic and a need to employ mitigation means for competitors and crowds.
The state qualifying meets and the state meet will be separated by classification and scheduled to take place over two days. The state meet remains in Fort Dodge at the Lakeside Golf Course, home to the state meet since 1993.

Solon downs #11 Clinton

Spartans 2-2 at Liberty tournament

NORTH LIBERTY– Solon’s varsity volleyball team has faced its fair share of ranked opponents.
And while the Spartans have kept it competitive, it’s been tough to steal away a game, much less a match.
Notch one in the win column.
Solon took a 2-0 win over the No. 11 (4A) Clinton River Queens, 21-13, 21-15, at Liberty High School’s Volleyball Invitational Sept. 26.
The Spartans went 2-2 at the tournament, falling to the host Lightning (No. 7, 5A) and Center Point-Urbana (CPU) while picking up wins against Fairfield and Clinton.

Solon boys, girls sweep Anamosa XC meet… ALL four races

ANAMOSA– Get out the broom. It was a clean sweep. Solon’s seventh-ranked Class 3A girls ran away with the title across Anamosa’s cross country course Saturday, Sept. 26. The fourth-ranked boys followed suit with a solid victory, too. And just to drive home the meaning of “team depth,” the junior varsity (JV) boys and girls did likewise! This was Solon’s second tour of the hilly Anamosa course. In their season opener, Aug. 29, each varsity team was third.

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, Lake Macbride partially reopen following derecho

CEDAR RAPIDS– Campgrounds, cabins and shelters are open at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area following the Derecho in early August. The trails and the beach remain closed, as well as the lodge as DNR staff continue to work diligently to clean up damage left behind by August’s Derecho.