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August 5th, 2020

Historic trip ends quickly for the Creek Boys

CCA falls 4-3 to Norwalk in 3A state quarterfinal

DES MOINES– A few too many errors, and too few runs combined to end Clear Creek Amana’s first Class 3A State Baseball Tournament appearance.
The Clippers fell 4-3 in the quarterfinal round to the Norwalk Warriors on Tuesday, July 28, at Principal Park stadium in Des Moines.

Return visit

After 14 years as hygienist, Schminke comes back as dentist

NORTH LIBERTY– “I feel like I’m home,” Dr. Trish Schminke said.
Schminke, 43, obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa (UI) earlier this year and returned in July as a dentist with Design Dental in North Liberty, where she started as a hygienist in 2002.
“It feels even better than I thought it would,” she noted happily.
But it took the 1995 Linn-Mar graduate some time to find her calling.
A native of Marion, she initially attended the UI on a pre-med track.

Track, weight, cardio and lap swimming appointments available at NL Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Center opened track use to track members by appointment Monday, Aug. 3. Members can continue to make appointments for lap swimming and weight and cardio equipment. Masks and health screenings are required.
While gyms remain closed to host summer camp, these other facilities are available weekdays from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MOXIE featured on 2020 Top Solar Contractors list

Solar Power World magazine’s annual list includes North Liberty-based solar installer for a third straight year

NORTH LIBERTY– Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the immediate crisis unfolding at the moment, mitigating climate change is also an urgent issue. Solar PV installation is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Solar Power World has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, where local solar installer MOXIE achieved a rank of 121 out of 407 companies. The list also shows that MOXIE is now the 31st largest residential solar contractor in the nation.

Finding home

Deeney Law Firm end of a long journey for meaning

SOLON– Every experience has led Joe Deeney on a path to Solon.
Deeney’s spark for the legal world didn’t catch until he was in his late 20s, and it wasn’t until he opened his attorney’s office in downtown Solon that he found his calling.
“When I first made the decision to start a private practice, in the back of my mind I was thinking I’d be the town attorney, and kind of doing a little bit of everything,” he said. “But since opening my doors, I’ve come to the realization I’m very passionate about estate planning.”

No confidence

Oxford firefighters and first responders call for vote of no confidence against mayor

OXFORD– Penny Jenn, the mayor of Oxford, still has her job following a split no confidence vote by city council members during a regular meeting Tuesday, July 14, in the Oxford fire station. Two council members (David Cook and Bryan Cooling) voted against the Mayor while Vicki Kasper, Pat Lewis and Marti XXXXXX voted in support of Jenn. Jenn ran unopposed on the ballot last November in a reelection bid garnering 106 votes. There were 60 write-in votes.

North Liberty adopts face covering initiative to combat COVID-19

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s city council has unanimously adopted a public health initiative advising those in North Liberty to keep social distance, to wear face shields or cloth masks in public settings and businesses to adopt must-wear policies.
“Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is critical to our schools’ re-openings, our businesses’ recoveries and our community’s health,” noted a city press release. “Face coverings keep transmission low, prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed and protect our community members who are vulnerable.”

The fair goes on

Johnson County Fair, although scaled back, still lets 4-H kids showcase their hard work

IOWA CITY– While the continuing COVID-19 crisis has cancelled many traditional summer activities this year, one tradition continued, albeit with virus-related modifications.

A plan, for now

CCA board approves full return for PK-8, and 50/50 for high school

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Education approved a Return to Learn (RTL) plan in a special meeting Wednesday, July 29, at the high school in Tiffin.
The plan, “Plan 2” of four options considered, calls for a full return of pre-kindergarten (PK) through eighth-grade students, and a 50/50 return for the high school with students broken into morning and afternoon sessions.

July 31st

Drake Relays postponed to 2021

Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile transition to virtual events in the fall

DES MOINES– The 111th Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom has officially been postponed to April 2021, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Thursday, July 23.
The 111th Drake Relays were first postponed March 18 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In the ensuing months, Drake Relays staff worked tirelessly, in conjunction with local public officials and track and field governing bodies, to explore and plan for the potential of a 2020 event.