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Doug Lindner

Haggard Brothers to headline Beef Days July 19

Manternach caps two decades of booking with country royalty

SOLON– Having the Haggard Brothers perform Friday night, July 19, is next-level stuff for Beef Days.
Ben and Noel, sons of country music icon Merle Haggard, have teamed together to tour the country and will take the stage at Beef Days at 9:30 p.m. for a 90-minute tribute to their father’s music.
“It’s going to be cool,” exuded Beef Days Entertainment Chair Dean Manternach. “It’s going to be really great.”
He’s expecting a standing-room-only crowd for the biggest name ever booked for the two-day free community festival.

Council approves mass notification system

City will be able to send public alerts via phone, email

SOLON– It’s a better system at a bargain rate.
Solon council members approved a new voice and text emergency notification system at a June 19 meeting.
For an annual $1,000 subscription and a $500 startup fee, the city will be able to issue public safety announcements to all land lines as well as enrolled email and cell phone numbers.
According to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen, the City of Ely initiated a group membership rate with Nixle for its mass notification system last fall.

Big Rove features big heat

It was one hot ride. Over 1,000 cyclists pedaled into Solon Saturday, June 29, as part of the Big Rove, a 36-mile RAGBRAI training ride. Big Rove, sponsored by RAGBRAI (Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Race Across Iowa), the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Big Grove Brewery and Think Iowa City, took over the intersection of Main Street and Iowa Street for a street party most of the day. Solon was the midway point for the ride.

Andy Anderson of The Dueling Pianos of Andy & Mike belts out a tune for Big Rove riders during the At The Turn Party in downtown Solon.

Englert, FilmScene join forces to build greatest small city for the arts

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve campaign raising $5.5 million to preserve buildings, expand programs

NORTH LIBERTY– When you live in North Liberty, Solon or anywhere in Johnson County, you don’t have to travel far for top-shelf arts and entertainment.
The historic Englert Theatre and FilmScene in Iowa City, both embarked on significant facility campaigns, understand sometimes the arts have to come to you.
The two organizations have banded together for Strengthen • Grow • Evolve (SGE), a $6.5 million effort to update and expand with the goal of making Iowa City the greatest small city for the arts in America.

Here and back

More than 1,300 bicyclists to flood Main Street for RAGBRAI training ride

SOLON– Solon will be at the turn for Big Rove, a 36-mile RAGBRAI training ride Saturday, July 29.
Downtown will the mid-point for over 1,300 bicyclists as they travel from Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City to its namesake in Solon for lunch and back, with stops in North Liberty along the way.
The event, sponsored by RAGBRAI (Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Race Across Iowa), the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Big Grove Brewery and Think Iowa City, will take over the intersection of Main Street and Iowa Street for a street party most of the day.

Fareway and managers celebrate 20th anniversary

Second generations learning values carting groceries

NORTH LIBERTY- You can learn a lot of basic skills working for a grocery store.
Like being punctual.
Myron Hoffman was the tender age of 16 when he started work at the Fareway Store in his hometown of Carroll, after school let out his junior year in high school.
He knows the date by heart.
May 28, 1980.
“It was a Wednesday, 6 a.m.,” the North Liberty Fareway grocery manager recalled.
He’s been with the Boone-based chain ever since.

The dragon maker

Author Sarah Prineas drops latest title, “Dragonfell”

SOLON– Sarah Prineas created a world where cities run on magic.
Now she’s made another where dragons hoard teacups.
“Dragonfell,” her 11th book for HarperCollins, was released in hardcover in March.
It takes place in an otherworld, on the cusp of industrial revolution, with less room for magic and dragons.
Rafi Bywater, accused by a factory owner of being “dragon-touched,” is cast out of his village, and begins a journey to discover the truth, befriended along the way by Maud, a wanna-be dragon scientist.

Resolved

Fledgling debate team looking to grow

SOLON– “We’re the Solon speech and debate program,” Jesse Miller announced.
Miller and teacher/coach LeeAnn Gilroy stood in front of the Solon school board members at a March 11 meeting.
“We used to be the program,” the Solon senior clarified. “It’s grown. I guess you could say it’s doubled over the course of a year.”
The two were there to spotlight the young debate program as part of a regular agenda slot for celebrating achievements.
Miller qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association National Championships each of the last two years.

Senior to senior

Solon Senior Support looks to bridge gap between generations

SOLON– They want to make sure senior citizens have the help they need.
A group of Solon High School (SHS) students and a local pharmacist have joined forces for an ambitious project– the establishment of a non-profit to assist seniors with a variety of tasks from a simple visit to tackling technology issues.
The organization they’re forming, Solon Senior Support, will attempt to match Solon senior citizens with volunteers from the community and the high school.

McCarty retires where he started

North Liberty postmaster calls it a career

NORTH LIBERTY– Kim McCarty made it back to North Liberty.
It was where he started with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in 1979.
“Believe it or not, one of my goals in my career was I always wanted to come back and retire from North Liberty,” McCarty said. “I was fortunate enough to be able to make the right steps to be able to do that.”
McCarty, 61, the North Liberty Postmaster since 2012, retired from the USPS at the end of the day Friday, Feb. 1.
Postal customers lucky enough to visit were treated to cookies and other treats.

Snowdrifters are America’s Snowmobile Club of the Year

Local group cited for volunteerism, community impact

SOLON– The snow came late, but it was still a banner year for the Iowa Snowdrifters.

The area snowmobile club was the 2018 Club of the Year for the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA).

“I just want to thank club members, landowners, our sponsors– everybody, in terms of the award, made that happen,” said Bill Hogan of rural Solon, the current club president. “I’m just happy to be part of the club.”

Hogan said the club was recognized for outstanding achievement in fundraising, community projects and the dedicated efforts of the members to manage and maintain the trails.

Solon Firehouse unveiled

Firefighters embark on $4.3 million fundraising campaign

SOLON– They know it’s a big building.
They know it’s a lot of money.
But here’s the analogy Solon firefighters made as they introduced a plan for a new $5 million firehouse.
The current fire station on Iowa Street was built in 1959, explained department member Greg Morris.
“Where we’re sitting right now was built by the firefighters in ‘58 and ’59,” Morris said. “My grandfather’s one of the guys who signed the personal note to guarantee payment. The only actual construction cost for the fire station to this community was from the bond issue in 1990.”