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Doug Lindner

Solon 2-2 at WaMaC tournament

Spartans push No. 13 Indee to brink

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team gave Independence a run for its money.
Facing the No. 13 (3A) Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the WaMaC Conference Tournament in Mount Vernon Oct. 15, the Spartans grabbed a thrilling 26-24 win in the first game, but couldn’t push past to the semifinals.
Independence rebounded to take the second game 25-22, and knocked Solon out of the tourney with a 15-8 third-set victory. The following semifinal pitted Mustang against Mustang, and Independence ran into the buzzsaw that is third-ranked (3A) Mount Vernon, the eventual conference champ.

Derecho damage spurs safety improvements

School board considers parent proposal for varsity baseball field

SOLON– When the Aug. 10 derecho hit Solon, school board president Tim Brown was shocked the varsity baseball dugouts at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) weren’t blown over.
“There are posts that are rotted through and not connected to the ground,” Brown commented. “How that stood up, I have no idea.”
The baseball diamond did sustain damage, and school board members discussed piggybacking repairs with a parent-driven improvement project during an Oct. 15 board meeting.

Paving waived for Brotherton Ridge

Small subdivision on gravel can defer until further development

SOLON– Just one more thing.
An overlooked variance for Brotherton Ridge Part Two placed the small subdivision back on the agenda for the Solon City Council at an Oct. 7 meeting.
Council members approved a final plat for the proposed development and a conditional use request by Mike Bails for a shop house (“shouse”) at 1809 Racine Ave. during a Sept. 16 session.
Left out was consideration of a request to delay paving the driveways for the three residential lots.

City reluctantly broadens short-term rental law

Council Oks raft of changes to city code

SOLON– It was time for some fall housekeeping for Solon’s Code of Ordinances.
At an Oct. 7 meeting, Solon City Council members approved numerous updates to existing laws, added new regulations for solar energy users and adapted to recent mandates by the Iowa Legislature.
Specifically, the city adopted 2015 international building and fire codes, created new rules to allow for ground and roof solar arrays, and struck language limiting short-term rentals to commercially-zoned areas.

Solon Legion fundraiser feeds foundation

SOLON– It’s a gift that keeps giving.
Over the last two years, Solon American Legion Stinocher Post 460’s annual golf outing raised $11,500 for the Iowa American Legion Foundation.
The local Legion presented a $6,000 check to the foundation during a Sunday, Sept. 27, ceremony in Solon, and the foundation used the occasion to hand out awards to District 1 recipients, including the Solon Firefighters Association.

Spartans score home conference win over Maquoketa, 3-0

Girls earn first win in three tries against CPU

SOLON– It was nip and tuck, but Solon’s varsity volleyball team took care of a pesky Maquoketa squad 3-0 at home Oct. 6.
The Spartans edged by the Cardinals, 25-22, 25-23, 27-25.
“We played good enough to win,” noted Solon Head Coach Jeff Walker. “The girls knew that and brought it up afterward, so they are seeing the level of their play and that they need to raise it.”

City addresses community center costs

COVID a drag on recreation revenue

Not a bright future

SOLON The city is committed to its recreation programing.
But deficit spending due to utility costs for the Solon Community Center cannot be allowed to eat holes in whats expected to be a tight upcoming budget.
Solons City Council sat down for a special work session Sept. 30 at the request of Mayor Steve Stange to discuss the future of the community center, and how to rein in costs over the next two years.

Counselors respond to COVID

Anxiety among students and staff a focus in pandemic school year

SOLON– Things are different, and that causes anxiety.
Recognizing stress and dedicating class time to talk about school in a pandemic world are some of the steps taken by guidance counselors to deal with the emotional well-being of students and staff in the Solon Community School District (SCSD).
If a student feels unwell emotionally or mentally, overall wellness will decrease and school performance goes down, observed elementary counselor Megan Amundson at a Sept. 17 board of education meeting.

Girls snag a game from Beckman

Solon falls 3-1 on the road to No. 6 Blazers

DYERSVILLE– Solon was poised to force a fifth and deciding game against No. 6 (2A) Beckman Catholic, but ran out of points.
The Blazers instead handed the Spartans a 3-1 WaMaC Conference East Division loss at Dyersville Sept. 29.
Beckman edged Solon 25-20 in game one, and held the Spartans at bay in game two, 25-17. But the Spartans turned the tables for a 25-21 win in the third game before narrowly falling 25-23 in the fourth and final set.

Soothe-ing influence

Alicia Bogard wants her massage therapy business to provide relief

SOLON– These are stressful times, and Alicia Bogard hopes people make the time to take care of themselves.
It’s hard for people to realize how deeply the events of this year have impacted them, and like never before, time to heal is needed, she said.
Bogard is hoping to provide calm in the storm with Soothe, the massage therapy studio she opened in February.
“Massage isn’t just for your muscles, it’s so therapeutic for your mind and your emotions, too,” she said. “In that space of time, you’re receiving nurturing and kindness, things that are so important for our well-being.”

Council OKs “shouse”

Board of adjustment approves conditional use for shop house

SOLON– It’s a shop. It’s a house.
It’s a “shouse.”
Solon City Council members approved a combination building to be used as a principal residence on Solon’s south side during a Sept. 16 meeting.
The council action backed up a decision by the Board of Adjustment (BOA) on the previous night to allow a conditional use request by Mike Bails for a one-acre corner lot at 1809 Racine Ave.
City Administrator Cami Rasmussen said Bails brought the idea for a combined storage building and living quarters to her a while back.
“It was unusual, didn’t clearly fit into the zoning code,” she said.

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.