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Pain is unnecessary

Aero Performance & Physical Therapy in North Liberty is ready to help you achieve your goals

NORTH LIBERTY– From receiving an ankle sprain to earning a doctorate, and from treating multiple clients at once to providing exclusive one-on-one care sums up in the briefest manner the career path of Troy Bockenstedt, physical therapist (PT), and doctorate of physical therapy (DPT), as well as his Aero Performance & Physical Therapy clinic in North Liberty.

Home-style, done curbside

North Liberty’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner adapts to the pandemic

NORTH LIBERTY– Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition, but like just about everything you can think of, it too has been altered this year by fears of the COVID-19 virus. Case in point, for nine years people in North Liberty gathered at the South Slope Cooperative Communications facility on North Front Street for a free Thanksgiving dinner.

Grow west

Council considers concept for residential annexation 75 acres of houses, duplexes and four-plexes planned for Greazel property

SOLON– Another big residential subdivision is on Solon’s western horizon.
Developers representing the Grace Greazel Estate presented a preliminary annexation and rezoning concept for 116 acres just outside the city limits during a city council meeting Nov. 18.
As proposed, Trail Ridge Estates would include 107 single-family lots, 55 duplex lots and 13 four-plex lots– close to 270 living units– with space dedicated for public use as a dog park adjacent to the Hoover Nature Trail.

Solon house destroyed by fire

High winds hampered firefighters

SOLON– A Solon family lost its home to a fire fueled by high winds Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The Solon Tri-Township Fire Department and assisting mutual aid agencies responded to a call reporting a fire with flames showing at 330 Marshek Ct. shortly after 1 p.m., according to Asst. Chief Scott Wolfe.
Based on the call information, Wolfe activated a second tier call for mutual aid immediately.
Firefighters arrived at the Randy and Sandy Cline residence to find heavy fire and smoke showing from the back of the garage, he said.

Moel is Military Hero of the Game for UI v. Nebraska

Survivor of USS Gambier Bay honored by Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY– Solon’s Dean Moel, a survivor of the sinking of the USS Gambier Bay by Japanese forces during World War II, will be honored by the University of Iowa football program during its Friday, Nov. 27, game hosting Nebraska.
Moel was selected as the Military Hero of the Game and will be recognized during the radio broadcast and social media posts leading up to the gridiron contest.
Moel was born a little bit northeast of Sutliff, in Cedar County, and spent time in Central City, Cedar Bluff and Nevada (Iowa) before settling in Cedar Rapids.

The new big project for North Liberty

NL council discusses Phase Five of the Ranshaw Way reconstruction project

NORTH LIBERTY– Reconstruction of Highway 965, also known as Ranshaw Way, in North Liberty will continue next year with Phase Five of the multiyear project.
City Engineer Kevin Trom and representatives from Shive-Hattery presented an overview of the $9.3-9.4 million project to the city council on Tuesday, Oct. 27, during the council’s regular meeting (conducted virtually).

Stories of sacrifice

Thank veterans and their families, too 1995 SHS grad featured speaker at Veterans Day program

SOLON Words matter.
Thank you for your service, is a common phrase that we hear as service members, observed United States Air Force Lt. Col. Karri (Hirl) Roman. It may seem simple, but there is so much meaning behind that phrase.
Roman, a 1995 graduate of Solon High School, was the featured speaker at the annual Veterans Day program hosted by the school in its Center For the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Sacrifices are made by all service members, Roman said, although those sacrifices may look different.

Stramel one to watch

Red Vespa manager honors by state restaurant association

SOLON Krista Stramel didnt know where her path was.
For me, the hospitality industry gave me a lot of stability and really allowed me to figure out where I wanted to go in life and what my purpose was, she explained.
Stramel, 32, celebrated her third year as the general manager of Red Vespa, in Solon, with a nomination as one of 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality announced by the Iowa Restaurant Association.
The honorees were recognized Nov. 16 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines during the associations annual Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Will people “Swing and Sway the CRANDIC Way” again?

NL council discusses the latest study on reestablishing passenger rail service to Iowa City

NORTH LIBERTY– In 1904, the Iowa Railway and Light Company began “interurban” passenger rail service between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City with a trolley powered by an overhead electric line.

A way to say thank you for what they’ve done for us

Swisher Men’s Club honors veterans

SWISHER– Jose N. Harris is quoted as writing, “A veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal or political views, there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact…”
The Swisher Men’s Club decided to not only remember that fact, but also make a visual statement of gratitude.
On Friday, Nov. 6. members of the club installed 50 banners in Swisher honoring Swisher area veterans in honor of Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11).

Council hears appeal

Disagreement on code interpretation goes before council Lindemann didn’t want “rotten potato with new skin”

SOLON– City council members ended up siding with the official they hired to be the expert.
During a Nov. 4 meeting, the Solon’s City Council filled in as a board of appeals to decide a disagreement between the city’s building inspector and the remodeler of a building across from City Hall.
At issue was the building permit for 112 N. Iowa St. and whether code requirements for sprinkler systems and existing second-story openings applied.

Jack O’ Lanterns take center stage at the Ranshaw House

North Liberty’s second community pumpkin display garners 42 entries

NORTH LIBERTY– Linus surely would’ve approved.
Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” character famously sat in a pumpkin patch on Halloween awaiting “The Great Pumpkin.” For two nights in North Liberty, Linus would’ve had the historic Ranshaw House as a majestic background while awaiting his Santa Claus-like supernatural being.