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Solon Economist

Solon community center progressing

Middle School may soon be open for public use.

SOLON– Within a few months, portions of the former Solon Middle School may be open for public use.
Solon city and school officials have been working behind the scenes to investigate a collaboration which may eventually offer residents something they haven’t had before– a community center.
“The public is extremely eager to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Solon City Council member Lauren Whitehead.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) has committed to maintaining ownership of the building, and will continue to utilize the oldest portion for administrative offices.

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25th annual firefighters dance Nov. 18

SOLON– The Solon firefighters host their 25th annual Firefighters Dance on Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Solon American Legion.
This year’s featured band is the “Adam Keith Band” and raffle prizes will be given away throughout the night. The grand prize is an overnight stay at Riverside Hotel and Casino.
All proceeds from this year’s dance go to the Solon Firefighters Association. The association funds allow the department to purchase items not budgeted through taxation and to supplement projects, such as the department’s training facility.

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Free Thanksgiving Meal hosted by Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 23

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 23. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

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Donate Trees for Xmas walk

SOLON– The Solon Old Gold Diner Site Council and the United Methodist Women and Men will be teaming up for a third annual Christmas Tree Walk Contest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Solon Methodist Church Family Life Center.
Enter a tree or wreath selecting from the following categories: Originality, Traditional, Theme, Unusual, General.
There are no entry fees and families, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the winter fundraiser, which will direct goodwill donations to community non-profits.

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Limits to Solon fireworks

Proposed ordinance would eliminate New Year’s displays

SOLON– Residents of Solon will have four days a year to shoot off fireworks.
At a Wednesday, Nov. 1, meeting, members of the Solon City Council unanimously approved the third and final reading of an ordinance limiting private fireworks displays to July 1-4.
State legislation, signed into law in early May, approved the sale, purchase and use of fireworks across the state.

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Venture Crew Can Drive Sunday, Nov. 26

SOLON– Are those cans and bottles from Thanksgiving pilling up? Let Solon Venture Crew 52 take care of them. Solon Venture Crew Can Drive is Sunday, Nov. 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot, from noon to 4 p.m. Venture Crew is a group of young adults, ages 14 to 21, who get together for meetings and go on venture filled trips.

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Senior Conversations cancelled

SOLON– The Friday, Nov. 19, Senior Conversations at the Solon Public Library has been cancelled due to speaker scheduling conflicts. The December Conversation will be skipped and Senior Conversations will be scheduled again next year.

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Last Methodist football dinner Nov. 18

SOLON– A fixture in the community– Solon United Methodist Church “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular football season– is coming to an end.
The Saturday, Nov. 18, home football Saturday for the Hawkeyes hosting Purdue will be the last, according to Tawnia Kakacek, co-chair of the program.
The church will be serving from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Take out orders are welcome. Call 624-2251.

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Soup and Hoops

Winter Sports Kickoff Nov. 17

SOLON– Solon High School hosts its Soup & Hoops Winter Sports Kickoff Friday, Nov. 17, in the Solon High School commons and gymnasium.
Serving soup from 5-8 p.m. $6 per person or $20 per family.
The event will showcase and introduce Solon girls and boys basketball teams and wrestling team. Also at the event will be a silent auction featuring gift baskets just in time for the holiday shopping season, with proceeds funding equipment and team development.

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Hoover Trail Milestone

Ely ribbon cutting marks opening of Hoover Trail extension

On Sunday, Oct. 15, representatives from the City of Ely and Linn County gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the recently completed 2-mile section of the bike trail that stretches along Ely Road from the City Hall to Seven Sisters Road.

ELY– Despite brisk wind and cloudy skies, an enthusiastic crowd turned out on Sunday, Oct. 15, to witness a ribbon-cutting to mark the official opening of the recently completed 2-mile section of bike trail that stretches along Ely Road from City Hall to Seven Sisters Road.

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Matthew Edels' “Not to Brag” Blacksmith Shop video

SOLON– Great-grandchildren Pat Ikan, from Solon, and her brother Larry Blum, from Marion, introduce the “#Not to Brag: Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop” video recorded on May 20 at the annual meeting of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association at the MEBS historical site in Haverhill.

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Spartans’ journey ends

Solon falls to Xavier at UNI-Dome, 35-7

CEDAR FALLS– The Spartans struggled little during the regular football season, but met their Goliath, falling 35-7 to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the Class 3A semifinals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, on Thursday, Nov. 9.
“Xavier executed at a very high level on offense and had a great plan to attack our defense,” Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller said. “Our offense had to abandon our game plan prematurely due to the Xavier’s early success. We moved the ball but couldn’t finish inside the red zone when we needed to.”