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Solon Economist

Matt Lesan returns to Spartan sideline

Solon, Upper Iowa standout to lead varsity basketball team

SOLON– When the current Solon High School opened, Matt Lesan was an eighth grader.
He was there the day crews put up the basketball hoops in the new gymnasium and he snuck in to sink the first shot in the west side basket.
Former coach Ed Hansen had beat him to the east side.
Lesan went on to become Solon’s most prolific scorer, and now he’s back on the sidelines as the head coach for the varsity Spartan basketball team.

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Council approves two tax relief requests

$60,000 total for two businesses

SOLON– They were similar requests.
At a Nov. 20 meeting, Solon City Council members approved two Tax Increment Finance (TIF) applications for two separate buildings on the city’s south side.
Both requests sought an amount equal to three years of property taxes. Both failed to qualify for the city’s existing tax abatement program.
Both were approved by council members.
But there were some significant differences.

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Six lanes for I-380? Yes, they will IDOT lays out plans for increasing traffic with additional lanes

NORTH LIBERTY– If you’ve grown sick of seeing the orange cones, “Jersey barriers,” and tall cranes at the Interstates 80 and 380 interchange, once that massive project is done, construction will move roughly four miles to the north.
And start a new multi-year project.

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Four Spartan football players named All-State First Team selections

Cam-Coons Connection named to All-State First Team Offense with Broghammer, Andregg named to First Team Defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), founded in February of 2018, named its All-State Team selections for Iowa High School Football.
Cam Miller, A.J. Coons, Michael Broghammer and Jace Andregg were named for their performances catapulting the Spartans to the Class 3A championship game against the Western Dubuque Bobcats earning them the state runner-up title and a 12-1 season record.

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CCA clips Lady Spartans, 58-43, in season opener on road

Lady Spartans basketball, young but experienced

TIFFIN– Lady Spartan Basketball Head Coach Jamie Smith, in his second season, is going to lean on the entire team, following a 3-18 showing last season.
“I think they all hold leadership capabilities,” Coach Smith commented.
Solon returns letter winners sophomores Makinley Levin (5-9), Kaia Holtkamp (5-7), Ava Stebral, (5-5), Jada Buffington (5-7), Emma Bock (5-6) and Elly Holubar (5-7). The lone returning senior is Jenna LaDage (5-9).
Newcomers to the varsity roster this season include senior Aira Foster (5-8), freshmen Hillary Wilson, (5-6) and Claire LaDage (5-8).

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It’s wait and see for farmers on the UDO’s final wording

P&Z makes 16 recommendations, supervisors set Dec. 5 for public hearing

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5, regarding the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a document which codifies the Comprehensive Land Use Plan the Supervisors approved in 2018. Work began on the UDO soon after with over 1,000 man-hours spent by the county’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability department (PDS) crafting it.

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Sold!

Council approves deal with Pattison for 120 W. Main St. City approves first of competing offers

SOLON– City council members selected the proposal that was ready to roll.
Citing financial and legal readiness, the city approved selling an empty lot next door to City Hall to developer Mark Pattison during a Nov. 20 council meeting.
North Corridor Properites Investments will take possession of 120 W. Main St. in December and begin construction on a two-story mixed-use building with two commercial units on the ground level and a single, upper-level residence.
The city considered a competing offer from Uptown Main LLC, represented by developer Al Wells.

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5th Annual Solon Christmas Tree Walk and Festival Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Family Life Center

SOLON– The Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) and Solon Parks and Recreation are sponsoring the 5th Annual Christmas Tree Walk and Festival Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
SEDG and Solon Parks and Recreation invite the public to start or continue a Solon Christmas tradition with family and friends by strolling through a winter wonderland of Christmas trees and beautiful lights while listening to live music.

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Heartache at the UNI-Dome

Spartans upended by Bobcats, 37-17, in 3A title game

CEDAR FALLS– Some stories end in joyous celebration, others reinforce resolve.
The Spartans, arguably one of the smallest Class 3A school football teams, entered the UNI-Dome on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, sporting a record of 12-0 to meet an equally tested adversary, one of the largest Class 3A teams, in the Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats. Someone would have to leave without a perfect season.
Although the Spartans battled for 48 minutes, they failed to “Check the Final Box,” as the pole barn proverb south of town beckoned.
The Spartans fell before a very disciplined Bobcat team, 37-17.

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“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is tale as old as time

SOLON– It was a classic story of love and redemption.
The Solon High School Drama Department’s fall musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was presented to the public in the Center for the Arts Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.
Director Sami McAtee reported all three shows were almost sold out. “The kids worked so hard to make the magic come to life and we cannot wait until the spring show, to share the magic again,” she said.

Council approves Brotherton Ridge plat

Three lots on Racine south of high school

SOLON– Three new acre-sized residential lots will need city water service, but not city sewer.
At a Nov. 6 meeting, Solon City Council members approved a developer’s agreement and preliminary plat for Brotherton Ridge Part Two, a small subdivision located along the gravel on Racine Avenue south of Solon High School.
The city will extend water service to the subdivision, but the new homes will have individual septic systems because of the need for a lift station to reach the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Thank you is all most veterans need

Montgomery shares Vietnam experience: “These kids were my friends.”

SOLON– We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.
The heartfelt message from Solon graduate and Vietnam veteran Mike Montgomery was delivered to Solon High School students Tuesday, Nov. 12,
during the district’s annual Veterans Appreciation Program.
Montgomery was a member of the 1963 football team and a 1964 graduate of Solon High School. Three months after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam with numerous commendations and medals.
After his service, he obtained a doctorate in business administration with a minor in management.