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Solon Economist

Wave of the future? Kind of confusing

Girls 2nd, boys 4th at divided Bob Brown Invitational

IOWA CITY– Solon’s girls finished second, with the boys cross country teams taking fourth, in a revamped version of Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational Cross Country meet, Sept. 3.
Trouble is… they only ran directly against about half the runners there.

Lady Spartans come from behind against Linn-Mar, Marshalltown

Solon starts season battling bigger schools

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team is putting it together.
The Lady Spartans collected wins over Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids Washington and Linn-Mar while facing a bevy of larger schools during a varsity round robin tourney Sept. 5.
Solon swept the Warriors of CR Wash 2-0, and galloped back for 2-1 wins over Marshalltown’s Bobcats and the Lions of Linn-Mar, 2-1.
The Lady Spartans also suffered losses at the hands of No. 8 (4A) Waverly-Shell Rock (2-0), Dubuque Senior (2-1) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (2-1) to move to 3-4 on the young season.

Demons haunt Spartans

Spartans unable to exorcise Demons in 33-18 loss

SOLON – The Washington Demons haunted the Solon Spartans football team for 48 minutes of football for a 33-18 win on Friday, Sept. 4, during Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, stopping Washington on its first drive and then Solon was stopped on its first drive, iterating the strength of both teams’ defenses from the onset.
Washington drew first blood and went up 7-0 with a little less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Firehouse campaign trying to push past COVID

$500k contribution moves project closer 2021 construction possible

SOLON– When things were looking bleak for fundraising, a Solon family came through.
The Dennis and Jana Munson family of rural Solon donated $500,000 to the Solon Firehouse campaign.
“Obviously, our hats are off to the Munson family,” said firefighter and Firehouse organizer and Greg Morris. “Dennis and his family are just committed to what we provide and do for our community. They all view it as an important entity of our community.”
Morris was on the treadmill when his phone rang with a number he didn’t recognize.

High positivity rates, 100% return concern parents

Third-party option not really equitable education Solon parent and epidemiologist would have preferred a hybrid school model

SOLON– As a parent, teacher and public health epidemiologist, Kelly Baker is concerned about the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Return to Learn plan.
Solon schools opened for the year Aug. 31, with an estimated 95 percent of students attending in person.
It’s been difficult for numerous parents to decide whether to send students to school or to utilize a third-party, online-only option, she said.
The district’s plan has lacked a lot of detail, and while it’s still evolving, it’s not the hybrid model Baker would prefer.

Stange asks for special September session to discuss community center

6-month lease expires at the end of 2020

SOLON– It’s time to talk about the future of the Solon Community Center.
At the end of an Aug. 19 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange asked for a September work session to discuss the converted school building.
Stange said he had individual conversations with council committee members, as well as City Administrator Cami Rasmussen and Recreation Director Tom Harder, regarding the facility the city has operated since June of 2018.

Boys, girls each run 3rd, in cross country season kickoff

ANAMOSA– Same meet… different look, as Solon’s cross country teams opened the 2020 season. Usually held in midseason, the Anamosa Invitational was first on the calendar this year. It ushered in a new look, as COVID-19 precautions meant different training, team transportation, meet preparation, social distancing on the course and masks on many– certainly not all– spectators in the Aug. 29 meet.

Spartans fall to Raiders, 17-14

A field goal thwarts Spartan victory in season opener

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity football team took their first dip in Class 2A waters against the Williamsburg Raiders on Friday, Aug. 28, and found it fraught with competition as a season-opening win was stolen from it courtesy of a 20-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining, in the fourth quarter, by Williamsburg Raider junior Alex Marovets for a 17-14 victory over the Spartans. It was the Raiders’ first win over Solon since 2011.
The kick that delivered the Raider win was a cherry on a 10-unanswered-point sundae Williamsburg put together in a six-minute rally late in the game.

Lady Spartans reload

Former players join Walker as VB coach

SOLON– The Lady Spartans lost two of their top weapons from 2019, but still have a lot of experienced players coming back for first-year Head Coach Jeff Walker.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team opened the season Aug. 27 with a 2-0 loss against Center Point-Urbana at a relocated triangular meet in Mount Vernon.
The Stormin’ Pointers took a close 27-25 victory in the first game and then cruised to a 25-15 win in the second. No stats were available for Solon.

Picking up the pieces

Neighbors unite to clear storm damage Most power restored before weekend Take debris to SRNA

SOLON– Public Works Director Scott Kleppe had about a half hour warning.
But even then, the alert was for a line of severe thunderstorms producing winds up to 70 miles per hour (mph).
It was about noon and his staff just went home for lunch.
Kleppe contacted Central Cable, the contractor for South Slope Communication Cooperative’s fiber overbuild, and provided a warning for high winds.
By the time he finished a quick lunch, the storm arrived.
The city has no instruments to measure wind speed.

Lake Macbride State Park closed after derecho damage

DNR continues to assess damage

DES MOINES– Lake Macbride and several other nearby state parks have been closed indefinitely as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to assess damage caused by a widespread derecho Monday, Aug. 10.
The inland hurricane, sporting winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, struck a large portion of Iowa and left several state parks with significant damage.
Lake Macbride State Park in Johnson County and Palisades-Kepler State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County are completely closed until further notice due to unsafe conditions.

Solon school start moved to Monday, Aug. 31

SOLON– The loss of power has set the Solon school district back a week.
Classes for the Solon Community School District (SCSD) will now begin Monday, Aug. 31, with a modified schedule, according to an announcement posted to the district’s website by Director of Teaching and Learning Josh Lyons.