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Cale Stelken

Dance for a Difference fundraiser scores big

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a vivacious scene in Liberty High School’s auxiliary gym on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22.
About 100 dancers signed up for Dance for a Difference, which ran from noon to 4 p.m. The event featured a DJ, face painting, food, a costume dance raffle, a silent auction and a teacher dance at 3 p.m.
“Dance for a Difference was amazing. Everyone was dancing, singing and just sharing their love with one another,” remarked Liberty High senior and Difference Maker Madi Barta, following the event.

Interlinked

North Liberty’s trail network extensions

NORTH LIBERTY– Cyclers, joggers and dog owners of North Liberty rejoice.
In the name of improving pedestrian accessibility, the city is currently in the process of adding three 8-foot-wide segments to its pedestrian trail network, with many more approved for development in the coming years.

West Penn Street

Perhaps the most critical addition currently underway, this trail will span from Kansas Avenue, link to the Penn Street pond trail and finally meet with the North Ridge Trail just east of Alexander Way. Completion is anticipated in early to mid-June.

Junge Ford readies for grand opening

Carries on legacy of Oxford’s Carter Ford

NORTH LIBERTY– A local service center and dealership has recently extended its radius as the Junge Auto Group makes a new home in North Liberty. The new location opened in March with plans for a grand opening celebration starting Friday, May 18.

Spiritual successor

Junge Ford North Liberty carries on the legacy of a longtime Oxford business, Carter Ford. Junge Auto Group purchased the reputable dealership from Mary Ann Carter and Carole Hebl, the widow and daughter of former owner Ted Carter.

An effluent fit for the affluent

North Liberty’s advanced wastewater treatment plant

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s safe to say North Liberty’s a special place. And while the growing community maintains its small town ambiance, it certainly doesn’t cut corners. Even the city’s approach to wastewater treatment is top-notch– just ask newly appointed Superintendent Drew Lammers.
“Everybody throughout the city, residents included, should be proud of what we have,” Lammers remarked.

Plant overview

Built in 1967, North Liberty’s wastewater treatment plant underwent major upgrades in 1998 when it was a sequential batch reactor (SBR) facility.

City plans for expansion amidst mild deficit

NORTH LIBERTY– As the City of North Liberty expands services and hires new employees, the upcoming fiscal year appears to hold steady. The city budget will climb ever so slightly from last year’s approximately $48 million, to a total of $51,552,360. North Liberty’s taxable valuation will grow by about 6.74 percent from FY18’s 8.68 percent, every spending category in the general budget will see an increase and for the eighth consecutive year, the tax rate will remain $11.03, thanks in large part to a steady growth in property values.
But it was no easy feat.

Yoga for every body

Wellfinity brings yoga and wellness coaching to North Liberty

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It was a calm and sunny Saturday morning as just over a half-dozen students began their weekend with a yoga session. Counseled by words of mindfulness, the intimate class was led in a series of stretches and poses, de-stressing from the work week over a subtle backdrop of ambient music, tucked away in a dimly lit sanctuary north of Cherry Street.
Wellfinity opened its doors to North Liberty on Feb. 1. A culmination of many years of experience, it focuses primarily on yoga, wellness coaching and an alternative medicine known as reiki.

Yoga for every body

Wellfinity brings yoga and wellness coaching to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a calm and sunny Saturday morning as just over a half-dozen students began their weekend with a yoga session. Counseled by words of mindfulness, the intimate class was led in a series of stretches and poses, de-stressing from the work week over a subtle backdrop of ambient music, tucked away in a dimly lit sanctuary north of Cherry Street.
Wellfinity opened its doors to North Liberty on Feb. 1. A culmination of many years of experience, it focuses primarily on yoga, wellness coaching and an alternative medicine known as reiki.

Van Allen inaugural International Night

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a frenzied scene as families scampered about, tasting regional foods and exploring new art, language and clothing through the many displays of cultural celebration.
But this was no Epcot theme park.
James Van Allen Elementary held its first International Night on Thursday, March 29. The evening provided a showcase of national heritage, allowing the young student population to demonstrate its diversity and fellow students to familiarize themselves with cultures other than their own.

Dance for a Difference

NORTH LIBERTY– Students of Liberty High are wasting little time establishing their new school as a vessel of support for local families struggling with pediatric illness. To finish its first year, the school is preparing for its inaugural Dance for a Difference fundraiser. The event will take place Sunday, April 22, from 12-4 p.m.

Dance for a Difference

Liberty High to host fundraiser April 22 supporting pediatric terminal disease patients

NORTH LIBERTY– Students of Liberty High are wasting little time establishing their new school as a vessel of support for local families struggling with pediatric illness.
To finish its first year, the school is preparing for its inaugural Dance for a Difference fundraiser. The event will take place Sunday, April 22, from 12-4 p.m. in the small auxiliary gym at Liberty High School in North Liberty.

Keeping his community moving

Former Hawkeye brings lessons from gridiron to chiropractic

NORTH LIBERTY– In 2008, Iowa native Mike Humpal was on his way to a career in the NFL. The student-athlete for the Iowa Hawkeyes had been enlisted to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the sixth round draft that spring. During a preseason game, however, the young linebacker suffered a spinal cord concussion, a neck injury that resulted in being placed on injured reserve for the season.
“In games when you’re tackling guys, running full-speed into 350-pound linemen, that isn’t necessarily the best thing for your neck long-term,” he remarked.

Coral Ridge Avenue widening

CORALVILLE– North Liberty’s busiest entryway to the south is finally expanding as Highway 965 Phase 4 begins. Spanning from Oakdale Boulevard to Forevergreen Road, the total reconstruction project kicked off Monday, March 12, in Coralville.

Management and costs
“We are the owner, essentially, of the contract,” said Scott Larson, Assistant City Engineer for the City of Coralville. “But we have been working with North Liberty staff throughout on the design elements, and the City of North Liberty is participating with some funding.”