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Cale Stelken

Wig and Pen Pizza comes to North Liberty

When tomatoes fly

NORTH LIBERTY– When it comes to the best pizza the Iowa City area has to offer, one brand in particular is a slice above the rest. Wig and Pen Pizza has been a regional staple for many years with its hallmark approach to Italian-inspired cuisine. And now, thanks to a newly opened location, that favorite slice of pizza is just a few blocks away for residents of North Liberty.

Benchmark community survey

The results are in...

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NORTH LIBERTY– Last spring, residents of North Liberty received a postcard inviting them to respond to an online community survey.
Mailed to 9,090 North Liberty addresses, the postcard was in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin. In total, 387 responses were gathered.

Introducing Falco

NLPD’s first K-9 joins the squad

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NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty rest assured, Falco’s got you covered.
The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) recently recruited its first K-9, a nearly 60-pound Belgian Malinois. Falco, who joined the NLPD in early December, provides a much-needed asset in broadening police coverage in Johnson County.
“Before, it was hit or miss; you’d call for a dog and there wouldn’t be one working,” recalled Falco’s handler, Officer Benjamin Campbell.
“But now, we almost have 24/7 coverage.”

Liberty Dance Team wins state

Eyes regional and national titles in debut season

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NORTH LIBERTY– It was an unexpected victory.
“The competition is tough. The bar has been raised in our competition in the last five years quite high,” said Kathy Enyart, Executive Director for the Iowa State Dance Drill Team Association (ISDTA). “So for them to come as a new face, that’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment.”

Facebook group builds community

Buy Nothing project bonds neighbors

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NORTH LIBERTY– In a season characterized by stores packed with shoppers eager to buy that perfect gift for their loved one, a local Facebook group puts a fresh spin on gift giving.
“It’s a hyper-local gifting economy,” explained Melissa Chagala, a North Liberty resident and administrator for the North Liberty/Solon chapter of the Buy Nothing project.

Decoration Citation

Pushing the boundaries of holiday cheer

NL man faced with citation for elaborate decorations

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NORTH LIBERTY– There was no shortage of visitors on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20, despite 30-degree temperatures and harsh winds. A steady stream of vehicles swooped in with families eager to catch a glimpse of the Christmas spectacle at 1655 Red Barn Dr.
The controversy surrounding the display probably didn’t hurt.

Makes hanging pictures easy

NL inventor makes A product to hang his hat on

NORTH LIBERTY– For those of us who struggle getting photos to hang on the wall straight (and who doesn’t?) a North Liberty inventor has the solution.
“Everybody is frustrated with hanging pictures; I don’t care who you talk to,” said Roger Miller, creator of PicGenie123. “I created the product out of my own frustration– bottom line.”
The Iowan developed a unique new approach to hanging wall objects using a simple set of hardware. His invention even gained the approval of The Home Depot, which recently started selling the product in over 2,000 stores across the U.S. and its territories.

K-9 stop nets eight pounds of meth in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Two non-Iowa residents have been arrested on drug and weapon charges after a weekend traffic stop in Tiffin.
After running a stop sign, Dawn M. Colunga, 38, of Indianapolis, was stopped by Coralville police on the 100 block of Village Drive at about 7:05 p.m. Friday. With the assistance of a K-9, police searched her Honda Civic and found out eight-and-a-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine, a small bag of heroin and a small portion of marijuana.

Seven marathons seven days seven continents

Running across the world, for a cause

North Liberty dentist to run seven marathons in seven days in seven continents for charity

NORTH LIBERTY– Many of us like to devote some time and energy to a charity or cause near to our hearts. Others, well, they go the extra mile.
Deb Carneol D.D.S. of North Liberty Dental is doing just that. In January, she and a group of 15 other participants will take a charter plane across the globe for an epic endeavor known as the 777 World Marathon Challenge. In it, her team will represent a cause of their choice while completing seven marathons in seven continents in just seven days.

Fareway comes to Tiffin

Plans for store announced at city council meeting

TIFFIN– About four years ago, the City of Tiffin conducted a survey asking for residents’ feedback. Among the top of their requests? A grocery store.
It appears residents of Tiffin have finally had their wish come true, this holiday season, as plans for a Fareway grocery store have been announced in their own backyard.
“We have property under contract in the Prairie Village Commercial Development for approximately three acres on the northwest corner—contemplated to construct a store in middle of 2018,” announced Garrett Piklapp, Vice President, General Counsel at Fareway Stores Inc.

A bigger and better Beat the Bitter

Registration is open for the winter event

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NORTH LIBERTY– It started as a conversation between a few residents in fall 2015.
“They started talking about how Iowans are bad at doing winter,” recalled North Liberty Community Engagement Coordinator Jillian Miller. “And that people in Minnesota actually enjoy the season and go out and play winter sports, and take advantage of the snow.”

Area police join forces to form SERT team

The plan will unite officers from North Liberty, Coralville and Johnson County law enforcement

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NORTH LIBERTY—The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is joining two local law enforcement agencies to create a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). The plan will unite officers from North Liberty, Coralville and Johnson County law enforcement departments to handle emergency situations.
“This is for high-risk operations. It will be a tactical team,” explained North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga. “It will be making entries into homes, residents, buildings, schools when needed for hostage situations, barricaded subjects, high-risk entry on search warrants.”