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Shianne Fisher

Sixth Iowa bicycle fatality this year

Coe professor dies after Hwy. 965 collision

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man has died after being struck by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle along Highway 965 early Tuesday morning.
According to an Iowa State Patrol crash report, Devin Disterhoft, 27, of Tiffin, was driving a 2008 GMC Sierra in the northbound lane of Hwy. 965 near the Meadow Road NE intersection when his vehicle struck a bicycle around 6:30 a.m. on July 19.
The cyclist, Daniel Lehn, 58, was transported by ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he later passed due to his injuries.

Meet your meat and its makers

Custom caterer, international food truck on the menu at Blues & BBQ

NORTH LIBERTY– If you haven’t tasted some local chefs’ off-the-beaten-path barbecue, this Saturday is your chance.
Of the 13 food vendors serving at North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, two are as local as it gets, but you won’t find their fare in a restaurant.
T.C. Bonez Catering & BBQ, located off Mehaffey Bridge Road near Club 76, has been smoking Iowa-grown meats since 2003, and owner Todd Carr makes it a point to never miss a Blues.
“I’m so excited,” he said last week. “I wish it was here this weekend.”

Tiffin citizens speak out against new development

Council approves rezoning despite storm water runoff, traffic concerns

NORTH LIBERTY– Just when the Tiffin City Council thought it had a solution to ongoing traffic concerns along Deer View Avenue, council members were again met with civil opposition.
Around 20 community members attended a June 28 council meeting when a public hearing was scheduled for a multi-rezoning ordinance to accommodate Tiffin Heights East, a new west-side subdivision proposed by developer Jason Dumont of The Boulders LLC in Solon. Dumont was also the developer of the original Tiffin Heights.

Balancing the library books

Council approves transfer of $11k to new library endowment fund

NORTH LIBERTY– Staff and volunteers at the North Liberty Community Library know all too well money doesn’t grow on trees, which is why they’ve opened an endowment fund to invest library donations more wisely.
The North Liberty City Council unanimously authorized the transfer of $11,000 from library funds, held in a city savings account, to the endowment at its June 14 meeting. The Friends of the Library will oversee the fund, to be administered through the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC).

Getting a good brain workout

North Bend teacher promotes active bodies and minds over summer break

NORTH LIBERTY– Although he’s a physical education teacher, Jared Carder doesn’t believe his students should forego mental exercise for physical exercise during the summer months. That’s why he’s devised a solution to promote active minds and bodies during the three-month hiatus from the classroom.

Reaping what they don’t sow

West Branch farmers consign local produce at roadside market

NEWPORT– It’s not your average farmers market, but it’s not your average farm, either.
The Iowa Grown Market, located off Newport Road, south of Solon, is in its third year selling organically-grown produce from a family farm near West Branch– in addition to products from a host of other farms, backyards and kitchens within a 20-mile radius through consignment.

North Liberty mostly on par with election results

All but Friese take North Liberty in low turnout

NORTH LIBERTY– From a pure numbers standpoint, North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has the support of her citizens. As do nearly all the victors in the June 7 Primary Election.
Of the 9,999 registered voters in North Liberty, 526 filled out a ballot last Tuesday, marking a 5.3 percent turnout, and almost all of those votes were cast in the winning direction.

NL lays bedrock for soil quality restoration

A rich investment

NORTH LIBERTY– Dan Harbit bought an “Earth and Turf,” a few years ago, on a whim. Now, he owns three of them.
“During the sale nobody bid on it because they thought it was broken” Harbit said of his first topdresser purchase. He ended up buying the piece of landscaping equipment for $850– a whopping 88 percent off its retail value of around $7,000.

North Liberty Summer Reading Program kicks off

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids and adults alike can tackle reading this summer with the North Liberty Community Library (NLCL) Summer Reading Program, which officially kicked off Wednesday, May 25, at the Zeller Street Hills Bank in North Liberty.
The event showcased the various 2016 summer reading programs for babies, toddlers, school-age kids, teens and adults– all focused on the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) fitness, health and wellness theme. The programs are meant to tie in with the Summer Olympics occurring in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August.

Cracking no cause for alarm

NORTH LIBERTY– A Highway 965 bridge that’s ferried traffic across the Iowa River since 1955 is in need of updates– and soon.
Structural deficiencies of a two-lane bridge between North Liberty and Swisher, discovered last Wednesday, May 18, during routine Johnson County Secondary Roads maintenance, resulted in an emergency lane closure, 20-ton maximum gross vehicle weight limit and traffic light controls set-up. The action was voted upon by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Riding against the wind

Cyclists pedal to increase organ donation awareness

NORTH LIBERTY– A conversation with cycling fanatic Dave Full will often lead to a topic people may not expect.
“Are you an organ donor?” he’ll ask. “Check your driver’s license right now.”

Defenders of Land and Water celebrate 10 years

North Central nature clean-up crew on the offenses

NORTH LIBERTY– You won’t find any students on the sidelines during the annual Defenders of Land and Water clean-up day. They’re too busy chest-high in underbrush or testing the limits of Muddy Creek’s edge.
Being a good steward of nature, it would seem, can actually be fun.