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Solon Economist

UTV rollover injures adult, child near Solon

SOLON– A rural Johnson County man and a 9-year-old child were injured after a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) rolled over Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7, just south of Solon.

Council hears appeal

Disagreement on code interpretation goes before council Lindemann didn’t want “rotten potato with new skin”

SOLON– City council members ended up siding with the official they hired to be the expert.
During a Nov. 4 meeting, the Solon’s City Council filled in as a board of appeals to decide a disagreement between the city’s building inspector and the remodeler of a building across from City Hall.
At issue was the building permit for 112 N. Iowa St. and whether code requirements for sprinkler systems and existing second-story openings applied.

Local election turnout tops 86%

Incumbent supervisors maintain seats

IOWA CITY– Most of the people have spoken.
A whopping 86.11 percent of Johnson County’s registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 3 General Election, according to updated information posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office Nov. 5.
A summary of the results reported 84,161 of the county’s 97,739 registered voters took part in the election.
Just over 72 percent of the votes were received as absentee ballots.
The auditor’s office handled 60,897 absentee ballots, while 23,264 people voted on election day, according to unofficial results.

Blended learning

SMS math team pilots versatile classroom of the future

SOLON– In some ways, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) was ahead of the COVID-19 curve.
Solon was already exploring blended learning before the pandemic struck in 2020, Superintendent Davis Eidahl explained at an Oct. 15 school board meeting.
The initiative started two years ago in sixth-12th-grade math departments as part of the SCSD strategic plan goal of having 95 percent of students proficient in reading, writing, math and science, Eidahl explained.

Big Grove Brewery donates to support the work of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program

SOLON– Big Grove Brewery is honored to share that sales of its craft kettle sour beer, Equalitea Party, raised $5,320 in support of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in 2020.
The beer was brewed twice this year– once in January to honor the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s 40th anniversary and a second time in the fall, recognizing October’s designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Lori Lacina publishes second book

SOLON– Lori Lacina, of Solon, published her second book titled
“Extra Sprinkles- More Reflections From the Heartland.” It is a compilation of stories about life in Iowa and humorous incidents sprinkled with some inspiration for readers.
It is a follow-up of sorts to her first book, which was 366 daily readings, “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like These- Reflections From the Heartland.”

Solon Spartans tame Independence Mustangs, 37-21

Road to the UNI-Dome travels through Waukon

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity football team broke the Independence Mustangs 37-21 in Spartan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 30, advancing to meet the Waukon Indians, in Waukon on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
The Spartans jumped out to a first quarter lead, 6-0, on a 14-yard run by Jackson Ryan, but the extra point was blocked.
A little less than seven minutes into the second quarter, Ryan scampered five yards to score again for Solon and Brent Lumpkin found success on the point-after to elevate the Spartans to a 13-0 lead.

Spartans both top-five

Boys 2nd, Girls 5th at 3A state meet

FORT DODGE– Solon’s girls were steady through the 2020 cross country season… running at or near the top in most meets. The boys? They worked their way up through the season; always crowding a little tighter and closer to the top. The efforts showed in a big way at the 2020 cross country championships, Friday, Oct. 30.

Three Spartans honored for WaMaC East

Delaney Bombei leads division in blocks

SOLON– Senior Kennedy Bombei, sophomore Delaney Bombei and junior Maddie Manifold were selected for recognition as the WaMaC Conference announced its volleyball honors Oct. 21.
Kennedy Bombei was named to the All-WaMaC East Second Team, while Delaney Bombei and Manifold received WaMaC Recognition.
The Solon varsity volleyball team finished the year 2-3 in conference play and 17-19 overall, falling 3-0 to third-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon in a Region 7 road quarterfinal on Oct. 19.

Sustainable Iowa Land Trust receives 40-acre donation from Brian and Sabra Fleck

SOLON– Johnson County farmer Brian Fleck and his spouse Sabra donated 40 acres they call Bee Haven Farm to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT), the group announced.
“The Flecks’ generosity has been a true inspiration to everyone at SILT, especially during such a challenging year,” said SILT Executive Director Suzan Erem. Bee Haven Farm is the second farm in Johnson County donated to SILT.

He loves campaigning

Former Gov. Branstad sings Kaufmann’s and Miller-Meeks’ praises in Solon

SOLON– He’s back, and he’s on the campaign trail again. Former Gov. Terry Branstad, America’s longest-tenured governor after two separate terms (1983-1999, 2014-2017), and most recently the United States Ambassador to China, is out on the campaign trail stumping for Republican candidates ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

Bobby versus Lonny in House 73

Kaufmann and Pulkrabek seeking to represent Solon in Iowa Legislature

SOLON The race for Iowa House District 73 is drawing a lot of attention.
Democrat Lonny Pulkrabek challenges incumbent Republican Bobby Kaufmann for a two-year term representing six eastern precincts in Johnson County (including Solon, Lake Macbride and Morse), all of Cedar County and the city of Wilton.
Pulkrabek is the retiring Johnson County Sheriff, having served since defeating Republican Steve Snyder, of rural North Liberty, in 2004. He replaced 30-year sheriff Robert Carpenter. Pulkrabek was unopposed in 2008, 2012 and 2016.