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News

You’ll scream for Moo Moo’s Ice Cream

Solon couple supports local businesses with cool treats

SOLON– It’s a ritual of summertime in a city: somewhere, off in the distance, the faint tones of “The Entertainer” are heard. Closer, and closer the music gets. And then, the kids make the realization, “The Ice Cream Truck is coming!” The quick dash home follows, with frantic pleas to mom for money for the ice cream truck, while the music gets louder and louder. Panic ensues as it seems to take an eternity for mom to get her purse and dig out some spare change, or a dollar bill.

School board adopts progress goals

95% of most students to be proficient in reading, writing and math

SOLON– The new goals are really similar to the old goals.
Just with some tweaking.
The Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) Board of Education adopted annual goals for its strategic plan at a July 9 meeting.
New to the annual review is a Social Emotional Mental Health component, and board members approved a $6,780 one-year, per-student subscription for a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) screening tool to be implemented with the 2019-20 school year.

Kelsey Bumsted named Iowan of the Day

DES MOINES– The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products presented Kelsey Bumsted, of Solon, as an Iowan of the Day for the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Bumsted is an exemplary role model and prominent leader in her small town of Solon. Endlessly volunteering for the betterment of her community and its residents, Bumsted is "all in" for Solon Community Schools and served in many different capacities from PTO treasurer, or working at the book fair, to volunteering as a resource for Kindergarten round up, all for the success of Solon Community School District.

Council upgrades tower lease

T-Mobile to pay $1,500 a month

SOLON– T-Mobile’s antenna is staying on top of the city’s water tower.
City council members approved a five-year lease for the mobile carrier at a July 3 meeting.
T-Mobile will pay the city $1,500 a month, over the next five years, to rent a 15-by-20-foot area on the elevated tower.
Although the initial term is five years, the lease includes three automatic five-year renewals, with the rent increasing by 10 percent each term. After 20 years, an automatic extension kicks in for up to nine one-year periods, each with a one percent hike.

Solon man fractured lower jaw, bottom teeth of female, charges allege

SOLON– A Solon man fractured the lower jaw and bottom teeth of a female victim on July 15, according to allegations filed by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Derek Adam Westen, of 402 South Market Street, was charged with assault causing serious injury, a Class D felony, and domestic abuse assault second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor).

Haggard Brothers to headline Beef Days July 19

Manternach caps two decades of booking with country royalty

SOLON– Having the Haggard Brothers perform Friday night, July 19, is next-level stuff for Beef Days.
Ben and Noel, sons of country music icon Merle Haggard, have teamed together to tour the country and will take the stage at Beef Days at 9:30 p.m. for a 90-minute tribute to their father’s music.
“It’s going to be cool,” exuded Beef Days Entertainment Chair Dean Manternach. “It’s going to be really great.”
He’s expecting a standing-room-only crowd for the biggest name ever booked for the two-day free community festival.

Council approves mass notification system

City will be able to send public alerts via phone, email

SOLON– It’s a better system at a bargain rate.
Solon council members approved a new voice and text emergency notification system at a June 19 meeting.
For an annual $1,000 subscription and a $500 startup fee, the city will be able to issue public safety announcements to all land lines as well as enrolled email and cell phone numbers.
According to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen, the City of Ely initiated a group membership rate with Nixle for its mass notification system last fall.

Big Rove features big heat

It was one hot ride. Over 1,000 cyclists pedaled into Solon Saturday, June 29, as part of the Big Rove, a 36-mile RAGBRAI training ride. Big Rove, sponsored by RAGBRAI (Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Race Across Iowa), the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Big Grove Brewery and Think Iowa City, took over the intersection of Main Street and Iowa Street for a street party most of the day. Solon was the midway point for the ride.

Andy Anderson of The Dueling Pianos of Andy & Mike belts out a tune for Big Rove riders during the At The Turn Party in downtown Solon.

Ely City Administrator Hoy leaving post

City hopes to choose replacement at the end of the month

ELY– The City of Ely hopes to land a new City Administrator by the end of the month.
The members of the Ely City Council voted at an April 25 session to accept the resignation of current City Administrator Denise Hoy, who took a new position as City Clerk for the City of Ankeny.
Her last day on the job will be Friday, June 14.
She’s moving back to central Iowa to be closer to her children and grandchildren in Conrad and Knoxville.
“Ankeny’s right in the middle,” Hoy said.
She joined the City of Ely in January of 2017 after over two decades working for the City of Conrad.

Swisher native Conor Mittauer trains to serve as the next generation of U.S. Naval Aviation Warfighters

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas– A 2012 Cedar Rapids Prairie High School graduate and Swisher native is participating in a rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. naval aviators.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Conor Mittauer is a student pilot with the “Stingrays” of Training Squadron (VT) 35, based in Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The squadron flies the T-44C Pegasus aircraft.
A Navy student pilot is responsible for training to become a maritime pilot.
“I enjoy how extremely challenging the training program is,” Mittauer said.

Become the you you’ve always wanted to be

Elite Fitness opens in Solon

SOLON– Spartan Square, a small strip mall on the south side of Solon along Highway 1 has become something of a one-stop-shop for healthy living. The center includes Mac’s Nutrition, Eastern Iowa Family Counseling, Ability Physical Therapy, and opening today, Elite Fitness.

Preparing for the worst

CCA commissions a study to determine what’s best in case of a tornado

OXFORD– While many things can qualify as a “worst-case scenario,” one situation bound to top the list every time is a tornado hitting a school while it is in session. The nightmare has come true several times with three of particular note.
On April 21, 1967, a tornado scored a direct hit on the Belvidere, Ill., High School just as students were loading buses at the end of the school day. Thirteen deaths and 300 injuries were reported at the school. According to Tom Grazulis of The Tornado Project, this was the nation’s sixth-worst school death toll from a tornado.