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Reminders for snow and winter weather

NORTH LIBERTY– With winter weather in the the forecast, the City of North Liberty wants to reminds residents about snow emergencies and other snow procedures.
Snow emergencies go into effect automatically when there is 2 inches of snowfall or when one is declared by city administration. The goal of the city’s snow ordinance is to allow North Liberty’s streets to be cleared efficiently, so travel is safer and melting snow can drain quickly.
When a snow emergency is in effect, on-street parking is prohibited; cars can be ticketed every 12 hours or towed.

Holiday hours announced

NORTH LIBERTY– Hours for city offices and services will adjusted in the coming weeks. Regular hours will be held except for the following:
On Friday, Dec. 23, the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library and city offices will be closed.
On Saturday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 25, the library, recreation center and all city offices will be closed.
On Monday, Dec. 26, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Passing the baton

Ambition twirlers carry on “golden” tradition

IOWA CITY– Longtime Hawkeye fans remember Diana Reed as the “Golden Girl,” the baton twirler who performed with the University of Iowa (UI) Marching Band at football games and won the title of “Miss Iowa” in 2007.
Jessica Baker, 23, remembers Reed as the teacher and coach of Diana’s Golden Twirlers, the program Reed founded to offer twirling classes for an eager group of kids which included Jess and her younger sister Julia.

Gingerbread house contest Dec. 1-19

NORTH LIBERTY– Gingerbread, frosting, licorice and red hots, oh my! Create a gingerbread house for the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Gingerbread House Contest, submissions will be accepted Dec. 1-19.
The only rule for the contest is to have fun. Give your house a fun or festive name and bring it to display at the library by Dec. 19. You can also email a photo of your house to mharrison@northlibertyiowa.org. Images must be clear and close up.

Unstable ice on Coralville Reservoir

Winter is here, but we’ll Beat the Bitter Feb. 3 and 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Snow has arrived and Beat the Bitter– North Liberty’s celebration of winter games and good cheer– is back with two days of winter fun on the tundra of Penn Meadows Park on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb 4. 

Running into winter

City staffer closes in on 1,000 miles to raise funds for Girls on the Run

NORTH LIBERTY– You won’t often find Nick Bergus jogging around the indoor track at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
“I don’t like running inside,” he said. “It’s definitely not my favorite.”
Despite his office in the North Liberty Communications Department being located virtually underneath the track, Bergus said he prefers outdoor runs– even in the winter.
“I’ve got my whole chart for outside temperature and what I need to actually wear,” he said. “This time of year I’m in the baklava and I’m wearing two layers on my legs and two or three layers on top.”

Denise Hoy named new Ely City Administrator

Successor to Aaron Anderson comes from Conrad, begins Jan. 1

Successor to Aaron Anderson comes from Conrad, begins Jan. 1
ELY– The City of Ely hired a new city administrator, Denise Hoy, to fill the job vacated by Aaron Anderson, who left to take a position out of state in September of this year.
Denise will step into the position on Jan. 1. Before taking the position in Ely, Denise worked for the City of Conrad as the City Administrator and Clerk.

The Downtown Dachsund: From beach bucket to boutique

Melissa and Tom Reed follow entreprenurial spirit to Dows Street

ELY– “Why isn’t there a collapsible beach pail?”
Three and a half years ago, Melissa and Tom Reed’s first entrepreneurial project began with that simple question. Upon arriving at Myrtle Beach while on vacation, their son Landon looked around and said, “I want a bucket.” With no buckets to be found at the beach, they had to pack up and go into town to buy one.
When it came time to go home, Landon was very disappointed his new bucket had to be left behind.
“It created so many memories, he wanted to take it with us,” Melissa recalled.

Corps: Stay away from unstable ice on Coralville Reservoir

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning individuals to be careful on all frozen lakes. With the colder temperatures, ice has begun to form on the Coralville Lake and the Corps is currently lowering the lake level to its winter elevation. The combination of ice formation and lowering of the lake levels will create unstable and dangerous conditions. Ice that is not supported by lake water is at risk of cracking, breaking or giving away at any time. As the ice shelf begins to drop, it can cause a dangerous slope along the shoreline, making it hard to get back off the ice.