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Cale Stelken

Tin Roost offers new gathering space

Unique food and drinks at an ambitious new North Liberty location

NORTH LIBERTY– Take a drive down Penn Street and you’ll quickly notice there’s a new hangout in townas. North Liberty introduces Tin Roost to its growing portfolio of restaurants.
The brand new location on Penn Street is visually impressive. Constructed in July, the modern style building features a bold, black and white rooster emblazoning its front, accented with wood paneling and corrugated steel, a fitting motif of Iowa farm culture.

Business Boom celebrates

Open house social offers new congregation for bustling business community

NORTH LIBERTY– Businesspeople, politicians and city employees alike socialized at North Liberty’s inaugural Business Boom on Thursday, Nov. 2. The open-house social, hosted from 5-6:30 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center, provided an opportunity for area businesspeople to meet and greet while celebrating the expansion of North Liberty.
Guests were treated to appetizers, beer and wine provided by Fareway and Big Grove Brewery. Multi-instrumentalist Joe Sorensen, adorned in calavera face paint, lent background music to event as he sang and played acoustic guitar and keyboard.

NL man arrested for sexual assault

Resident faces two charges stemming from vehicular incident

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man has been charged with sexual abuse after allegedly having intercourse with a woman against her will.
Maialiwa Kabandelwa, 31, was charged for acts stemming from an incident he had with a woman at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the home of Kabadelwa in the Golfview trailer court.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim intended to drive Kabadelwa to the post office but didn’t understand how to turn on the headlights of his vehicle.

Keystone Place mural celebrates Iowa

Retirement community artwork pays tribute with beauty and humor By Cale Stelken

NORTH LIBERTY– “It kinda felt like Oakdale, maybe a prison!”
Mary Jo Pipkin, Executive Director of Keystone Place at Forevergreen, laughed about the once imposing, concrete wall that loomed over the retirement community’s Memory Care Courtyard.
“We started out here and said, ‘Gosh, what can we do with this wall with it being secured and gated in?’” she said. The staff soon saw the giant pale slab as an artistic opportunity.

Traffic stop leads to trio’s arrest

Search warrant finds slew of drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty residents face multiple charges following a search of their home. The arrests were spurred by a traffic stop gone awry the previous evening.
At about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, North Liberty Police Officer Spence Madole began pursuit of a Honda Civic driven by Jahmil B. Thomas, whose license was barred for being repeat offender.
As the officer turned around and closed in on Thomas, the 23 year-old exited his car. The officer ordered Thomas to stop before he fled into the woods on foot. Officer Madole was able to identify Thomas based on booking photos.

Celebrating and serving up Tex-Mex Friday night

Adelitas grand opening Oct. 27

NORTH LIBERTY– Walk into Adelitas, and you won’t see too many sombreros, or other symbols of traditional Mexican culture for that matter.
“I tried to make it look a little bit more like a sports bar, something you would actually see in Mexico,” said Jose Antonio Hernandez, the young general manager and co-owner of Adelitas.
An avid sports fan, Hernandez wanted to go for the feel of a modern Mexican sports bar, as opposed to what most Mexican restaurants aim for. “It’s a little bit different. It’s not something that you would see in every place.”

Engaging kids

NLFD covers fire, bike and traffic safety at Garner Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s October, and that means it’s time for National Fire Prevention Week.
On the morning of Friday, Oct. 13, Captain Chris Kochanny and Lieutenant Mike Johnson of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) took turns presenting information to the students of Garner Elementary, assisted by a slideshow, videos and various props.

965 Phase 2 construction dragged out by delays

Contractor and city engineer seek resolution over liquidated damages

NORTH LIBERTY– Road construction can be cumbersome for travelers and city officials alike. Add to that hundreds of thousands of dollars in liquidated damages and you’ve got, to put it one way, a major bump in the road.
In a prolonged struggle, the City of North Liberty is trying to find a resolution with the contractor of the virtually completed Highway 965 Phase 2 project, after conflict resulted from delays dating back to 2014.

Meet the Leader’s newest reporter

NORTH LIBERTY– Much like the city of its namesake, the North Liberty Leader is undergoing changes. In September, Cale Stelken of Iowa City joined the team as a reporter and photographer. Stelken replaces Shianne Fisher, who has since moved to the Des Moines area.