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Doug Lindner

Finding home

Deeney Law Firm end of a long journey for meaning

SOLON– Every experience has led Joe Deeney on a path to Solon.
Deeney’s spark for the legal world didn’t catch until he was in his late 20s, and it wasn’t until he opened his attorney’s office in downtown Solon that he found his calling.
“When I first made the decision to start a private practice, in the back of my mind I was thinking I’d be the town attorney, and kind of doing a little bit of everything,” he said. “But since opening my doors, I’ve come to the realization I’m very passionate about estate planning.”

Return visit

After 14 years as hygienist, Schminke comes back as dentist

NORTH LIBERTY– “I feel like I’m home,” Dr. Trish Schminke said.
Schminke, 43, obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa (UI) earlier this year and returned in July as a dentist with Design Dental in North Liberty, where she started as a hygienist in 2002.
“It feels even better than I thought it would,” she noted happily.
But it took the 1995 Linn-Mar graduate some time to find her calling.
A native of Marion, she initially attended the UI on a pre-med track.

Five Spartans receive All-WaMaC East baseball honors

SOLON– Senior Cole Arduser made the First Team, while sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska was a unanimous Second Team pick after the WaMaC Conference announced its East Division baseball honors for the shortened 2020 summer season.
Incoming freshman Brett White was also named to the Second Team, while junior Carson Shive and senior Lucas Walker received WaMaC Recognition (formerly Honorable Mention).
“Cole Arduser was a very deserving First Team selection and had an outstanding senior season,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney.

5th Street intersection still clogged up

Workers move to west side until mid-August

SOLON– It will be mid-August before the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street opens back up completely.
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe reported contractors for a signalization project were scheduled to switch to the west side of the intersection July 27, with work to be wrapped on Friday, Aug. 14.
A second phase of the project, the installation of the signals, is not expected until October, Kleppe said.
Solon City Council members questioned the project’s timeline at a July 15 meeting, and Kleppe clarified the schedule July 23.

A red LeMans and a Golden Ticket

Eli DeWitt’s custom ’67 earns berth in Vegas builders’ show Purchased in 2010, he didn’t drive it until 2017

SOLON– He’s got a Golden Ticket.
Eli DeWitt’s custom 1967 Pontiac LeMans is going to the big show.
DeWitt, a 2014 Solon High School graduate, won a regional qualifier in the Young Guns division of the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Battle of the Builders, and heads to Las Vegas in November to compete nationally.
He’ll face about three-dozen other entrants age 18-27 in the Young Guns division, created to spotlight up-and-coming industry talent.

CCA hangs on for substate win

Spartans retired in 8-7 postseason loss

TIFFIN– It was a pretty deep hole.
Solon’s varsity baseball squad fell behind by seven runs in the first inning of a Class 3A substate semifinal in Tiffin July 20 against Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
The Spartans roared back with their own big inning, but fell a run shy of extending the season with an 8-7 loss.
“It was not the start we envisioned, but one thing we really stressed going into the postseason was dealing with adversity,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney. “I thought our guys fought through it and got back into the game as a result of their mental toughness.”

Positive COVID-19 cases reported at Solon Nursing Care Center

No serious symptoms, no hospitalization

SOLON– The 2019 novel coronavirus has made its way into the Solon Nursing Care Center (SNCC).
A resident of the facility tested positive Sunday, July 12, according to Solon Retirement Village Campus Administrator Melissa Reed.
As of Friday, July 17, four staff members and 16 residents had tested positive.
Reed said none presented severe symptoms nor required hospitalization.
“The majority are all asymptomatic,” she reported. “They don’t have a fever, they’re not having chills, they’re not complaining about medical concerns.”

Return to Learn

On-site or virtual semesters offered Online teaching to be outsourced Masks strongly recommended but not mandated

SOLON– Solon Community School District (SCSD) families need to decide.
Will students attend classes in-person or virtually?
The choices were outlined July 16 as Superintendent Davis Eidahl revealed more detail about the district’s Return to Learn plan during a regular meeting of the school board.
The plan was to be unveiled to teachers July 17 and released to school families during a webinar July 22.
A team of 38 district employees developed the plan over the summer based on recommendations from the Iowa Department of Education and Department of Public Health.

Together again

Perfect weather for SHS graduation

SOLON– The weather cooperated, and Solon High School’s (SHS) Class of 2020 had its day in the sun.
The Solon Community School District conducted its formal graduation ceremony Sunday, July 19, at Spartan Stadium.
Inclement weather would have forced the ceremony into the high school’s auditorium, limiting the number of family members and friends able to attend.

Two-game skid to end regular season

Solon falls to Mt. Pleasant, Bettendorf

SOLON– It was a tough way to end the regular season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team played back-to back games, road and home, to conclude the official schedule and came away with losses to Mount Pleasant and Bettendorf.
The Spartans fell to the Panthers 12-9 at Mount Pleasant July 13 and then lost to the Bulldogs 13-4 at home July 14.
Solon’s record dropped to 13-7.
The Spartans had an opportunity for the win against the Panthers, knotting up the game 7-7 in the fifth inning, but Mount Pleasant built some separation with five runs in the sixth.

Short season ends at home

Benton Community edges Solon in regional semifinal, 3-2

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had their chances.
Senior pitcher Kayla West and the Solon defense held Benton Community to three earned runs on seven hits, and the Lady Spartans came up with 15 hits and forced six errors.
But Solon’s varsity softball team couldn’t convert them into runs, and the Lady Spartans bowed out of the 2020 season in a Class 3A regional semifinal July 17 at home, 3-2.
Solon’s runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Bobcats leading 3-0. Sophomore Camryn Keith and junior courtesy runner Payton Haasl crossed home on RBI by senior Jadyn Jeter and West.

Spartans escape Demons in quarterfinal

Solon tops Washington, 6-5

SOLON– The Spartans came up with the runs they needed.
Twice, the Washington (Ia.) Demons took the lead, and twice Solon’s varsity baseball team made its way back.
The Spartans edged the Demons in a Class 3A Substate 5 regional quarterfinal plating the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory July 17 in Solon.
The win advanced Solon to a regional semifinal against Clear Creek Amana July 20 in Tiffin.