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First step in countywide ID program

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County supervisors don’t always get applause, hoots and whistles when they make a decision. But then, their meetings don’t typically draw audiences of 100 or more people at once.

Hatching nest eggs

Hills Bank celebrates agriculture month

NORTH LIBERTY– March was agriculture month at Hills Bank and Trust Company, and what better way to celebrate than inviting a few chicks over?
It was baby chick day at North Liberty’s Forevergreen Road location on Saturday, March 28. Doors opened to the public so children and families could visit the baby chicks hatched at the bank earlier this month.

Clipper boys take Demon Relays with first place

Douglass wins 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs

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WASHINGTON– Eric Douglass put a pair of wins into the books Friday, April 10, at the Demon Relays to help move the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers past the host Washington squad and into first place. The Clippers took the meet with 148 team points, knocking the Demons (93 points) to second place. Mid-Prairie, Columbus, Fairfield, WACO and Fort Madison rounded out the field.

Lady Spartans run away at Tipton

fourth place at J-Hawk Relays

CEDAR RAPIDS– Balance through the lineup and three key event champions kept the Spartans close in the 2015 J-Hawk Relays April 4 at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
Solon’s fourth place finish followed a runaway team title at Tipton earlier in the week.
Wins from Emma Moss in the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.24), Josie Durr in the high jump (5’2), Shelby Gunnells in the shot put (44’5) and points in eight other events kept Solon’s Class 3A girls in the mix throughout the meet, which featured larger, mostly 4A schools.

Mother goose

Canada goose chooses to roost on the pier

NORTH LIBERTY– This Canada goose picked an odd place to nest this spring, settling herself and her eggs in a concrete planter at the end of the fishing pier over Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. Joe Wilkinson of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) said geese typically nest in locations they find safest from predators, but it’s less typical to build a nest so far above the water.

Finding balance

Local kayak fishing enthusiasts cast around for new club members

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think you couldn’t reel in a 25-pound catfish in a kayak, Scott Shrader would prove you wrong.
Shrader, of North Liberty, has always been a fisherman. As a child, he went bass fishing with his father and competed in fishing tournaments as he got older.
He bought a kayak because he also loved paddling around on the water, and a kayak offered something a little different.
“Kayaking a relaxing sport, and you don’t have to deal with the gas and maintenance and expense of having a motor boat,” said Shrader.

Trojans seventh at John Ask Relays

Schneider third in 3,200-meter

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s boys track and field team finished seventh in overall points at the 56th annual John Ask Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson Saturday, March 28, at Kingston Stadium. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the meet while the defending champion Cedar Rapids Prairie team was fourth. The Trojans won the meet in 2008 and 2009 and again from 2011 through 2013.
Matthew Schneider was the top individual finisher for West taking third place in the 3,200-meter run and Josh Jensen was fourth.
Adam Weis was fifth in the 1,600-meter run.

To save a farmer

Local fire departments acquire specialized agricultural rescue equipment

SWISHER– Farmers make up a little over two percent of the population, but with an average of 22.2 deaths per every 100,000 workers in the U.S., agriculture is the most dangerous profession. And one of the most dangerous places for a farmer to be is in a common, nondescript grain bin.

They could have danced all night

Solon Dynamite dance team hosts Dance Spectacular 2015

SOLON– Solon Dynamite is the bomb.
The high school dance team of six hosted the group’s annual Dance Spectacular on Friday, Feb. 13, in the high school gym. As is tradition, Solon invited other dance troupes from the area to share the spotlight, including a team from Solon Middle School, preschool through sixth grade dancers who lit up the night with a glow stick routine, and individual members who presented solo numbers in a variety of dance styles. Dance teams from Williamsburg, Grinnell and Dance Arts Iowa also performed routines for the packed house.

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Earlier this month, about 40 trees were cut down on the property of Gary Weinman, a rural resident who is suing the City of North Liberty to halt condemnation of a portion of his prairie land for a public sewer project. The city prevailed in a court hearing to stay compensation proceedings, and was ordered to pay Weinman $80,000 for the easement. The city is appealing that award, and more recently communicated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about a permit process questioned by Weinman’s legal counsel. (photo by Tom Tau)

A room to grow

NL CoLab offers innovative space for start-ups

NORTH LIBERTY– Google was started in a garage, Facebook in a college dorm room.
In the business world, the term “start-up,” conjures images of small, cramped quarters and slightly uninviting spaces.
But now that image is starting to change.
The North Liberty CoLab, located at 215 Hwy. 965, Ste. 1, is the newest collaboration space in the Iowa City area. It’s a place where start-up businesses and entrepreneurs can come together, network and bounce ideas off one another.

Amazing to others

SCSD Media Specialist Kathy Kaldenberg to retire after 12 years of service

SOLON– “Obvious to you, amazing to others.”
It’s the title of a YouTube video by entrepreneur Derek Sivers that describes how ideas that seem so simple and, well, obvious, to one person could be mind-blowing and awe-inspiring to someone else.
It’s a quote that Solon Community School District (SCSD) Media Specialist Kathy Kaldenberg tries to remember each day. She’s used it on her blog and has posted the video to her Twitter account as a reminder to everyone about what they have to offer the world.