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Back to the dome!

Solon knocks off No. 2 Decorah on the road

DECORAH– This year, they would not be turned away.
The Solon Spartans upended the No. 2 team in Class 3A Friday night on the road, earning a spot in the state semifinals at the UNI-Dome this Thursday against Washington.
A year ago, the road ended in Decorah with a 35-10 loss.
This year, Solon took the lead and nursed a two-score margin into the fourth quarter, fending off a late rally to defeat the Decorah Vikings, 28-20.

Wheeling and dealing ...with life

NL resident hopes to raise awareness of inaccessiblibity

NORTH LIBERTY– She is a reverend, a mother and grandmother. She serves on the executive committee of the Johnson County Democrats and on the Iowa Agency on Aging. An advocate for people living with specific needs, she is the disability caucus chair for the Iowa Democratic Party, has a masters degree in counseling and is a graduate of the chaplaincy program at the University of Iowa.
Diana Coberly is a person first; the fact that she has accomplished so much in life from a wheelchair is secondary.

Spartans to face No. 1 Decorah

Solon defeats West Delaware 49-20

SOLON– Solon put the hurt on the West Delaware Hawks Monday night, setting up a date with No. 1 Decorah Friday, Nov. 8, in a Class 3A football quarterfinal at a site yet to be announced.
In a physically dominating performance, Solon defeated West Delaware 49-20 in a second round match-up that saw the Spartans leading 35-0 at half.
Both the Hawks and the Spartans came into the game ranked and with 9-1 records, but Solon controlled the game from the onset, blocking a punt, knocking out the West Delaware quarterback and putting the clamps on one of the leading rushers in the state.

One-man mission of love

Local veteran seeks to help others battle PTSD

CEDAR RAPIDS– “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
It’s a quote of uncertain origin, but there is no uncertainty about whom it was said.

Swenka given maximum sentence

Judge accepts Alford plea, Swenka to serve two years

IOWA CITY– Twenty-year-old Zachary Swenka has been sentenced to two years in prison for causing the death of 14-year-old Mackenzie Lown.
Swenka was charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter when Lown was killed in the car Swenka was driving on Oct. 17, 2011, on U.S. Highway 6 near Tiffin.
Swenka’s plea hearing took place at the Johnson County Courthouse on Thursday, Oct. 24, presided by Judge Stephen Gerard. Swenka submitted a guilty plea to the charge of involuntary manslaughter.