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T-shirt artwork sought for the 2017 Solon Beef Days celebration

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2017 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 21-22.
Original artwork is being accepted for the T-shirt design. Each artist may submit more than one design.

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Kuehl reacts to 1.1 percent increase in state aid

Staffing levels to remain steady

AMANA– Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill authorizing a 1.1 percent increase in State Supplemental Aid (SSA) for Iowa’s school districts on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Branstad had proposed a 2 percent increase in school funding over what districts received last year, however Republicans insisted with lower income projected by the Revenue Estimating Committee, that 1.1 percent is all the State can afford. The bill provides an additional $40 million to Iowa schools for the next fiscal year, starting on June 1.

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2017 CCA Youth Little League registration open

TIFFIN– Registration is now open for the 2017 Youth Little League Season. Be part of a 40-year tradition by joining others on the diamond this year. Leagues are offered for pre-K through seventh grade. Regular registration is open until Feb. 28, after which late fees will incur. More information is available at tiffin-iowa.org.

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Social service project funding application due March 1 at city hall

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is seeking applications for social service programs and projects, focusing on innovative, new projects serving North Liberty. Applications for the $23,500 earmarked for this program are due March 1.

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Storytime returns to NLTV every Wednesday

NORTH LIBERTY– Reading stories to your young ones just got more exciting! Join the North Liberty Community Library for Storytime every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. If you can’t make it, North Liberty Television has you covered. You can watch Storytime on NLTV at 7:30 a.m. weekdays on South Slope (Channel 268) and Mediacom (Channel 5). Also visit our YouTube Channel to watch past episodes and other original content from NLTV.
For more information and other storytime options, visit the North Liberty Community Library’s website.

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Solar energy dashboard now online

NORTH LIBERTY– Last year, the city began seeking proposals to replace at least 60 percent– and ideally 80 percent or more– of the power needs for certain public facilities, and this past fall, began using solar power for the parks, streets and fire department facilities.
In less than four months, these three new arrays have powered the equivalent of 58,613.15 light bulbs for a day and saved 13,597.66 kg of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of planting more than 750 trees.

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South Slope rallies for Camp Courageous, encourages other companies to join

NORTH LIBERTY– Employees at South Slope Cooperative Communications, headquartered in North Liberty, are coming together to raise funds for Camp Courageous and now extending the challenge to other organizations in the Corridor.
The cause is personal for an employee of South Slope whose son has benefited greatly from his time spent at Camp Courageous. When news spread at South Slope about Camp Courageous’ fundraising needs, employees rallied to help.

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North Liberty Community Library unveils lactation room

A womb of their own

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– “You guys are burning up the mommy wire.”
Such feedback from patrons of the North Liberty Community Library is exactly what Director Jennie Garner and her staff like to hear in response to the innovative programming and resources they have been developing for young families and children.
“That’s exciting to us because it means word is getting out on what we’re doing here,” said Garner.

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Register for NLYBS through March 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball’s (NLYBS) 25th anniversary season is open. Sign up your child or children at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by March 3.
Leagues are available for boys and girls age 4 through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. Scholarships are available.
New this year is First Grade Baseball, and Third Grade Rookie players will have the opportunity to pitch. Umpires will also be needed, but must be at least 14 years old. Training is provided.

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West High’s Brands earns 2nd state wrestling championship

Rohweder fifth, Von Rabenau and Aguirre finish eighth

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DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands took his second state wrestling title Saturday, Feb. 18, at the 2017 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Brands defeated Johnston’s Elliot Pohlmeyer with a 28-13 technical fall in the first round and defeated Des Moines Lincoln’s Shawn Brown in the quarterfinals with a fall in 3:18. Brands took an 8-6 decision from Waverly-Shell Rock’s Austin Yant in the semifinals before earning an 11-9 decision over Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge in the 152-pound championship match.

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CCA’s 53-40 win over Benton Community first postseason win in over a decade

TIFFIN– They extended their season and made history doing so.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team knocked off Benton Community, 53-40, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at home in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game for the first postseason win in the program’s history in well over a decade.

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West High’s Nelson Brands shares Athlete of the Year honors

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley high school athletic Conference (MVC) announced its 2016-17 Wrestling All-Division selections Monday, Feb. 13. Doug Streicher and his staff at Linn-Mar took Coach of the Year honors along with Matt Orton and his staff at Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the Mississippi Division, which Iowa City West High belongs to.
West High’s Nelson Brands, a junior, and Jefferson’s Matt Culver, a senior, share the Division’s Athlete of the Year honors.

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