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North Liberty Leader

Lions roar in IC

Linn-Mar knocks down Women of Troy, 3-0

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy suffered a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-23, 25-19) at the hands of the Linn-Mar Lions Tuesday, Sept. 29, in an MVC Valley Division match-up.
The Lions were the seventh-ranked team in Class 5A in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Sept. 24 rankings, while the Women of Troy were in the number eight spot.

MS boys win, varsity girls and boys third, MS girls fourth in Clipper’s cross country meet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– With the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course out of service for this season, and likely next season as well, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had to find a new location for their home meet. Centennial Park in North Liberty proved to be an ideal venue and on Monday, Sept. 28, the Clear Creek Amana Invitational was run.

West swimmers win, 104-82, over Linn-Mar

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MARION– The West High girls swimming and diving team picked up another win Tuesday, Sept. 29, as it defeated Linn-Mar, 104 to 82, in the Lions’ pool.
Alison Hsu won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Alleyna Thomas won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, Elaina Martz won the 50 freestyle and Erica Hsu won the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle. Erica Hsu, Jennifer Du, Martz and Ariel Roghair combined to win the 200 medley relay while Alison Hsu, Mae Grahs, Martz and Thomas took the 200 freestyle relay.

West JV wins City High Invitational, 4-0

Women of Troy knock off City High and Solon in volleyball

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IOWA CITY– The West High junior varsity volleyball squad won the City High Junior Varsity Invitational Thursday, Oct. 1, with a perfect 4-0 performance.
West knocked off Solon, Dowling Catholic, City High and Burlington.

Team rankings:
IC West 4-0
City High 3-1
Dowling Catholic 2-2
Solon 1-3
Burlington 0-4
Results:
IC West defeated Solon 21-9, 21-3
IC West defeated Dowling Catholic 15-21, 21-17, 15-10
IC West defeated City High 21-19, 21-12
IC West defeated Burlington 21-7, 21-8
City High defeated Burlington 21-7, 21-8

North Central Jr. High runners compete in Bud Williams Invitational x-country meet

Hoefer takes second for girls, Dowling finishes fourth for boys

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WEST BRANCH– The North Central Knights cross country squads participated in the junior high division of West Branch’s Bud Williams Invitational Thursday, Oct. 1.
For the girls, Katie Hoefer was second in 13:21.4, Camille Mac was sixth in 13:39.6, Isabel Machlab was eighth in 13:42.9 and Maddy Negley finished 10th in 13:46.1.
On the boys’ side, Eddie Dowling finished fourth in 11:35.1, Peter Woodward was sixth in 11:45.1 and Isaac Bender finished 10th in 11:49.2.

Results:

Hunters encouraged to focus on tree stand safety

DES MOINES– Tree stand accidents can happen to deer hunters of all skill levels and result in serious injury or death. In Iowa last year, four hunters fell from tree stands, resulting in personal injury.
To help prevent injuries, the Iowa DNR is offering the following safety tips:
• Always wear a safety harness when in a tree stand and when climbing into or out of a tree stand.
• A safety strap should be attached to the tree to prevent falling more than 12 inches.
• Always inspect the safety harness for signs of wear or damage before each use.

Raise or no raise?

Plans to discuss county’s minimum wage ordinance North Liberty Oct. 8 Tiffin Oct. 14

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– In the aftermath of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors’ approval of a new minimum wage ordinance, the county’s municipalities are working fast to catch up.
But the North Liberty City Council is slowing things down a bit, feeling the need for more public discussion on the matter. The council will meet Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in a work session devoted to the topic.

Ordinance seeks to mitigate lack of good topsoil in new construction sites

NL to address dirt-poor development

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Modern construction has negated the usefulness of the idiom “cheaper than dirt.”
When it comes to developing land in urban areas, dirt has become quite pricey. Earth moving and grading is one of the higher expenses involved in construction projects. And in new residential developments, dirt plays a crucial role in storm water management, protecting the local watershed from contaminants and getting that high-dollar landscaping to grow.
Now, the City of North Liberty is taking steps to preserve its valuable dirt.

Migrating to Mexico

Project documents butterflies

KENT PARK— Every fall, monarch butterflies pass through Johnson County on their way to their winter home in Mexico, a journey of over 2,000 miles. Scientifically inclined minds have often pondered where the little wonders come from, where they go and what, if anything, affects their journey. During an afternoon event Saturday, Sept. 12, at F. W. Kent Park, 65 of the colorful fliers were tagged and documented as they headed south.
Kristen Morrow, a Naturalist with Johnson County Conservation, led the event for 80 people.

Special census count to begin today, Oct. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, workers with the U.S. Census Bureau will begin counting North Liberty residents. Enumerators will be wearing official US Census Bureau badges for identification.
This special census count is important to a town growing as quickly as North Liberty, since the actual population has outpaced the official once-every-decade count required of the federal government. In 2010, North Liberty’s official population was 13,374. Five years later, city officials estimate the population to be above 17,000.

North Liberty Growing Together Garden announces Oct. 11 Taste and Tour harvest celebration

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host a Taste and Tour at the Growing Together Garden, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd., to celebrate the initiative’s first successful growing year. The event, scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, is free and open to the public. Tours of the Garden and Pantry will be held from 1-2 p.m., family activities and snacks will start at 2 p.m. and last until 3 p.m.

Everyone welcome to enjoy a peaceful morning of yoga at Kent Park Oct. 10 

TIFFIN– What better way to enjoy fall than a morning yoga session at F.W. Kent Park. Join Serenity Yoga and Pilates Studio for a yoga session at the Bobwhite Shelter on Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 9 a.m.
Participants will look out over Kent Park Lake while they participate, and a Johnson County Conservation naturalist will be on hand to answer questions about the park.
The program will have something for novices and experienced participants alike. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Conservation Education Center, located in the northeast corner of F.W. Kent Park.