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Tiffin named “fastest growing city” in Iowa

State Data Center cites 54.4 percent growth since 2010

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TIFFIN– A population growth of 176 new residents per year may not seem like much, but it was enough to land the City of Tiffin the title of “fastest growing city in Iowa” last year.
According to estimates by the State Data Center of Iowa, Tiffin grew from 1,947 people in 2010 to 3,006 in 2016. That’s a 54.4 percent increase– a few percentage points above runner-up Bondurant in Central Iowa, which grew by 50.2 percent.
Why Tiffin? City Administrator Doug Boldt said the city just happens to be in one of Iowa’s main hubs.

ISU solar car to make a pit stop in Oxford

Clear Creek Amana graduate helps build “Penumbra”

AMES– Bryan Kalkhoff is home for the summer, but still reminiscing on the hours spent helping to build a solar car this past school year.
“I wanted a way to really reinforce what I was learning in class,” said Kalkhoff, a recent Clear Creek Amana graduate. “School can only teach you so much.”
The North Liberty resident jumped at the opportunity to join PrISUm his freshman year at Iowa State University. The student-led solar car team has been in business since 1989, having developed 12 award-winning vehicles in its journey to change the paradigm of transportation.

Class of 2017 finds their way

148 seniors graduate from Clear Creek Amana

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TIFFIN– The valedictorian speeches were littered with references to shared childhood experiences (Harry Potter, Disney Channel, Netflix) on Sunday, June 4, at Clear Creek Amana’s graduation ceremony in the packed high school gymnasium.
“We’ve all found our P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney,” said Grace Murray, referencing the Disney movie “Finding Nemo.”
A total 148 seniors made up the graduating Class of 2017, with 10 valedictorians and one salutatorian.

North Liberty citywide garage sales June 8-11

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s citywide garage sales will be open Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11.
The master list of sales, found at http://northlibertygaragesales.com, closed to edits and new submissions Tuesday, June 6. It is available to the public and for download from the website. There is also a Google Map of all the sales.

Avenue of Flags sign up for Flag Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Help the North liberty Optimists raise money for local kids programs and line our streets with the American flag on Flag Day, June 15.
For $40, the Optimist Club will place a 3-foot-by-5-foot American flag on a 10-foot pole in front of your home or business on these five national holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
For more information or to sign up visit nloptimist.org/flags.htm or contact Darlene Smith at 319-626-2939 or desmith325@gmail.com.

North Liberty Slow Roll Saturday, June 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Slow rolls are short community- and family-oriented bike rides, traveling at a leisurely pace. Join your friends and neighbors for a ride around town and a social to celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day all in one on Saturday, June 17.
Bike and helmet safety checks are from 9-10 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center (520 W. Cherry St.), with the slow roll beginning at 10 a.m. The 8-mile route includes a scavenger hunt. A social picnic with food, music, bike decorations, lawn games and awards will follow the bike ride from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community center.

Tiffin splash pad open 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

TIFFIN– The Tiffin splash pad has been experiencing technical difficulty with the sensor to activate the water. The City of Tiffin has the part on order and will repair it as soon as possible. Until then, the Public Works Director will be manually turning on and off the splash pad starting at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the issue can be corrected.
Thank you for your patience while this gets resolved. The regular splash pad hours of operation are 9 a.m. to dusk.

New north liberty water and sewer rates in effect July 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Effective July 1, North Liberty’s water and sanitary sewer rates will change. Other services that appear on monthly city utility bills will remain the same.
The minimum charge for sanitary sewer customers will increase by $1.43 to $30.03, and will include the first 1,000 gallons of use, and each 1,000 gallons of use above that will increase by $.26 to $5.40. The minimum charge for water customers will increase by $.74 to $15.57, and will include the first 1,000 gallons of use, and each 1,000 gallons of use above that will increase by $.31 to $6.29.

New station, new protocol needed

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE: A three-part series

Looking at emergency medical services response

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NORTH LIBERTY– The concept of implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), was the biggest take-away from a recent fire consultant report for North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar.
Donald Cox, a consultant in emergency services and retired West Des Moines fire chief, was hired to conduct the study presented to the city council at their March 14 regular meeting.

Future Clippers Night Monday, June 12

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana varsity softball team has announced Future Clippers Night will take place Monday, June 12, at the varsity home game.
Little league softball players are invited to arrive by 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. game start to get their names on the list. If they wear their uniforms, they get in free. Teams will be announced and girls can go out on the field to their favorite position and/or player.

Liberty booster club launches website

NORTH LIBERTY– Want to know what’s going on in the world of Liberty High School sports? Now you can find out.
The Liberty Lightning Athletic Booster Club recently launched its new website, www.golibertylightning.com. You can use the website to find out how to get involved in the booster club, learn more about sports camps, order apparel participate in fundraisers and more!
The club would like to thank Rob and Julie Hajek with Home Repair Team for sponsoring the design of the website.

Season ends in shutout stunner for Clipper girls

Grinnell sinks CCA, 2-0, in regional semifinal

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TIFFIN– The season ended in a shocking fashion Tuesday, May 30, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team, The Tigers from Grinnell-Newburg won the Class 2A regional semifinal match with a 2-0 shutout.
The Tigers struck first, 10 minutes into the match, and scored their second goal with 7:53 left in the first half. The Clippers’ best chance for a goal came in the second half with a penalty kick after Grinnell’s keeper tackled Hannah Bormann in the box. Unfortunately her shot was deflected.