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Solon Economist

Solon community rallies to support Mary’s Meals

SOLON– The excitement is building as Solon prepares to welcome Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, who will include a stop in his visit to Iowa to launch his recent book.
MacFarlane-Barrow will talk about his new book “The Shed That Fed A Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals,” on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.

Solon benefits from best Beef Days ever

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is proud to announce this year’s recipients of their annual donations, requested through February and earmarked each year in April, to be given back to the community and surrounding area. The following organizations and activities were chosen on the merit of their projects as this year’s recipients:
Solon Park & Rec. (third of three-year commitment) $2,000
Solon Post Grad Scholarships $3,000
Win with Reading Program (Author Sponsor) $1,200
Solon Spartan Stadium (4th of 5 year commitment)
$2,000
Project Prom (run wristband booth) $500

Field events lead the way to state track meet

Girls win regional

MOUNT PLEASANT– A win at regional is great… but it quickly takes a back seat to ‘what happens now?’ at the 2015 State Co-ed Track & Field Meet, May 21-23 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Spartans second; 13 events qualify for state track meet

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist
MT. PLEASANT– The Solon boy’s track team made the most of the opportunities given to them at last week’s district meet held in Mount Pleasant.
While the team finished runner-up to host Mount Pleasant, the Spartans qualified an impressive 13 events for this week’s state meet to be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Under the format used to determine state qualifiers, the top two finishers in each event move on. The final eight spots in each event are determined by ranking performances from across the state at the various district meets.

Four wins in a row heading to postseason

SOLON– Solon’s varsity soccer team won four matches in a row and jumped to a winning record just in time to peak in the postseason.
The Spartan boys defeated Washington 2-1 on the road Monday (May 18) and had a regular-season finale scheduled for Tuesday (May 19) at Center Point-Urbana.

Lady Spartans wallop West Delaware, 11-1

SOLON– Despite injuries and scheduling issues, Solon’s varsity girls soccer team is holding its own as it heads into the backstretch of the season.
The Lady Spartans moved to 8-4 on the season with a 5-1 win over Western Dubuque Monday at home. Solon also picked up wins against West Delaware and Independence, but fell to 3A opponent Cedar Rapids Prairie.

Solon Next stop on Freedom Rock Tour

Solon Area Community Foundation funding patriotic mural at Legion ballpark

SOLON– This October Solon will represent Johnson County as part of the Freedom Rock Tour.
Originating in 1999 as a single boulder in the town of Greenfield, the tour has expanded to over 20 counties throughout the state, with each rock getting its own unique, patriotic mural.
The only question is, how do we get it here?
Denny Gruber, of the Solon Area Community Foundation, is after one rock in particular and it’s over seven feet tall, 12 feet wide and 37 feet around.
Not to mention, it’s stuck in the middle of a field, so moving it even just a few miles is no small feat.

Rasmussen selected as Solon City Administrator

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon City Council found that the best candidate for the position of City Administrator was already on the job.
Current City Administrator and former mayor Cami Rasmussen will continue in her position with a new contract after being selected by council members at the conclusion of a months-long search process.
The decision was announced at the conclusion of the Wednesday, May 5, council meeting when Mayor Steve Stange congratulated Rasmussen on her appointment.

Solon RAGBRAI committee meeting Monday, May 18

SOLON– The Solon RAGBRAI Committee will meet Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Those interested in providing input or assisting are encouraged to attend.
Attendees should bring ideas and enthusiasm to assist in planning for a fun, safe and memorable day for RAGBRAI riders visiting our community on July 24. Those seeking additional information should contact Solon City Hall at 319-624-3755.

Underground tanks enhance Shueyville fire protection

Not a solution but an improvement

SHUEYVILLE– Small town and rural volunteer fire departments face many challenges, ranging from difficulties in recruiting members to having enough money to pay for equipment. The Jefferson-Monroe Twp. Fire Department, in Swisher, has another challenge.
“Our biggest obstacle here is, we have no water in the communities we serve,” said Deputy Chief Eugene Beard.

Mary’s Meals founder MacFarlane-Barrow to speak in Solon May 29

SOLON– Meet Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow as he talks about his new book “The Shed That Fed A Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals”, on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
A non-competitive 5K run or 1 mile run/walk will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk with Magnus MacFarlane at 7:30 p.m., conversation with Kevin Miller, question-and-answer session and book signing.
Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as a superheroes.

U of I Science Café May 14 at Solon's Frida Kahlo

SOLON– A Science Café is a public event that takes place in a casual setting, such as a pub or coffee house, featuring an engaging conversation with scientists about a particular topic. On May 14, from 5-6 p.m., the first Solon Science Café will be held at Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant. Dr.