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Shellie Dolan Family Benefit July 11

Family and friends of the Shellie (Strubel) Dolan family are having a benefit on Saturday, July 11, from 3-10 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Waterloo. Shellie has advanced malignant melanoma. All benefit proceeds will go to help pay for Shellie’s medical expenses as well as maintaining full time in home care for her son, Russ, with severe cerebral palsy. A free will donation will be collected for the meal. There will also be a bake sale, silent auction (3-7 PM), “Uncle Stinky” blacksmithing (3-5:30 PM), and a live auction starting at 6 PM. More details can be found on facebook page #ShellieStrong Benefit. Shellie is married to Jeff Dolan and also has twin daughters Lauren and Megan.

Dine & Donate Event to Support Suicide Prevention

Ida’s Place, located at 3466 Lafayette Road in Evansdale, is the site of a Dine & Donate event on Friday, July 10 from 5-8 PM. An All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry ($8.95/person) is planned with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to The Crisis Center, to help others suffering from depression and provide suicide prevention support.

Softball: Union Drops Two in Marion Tourney

By Todd Parker

CR Washington 4, Union 2

On Wednesday, July 1 the Union Knights softball team traveled to Cedar Rapids and played in the Marion invitational.  In the 1st game the Knights took on the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors  and lost 4-2. The Warriors scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning to take a 3-0 lead. They added another run in the 5th inning to go ahead 4-0. The Knights battled back by scoring 2 runs in the 6th inning and stranded a runner at 3rd base, Kaitlin Holshlag, who started off the inning by getting a single. She moved to 2nd on Justine Nagle’s bunt single. Peyton Parker hit a double to score Holschlag.  Kaylee Sherwood grounded out in the infield to score Nagle. Parker was stranded at 3rd. In the bottom of the 7th inning the Knights were able to get a runner on base and moved her to 3rd, but was not able to score as the final was 4-2. Getting hits in the game were Peyton Parker (2), Kaitlin Holschlag, Justine Nagel, Jordyn Nagle, and Ceirra Nolan. Peyton Parker pitched all 7 innings allowing 6 hits and striking out 2. Union committed 3 errors.

Marion 1, Union 0

In the 2nd game, after a 25 minute break, Union took on the Marion Indians in a pitcher’s duel by both teams with great defense being played. Both teams were only able to get 4 runners on base, until the 7th inning. Marion scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 outs. Peyton Parker pitched for the Knights allowing 5 hits while striking out 5. Union dropped to 13-12 for the season.

Governor Congratulates Kramer Sausage Co.


Kramer Sausage Co. has been tantalizing taste buds on Main Street in La Porte City for a long time. As the business celebrates the milestone of more than 50 years of operation, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad offered his congratulations in the form of a letter last month.
“As the leader of a business that has been operating in Iowa for 50 years, you know what it takes to survive and thrive in our ever-changing, global economy. It is no small feat to face the ups and downs that businesses experience daily. We are grateful that you have chosen to continue to accept that challenge; and to do so here in our state,” Branstad wrote.
The Kramer name and reputation for high quality smoked meats is well known throughout the state. In addition to providing the smoked turkey legs that are so popular at the Iowa State Fair, many area hunters, along with some from farther distances, choose Kramer’s to process their venison and other game. The company also has a wide selection of products ranging from beef sticks to smoked pork chops and turkey breasts, in addition to an immensely popular line of sausages and Bavarian style bratwurst.

RAGBRAI Traffic Jam?


La Porte City, Iowa: Population 2,285. On July 23rd, five times that number of people, many of them on bicycles, are expected to roll through the community as part of the 43rd edition of RAGBRAI.
Organizers of the event place great emphasis on the safety of its participants. That is why RAGBRAI works closely with the Iowa State Patrol when designing the route, keeping riders on low-traffic paved county and state highways whenever possible. Over the course of eight days, riders who complete the entire ride will visit 42 pass-through communities in addition to the eight cities hosting overnight activities.
To help ensure everyone’s safety, RAGBRAI provides support for participants from 6 AM – 6 PM each day along the route, including mobile emergency medical services. RAGBRAI also provides SAG wagon service that can assist riders who have broken down, transporting them (and their bike) to the nearest community.
As one of the pass-through communites on the 2015 route, La Porte City will see one of the largest influx of visitors in its history during an eight hour period of time on July 23. To help regulate traffic and accommodate the large number of bicycles rolling through town, barricades will be placed adjacent to the route to discourage motor vehicle traffic from mingling with bicycles whenever possible. La Porte City residents who live along the RAGBRAI route are advised that the combination of bicycle traffic and barricades will make travel in their neighborhoods difficult, at best.
Unfortunately, with a five mile stretch of U.S. Highway 218 part of the RAGBRAI route, bicycles and automobiles will have no choice but to coexist peacefully. Drivers should avoid U.S. Highway 218 south of La Porte City to the Mount Auburn turnoff (D-65) until after 2 PM on July 23rd.
Likewise, the five mile portion of County Hwy. D-65, Tama Road, from Dysart Road to La Porte City, is also part of the RAGBRAI route. While vehicle traffic will not be prohibited, drivers wiill find the going slow indeed during the morning and early afternoon hours.
Traffic is expected to thin out considerably in and around La Porte City by 2 PM, which is the designated shut-down time for all local RAGBRAI community events.
For the latest information about RAGBRAI activities in La Porte City, logon to or visit the Ride LPC 7-23 Facebook page.

PLEASE NOTE: Traffic in La Porte City on July 23, 2015 may be restricted beyond the areas shown on the map above.  Area residents would be wise to avoid driving near the RAGBRAI route between the hours of 6 AM and 6 PM.

The following roads will be closed to motor vehicle traffic in La Porte City on July 23. As part of the official RAGBRAI route, there will also be NO PARKING allowed on these streets, as well:

• Tama Street

• Main Street
Oak St. to Sycamore St.

• Sycamore Street
Main St. to Bishop Ave.

• Bishop Avenue
Sycamore St. to Commercial St.

• Commercial Street
Includes all of U.S. Hwy 218 south of Main Street