Lissie records acoustic session at The Magic Barn

It’s the day after Christmas and singer-songwriter Lissie begins pouring a glass of Castle Rock Pinot Noir and pairing it with a variety of Harry Potter references. She’s prepping for what will be a two day acoustic session at The Magic Barn recording studio just outside of Solon. Lissie heard about the Magic Barn from […]

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Solon council votes to keep wages at $7.25

Solon City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to opt out of the first-in-the-midwest minimum wage increase last night. Instead of allowing the lowest paid in their town a moderate raise, the council decided to keep their city’s wage floor at the state minimum, opposing the Johnson County ordinance passed last week that will raise the […]

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Are hops the future of Iowa’s agricultural economy?

Solon Farmer Mark Pattison is now growing hops on land that has historically been used for soybeans and corn. The 25-acre Buck Creek Hops operation will be home to 25,000 new hops plants this year — and 1,600 22-foot poles for the crops to climb — making it one of the largest hopyards in the […]

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