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Street School is Cool

A young person’s education doesn’t stop at the end of the school day, and that’s where United Action for Youth comes in offering safe, communal spaces for this continued learning. Kylie Buddin, Prevention Director, and Tony Branch, Youth Engagement Director, refer to themselves as facilitators and act as guides, tailoring programs to the needs of…

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The Answer My Friend is Wattage from the Wind

Iowa is second in the U.S. for the production of wind energy and stands mightily with the top producers worldwide. For Jesse Bermel, Director of Midwest Developments at Triple Oak Power, this is a point of pride. Having discovered his own passion for conservation through his grandparent’s garden, Jesse works with communities toward responsible development…

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In the Absence of Water

Too often one doesn’t know the value of something until it’s gone. When it’s a large body of water undergoing a long, slow disappearing act it’s easy to understand how something so devastating might go overlooked. But Jon Kounkel, from Friends of Coralville Lake, says if left untreated one day we will wake up to…

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Each One Worth a Thousand Words

What began as mild fascination with pictures in youth quickly evolved into an all-consuming passion. Maryam Thompson, of Maryam Thompson Photography, discovered the joy of photographing people with the birth of her son, and earliest favored subject, and made it her career. The promise to her clients is, “I change the way that you see…

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Keep the Fire Burning

Of the many uses for fire, whether cooking, heating, illumination, even as ambient decoration, Spotix has you covered. Company president, Aaron Verhorevoort, refers to the business model as being like a wheel; Spotix is the hub connecting a multitude of various niche markets offering goods from grills, fire pits, fireplaces, and all the accessories, additions…

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Libations for All Occasions

While the competition is stiff Johncy’s Liquor Store offers a wide array of continually updated beverages to satisfy anyone’s taste. With nearly two decades in the business, owner Johncy Menezes has developed his own personal tastes which trend local though sometimes with a tropical twist. North Liberty is the headquarters of local media, regional financial…

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Every Move You Make

For the challenge of tracking wildlife in real time while not necessarily in the vicinity of, researchers need precision instrumentation. Chris Kochanny, CEO and President of Vectronic Aerospace’s North American division, has been producing GPS collars and monitoring animal activity out of his basement before there was ever a committed office. North Liberty is the…

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Fun is Number One!

In his retirement Mickey Mantle is quoted as saying, “Nothing’s ever been as fun as baseball.” When it comes to the great American pastime from t-ball on up to high school prep, Matt Eckhardt, operations manager of North Liberty Coralville Baseball Softball, says that there are three goals for the league: learn the sport, make…

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Don’t Sweat It, Just Say I Do

It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when planning a wedding. There are so many details even with the smallest of affairs. Coordinating between vendors, family members and guests while trying to get it all just right. Emily McMahon, of Soirée Wedding Planning, helps organize, design, and direct each unique event while placing the emphasis on…

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Designing Light

It’s easy to take lighting for granted when it comes to designing a space. Whether it’s a remodel or a fresh start, every detail counts especially in how it will be lit. Kim Miller, of Illuminate, helps clients to develop multi-tiered lighting systems that will serve both as utility and aesthetic to bring out the…

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