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Quick news: New restaurant opens in Diagonal

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 11:06 a.m. CDT

DIAGONAL — A new restaurant in Diagonal opens today. Fireside Grill — owned by Mark and Sue Steffenhagen — is located on 209 Broadway St. in Diagonal. Today starts their grand opening weekend where they will have specials on beer and appetizers.

“This restaurant is a dream come true for me,” said Sue Steffenhagen.

The restaurant has two floors that total 9,000 square feet. The main floor dining and bar area seats 125 people. The porch seats 24 guests. The basement is a reception room with accommodations for 185 people.

“We already have a couple events booked in the reception room,” Steffenhagen said.

Fireside Grill is a casual dining restaurant with a full menu including steaks, ribs, chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi and more. All entrees come with a dinner salad and two homemade sides.

Hours at the restaurant are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.

Grassley, King vote against bill ending shutdown

(MCT) — Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation welcomed a vote to re-open the federal government even though it means they’ll be back at the bulwarks again in January.

Republican congressmen Rep. Steve King and Sen. Chuck Grassley were the only two in Iowa’s congressional delegation to vote against the bill.

The “grand compromise that isn’t so grand,” Grassley said in describing a short-term funding agreement reached by Senate negotiators to keep the government open until Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7.

Grassley was one of 18 senators to vote against the deal that ended the federal government shutdown.

And 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley, who hopes to succeed Harkin in the Senate, said Americans deserve to have the federal government re-opened and its bills paid.

“I’m optimistic that proposal announced this morning is going to provide the vehicle to finally bring people together” by sending the budget issues to a House-Senate conference committee. The agreement, he said, should “provide certainty and stability.”

Afton Splash Dash 5K

AFTON — The inaugural Splash Dash 5K run/walk will be 9 a.m. Saturday in Afton. Cost is $25. Participants are urged to wear appropriate beach, sea or bath attire. All proceeds go to the Afton Splash Pad project.

“The Splash Pad is estimated to cost about $107,000,” said Mary Hill, event organizer. “We have just over $70,000 raised and have applied for $30,000 more in grants. The kids and parents are excited about this Splash Pad. It’s a good fit for our community.”

The 50-by 30-foot pad is proposed to be located on the south side of the basketball court at Afton City Park. It will be a concrete slab with sprinklers, buckets and other motion-activated water equipment for kids and adults to enjoy.

Registration and sign-in for the 5K is 8 to 9 a.m. at the park Saturday. No times will be taken.

To register, go to www.aftoniowa.com. For more information, call Hill at 641-347-8721. After the 5K, several other events are planned including family pumpkin carving, hayride and street dance. A full schedule is at www.aftoniowa.com

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