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Tue
09
Jan

Awards banquet honors conservation efforts of farm families


Joe Donlon and Livingood Farms were selected for recognition in the landlord/tenant division of the 2017 Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District Awards program. Pictured (left to right) are Joe Donlon, Janet Livingood, Frank Livingood and commissioner Daryl Keehner.

Brian Keehner was selected as the 2017 Outstanding New Cooperator for the Clayton SWCD Pictured (left to right) are commissioner Ron Kaiser, Brian Keehner and Erling Bilden, representing the Farm Bureau.

Dan Rothmeyer received the 2017 Owner-Operator Award for the Clayton SWCD. Pictured are Owen Sylvester (left), from the Clayton SWCD, and Dan Rothmeyer.

The Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) honored the outstanding conservation efforts of local farm families during the annual awards banquet held Dec. 7, at the Central State Bank Community Room in Elkader. This year’s award winners showcase a variety of conservation efforts, and each recipient provides an outstanding example of what can be done to protect the natural resources everyone enjoys in northeast Iowa. The local awards program is co-sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau.  

Dan Rothmeyer

Fri
05
Jan

Rural Monona home a total loss following Jan. 4 fire


Smoke billowed into the sky as firefighters from multiple departments battled a house fire at 13768 Golden Ave., east of Monona, on Jan. 4. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Monona Fire Chief Dave Smith said the home is a complete loss. It was being remodeled, and was not occupied at the time, he added. (Submitted photo)

A rural Monona home has been labeled a complete loss, following a fire Jan. 4.

The Monona Fire Department was called to 13768 Golden Ave., east of Monona, at 9:55 a.m., for a report of a house fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the home completely engulfed, according to Monona Fire Chief Dave Smith. The home was being remodeled, and was not occupied at the time, he added.

Approximately 50 firefighters remained at the scene until noon, battling not just the blaze, but temperatures hovering around 0 degrees. Monona fire trucks could be seen making numerous trips back and forth to the site, transporting water.

Smith said the home is a complete loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Tue
02
Jan

Recent MFL MarMac graduates offer college advice


Peyton Meisner (left), Bryar Ruff and Chase Stubbs were among the former MFL MarMac graduates who shared college advice with high school students last month. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Preparing for college can be tricky.

“You might be asking, ‘Am I ready for college? What do I do? What about schedules and ACT tests?’” remarked MFL MarMac High School Principal Larry Meyer.

In an effort to answer some of these important questions for current students, the school welcomed back 11 recent MFL MarMac graduates for a panel discussion.

Tue
02
Jan

Food for the weekends

Sixth through 12th graders benefit from BackPack Program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Thanks to volunteers from the churches in the McGregor Ecumenical Council, dozens of MFL MarMac students in junior kindergarten through fifth grade have had access to snack packs, gallon Ziploc bags filled with food that tide them over during weekends away from the school’s regularly-provided meals.

This fall, the school district partnered with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to begin offering the BackPack Program, assuring students in sixth through 12th grades can now receive similar help.

Tue
02
Jan

Class will help local businesses strengthen their social media efforts

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Is your business looking for ways to better take advantage of the social media movement?

Learn more at a social media and digital marketing class hosted by the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites in Marquette.

Facilitated by Brian Stoll, with Illuminate Digital, LLC, of Cedar Rapids, the class will instruct people on how to efficiently market their businesses through social media and incorporate that into a digital marketing plan.

Tue
02
Jan

Printing changes for the North Iowa Times

Change often comes with the arrival of a new year. So is the case with your hometown newspaper. 

The North Iowa Times’ printing press and its associated technology have retired, meaning the newspaper is no longer printed at the Courier Press office in Prairie du Chien. Graphics Inc., of Calmar, which has printed The Trader weekly, along with many special sections for the North Iowa Times, has now taken on regular printing of the product.

With this transition, newsstand timing will be revised. Our goal is for each issue to be available for purchase on newsstands no later than 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Subscribers’ newspapers should still arrive at the same time they did previously. 

Tue
26
Dec

‘This I Believe...’


Eighth graders like Faith Regal recently wrote and recorded “This I Believe” essays, through which they shared thoughts about important moments in their lives. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Aidan Grove said he believes in family, and reflected on the birth of his younger brother.

Eighth graders reflect on important life moments

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As the year passes from one to the next, for many, it’s a time to reflect on what they believe in, to think about moments that have been important in their lives.

The eighth graders at MFL MarMac are no different. They’ve just put their thoughts into words by writing their own “This I Believe” essays and recording them for posterity.

“You have to write about what you believe in,” said Aidan Grove, simply explaining the premise of the assignment.

Tue
26
Dec

Start the new year with a hike at Pikes Peak

Join the staff and Friends of Pikes Peak State Park on a free, guided hike on New Year’s Day. Hikers can meet at 1 p.m., at the stone shelter in the park, for a one-mile hike led by park manager Matt Tschirgi.  

“This is the seventh year the DNR is hosting First Day Hikes as part of an effort to get people outdoors and into our state parks,” said Todd Coffelt, chief of the DNR State Parks Bureau. “These hikes are a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.”

Last year, more than 1,200 people began the year in an Iowa state park, hiking more than 1,100 total miles. This year, 25 state parks will host First Day Hikes.

Tue
19
Dec

TAG students benefit from trial and error


Isabella Torkelson (left), Evelyn Ruff and Tricia Bacon work on their air drop packages during a recent TAG session at the MFL MarMac McGregor Center. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Holden Mathis (left) and Kole Pape, with the help of Nate Weber, test their fish’s prosthetic tail.

Amelya Weigand (left) and Kaylee Nuehring use Play-doh to help form the fish's prosthetic tail.

Mindy Keehner hopes pipe cleaners will help the "fish."

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Designing animal prosthetics, creating air drop packages to deliver food to disaster victims: these sound like activities conducted in high-tech laboratories. While that may be true, they’re also happening within the walls of the MFL MarMac McGregor Center, where students in the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program are taking on real-world engineering scenarios.

Around 40 students in fourth through eighth grade participate in the program, which gives them an opportunity to experience new learning challenges and think in ways they might not in the regular classroom.

Tue
19
Dec

City of Marquette ‘stuck’ when it comes to Walz Energy

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“There’s nothing you can do until something happens.”

That was Marquette city attorney Dan Key’s advice to the city council when asked, at its Dec. 12 meeting, if there is anything the city can do to halt construction of the Walz Energy facility currently being built east of Monona.

Construction on the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation began earlier this year. Its location in the Bloody Run Creek Watershed, and in an area with sinkhole-prone karst topography, has many concerned about the effect on water quality, both to Bloody Run and the ground water.

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