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Tue
19
Nov

Monona Guesthouse fills community’s lodging void


Tim and Bridget Schlein recently opened the Monona Guesthouse, a vacation rental that’s listed on Airbnb and VRBO and is filling the community’s lodging void. (Submitted photos)

The 1927 Dutch Colonial home, which has three bedrooms and one and one-half baths, is located on West Center Street.

Rogeta Halvorson, executive director of Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc., expects the Monona Guesthouse to attract tourists and corporate travelers, as well as people who are in town for funerals, family gatherings, holidays, class reunions and Hay Days.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Monona Guesthouse, a three-bedroom, one and one-half bath home, was listed on the vacation rental websites Airbnb and VRBO in October, filling what Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc. (MCED), Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson said was a major lodging void in the community.

“We knew there was a huge need,” commented Halvorson, who’s made adding lodging a goal since she joined MCED five years ago. “Without a place to stay in town—and Monona had zero—it’s hard to grow this area and bring new people in. And even if it’s not tourism, it’s people inside town who are saying ‘This is so great for Monona. My family comes and now they have a place to stay.’”

Tue
19
Nov

Marquette looks to explore senior housing potential

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette wants to investigate the potential for senior housing in the community. 

The council, at its Nov. 12 meeting, considered a proposal from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to create a concept plan for the city’s “Thornton Property,” an area near Gencor that was purchased several years ago with the intent of creating housing for area seniors.

Tue
19
Nov

Koons leaving business manager role after 20 years

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Cindy Koons will step down as MFL MarMac’s business manager at the end of November, after serving in the position for 20 years.

The school board, at its Nov. 11 meeting, accepted Koons’ resignation, as well as her participation in the early separation plan.

“I’ve enjoyed my time very much,” said Koons, who has also served as the board’s secretary and treasurer. “It’s been a privilege and honor to work here.”

Tue
19
Nov

Five MFL MarMac volleyball players receive all-conference honors


Brinan Berger

Bailey Winter

Riley Moreland

Rachel Davis

RoseMary McGeough

Five MFL MarMac volleyball players have earned Upper Iowa all-conference honors. Seniors Brinan Berger and Bailey Winter were both named to the first team and sophomore Riley Moreland to the second team, while seniors Rachel Davis and RoseMary McGeough each received honorable mention nods.

Berger, who was the only unanimous selection, was third in the conference and first among the Bulldogs in digs, with 343. She also racked up 179 kills, putting her among the conference leaders. Berger completed .889 percent of her serves and smacked 32 aces.

Winter was one of the conference and team leaders in several different categories. Her 62 total blocks put her second in the Upper Iowa, and she was fifth with 183 kills and ninth with 239 digs. She also boasted a .916 serve efficiency and had 34 aces.

Tue
12
Nov

The beginning of a 'Legacy'


When the MFL MarMac High School show choir takes the stage this season, they’ll do so under the new name of Legacy, departing from the Young Americans moniker the group has been know for since the 1970s. Legacy members recently completed their second choreography camp with Jordan Webster-Moore, in preparation for the one-hit wonders-themed show that will feature re-vamped song and dance numbers. (Submitted photo)

With show choir’s name change comes re-vamped choreography, musical arrangements

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When the MFL MarMac High School show choir takes the stage this season, they’ll do so under the new name of Legacy, departing from the Young Americans moniker the group has been know for since the 1970s.

The change wasn’t by choice, said choral director Jaydeane Berns. The school’s superintendent, Dale Crozier, received a letter from a California-based group also called the Young Americans, who said they’d copyrighted the name.

Tue
12
Nov

Monona meal site offers local seniors food and fellowship


Local seniors are welcome to stop by Monona’s meal site every Tuesday and Thursday for a warm, healthy meal and fellowship with other community members. Lunch is always served at 11:30 a.m., at the community center, 104 S. Egbert St. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Local seniors are welcome to stop by Monona’s meal site every Tuesday and Thursday for a warm, healthy meal and fellowship with other community members. Lunch is always served at 11:30 a.m., at the community center, 104 S. Egbert St.

Attendance generally ranges from four to 10 people, and coordinator Marilyn Baade would like to see that number grow. When she started volunteering at the site in 2004, around 24 people came regularly. It was higher yet in the decades before.

Tue
12
Nov

Councils, school board will have new faces

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Several local city councils, as well as the MFL MarMac School Board, will have some new faces in the coming year, based on unofficial results from the Nov. 5 city/school election.

Retired teacher Roberta Hass will take one of three open seats on the school board, after receiving a combined 406 votes from district residents in Clayton and Allamakee counties. Incumbents Tonya Meyer and Collin Stubbs earned 360 and 347 votes, respectively, to take the two other seats. Sharon Greener, who was also an incumbent, picked up 335 votes. Hass, Meyer and Stubbs will all serve four-year terms on the board.

Fri
08
Nov

Robert Cardin

Robert Lee (Bob) Cardin, 82, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at his home in Kerrville, Texas, with his family at his bedside. He was born in a house in Marquette, to parents Miles and Harriett Cardin on June 21, 1937. He married the love of his life, Judith Anne Risdon, on June 21, 1958, in Independence.

Bob went to school at Mar-Mac in McGregor. He started working at the age of 14 on his uncle’s farm, and, at age 16, began working at the Strand Theater running the movie projector to earn money for basketball shoes. He also worked at Hipps Auto Garage in Prairie du Chien, Wis., until he graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1955.

Tue
05
Nov

From one commander to another


Military service isn’t the only thing grandson and grandfather Jakob and Dennis Regal have in common. In 2017, Jakob took over for his grandfather as commander of McGregor’s American Legion Post #267. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

As commander, one of Jakob’s goals has been to make improvements at the Legion Hall on Ann Street. This year, Ryan Bacon helped install new siding on the building, while Pat’s Electric completed outside electrical work and Gencor made new signs for the exterior.

Regals share not just military experience, but leadership of McGregor Legion Post #267

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Dennis Regal joined the Army in 1956, while just a junior in high school, serving with the National Guard unit in Prairie du Chien, Wis., that was then a medical company.

“My brother was in the Korean War and he had a friend who talked me into joining the unit over there,” Dennis recalled. His first position was as a litter bearer. He retired with the rank of chief warrant officer four nearly 40 years later, in 1995, after stints in Desert Storm and Panama.

Tue
05
Nov

Musical will bring ‘Peanuts’ comic strip to life


Max Koeller will take on the role of Charlie Brown and Riley Whitney will play Lucy in MFL MarMac’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Nov. 9 and 10. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The musical will bring Charles M. Schulz’s iconic “Peanuts” comic strip to life. All the well-known characters, including Snoopy (Sydney Moser), Sally (Rose Grau) and Woodstock (Jonah Wille), will be featured.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Good grief! Don’t miss the opportunity to see Charles M. Schulz’s iconic “Peanuts” comic strip come to life this weekend during the MFL MarMac musical, which offers a fresh take on the 1967 classic “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

The cast will present three performances in the high school auditorium, in Monona—at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, then again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. There is no Friday night show this year, so as not to conflict with the MFL MarMac football playoff game.

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