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03
Mar

Preliminary report for proposed 2021 McGregor Main Street sewer project presented

Work would include utility upgrades and full street restoration

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor City Council and McGregor Municipal Utilities Board, at a joint meeting Feb. 26, approved a preliminary engineering report for the city’s proposed 2021 Main Street sewer project. The work, which could stretch from roughly St. Mary’s Catholic Church all the way to the riverfront, would encompass water and sanitary and storm sewer utility upgrades, as well as a complete street restoration, including new curb and gutter and sidewalks.

Tue
03
Mar

Marquette native offering Acting 101 classes


Marquette native Avalon Dziak, whose acting career has taken her from South Dakota to Vermont to Chicago, will teach a series of “Acting 101” classes at the McGregor Public Library this month.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Whether you’ve always had an interest in acting but don’t know where to start, or simply hope to enhance your skills after a few local performances, a series of “Acting 101” classes offered this month in McGregor could be just the opportunity you’re looking for.

“There’s no age or experience limit. I just want to see who’s out there and who wants to learn,” said Avalon Dziak, who will lead Acting 101 at the McGregor Public Library on March 8, 15 and 22. Each Sunday class will begin at 2 p.m.

Tue
25
Feb

Bond vote for MFL MarMac facilities improvement project is March 3


This architectural rendering shows what the exterior of the proposed fieldhouse would look like.

This image shows improvements to the circle drive and entrance at the elementary school.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Voters in the MFL MarMac Community School District will head to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, to decide if $7.8 million in general obligation bonds should be issued to fund an extensive facilities improvement project.

The largest addition will be a 31,000-square-foot fieldhouse on the west side of the high school building in Monona, which will encase two full-sized basketball courts that can be converted to one competition-sized gym to host tournaments. Indoor bleachers will seat up to 1,200 people.

Tue
25
Feb

Turner Park splash pad contractor selected


Vorwald Enterprises, of Monona, has been awarded the contract for McGregor’s Turner Park splash pad. Construction on phase one of the project is expected to begin in late spring. It will likely be completed in August.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Vorwald Enterprises, of Monona, has been awarded the contract for McGregor’s Turner Park splash pad. The city council selected the lowest of three bidders at its Feb. 19 regular meeting, after approving the plans, specifications, opinion of cost and form of contract for the project.

Vorwald came in at $221,852, which is around 5 percent less than the $230,438 estimated by the engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, Inc. 

Tue
25
Feb

Clayton County has new social host ordinance

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Clayton County has a new social host ordinance that proponents hope will further deter adults from allowing underage alcohol and drug use at social gatherings.

The measure, approved by the Clayton County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 6, builds on a state law that’s been enacted since 2014.

“The state law applies to youth under the age of 18 and is alcohol-specific,” explained Merry French, program director of Substance Abuse Services of Clayton County (SASCC). The county ordinance expanded that to include “anyone under the age of 21 and also includes controlled substances.”

Tue
25
Feb

Murphy Helwig Library hopes Teen Council will engage local youth

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Murphy Helwig Library in Monona is forming a Teen Council to help local youth engage more with the library.

“We have a long-standing children’s craft and story hour, but we haven’t done a lot with young adults,” said library assistant Susan Trappe. “We want to bring more teens into the library.”

What better way to do that, she thought, than letting teens develop their own programming. 

Tue
25
Feb

MFL MarMac wrestlers cap off successful individual seasons at state


MFL MarMac wrestlers Karter Decker (126 pounds), Gabe McGeough (145 pounds), Jacob Trudo (heavyweight) and Zach Howe (195 pounds) capped off successful seasons at the state tournament in Des Moines Feb. 20-22.

MFL MarMac state qualifiers Karter Decker (126 pounds), Zach Howe (195 pounds), Jacob Trudo (heavyweight) and Gabe McGeough (145 pounds) are pictured with coaches Travis Johnson (left), Mike Meyer, Chet Bachman, Collin Stubbs and Tracy Decker.

126-pound Karter Decker finished his freshman year with a stellar 44-3 record.

Bulldog heavyweight Jacob Trudo, a junior, flew under the radar for much of the season, but turned up the intensity in January and February.

The tournament got off to a good start for 195-pound senior Zach Howe, who had a first-round fall over Kale Pevestorf of Coon Rapids-Bayard.

Sophomore Gabe McGeough won the fifth-place medal at 145 pounds in Class 1A. It was the best finish for an MFL MarMac underclassman in over a decade and a half.

“One thing I think I do well is rise to the occasion,” said Gabe McGeough. “I didn’t probably wrestle the best I could my first match, but as the tournament went on, I kept wrestling better and better. By the end, I was wrestling the best I had all year.”

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac wrestlers Zach Howe, Jacob Trudo, Gabe McGeough and Karter Decker competed at the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines Feb. 20-22, capping off successful individual seasons. McGeough, a sophomore, won the fifth-place medal at 145 pounds in Class 1A—the best placement for a Bulldog underclassman since Kyle Pedretti a decade and a half ago.

“They’ve put in a lot of work, a lot of weekends, getting ready,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “I’m proud of these guys for making it to the state tournament. They represented us very well.”

Tue
18
Feb

Chemistry propels friends to all-state speech nomination


MFL MarMac speech participants Max Koeller (left), Jaxton Schroeder and Nick Stavroplus have been nominated to perform at the Large Group All-State Festival on Feb. 22. The three, who are all close friends, excelled in the group improvisation category. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A rare nomination in the group improvisation category has the MFL MarMac trio of Max Koeller, Nick Stavroplus and Jaxton Schroeder headed to the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group All-State Festival this Saturday at Iowa State University. The group is just one of five in the northeast district that received straight ones at state and was chosen by judges to perform.

One of the most popular group speech categories, improv differs from others in that the skit is not pre-recorded or repeatedly practiced and performed at each level of competition. Rather, the story line differs each time—forcing participants to spontaneously craft a unique tale for the judges and audience.

Tue
18
Feb

Four MFL MarMac wrestlers are state bound


MFL MarMac wrestlers Gabe McGeough (left), Zach Howe, Jacob Trudo and Karter Decker have qualified for the state tournament. The wrestlers are pictured with coaches Chip McGeough, Travis Johnson, Tracy Decker, Mike Meyer, Chet Bachman and Collin Stubbs. (Photo courtesy of MFL MarMac Wrestling)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Four MFL MarMac wrestlers have punched tickets to the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines this week. Zach Howe was the 195-pound champion at Saturday’s Class 1A District 6 Tournament at Starmont, while Jacob Trudo, Gabe McGeough and Karter Decker qualified after placing second in their respective weight classes.

Sophomore Kashton Mathis placed fourth at 120 pounds, and fell short of advancing.

Tue
18
Feb

Driver injured when snow plow was struck by train


A city of Monona employee was seriously injured Feb. 13, when the snow plow he was operating was struck by a train. (Photo courtesy of Clayton County Sheriff’s Office)

A city of Monona employee was seriously injured Feb. 13, when the snow plow he was operating was struck by a train. 

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a dump truck versus train accident on West North Street, in Monona, at 11:54 a.m. According to a press release, deputies determined the driver was conducting snow removal operations when the vehicle was struck by an eastbound train containing five railcars. The city of Monona said the rail crossing was unmarked.

The driver of the dump truck was transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and later transferred to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., for treatment of serious injuries. 

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