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Tue
30
Jan

Let the Progressive Dinner be your valentine delight

Let the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual Progressive Dinner be your “valentine delight.” Held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 10, the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, the Progressive Dinner will feature food and fun from several of the chamber member cafés, in addition to bed and breakfast establishments.

The menu will include hors d’oeuvres served at The Corner Shoppe, in Garnavillo. Roasted red pepper with gnocchi soup from By the Spoonful will be offered at Old Man River, in McGregor. Little Switzerland Inn, in McGregor, will host the salad portion of the meal, featuring spring greens with fruit. The main course—stuffed pork chop with apple and coleslaw, or beef or shrimp kabob—will be served at McGregor’s Stauer House Bed and Breakfast. It will be back to Old Man River for dessert, where couples can enjoy “heart delights” from The Local Oven.

Tue
23
Jan

Walz Energy receives its NPDES permit

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to Walz Energy on Jan. 12, officially paving the way for construction to continue on the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation located east of Monona.

The decision was made despite overwhelming public opposition to not only issuance of the permit, but the project itself, at a hearing held by the DNR in Elkader on Nov. 29.

Tue
23
Jan

McGregor Council engages consulting services to explore potential development options for former Holiday Shores site

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

It’s been over two and a half years since the Holiday Shores Motel was closed, then torn down, on the McGregor riverfront. Two years since the council denied a request from the property owners, Trilogy Partners LLC, to re-zone the property to allow for the construction of condominiums.

Yet, even after a 2016 hotel/motel feasibility study commissioned by the city of McGregor showed favorable potential for a new hotel in the community, the location remains vacant.

Tue
23
Jan

Monona Police see drop in cases, traffic stops

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The number of cases the Monona Police Department handled last year dropped slightly from the previous year, noted police chief Jo Amsden, who shared the department’s 2017 data at the city council’s Jan. 15 meeting.

In 2016, 353 cases were handled, said Amsden, compared to 327 in 2017.

Most complaints came in on Thursdays or Fridays, she said, meaning the activity likely occurred on a Wednesday.

“Saturdays and Sundays are the quietest,” Amsden shared.

Tue
23
Jan

Marquette getting new street banners

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette will soon have new street banners. The city council approved the purchase of 24 banners, at a cost of $2,352, at its Jan. 16 meeting.

The Marquette Action Club has agreed to pay for half the cost of the banners, which will be sepia-toned and feature over half a dozen images related to Marquette, like the railroad, wine, fishing and antiques.

Fireworks cost goes up

Tue
16
Jan

Wellness committee welcomes input from community


Walkin’ the Dogs, which MFL MarMac participates in each fall as part of the Healthiest State Walk, is just one way the district promotes health and wellness. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At MFL MarMac, the focus is on more than just educating students. It’s also about ensuring their health and well-being. That’s where the district’s wellness committee comes into play.

Made up of teachers, administrators, nursing and dietary staff, and community members, the group meets quarterly to discuss the school’s goals for maintaining and improving the health and well-being of students through education, nutrition and fitness.

Tue
16
Jan

Increased awareness, prevention efforts cut down on bullying

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Reports of bullying at MFL MarMac Elementary have continued to drop in the last two years, a trend guidance counselor Kurt Gaylor attributes to increased awareness and prevention efforts.

Gaylor, who spoke at the school board meeting Jan. 8, said there were 79 reports of bullying in the 2014-2015 school year, and the number grew to 133 in 2015-2016. Last year, however, the total fell to 45. And so far this school year, just one report has been submitted.

“The totals have gone down a lot,” he said. “We’ve done things to help.”

Tue
16
Jan

New street banners brighten McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s Main Street got a bit brighter last week, as new banners were hung from the street light poles up and down the city’s historic main drag.

Three different designs are featured, including a red, orange and yellow banner emblazoned with “McGregor Historic District, Settled 1837.” Four images are shown on this banner: a sand bottle, in recognition of famous McGregor sand artist Andrew Clemens; a clown, in celebration of the city’s connection to the Ringling Brothers; the Clan MacGregor crest; and the paddle wheel symbol representing the Great River Road.

Tue
16
Jan

DNR to discuss CWD in Harpers Ferry and Elkader ahead of deer tissue collection effort

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a special scientific collection effort Jan. 20-28, in targeted areas of Allamakee and Clayton counties near where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in wild Iowa deer. The effort will be discussed during two public meetings on Thursday, Jan. 18 – one at 2 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Community Center and the other at 6:30 p.m. at the Elkader Keystone AEA building. 

Chronic wasting disease is a neurologic disease of deer and elk, belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases. Though it shares certain features with other TSEs like bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) or scrapie in sheep, it is a distinct disease apparently affecting only deer, moose and elk. It is always fatal.

Tue
09
Jan

When ice is nice


For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. A rink was recently created on the basketball court at the city park. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Just like kids before him, Owen Mullarkey has enjoyed playing hockey at the ice skating rink on the Marquette bench.

Marquette bench has skating rink for first time in over a decade

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. 

Just before the new year, the city’s public works employees, Jason Sullivan and John Hines, created the ice rink on the basketball court at the city park. Over 125 sand bags were filled and placed around the court’s perimeter, holding down a large sheet of plastic, which was then covered in water. Cold temperatures helped solidify the ice.

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