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Tue
10
Apr

McGregor receives $100,000 grant for rehab of Sullivan Opera House


Rehabilitation efforts for the Sullivan Opera House received a large boost last week, when the city of McGregor was awarded a $100,000 Community Catalyst Building Remediation grant for the project. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Rehabilitation efforts for the Sullivan Opera House received a large boost last week, when the city of McGregor was awarded a $100,000 Community Catalyst Building Remediation grant for the project. The announcement was made at an awards presentation during the Iowa Rural Development Summit, in Grinnell.

McGregor was one of 18 Iowa communities that received grants for the remediation or redevelopment of underutilized buildings to stimulate economic growth in the community.

Tue
10
Apr

McGregor and Marquette plan spring clean-up days

Citing abuse, Monona opts not to hold garbage amnesty days

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The cities of Marquette and McGregor have scheduled spring clean-up dates for later this month, giving residents the opportunity to throw out some items they can’t usually set at the curb.

Marquette will hold its event Saturday, April 28, from 8 to 11 a.m., at roundhouse park (the former rail yard). Residents are welcome to bring excess refuse and place it inside dumpsters. Items that will not be accepted include leaves, grass, brush, dead animals, liquids, paint, batteries, chemicals, oil, hazardous waste and tires. No electronics—including TVs—will be accepted.

Tue
03
Apr

Forestry plan unveiled for Pikes Peak State Park


A natural resources management plan has been developed for Pikes Peak State Park, in an effort to guide how the park’s forest is maintained. Two notable management efforts detailed in the plan include tree plantings in areas heavily damaged by the July 19 tornado, as well as re-establishment of some of the open savanna-like forest conditions present in the area prior to European settlement. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

A natural resources management plan has been developed for Pikes Peak State Park, in an effort to guide how the park’s forest is maintained.

“I’m excited about it,” said park manager Matt Tschirgi, who led a March 20 public meeting about the plan with Bruce Blair, area Iowa DNR forester, and Scot Michelson, Northeast Iowa District Parks Supervisor for the Iowa DNR. “In the past, management has been kind of willy-nilly and piecemeal, where we hope we’re doing the right thing.” 

Tue
03
Apr

Help build McGregor’s new hiking trail

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Swing some tools and leave a legacy. On Saturday, April 7, the public is invited to help build a new hiking trail through the forest between Center Street and Cemetery Road, in the city of McGregor. 

Interested persons should meet at the top of the hill on Center Street, just south of Eagle Drive, at 10 a.m. The work day will run until 3 p.m. 

The area is owned by the city, and the idea of developing a trail there has grown in the past few years, said Duane Boelman, McGregor’s deputy clerk and economic development lead, who organized several meetings late last year to discuss the proposed trail.

Tue
03
Apr

Grant will bolster after school activities


School nurse Jennelle Schroeder works with students during a meeting of the McGregor Center Art Club. A recent grant will aid programs like this that forge relationships between staff and students. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac has received a $10,000 grant through HAWC (Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek, Clayton) Partnerships for Children, which will bolster activities offered to students outside the regular school day.

One of the programs is an after school art club. Offered at both the high school and the McGregor Center, the club allows students to spend time with their friends, while being creative and having fun. Art teacher Natalie Heiring and school nurse Jennelle Schroeder lead several sessions a month at the middle school, while art teacher Michelle Meyer handles duties at the high school.

Tue
03
Apr

Neil James Hampton

 

Neil James Hampton, 85, of Bloomington, died on Saturday, March 31, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. 

 

Tue
27
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She adds to the vibrancy of McGregor's business community


Brenda Boeke, Café McGregor

Cathy Corpian, Cathy’s Office

Cinnamon Blood, Lasting Image Fun Photos Studio

Gina Russell (nail tech), Genna Welch (stylist), Julie Lorenz (stylist), Milena Rajkovic (makeup artist, brows) of Creative Enz Salon & Spa. Not pictured Kayla Vorwald (stylist) and Kathy Slater (massage).

Crystal Scarff, INKspiration Tattoo

Dianna Berry, Mind Your Body

Katie Ruff, By the Spoonful

Monica Tiffany, Grizzly's Chainsaw Carving

Nancy Krapfl, Navy Rose & Co,

Jennifer and Louise White, Paper Moon

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will publish a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it's through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others. Here is the sixth—and final—article, featuring the female business owners of McGregor.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tue
27
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She protects and serves


Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will publish a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it's through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others. Here is the fifth article, featuring Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden.

 


 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tue
27
Mar

Walz Energy faces $10,000 penalty for violations


Walz Energy is facing a $10,000 penalty from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for three separate violations that have occurred during construction of the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation near Monona.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Walz Energy is facing a $10,000 penalty from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for three separate violations that have occurred during construction of the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation near Monona.

In a letter addressed to Walz Energy’s lawyer, Eldon McAfee, Iowa DNR Attorney Carrie Schoenebaum noted that Walz Energy had “engaged in an illegal discharge to a water of the state, violated its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and its wastewater construction permit. These are violations the DNR takes very seriously.”

Tue
27
Mar

Hay Days to include tractor pull this year

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its March 19 regular meeting, the Monona Council approved the closure of Egbert Street on Saturday, June 9, for a tractor pull, a new event at this year’s Hay Days celebration.

“We wanted something additional for Hay Days to create more traffic and bring extra people in,” said Jim Moritz, from FreedomBank, who discussed the idea with the council.

Moritz said several locations were considered for the tractor pull, but Egbert Street, in front of the community center, would work best due to its length and proximity to other Hay Days activities.

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