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Fri
23
Mar

Therese Tornowske

 

Therese Tornowske, 59, of McGregor, died Wednesday, March 21, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg. 

 

 

 

Tue
20
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She educates


MFL MarMac Elementary Principal Kathy Koether

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 our fourth article, featuring MFL MarMac Elementary Principal Kathy Koether.

 


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tue
20
Mar

Crisis in EMS: Fewer EMTs, tight budgets leave volunteer services searching for solutions

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Life can change in an instant—an elderly parent falls at home, a wife or husband suffers a heart attack or stroke, a child is involved in a car accident. But what if, when someone calls 911, no ambulance arrives to assist them?

Unfortunately, that’s become a reality for many people across rural Iowa, as volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) struggle with tight budgets and a shrinking pool of EMTs.

Kip Ladage, Bremer County Emergency Management Coordinator, addressed this “crisis in EMS” earlier this month, during a program attended by EMS providers and community leaders from Clayton and surrounding counties.

Tue
20
Mar

Bee closing chapter at Murphy Helwig Library


Christine Bee will retire from Monona’s Murphy Helwig Library at the end of March, closing a 25-year chapter in which she served first as children’s librarian, then as the library’s director. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Christine Bee has been a familiar face at Monona’s Murphy Helwig Library since 1993, when she took over as the children’s librarian.

“I’d been a library user my whole life, and I had always attended programs here with my children,” Bee said. “It just felt like home away from home.”

In 1997, Bee became the library’s director, a role through which she oversaw the library’s expansion, as well as countless technological advances. But, like all good stories, this one, too, must come to an end, as Bee enters the retirement chapter of her life at the beginning of April.

Looking back, Bee said she’s enjoyed embracing all the technological changes.

Tue
20
Mar

MFL MarMac seniors receive all-state nominations for individual speech


MFL MarMac seniors Anjela Waterman (left), Micah Decker and Hope McGlaughlin earned all-state nominations after receiving straight ones at the state individual speech contest on March 10. The three will perform in the categories of after dinner speaking, prose and radio news, respectively, at the all-state speech festival on March 26. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Anjela Waterman, Micah Decker and Hope McGlaughlin couldn’t ask for a better way to cap off their high school speech careers. After earning straight ones at the state individual speech contest at Starmont on March 10, the three MFL MarMac seniors have now received all-state nominations.

They’ll perform at the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Speech Festival on Monday, March 26, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Tue
20
Mar

30th rendition of The Living Last Supper to be performed this weekend


Monona’s Living Faith United Methodist Church will present “The Living Last Supper” March 24 and 25, bringing to life the iconic Leonardo da Vinci painting that depicts the final meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his crucifixion. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

“What most of us feel is this is our opportunity every year for discipleship, an opportunity to share our faith with the community,” said Ric Benzing (center), who’s portrayed Jesus since 1992, but has been part of the cast since the production’s inception in 1989. He’s pictured here with Nathan Sandstrom (Peter), Scott Goltz (John), Greg Schiller (Thomas), Chris Hoffert (James the Elder) and Ed Klenk (Philip).

Denny Burton, who will again play Nathaniel, began participating in The Living Last Supper in 1998.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Monona’s Living Faith United Methodist Church will present its 30th rendition of “The Living Last Supper” this weekend, bringing to life the iconic Leonardo da Vinci mural painting that depicts the final meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his crucifixion. 

The tradition was sparked by the church’s pastor at the time, Gary Dobbins, who’d seen it performed at a previous church.

“He thought it would be a good thing, and talked a bunch of guys into doing it,” recalled Ric Benzing, who’s the only original cast member still participating. He’s played Jesus since 1992.

Tue
20
Mar

Alpine expanding fiber-optic Fusion Network to Marquette, Pleasant Ridge area


After bringing fiber to McGregor (shown here) last year, Alpine Communications is now expanding its fiber-optic Fusion Network to the community of Marquette and the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood.

This map shows the area that will be part of the fiber-optic expansion.

Alpine Communications is making a major investment by expanding their 100 percent fiber-optic Fusion Network to the community of Marquette and the Pleasant Ridge Road neighborhood this year. The state-of-the-art Fusion Network will provide a fiber optic connection to all businesses and households within the city limits of Marquette and to customers in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. 

This marks Alpine’s first major project to extend Fusion fiber-optics into its rural territory. The high demand for ultra-fast broadband services along with a digital television alternative is driving this investment. 

Tue
20
Mar

SODA, PPD curricular presentations highlight school board meeting


MFL MarMac SODA members SaFire Zinkle, Macie Weigand, Destiny Berns, Ethan Stubbs, Max Havlicek, Jacob Trudo, Micah Decker and Cassidy Penrod, along with staff members Jackie McGeough and Megan Schellhorn, visited the state capitol in Des Moines on Feb. 21, where they met with legislators Kristi Hager and Michael Bergan about substance abuse in area communities. Some of the students spoke about the experience at the March 12 school board meeting. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Members of MFL MarMac High School’s SODA (Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol) group spoke at the March 12 school board meeting, sharing details about their Feb. 21 visit to the state capitol for “Day on the Hill.”

In Des Moines, students met with legislators Kristi Hager and Michael Bergan, discussing substance abuse issues in area communities. The students’ visit was sponsored by the 5C Coalition, which works to raise awareness about and combat substance abuse in Clayton County.

Tue
20
Mar

Marquette Council considers ordinance change for railroad building project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its March 13 regular meeting, the Marquette Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would change the zoning classification for a portion of current Canadian Pacific Railroad property from A1 - limited agricultural to C1 - highway commercial. The change was recommended by the city’s planning and zoning commission, as not to create spot zoning in the area, which is located south of the railroad tracks and north of Bloody Run, not far from the Wetlands Centre.

“The railroad has shown interest in putting a building up on their own property,” said city clerk Bonnie Basemann, addressing why the change is needed. Permits for the project are still pending, she noted.

Mon
19
Mar

Ken White

Ken White, 74, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., died Friday, March 16, at his home.

Ken was born on Nov. 19, 1943 in Prairie du Chien the son of Don and Lucile (Haville) White. He graduated from Prairie High school and also from Madison Business College. He lived in Prairie du Chien until the early 1960s, moving to Madison, Wis., for school.

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