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Tue
22
May

School board reviews Iowa Assessment data

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac third grade teacher Jennifer Wilwert presented the district’s latest Iowa Assessment data to the school board at its May 14 meeting.

In reading, grades two through 11 met the district’s goal of being at least 75 percent proficient, with the exception of seventh grade, at 70.2 percent. The highest percentages came at sixth (90 percent) and 10th grades (90.9 percent). At nearly every level, MFL MarMac either matched or surpassed the state average.

Tue
22
May

Monona, Marquette proud homes to farmers markets this season


Local residents can find a variety of goods at farmers markets in Marquette (shown here) and Monona this summer and fall. The Marquette market will begin Friday, May 25, at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, and continue every Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., through mid-October. Monona’s market will kick off Wednesday, May 30, at Gateway Park. It will run each Wednesday, from 3 to 6 p.m. (NIT file photo)

By Rachel Mergen, North Iowa Times

As spring comes to a conclusion and summer begins to make its way, farmers market season is commencing. The area is proud to have two markets open that will be offering a variety of locally grown and created goods, located in Marquette and Monona. 

Anna Herzmann, an employee and vendor at Kyle and Mari Holthaus’ Kymar Acres, gained interest in farmers markets 10 years ago, after having watched her sister’s market stand blossom into a successful business. 

Tue
22
May

Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival returns May 26-28


The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce will host its 39th annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival May 26-28, in McGregor's beautiful Triangle Park. (NIT file photo)

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce will host its 39th annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival May 26-28, in McGregor’s beautiful Triangle Park.

Vendors will offer a variety of handcrafted items—ranging from jewelry, wood crafts and fabric art to paintings, caricatures, specialty cards and gourmet dips—each day. Booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, then from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

If you need a break from browsing the vendor booths, relax in Triangle Park and listen to some musical entertainment. Father-daughter duo LaBarge, along with Pat Dillet and Tim the Front Porch Picker, will play both Saturday and Sunday, with music running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tunes can also be heard Monday, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tue
15
May

Monona's annexation plans proceeding

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Monona’s plan to voluntarily annex 13 property parcels on the city’s southeast boundary is moving forward, now that all property owners have filed written applications with the city. 

A public notice stating the city’s intent was published last week. City administrator Dan Canton said the city’s attorney, Greg Schiller, has also notified the Clayton County Board of Supervisors.

Tue
15
May

Mar-Mac EMS celebrates 50 years of service


Members of the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad include Mike Gilman, Renae Stuckman, Dylan Rumph, Samantha Kohls, (back) Tyler Thornton, Dillon Thompson and Kayla Thompson. Not pictured are Dana Ferguson, Sarah Ferrel (student), Justin Mezera, Ryan Bacon, Burt Walters, Ember Martin, Jerry Thornton, Dan Bickel, Kate Young, Briana Pazour, Trampus Thornton, Steve Finney, Nick Stavroplus and Mariah Kucera (student).

Dana Ferguson has served as a Mar-Mac Rescue Squad EMT for 17 years.

With 37 years of service, Burton Walters III is currently the squad’s longest-running EMT. His parents, Burton Jr. and Donna, were among the founding members.

EMS Director Mike Gilman demonstrates how the Lucas 3 chest compression system works. Mar-Mac EMS received the new piece of technology through a grant last year. Battery-operated, it performs compressions just like a person would.

Mar-Mac EMS is active in the community, and can often be seen at the local parades.

The rescue squad’s first ambulance, in 1968, was a Chevrolet Suburban purchased for $4,000.

In 1976, directors of the Mar-Mac Emergency Squad reviewed contributions to the new ambulance. From left are Helen Stade, Irene Pederson, Bill Meyer, Eugene Milewsky, Severin Johnson and Ivy Sauer. The $10,000 goal to purchase a van, replacing the first ambulance, was almost met.

This photo from 1984 shows (front, left to right) Donna Walters, Jim Cowell, Jeff Cowell, Jessie Tornowske; (middle) Jane Lovell, Terri Wall, Kate Young, Pauline Dundee, Mary Jane Ferguson; (back) Burton Walters III, Loren Dundee, John Bell, Jack Slyfield and Cathy Wessels.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The first call came in at 5:45 p.m. on June 10, 1968, 15 minutes before the rescue squad’s selected starting hour. Larry Weigle and George Vogel made the first run, assisting Keith Klotzbach, in Farmersburg. Their ambulance was a 1968 Chevrolet Suburban purchased from Huebsch Chevrolet for $4,000. The light was from the police department, rigged up by one of the first EMS volunteers, Jim Cowell. Thornburg Funeral Home provided the first kit.

That’s how the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad, Clayton County’s first EMS service, got underway 50 years ago. 

Tue
15
May

Ordinance restricts large trucks from parking in downtown Marquette

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Large trucks will no longer be allowed to park for long periods of time on North Street, in downtown Marquette, after the council unanimously amended the code of ordinances pertaining to parking limitations at its May 8 meeting.

The ordinance change applies to any vehicles requiring more than a four-ton license and greater than 10 feet in height. It prohibits people from parking—unattended—a motor truck, semi-trailer or other motor vehicle with trailer attached on North Street unless the vehicle is engaged in the delivery or receiving of merchandise or cargo.

Tue
15
May

Candidate Profiles: House District 56


Lori Egan and Andy Kelleher are vying for the Democratic nomination for State House District 56.

Lori Egan and Andy Kelleher will face off in the June 5 Democratic Primary Election, with the winner becoming the Democratic Party’s candidate for State House District 56 in the November 2018 General Election. To date, no Republican candidate has emerged to contend for the seat, which is being vacated by Kristi Hager. State House District 56 includes all of Allamakee County and 19 townships in Clayton County. Marion, Highland and Boardman Townships are not in House District 56. Egan and Kelleher both took time to share their thoughts on some of key issues.


Lori Egan

Tue
15
May

MFL MarMac senior awards and scholarships presented


Dollars for Scholars Scholarship recipients included (front, left to right) Coltin Ball, Reagan Butikofer, Ali Crogan, Micah Decker, Levi Ferguson, Jade Gerndt; (back) Mason Hertrampf, Derek Larson, Julie Lenth, Jerica Meana, Kennedy McShane, Brady Olson, Marissa Reichard and Sierra Wiebensohn. Isaac Brehmer, with FreedomBank, presented the scholarships. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Emily McCormick (left) and Erin Blietz presented the Brent Blietz Memorial Scholarships to student-athletes Reagan Butikofer and Derek Larson. For the students, the scholarships were just one of several each received that night.

MFL MarMac Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier presented Coltin Ball with the A.N. Busse Scholarship. Ball also earned Dollars for Scholars and UMGC scholarships, as well as Family Dentistry Associates of Monona, Luana Community Club, Karri Kautman and National Honor Society scholarships.

Micah Decker received the State Bar American Citizenship Award from Whitney Gessner.

Audra Hallberg tearfully presented the Erin Hallberg Memorial Scholarship to her goddaughter, Kennedy McShane, May 9. Audra has presented this award since 2002 to a senior going to an Iowa college to major in education. Kennedy was born just one month after Erin died on Oct. 3, 1999. Erin had already purchased Kennedy’s baby shower gift (a Hawkeye onesie) before her death. Kennedy plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa (Erin’s alma mater) and major in education.

MFL MarMac High School Principal Larry Meyer highlighted Hope McGlaughlin as the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and recipient of the KWWL “Best of Class” and Governor’s Scholarship Recognition Program honors.

Jerica Meana was recognized as the salutatorian of the MFL MarMac Class of 2018 by high school principal Larry Meyer.

The Senior Awards and Scholarship Night for the MFL MarMac Class of 2018 was held May 9, in the high school auditorium. Graduating seniors who were recognized included:

State Bar American Citizenship Award: Micah Decker

Alan Hoth Academic/Athletic Award: Kennedy McShane

Norma Miller Salvation Army Award: Chelbe Feuerhelm

Dollars for Scholars Recipients: Coltin Ball, Reagan Butikofer, Ali Crogan, Micah Decker, Levi Ferguson, Jade Gerndt, Mason Hertrampf, Derek Larson, Julie Lenth, Kennedy McShane, Jerica Meana, Brady Olson, Marissa Reichard and Sierra Wiebensohn

Tue
15
May

Construction of Alpine Fusion Network underway in Marquette


Alpine Communications began construction of its Fusion fiber optic network in Marquette at the start of May. West Union Trenching and Finley Engineering, who are aiding Alpine with the project, have started work in the “Bench” neighborhood first, then will progress toward downtown Marquette. The crew working in the area includes (left to right) Mitchell Ihde, Randy Wacker with Finley Engineering, Steve Lane, Tim Streif, Chad Ruegnitz with Alpine Communications and Nathan Lauer. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

After boring or digging the narrow trench required to install the fiber cable, workers will restore residents’ yards to a condition as close to the original as possible.

 

Residents can contact Alpine with concerns about the work planned for their properties

Alpine Communications began construction of its Fusion fiber optic network in Marquette at the start of May. West Union Trenching and Finley Engineering, who are aiding Alpine with the project, have started work in the “Bench” neighborhood first, then will progress toward downtown Marquette. The project will wrap up in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, of McGregor, marking Alpine’s first major project to extend Fusion fiber optics into its rural territory.

Mon
14
May

Dawson Brown

 

Dawson Brown, 20, of Cedar Rapids, passed away surrounded by his family, Sunday, May 6, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

 

A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 10, at First Methodist Church of Marion.

 

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