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Tue
17
Oct

DNR planning public hearing in November regarding Walz Energy facility


An Oct. 11 public meeting to discuss a stormwater construction permit for the Walz Energy facility east of Monona was canceled last week after an influx of comments from the public. The DNR will now hold a public hearing near the end of November. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An Oct. 11 public meeting to discuss a stormwater construction permit for the Walz Energy facility east of Monona was canceled last week, just a day before the meeting was set to take place in Elkader.

“We decided, given the level of comments, that we were legally obligated to have a public hearing instead,” said Iowa DNR Stormwater Coordinator Joe Griffin as to why the meeting was canceled. 

Griffin said his office received around a dozen comments from the public.

Tue
17
Oct

Overland Group requests annexation of land for Dollar General store

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Overland Group hasn’t given up on bringing a Dollar General store to Monona.

The Monona Council, at its Oct. 16 meeting, considered a request by the group for voluntary annexation of land at the intersection of Highway 18/52 and 125th Street, for construction of a Dollar General store.

The parcel is currently privately owned.

“Overland intends to purchase it, but they don’t own it yet,” said city administrator Dan Canton.

Tue
17
Oct

Vavra taking over Marquette marina

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Robert Vavra has agreed to purchase the Marquette marina from Casino Queen Marquette.

“We’re pretty excited,” remarked Vavra of himself and his wife, Deb, at Marquette’s Oct. 10 council meeting.

The move will give Vavra’s Maiden Voyage tour boat a new home, something he’s sought for the past few years.

Vavra said he plans to run the marina just as it’s been operating, but with a few improvements.

Tue
10
Oct

Fundraising continues for new Luana fire station


This design shows what the new Luana fire station will look like. Fundraising for the new fire station began almost two years ago, and has so far yielded $140,000, nearly halfway to the $300,000 goal. With just $10,000 more, construction can begin, at a site below the old co-op.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Luana’s volunteer firefighters have talked about building a new fire station for years. They were always sarcastic about it, though, noted fireman Matt Baade. But nearly two years ago, the idea finally took root.

“We thought, ‘If we’re going to be serious about it, we need to start raising money and go for it,’” he shared. “Whether it takes three years or 10 years, you have to start somewhere.”

So far, efforts have yielded $140,000, nearly halfway to the $300,000 goal.

With just $10,000 more, construction can begin, said Baade, who’s also chairman of the building committee.

Tue
10
Oct

Individuals recognized for McGregor historic preservation efforts


The McGregor Historic Preservation Commission held its annual awards ceremony Oct. 7, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the historic preservation of McGregor. The honorees, pictured with McGregor Mayor Harold Brooks (back, right), included (front, left to right) Melanie San Fillippo, Michelle Pettit, Richard Palucci; (back) Fred Petrie, Gary Bowden (accepting for the McGregor United Methodist Church congregation), Barbara and Skip Corson, Charlene Palucci and Med and Corky Bickel. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Members of the McGregor Historic Preservation Commission are (front, left to right) Lynette Sander, Maureen Wild, Dave Kneer; (back) Marsha Bickel, Rogeta Halvorson, Richard Palucci, Michelle Pettit and Duane Boelman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The building that now houses McGregor City Hall is 100 years old. It was constructed in 1917 as McGregor’s First Church of Christ, Scientist.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Historic Preservation Commission held its annual awards ceremony Oct. 7, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the historic preservation of McGregor.

The event took place at McGregor City Hall, in conjunction with a centennial celebration of the city hall building.

Mayor Harold Brooks began the ceremony by presenting tribute awards to Skip and Barbara Corson, as well as Melanie San Fillippo and Fred Petrie, who lost their buildings during the July 19 tornado.

Tue
10
Oct

Duane Clarence Walter

 

Duane Clarence Walter, 87, of McGregor, died Monday, Sept. 25, at Central Community Hospital, Elkader. 

 

Duane was born Nov. 28, 1929, to Clifford and Bertha (Sonstegard) Walter in rural Luana. He attended Eno Country School through the eighth grade. Duane proudly served in the United States Army.

Tue
10
Oct

Marquette’s new Casey’s store to open Oct. 19


The new Casey’s General Store in downtown Marquette is slated to open Thursday, Oct. 19. A grand opening will be held a week later, on Friday, Oct. 27. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The new Casey’s General Store currently under construction in downtown Marquette is slated to open Thursday, Oct. 19, according to Sam James, director of finance with Casey’s General Store.

The store’s grand opening will be held a week later, on Friday, Oct. 27.

“The store will run some specials and do some contests, like giving away free gas to someone for a year,” James said.

Tue
10
Oct

Parking restrictions approved for several Monona streets

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Monona Council approved parking restrictions for several city streets, including South Page, Maple, Fair and Davis streets.

On South Page, changes will occur in front of MFL MarMac Elementary, where parking was not allowed in six spaces. After consulting with the school, Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden recommended allowing parking in four spaces, while leaving two restricted, a move the council approved.

Mon
09
Oct

Harold “Bill” Duball Jr.

Harold “Bill” Duball Jr., 79, died Friday, Oct. 6, at Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn after a short illness. 

 

Mon
09
Oct

Robert Charles Trygg

 

Robert Charles Trygg, 74, passed away Oct. 4, at his home.

 

Robert was the son of George and Marjorie Trygg, a lifelong resident of McGregor and a veteran of the Marine Corps.

 

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