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North Iowa Times receives four awards

Audrey Posten received three awards for her writing and photography. The North Iowa Times was also honored for its social media presence.

The photograph “Colors from the sky” earned third place for “Best News Feature Photo.”

The North Iowa Times earned four awards in the 2019 Iowa Better Newspaper Contests, marking the fifth straight year the newspaper has been honored. Winners were announced Feb. 8, at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual awards banquet held during the INA 2019 Convention and Trade Show.

Members of the Indiana Press Association judged approximately 3,654 entries in dozens of categories by class, based on circulation. The North Iowa Times falls in the Weekly Class I category, for newspapers published weekly with 1,001 circulation and less.


School finalizes plan to make up days

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Thanks to a combination of make-up days, extended school days and no more Wednesday early dismissals, MFL MarMac students will still be able to avoid attending class in June this year.

The district has cancelled 12 days due to snow or extreme cold—four more than all of last year. Over the past month, superintendent Dale Crozier has worked with staff and school board members to come up with a solution to recoup that lost time.


Highlighting Inspiring Women: She makes others stronger

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will again 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.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tera Mathis has strived to be physically strong from a young age.

“I lifted in the weight room as a girl, in high school,” she recalled. “At the time, it was not a friendly female atmosphere, but I learned a lot from watching the boys.”


Above-normal flood risk this spring

Marquette, McGregor and other nearby towns along the Mississippi River should brace for the potential of above- or well-above-normal flooding this spring, according to the preliminary hydrologic outlook issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in La Crosse on Feb. 21. 

In addition to the main-stem Mississippi River, the flooding risk is similar for many tributaries in Wisconsin that feed into it. Western tributaries in southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, on the other hand, have a near- to below-normal risk of spring flooding. 

The NWS predicts a greater than 95 percent chance the Mississippi will reach the minor flood stage of 16 feet at McGregor this year. Normally, the river has a 52 percent chance of reaching that level in the spring. 


Friends Helping Friends: Giving back

Linda Jones, of McGregor, sits with her dog, Toby, who was a gift from her family after her cancer diagnosis 10 years ago. Displayed with her are T-shirts from many years of the Friends Helping Friends fall cancer walk that Linda helps organize. The group’s Winter Triathlon and Benefit is March 8 and 9, in McGregor.

Jones shares experiences with personal health crisis and the group she’s passionate about

By Becky Ruff

Like many efforts of so many people in communities, both small and large, the group that began what is now known as Friends Helping Friends just started planting seeds where they were needed. 

Linda Jones of McGregor was involved when it started. 

“I believe it was 1989,” she said. Linda remembers there were also a number of people from the community and from local businesses, including the Chamber of Commerce, that started doing fundraisers for various needs.  


Six all-conference selections for MFL MarMac girls

Bailey Winter

Riley Moreland

Jordan Schubert

RoseMary McGeough

Jayde Schubert

Summer Schutte

The Upper Iowa Conference Champion MFL MarMac girls basketball team was honored with six all-conference selections this year. Junior Bailey Winter and freshman Riley Moreland were tapped for the first team, while juniors RoseMary McGeough and Jordan Schubert received second team nods. Honorable mentions went to seniors Jayde Schubert and Summer Schutte.

Winter was the Bulldogs’ top scorer, racking up 16.1 points per game and shooting 58.5 percent from the field. She also averaged a team-high 6.3 rebounds. Her 70 steals and 55 assists were best on the team, and she was second in blocks, with 20.


Four Bulldogs earn all-conference honors

Cedrick Drahn

Tyler Kurth

Sam Koeller

Caden Stuckman

Four MFL MarMac boys basketball players have earned Upper Iowa all-conference honors. Juniors Cedrick Drahn and Tyler Kurth were named to the first team, while senior Sam Koeller and junior Caden Stuckman received honorable mention status.

Kurth was a strong inside presence for the Bulldogs, finishing the season with a remarkable eight double-doubles. He averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game and had a 59.9 field goal percentage. His 9.5 rebounds per game and 13 blocks were also tops on the team. He was second in steals, with 26.


Edward Carl Davies

Edward Carl Davies, 70, of McGregor, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Davenport. 

He was born on Sept. 19, 1948, in McGregor, to Earl and Elsie (Reinhardt) Davies and attended Mar-Mac High School, graduating in 1966. A life-long lover of water, Ed enjoyed spending as much time as possible on the Mississippi River during his childhood. The majestic power of the river would be an influence on Ed for the rest of his life. 


Paul Fiddler

Paul Fiddler, 97, of McGregor, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Prairie Maison under hospice care in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

He was the son of Michael and Jennie (Albright) Fiddler. Paul was baptized and confirmed Catholic. He attended school in Blue Earth, Minn..

Paul was united in marriage with Delores Radermaker on Aug. 2, 1950, in Butler, Kan. He farmed before being drafted into the United States Army on Dec. 18, 1944. Paul served six months in the South Pacific, before being discharged on Jan. 31, 1946. He was at the signing of Japan Peace Treaty.


Sandstrom finds calling in Haiti

Monona resident Kylie Sandstrom completed a mission trip to Haiti earlier this month, where she and other members of the organization HELP Mission International, Inc., helped at an orphanage. Kylie and her husband, Nate, first formed a connection with the orphanage in 2012, and one or both of them have returned every year since. (Photos courtesy of Kylie Sandstrom)

Rebuilding a roof at the orphanage was one of the projects HELP Mission team members worked on when Kylie visited in early February.

These are some of the school desks Kylie helped build.

Kylie Sandstrom, pictured with Pastor John from HELP Mission, as well as Pastor Kelly, who founded the orphanage in Haiti.

Girls at the orphanage receive the baby dolls Kylie brought.

One of the school classes meets.

Kylie Sandstrom poses with other HELP Mission Work Team members during a recent trip to Haiti.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

It was 2012. Haiti was still reeling from 2010’s devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that extensively damaged the Caribbean nation’s infrastructure and killed as many as 300,000 people. Living in Fort Dodge then, Nate and Kylie Sandstrom wanted to help. 

“We felt like we were called to go after the earthquake,” Kylie said. “It felt like God’s calling.” 


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