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04
Jun

Celebrate summer at Monona Hay Days


Enjoy being “in the heart of the great outdoors” at Monona Hay Days, this Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Enjoy being “in the heart of the great outdoors” at Hay Days, Monona’s annual summertime celebration, this Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.

“When we choose a theme each year, we try to make it new and exciting,” said Teresa Graham, head of the Monona Hays Committee. “We want to show what a great area we live in, and Monona is in the heart of the great outdoors.”

“We want to make people want to come to Monona,” added Monona Chamber and Economic Development Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson. “We have all these great amenities and recreational opportunities and we want to show them off.”

Tue
04
Jun

Water Under the Bridge: Local artists challenged to create work inspired by theme

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor is challenging the public to submit artwork for its second special exhibit of the season, entitled “Water Under the Bridge.”

“We’ve done artist challenges before,” open to those who sell their work at The Left Bank, said gallery director Camille Sweet, “but we thought, ‘Why keep it just to our artists? Let everybody challenge their creativity.’”

Artists are tasked with creating pieces based on the theme “water under the bridge.” 

“We want to see what inspires people about the area,” Sweet said.

Tue
28
May

MFL MarMac students compete in Iowa High School Bass Team Championship


MFL MarMac students Kashton Mathis (left), TJ Hexom, Maccoy Pritchard, Braden Landt, Logan Engelhardt, Brittney Kober, Cullen McShane and Bryce Diehl (not pictured) participated in the first-ever Iowa High School Bass Team Championship. The team of Pritchard, Kober, Landt and Engelhardt placed second overall.

Kober, Engelhardt, Landt and Pritchard placed second with a 2.92-pound bass, and were just one of three teams to catch a fish that day. Their efforts were rewarded with trophies, rods and reels.

One team earns second place overall

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac students moved from the classroom to the water earlier this month to participate in the first-ever Iowa High School Bass Team Championship. The event, held on Pleasant Creek Lake near Palo, was also the school’s first foray into a fishing competition.

Brittney Kober said the students were introduced to the idea by principal Larry Meyer.

Tue
28
May

Wetlands Centre offers variety of programs to help youth connect with nature this summer


Area youth can connect with nature this summer through a variety of programs and day camps offered at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

From dipping a net in the wetland and testing water quality to casting for trout and digging for dinosaur “fossils,” the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette will offer countless opportunities for area youth to connect with nature this summer.

“We want to help kids learn how to love nature and the outdoors,” said Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey. “We want to help them see what’s right outside their door and get them excited about what’s here.”

Tue
28
May

City of Monona turning over solid waste collection duties

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Starting in July, Monona will turn over solid waste collection in the community from its own city workers to Town and Country Sanitation. 

The city council approved a contract with the Boscobel, Wis.-based company at its May 20 regular meeting.

Although pleased with the level of service the city has been able to provide residents and businesses, mayor Lynn “Marty” Martinson said the move will be more cost-effective in the long-run, saving on paying personnel, landfill fees, vehicle operation and repairs. The city, he noted, has also been unable to save enough over the last few years to replace the current garbage truck.

Tue
21
May

STEAM class engages students in new way


Students like Eyon Pergande are enjoying the middle school’s new STEAM class. Available to both seventh and eighth graders, STEAM includes hands-on activities and real-world applications based largely around the students’ interests. (Submitted photo)

Eighth graders Landon Johnson (left) and Cayden Pester work on snap circuits in their STEAM class. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) class offered at MFL MarMac Middle School has proved successful in its first year, largely by allowing students to follow their own interests.

Available to both seventh and eighth graders, STEAM developed from the “Day in the Life” activities held at the school the past few years, which gave kids a hands-on way to learn more about potential career fields.

Tue
21
May

Vote on new MFL MarMac fieldhouse could come as early as September

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Residents of the MFL MarMac Community School District could vote as soon as September on the construction of a new fieldhouse at the Monona Center. The second Tuesday of that month is one of three options available for the district to hold an election over the next year; the other two are the November general election and the first Tuesday in March 2020.

“I’m just throwing it out there,” said superintendent Dale Crozier at the May 13 school board meeting. “I talked to our architect firm and they’re ready to go.”

Tue
21
May

Marquette hopes to put campground next to Driftless Area Wetlands Centre


The city of Marquette is moving forward with plans to create a campground in this area next to the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette is moving forward with plans to create a campground next to the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre.

The city council, at its May 14 meeting, approved hiring an engineer to develop plans for the site and determine the cost and feasibility of adding water, sewer and electric.

City clerk Bonnie Basemann said the campground would start with 14 sites, but it was not yet determined how many would be seasonal or for daily use, or how much it would cost to rent a site. Restroom and shower facilities would also be available. 

Mayor Steve Weipert said he’d like to see an area for group tents, which the Wetlands Centre could use for programming.

Tue
21
May

Splash pad concepts and site plan to be developed

Pump staying on McGregor's Main Street for time being

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its May 15 meeting, the McGregor Council approved an engineering contract with MSA Professional Services to develop concepts and a site plan for the splash pad project at Turner Park, as well as a combination restroom/concession stand.

Senior project manager Jake Deaver said the splash pad will be located behind the ballpark. It will have a flow-through, and not a recirculating, system.

Tue
21
May

Marquette farmers market begins May 24


The farmers market at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette, will open its season this Friday, May 24. Markets will be held every Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., through Oct. 4. (NIT file photo)

The Marquette farmers market at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre will open its season on Friday, May 24. It will be held every Friday night, from 4 to 7 p.m., through Oct. 4.  

This outdoor farmers market is complete with baked goods, fresh produce, honey, jams and jellies, eggs, black walnuts, maple syrup, locally produced beef and lamb products, granola, locally grown plants and local artisan vendors. 

Vendors currently include Kymar Acres, Busy Bee’s, Robert Jelinek, Highlandville Honey Farm, Elsinger Family Farms, BuckingLamb Palace and Cheryl Corlett. 

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