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Tue
03
Apr

Help build McGregor’s new hiking trail

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Swing some tools and leave a legacy. On Saturday, April 7, the public is invited to help build a new hiking trail through the forest between Center Street and Cemetery Road, in the city of McGregor. 

Interested persons should meet at the top of the hill on Center Street, just south of Eagle Drive, at 10 a.m. The work day will run until 3 p.m. 

The area is owned by the city, and the idea of developing a trail there has grown in the past few years, said Duane Boelman, McGregor’s deputy clerk and economic development lead, who organized several meetings late last year to discuss the proposed trail.

Tue
03
Apr

Grant will bolster after school activities


School nurse Jennelle Schroeder works with students during a meeting of the McGregor Center Art Club. A recent grant will aid programs like this that forge relationships between staff and students. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac has received a $10,000 grant through HAWC (Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek, Clayton) Partnerships for Children, which will bolster activities offered to students outside the regular school day.

One of the programs is an after school art club. Offered at both the high school and the McGregor Center, the club allows students to spend time with their friends, while being creative and having fun. Art teacher Natalie Heiring and school nurse Jennelle Schroeder lead several sessions a month at the middle school, while art teacher Michelle Meyer handles duties at the high school.

Tue
27
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She adds to the vibrancy of McGregor's business community


Brenda Boeke, Café McGregor

Cathy Corpian, Cathy’s Office

Cinnamon Blood, Lasting Image Fun Photos Studio

Gina Russell (nail tech), Genna Welch (stylist), Julie Lorenz (stylist), Milena Rajkovic (makeup artist, brows) of Creative Enz Salon & Spa. Not pictured Kayla Vorwald (stylist) and Kathy Slater (massage).

Crystal Scarff, INKspiration Tattoo

Dianna Berry, Mind Your Body

Katie Ruff, By the Spoonful

Monica Tiffany, Grizzly's Chainsaw Carving

Nancy Krapfl, Navy Rose & Co,

Jennifer and Louise White, Paper Moon

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 the sixth—and final—article, featuring the female business owners of McGregor.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tue
27
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She protects and serves


Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden

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 the fifth article, featuring Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden.

 


 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tue
27
Mar

Walz Energy faces $10,000 penalty for violations


Walz Energy is facing a $10,000 penalty from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for three separate violations that have occurred during construction of the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation near Monona.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Walz Energy is facing a $10,000 penalty from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for three separate violations that have occurred during construction of the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation near Monona.

In a letter addressed to Walz Energy’s lawyer, Eldon McAfee, Iowa DNR Attorney Carrie Schoenebaum noted that Walz Energy had “engaged in an illegal discharge to a water of the state, violated its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and its wastewater construction permit. These are violations the DNR takes very seriously.”

Tue
27
Mar

Hay Days to include tractor pull this year

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its March 19 regular meeting, the Monona Council approved the closure of Egbert Street on Saturday, June 9, for a tractor pull, a new event at this year’s Hay Days celebration.

“We wanted something additional for Hay Days to create more traffic and bring extra people in,” said Jim Moritz, from FreedomBank, who discussed the idea with the council.

Moritz said several locations were considered for the tractor pull, but Egbert Street, in front of the community center, would work best due to its length and proximity to other Hay Days activities.

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.

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