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Tue
21
Mar

Storm spotters are local eyes on the sky for NWS

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The National Weather Service (NWS) has 122 offices around the country, all tasked with providing their service areas with weather forecasts and hazardous weather notifications.

“At the National Weather Service, we try to tell the potential of hazardous weather,” explained Todd Shea, warning and coordination meteorologist with the NWS office in La Crosse. “We’re not hypers or storm chasers.”

The main goal, he said, is to create a weather ready nation.

Tue
21
Mar

Three recognized at Eagle Court of Honor


Boy Scout Troop 32, of Marquette-McGregor, held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony March 19, recognizing three young men—Nicholas Larson (left), Hunter Jensen and Walter Stavroplus—who attained Scouting’s highest rank over the past year. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Boy Scout Troop 32, of Marquette-McGregor, held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony March 19, recognizing three young men—Nicholas Larson, Hunter Jensen and Walter Stavroplus—who attained Scouting’s highest rank over the past year. 

Larson’s Eagle Scout project involved restoring the Civil War headstones at McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Over a dozen headstones were cleaned and raised to the correct height.

Tue
21
Mar

No more resident-only parking area on the Marquette riverfront

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A riverfront parking perk for Marquette residents will soon be a thing of the past because, according to the city’s attorney, it could violate several laws.

A city ordinance currently restricts parking in the north riverfront lot (in front of the fishing pier) to only residents who were issued a permit from city hall, without a fee, upon written application and proof of residency. Violators are subject to a $250 fine.

Tue
21
Mar

Marquette water, sewer fee adjustments proposed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette’s water and sewer committee presented a recommendation for utility rate and service fee adjustments at the March 14 city council meeting.

An independent study, said councilwoman Pam Brodie-Fitzgerald, recently found the city “is severely under-budgeted for what it charges for water and sewer.”

Over the years, Brodie-Fitzgerald said, the fund has been supported by revenue from the boat. Over time, however, that has declined. Plus, she added, the fund is supposed to take care of itself.

Tue
14
Mar

Sullivan Opera House survey results are positive


The results of a survey conducted from mid-November through mid-January to gauge the community’s thoughts about the potential re-use and rehabilitation of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (old hardware store) have been released. Most survey responses showed a desire for the building to be renovated or rehabilitated. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The results of a survey conducted from mid-November through mid-January to gauge the community’s thoughts about the potential re-use and rehabilitation of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (old hardware store) have been released.

“I’m very pleased. The majority of responses were positive,” said Duane Boelman, who was recently hired as McGregor deputy clerk and to lead the city’s economic development efforts.

The survey was commissioned by the McGregor Historic Preservation Commission and city of McGregor, with help from the Technical Assistance to Brownfields program from Kansas State University.

Tue
14
Mar

Mar-Mac police officer resigns

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission accepted the resignation of officer Brad McNett at its March 7 meeting. McNett’s resignation will be effective March 16, leaving the department short handed.

A third full-time officer has already been budgeted for in the upcoming fiscal year, however, the commissioners did not move to fill the position, feeling it would be best to evaluate the direction of the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District first. In the time it would take to hire and certify an officer, the year would be half over.

Wed
08
Mar

MFL MarMac choir members perform at Carnegie Hall


MFL MarMac choir members Micah Decker (left), James Slama, Spencer Rose and Christopher Wright stand with choral director Jaydeane Berns outside Carnegie Hall, where they performed Feb. 19. (Submitted photos)

MFL MarMac choral director Jaydeane Berns admitted she cried hearing her students rehearse in Carnegie Hall for the first time. “It was really powerful, and something I never thought I’d experience,” she shared.

The gravity of the opportunity began to sink in the first night the boys were in New York City, when they saw a poster promoting the concert “The Glory of Freedom,” of which “The Testament of Freedom” was a part. “The first time it hit me was that first night,” Christopher Wright noted, “when we walked by a big poster and saw our school name.”

James Slama, Micah Decker, Spencer Rose and Christopher Wright pose with Lee Nelson, who conducted “The Testament of Freedom.” The boys were previously acquainted with Nelson through the Real Men Sing honor festival at Wartburg College, where Nelson works.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Four MFL MarMac high school choir members had the experience of a lifetime Feb. 19, when they performed at prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“It was a year ago, on April 19, that we found out we were accepted and going,” said choral director Jaydeane Berns.

That “we” included juniors Christopher Wright, James Slama and Micah Decker, along with senior Spencer Rose. 

Tue
07
Mar

Monona Council gives blessing for bandstand improvements


The Monona Council, at its regular meeting March 6, gave its blessing for a proposed $31,695 in improvements to the 100-year-old Monona City Park bandstand. City administrator Dan Canton said improvements will include foundation work, painting, new shingles on the roof and sidewalk repairs around the bandstand. (NIT file photo)

Hotel/motel feasibility study looks promising

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council, at its regular meeting March 6, gave its blessing for a proposed $31,695 in improvements to the 100-year-old Monona City Park bandstand.

City administrator Dan Canton said improvements will include foundation work, painting, new shingles on the roof and sidewalk repairs around the bandstand. 

Chris Schlee and Gary Goyette, whom mayor Fran Passmore said have considerable knowledge and experience with restoration projects, will perform the work.

Tue
07
Mar

Trip stokes student’s passion for healthy living


MFL MarMac student Macie Weigand (left) and Kaci Rausch, from Turkey Valley, who are both 4-H Food and Fitness members, attended the 4-H Healthy Living Summit in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17-20. (Submitted photos)

While in Washington D.C., Macie Weigand got to meet U.S. Senator Joni Ernst. Pictured (left to right) are Laura Liechty, regional youth and nutrition coordinator for ISU Extension; Weigand; Ernst; and Kaci Rausch, a Turkey Valley student and FFI member.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac student Macie Weigand is an active 4-H member, participating in both the Monona Junior Feeders 4-H Club, as well as the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI), through the school district. 

Weigand is also a FEEST intern. An acronym for Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, FEEST encourages youth to engage with one another, their communities and local foods through cooking. As a FEEST intern, Weigand plans MFL MarMac’s FEEST dinners.

Tue
07
Mar

Boelman to serve as McGregor Deputy Clerk, lead economic development efforts

Duane Boelman, of McGregor, has accepted a position with the city of McGregor as deputy city clerk and will also lead the city’s economic development efforts. 

Duties will include planning and promotion of downtown revitalization, development of the historic Sullivan Opera House, retaining and expanding existing businesses and attracting new business. In an effort to improve neighborhoods and increase property values, he will actively market McGregor’s Ohmer Ridge Subdivision and its historic neighborhoods and work to develop under-utilized spaces and land.

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