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Coronavirus Community Updates from the North Iowa Times

At the North Iowa Times, we take our duty to keep the public informed seriously, and have created a comprehensive list of local coronavirus-related closures and resources—a one-stop shop for the information you need. This document will change as we receive additional updates. If you have information you would like to share, please contact the North Iowa Times at (563) 873-2210, niteditor@mhtc.net or on Facebook messenger.

Tue
19
May

Helen 'Chris' McShane

Helen “Chris” Lorraine (Christoffer) McShane, 87, of Waterville, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Chris was born Nov. 3, 1932, to Frederick and Tora Helen (Baxter) Christoffer in Ayrshire. Chris enjoyed working as a telegrapher and secretary best. She loved the Lord, her many friends, pets and birds. Her favorite pastime was love of family and hosting or attending as many of their activities as possible. Chris also enjoyed cooking and teaching her grandchildren how to prepare food, like pancakes.

Tue
19
May

Officer recognized for life-saving efforts


Last week, Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin (right) recognized officer J.T. Cunningham’s efforts to help save the life of a McGregor woman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Mar-Mac police officer J.T. Cunningham has been recognized for his efforts to help save the life of a McGregor woman.

Cunningham was dispatched to a residence in the city on March 25, for a woman who was found unresponsive and not breathing. After arriving and discovering the woman still had no pulse, Cunningham and others on scene began CPR.

Heading into the situation, Cunningham said he tried to keep his emotions in check.

“You have to stay calm,” he shared, “and just go with what you’ve got.”

Tue
19
May

Representatives discuss transmission line that will cut through county


The SOO Green HVDC Link will be approximately 350 miles long, stretching from Mason City to Plano, Ill. Fifty-six of those miles will cut through a large portion of Clayton County, from the Allamakee County line to Luana, then on to Monona, Marquette and McGregor, and down to Clayton, Guttenberg and North Buena Vista. In Clayton County, developers have proposed a route that would deviate a portion of the transmission line from railroad right of way to run along Highway 18 instead.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Clayton County residents who may be impacted by the multi-billion-dollar SOO Green HVDC Link project, a proposed high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line from Iowa to Illinois, had an opportunity to hear from project representatives during an online public informational meeting May 8. 

Financially backed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Jingoli Power and Siemens, SOO Green will be the first major transmission project to cross the seam between two of the country’s regional electricity grids, providing renewable energy from wind- and solar-rich Iowa to eastern states.

Tue
19
May

MFL MarMac board ponders what next school year could look like

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac’s prom has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday, July 24, but no date has been set yet for a physical graduation ceremony.

“We have every intention of having a physical graduation later,” in addition to the virtual event held May 17, said superintendent Dale Crozier at the May 11 school board meeting.

If the governor eases social gathering restrictions to allow for groups of 200 or more people, it would be doable, Crozier said. He hopes that will be the case by mid-July. 

Tue
19
May

Marquette farmers market moving downtown


The Marquette Farmers Market is moving from the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre to the city park downtown this season. It will open this Friday, May 22, and continue every Friday evening, from 4 to 7 p.m., through the first week of October. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

When the Marquette Farmers Market opens for the season this Friday, May 22, it will be in a new location. The Marquette Council, at its May 12 meeting, approved a move from the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre to the city park downtown, at the intersection of First and Edgar streets.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the vendor roster for at least the first part of the market season. Current state restrictions for farmers markets limit vendors to selling only farm and produce products—no arts and crafts or food to be eaten on-site. The market is not allowed to provide common seating or entertainment at this time, although that may change as the season progresses.

Tue
19
May

Legions adjust Memorial Day activities

Local American Legion posts have either canceled or adjusted their annual Memorial Day activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elkader

The Elkader Lemke-Stendel American Legion Post #106 has traditionally remembered veterans by rendering a traditional military salute, firing rifles and playing taps publicly, at the Elkader St. Joseph and East Side Cemeteries. In addition, the American Legion Auxiliary honors all who have served by sending a wreath down the river, which ultimately flows to the sea, and places a wreath at the memorial at the Clayton County Courthouse.

Mon
18
May

Brian Lee Nading

Brian Lee Nading, 58, of McGregor, died May 2, 2020. Brian was born on Feb. 13, 1962, to Dwain and Joyce (Bovee) Nading in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Throughout the years, Brian worked for the railroad, as a logger for 19 years and currently was employed at Bungi Agri for the last 10 years. Brian was a member of First Lutheran Church in McGregor. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, trapping and riding his motorcycle. Brian always was there to help friends and family.

Surviving Brian are his two children, Cory (Jeanna) Nading of McGregor and Lee (Kayla) Nading of Strawberry Point; three grandchildren, Derek and Lucas Nading and Clayton Nading; one brother, Kim Nading of McGregor; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwain and Joyce Nading; and one grandson, Braydyn.

Thu
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May

Donna Mae Starkey

Donna Mae Starkey, 79, of Luana, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Donna was born Sept. 20, 1940, to Clayton and Lucille (Glawe) O’Neal in St. Olaf. She graduated from Elkader High School and then trained for nursing.

Donna was united in marriage with Clifford Starkey on Feb. 18, 1978, in Monona.

Tue
12
May

Berns, Johnson earn MFL MarMac’s top academic honors

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Destiny Berns has earned the title of valedictorian of MFL MarMac’s class of 2020, and Eli Johnson is the salutatorian.

Destiny, who is the daughter of Sally and the late Bob Berns, of Monona, said the honor is one she’s worked toward throughout high school. She follows in the footsteps of sister Kasey, a previous Bulldog valedictorian.

“My freshman year, I had the mindset I would work toward it. I wanted to make my parents proud,” she said. “So I tried my best, and hoped it would land that way.”

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