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Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She has done it all


Joanne Strutt

Jo Strutt was a church choir director for 60 years. She still sings every day.

In a lifetime of learning and experiences, Jo said the family she and Don raised is what she’s most proud of. The couple is pictured with children Charles, David, Dawson, Craig and Darci.

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

Many women strive to “do it all,” balancing raising kids with working, volunteering and enjoying hobbies. For one of McGregor’s beloved icons, Joanne Strutt, she’s actually done it.

Tue
24
Mar

Seven-month-long bridge project underway


Work on the Marquette-Joliet Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien began on March 23. The $6.2 million project is expected to be completed in late October. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Work on the Marquette-Joliet Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien began on March 23. The $6.2 million project is expected to be completed in late October.

According to a project proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), work will include deck and parapet (bridge wall) repairs, new pavement and guardrail replacement. 

Tue
24
Mar

MFL MarMac will roll out ‘educational opportunities’ for students this week


Last week, MFL MarMac began offering free grab and go breakfast and lunch for children 18 and younger at all communities in the district, assuring students remain fed while school is closed. Here, staff members Jackie McGeough (left) and Nancy Moses hand out meals in Marquette’s bench neighborhood. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac and other school districts across Iowa will not have to make up the instructional hours they have—and will—miss while closed until April 13 due to COVID-19.

Whether that closure is extended is yet to be known, said superintendent Dale Crozier, “but that’s the time frame we’re looking at now.”

Over the past week, Crozier said he’s met regularly with the state’s department of education, Keystone Area Education Agency and other local superintendents to navigate the district through these uncharted waters.

“We have to be able to move right and left and adapt constantly,” he noted. “I haven’t had a chance to stop, or to think about stopping.”

Tue
24
Mar

Food Shelf remains open, with precautions in place

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Many local entities have closed or limited their hours over the past week due to the spread of COVID-19, but the Clayton County Food Shelf isn’t one of them. The social service remains open its regular hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

But director Utoni Ruff is taking social distancing precautions to protect both herself and the food shelf’s patrons.

Tue
24
Mar

Cities make adjustments in response to COVID-19

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette and McGregor city offices remain closed to the public until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Personnel will continue to be on site, performing regular duties, though. If a McGregor resident has business that requires contact, they are welcome to call (563) 873-3795 or email citymcgr@mchsi.com, and business will still be handled in a proficient manner.

Tue
24
Mar

Mar-Mac Police taking protective measures

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mar-Mac Police Department has implemented temporary procedures—and officers are doing everything they can—to keep the public, their fellow officers and themselves healthy and safe.

Last week, Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin announced that, in non-emergency incidents, officers will be handling reports by phone. If residents call for assistance, please be aware you may be contacted by an officer to determine if the situation can be handled by phone.

Mon
23
Mar

Jean Lenore Wiedenmann

Jean Lenore Wiedenmann, 88, of Monona, died Monday, March 16, 2020, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Jean was born Nov. 1, 1931, on the family farm near Waterville, to Ben and Hulda Kolsrud. She was baptized and confirmed at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in Waterville. Jean was a member of Faith Lutheran N.A.L.C. Church in Monona.

Mon
23
Mar

Sandra Pauline Schlitter

Sandra Pauline Schlitter, 71, of McGregor, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Mayo Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis. Sandra Pauline was born Nov. 20, 1948, to Harvey and Carlotta (Moen) Standorf in McGregor. She attended country school through the eighth grade and then attended Mar-Mac Community School. 

Sandra was united in marriage with Frank Schlitter on Aug. 18, 1984, at Giard Methodist Church in Giard. She helped on the farm alongside her husband, Frank.  Her hobbies included crafting, doing jigsaw puzzles, baking, cooking and listening to country and gospel music. Sandra enjoyed working in the sunshine while gardening, tending to her flowers and mowing the lawn.

Tue
17
Mar

Coronavirus impact felt locally


In the matter of just a week, daily life for Clayton County residents has changed drastically due to the threat of the novel coronavirus. At Great River Care Center in McGregor, residents are now video chatting with loved ones since in-person visits are currently restricted. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

In the matter of just a week, daily life for Clayton County residents has changed drastically due to the threat of the novel coronavirus. Schools and public offices have shuttered, health care facilities have restricted visitors, and many events and social gatherings have been canceled or postponed in an effort to curb potential transmission.

As of Monday night, March 16, Iowa had 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including two reported Sunday from Allamakee County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), one individual is a middle-age adult between 41 and 60 years old, while the second is a child under 18. Both cases are related to international travel.

Tue
17
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She shares a love of nature


Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey

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

“I don’t know many people who have had a connection with nature who say, ‘I wish I hadn’t had that.’”

As director of Marquette’s Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, Alicia Mullarkey is working to instill that love for the outdoors in the area’s younger generations, just as it was nurtured in her as a child.

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