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Tue
16
May

Schutte is state-bound


MFL MarMac sophomore Summer Schutte will compete in the 400 meter dash at the state track and field meet in Des Moines on Thursday, May 18. (File photo by Grant Langhus)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac sophomore Summer Schutte is headed to the state track and field meet in the 400 meter dash. Schutte qualified with a time of 1:02.85, which was good for second place in the Class 2A state qualifying meet at North Fayette Valley May 11.

“I could not be prouder of Summer’s efforts,” said MFL MarMac’s head girls track coach, Becky Holt. “She has the heart of a champion.”

Schutte’s story is unique in that, for most of the season, she ran in the 100-meter and 200-meter races.

Tue
09
May

Playing a role in a big effort


Draven Stuckman was one of the volunteers who helped roll a total of 873 milkweed seedballs at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette on Saturday. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Wetlands Centre is partnering with the organization Milkweed Matters to make 3,000 seedballs. Those, and others made across the state, will be distributed to RAGBRAI riders, to be thrown into roadside ditches to establish milkweed plants.

The seedballs are grape-sized, and made with a mixture of clay and soil. Four milkweed seeds are placed inside.

“Four seeds per ball is what they’ve found is most effective,” explained Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey. “We’re using common milkweed, which is one of the easiest [milkweed plants] to get seeds from.”

In northeast Iowa alone, organizations are hoping to contribute 7,000 seedballs. The Wetlands Centre is shooting to make 3,000 of those. “We’re already well on our way,” said director Alicia Mullarkey, referencing seedballs rolled by local students, Boy Scouts and other volunteers.

Milkweed is important, especially for monarchs, because it’s the only plant on which caterpillars can feed.

Wetlands Centre hopes to contribute 3,000 milkweed seedballs to statewide initiative

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As thousands of riders trek their way across Iowa this July 23-29, for the 45th annual RAGBRAI bicycle ride, they’ll be littering the state’s roadsides—not with trash, but milkweed seedballs.

The goal is for riders to receive balls of soil containing milkweed plant seeds at stations along the RAGBRAI route. As they bike, riders are encouraged to throw the seedballs out along roadsides, in the hopes of establishing milkweed plants. Riders will also learn more about milkweed and its importance to monarchs.

Tue
09
May

Author shares about the CCC in northeast Iowa


Author Linda McCann spoke about her latest book, “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa,” at the McGregor Public Library on May 2. Featured in the discussion was McGregor’s connection to the CCC. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Author Linda McCann, best known for her “Lost Towns” book series that details communities that disappeared along the Cedar River, spoke at the McGregor Public Library on May 2, sharing details from her latest book, “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa.”

“I started focusing on the counties along the Cedar River, but sometimes other things catch my attention,” said the author, who began writing after taking an interest in genealogy. “Every one of my off-topics came about because I realized young people didn’t know about these things.”

Tue
09
May

MFL MarMac retiring staff recognized


At its regular meeting May 8, the MFL MarMac School Board recognized four staff members who will retire at the end of the school year. Pictured (left to right) are superintendent Dale Crozier; retiring teachers Roberta Hass (second grade), Doug Martin (agriculture), Jonelle Kann (middle school special education and Title 1 reading) and Deb Reicks (kindergarten); and school board president Gina Roys. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Members of the MFL MarMac School Board were also recognized. Pictured (front, left to right) are Jonathon Moser, Tonya Meyer, Collin Stubbs, Gina Roys (president), Sharon Greener (vice president); (back) Joshua Grau and superintendent Dale Crozier. Not pictured is Brian Meyer.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its regular meeting May 8, the MFL MarMac School Board recognized four staff members who will retire at the end of the school year. Those retiring include second grade teacher Roberta Hass, agriculture teacher Doug Martin, kindergarten teacher Deb Reicks and Jonelle Kann, who teaches special education and Title 1 reading at the middle school. Between the four, they have over 120 years of teaching experience, said superintendent Dale Crozier.

Also recognized at the meeting was the MFL MarMac School Board, which includes Gina Roys (president), Sharon Greener (vice president), Jonathon Moser, Joshua Grau, Tonya Meyer, Brian Meyer and Collin Stubbs.

Thu
04
May

Beverly A. Slaughter

Beverly A. Slaughter, 75, of McGregor, passed away Wednesday, May 3, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Tue
02
May

Family Dentistry Associates of Monona relishing new office’s space, technology


Dr. Mark Fohey and the staff at Family Dentistry Associates of Monona began welcoming patients at their new office, located at 602 Tower St., in early April. At 5,000 square feet, the office is two and a half times the size of the previous location on Franklin Street. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

With the additional square footage, the number of treatment rooms increased from three to eight, five of which are currently equipped. Other additions include basement space for storage and an employee lounge. Both the front desk area and the waiting room offer more space.

Family Dentistry Associates of Monona will celebrate the opening of the new office with an open house on Saturday, June 3, from 1-4 p.m.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Family Dentistry Associates of Monona has been a fixture in the community for over 30 years. Dr. Steven Kurth opened the office at 101 Franklin St. in 1985, and was joined by Dr. Mark Fohey, who later purchased the business. Over the years, Fohey has been joined by Dr. Christi Larson and his own daughter, Dr. Jessica Wilke, as well as an experienced, attentive staff. Together, they’ve provided patients with a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. There was just one problem: they were running out of space.

“There were only three treatment rooms and there was no basement for storage,” explained Fohey of the 1,800-square-foot building. “We’d been there a long time.”

Tue
02
May

May Breakfast marks its 100th anniversary


The Monona Methodist Church’s 100th annual May Breakfast will be held Saturday, May 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Submitted photos)

The May Breakfast was originally held the first day of May, but in 1985 was moved to the first Saturday. The menu includes scrambled and poached eggs; Kermit sausages; homemade sweet rolls, muffins and bread; applesauce; juice; milk and coffee.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The weather’s growing warmer, flowers are blooming, farmers are working in the fields—all tell tale signs that May has finally arrived in Monona. The surest sign of all, however, is the Methodist Church’s annual May Breakfast. Originally held the first day of May, it’s now served the first Saturday of May. This year’s breakfast will take place at Living Faith UMC, in Monona, on Saturday, May 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., marking the event’s 100th anniversary.

“The May Breakfast started 100 years ago as a fundraiser for the Congregational Church,” shared organizer Ila Benzing. “The first breakfast was held in the parsonage. For the next five years, it was in the houses of the members. They could serve whatever they wanted.”

Wed
26
Apr

Marjorie Ann Rice

 

Marjorie Ann Rice, 56, of McGregor, Iowa, died Monday, April 24, at Crossing Rivers Health Systems, Prairie du Chien. 

 

She was born May 10, 1960, to Doug and Helen (Helms) Rice in Boscobel. Margie graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1978, and Southwest Tech in Fennimore, with a LPN Degree in 1986.

Tue
25
Apr

McGregor taking part in Iowa Source Water Protection Program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

McGregor is one of just eight communities selected this year to participate in the Iowa Source Water Protection Program. Coordinated by the Iowa DNR, with local assistance from Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), the program helps communities identify potential contaminants to the source water of the town’s drinking water supply and create a plan to deal with those risks before a major incident impacts the quality or quantity of the water supply.

Tue
25
Apr

Casey's General Store now open in Monona


Casey’s General Store in Monona, located at 901 S. Main St., began welcoming customers April 13 and had its grand opening April 21-22. A ribbon cutting with city officials and Monona Chamber and Economic Development was held April 21, to officially unveil the new business. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Monona Casey’s has a full kitchen, offering subs, sandwiches and the chain’s well-known pizzas. The store also has a large line of beverages and a beer cave, along with soft serve ice cream and donuts.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

People living in and passing through Monona now have another option for gas, food and refreshments, with the opening of Casey’s General Store. The convenience store began welcoming customers April 13 and had its grand opening April 21-22. A ribbon cutting with city officials and Monona Chamber and Economic Development was held April 21, to officially unveil the new business.

Casey’s, which has over 1,900 locations throughout the Midwest, first announced plans to construct a store in Monona over a year ago. Ground was broken at 901 S. Main St., next to Birdnow Chevrolet, last fall.

“The city has been anxious for you to open,” said Monona Mayor Fran Passmore to the Casey’s staff at the ribbon cutting.

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