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Tue
17
Mar

Work on Marquette-Joliet Bridge starts March 23


Late last week, motorists crossing the Marquette-Joliet Bridge were greeted with signs warning of upcoming construction. Extensive work on the bridge is set to begin on Monday, March 23, and could take up to seven months to complete.

Work on the Marquette-Joliet Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien is set to begin Monday, March 23.

According to a project proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), work will include deck and parapet repairs, new pavement and guardrail replacement, as well as pier and abutment repairs on the bridge’s underside. 

In communication with the city of Marquette, the DOT said the project is anticipated to take up to seven months to complete.

Crawford County Highway Commissioner Kyle Kozelka said motorists should expect lane closures and delays. The Sturgeon Slough parking lot between the Iowa and Wisconsin portions of the bridge will be closed to the public so equipment can park there.

Tue
17
Mar

Long-time MFL MarMac teachers to retire

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Five long-time MFL MarMac teachers are set to retire following this school year. 

At its March 9 meeting, the school board accepted the resignations of middle school science teacher Twila Converse, fourth grade teachers Eric Dettbarn and Dawn Dull, high school English teacher Lynn Jones and middle school special education teacher Judy Oelke. The five have a combined 130 years of experience.

The board also considered other staffing changes at the meeting. Contracts were approved for Tabatha Bohland for food service and Stephanie Michel as assistant high school volleyball coach. 

Thu
12
Mar

Clyde Richard Thompson

Clyde Richard Thompson, 81, of McGregor, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. Clyde was born June 13, 1938, in Clayton County, to Dale and Dorothy (Fritz) Thompson. During his younger years, Clyde attended Giard Methodist Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. Clyde first attended Klema Country School, and then later attended and graduated from MFL High School in 1955. He proudly joined and served in the United States Army from Jan. 3, 1957 until Dec. 31, 1962.

Tue
10
Mar

Celebrating the life of Dr. Donald Strutt


This recent picture shows Don sitting on his houseboat on the Mississippi. He spent a large part of his life on the river with family.

Dr. Don sits behind the desk in the early years of Strutt Chiropractic. He and wife Joanne moved to McGregor at the age of 21 to set up a practice.

This week, we celebrate the life of Dr. Donald Frost Strutt, who moved to McGregor as a young newlywed, not knowing the huge impact he would leave on this little river town.

Don was always a hard worker. When his father died, he was only 10 years old. Feeling a responsibility to his mother and siblings, Donald went to work at a young age.

He met the love of his life, Joanne,while attending high school in Dodgeville, Wis. They married just after graduating and eventually made their home together in Davenport, while Don attended Palmer Chiropractic College. A year after graduating college, at the age of 21, Don and Jo decided to make McGregor their home. They moved to town and set up a practice.

Tue
10
Mar

School bond measure fails

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac Community School District’s bond measure for a $7.8 million facilities improvement project did not pass following a March 3 special election. Despite having more “yes” votes, at 503 (52.34 percent), than “no” votes, at 458 (47.66 percent), 60 percent approval was needed for passage of a general obligation bond.

In all, 961 people voted, which is the highest turnout MFL MarMac Superintendent Dale Crozier said he’s seen in his time with the district.

“It was very exciting to have so many people come out to vote,” he said. “It is very important for democracy in a free society for people to vote, so I applaud the community regardless of whether you voted yes or no.”

Tue
10
Mar

Pattison renews request to export water

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Pattison Sand Co. has renewed its request to withdraw millions of gallons of water from its Clayton property and ship it to western states suffering from drought. 

A recent application to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposes extracting 33.6 million gallons of water annually—2.8 million per month—from Jordan aquifer wells and the nearby Mississippi River. 

Tue
10
Mar

Middle school play will humorously depict internet distractions


The MFL MarMac Middle School Drama Department will present the play “The Internet is Distract—Oh Look, a Kitten!” on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14. The cast includes (front, left to right) Mackenzie Bachman, Ava Goltz, Maria Stavroplus, Katelyn Gerndt, Ava Kishman, Makayla Morrissey, Amelya Weigand, Isabella Torkelson; (middle) Karlie Hagensick, Amara Buchheit, Kaylee Nuehring, Mindy Keehner, Clare Grau, Ella Corlett, Chylie Feuerhelm; (back) Hailea Pritchard, Addison Buchheit, Olivia Martins, Ruby Koeller and Aedan Whitney. Not pictured are Megan Beisner, Abe Hanson and Holden Mathis. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

“The Internet is Distract—Oh Look, a Kitten” centers around Taylor (right), played by Mindy Keehner, who’s trying to finish a book report on “The Great Gatsby” but keeps getting distracted by websites and apps. Each website or app is humorously portrayed by a student who provides insight into how they work. Mackenzie Bachman (left) takes on the role of Gmail.

Kaylee Nuehring, as the character Taylor, spends the play FaceTiming with her best friend Micah.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

It’s a scenario many people have encountered: “You go online for one thing,” said Mindy Keehner, “then you end up doing five other things.”

The premise is one Keehner and other MFL MarMac middle school students will humorously showcase this weekend through the play “The Internet is Distract—Oh Look, a Kitten!” Performances will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium in Monona on both Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14. 

Director Michelle Hontz said she discovered the play through her co-director, Karla Hanson, whose son had seen it and thought it was funny.

Tue
10
Mar

Dinner theater will share tragic story of 1896 Flood of North McGregor


This photo, taken from the bench, reveals the devastation in North McGregor (now Marquette) following the 1896 flood. A dinner theater performance at the Marquette Community Center on Friday, March 27, will share the tragic history of the flood, which killed 28 people.

The 1896 flood was one of the area’s most devastating natural disasters. Five inches of rain fell in one hour in late May, sending a 20-foot-high wall of water down the Bloody Run valley from Beulah (which was destroyed) into North McGregor, washing away bridges, railroad tracks and homes.

March 27 event is part of Marquette 100th anniversary celebration

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A March 27 dinner theater performance at the Marquette Community Center will share the tragic history of the 1896 Flood of North McGregor. A cast of eight members—decked out in period costume—will tell the story, while the audience enjoys a prime rib meal with all the fixings provided by the Marquette Cafe.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., kicks off a two-day celebration recognizing the city of Marquette’s 100th anniversary (name change from North McGregor to Marquette).

Tue
10
Mar

Fundraising underway to pave original portions of Butterfly Trail

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Monona City Council would like to see more fundraising underway before contributing to efforts to pave the two original sections of Monona’s Butterfly Trail.

Council members made the decision March 2, after considering a request from Butterfly Garden and Trail Committee volunteer Jim Langhus to purchase a piece of equipment called a TRAILrider, which could be pulled behind a truck or other vehicle to pave the trail.

Langhus hoped the city would be willing to foot the $16,000 cost for the TRAILrider, leaving it up to the committee to seek donations to pave the 5,100-foot stretch with concrete. 

Tue
10
Mar

Five lady Bulldogs earn all-conference recognition


Bailey Winter

Rachel Davis

Jordan Schubert

RoseMary McGeough

Riley Moreland

Five players from the Upper Iowa Conference champion MFL MarMac girls basketball team have earned all-conference recognition. Bailey Winter and Rachel Davis were each named to the first team and Jordan Schubert to the second team, while RoseMary McGeough and Riley Moreland picked up honorable mention nods.

Winter, a senior, was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer this season, with 14.3 points per game. She had a 46.4 field goal percentage and was the team’s top three-point threat, sinking 26 shots from behind the arc over 23 games. Among MFL MarMac players, Winter was tops with 61 assists, 89 steals and 43 blocks. She was also second with 5.3 rebounds per game.

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