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Tue
15
May

Ordinance restricts large trucks from parking in downtown Marquette

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Large trucks will no longer be allowed to park for long periods of time on North Street, in downtown Marquette, after the council unanimously amended the code of ordinances pertaining to parking limitations at its May 8 meeting.

The ordinance change applies to any vehicles requiring more than a four-ton license and greater than 10 feet in height. It prohibits people from parking—unattended—a motor truck, semi-trailer or other motor vehicle with trailer attached on North Street unless the vehicle is engaged in the delivery or receiving of merchandise or cargo.

Tue
15
May

Candidate Profiles: House District 56


Lori Egan and Andy Kelleher are vying for the Democratic nomination for State House District 56.

Lori Egan and Andy Kelleher will face off in the June 5 Democratic Primary Election, with the winner becoming the Democratic Party’s candidate for State House District 56 in the November 2018 General Election. To date, no Republican candidate has emerged to contend for the seat, which is being vacated by Kristi Hager. State House District 56 includes all of Allamakee County and 19 townships in Clayton County. Marion, Highland and Boardman Townships are not in House District 56. Egan and Kelleher both took time to share their thoughts on some of key issues.


Lori Egan

Tue
15
May

MFL MarMac senior awards and scholarships presented


Dollars for Scholars Scholarship recipients included (front, left to right) Coltin Ball, Reagan Butikofer, Ali Crogan, Micah Decker, Levi Ferguson, Jade Gerndt; (back) Mason Hertrampf, Derek Larson, Julie Lenth, Jerica Meana, Kennedy McShane, Brady Olson, Marissa Reichard and Sierra Wiebensohn. Isaac Brehmer, with FreedomBank, presented the scholarships. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Emily McCormick (left) and Erin Blietz presented the Brent Blietz Memorial Scholarships to student-athletes Reagan Butikofer and Derek Larson. For the students, the scholarships were just one of several each received that night.

MFL MarMac Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier presented Coltin Ball with the A.N. Busse Scholarship. Ball also earned Dollars for Scholars and UMGC scholarships, as well as Family Dentistry Associates of Monona, Luana Community Club, Karri Kautman and National Honor Society scholarships.

Micah Decker received the State Bar American Citizenship Award from Whitney Gessner.

Audra Hallberg tearfully presented the Erin Hallberg Memorial Scholarship to her goddaughter, Kennedy McShane, May 9. Audra has presented this award since 2002 to a senior going to an Iowa college to major in education. Kennedy was born just one month after Erin died on Oct. 3, 1999. Erin had already purchased Kennedy’s baby shower gift (a Hawkeye onesie) before her death. Kennedy plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa (Erin’s alma mater) and major in education.

MFL MarMac High School Principal Larry Meyer highlighted Hope McGlaughlin as the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and recipient of the KWWL “Best of Class” and Governor’s Scholarship Recognition Program honors.

Jerica Meana was recognized as the salutatorian of the MFL MarMac Class of 2018 by high school principal Larry Meyer.

The Senior Awards and Scholarship Night for the MFL MarMac Class of 2018 was held May 9, in the high school auditorium. Graduating seniors who were recognized included:

State Bar American Citizenship Award: Micah Decker

Alan Hoth Academic/Athletic Award: Kennedy McShane

Norma Miller Salvation Army Award: Chelbe Feuerhelm

Dollars for Scholars Recipients: Coltin Ball, Reagan Butikofer, Ali Crogan, Micah Decker, Levi Ferguson, Jade Gerndt, Mason Hertrampf, Derek Larson, Julie Lenth, Kennedy McShane, Jerica Meana, Brady Olson, Marissa Reichard and Sierra Wiebensohn

Tue
15
May

Construction of Alpine Fusion Network underway in Marquette


Alpine Communications began construction of its Fusion fiber optic network in Marquette at the start of May. West Union Trenching and Finley Engineering, who are aiding Alpine with the project, have started work in the “Bench” neighborhood first, then will progress toward downtown Marquette. The crew working in the area includes (left to right) Mitchell Ihde, Randy Wacker with Finley Engineering, Steve Lane, Tim Streif, Chad Ruegnitz with Alpine Communications and Nathan Lauer. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

After boring or digging the narrow trench required to install the fiber cable, workers will restore residents’ yards to a condition as close to the original as possible.

 

Residents can contact Alpine with concerns about the work planned for their properties

Alpine Communications began construction of its Fusion fiber optic network in Marquette at the start of May. West Union Trenching and Finley Engineering, who are aiding Alpine with the project, have started work in the “Bench” neighborhood first, then will progress toward downtown Marquette. The project will wrap up in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, of McGregor, marking Alpine’s first major project to extend Fusion fiber optics into its rural territory.

Mon
14
May

Dawson Brown

 

Dawson Brown, 20, of Cedar Rapids, passed away surrounded by his family, Sunday, May 6, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

 

A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 10, at First Methodist Church of Marion.

 

Fri
11
May

Marylu Sauer

 

Marylu Sauer, of Madison, had the soul of a gypsy, the spirit of a hippie and the heart of an angel. She passed away unexpectedly on May 5.  

 

Thu
10
May

Henry L. “Hank” Nelsen

Henry L. “Hank” Nelsen, 94, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, May 9, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

 

Tue
08
May

McGlaughlin, Meana top MFL MarMac Class of 2018

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Hope McGlaughlin has earned the honor of being valedictorian of the MFL MarMac Class of 2018, while Jerica Meana has been named salutatorian.

Hope, who is the daughter of Wayne and DeeAnn McGlaughlin, said she’s known the distinction could be a possibility since she was a freshman.

“I didn’t really realize it, though, until this year,” she said. “I’ve worked hard and stayed focused, so it’s kind of nice to be recognized.”

Jerica, daughter of Troy Meana and Andra Meana, said she felt much the same.

Tue
08
May

Determination Park dedicated in Breitbach’s honor


David J. Breitbach’s family—daughter Elizabeth, wife Vickie, daughter Christine and sons Taylor, Frank and David—stand near the cigar tree and bench that were placed in Determination Park in his honor. A plaque will also be placed in the shelter house at the park, which Breitbach was instrumental in establishing. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel shows the drawing that inspired Breitbach to name the park "Determination Park."

McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander, park board president Maria Brummel and councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson unveil the plaque that will go up in the Determination Park shelter.

Neighbors Adam and Ashley Simon place a stone at the foot of the cigar tree recently planted in Determination Park in Breitbach’s honor.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Family members, colleagues, neighbors and community members all came together Saturday afternoon to dedicate McGregor’s Determination Park in honor of David J. Breitbach, a long-time resident and park board volunteer who passed away unexpectedly last summer.

Breitbach was the driving force behind the establishment of Determination Park, which is located in the Ridgewood West Subdivision, and wrote two successful Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation grants that funded the park shelter and play structure.

Tue
08
May

Infrastructure a hot topic during Ernst visit to Pattison Sand


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst greets Pattison Sand Company employees during a May 4 visit. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst visited Pattison Sand Company, in Clayton, May 4, as part of her 99-county tour.

During the one-hour stay, Ernst toured the Pattison site, learning about the operation’s history and its products.

“It’s interesting,” she shared. “This is my first time down here. They’ve grown so much...They’ve done well with taking challenges and making them into opportunities.”

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