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Tue
21
Aug

McGregor zoning change allows ground floor apartments in rear of commercial buildings

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Council amended the zoning regulations pertaining to dwelling units in the city’s C-2 general office and retail district at its Aug. 15 meeting. The change will now allow ground floor apartments in the rear of commercial buildings on Main and A streets, as long as they take up 50 percent or less of the floor space.

The council hopes the move will help building owners better utilize their spaces. Potential business owners may also be more attracted to retail spaces at more manageable sizes.

Tue
14
Aug

Climbing Denali


Don Smalley stands with teammates Chris Rynn and Margaret Kincaid during his June climb of Denali, the highest point in both the United States and North America.

“It would’ve been great [to summit Denali], but it won’t define my life. I won’t feel like less of a person,” Smalley said. “It’s the fact that I attempted it, successful or not. I did everything I could, so I’m happy about that. I spent three weeks in a beautiful environment.”

The Denali climbers are shown with their packs, sleds, tents and other equipment. Unfortunately, the team was snowed in for nine days at 14,000 feet. The delay left too little time to summit, so they made the decision to head back down Denali in order to return home as scheduled.

No summit, but Smalley has experience of a lifetime tackling continent’s highest point

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When climbing the 20,310-foot Denali, the highest point in both the United States and North America, there are things you have to be mentally prepared for, said Don Smalley. 

“One is the fact that there are things you’re not in control of,” explained the 65-year-old Marquette resident. Weather, injury, illness—they could all cut the expedition short, snatching a shot at reaching the summit out of the frosty air. “You have to be prepared to accept that.” 

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Tue
14
Aug

Additional mental health services offered at MFL MarMac

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Additional mental health services will be available at MFL MarMac this school year, supplementing the work guidance counselors and other staff already do to support students and families.

Therapist Nikki Brevig, from the Riverview Center, offered some private counseling services at the district last year, and will now be available one day each week. Mental health specialist Samantha Baumgartner will have a full-time position with the district.

“Both positions will be guidance support personnel,” explained MFL MarMac Superintendent Dale Crozier. “The main focus is increasing the overall health and wellness of students.”

Tue
14
Aug

EPA asked to continue monitoring Walz Energy


A group of Clayton County residents, along with organizations and legislators from around the state, is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue monitoring the Walz Energy facility, following a decision last month by the state’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) not to refer the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation under construction outside Monona to the state attorney general’s office for ongoing violations. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A group of Clayton County residents, along with organizations and legislators from around the state, is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue monitoring the Walz Energy facility, following a decision last month by the state’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) not to refer the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation under construction outside Monona to the state attorney general’s office for ongoing violations.

Tue
14
Aug

McGregor Library staff not just reading and shushing, much work is necessary


The McGregor Public Library is located at 334 Main Street. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Public Library, what library director Michelle Pettit thinks of as a hub for the community, is a place full of constant excitement, as people make their best efforts  to keep quiet.

In the summer, the library staff is happy to host reading programs, welcoming children to find as much delight in books as they do.

Adult groups, like those for writers, also occupy the library every week. The staff is now adding a book club option and other opportunities for the public to further enjoy the library.

Tue
14
Aug

Newcomers bring increased enthusiasm to Bulldog cross country team


Members of the MFL MarMac cross country team include (left to right) Sydney Moser, Jordan Schubert, Keri Picha, Kayleigh White, Miqenzie Gilberts, Amber Hickman, Lauren Gillitzer, Ellie Kinley, Keagan Moose, Hannah Schutte, Caleb Nordheim, Colin Moses, Keagan Smerud, Jesse Breuer, assistant coach Ralph Hill and head coach Eric Koenig. Not pictured is Logan Brown.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

There’s a renewed interest in cross country at MFL MarMac this year, said Eric Koenig, who’s taken over as the team’s head coach after three years as an assistant. 

“We have some kids who took a break for a year who are back, and we’ve got some upperclassmen out who have never participated in cross country before,” said Koenig, who will be joined by first-year assistant Ralph Hill. 

Mon
13
Aug

Lloyd Carl Ernest Drahn

Lloyd Carl Ernest Drahn, 100, of Monona, died July 26, at Good Samaritan in Postville. 

He was born March 27, 1918, on the family farm near Froelich, to parents Fred and Emilie Kaiser Drahn. He was the ninth of eleven children and his mother stated, he was the only one to wait for the doctor to arrive for delivery. Thus began a lifelong love of farming and stewardship of land and farm animals. Lloyd was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Lloyd attended the Drahn Country School and graduated from Monona High School in 1935. This education began a love of reading and poetry in particular. Lloyd would be referred to as a “farmer poet” and was known to recite poetry from these days until the end of his life.

Thu
09
Aug

Kohlstedts celebrate 40 years

Happy 40th Anniversary to John and Diane Kohlstedt, of McGregor. They were married on Aug.12, 1978, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross. Their family includes children Tom and Jill Kohlstedt, of La Crosse, Wis., and Jeremy and Amy Turgasen, of Altoona; and four grandchildren including Lucy and Violet Kohlstedt and Cole and Evan Turgasen.

Wed
08
Aug

Ruth Andresen Bickel

Ruth Andresen Bickel, a resident of Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids, died peacefully on Aug. 6, after a short illness. She was surrounded by family at her death.

Ruth was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Flensburg, Germany to Antonia Panitz Andresen and Claus August Andresen. Her father was a violinist and landscape painter who, with Antonia and Ruth, immigrated to the United States aboard the Westphalia. They arrived at Ellis Island July 4, 1923. Shortly thereafter they made their way by train to Dysart, Iowa where Claus Andresen’s brother owned a house painting company. 

Tue
07
Aug

Effigy Mounds working with tribal partners to repatriate, rebury stolen human remains


Effigy Mounds National Monument currently has the remains of 41 native people in its collection, and all are slated for repatriation and reburial with the help of the monument’s tribal partners. The remains were missing from the park’s collection for over 20 years, after being stolen by former superintendent Thomas Munson.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Effigy Mounds National Monument currently has the remains of 41 native people in its collection, and all are slated for repatriation and reburial with the help of the monument’s tribal partners.

How these remains came to be—and stay—in the collection all these years is a tale Effigy Mounds law enforcement officer David Barland-Liles said is laced with theft and racism, but also an opportunity to reckon with and learn from the past.

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