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Tue
10
Jan

Monona family touts importance of detector following carbon monoxide scare


“You don’t think it can happen to you,” said Monona resident Donna Krambeer after her family had a carbon monoxide scare over Christmas weekend. “Let this be a lesson to people, especially this time of year.”

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On Christmas Eve, Monona resident Donna Krambeer was busy preparing her home for Christmas with her family. Around 10:30 a.m., while working in the kitchen, she heard the carbon monoxide detector go off in the basement.

She went downstairs to investigate, wondering if a low battery had caused the disturbance. Yet, this was different: the detector warned them to evacuate the home. Danger seemed unlikely, though, Krambeer noted.

“I thought, ‘no way,’” she recalled. “‘It’s probably the Scentsy candle I’d just plugged in.’ So I took the battery out and went back upstairs.”

Tue
10
Jan

2017: A look at the year ahead


The U.S. Mint will launch the Effigy Mounds quarter Feb. 6-7.

In February, MFL MarMac choir members James Slama (left), Micah Decker, Spencer Rose and Chris Wright will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An Effigy Mounds quarter, a choir performance at Carnegie Hall, a veterans motorcycle ride, a public art mural and continued fundraising efforts for big community projects—they’re all some of the local stories on tap for 2017.

Effigy Mounds to be commemorated on U.S. quarter

On Feb. 6-7, the U.S. Mint will launch its first national park quarter of 2017. Started in 2010, the program unveils five new quarters per year, each commemorating a national park or monument in each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and each of the five U.S. territories.

Tue
10
Jan

School board honors retiring kitchen staff


The MFL MarMac school board honored retiring kitchen staff Celia Brown (35 years of service) and Glee Sass (nine years of service) at its meeting Jan. 9. Pictured (left to right) are food service director Pat Echard, Celia Brown, superintendent Dale Crozier and school board president Gina Roys. Sass was not present at the meeting. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac school board honored retiring kitchen staff Celia Brown and Glee Sass at its meeting Jan. 9. Brown, who was in attendance at the meeting, had 35 years of service. 

“I’ll miss the kids a lot,” Brown said.

Sass had nine years of service.

Early separation consideration

The board agreed to offer early separation to up to four staff members, offering up to $60,000 over four years, or $15,000 per year.

Tue
03
Jan

Ruff ready to take McGregor and Marquette to the next level as new chamber director


Patti Ruff took over Jan. 3 as executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Patti Ruff has lived in the McGregor-Marquette area since she was 6. After graduating from Mar-Mac High School, she earned a degree in history from Loras College and settled in the area with husband Dan. They have three sons—Liam, Bryar and Tucker.

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” she said. “I just love McGregor and Marquette.”

When the position of executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce became available a couple months ago, it was a dream come true.

Tue
03
Jan

NaNoWriMo continues to engage eighth graders


Scotlyn Coenen and Ella Hanson

Braden Landt

Tyler Trappe

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Every November since 1999, hundreds of thousands of writing enthusiasts around the world have participated in the online creative writing project NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which challenges writers to complete a 50,000-word novel in only 30 days.

The project opened up to students in 2005, with the creation of the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. For six years now, MFL MarMac eighth graders in Scott Boylen’s language arts class have taken part, just on a smaller scale. They’re challenged to write a 10,000-word novel in that time span.

Fri
30
Dec

Beverly Ann (Kluss) Fuelling

 

Beverly Ann (Kluss) Fuelling, 79, of Monona, IA, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Mayo Franciscan Health Center in La Crosse, Wis. 

 

Beverly was born on Oct. 27, 1937, near Clermont, to Howard and Myrtle (Amundson) Kluss. She graduated from Monona High School in 1955. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona.

Tue
27
Dec

The little bar with a big heart


Pocket City Pub owners Bart and Linda Knight sit with Sally Schneider (center) among the roughly 50 presents collected through the giving tree. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Great River Care Center residents were thrilled to receive their gifts from Santa on Friday, Dec. 23. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Christmas season was a bit brighter for residents at McGregor’s Great River Care Center this year thanks to the patrons of Pocket City Pub.

This year, “the little bar with a big heart,” located in downtown McGregor, established a giving tree. Instead of hanging ornaments on it, however, the tree was covered with tags, each noting gifts residents at the care center would like for Christmas. 

Tue
27
Dec

Alpine bringing fiber optic to McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Alpine Communications is bringing fiber optic internet service to the city of McGregor. Construction will begin this spring, noted Alpine’s chief operating officer, Chris Hopp, who shared details at the city council’s Dec. 21 meeting.

Fiber optic service means the typical copper wires used for carrying internet and cable service to homes and businesses will be replaced by fiber optic cables. According to Alpine’s website, these cables are made up of hundreds or thousands of fiber optics, which are long thin strands of pure glass about the diameter of a human hair.

Fri
23
Dec

John Borden

 

John Borden, 85, of Marquette, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 at his home in Marquette. 

 

John Harold was born on May 31, 1931, to Roger and Helen (Taylor) Borden in Texas. He attended school in Chicago, Ill., through the eighth grade. John honorably served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955.

Fri
23
Dec

Eugene Louis Trudo

 

Eugene Louis Trudo, 87, of McGregor, died Sunday, Dec. 18, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

 

Eugene Louis was born on Feb. 12, 1929, to Elmer and Elsie (McNally) Trudo in Clermont. He attended high school in Clermont and earned his GED through the Navy. 

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