Marquette 4th of July events to include 5K


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor


Stephanie Wikner, a board member with Smith and Bulldog Child Care and Learning Centers, spoke to the Marquette Council June 17 about holding a 5K run/one-mile walk Saturday morning, July 5, as part of the city’s 4th of July weekend activities.


“We wanted to incorporate fitness into a fundraiser [for the centers],” Wikner explained, adding that they would like to hold additional run/walks in conjunction with other community parades and events throughout the MFL MarMac School District.


Wikner said she ran the bench, trying to map out a route that may work, but was open to alternative suggestions since she understood that would be a tough trek. Supportive of the 5K idea, council members and audience members began throwing around other routes that could incorporate the riverfront and downtown areas.


“It would be good to incorporate into downtown to help with the Legion breakfast,” councilman John Reis suggested. Marquette Legion Post #305 will hold a pancake breakfast that morning (as well as Friday and Sunday mornings), from 7 to 10 a.m.


“I say go for it and let us know the route,” said councilman Jason Winter, who volunteered to help with planning. “I’d love to see something like that added to 4th of July.”


The run/walk is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, with registration from 7:15 to 7:55 a.m. at the Marquette riverfront. There is an entry fee for participants over 12, with all funds raised going toward educational and learning programs for children at both centers. Red, white and blue attire is encouraged. For more information, contact Wikner at (319) 360-7473 or


“I know it’s short notice,” Wikner said, “but if we can get even 15 people, we’ll be happy.”


Mar-Mac Rescue equipment

The council also voted to fund the purchase of a trauma kit and CPR face masks for the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad, totaling $2,409.90.


The Xtreme Trauma Deluxe Moulage Kit contains makeup and fake wounds that will simulate real life emergencies for training activities, said Liz Clark, Mar-Mac Rescue EMT.


“We would use it for extrication drills and different scenarios to make it more lifelike,” Clark said. “It’s hands-on and a renewal of the things we learned in class.”


The CPR face masks, Clark said, are needed for the rescue squad’s push to get all community members CPR certified.


“It’s my goal to offer courses twice per year,” said Clark, who is a certified instructor. Classes were already held this spring and Clark said more are planned for October.


City Manager Dean Hilgerson OK’d the funding, as the city had yet to expend any funds this fiscal year that were budgeted toward the rescue squad.


4th of July fireworks

Hilgerson said the city is still working on securing a working barge for the 4th of July fireworks, as the previous barge from the Cassville Ferry is no longer available. Another barge was found in Prairie du Chien, but is not yet usable. If it is not ready to go by July 5, Hilgerson said there’s an outside chance the fireworks may have to be postponed.


“We’re not giving up on it yet,” he reassured. “We’ll work on it daily.”


Boardwalk project

Hilgerson said plans for Marquette’s boardwalk project are finally in the hands of the U.S. Coast Guard, and that he has been assured the Corps of Engineers will sign off on the plans once they are passed along to them. The plans had been held up by the Iowa DNR. Hilgerson said he hopes the permit process will be complete by July 7. The project will then go to state letting.

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