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Tue
09
Aug

Lunch bill woes hard to swallow

$20K in outstanding bills has MFL MarMac searching for solutions

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac is searching for solutions to deal with $20,000 in outstanding lunch bills. 

“This is an ugly problem,” said superintendent Dale Crozier, who asked the school board for suggestions at its Aug. 8 meeting. “We have a lot of people who owe us for lunches. We need to do something.”

Crozier estimated 75 accounts are currently delinquent, with one as high as $1,500 in the red. A couple have reached $700, while several more are $500 behind.

Tue
09
Aug

Field trips, sensory learning help kids grow at Smith and Bulldog Childcare Centers


All summer long, the school-age children from the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers enjoyed weekly field trips and fun activities around the community. Here, Eva Larson (left) and Kaitlyn Kozelka, from Dr. Smith, enjoy Funday Monday at the Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Each age group at Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers, including the youngest attendees like Gracelynn McShane (left) and Ella Valley, has a curriculum. Sensory work is particularly emphasized said director Abby Bouska.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For area kids who attend the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers in either Monona or McGregor, learning doesn’t stop when school’s out. All summer long, the centers’ school-age children have enjoyed weekly field trips and fun activities around the community.

Tue
02
Aug

‘Wild’ trespassers keep local police officers busy


In area communities, often the most annoying and frequent trespassers on people’s properties aren’t humans, but animals. These wild offenders keep local police busy, and occasionally entertained.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

In area communities, often the most annoying and frequent trespassers on people’s properties aren’t humans, but animals. And while these critters might be stealing from your trash cans rather than your car, local police officers are still responsible for assuring they don’t become a further problem.

The Monona Police Department responds to around three animal-related calls each week, said police chief Jo Amsden.

“Usually they’re being a nuisance,” she said, “getting into garbage or ruining people’s gardens.”

Tue
02
Aug

Collins stepping down as Monona mayor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

After 2.5 years as Monona’s mayor, Barb Collins announced at Monday’s city council meeting that she will step down from the position at the end of the month in order to become the city’s deputy clerk.

She will take over for current deputy clerk Linda Gullickson, who is retiring.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to continue serving as deputy clerk,” Collins said. “I really enjoyed it. It takes time, but you learn so much.”

Tue
02
Aug

Estimated $200K in damages at Paradise Valley


Clayton County Emergency Management Director Sarah Moser has submitted a disaster declaration to the state for damage caused by heavy rains and flooding on July 23. Hardest hit was Paradise Valley Campground, south of McGregor. (Photo courtesy of Kim Dickey)

By Pat McTaggart

Clayton County Emergency Management Director Sarah Moser has submitted a disaster declaration to the state for damage caused by heavy rains and flooding on July 23.  

“There was a lot of wash out on roads,” she said. “Ivory Road was the worst. I estimate that the total road damage comes to about $35,000.”

Moser said the heavy damage was very localized.  

Tue
02
Aug

Clayton County Fair is Aug. 2-8 in National


Livestock showing, along with live entertainment, carnival rides, good food and exhibits, will offer something for the whole family at the 162nd annual Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 3-8 in National. (NIT file photo)

From live entertainment and carnival rides to livestock showing and good food, the 162nd annual Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 2-8 in National, offers something for the whole family.

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered 3,302 exhibits this year, according to Tammy Muller, county 4-H and youth program coordinator. Entries are up in the breeding beef, swine, sheep, horse, meat goat, dog, rabbit and Clover Kids divisions.

The 4-H exhibit hall, featuring projects ranging from art to engineering, will be open to viewers Thursday through Sunday, beginning at noon.

Tue
26
Jul

CVG to close Monona plant in March 2017


Last week, Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (CVG) announced the closure of its wire harness facility in Monona, effective in late March 2017. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last week, Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (CVG) announced the closure of its wire harness facility in Monona, effective in late March 2017. 

“The move is part of the broader restructuring plan announced late last year, designed to consolidate our manufacturing facilities to improve capacity utilization and reduce overhead costs,” said Laura Macias, chief human resources and public affairs officer for CVG.

“The decision was driven solely by manufacturing capacity considerations and is not a reflection on the commitment or quality of work of our associates in Monona,” she added.

Tue
26
Jul

Saturday’s heavy rains wreak havoc in area


Heavy rains Saturday swelled local streams and creeks, including at Paradise Valley Campground south of McGregor, where raging waters forced people to evacuate and left mobile homes in precarious positions. (Photo courtesy of Kim Dickey)

Just days after six inches of rain pounded Paradise Valley Campground, clean-up was underway to clear debris scattered by flash flood waters. (Photo courtesy of Kim Dickey)

Clayton County Supervisor Ron McCartney stands in a ditch created by flooding on Ivory Road, east of the fairgrounds. (Submitted photo)

A bridge on Ivory Road was also heavily damaged. (Submitted photo)

Numerous showers and thunderstorms produced heavy rain in parts of the area Saturday morning into early afternoon, with some portions of Clayton County reporting as much as 6 inches of water and significant damage.

Creeks and streams rose rapidly, including Bloody Run near Marquette. According to Clayton County Conservation, Bloody Run County Park will be closed until further notice. Also coming out of its banks was Sny Magill Creek, south of McGregor, wreaking havoc on Paradise Valley Campground, which had to be evacuated. A portion of Keystone Road, in that area, was also closed, as was Justice Road.

A washout along Ivory Road east of the fairgrounds created a ditch along the road and also damaged a bridge.

Tue
26
Jul

Ground broken for new Family Dentistry Associates of Monona office


Ground was broken July 18 for the new Family Dentistry Associates of Monona office, which will be located next to the Monona Family Aquatic Center and behind Fisk’s Farm and Home and the Davis Street Car Wash. Construction will begin around Aug. 1, with the building expected to be completed by early March. Participating in the ground breaking were Family Dentistry Associates of Monona staff and their family members, as well as Monona city officials and members of the Monona Chamber and Economic Development. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The new office, which will be 4,000 square feet, will have a residential-style look with brick and limestone.

Dr. Steven Kurth (right) built the Family Dentistry Associates of Monona office on Franklin Street in 1985. Dr. Mark Fohey joined the team in 1985 and eventually purchased the business from Kurth.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Family Dentistry Associates of Monona broke ground July 18 for its new office, which will be located next to the Monona Family Aquatic Center and behind Fisk Farm and Home and the Davis Street Car Wash.

Dr. Mark Fohey said construction will commence around Aug. 1. He estimated the new office will be finished by early March  2017.

Speaking to the Monona Council late last year, Fohey said the practice has outgrown its current office at 101 Franklin St.

Tue
26
Jul

McGregor Council considers zoning recommendations

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its July 20 regular meeting, the McGregor Council considered several recommendations put forth by the city’s planning and zoning commission, most notably one addressing the allowed uses of the lower levels of downtown commercial district buildings.

“The downtown commercial zoning district does not permit anything but commercial uses on the ground floor,” shared city attorney Mike Schuster. 

However, some buildings now have apartments on the ground floor, creating concerns that it is harming the business district.

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