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Tue
11
Aug

MFL MarMac considers co-oping with Postville for some girls sports

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac superintendent Dale Crozier said at Monday night’s school board meeting that Postville recently approached him about sharing some girls sports with MFL MarMac due to low numbers.

Although roughly the same size enrollment-wise as MFL MarMac, Postville is limited in the number of athletes at times, said Crozier, because some students cannot participate for religious reasons.

Tue
04
Aug

Consider donating extra produce to food shelf


As more and more vegetables ripen in gardens around the area, some growers become overwhelmed with the amount of produce. If you have more than you can eat or preserve, consider donating it to the Clayton County Food Shelf.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As more and more vegetables ripen in gardens around the area, some growers become overwhelmed with the amount of produce and are unable to eat or preserve it fast enough. If you’re in this boat, consider donating to the Clayton County Food Shelf.

“I started pushing for more [produce] five to six years ago,” said Clayton County Food Shelf Director Utoni Ruff. “Donations go up every year.”

Ruff said zucchini, green beans and cucumbers are especially popular this time of year. In fact, she arrived to work Friday morning to find a large box of cucumbers at the door.

Tue
04
Aug

City looking for tree board volunteers as McGregor debates becoming Tree City


If McGregor forms a tree board, one thing they might do is diversify the city’s tree population, which has a lot of maples. (NIT file folder)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With their vibrant hues, the maple trees in McGregor’s Triangle Park are one of the city’s most iconic fall sites. They’re the backdrop to the arts and crafts festivals and relaxing strolls downtown. With the help of a tree board, these and other McGregor trees could receive more attention.

Tue
04
Aug

Schulte tells story of collecting Dan Gable’s stories


Journalist Scott Schulte, a Connecticut native who now lives in Monona, worked with Iowa icon and Olympic wrestling gold medalist Dan Gable on “A Wrestling Life.” (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

When journalist Scott Schulte walked into the wrestling Olympic trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City in 2012, his main objective was to take in some good wrestling action. He got more than that, walking away with an interview with Iowa icon and Olympic wrestling gold medalist Dan Gable—an interview that eventually turned into a book deal.

Schulte, a Connecticut native who now lives in Monona, said the idea to interview Gable struck as he watched a video interview with Gable at the fan fest held between sessions at the trials. 

Tue
04
Aug

Monona to host meeting for county hazard mitigation plan

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This year, Clayton County is working to update its multi-jurisdictional, multi-hazard mitigation plan. Meetings will be held in the county, seeking public input, with one being held in Monona on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the community center.

“The county got a grant to cover the cost of a plan update,” said Monona City Administrator Dan Canton, speaking to the city council at its Aug. 3 meeting. In order to receive FEMA funding if a disaster should occur, having an updated plan is necessary, he said.

Tue
28
Jul

Local banks comment on coming EMV debit, credit card changeover


In the coming months, credit card companies and banks will look to combat fraud by issuing EMV cards. Equipped with chips (shown in the image here) that store and protect cardholder data, the cards will be inserted into terminals and left there throughout the entire transaction rather than quickly swiped.

Technology to better protect consumers from fraud

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Millions of Americans fall prey to identity theft each year, with credit and debit card fraud one of the biggest culprits. In the coming months, credit card companies and banks will look to combat fraud by issuing EMV cards.

EMV—which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the original developers of the technology—is the global standard for debit and credit cards equipped with chip technology, meaning each card is embedded with a microprocessor chip that stores and protects cardholder data.

Tue
28
Jul

Clayton County Fair is Aug. 5-10


The popular kiddie calf show is one of many events people can enjoy at the 161st Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 5-10 at the fairgrounds in National. (NIT file photo)

Enjoy the ride at the 161st Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 5-10 at the fairgrounds in National. 

Events kick off Wednesday, Aug. 5, with the horse show at 9 a.m. The evening will be busy, as the barbecue meal will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and the flag raising ceremony and fair queen pageant at 6:30 p.m. The 4-H Style Show and Share the Fun Show will begin at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 6, the rabbit show will be held at the small arena at 12:30 p.m. and the dog show in the large arena at 1:30 p.m. Open class entries will be judged at 1 p.m., while the open class foods department bake sale will take place at 3 p.m. 

Tue
21
Jul

Ross settling in as high school principal


David Ross began his tenure as MFL MarMac’s high school principal July 1. He’s settled in Monona with wife Billie and children Lexie, Logan, Gunnar and Carson. (Photo courtesy of Heather Holt of Holt Portrait Design)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Now a few weeks into his position as MFL MarMac’s high school principal, David Ross said things are going well.

“We felt welcome the first moment we arrived,” he said, noting that some people even showed up to help unload the U-Haul. His kids are already taking swimming lessons and making friends.

Ross and his family, which includes wife Billie and children Lexie (10), Logan (8), Gunnar (6) and Carson (3), settled in Monona, a block from the school. He’s excited to be able to walk to work for the first time in his life.

Tue
21
Jul

Artist traverses upper Mississippi in shantyboat interviewing river people


Artist and University of California, Santa Cruz graduate student Wes Modes stopped in the area late last week, gathering stories from local river people for his multi-year art and history project, “A Secret History of American River People.” For the last two summers, Modes and occasional first mates, as well as dog Hazel, have traveled the upper Mississippi on a homemade shantyboat. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Artist and University of California, Santa Cruz graduate student Wes Modes stopped in the area late last week, gathering stories from local river people for his multi-year art and history project, “A Secret History of American River People.”

At the start of last summer, Modes set out on the upper Mississippi River, at Minneapolis, on a homemade shantyboat, hoping to collect the lost narratives of people who live and work on the river. Tales of shantyboaters on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers were a major inspiration behind the project, Modes said. While he could have chosen other rivers or areas throughout the country to spotlight, he felt the Mississippi was the best place to start.

Tue
21
Jul

Loss of Holiday Shores hotel/motel tax revenue puts city, chamber in a bind

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The closure of the Holiday Shores Motel in McGregor last month puts the city of McGregor, and thus the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce, in a funding bind. 

According to city administrator Lynette Sander, who spoke to the council at its regular meeting July 15, the motel annually contributed an estimated $15,400 in hotel/motel tax revenue. The city pulls in around $30,000 in hotel/motel tax annually, two-thirds of which goes to the chamber. In budget year 2014-2015, the chamber received $20,629 in funding via the tax. Based on projections for 2015-2016, if the same funding model is used, the chamber would see a roughly $10,000 shortfall.

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