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Tue
17
Nov

It takes a community


Through MFL MarMac Elementary’s reading volunteer program, students get one-on-one reading time, for five minutes each week, with a community volunteer. Here, volunteer Erika Kielstrup, who's volunteered weekly since the start of the school year, listens as a student reads to her. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Volunteer program helps elementary students with reading

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

There’s an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. At MFL MarMac Elementary School, community volunteers are taking that to heart by helping students with their reading skills.

It’s all part of the school’s reading volunteer program, organized this year by Heidi Meyer, who handles literacy intervention.

Through the program, each elementary student gets one-on-one reading time, for five minutes each week, with a community volunteer. Volunteers support kids on sounding out tough words and also talk about the book, Meyer said. 

Tue
17
Nov

Quilts of Valor given to local WWII veterans


Eleven local WWII veterans were honored with Quilts of Valor at MFL MarMac’s Veterans Day program Nov. 11. Those honored included (front, left to right) Henry J. Kleinow, LeeAllen Johanningmeier, Robert Drahn, Jack Elliott, Lloyd Drahn; (back) Roy Jamesen, Adelbert (Butch) Whittle, Harlan Hass, Erwin Ruff, Bob Eggen for Eugene Trudo and Adrian Kinley for Orville Knapp Sr. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Roy Jamesen (left), sitting next to Henry J. Kleinow, shared about his military service during the Veterans Day program Nov. 11.

High school students Jasmine Stocker (left) and Chaun’te Drahn present a Quilt of Valor to Erwin Ruff. Of the 11 quilts presented last week, one was made by each Stocker and Drahn. For more photos from the program, visit the North Iowa Times Facebook page. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

WWII veterans Jack Elliott (left) and Lloyd Drahn share a thought during the Quilts of Valor presentation at MFL MarMac High School Nov. 11.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac’s annual Veterans Day program had a special touch this year as 11 World War II veterans were honored with Quilts of Valor.

Since its inception in 2003, when quilter and blue star mother Catherine Roberts came up with the idea of using quilts to comfort veterans while her son was deployed in Iraq, the Quilts of Valor Foundation, through local volunteers, has awarded over 128,000 quilts to service members and veterans touched by war.

Those receiving Quilts of Valor included:

Lloyd Drahn, Monona, Army

Tue
17
Nov

Monona part of community visioning program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona is one of 10 Iowa communities selected to participate in the Iowa’s Living Roadways 2016 Community Visioning Program.

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture and Extension and the non-profit Trees Forever, the program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.

Tue
17
Nov

Monona discusses garbage collection situation

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Randy Evanson approached the Monona Council Monday evening about purchasing 65-gallon refuse carts and a garbage truck tipper attachment, which he said would make lifting garbage cans easier for city workers.

The tipper would cost around $4,000, including installation. The purchase of new garbage carts runs at $43.50 per cart, a cost that would likely fall on citizens.

Special cans are needed for the tipper, Evanson said, adding that the cans would resemble those residents already use for recycling.

Tue
10
Nov

Election yields city council changes

McGregor, Marquette and Luana will all see changes to their city councils in the coming year following last week’s city elections.

The race for two seats on the McGregor Council was not officially declared until Monday, following a canvassing of votes, as newcomer Jason Echard and incumbents Rogeta Halvorson and Joe Muehlbauer were all within several votes of one another. The official results put Echard at 65 votes and Muehlbauer at 61, defeating Halvorson, who had 59.

The mayoral seat in McGregor was uncontested, with incumbent Harold Brooks winning re-election with 88 votes. 

McGregor had a 19.49 percent voter turnout.

Tue
10
Nov

Elliott recalls time aboard U.S.S. California during WWII


U.S. Navy veteran Jack Elliott, who lives in Marquette, served in the South Pacific, on the battleship the U.S.S. California, during the final years of WWII. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A lifejacket and a tin hat. As a first loader of a 40mm anti-aircraft gun, serving on a battleship in the South Pacific during the final years of World War II, they were the only protection for U.S. Navy veteran Jack Elliott. They might seem like paltry defense against screaming Japanese planes, but the key, he said, was not to get hit in the first place.

“There were several times I was pretty scared. We shot at hundreds of airplanes,” Jack recalled. “If you didn’t hit them first, you were going to get hit.”

Tue
10
Nov

New full-time officer and reserve officer join Mar-Mac PD


Brad McNett (left) joins the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District as a full-time officer, while Jakob Regal (center) will serve as a reserve officer. They are pictured here with Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

One full-time officer and one reserve officer have joined the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District.

Joining the department full-time is Brad McNett. He replaces Dylan Rumph, who departed over the summer for a position at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. With McNett’s addition, Mar-Mac will have three full-time officers, including police chief Jason Bogdonovich and officer Rodger Sear.

Tue
10
Nov

McGregor FEMA project underway after 5.5-year wait

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

After 5.5 years of dealing with easements, studies, mitigation and other permitting issues, the city of McGregor is finally ready to go to bid on its FEMA stormwater protection project.

“It’s been a long time coming,” noted Tim Cutsforth, of engineering firm HR Green, who spoke about the project at a special council meeting Nov. 4. 

Tue
10
Nov

Items on MFL MarMac’s five-year strategic plan already being checked off

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac’s School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) met Monday night, before the school board meeting, to evaluate the district’s five-year strategic plan, which was created earlier this year.

Some items on the list, including an updated website and playgrounds, are already being addressed, noted Superintendent Dale Crozier, speaking to the board.

The list has come a long way since 15 years ago, he said, when items to address included fixing boilers and roofs as well as purchasing buses.

Tue
03
Nov

Arvidson to retire after 36.5 years in dentistry


Later this month, Dr. Jim Arvidson will retire from a career that, over 36.5 years, brought him laughter, learning experiences and a resounding connection with the community he served. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Later this month, Dr. Jim Arvidson will retire from a career that, over 36.5 years, brought him laughter, learning experiences and a resounding connection with the community he served.

“Dentistry has given me what I wanted and needed it to,” he said. 

Spurred on by a good relationship with his dentist as well as an interest in science sparked by his scientist father, Arvidson, who grew up in Des Moines, became attracted to the profession in junior high. 

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