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Tue
03
Nov

K9 Raven highlights Red Ribbon Week


Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Moser and his K9 partner, Raven, put on a presentation for MFL MarMac McGregor Center students during Red Ribbon Week. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Students at MFL MarMac’s McGregor Center recognized Red Ribbon Week last week, learning about the importance of living drug-free. A highlight of the week included a visit from Clayton County K9 Raven, who was part of a presentation by her partner, Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Moser.

Raven, 2, is an all-black German Shepherd who was born in Poland and trained in Michigan. 

“She is a dual-purpose indicator,” Moser told students, meaning Raven can locate both drugs and people. She can also apprehend criminals, biting and holding the individual down until an officer can handcuff him/her.

Tue
03
Nov

McGregor Park Board, Mar-Mac Police among UMGC grant recipients


The McGregor Park Board received $23,000 toward Turner Park improvements. Pictured (left to right) are McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander, Turner Park Committee Member Janet Hallberg, UMGC Board President Norm Lincoln and McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District received $2,000 to purchase Motorola two-way portable radios. Pictured are Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich (left) and UMGC Board Member Jay Farmer.

The Clayton County Development Group (CCDG) received $15,000 toward its “Relax, Enjoy, Experience Northeast Iowa” tourism efforts. Pictured are Beth Regan, Tom Finley and Darla Kelchen, all with CCDG, and UMGC Treasurer Harold Brooks.

The Clayton County Agricultural Society received $10,000 toward public health and safety renovations at the fairgrounds. Pictured with UMGC Board Member Dan Lane (right) are society representatives Julie Fuelling and Jessica Henkes.

The Clayton County Food Shelf received $5,000 toward its emergency food supply. Pictured with UMGC Board Member Brandi Backes (center) are Food Shelf representatives Linda Kuehl, Daniel Burke, Utoni Ruff and Sherri Stoffel.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) held its annual awards banquet at Lady Luck Casino’s Lone Wolf Bar Oct. 26, presenting $106,054.36 to area organizations.

Tue
03
Nov

Schutte competes at state cross country meet


MFL MarMac freshman Hannah Schutte (530) capped off a stellar cross country season with a 47th-place finish in Class 1A at the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac freshman Hannah Schutte capped off a stellar cross country season with a 47th-place finish in Class 1A at the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31. 

With a time of 21:26.7, Schutte placed in the middle of the pack. Alyssa Williams, a senior from Durant, placed first with a time of 19:12.9.

Head coach Eliza Philpott said she feels this is just the start for Schutte. 

“I think that every person, at some point in their athletic career, wants to make it to state,” Philpott said. “For Hannah, this came true in her very first year ever in cross country.”

Tue
27
Oct

The taste of wellness


Fourth graders Kaylee Walch and Mallory Lang enjoyed crunching on locally-grown apples last week during the Midwest Great Apple Crunch. The event was one of several taste tests held at MFL MarMac throughout October, which is Farm to School Month. (Submitted photo)

Preschoolers in Nicole Gray’s class enjoy a snack of fresh vegetables. Gray recently received a grant for Farm to Preschool projects in her classroom. (Submitted photo)

“I chose to pursue the grant to make the funding aspect of purchasing new foods easier and to hopefully end up trying more foods each month,” Gray explained. (Submitted photo)

October is National Farm to School Month, a celebration of the growing connection between students and healthy, locally-grown food. MFL MarMac is one of over 40,000 schools across the country to participate in the program, with kids sampling and learning about several new foods throughout the month. Students tried apples, cabbage, zucchini and sweet potatoes. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Zucchini bread was a big hit at the middle school, particularly since it was incorporated into a brownie. (Submitted photo)

Farm to School Month connects students with locally-grown foods

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

October is National Farm to School Month, a celebration of the growing connection between students and healthy, locally-grown food. MFL MarMac is one of over 40,000 schools across the country to participate in the program, with kids sampling and learning about several new foods throughout the month.

“The dietary department provided samples of recipes created with locally-grown produce through Taste Test Tuesdays, including cabbage, zucchini and sweet potatoes,” explained McGregor Center nurse Jennelle Schroeder, who also handles the middle school’s wellness activities. 

Tue
27
Oct

Marquette Council candidates talk tourism, economic development and more

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette residents will take to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, to elect a new mayor and two new council members. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Marquette Community Center.

Current mayor Norma Mason chose not to run again, and no candidates filed for the position, leaving the election of the mayor up to write-in votes. To-date, the North Iowa Times is aware that Larry Breuer and David Schneider have declared themselves as write-in candidates. In order for the vote to count, their full names must be used.

Tue
27
Oct

Lund brings chiropractic practice to Marquette

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Dr. Kari Lund has brought her comprehensive chiropractic care to Marquette. Her office recently opened downtown, at 129 North St.

A graduate of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, Lund began her career in La Crosse, working for Dr. Linda Lorenz. She started her own practice in Prairie du Chien in 1996.

“I’ve been doing it awhile,” said Lund, who noted her interest in chiropractic began when she was seven and suffered from health issues. A chiropractor offered an alternative to drugs and surgery, helping her overcome her challenges.

“I had a great experience as a kid, and it stuck with me,” she added.

Tue
27
Oct

Marquette Council discusses Wetlands Centre staffing changes

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Effective Nov. 30, the city of Marquette will terminate its full-time Wetlands Centre and tourism and economic development director position. 

Katrina Moyna, who has held the full-time post since earlier this year, has not worked since August due to illness. Speaking to the city council at its regular meeting Oct. 20, city manager Dean Hilgerson said there is no anticipated date for her return. Since the council was already due to re-evaluate the necessity of a full-time position in November, heading into the slower winter months, he said the city’s personnel committee felt it was best to terminate it.

Tue
27
Oct

McGregor seeks community support in purchasing Victorian holiday decorations

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its regular meeting Oct. 21, the McGregor Council agreed to purchase new holiday decorations— a nine-piece set of life-size Victorian people and a sleigh—for Triangle Park.

The decorations are expected to cost around $2,800, funding for which will partially come from the sale of some city personal property, such as desks, a coat rack and some outdoor equipment, including a mower. The city hopes residents might also be willing to contribute to the fund.

“We’d like to see something nice,” said mayor Harold Brooks, as Triangle Park is one of the focal points of the community.

Tue
20
Oct

McGregor Council candidates share thoughts

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor residents will take to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, to elect a mayor and two council members. Incumbent mayor Harold Brooks is running unopposed for a two-year term, but the two council seats are up for grabs, with incumbents Rogeta Halvorson and Joe Muehlbauer taking on newcomer Jason Echard for four-year terms. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the McGregor Public Library.

 

Rogeta Halvorson

Incumbent Rogeta Halvorson is the daughter of Roger and Connie Halvorson and has three siblings, a daughter, son-in-law and grandson. She is currently the executive director of the Monona Chamber and Economic Development.

Tue
20
Oct

Snack pack program receives funds, continues to aid local children


Several local ladies, including (left) Laura Nozal, Jackie Lamb, Kathryn Starkey, Darlene Wilker, Bona Dean Feller and Deb Moon, helped fill snack packs for MFL MarMac elementary students last week at Living Faith United Methodist Church in McGregor. The snack packs are distributed confidentially, before each weekend, to students in need, to supplement food received at home. Moon recently received a $250 grant through Thrivent to purchase additional groceries for the program. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kathryn Starkey fills a snack pack, which is the size of a Ziploc bag, with juice boxes and apple sauce. Other items added to the packs include cereal, mac and cheese, crackers, pudding cups and fruit snacks.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the help of some local church volunteers, area kids in need are getting “snack packs” of food to tide them over during weekends away from the school’s regularly-provided meals.

Snack pack distribution began in 2009, kickstarted by Bona Dean Feller, who, the year prior, attended a United Methodist Celebrate Women Day in Texas, where a presentation was given on a similar program. Upon returning home, she contacted MFL MarMac elementary principal Kathy Koether and Mary Kleve, who was the guidance counselor at that time, to learn if a local program was needed.

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