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Tue
22
Dec

Trail connecting McGregor and Marquette is proposed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor resident Dan Keyes went before both the Marquette and McGregor councils last week about forming a trail between the two communities, using Marquette’s planned emergency evacuation route. Beginning at the bench in Marquette and cutting through the Ohmer property over the bluff, the route ends near Eagle Drive, in McGregor.

Keyes said it would be a wilderness trail, used largely for hiking and possibly biking.

Since Marquette is now working to develop the route, Keyes said he felt it was a good time to propose the idea of connecting the communities, which has been suggested before but never come to fruition. 

Tue
22
Dec

Monona Council tables lot sale discussion

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Dec. 21 meeting, the Monona Council again tabled discussion regarding the purchase and sale of lot two in the Monona Commercial Park to Family Dentistry Associates of Monona for construction of a new office.

The lot, which sits between Fisk’s Farm and Home and the Monona Family Aquatic Center, is 2.14 acres. If the council approves the purchase, a 4,000-square-foot office would be constructed in the southwest corner of the lot. 

A new office will give the practice more space in terms of both treatment rooms and parking, said Dr. Mark Fohey.

Tue
22
Dec

MFL MarMac Middle School Stu Crew gives back to school, communities


The MFL MarMac Middle School Stu Crew purchased a TV announcement system for the McGregor Center this fall after several years of fundraising. Members of the Stu Crew include (front, left to right) Kaylee Bachman, Abby Schellhorn, Gabe McGeough, Kashton Mathis; (middle) Riley Whitney, Marlene Franzen, Max Havlicek, Braden Landt; (back) adviser Steph Jones, Megan Lang, Kira Reick, Max Koeller and Jesse Breuer. (Submitted photos)

Prior to the Holiday Train event, students in the McGregor Center brought in non-perishable food items to donate to the Clayton County Food Shelf. For each item donated, students were able to fill out a raffle ticket and enter a drawing for a new set of Dr. Dre Beats, iTunes gift cards and candy canes, all purchased and donated by the Stu Crew. Logan Brown (second from left) won the Beats, while Ben Miene, Annie Heins and Anabel Pagaza won the iTunes cards.

The Stu Crew sponsors a tree at McGregor’s Festival of Trees each year. This year’s theme was “Why Fit in When You Were Born to Stand Out.” Stu Crew members standing with the tree include (left to right) Marlene Franzen, Kira Reick, Riley Whitney, Jesse Breuer, Max Havlicek, Braden Landt and Max Koeller.

In mid-November, all students in the building participated in the annual Holiday Cash and Coin Drive. Homerooms were each given the goal of raising $50, and those who met the goal were able to play in a dodgeball tournament. Eleven of the 16 homerooms met the goal, and as a building, just shy of $850 was raised. The funds were divided across three different local causes: Shepherd of the Hills Holiday Shop, Angels Helping Angels and the Samson Boylen Scholarship Fund. Here, the Stu Crew shows the items they purchased for Shepherd of the Hills.

The MFL MarMac Middle School Stu Crew has had a busy holiday season already and has found many ways to bring the holiday spirit to the McGregor Center and give back to area communities at the same time.

The first exciting addition to the building was a TV announcement system in the main hallway. This TV displays a slideshow with updates, event and class information and pictures of students. For the past several years, the Stu Crew has been fundraising for this item and was finally able to purchase and install it this fall. All of the staff members are able to add their own slides to the presentation, making it a truly collaborative project.

Tue
15
Dec

McGregor Planning and Zoning Board recommends no zoning change for condos

Suggests city, Trilogy work together to develop mixed use plan

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Planning and Zoning Board denied the request by Trilogy Partners, LLC—which owns the former Holiday Shores Motel property—to change the zoning from W1 waterfront commercial to W2 mixed use in order to construct condominiums at the location. The board also recommended that the city council, which has final say on the matter, work with Trilogy Partners to develop plans for mixed use, to include condo ownership and short-term lodging.

Tue
15
Dec

Cookie making a ‘large’ Christmas tradition


Addison Schlitter, Mattie Hallberg and Ryan Hallberg enjoy making and decorating cookies, which is a big Christmas tradition in the Hallberg family. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Making cookies is a Christmas tradition for many families, as they gather to pass along recipes and watch the next generation learn the messy joy of smearing frosting and sprinkles on freshly-baked treats. 

Janet Hallberg’s family is no different.

“It’s something my mom and I have always done, for as long as I can remember,” said Janet of holiday baking. “We lived in the country, and we’d make cookies to give to the mailman and the Schwan’s guy—people you see every week. Every year, it seems to have gotten bigger and bigger.”

Tue
15
Dec

Convention sparks school board interest

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last month, four members of the MFL MarMac school board, along with superintendent Dale Crozier, attended the annual convention of the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The attendees, which included Jonathon Moser, Tonya Meyer, Collin Stubbs and Sharon Greener, went to special sessions focusing on topics like school finance, administrator evaluations and collecting school data. While helpful, several sessions regarding a project-based learning approach and a model of a “classroom of the future” sparked the most interest as attendees discussed their experiences at the Dec. 14 school board meeting.

Tue
08
Dec

Taking learning to another dimension


MFL MarMac senior Brayde Miller shows off the Rubik’s Cube pieces he’s developing with the high school’s 3D printer. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The printing process begins on the students’ personal MacBook laptops, explained senior Collin Ostert (shown here). Through a website called Tinkercad, students use a computer aided design (CAD) program to develop 3D digital models.

On the CAD program, students use different shapes to form the basis of a design. The shapes can then be grouped together and manipulated to create the desired object.

Before printing occurs, students first view the model in a computer program that connects to the Maker Bot 3D printer. From there, the information about the object is sent to the printer.

MFL MarMac students in the high school’s industrial education classes first began using a 3D printer last fall. Since then, it’s become a unique and engaging resource.

Printing time varies depending on the size of the object. A small piece of student Brayde Miller’s Rubik’s Cube (shown here) takes one hour and 20 minutes. One of the pencil holders a student created in the spring took several days.

Once completed, the pieces feel like plastic. The objects are not completely solid, but instead have a 10 percent infill, which refers to the structure inside the object. It resembles a honeycomb or box-like pattern.

Also referred to as additive manufacturing, 3D printing involves creating a three-dimensional, solid object from a digital model. Through an additive process, objects are formed as a printer continually distributes thin, horizontal layers of a material, one on top of the other, until the desired object is complete. Students are currently creating ornaments for every MFL MarMac kindergartner.

Teacher Joe Milewsky said 3D printing has opened students’ eyes to new ideas and possible careers.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Since 3D printing was first developed in the 1980s, the technology has come a long way, allowing people to create product prototypes, machine parts, prosthetics, art and more. At MFL MarMac, it’s become a unique and engaging resource in the high school’s industrial technology classes.

Also referred to as additive manufacturing, 3D printing involves creating a three-dimensional, solid object from a digital model. Through an additive process, objects are formed as a printer continually distributes thin, horizontal layers of a material, one on top of the other, until the desired object is complete. This is unlike the single-layer, two-dimensional images formed with regular desktop printers.

Tue
08
Dec

Artistic activities


Throughout October, MFL MarMac high school art students painted around a half-dozen interactive activities on the elementary playground, including this rocket ship hopscotch game. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

High school art students make recess more fun for kids

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Recess got a little more inventive for MFL MarMac elementary students this fall, as the blacktop in their playground area transformed into a colorful network of games and activities, thanks to two high school art classes.

Art teacher Michelle Meyer said elementary teacher Heidi Meyer approached her with the idea earlier in the school year. Throughout October, the high school students in Meyer’s drawing and painting classes made the idea a reality, taking class time to paint around half a dozen activities.

“My art students and I looked into a variety of interactive games that the elementary students would be interested in doing,” Meyer explained. 

Tue
08
Dec

Monona Council discusses proposed lot purchase for new Family Dentistry office

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monday night, the Monona Council discussed the proposed purchase and sale agreement of a city lot, located behind Fisk’s Farm and Home and the Davis Street Car Wash, for construction of a new Family Dentistry Associates of Monona office.

“We’re cramped for space a lot of the time in terms of treatment rooms and parking,” noted Dr. Mark Fohey of the current office at 101 Franklin St.

Fohey said expanding the current office was considered, but ultimately not feasible. 

Tue
01
Dec

Zoning change requested to build condos on former Holiday Shores property


Since the Holiday Shores Motel was demolished in September, a banner calling for “no condos” has appeared sporadically next to the riverfront property. After months of speculation about the site, Trilogy Partners, LLC, who purchased the property in June, appeared before the McGregor Planning and Zoning Board Nov. 30 to request a zoning change in order to build condominiums at the location. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

After months of speculation, Trilogy Partners, LLC, who purchased the Holiday Shores Motel property in June, appeared before the McGregor Planning and Zoning Board Nov. 30 to request a zoning change in order to build condominiums at the location.

A mainstay on the McGregor riverfront since the 1960s, the motel was demolished in early September, after being closed all summer.

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