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Tue
01
Nov

‘FEEST’-ing on unique food combinations


Keri Picha (left), Maya Butikofer and Skylar Moser listen as MFL MarMac’s FEEST intern, Macie Weigand, explains some of the foods available for the school’s first FEEST dinner of the year Oct. 28. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Macie Weigand (left), the MFL MarMac FEEST intern, and partner Reagan Butikofer chop up zucchini for their dish.

Katie Ruff, owner of By the Spoonful in McGregor, is helping FEEST intern Macie Weigand plan and select foods for FEEST dinners. She’s also sharing her expertise with the FEEST participants, like Jesse Breuer (shown here), demonstrating proper knife and utensil usage and suggesting ways to combine and cook foods.

Keri Picha (left) and Maya Butikofer work to figure out the best way to de-seed a pomegranate for their fruit slaw dish, which also included apples and mango.

Max Koeller scoops the innards out of an acorn squash. He and his partner made a variation of bruschetta for FEEST, topping wheat bread with the squash as well as chunks of apple.

Skylar Moser and Max Koeller have fun creating a dish of pork loin, sweet potatoes and onions. The theme of the Oct. 28 was farm to school month, so locally-grown foods were incorporated. Pork was also used in recognition of October being pork month.

FEEST, which stands for Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, encourages youth to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food. Nearly a dozen students participated in the FEEST Oct. 28, creating four dishes comprised of unique food combinations.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Nearly a dozen MFL MarMac students feasted on some unique food combinations during the school’s first FEEST dinner of the year Oct. 28.

Developed in Seattle in 2006, FEEST, which stands for Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, encourages youth to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food. 

Tue
01
Nov

Remember to vote Nov. 8

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, is now less than a week away. Aside from the high-profile presidential election, there are many hotly-contested races at both the state and local levels that voters will be asked to settle.

Tue
01
Nov

Sauer hops into rabbit judging after years of showing


After showing rabbits as a kid, McGregor native Zach Sauer is now a rabbit judge. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Rabbits first sparked Zach Sauer’s interest in 2005, when, as a kid, he attended a county 4-H workshop. He began showing at the Clayton County and Iowa State Fairs along with American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA)-sanctioned shows.

“I was doing well and got more and more into showing, then started going to the national convention,” said Sauer, a McGregor native who’s now in veterinary school at Iowa State University.

Tue
25
Oct

The ghost counselor

Local woman helps entities cross over

Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As a child, Jenny Gordon lived in a home with entities, spirits that could communicate with her.

“As a young child, it was very scary, when you don’t understand what’s going on,” recalled Gordon, a McGregor resident. “My parents didn’t see them.”

As a teenager, fear propelled her to close off the connection. However, as an adult, Gordon tapped back into it, hoping to help both the living and non-living.

Tue
25
Oct

Marquette attorney: City’s riverfront parking area for just residents could violate the law


A parking area on Marquette’s riverfront that’s restricted to resident use only, with a permit, could be in violation of federal and state law, according to the city’s attorney, Dan Key.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A parking area on Marquette’s riverfront that’s restricted to resident use only, with a permit, could be in violation of federal and state law, according to the city’s attorney, Dan Key.

Key, speaking at the city council’s regular meeting Oct. 18, cited two clauses the ordinance may violate: the privilege and immunity clause, which prevents a state from treating citizens of other states in a discriminatory matter; and the equal protection clause, which provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws.

Tue
25
Oct

Increasing deer population has McGregor residents concerned

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor residents are losing their yards to an ever-growing deer population.

“We’re getting overrun,” said Bob Pruett, who spoke at the McGregor City Council meeting Oct. 19. “It’s an increasing problem. Something has to be done.”

The city is sympathetic to Pruett’s and other residents’ claims. In August and September, the council discussed possible options for managing McGregor’s deer population, including creating an ordinance that would allow for a special archery hunt for hunters with permits. 

Tue
18
Oct

Lady Luck Marquette sold


Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., announced Oct. 13 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Lady Luck Marquette casino to CQ Holdings Company, Inc., for $40 million. (NIT file photo)

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., announced Oct. 13 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Lady Luck Marquette casino to CQ Holdings Company, Inc., for $40 million.

The sale to CQ Holdings Company, which is based in Swansea, Ill., will close in early fiscal year 2018, per the approval of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the Illinois Gaming Control Board and customary closing conditions.

CQ Holdings is the parent company of the Casino Queen casino in East St. Louis, Ill. Lady Luck Marquette is expected to be rebranded Casino Queen Marquette once the deal is complete.

Tue
18
Oct

Monona Council rejects rezoning request for a Dollar General store

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona City Council, at its Oct. 17 regular meeting, unanimously rejected a request by the Overland Group to rezone lot 19 of the Gordon Residential Subdivision from R-2 residential to C-1A highway commercial for construction of a Dollar General store.

The decision went against the recommendation of the Monona Planning and Zoning Commission, which voted 4-3 for a zoning change at an Oct. 4 meeting, despite objections from subdivision residents who were concerned about the potential for lowered property values and excess noise and light if the store was built. They favored the store coming to town, just not in the proposed location.

Tue
18
Oct

Backwoods brings BBQ to McGregor


Kari Waterman took over management of McGregor’s Landing several weeks ago, opening Backwoods Bar and Grill. The space is also available for events, like parties and wedding receptions. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s Landing is now under new management. Kari Waterman took over several weeks ago, opening Backwoods Bar and Grill at 111 First St., in downtown McGregor.

The building most recently housed Uncle Sam’s Saloon and McGregor’s Whistle Stop Cafe, operated by Linda Boeke.

Waterman, who’s from Farmersburg, worked at Commercial Vehicle Group in Monona for over 20 years. With her kids now out of school, she thought it was time for a change. This venture felt like a good fit.

Tue
18
Oct

A production of firsts

High school musical to have flying, a Saturday matinee and online ticket sales

By Audrey Posten

This fall’s MFL MarMac high school musical—”Peter Pan”—will feature several firsts: flying, a Saturday matinee show and online ticket sales.

The production will be performed Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, in the high school auditorium in Monona.

Based on the play and novel written by J.M. Barrie, the musical will tell the story of flying boy Peter Pan as he takes Wendy Darling and her brothers to Neverland.

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