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Tue
26
Jul

Marquette mayor says city needs to fix crumbled retaining wall


For over eight years, a crumbled retaining wall on North Street in Marquette has been an eyesore, according to mayor Larry Breuer. It came down because of heavy rain, he said, but was never repaired. Now, he hopes the city can fix it. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For over eight years, a crumbled retaining wall on North Street in Marquette has been an eyesore, according to mayor Larry Breuer. It came down because of heavy rain, he said, but was never repaired. Speaking to the Marquette Council at its July 19 meeting, Breuer said he hopes the city can do something to fix it, as both residents and visitors are noticing.

Breuer said a resolution from 2007 regarding retaining walls stated the city would not build them unless absolutely necessary. Otherwise, a property owner would have to make a request to build one, then bear the cost. 

Tue
19
Jul

Event to kick off fundraising for final phase of Turner Park improvements


To date, $123,000 has been raised for the Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages improvement project, allowing for a majority of the first three phases of work to be completed. Now, fundraising efforts will focus on the fourth phase—a splash pad. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Turner Park hog roast event on Friday, July 22, will signal the beginning of fundraising for the final phase of park improvements.

To date, $123,000 has been raised for the Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages improvement project, allowing for a majority of the first three phases of work to be completed. Among the changes at the park, located in McGregor next to the Great River Care Center, are a walking track, which was completed last fall, and new playground equipment, erected this spring. This summer, ADA sidewalks were constructed and the shelter pads were extended. New picnic tables were also added, and are now available for memorials. 

Tue
19
Jul

Casey’s hopes to begin construction of new store in Marquette this fall


The current Casey’s General Store in downtown Marquette will give way to a new store within the next year. Casey’s said it hopes to begin construction this fall, making more room to accommodate all of its food and beverage offerings. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Casey’s General Store hopes to begin constructing a new store in Marquette early this fall, according to James Pistillo, vice president of accounting and treasurer for the company.

Casey’s took over ownership of the convenience store, which was formerly a Go America store, in Oct. 2013. Since then, Pistillo said the company has looked for ways to enlarge the store’s space to accommodate all its food and beverage offerings.

“At one point, early on after the acquisition, the plan was to just remodel the existing store,” he said, “but that plan changed, and now it is scheduled to be rebuilt new from the ground up.”

Tue
19
Jul

Meyer comes home as MFL MarMac high school principal

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As MFL MarMac’s new high school principal, Larry Meyer is again walking the halls he traversed as a student.

“The physical plan [of the building] has changed, but the feel is still the same,” said Meyer, a 1977 MFL graduate. “It’s a good feeling. It feels right to be home.”

Meyer, the son of Neil and Gini, grew up on a farm three miles east of Monona with sisters Jill, Lynn and Amy and brother Brian. His interest in education began at a young age.

Tue
19
Jul

Monona Council updated on sanitary sewer project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona’s phase II sanitary sewer improvements will be completed by Oct. 2, according to Marc Ruden, with IIW, Inc., who spoke before the Monona Council at its July 18 meeting.

The project consists of two contracts, one for collection system rehabilitation and another for lift station and waste water treatment facility improvements.

Some pipe work, as well as some work at the wastewater plant, is anticipated to be completed by Portzen Construction as early as the end of next week.

Tue
12
Jul

Work will begin on Bloody Run County Park’s first trail at the end of July


Work will be performed July 25 through Aug. 1 to establish Bloody Run County Park’s first trail. The primitive trail, which will be at least one mile long, will begin by the campground area at the park’s entrance. It will head to an overlook (shown here) and connect to the back portion of the park, which is currently undeveloped. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Trail enthusiasts will have another local option at the start of August, when construction is completed on Bloody Run County Park’s first trail.

A crew from the Iowa and Minnesota Conservation Corps will begin work in the park located outside Marquette on July 25 and finish up Aug. 1, said Clayton County Conservation naturalist Kenny Slocum.

It will be a primitive trail, he said, beginning by the campground area at the park’s entrance. The trail will head to an overlook and connect to the back portion of the park, which is currently undeveloped.

Tue
12
Jul

Century-old Monona bandstand in need of repairs

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

One hundred years old this year, Monona’s bandstand, located in the city park, is showing signs of its age and in need of some repairs.

Elmer Marting, with the Monona Historical Society, pinpointed some of the needed fixes at the Monona Council’s July 11 meeting. Most notable, he said, is a large crack in the center of the floor inside the bandstand. A lot of young kids play on the bandstand, and he doesn’t want any of them to get hurt, he noted, suggesting the city make a quick fix to cover it before a new concrete floor could be constructed.

Tue
05
Jul

It’s never too early to complete an advance directive

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Life can change in an instance. That’s why it’s never too early to put an advance directive or a living will in writing, said Melissa Whelan, a social worker with St. Croix Hospice, who spoke at an advance directives open house at Turner Pointe Assisted Living in McGregor June 23.

An advance directive is a document through which an individual specifies the actions medical personnel can take if illness or incapacitation prevents the person from making his or her own decisions.

Tue
28
Jun

Nearly 50 years later, memory of brother killed in Vietnam has never dulled


Monona’s Louis Zittergruen, who was killed in July 1970 in Vietnam, will be one of nine Clayton County Vietnam War casualties honored when the Moving Wall comes to the Clayton County Fairgrounds at National June 30 to July 4.

Although nearly 50 years have passed since his death, Louie Zittergruen’s memory—that of a kind, golden-haired, musically- and athletically-gifted, mischievous boy—has never dulled.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

When the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., comes to the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National June 30 through July 4, visitors will have an opportunity to honor and pay respects to the 58,307 servicemen and women whose names are inscribed upon it. Of those casualties of the Vietnam War, 867 were from Iowa, including nine from Clayton County. On panel 08w, line 26, one will find the name of Monona’s Louis Zittergruen, a private first class in the Army, who was killed in July 1970, at age 21. 

Louie was the son of Marvin and Ariel Zittergruen and brother to Shirley Anderson (currently of Dallas, Texas), Sheryl Zittergruen (Monona)  and Linda Monroe (Luana).

Tue
28
Jun

Marquette Council talks bench evacuation route

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council would still like to do more research and planning before moving forward with an emergency evacuation route off the “bench.”

The topic was discussed at the council’s June 21 meeting, during which engineer Bart Nies, with Delta 3 Engineering in Platteville, shared his idea for a potential route.

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