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Tue
24
Feb

McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1 has new truck


Accepting a grant from Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation Board President Norm Lincoln (right) that aided in the purchase of McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1’s new fire truck are (left) Dan Bickel, Tom Sauer, Tom Luber and Jerry Thornton. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1 took possession of its new fire truck, a 2014 International, in January. 

The truck, which holds 1,100 gallons of water and has a 1,250 gallons per minute pump, was purchased from Simon Fire Equipment in Farley, Iowa. The truck itself is brand new, said former fire chief Dan Bickel, but the pump and box are used, salvaged from another truck that was involved in a fire.

“It was paid for by a unique set-up,” Bickel said of the $200,000 truck. “There was no loan, bond or taxes assessed.”

Tue
24
Feb

City of McGregor, MMU vow to have better communication

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Council and members of the McGregor Municipal Utilities (MMU) board agreed to move forward with better communication between one another Feb. 18, following misunderstandings between the two regarding the movement of utility poles for the upcoming sewer rehab project and proposed work along C Street.

Several poles are in the street right-of-way and need to be moved. MMU was aware of some, but not all, until its January meeting.

Tue
17
Feb

Strub, Keehner advance to state wrestling tournament


MFL MarMac senior Chase Strub (top) advanced to the state wrestling tournament after claiming the 195-pound title at the IHSAA 1A Dist. 3 tournament Saturday. Strub, who has been unbeatable in the last two months, said his key to victory will be staying on offense. (NIT file photo)

Bulldog senior Gatlin Keehner (top) finally punched his ticket to the state wrestling tournament after placing second in the 285-pound bracket at Saturday’s district tournament. Keehner competed at districts two other times throughout his career, but came up short. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac wrestlers Chase Strub and Gatlin Keehner are headed to state. Strub was the IHSAA 1A Dist. 3 tournament champion at 195 pounds, while Keehner placed second in the 285-pound bracket, on Feb. 14.

“Chase Strub started off the day with a pin and ended the day with a pin,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “Chase wrestled well all day long. He seemed determined and focused and was aggressive, which is how you become the district champ.”

Tue
17
Feb

Marquette delves further into tourism, economic development matters

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette council approved the city’s fiscal year 2016 budget of $2,612,459 at its Feb. 11 meeting.

The estimated local tax levy rate per $1,000 valuation on regular property is $6.24, up 35 cents from this year, meaning a $100,000 home will be assessed $624 for the city’s share of property taxes.

The fiscal year 2016 budget, which will run from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, is down from the estimated end balance for the current fiscal year, which is projected at $3,156,088. At $1,295,000, capital projects are the city’s biggest expenditure. 

Tue
17
Feb

Monona council to look more closely at annexation plans

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monday night, Monona councilmen Andy Meyer and Jason Schubert volunteered to further develop the city’s annexation plans, better determining the municipal boundaries that would be created if the city limits were expanded.

The council has discussed land annexation for several months, largely singling out the area where the Birdnow Dealership is located, as well as across the highway, where Kwik Star, TJ’s Pizza and Monona Auto Center reside, as prime opportunities. Areas to the west of town have also been considered.

Tue
10
Feb

Roses of remembrance


Connie Halvorson shows off the nearly 60 years worth of roses from her late husband, Roger. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

People often appreciate roses for their beauty, their scent, the gesture of love they symbolize. But for Connie Halvorson, the beauty isn’t just in the bloom, which has long since crinkled and crunched, its color and scent fading. It’s the memories—nearly 60 years worth.

Connie met her late husband, Roger, in Oct. 1954, when he was going to Upper Iowa University and she was a student at Fayette High School.

“He was my practice teacher. That’s how we met,” Connie recalled. For them, it truly was love at first sight. “We decided on our second date that we were going to get married.”

Tue
10
Feb

Pickup truck, MFL MarMac school bus collide

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

One student was transported to the hospital Feb. 3 after a pickup truck and MFL MarMac school bus collided at the intersection of Highway 18 and Falcon Avenue, in Monona, reported the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

The bus was traveling westbound on Highway 18 just after 8 a.m. when the juvenile driver of the truck failed to yield upon crossing the highway from Kwik Star, the release stated. The truck driver was cited.

Fifty-three elementary-age students, along with the driver and an aide, were on the bus at the time of the incident. Although the students later learned the bus had been involved in an accident, MFL MarMac Superintendent Dale Crozier said most were oblivious at the time.

Tue
10
Feb

MFL MarMac moving forward with new website

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac has chosen the company Global Reach, of Ames, to design the district’s new website.

“We’ve put in a lot of work for awhile and looked at a lot of different websites,” said Superintendent Dale Crozier of the selection process.

Teacher librarian Melissa Haberichter said choosing between four different vendors was quite a process, as staff looked at how each could provide the features the district wanted.

One of the district’s priorities, she said, was easier navigation. She noted the current website is rather text heavy, whereas the new website will incorporate more graphics.

Tue
03
Feb

Langhus ends nearly 50-year scouting journey


Jim Langhus attended his final meeting as scoutmaster of Monona’s Troop 38 last week, ending 48 years of involvement with the Boy Scouts. Here, he stands in front of the list of boys who became Eagle Scouts. (Submitted photo)

Some of the most memorable moments over the years, said Langhus (far left), included helping and encouraging the kids to push themselves to new heights, sometimes literally. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Jim Langhus attended his final meeting as scoutmaster of Monona’s Troop 38 last week, ending 48 years of involvement with the Boy Scouts.

Langhus said his scouting journey began when he was 6 years old, following in his older brother’s footsteps. After growing up largely in Rochester, Minn., then moving to Mitchell, S.D., he fell just short of becoming an Eagle Scout. Although Langhus admitted he doesn’t dwell on it too much, he said it is one of the reasons why he encouraged kids to stick with scouting.

Tue
03
Feb

Monona Council hears library expansion update

By Audrey Posten

 

Murphy Helwig Library’s expansion plans took another step forward Monday night, as the Monona Council gave the go-ahead for Greg Baum, architect with FEH Associates Inc., to proceed with developing construction and bidding documents for the project.

Baum, who has worked with the library throughout the planning process, first gave an update of the design development phase, noting that the estimated cost for the project is nearly $885,500, down a couple hundred dollars from the previous estimate.

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