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12
Apr

Hilgerson says goodbye to the city of Marquette


Dean Hilgerson closed out his tenure as Marquette’s city manager last week, after holding the office since Dec. 2008. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Dean Hilgerson closed out his tenure as Marquette’s city manager last week, after holding the position since Dec. 2008.

When he was hired, Hilgerson noted, the council “wanted someone to direct capital projects, so I went with that.”

Since then, the city of Marquette has completed nearly $10 million in capital projects. Notable endeavors include the Bench stormwater project, ball diamond lights, the overlook and boardwalk, Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, the downtown project and the Edgar Street project, which is set to begin this summer. Hilgerson said he and former mayor Norma Mason also got the ball rolling, in early 2015, on the Bench emergency evacuation route.

Tue
12
Apr

Second and third graders speak about student advisory groups

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Nine MFL MarMac second and third graders presented to the school board at its regular meeting April 11, sharing about their experiences serving in the elementary school’s student advisory groups.

The groups, which allow students to take on leadership roles and provide input about activities and issues at school, was the idea of guidance counselor Kurt Gaylor. He came across the idea at a character conference last summer, where a group of high school kids from Dubuque shared about their own student advisory groups during a breakout session. He spoke with the students and weighed whether the concept could be used with younger kids.

Tue
12
Apr

Breuer, Eagle remain in office following Marquette special election

Marquette’s incumbent mayor Larry Breuer and incumbent council member Steve Eagle kept their positions after a close special election April 5.

Breuer won the mayoral race with 57 votes, defeating write-in John Winter, who received 47 votes. There were seven other write-in votes: six for Jason Winter and one for Ryan Young. Two years remain on the term. 

Eagle picked up 57 votes to win the council seat, which also has two years remaining. Write-in Ryan Young received 50 votes, while there were four other write-in votes: two for “Brian” Young, one for Jason Winter and one for Harlan Jones.

Registered voter turnout was roughly 36 percent, or 111 people.

Tue
05
Apr

Effects of Iowa’s Medicaid privatization hit close to home


Due to the privatization of Iowa Medicaid beginning April 1, 9-year-old Shaun Mohs, from McGregor, was unable to begin chemotherapy for a brain tumor on Wednesday at Mayo Clinic, as anticipated. On Sunday, Mayo Clinic said the Iowa Medicaid managed care organizations agreed to grant an exception for Shaun, allowing Iowa Medicaid to cover his treatments. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last week, the North Iowa Times detailed the story of Shaun Mohs, a 9-year-old McGregor boy who is battling a brain tumor for the second time in his young life. 

The first was discovered in April 2009, when Shaun was just 2.5 years old. Doctors treated the tumor aggressively from May through October of that year, with chemotherapy killing it, explained Shaun’s mom, Misty Jones.

“It’s still there; it’s just dead,” she noted, adding that, in the proceeding years, doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester have routinely monitored the tumor to make sure it doesn’t grow.

Tue
05
Apr

Monona Council tentatively awards contract for Bulldog Boulevard improvement project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council tentatively awarded a contract to Bacon Concrete LLC, of Postville, for the Bulldog Boulevard improvement project at its April 4 regular meeting.

At just over $204,000, Bacon came in around $40,000 less than the engineer’s estimated cost for the project, which involves installing permeable pavers for much of the street. Because of the steepness of a section of the street, and the need to sand it in the winter, pavers will not be used for that portion, noted Jon Biederman, with engineering firm Fehr Graham. Getting sand into the cracks of the pavers, he said, would not make them permeable.

Tue
29
Mar

McGregor boy’s strength through cancer fight inspires family, community


“It’s inspiring to see him go through it and be positive,” said Misty Jones of her 9-year-old son, Shaun Mohs, who is battling cancer for the second time. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Shaun Mohs is a 9-year-old boy from McGregor with an infectious laugh and as his mom, Misty Jones, describes, an old soul. 

“He’s a grandpa,” she said with a loving smile. “He’s very sincere and wise beyond his years. He gets along with everyone.”

He’ll challenge anyone to a card game and enjoys creating art, swimming, fishing and playing sports. His favorite color is red. At school, spelling and math interest him most.

Tue
29
Mar

Marquette special election is April 5

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette residents will go to the polls Tuesday, April 5, for a special election, to choose a mayor and one council member. Polls will be open at Marquette City Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Larry Breuer is the only candidate on the ballot for the office of mayor. Steve Eagle is the lone candidate on the ballot for the council seat, but Ryan Young is running as a write-in candidate. 

Breuer and Eagle currently hold the positions after being appointed by the Marquette Council in February. Both terms end in December 2017.

Tue
22
Mar

Monona’s Gateway Park to be a site for MFL MarMac Summer Feeding Program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona’s Gateway Park will be one of the sites for MFL MarMac’s Summer Feeding Program beginning May 31.

The Summer Feeding Program will allow the district to offer free lunch this summer to kids 18 and younger—regardless of income, residency or the school they attend—who come to the sites within the district, explained Brandi Crozier, who serves MFL MarMac through the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and is organizing the program. She spoke to the Monona Council about the program at its March 21 meeting.

Tue
22
Mar

A 'FEEST' for the taste buds


MFL MarMac HYPE members (left to right) Kayden Gillitzer, Emma Keehner, Kaycee Darnell, Macie Weigand, Emma Ammons, Max Koeller, Lauren Gillitzer and Sam Koeller show off the dishes they made for MFL MarMac’s first FEEST dinner. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The HYPE members work with FEEST coordinator CiCi Mueller to determine which foods will make up their dishes.

Emma Ammons and Max Koeller cut up carrots for their dish for the FEEST dinner. 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.

Sam Koeller and Lauren Gillitzer chop onions and chicken for their FEEST dish, which also featured quinoa, gouda cheese, garlic and various spices. The combinations were unique, but the students were encouraged not to use words like “yuck” or “ew" when formulating their dishes.

“I’m proud of how creative they are,” food coach Jennelle Schroeder said following the FEEST dinner, which the HYPE students served for members of the MFL MarMac Wellness Integration Alliance.

Students invented new dishes—without the aid of recipes—using some unique, but tasty, combinations of ingredients.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Chicken, quinoa, onion, garlic and gouda cheese. An interesting combination for a food dish, albeit a surprisingly tasty one. It was one of several dishes created by MFL MarMac’s youth wellness team, HYPE, for its first FEEST dinner last week.

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
22
Mar

Marquette Council holds off on awarding contract for Edgar Street project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council chose, at its March 15 meeting, to take more time to consider construction bids for the city’s Edgar Street project, which will include sanitary sewer work and development of a bike/pedestrian trail.

Four companies bid on the project, said project engineer Bart Nies, from Delta 3 Engineering, with some bids coming in as much as $42,000 to $43,000 below the estimated project cost of $302,750.

“We got some great numbers,” he told the council. “It’s a good time of year to bid.”

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