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Tue
21
Jun

Monona Community Visioning: Trails, parks and improved signage among top priorities


David Stokes, from Jeffrey L. Bruce and Co., who led the Monona Community Visioning design workshop and presentation June 18, points out some potential trail options for the city. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Trails; improvements to community parks, signage and roads; safety and community pride are the top priorities of Monona residents, according to the team that led the Monona Community Visioning design workshop and presentation June 18, during Hay Days.

The workshop was the culmination of an input-gathering process over the last several months to identify transportation needs and opportunities for enhancements in the city. A design team from Iowa State University then worked to incorporate the ideas into a conceptual transportation and landscape enhancement plan.

Tue
21
Jun

Several new wineries, breweries featured at Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival June 25


Sample the eclectic mix of wines and beers from over a dozen regional wineries and breweries at the seventh annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Marquette riverfront. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Sample the eclectic mix of wines and beers from over a dozen regional wineries and breweries at the seventh annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Marquette riverfront.

Seven wineries will be featured at this year’s event, including Marquette’s own Eagles Landing Winery, Dubuque Heritage Winery, PromiseLand Winery from Guttenberg, Winneshiek Wildberry Winery from Decorah, Empty Nest Winery from Waukon, Jennings Winery from Strawberry Point and Country Barn Winery from Primghar, in northwest Iowa.

Tue
21
Jun

Monona Council holds off on hotel feasibility study decision

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council continued its discussion on having a company perform a hotel feasibility study for the community at its June 20 meeting, but held off on making a decision until more information can be gathered.

The idea was first brought up at the last council meeting, on June 6, when mayor Barb Collins said a representative from Cobblestone Inn and Suites had approached the city with the suggestion.

City manager Dan Canton said he has names of several independent companies who perform studies, noting that a potential study would include two phases.

Tue
21
Jun

McGregor P&Z asked to take a look at Main Street zoning

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its June 15 meeting, the McGregor City Council expressed a desire for the city’s planning and zoning commission to review and revise McGregor’s code in regard to zoning, citing community concerns over downtown storefronts being used as apartments rather than for commercial purposes.

“If we lose storefronts, it hurts other businesses,” said city administrator Lynette Sander.

It also hurts the city in regard to taxes, added councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson.

Tue
14
Jun

Discover Monona during Hay Days

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Discover Monona during its annual Hay Days celebration, Friday and Saturday, June 17-18. 

The fun begins Friday, June 18, with the Monona Volunteer Fire Department’s Glow Run 5K/1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk, now in its third year. Registration is from 8 to 9 p.m. at the city park. The Glow Run, which starts and finishes at the park, will begin at dusk. Stick around after the event for the After Glow Party. For those who need some food to fuel their running efforts, stop by the walking taco supper sponsored by the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers, held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tue
14
Jun

Born into dairy


Emily Moses is Clayton County’s 2016 Dairy Princess. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Moses is 2016 Clayton County Dairy Princess

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Clayton County’s 2016 Dairy Princess, Emily Moses, has had a love of dairy since she was a child.

“I was born into dairy farming, “ said Moses, the daughter of Travis and Nancy Moses, of Monona. “I’ve always been around it.”

Growing up on the family farm, where Holsteins were the breed of choice, Moses said she always found the calves interesting. She later enjoyed milking, when she became old enough to help. 

Tue
14
Jun

MFL grad Larry Meyer to be MFL MarMac’s new high school principal

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board approved a contract for Larry Meyer as the new high school principal at its June 13 meeting.

A 1977 MFL graduate, Meyer most recently taught math, science and physical education at Maquoketa Valley, where he’s been since 2005. From 1981 to 2002, he taught and coached in the Garnavillo School District. Meyer’s duties will begin July 1.

In addition, the board approved a special education contract for Elise Martins, as well as the resignations of McGregor Center secretary Julie Mullarkey and bus driver Jim Elliott.

Tue
07
Jun

Students find success in young robotics program


Monona Robotics members Max Havlicek (left) and Karter Decker recently took second place for best creative programming in the Iowa Tech Hub Hyper Stream Competition. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Robots are created using Legos and Lego extensions, Max said. Each robot has a “brain” and is controlled by a remote control. “The brain holds the programming, which you download from a computer,” he explained.

Max and Karter described robotics as a fun, educational and rewarding experience.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Local students are finding success with the Monona Robotics program, created in 2014 through the Clayton County ISU Extension Office. Middle schoolers Max Havlicek and Karter Decker recently earned second place for best creative programming in the Iowa Tech Hub Hyper Stream Competition.

Tue
07
Jun

Hoping to help others, elementary student donates wheelchair to school


Cooper Echard, pictured with his first-grade class, teacher Ashley Sickles (back, left), elementary principal Kathy Koether and mom Kelly Echard, donated his pediatric wheelchair to the school to help other kids. Cooper used the wheelchair during the school year, while recovering from surgery. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Seven-year-old Cooper Echard was born with club feet, a condition where the feet are twisted out of shape or position. At 5 days old, he had his first set of casts. Then, every week, for his first 3 months of life, doctors in Rochester outfitted him with a new set.

Cooper’s Achilles was then split to correct the issue. He wore braces with shoes 24/7 until he was 9 months old, and then only when he was sleeping from the age of 9 months to 13 months old. From age 2 to 3, he wore casts off and on.

Tue
07
Jun

Monona Council approves C-1 zoning classification for Casey’s General Store

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its June 6 regular meeting, the Monona Council approved and adopted an ordinance designating the zoning classification of the property for a Casey’s General Store as C-1 commercial.

The 1.4-acre property, located adjacent to South Main Street/Falcon Drive, next to Birdnow Chevrolet, was recently annexed into the city, following approval by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.

Casey’s voluntarily requested that the city annex the property, which was purchased from Birdnow. It was zoned C-1 highway commercial in Clayton County.

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