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02
Sep

Monona cuts ribbon on new pool parking lot


The city of Monona held a ribbon cutting Aug. 27 officially celebrating the completion of the new Monona Family Aquatic Center parking lot. Pictured are some of the participants, including city admininistrator Dan Canton, councilwoman Randee Blietz, watershed planner Ross Evelsizer, deputy clerk Linda Gullickson, Eric Palas with Clayton County SWCD and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, swimming pool board member Pam Havlicek, councilman Andrew Meyer, mayor Barb Collins, Tracy Scebold with the Iowa Finance Authority, engineer Jon Biederman, Tiffany Wilson Lillard with the DNR, Corey Bacon of Bacon Concrete (partially hidden), councilman Dan Havlicek and Nick Jensen of Culvers Lawn and Landscape.

Andrew Meyer and Dan Havlicek release 2,000 gallons of water onto the parking lot.

Following the release of the water, it's evident the project is a success.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The city of Monona held a ribbon cutting Aug. 27 officially celebrating the completion of the new Monona Family Aquatic Center parking lot.

Tue
02
Sep

McGregor Historic Preservation Commission gives opera house update at summit


Members of the McGregor Historic Preservation Commission recently attended the 2014 Preserve Iowa Summit in Cedar Rapids, giving a Three Minute Success Stories presentation about the Sullivan Opera House.

 

Members of the McGregor Historic Preservation Commission attended the 2014 Preserve Iowa Summit held in Cedar Rapids on Aug. 20-23. The event, which was sponsored by Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, included 30 educational sessions and seven tours of historic properties and districts in the Cedar Rapids area. Preservationists from across the state came together to network, learn about preservation strategies and to hear how Iowa’s downtowns are experiencing renewed appeal.

 

Tue
26
Aug

Kettlebells just one tool personal trainer uses to help people get fit


Personal trainer Tera Mathis demonstrates how to use a kettlebell. The advantage of using kettlebells, she explained, is that cardio and strength are combined into one workout done for 20 to 30 minutes a few times each week. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Growing up on a farm and serving as a firefighter for seven years, Tera Mathis was always into fitness and healthy living. However, in 2004, her son was born, forcing her away from firefighting and that active lifestyle.

Tue
26
Aug

Timber Ridge park plans taking shape

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Resident Rachelle Driscoll presented the Marquette City Council, at its Aug. 19 meeting, with plans regarding the creation of a park at the Timber Ridge housing development.

Tue
26
Aug

McGregor council considers parking solutions

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
26
Aug

Honey producers share the sweet and sticky parts of their operation


Louise uncaps the honey so that it can come out during extraction. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Bill shows program attendees a frame of honeycomb.

Bill places the frame in the extractor. They have a newer and faster extractor home that allows them to extract 20,000 pounds of honey in three weeks, Bill explained. Before the newer technology, he said it took three months to complete that amount of work.

Bill said a bee's lifespan is typically 30-35 days. It takes 12 bees a lifetime to make one tablespoon of honey.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Bill and Louise Johnson, of Johnson’s Honey Farm in Guttenberg, gave a presentation at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Aug. 19, showing attendees how to uncap and extract honey from honeycomb. 

Tue
19
Aug

Dancing into a new school year: dance team prepares for fall routines

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
19
Aug

One thief in Monona still at-large

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden informed the city council Monday night that, although two men have been arrested and charged in connection to thefts in the city, one more person is still at-large.

 

Tue
19
Aug

‘Circus, Circus’-themed Labor Day Parade is Aug. 30

 

On Saturday, Aug. 30, the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Labor Day Parade. This year’s theme is “Circus, Circus,” in celebration of the Ringling Brothers Circus anniversary.

 

Tue
12
Aug

Parking pains: McGregor council, residents discuss solutions


These hoods will remain on the McGregor overnight alternate parking signs indefinitely, as the ordinance has been suspended until the city can make changes. The council and residents discussed possible solutions to some of the city’s parking issues Aug. 5, at a public forum. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Around 15 McGregor residents and business owners gathered at city hall Aug. 5, proposing solutions to the city’s overnight and other parking issues.

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