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03
May

McGregor Whistle Stop Cafe, Uncle Sam’s Saloon opening May 5


Linda Boeke will open the McGregor Whistle Stop Cafe and Uncle Sam’s Saloon Thursday, May 5, in McGregor. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Linda Boeke will open the McGregor Whistle Stop Cafe and Uncle Sam’s Saloon Thursday, May 5, in McGregor. The business will operate out of the McGregor’s Landing building, located on First Street, along Triangle Park.

“The building has been up for sale, and I hated to see it sit empty,” Boeke said of the impetus behind opening the business. “It needs to be used. Hopefully someone comes along to run it.”

Tue
03
May

MFL MarMac posting for secondary assistant principal; considering administrative revamp

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School District will post for a secondary assistant principal to fill an administrative hole that will be left at the end of the school year by the resignation of high school principal David Ross. The school board made the decision at a special meeting April 28, but chose not to define the role of the individual until going through applicants.

Tue
26
Apr

Mock crash shows students potential consequences of distracted driving


Mother Michele Berger is restrained by EMTs as “death” takes her son Michael during the Every 15 Minutes Mock Crash held at MFL MarMac High School on April 20. The event was meant to show students the potential consequences of distracted driving. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The day began with the mock crash, a fake head-on collision on Davis Street in Monona, near the school parking lot. Students watched as some of their classmates, bloodied and broken, were extracted from the two vehicles by firefighters and EMTs.

Following the mock crash, “death” went around to different classrooms and took one student, like Derek Larson, every 15 minutes for several hours. Each student’s obituary was then read over the intercom.

Senior Hunter Fletcher played the teenage driver responsible for the crash and the deaths of his classmates. “The consequences are not worth it,” he told those gathered at an assembly.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On April 20, local law enforcement, rescue squads, firefighters and other volunteers presented the Every 15 Minutes Mock Crash, showing MFL MarMac high school students the potential consequences of distracted driving, whether it be texting and driving or drinking and driving.

Tue
26
Apr

Marquette restores chamber funding

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council unanimously approved restoring funding to the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce at its April 19 meeting. The city will contribute $700 per month, or $8,400 per year, the same amount it was contributing when funding  ceased in 2013.

Tue
26
Apr

Interim allows students to explore hobbies, potential career paths


Intro to guitar was among the 22 different sessions offered at MFL MarMac High School’s Interim on April 22. The bi-annual event is meant to help students explore a variety of hobbies and potential careers. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Archery was another session offered at Interim. Most of the activities offered were hands-on, allowing students to not only learn about their interests, but also do the activity itself.

Todd Berry, with Driftless Drones, speaks with some eager students about drones.

The majority of sessions were free, but a few, like trapshooting and cake decorating, required a small fee.

Tang soo do self defense was one session offered on-campus at Interim.

“The kids have a day to explore really cool things,” noted teacher Anne Wuebker, who was also one of the Interim organizers. “They learn about things they don’t learn in the classroom, and those outside-school aspects are valuable.” Here, students learn about air brush makeup and hairstyles.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac High School students had the opportunity to experience a variety of hobbies and potential careers during Interim, held April 22.

“It’s career-oriented,” said teacher Angie Killian, one of the organizers, of the bi-annual event. “It’s an opportunity to allow students to explore career interests, opportunities and hobbies they’ve never tried before or didn’t know they could do.”

Tue
26
Apr

McGregor council, dock commission support Maiden Voyage catering boat

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its April 20 meeting, the McGregor Council approved the dock commission’s recommendation to allow Robert Vavra, captain of Maiden Voyage Tours, to lease a space for a catering boat by the city docks.

Vavra, now in his 10th year in the business and sixth year in McGregor, said he’s looking to establish a physical presence in McGregor when his boat is not there.

Tue
19
Apr

Student in custody following threat to MFL MarMac school administrator

MFL MarMac student William Carter was taken into custody Monday and charged with harassment after police uncovered a threat against a school administrator.

The public was notified of an issue at MFL MarMac Monday morning when superintendent Dale Crozier issued a release stating, “There is no current threat against the school. The situation has been handled. There is no lockdown today, but the school is always locked. There will be police presence as precaution only.”

Later Monday afternoon, Crozier released another statement, noting that his statement that there was no credible threat against the school held true throughout the event.

Tue
19
Apr

MFL MarMac third graders raise $400 to help families through Heifer International


Third grader Jaron Wille sells pencils to raise money to purchase animals for families in need through the nonprofit organization Heifer International. The third grade class raised $400 and was able to purchase a water buffalo, goat and hive of honey bees. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Several families in need from around the world will receive an animal from the nonprofit Heifer International thanks to MFL MarMac’s third grade class. The students recently raised $400 from a pencil sale to purchase animals through the organization, which, for nearly 70 years, has helped families fight hunger and poverty.

Heifer International’s goal is to bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to impoverished areas, as animals provide families with both food and a reliable income when items like milk, eggs or honey are sold or traded.

Tue
19
Apr

Schubert resigns from Monona Council

City proceeding with annexation request from Casey’s General Store

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council approved the resignation of councilman Jason Schubert at its regular meeting April 18. In a letter to the city, Schubert, who has served on the council for nearly 2.5 years, said his position with his employer has changed, leaving him unable to continue fulfilling the requirements with the council. 

“I feel it is best for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the position,” he stated.

Tue
19
Apr

Scout raises, cleans Civil War headstones for Eagle Scout project


Boy Scout Nick Larson works on cleaning a Civil war veteran’s headstone in McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery April 16. He’s raising and cleaning over a dozen headstones as part of his Eagle Scout project. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Boy Scout Nick Larson was busy at McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery April 16, raising and cleaning over a dozen Civil War veterans’ headstones for his Eagle Scout project.

“Someone brought up the idea that Bob [Eggen] needed help here, and I thought it would be a nice project for the community,” Larson said. “It’s nice to honor those who served.”

In his 35 years managing Pleasant Grove, Eggen said this was the first time he could recall the headstones being raised and cleaned.

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