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Tue
09
Feb

Token of love stands the test of time


This 266-year-old puzzle purse valentine, passed down through the MacGregor family, is in the McGregor Historical Museum’s collection.

MacGregor family valentine in museum collection

 

By Audrey Posten

Although members of the MacGregor family no longer inhabit the community that bears their name, a token of love passed from generation to generation continues to live on at the McGregor Historical Museum. That token of love is a puzzle purse valentine, dating back to 1750.

Tue
02
Feb

Locals play their part in Iowa Caucuses


Rogeta Halvorson reads off the results the Mendon Republican precinct. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Participants gather to caucus at the Mendon Democratic precinct. (Photo by Meaghan Schneider)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Iowans from all of the state’s 1,681 precincts met Feb. 1 for the Iowa Caucuses, beginning the presidential nomination process. 

With 27.7 percent of the vote, and picking up eight delegates, Ted Cruz was declared the statewide winner. He was followed by Donald Trump, who garnered 24.3 percent of the vote and seven delegates, while Marco Rubio received 23.1 percent of the vote and seven delegates.

Ted Cruz also won Clayton County, where he received 35.2 percent of the vote. Coming in second and third were Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, with 29.4 percent and 12.9 percent of the vote, respectively.

Tue
02
Feb

A rash of resignations in Marquette over council’s decision not to enforce zoning

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette mayor David Schneider, councilwoman Rinda Ferguson, city manager Dean Hilgerson and city attorney Jim Garrett have all resigned following the council’s decision Jan. 19 not to enforce the city’s zoning ordinance, in allowing a property owner at the city’s Timber Ridge subdivision to live in a mobile home on the lot while he constructs a home.

Tue
02
Feb

Ruffs enjoy working together at the capitol


Rep. Patti Ruff’s son, Liam, has joined her at the capitol this session, serving as her legislative clerk. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

When Rep. Patti Ruff began this year’s session with the Iowa State Legislature, she had a familiar—and familial—face at her side, with son Liam taking on the role of her legislative clerk.

“My regular duties are to check the mail, send out the agenda for the education committee, organize her schedule and keep everything running smoothly so she doesn’t have to stress about minor tasks,” explained Liam of his role. 

Tue
02
Feb

MFL MarMac holds annual cancer awareness event

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On Jan. 28, MFL MarMac finally got to hold the second part of this year’s cancer awareness event, after it was postponed due to weather earlier in January. 

During a morning assembly, students—dressed in a variety of awareness colors—listened to choir director Jaydeane Berns, who had melanoma when she was in her 20s, speak about her experience. 

“As of next month, I’ll be a 26-year survivor thanks to early detection,” she told those gathered, noting that she discovered an irregular mole, which prompted her to get checked out.

Tue
26
Jan

Mobile home sparks debate in Marquette


Fearing the cost of a continued legal battle and damage to the city’s reputation, the Marquette Council chose to disregard the city’s zoning ordinance at its regular meeting Jan. 19 to allow a mobile home on a lot at the Timber Ridge housing development. The lot belongs to Dave Evans, who is building a home on the property, which he said will be completed this fall. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Fearing the cost of a continued legal battle and damage to the city’s reputation, the Marquette Council chose to disregard the city’s zoning ordinance at its regular meeting Jan. 19, to allow a mobile home on a lot at the Timber Ridge housing development.

The lot belongs to Dave Evans, who is building a home on the property, which he said will be completed this fall. In the meantime, he’s established a mobile home at the location, without a permanent foundation, a move that goes against both city and state codes, as the property is not within a mobile home park. Evans has also constructed a deck off of the mobile home.

Tue
26
Jan

McGregor Council says no to condos at former Holiday Shores Motel location

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At a special meeting Jan. 25, the McGregor Council voted unanimously to deny a request by Trilogy Partners, LLC, to re-zone the former Holiday Shores Motel property from W1-waterfront commercial to W2-waterfront mixed use, in order to build condominiums at the location.

The meeting, which also included a public hearing, was the latest step in the process, after McGregor’s planning and zoning commission, in December, recommended the council deny the request and work with Trilogy to develop a mixed use plan for the location, to include condominiums and short-term lodging.

Tue
26
Jan

McGregor Council takes issue with police budget

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission approved the Mar-Mac Police Department’s 2016-2017 fiscal year budget in early January, passing it on to the cities of Marquette and McGregor for approval. The proposed budget is $233,029.01, with Marquette covering 53 percent ($123,505.38) and McGregor 47 percent ($109,523.63).

While the Marquette Council approved the proposed budget with no discussion at its Jan. 19 meeting, the McGregor Council expressed some concerns at their meeting on Jan. 20. 

“I would like to see [the budget] cut now instead of getting a check back,” said councilman Joe Muehlbauer, referencing the return of unused funds to the cities at the end of the year. 

Tue
26
Jan

McGregor groups share updates

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Five McGregor groups—the library, art center, park board, museum and chamber of commerce—shared their yearly updates and budgets with the McGregor Council at its Jan. 20 regular meeting. Some notable information included:

Library—Last fiscal year, from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, the McGregor Public Library had 11,724 visits to the library, with over 16,500 items borrowed. Over 1,000 kids took advantage of the library’s 94 children’s programs, while over 500 adults attended 95 adult programs. Computer usage reached nearly 2,000, and, as a Wi-Fi hotspot, the library has also become a popular destination for residents and tourists to use their laptops and other devices. 

Tue
19
Jan

Say cheese!


Last week, MFL MarMac students enjoyed trying Swiss cheese, donated by Swiss Valley Farms in Luana, as part of the district’s monthly Taste Test Tuesdays. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Brandi Crozier, an AmeriCorps volunteer who’s now serving MFL MarMac through the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, hands out Swiss cheese to elementary students.

Many students enjoyed tasting the Swiss cheese, while others were not as thrilled.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Throughout the school year, MFL MarMac students of all ages are broadening their knowledge of food through monthly Taste Test Tuesdays.

Taste Test Tuesdays follow an online Harvest of the Month calendar, said Brandi Crozier, a volunteer with AmeriCorps who’s now serving the school district to promote local food and wellness initiatives through the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. 

“It provides a lot of options for fresh, local foods, and foods we have access to,” Crozier said of the calendar.

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