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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.”

Tue
15
Mar

Clayton County Sheriff’s Office investigating theft of firearms from Mar-Mac Police

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the theft of firearms from the Mar-Mac Unified Police Department. 

The investigation began with a request from Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich following the discovery of missing items in February. It has been reported that, between Feb. 8 and Feb. 17, an undisclosed number of firearms were stolen from the city garage attached to the police station in Marquette during renovations to the police department. Details of the crimes cannot be released to protect the integrity of the investigation. 

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is working with full cooperation of the Mar-Mac Unified Police Department. Anyone having information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 245-2422.

Tue
15
Mar

MFL MarMac creating trap shooting program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board approved starting a trap shooting program for high school students at its March 14 meeting.

High School Principal David Ross, who will coach the team with teacher Joe Milewsky and Jim Ruff, said at least 15 students—both boys and girls—have shown interest. He estimated costs to run at $155 per student, with ammunition being the biggest cost factor.

Ross said all students will be required to have taken a hunters safety course. The same rules will apply as other school activities.

There was some discussion as to whether students should be required to purchase shells, or whether the school would provide them.

Tue
15
Mar

TLC program supports student learning

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A year after receiving a Teacher Leadership Compensation (TLC) Grant from the Iowa Department of Education, implementation of the system at MFL MarMac has been a helpful experience for school staff. MFL MarMac is one of a number of schools across the state participating in the program, which works to attract the best possible teachers, to retain both newly-hired and veteran teachers, to promote extensive collaboration among teachers, to reward professional growth and effective teaching, and to improve overall student achievement. 

Tue
15
Mar

McGregor Council gets info on nuisance abatement procedures

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Council sought information about nuisance abatement procedures at its March 9 meeting, as it plans to tackle some issues around the community in the coming months.

A nuisance, said city attorney Mike Schuster, includes issues like excessive weeds, grass that’s never cut, junk on the property and buildings in disrepair. “Whatever’s unattractive to the senses,” he noted.

Tue
08
Mar

Marquette will have special election

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council agreed, at a special meeting March 1, to hold a special election to fill one council seat along with the office of mayor. 

Larry Breuer was appointed mayor and Steve Eagle a council member at the city’s Feb. 16 regular meeting, filling the seats vacated at the end of January by the resignations of David Schneider as mayor and Rinda Ferguson as a council member.

Tue
08
Mar

Capturing the world from a different perspective


Father and son Todd (right) and Austin Berry started the Luana-based company Driftless Drones, which captures aerial photos and videos using drones. (Submitted photo)

The drones are fully-automated and computer-controlled. They are manned with controllers by two people, with one person flying the drone while the other operates the camera.

According to Austin, the perspective from the air is what sets drone imagery apart. (Photos courtesy of Driftless Drones)

As drone usage soars, local company gets in on the ground floor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“We’ve always got our heads in the clouds these days.”

Well, technically, 400 feet above the ground, at the most. But the sky is where the Berry family has set its sights lately, said Taylor, who’s part of Driftless Drones, a company created by her husband, Austin, and his father, Todd, to capture aerial photos and videos using drones. Todd’s wife, Dianna, also helps with the operation, which is based in Luana.

Tue
08
Mar

Monona Council reviews city’s property valuations

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As part of the city of Monona’s 2016-2017 property casual insurance renewal, the council reviewed the city’s property valuations at its March 7 meeting.

“We’re looking for red flags, to know if you think it’s not enough [coverage],” said agent Kelly Bulman, referencing the suggestions given by EMC Insurance.

Tue
01
Mar

Art center partners with Great River Care Center to offer art programming


Maureen Wild has offered two chalk pastel classes at the Great River Care Center as part of a partnership between the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts and the care center. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last year, McGregor’s Great River Care Center began offering art and music therapies to its residents as a way to help combat dementia. Helping the care center offer some of its art activities is the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts.

Art center board president Maureen Wild said Great River Care Center activity director Debbie Johnson approached the art center about offering some services. They agreed and, so far, Wild has taught two chalk pastel classes, one with 14 participants and another with around 16.

“They really love it and do a great job,” Wild said of the residents. 

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