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Tue
23
Jan

McGregor Council engages consulting services to explore potential development options for former Holiday Shores site

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

It’s been over two and a half years since the Holiday Shores Motel was closed, then torn down, on the McGregor riverfront. Two years since the council denied a request from the property owners, Trilogy Partners LLC, to re-zone the property to allow for the construction of condominiums.

Yet, even after a 2016 hotel/motel feasibility study commissioned by the city of McGregor showed favorable potential for a new hotel in the community, the location remains vacant.

Tue
23
Jan

Monona Police see drop in cases, traffic stops

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The number of cases the Monona Police Department handled last year dropped slightly from the previous year, noted police chief Jo Amsden, who shared the department’s 2017 data at the city council’s Jan. 15 meeting.

In 2016, 353 cases were handled, said Amsden, compared to 327 in 2017.

Most complaints came in on Thursdays or Fridays, she said, meaning the activity likely occurred on a Wednesday.

“Saturdays and Sundays are the quietest,” Amsden shared.

Tue
23
Jan

Marquette getting new street banners

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette will soon have new street banners. The city council approved the purchase of 24 banners, at a cost of $2,352, at its Jan. 16 meeting.

The Marquette Action Club has agreed to pay for half the cost of the banners, which will be sepia-toned and feature over half a dozen images related to Marquette, like the railroad, wine, fishing and antiques.

Fireworks cost goes up

Tue
16
Jan

Wellness committee welcomes input from community


Walkin’ the Dogs, which MFL MarMac participates in each fall as part of the Healthiest State Walk, is just one way the district promotes health and wellness. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At MFL MarMac, the focus is on more than just educating students. It’s also about ensuring their health and well-being. That’s where the district’s wellness committee comes into play.

Made up of teachers, administrators, nursing and dietary staff, and community members, the group meets quarterly to discuss the school’s goals for maintaining and improving the health and well-being of students through education, nutrition and fitness.

Tue
16
Jan

Increased awareness, prevention efforts cut down on bullying

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Reports of bullying at MFL MarMac Elementary have continued to drop in the last two years, a trend guidance counselor Kurt Gaylor attributes to increased awareness and prevention efforts.

Gaylor, who spoke at the school board meeting Jan. 8, said there were 79 reports of bullying in the 2014-2015 school year, and the number grew to 133 in 2015-2016. Last year, however, the total fell to 45. And so far this school year, just one report has been submitted.

“The totals have gone down a lot,” he said. “We’ve done things to help.”

Tue
16
Jan

New street banners brighten McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s Main Street got a bit brighter last week, as new banners were hung from the street light poles up and down the city’s historic main drag.

Three different designs are featured, including a red, orange and yellow banner emblazoned with “McGregor Historic District, Settled 1837.” Four images are shown on this banner: a sand bottle, in recognition of famous McGregor sand artist Andrew Clemens; a clown, in celebration of the city’s connection to the Ringling Brothers; the Clan MacGregor crest; and the paddle wheel symbol representing the Great River Road.

Tue
16
Jan

DNR to discuss CWD in Harpers Ferry and Elkader ahead of deer tissue collection effort

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a special scientific collection effort Jan. 20-28, in targeted areas of Allamakee and Clayton counties near where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in wild Iowa deer. The effort will be discussed during two public meetings on Thursday, Jan. 18 – one at 2 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Community Center and the other at 6:30 p.m. at the Elkader Keystone AEA building. 

Chronic wasting disease is a neurologic disease of deer and elk, belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases. Though it shares certain features with other TSEs like bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) or scrapie in sheep, it is a distinct disease apparently affecting only deer, moose and elk. It is always fatal.

Tue
09
Jan

When ice is nice


For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. A rink was recently created on the basketball court at the city park. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Just like kids before him, Owen Mullarkey has enjoyed playing hockey at the ice skating rink on the Marquette bench.

Marquette bench has skating rink for first time in over a decade

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. 

Just before the new year, the city’s public works employees, Jason Sullivan and John Hines, created the ice rink on the basketball court at the city park. Over 125 sand bags were filled and placed around the court’s perimeter, holding down a large sheet of plastic, which was then covered in water. Cold temperatures helped solidify the ice.

Tue
09
Jan

Preliminary concept unveiled for Butterfly Trail extension


At its Jan. 2 meeting, the Monona Council reviewed preliminary concept plans developed for an extension of the city’s Butterfly Trail.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Jan. 2 meeting, the Monona Council reviewed preliminary concept plans developed for an extension of the city’s Butterfly Trail. 

Starting at the Butterfly Garden, on West Davis Street, the trail extension will run along Bulldog Boulevard, cross 125th Street/West Spruce Street, then parallel Highway 18/52 to reach Gateway Park, at the town’s entrance.

Tue
09
Jan

Awards banquet honors conservation efforts of farm families


Joe Donlon and Livingood Farms were selected for recognition in the landlord/tenant division of the 2017 Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District Awards program. Pictured (left to right) are Joe Donlon, Janet Livingood, Frank Livingood and commissioner Daryl Keehner.

Brian Keehner was selected as the 2017 Outstanding New Cooperator for the Clayton SWCD Pictured (left to right) are commissioner Ron Kaiser, Brian Keehner and Erling Bilden, representing the Farm Bureau.

Dan Rothmeyer received the 2017 Owner-Operator Award for the Clayton SWCD. Pictured are Owen Sylvester (left), from the Clayton SWCD, and Dan Rothmeyer.

The Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) honored the outstanding conservation efforts of local farm families during the annual awards banquet held Dec. 7, at the Central State Bank Community Room in Elkader. This year’s award winners showcase a variety of conservation efforts, and each recipient provides an outstanding example of what can be done to protect the natural resources everyone enjoys in northeast Iowa. The local awards program is co-sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau.  

Dan Rothmeyer

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