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Tue
01
Mar

Monona receives grant for master planning


Iowa Network Services (INS) announced the award of a $5,000 Ripple Effect grant to the city of Monona, which will assist the city’s efforts in master planning for a business park development. The INS grant was applied for and matched with another $5,000 grant by Northeast Iowa Telephone Company (NEIT). Pictured (left to right) are Monona Chamber and Economic Development Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, Steve Hanson with NEIT, Monona City Administrator Dan Canton, Monona Mayor Barb Collins and Sue Cosner with the Iowa Area Development Group. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Iowa Network Services (INS), located in West Des Moines, announced the award of a $5,000 Ripple Effect grant to the city of Monona. The grant will assist the city’s efforts in financial, geographic and infrastructure exploration, and planning for a business park development. The INS grant was applied for and matched with another $5,000 grant by Northeast Iowa Telephone Company (NEIT), headquartered in Monona. 

NEIT is Monona’s full-service telecommunication provider and along with many of Iowa’s independent telecommunications companies, has been an owner-shareholder of INS since its inception, and recently completed its investment in fiber-optic-to-the-premise network throughout Monona.

Tue
01
Mar

NIT celebrates 160th anniversary this year

A look at the newspaper’s founder, A.P. Richardson

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The North Iowa Times was founded on Oct. 10, 1856, and this year celebrates 160 years of covering McGregor, Marquette and other area communities. We will commemorate the anniversary of Iowa’s third oldest weekly throughout the year with periodic updates highlighting some aspect of the newspaper. In October, around the true 160th anniversary, we hope to hold a special promotion. Now, we take a look at the founder of the North Iowa Times, A.P. Richardson.

Tue
01
Mar

Friends Helping Friends Winter Triathlon and Benefit is March 4-5


The bed races are one of the most popular aspects of the Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends Winter Triathlon and Benefit. This year’s event will take place Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. (North Iowa Times file photo)

Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends will have its 12th annual Winter Triathlon and Benefit on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, in McGregor. This year’s proceeds will benefit Sue Krugger and Mike Kricke, who are both battling cancer. Both individuals are very well-known; Sue worked for many years at the Riverview and Mike has been with the band Mama’s Worry since 1978.

On Friday, March 4, there will be bar bingo at Pocket City Pub beginning at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, March 5, the day starts with a bake sale at the Riverview at 9 a.m. If you would like to donate baked goods, please call Donna Staples at (563) 873-2713, or just drop items off at the Riverview beginning at 8:30 a.m. 

Tue
23
Feb

Mathis enjoys adventure of dog sledding


Kevin Mathis, who lives near Monona, has participated in dog sledding races for two seasons. Here, he nears the finish line of a race in Duluth, Minn., last winter. (Submitted photo)

Mathis currently has 13 dogs, who are all Alaskan Huskies, like Mini (shown here). (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As the temperature rose last weekend, Kevin Mathis was one of the few who mourned the loss of the snow. Its absence puts a damper on dog sledding, a pastime he’s enjoyed for the last two years.

Mathis said he’s always had an interest in dog sledding, but finally decided to give it a try when one of his sons became intrigued after watching a movie.

“It seemed like a challenge,” Mathis said. “I like the outdoors and adventure.”

So he went about procuring a sled and other equipment and, of course, dogs.

Tue
23
Feb

New Marquette mayor, council member appointed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council unanimously approved the appointment of Larry Breuer as mayor and Steve Eagle as a council member at its Feb. 16 meeting. 

Eagle attended the meeting and immediately took the oath of office. Breuer was not in attendance, but expressed his interest in the position in a letter, promising to display dignity and professionalism.

Tue
23
Feb

Marquette councilwoman: BOA was allowed to issue variance in Evans case

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette councilwoman Pam Brodie-Fitzgerald says the city’s board of adjustment (BOA) could have issued a variance to property owner Dave Evans in order to temporarily keep a mobile home on his property at the Timber Ridge subdivision while he finishes building a permanent home. That’s contrary to what Marquette city attorney Jim Garrett told BOA members, when he said they did not have the authority to do so, noted Brodie-Fitzgerald. 

Tue
23
Feb

McGregor Council declines offer to purchase former Holiday Shores property

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Feb. 17 meeting, the McGregor Council chose not to entertain an offer from Trilogy Partners, LLC, to purchase the former Holiday Shores Motel property for $1.05 million.

Trilogy, which purchased the property in June and tore down the motel at the end of summer, made the offer through a letter from their attorneys to McGregor city attorney Mike Schuster. In the letter, the group also expressed disappointment over the city’s decision earlier this year not to re-zone the property so that condominiums could be built at the location along the riverfront.

Tue
23
Feb

Petitions circulating in Marquette

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Following the appointment of Larry Breuer as mayor and Steve Eagle to the council at Marquette’s Feb. 16 council meeting, a group of residents began circulating a petition to force an election to fill the vacancies.

“There are two years left [on the terms]. That’s a whole term for mayor,” noted resident Rinda Ferguson, who resigned last month after six years on the council. David Schneider also resigned as mayor at the end of January. “I strongly believe it should go to the citizens.”

Tue
16
Feb

Staging a comeback


The McGregor Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC) hopes to save, restore and reuse the former hardware store/Sullivan Opera House building, located on Main Street. The MHPC is currently forming a non-profit organization to fundraise and seek grants for the project. The group is also seeking volunteers to help with restoration efforts and to share ideas and history. (North Iowa Times file photo)

The once grand building at 252-­256 Main St. was built circa 1880. Over the years, the first floor held a number of businesses, selling crockery, menswear, confections and hardware.

T.J. Sullivan opened the Sullivan Opera House in 1905, and it remained operational into the 1930s.

T.J. Sullivan

Saving McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House an investment in the future

 

Submitted by the McGregor Historic Preservation Commission

The paint is chipped, its walls are cracked and it hasn’t been inhabited for nearly 20 years. But for historic preservationists looking over the old hardware store/opera house on Main Street in McGregor, the building has great economic and cultural potential. With the help of the community at large, saving, restoring and reusing the building could not only serve as a landmark of McGregor’s past, but also a key to its future.

Tue
16
Feb

Fletcher, Egan advance to state wrestling tournament


MFL MarMac senior Hunter Fletcher advanced to the state wrestling tournament after placing second at the district tournament in the 160-pound weight class on Feb. 13. (North Iowa Times file photo)

Michael Egan is the first Bulldog freshman to make it to state in 10 years, after he placed second in the 126-pound weight class at districts Feb. 13. (North Iowa Times file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac’s Hunter Fletcher (160) and Michael Egan (126) are headed to the state wrestling tournament after both finished second in their respective weight classes at districts on Feb. 13.

Head coach Chet Bachman said Fletcher, a senior, has a feel-good story, and is the product of hard work and a lot of time put in during the offseason.

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