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10
Nov

New full-time officer and reserve officer join Mar-Mac PD


Brad McNett (left) joins the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District as a full-time officer, while Jakob Regal (center) will serve as a reserve officer. They are pictured here with Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

One full-time officer and one reserve officer have joined the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District.

Joining the department full-time is Brad McNett. He replaces Dylan Rumph, who departed over the summer for a position at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. With McNett’s addition, Mar-Mac will have three full-time officers, including police chief Jason Bogdonovich and officer Rodger Sear.

Tue
10
Nov

McGregor FEMA project underway after 5.5-year wait

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

After 5.5 years of dealing with easements, studies, mitigation and other permitting issues, the city of McGregor is finally ready to go to bid on its FEMA stormwater protection project.

“It’s been a long time coming,” noted Tim Cutsforth, of engineering firm HR Green, who spoke about the project at a special council meeting Nov. 4. 

Tue
10
Nov

Items on MFL MarMac’s five-year strategic plan already being checked off

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac’s School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) met Monday night, before the school board meeting, to evaluate the district’s five-year strategic plan, which was created earlier this year.

Some items on the list, including an updated website and playgrounds, are already being addressed, noted Superintendent Dale Crozier, speaking to the board.

The list has come a long way since 15 years ago, he said, when items to address included fixing boilers and roofs as well as purchasing buses.

Tue
03
Nov

Arvidson to retire after 36.5 years in dentistry


Later this month, Dr. Jim Arvidson will retire from a career that, over 36.5 years, brought him laughter, learning experiences and a resounding connection with the community he served. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Later this month, Dr. Jim Arvidson will retire from a career that, over 36.5 years, brought him laughter, learning experiences and a resounding connection with the community he served.

“Dentistry has given me what I wanted and needed it to,” he said. 

Spurred on by a good relationship with his dentist as well as an interest in science sparked by his scientist father, Arvidson, who grew up in Des Moines, became attracted to the profession in junior high. 

Tue
03
Nov

K9 Raven highlights Red Ribbon Week


Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Moser and his K9 partner, Raven, put on a presentation for MFL MarMac McGregor Center students during Red Ribbon Week. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Students at MFL MarMac’s McGregor Center recognized Red Ribbon Week last week, learning about the importance of living drug-free. A highlight of the week included a visit from Clayton County K9 Raven, who was part of a presentation by her partner, Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Moser.

Raven, 2, is an all-black German Shepherd who was born in Poland and trained in Michigan. 

“She is a dual-purpose indicator,” Moser told students, meaning Raven can locate both drugs and people. She can also apprehend criminals, biting and holding the individual down until an officer can handcuff him/her.

Tue
03
Nov

McGregor Park Board, Mar-Mac Police among UMGC grant recipients


The McGregor Park Board received $23,000 toward Turner Park improvements. Pictured (left to right) are McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander, Turner Park Committee Member Janet Hallberg, UMGC Board President Norm Lincoln and McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District received $2,000 to purchase Motorola two-way portable radios. Pictured are Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich (left) and UMGC Board Member Jay Farmer.

The Clayton County Development Group (CCDG) received $15,000 toward its “Relax, Enjoy, Experience Northeast Iowa” tourism efforts. Pictured are Beth Regan, Tom Finley and Darla Kelchen, all with CCDG, and UMGC Treasurer Harold Brooks.

The Clayton County Agricultural Society received $10,000 toward public health and safety renovations at the fairgrounds. Pictured with UMGC Board Member Dan Lane (right) are society representatives Julie Fuelling and Jessica Henkes.

The Clayton County Food Shelf received $5,000 toward its emergency food supply. Pictured with UMGC Board Member Brandi Backes (center) are Food Shelf representatives Linda Kuehl, Daniel Burke, Utoni Ruff and Sherri Stoffel.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) held its annual awards banquet at Lady Luck Casino’s Lone Wolf Bar Oct. 26, presenting $106,054.36 to area organizations.

Tue
03
Nov

Schutte competes at state cross country meet


MFL MarMac freshman Hannah Schutte (530) capped off a stellar cross country season with a 47th-place finish in Class 1A at the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac freshman Hannah Schutte capped off a stellar cross country season with a 47th-place finish in Class 1A at the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31. 

With a time of 21:26.7, Schutte placed in the middle of the pack. Alyssa Williams, a senior from Durant, placed first with a time of 19:12.9.

Head coach Eliza Philpott said she feels this is just the start for Schutte. 

“I think that every person, at some point in their athletic career, wants to make it to state,” Philpott said. “For Hannah, this came true in her very first year ever in cross country.”

Tue
27
Oct

The taste of wellness


Fourth graders Kaylee Walch and Mallory Lang enjoyed crunching on locally-grown apples last week during the Midwest Great Apple Crunch. The event was one of several taste tests held at MFL MarMac throughout October, which is Farm to School Month. (Submitted photo)

Preschoolers in Nicole Gray’s class enjoy a snack of fresh vegetables. Gray recently received a grant for Farm to Preschool projects in her classroom. (Submitted photo)

“I chose to pursue the grant to make the funding aspect of purchasing new foods easier and to hopefully end up trying more foods each month,” Gray explained. (Submitted photo)

October is National Farm to School Month, a celebration of the growing connection between students and healthy, locally-grown food. MFL MarMac is one of over 40,000 schools across the country to participate in the program, with kids sampling and learning about several new foods throughout the month. Students tried apples, cabbage, zucchini and sweet potatoes. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Zucchini bread was a big hit at the middle school, particularly since it was incorporated into a brownie. (Submitted photo)

Farm to School Month connects students with locally-grown foods

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

October is National Farm to School Month, a celebration of the growing connection between students and healthy, locally-grown food. MFL MarMac is one of over 40,000 schools across the country to participate in the program, with kids sampling and learning about several new foods throughout the month.

“The dietary department provided samples of recipes created with locally-grown produce through Taste Test Tuesdays, including cabbage, zucchini and sweet potatoes,” explained McGregor Center nurse Jennelle Schroeder, who also handles the middle school’s wellness activities. 

Tue
27
Oct

Marquette Council candidates talk tourism, economic development and more

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette residents will take to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, to elect a new mayor and two new council members. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Marquette Community Center.

Current mayor Norma Mason chose not to run again, and no candidates filed for the position, leaving the election of the mayor up to write-in votes. To-date, the North Iowa Times is aware that Larry Breuer and David Schneider have declared themselves as write-in candidates. In order for the vote to count, their full names must be used.

Tue
27
Oct

Lund brings chiropractic practice to Marquette

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Dr. Kari Lund has brought her comprehensive chiropractic care to Marquette. Her office recently opened downtown, at 129 North St.

A graduate of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, Lund began her career in La Crosse, working for Dr. Linda Lorenz. She started her own practice in Prairie du Chien in 1996.

“I’ve been doing it awhile,” said Lund, who noted her interest in chiropractic began when she was seven and suffered from health issues. A chiropractor offered an alternative to drugs and surgery, helping her overcome her challenges.

“I had a great experience as a kid, and it stuck with me,” she added.

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