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01
Sep

Cities offer input for county hazard mitigation plan update

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Communities around Clayton County held meetings in August, while others plan to meet in September, to offer input for the county’s hazard mitigation plan, which will be updated this year for the first time in five years. 

The county received grant funding to cover the cost of updating the plan, which is required for entities to receive federal funding in case of a disaster. 

Tue
01
Sep

Labor Day parade will turn McGregor into a circus Sept. 5


McGregor’s annual Labor Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. This year’s theme is once again “Circus, Circus.” (NIT file photo)

One of the special events at the McGregor Labor Day parade will be “Billy Rainbow,” who will lead a portion of the parade like his cousin did decades ago for the first circus parades of the young Ringling Brothers. Billy Rainbow is sponsored by Café McGregor, owned and operated by Brenda Boeke. (Photo by Al Anderson)

No clowning around—McGregor is the place to be Saturday, Sept. 5, as the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Labor Day festivities. 

The day will kick off bright and early, as the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers put on a 5K run/walk. The race will begin at Triangle Park, with registration from 7 to 7:45 a.m. and the start time at 8 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the childcare centers. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Wikner at (319) 360-7473 or steph.wikner@gmail.com.

Tue
01
Sep

Monona Council approves purchase of new police vehicle

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona City Council approved the purchase of a new police vehicle at a special meeting Aug. 25.

A 2016 Ford Utility Interceptor will replace the Monona Police Department’s 2011 Chevrolet Caprice, at a price of roughly $30,000. 

“It’s a very popular vehicle that’s being used in a lot of towns and counties,” noted city councilman John Elledge.

The new vehicle will be equipped with the current car’s camera and radio. A company will come in to tear out the Caprice and outfit the Interceptor.

Tue
25
Aug

Area offers what byway travelers seek


Byways are the second highest interest of people traveling in Iowa, only behind food. Two byways pass through Marquette and McGregor, including the River Bluffs Scenic Byway and Great River Road.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Byways are popular among travelers, with over half looking to sightsee and explore unique restaurants and cultural and recreational sites along the country’s less-traveled “side roads.” Two—the River Bluffs Scenic Byway and Great River Road—pass through Marquette and McGregor.

The Great River Road is a national scenic byway, stretching 3,000 miles from Minnesota’s Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. Iowa’s stretch encompasses 328 miles, north to south, featuring panoramic views, historic sites and dozens of charming river towns.

Tue
25
Aug

Eagle Scout project plans to spruce up Marquette park shelter

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Walter Stavroplus, with Troop 32, hopes to spruce up the kitchen area of Marquette’s city park shelter through his Eagle Scout project. 

Stavroplus presented plans to the city council at its regular meeting Aug. 18. He said some ideas for the shelter include ceiling and wall work, cabinet and countertop updates, painting, a refurbished refrigerator and a cement pad at the shelter’s back entrance.

“It should enhance the shelter and the community,” Stavroplus said, noting that updates will work to bring the shelter up to code.

Tue
25
Aug

McGregor ready to proceed with Turner Park trail

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Work on the trail that will wrap around the perimeter of McGregor’s Turner Park will begin soon. 

The city council approved a bid to Vorwald Excavating for dirt and culvert work for the project for $18,415 and to Iverson Construction for asphalt for $18,898.34 at its Aug. 19 meeting.

The trail, which is phase I of the Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages improvement project, will be one-fourth mile long. It will have an asphalt surface and stretch 10 feet across.

Tue
25
Aug

Luana Daze is Aug. 29-30


Participants can run, walk or roll through the Color Blast 5K Fun Run, which is part of this year’s Luana Daze. The event, held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30, will also include firemen’s waterball fights, a beanbag tournament, Luana Tap street dance, Tri-City Golf Course 75th anniversary celebration and a tractor pull. (NIT file photo)

5K, street dance, tractor pull, Tri-City anniversary celebration highlight event

This year’s Luana Daze celebration, held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30, promises another fun-filled weekend for the whole family.

Activities kick off Saturday morning with the Color Blast 5K Fun Run. Wear white and prepare to be color blasted as participants walk, run or roll on bicycles, rollerblades or strollers through the event. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and the race at 9 a.m. The 5K will start and end in front of the Luana Tap.

From 9 to 11 a.m., enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast served by the Luana Community Club in front of the Luana Tap.

Tue
18
Aug

It turned into a bioblitz


Effigy Mounds biological technician Kat Busse demonstrates how insects were caught for the park’s first bioblitz, held Saturday. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Busse shows off the giant water bug the group caught during the bioblitz. The insect was one of her favorite discoveries.

Some insects that were difficult to identify in the field were taken back to the Effigy Mounds office in canisters stored in coolers. By cooling the insects, their metabolisms were slowed down, making them easier to study.

Effigy Mounds learns about biodiversity of park’s insects

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A group of Effigy Mounds park staff, scientists, naturalists and students spent several hours Saturday morning in Effigy Mounds National Monument’s south unit, collecting as many insect species as they could in the park’s first bioblitz. 

According to the National Park Service, a bioblitz is a quest to discover living organisms, during which a group works to compile a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity in less than 48 hours.

Tue
18
Aug

Strutts honored at shelter dedication


Dr. Donald and Joanne Strutt and their family were honored at McGregor’s Riverfront Park Saturday, as the new shelter was named “The Strutt Family Shelter.” Members of the family in attendance included (left to right) Jackie and Dawson Strutt, Terri and Craig Strutt, Donald and Joanne Strutt, Marci and David Strutt, Chuck and Janet Strutt and Cheri and Jonathon Moser and their children, Taryn, Mariah, Trace and Gretel. Unable to attend were Darci and Mike McQuiston. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Dr. Donald and Joanne Strutt and their family were honored at McGregor’s Riverfront Park Saturday, as the new shelter was named “The Strutt Family Shelter.” 

A number of community members gathered for the dedication, which McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel said was a “testament to the Strutt family that everyone came out in the hot weather.” 

Tue
18
Aug

Construction timeline pushed back for phase II of Monona’s sanitary sewer project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After funding confirmation of Monona’s $500,000 community development block grant (CDBG) for the city’s phase II sanitary sewer project took longer than anticipated, the city council decided Aug. 17 to push back the project’s construction timeline.

The project completion deadline was originally planned for July 1, 2016, explained engineer Marc Ruden, with IIW, who has worked with the city throughout the process. Now, noted Ruden, the expected completion of the project will be Nov. 1, 2016.

“Now, it gives us nearly the entire construction season to get it done,” Ruden said, noting that the change was approved by the Department of Natural Resources before the council moved forward with the extension.

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