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23
Aug

Riverfront parking discussion highlights Marquette meeting


At Marquette’s Aug. 16 council meeting, a debate about the issuance and amount of a riverfront parking ticket morphed into a discussion about the city’s authority to restrict a certain area of riverfront parking for resident use only, with a permit. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At Marquette’s Aug. 16 council meeting, a debate about the issuance and amount of a riverfront parking ticket morphed into a discussion about the city’s authority to restrict a certain area of riverfront parking for resident use only, with a permit.

The issue came about after mayor Larry Breuer said he received a communication from a man who visited Marquette this summer with some friends. The man has visited Marquette several times, Breuer said, this time staying at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites. The group decided to fish at night, but upon returning to their vehicle—which was parked in a marked section of the lot restricted for resident use only with a permit—discovered a $250 ticket.

Tue
23
Aug

Obstacle course, car show new features at this year’s Luana Daze


Those taking part in the race at this year’s Luana Daze won’t run or walk through blasts of color as they have the last two years. Rather, participants will go through the Tough Scramble Obstacle Course, a 2.5-mile trek through eight to 10 obstacles of varying degrees of difficulty. (NIT file photo)

Luana will host its annual Luana Daze celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28.

New this year will be the Tough Scramble Obstacle Course, which will replace the color blast 5K walk/run held the last two years. The race will begin at 8 a.m. (registration begins at 7:15 a.m.) on Saturday, in front of the Luana Tap, taking participants on a 2.5-mile trek through eight to 10 obstacles. Some of the obstacles will include a tire flip, round bale climb, army crawl, water slide and balance beam. All obstacles in this non-competitive event will have varying degrees of difficulty; people can choose which obstacles they would like to complete. The race will end in front of the Luana Tap.

Tue
23
Aug

McGregor Achievement Club looking for teams to participate in scavenger hunt

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Achievement Club is looking for teams to participate in its first annual scavenger hunt, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. 

The scavenger hunt will include clues, bonuses, relays and tasks to be completed throughout McGregor. Teams can consist of up to four people. Participants must be 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to form or sponsor teams, but anyone can play; you do not have to be sponsored by a business.

Tue
23
Aug

Marquette Council donates toward EMS training equipment

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette City Council, at its Aug. 16 meeting, approved donating $1,045.88 to the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad to cover half the cost of new CPR mannequins and an adult airway management trainer. 

The items will cost a total of $2,100.

The adult airway management trainer, said Mar-Mac EMT Liz Gilman, will allow EMTs to practice putting in airways. 

The CPR mannequins, she said, will include two adult mannequins, as well as two child mannequins and one infant.

Tue
23
Aug

McGregor fall clean-up to include shred event

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s fall clean-up, held in October, will include shredding services this year. A company from Dubuque will come to the community for a two-hour event, shredding important or confidential documents brought in by residents.

The cost for the event will be $540, said city administrator Lynette Sander, speaking to the council at its Aug. 17 meeting. She said the city of Marquette has expressed interest in co-oping with McGregor, which would allow the communities to split the cost, at $270 apiece, if Marquette decides to proceed.

Tue
23
Aug

Proposed Marquette zoning change would affect long-vacant downtown homes

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Residential homes in downtown Marquette that have sat empty for extended periods of time will no longer have to be converted to commercial use on the lower level if a section in the city’s zoning ordinance is removed.

Marquette’s planning and zoning commission recommended the deletion at its quarterly meeting earlier this month. Zoning administrator Darren Matthew said the city’s attorney, Dan Key, did not see any issues with the change.

At its Aug. 16 meeting, the Marquette Council agreed to set a public hearing at the start of its Sept. 20 meeting regarding the change.

Tue
23
Aug

Enthusiasm strong on MFL MarMac cross country team


Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team include (front, left to right) assistant coach Eric Koenig, Allison Corlett, Marissa Lechtenberg, Laycee Roys, head coach Eliza Philpott; (back) Kolten Matthews, Coltin Ball, Ellie Kinley, Reagan Butikofer, Cassidy Penrod, Hannah Schutte, Keri Picha, Jesse Breuer and Kaleb Krueger. Not pictured is Keagen Smerud. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Getting a taste of last year’s state cross country meet through state qualifier Hannah Schutte, who returns as a sophomore this season, has sparked a lot of enthusiasm in the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team, said fourth-year head coach Eliza Philpott. She is joined by assistant coach Eric Koenig, now in his second season.

Philpott and Koenig said this enthusiasm is one of the team’s strengths, and has translated into good, quality practices over the first couple weeks of the season.

“The kids come ready and willing for practice knowing it’s going to be tough, and that makes for an exciting environment,” they explained.

Tue
16
Aug

Local vendors highlighted with Lady Luck’s new Farmer’s Pick Buffet


Don Ostert, general manager/vice president of Lady Luck Marquette, joined by executive chef Patrick Stamatelos and representatives from the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce, unveiled the casino’s new Farmers Pick Buffet at an Aug. 12 ribbon cutting ceremony. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The new Farmer’s Pick brand taps into the Buffet’s use of seasonal, fresh ingredients, many of which come from local vendors.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Lady Luck Casino in Marquette unveiled its new Farmer’s Pick Buffet during a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 12.

The new brand taps into the Buffet’s use of seasonal, fresh ingredients, many of which come from local vendors.

“It will allow us to highlight local vendors and let people know where the products come from,” shared Don Ostert, general manager/vice president of Lady Luck Marquette.

Tue
16
Aug

MFL MarMac to host regional youth football scrimmage

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Over 1,600 people are expected to converge in Monona on Saturday, Aug. 27, as MFL MarMac hosts a regional youth football scrimmage.

The jamboree, which will begin in early morning and go into the afternoon, is run through the Youth Sports Foundation (YSF), said Jo Berns, with the MFL MarMac Booster Club, who’s helping to organize the event.

“Our fifth and sixth graders play with pads and helmets, and YSF is who we go through to get equipment,” she explained. “They’re also who sets up the schedule.”

Tue
16
Aug

Monona bandstand fundraiser planned

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An ice cream social event to begin fundraising for repairs to Monona’s bandstand is planned for Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the city park.

The event will be paired with a Community Visioning presentation, said mayor Barb Collins at Monday’s city council meeting. The landscape architects who have created plans for the city will present design boards showcasing some of the improvements Monona can incorporate regarding trails, parks, plantings and more.

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