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Tue
20
Sep

The road to Tokyo starts now


Local wrestler Kyle Pedretti (left), working here with training partner Victor Coronado, hopes to make the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Pedretti, now 28, has wrestled since he was in sixth grade. “I want to be the best in the world,” he said.

Local wrestler Pedretti hopes to make 2020 Olympics

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games are just a month in the books, but for athletes around the world, their sights are already set on the next games, four years from now in Tokyo, Japan. Among them is local wrestler Kyle Pedretti.

The sport has been woven into Pedretti’s life since, as a student at Central, he quit basketball in sixth grade to join the wrestling team. A year later, now in the MFL MarMac School District, he finished 2-2 at the AAU State Tournament. In eighth grade, he finished second at AAU State, despite personal hardship.

Tue
20
Sep

History comes alive at Fall-der-All Sept. 24-25


Cider pressing apples is one activity kids will enjoy at Fall-der-All, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25 in Froelich. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Let history come alive through fun demonstrations, tours and more at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25.

For over 20 years, Fall-der-All has been a local fall tradition for Froelich, which is known as the birthplace of the first gas-powered tractor to propel itself forward and backward, created by John Froelich in 1892.

In true Froelich fashion, tractors will start off the celebration on Saturday, with sign-up for a tractor ride beginning at 9 a.m. and the ride leaving at 9:30 a.m. It will end at Froelich around 12:30 p.m. 

Tue
20
Sep

Zoning change requested for construction of Dollar General Store in Monona


Fran Passmore was sworn in as Monona mayor Sept. 19. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Overland Engineering, LLC, on behalf of RSBR Investments, LLC, has requested that the city of Monona rezone property in the Gordon Subdivision, along Highway 18/52, from R-2 residential to C-1A commercial to allow construction and operation of a Dollar General retail store on the property.

The property would include three lots located between the highway and several homes along Darby Drive, near Garden View Senior Community.

“Dollar General has sent in all the paperwork,” said city administrator Dan Canton, addressing the council at its Sept. 19 meeting.

Tue
20
Sep

Investigation into reported firearms theft from Mar-Mac Police Department continues

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Mar-Mac Police Department, continues to investigate a report of stolen firearms from the Mar-Mac Police Department in February.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office in March, the investigation began with a request from Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich following the discovery of missing items. 

Between Feb. 8 and Feb. 17, an undisclosed number of firearms were reportedly stolen from the Marquette city garage, which is attached to the police department, while renovations were being made to the police department.

Tue
13
Sep

An adventure in monarch tagging


The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette held a monarch butterfly release party Saturday afternoon, with participants tagging and releasing several monarchs reared there over the last few weeks. Some butterflies caught in the wild that day were tagged and released, as well. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Tagging involves placing a small sticker on each butterfly’s hind wing. Each tag contains an identification number along with a phone number to call when the butterfly and tag are found. Monarch tagging is done now, as it is the peak time for monarchs to begin their migration to Mexico.

Jim Langhus shows the difference between a male (left) and female monarch butterfly. The males have noticeably thinner veins, as well as black spots on their hind wings.

Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey shows off one of the monarch butterflies reared at the Wetlands Centre and later tagged and released.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette held a monarch butterfly release party Saturday afternoon, with participants tagging and releasing several monarchs reared there over the last few weeks. Some butterflies caught in the wild that day were tagged and released, as well.

“This has been our first adventure in tagging,” said Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey.

Tagging involves placing a small sticker on each butterfly’s hind wing. Each tag contains an identification number along with a phone number to call when the butterfly and tag are found. It does not hinder the monarch’s movement.

Tue
13
Sep

Student journalists share their voices


MFL MarMac High School students work through a broadcast script for a video that will go on the new student news site, The Bulldog Growl. The website will also feature stories written by students about a variety of school-related topics. Beginning next week, their work will be shared monthly in the North Iowa Times. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A new English class offered at MFL MarMac High School is allowing students to become journalists by sharing their voices online, through a news website they’ve named The Bulldog Growl. Beginning next week, students’ work will also be shared monthly in the North Iowa Times.

Students will tackle a variety of school-related topics—everything from new staff and school rules to ACT testing and the latest Bulldog sports action. 

The website, bulldoggrowl.com, will be updated regularly with the students’ articles. It will also feature student video broadcast packages, in addition to polls and recent sports scores.

Tue
13
Sep

Passmore to take over as Monona’s mayor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona residents will see a familiar face in the mayor’s seat at the next council meeting: Fran Passmore. Passmore served as the city’s mayor for six years prior to the most recent mayor, Barb Collins, who took over in 2014.

Collins resigned as mayor late last month in order to become the city’s deputy clerk, replacing the retiring Linda Gullickson.

Passmore will finish out the remainder of the two-year term, through the end of 2017.

Tue
13
Sep

Event to raise awareness for Sullivan Opera House project, community preservation


On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., at Old Man River in downtown McGregor, an informative and enlightening event will explore the history of McGregor’s opera houses, successfully completed projects in other cities and the benefits of historic preservation in the community. The event will raise awareness for community efforts to restore McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (pictured).

Preservation promotes respect for those who came before us, and those who will come after. Preservation encourages citizen activity to become involved and fulfill their right and responsibility to create their community’s future.  On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., at Old Man River in downtown McGregor, an informative and enlightening event will explore the history of McGregor’s opera houses, successfully completed projects in other cities and the benefits of historic preservation in the community. 

Special guest and author, professor Richard Poole, will present “Tent Repertoire, Circle Stock, Airdomes and Opera Houses: Gone but not Forgotten,” an entertaining, illustrated talk detailing the incredible amount of theatre available to small-town Americans between 1870 and 1940.

Tue
13
Sep

Discover Marquette’s railroad history Sept. 17


Little barrel rides are a popular activity for kids at Marquette's annual Railroad Days, held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Depot Museum and Information Center. (NIT file photo)

Discover Marquette’s vast railroad history at the annual Railroad Days celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Depot Museum and Information Center.

Little barrel rides for the kids, as well as caricature drawings with John Mundt, will kick off the day, at 10 a.m., and run into the afternoon.

At 11 a.m., see if the train gets robbed, as the Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s street theater crew performs.

Learn about the history of telegraphy at 1 p.m. Stories and remembrances from former railroad employees will also begin at that time, continuing until 2 p.m.

Tue
13
Sep

Author shares about Prohibition in Eastern Iowa, encourages others to share stories


Author Linda McCann spoke at Murphy Helwig Library’s monthly coffee house Sept. 6, sharing about her latest book, “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Author Linda McCann, best known for her “Lost Towns” book series that details communities that disappeared along the Cedar River, spoke at Murphy Helwig Library’s monthly coffee house Sept. 6, sharing about her latest book, “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.”

McCann told those gathered she didn’t start as a writer, but rather as an RN.

“As my kids got older, I got into genealogy,” she said, noting that, when she and her husband moved to Shell Rock, she discovered she was a descendent of the town’s founder. Sometime over the years, that information had been lost. “I was determined my kids and grandkids would know about it.”

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