North Iowa Times

Tue
05
Aug

Monona Council discusses raising water rates

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

At its Aug. 4 meeting, the Monona City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to increase the city’s water rates by 10 percent.

Tue
29
Jul

McGregor couple’s garden a place for experimentation


Carolyn and David Scott stand next to their tomato plants, which were planted this year in straw bales. The couple agreed these are the tallest and most plentiful plants they’ve seen. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Scotts planted a number of vegetables in straw bales this year after learning about the method in a book. David said, with the amount of rain so far this summer, the plants have required little watering. When they do, this soaker hose runs along the top of the bales, down the middle, sending water to the plants’ roots.

David uncovers a small potato from its straw bed. Three years ago, the Scotts began planting their potatoes in straw, which creates a moist environment for the potatoes to grow, free of soil. It makes digging easier and less messy.

The Scotts’ garden is a host of experiments, with straw bale gardening (shown in the foreground) their most recent endeavor. Behind the tall tomato plants, three rectangular terraces have been built into the yard where it slopes, allowing the plants to grow on level ground. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

These help the garden plants grow on level ground.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

To many, growing garden plants in straw bales seems to defy logic. Don’t plants need soil to grow? However, looking at David and Carolyn Scott’s garden, located in the yard of their McGregor home, you’ll quickly find that’s not the case.

Tue
29
Jul

Mar-Mac Chamber asked to consider UMGC request for reimbursement of $18,000 tax credit

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce has been asked to consider reimbursing Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) $18,000 for a six-year-old tax credit, which related to the filming of the movie “Duck Farm Number 13” in McGregor.

Tue
29
Jul

Ripening school garden provides students with agricultural connection


Six kids and one parent helped at the Monona Center garden Monday night. They weeded the garden, planted basil, tried some new foods and picked produce. After picking the veggies, the kids, sitting here with teacher Roberta Hass, gathered everything in the middle to be split evenly among each other. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Ryan Wilson checks to see if there are any bad spots on this tomato before placing it in his bag. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Hannah Jacobson tries a tomato from a one-bite salad at Monday night’s garden club meeting. The one-bite salads consisted of a selection of tomatoes, basil, pesto and cheese.

Felicia Pinto, with Iowa Food and Fitness, shows the kids a recently picked kohlrabi.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The plants in the MFL MarMac school garden at the Monona Center are ripening, much to the delight of garden club members who meet each Monday evening to care for the garden, pick produce and participate in taste testing and other fun activities.

Tue
29
Jul

MFL MarMac 6th grade girls basketball team takes on top teams from four-state area


Pictured (front, left) are Megan Lang, Destiny Berns, Rachel Davis, Marissa Anderson, Kayleigh White; (middle) Ashley Weaver, Jordan Schubert, Brinan Berger, RoseMary McGeough, Maya Butikofer; (back) Jess Schubert, Jackie McGeough, Saysha Schoulte, Chloe Hubanks, Keri Picha, Taylor Berns, Bailey Winter, Kira Reick, Jason Winter and Rebecca Springsteen. (Submitted photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The MFL MarMac 6th grade girls basketball went 2-1 in the recent Great Four-State Tournament, held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, playing tough against top teams from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Tue
22
Jul

McGrath shares monarch butterfly knowledge


Kathy White McGrath shows the crowd a monarch butterfly she was readying to release at her July 19 program in McGregor’s Triangle Park. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Here, McGrath shows the crowd holes eaten through a milkweed leaf—a sign that a monarch butterfly caterpillar was about. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

After the presentation, the kids and parents enjoyed peeking at the caterpillars. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
22
Jul

Summer a busy time for local kids showing animals at fairs


Brady and Kaitlyn Olson, of Luana, show sheep at three fairs and a number of open shows each summer. They enjoy watching their sheep, like Diamond shown here, grow and progress throughout the year. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Catheryn Lang (with Pearl and Little Lolly), a recent MFL MarMac graduate, has been interested in cows and the show circuit since joining 4-H in fifth grade. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Gavin Hertrampf handles one of his beef cattle at a recent competition. It’s tricky to prepare beef for shows, he said, because they are more wild than dairy cows. (Submitted photo)

Mason Hertrampf shows one of his cattle. He and younger brother Gavin picked up showing from their older brother, Tyler. (Submitted photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

For many local 4-H’ers, getting animals ready to show at fairs throughout the summer is an everyday job.

 

Tue
22
Jul

McGregor riverfront shelter to be named for Donald Strutt

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

At its July 16 meeting, the McGregor City Council approved the park board’s suggestion to name the city’s riverfront shelter in honor of Dr. Donald Strutt.

 

Tue
22
Jul

Marquette discusses moving fireworks to Memorial Day weekend

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
22
Jul

Tree planting, maintenance a priority in Marquette


The city of Marquette recently observed Arbor Day and the city’s Tree City USA status. Pictured (left to right) are Don Smalley of the Marquette Tree Board, council members Rinda Ferguson, Jason Winter, John Ries, Cindy Halvorson and Galen McShane and mayor Norma Mason. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Trees are an important aspect of every community, said Don Smalley, head of the Marquette Tree Board. “They’re aesthetically pleasing and they provide shade and cover for homes and birds.”

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