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23
Dec

John Borden

 

John Borden, 85, of Marquette, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 at his home in Marquette. 

 

John Harold was born on May 31, 1931, to Roger and Helen (Taylor) Borden in Texas. He attended school in Chicago, Ill., through the eighth grade. John honorably served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955.

Fri
23
Dec

Eugene Louis Trudo

 

Eugene Louis Trudo, 87, of McGregor, died Sunday, Dec. 18, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

 

Eugene Louis was born on Feb. 12, 1929, to Elmer and Elsie (McNally) Trudo in Clermont. He attended high school in Clermont and earned his GED through the Navy. 

Thu
22
Dec

Lester Alan Thostenson

 

Lester Alan Thostenson, 60, of Ottumwa, died at 3:15 a.m. Dec. 20, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

 

Tue
20
Dec

Assessment sheds light on housing needs of county, its communities

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Over the last few weeks, communities throughout Clayton County have hosted public open houses to evaluate and discuss their housing needs, as determined by a recently-completed Clayton County Housing Needs Assessment.

The assessment, prepared by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, has been in the works for over a year. It’s the first of its kind in the county.

“We’ve never done a study before because we’ve always had adequate housing,” shared Darla Kelchen, executive director of the Clayton County Development Group, which commissioned the study. “Now, millennials are coming in who want to rent, not own. That’s changing our process.”

Tue
20
Dec

McGregor searching for economic development lead

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor City Council gave the go-ahead, at a special meeting last week, to begin searching for an economic development lead for the city.

McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander said the city’s acting deputy clerk, Sue Dolan, has tentatively stated her desire to retire in the coming spring, opening the door to create the economic development position.

“We’d like to start looking as soon as possible,” Sander said.

Tue
20
Dec

Marquette moving forward with bench evacuation route

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Dec. 13 regular meeting, the Marquette City Council selected Delta 3 Engineering, of Platteville, to complete plans and oversee bidding and construction for an emergency evacuation route off the bench, at a cost of $24,950.

The council received proposals for the project several months ago, but chose to take more time to consider researching and planning a route. It also needed to wait until the leaves were off the trees, so a survey could more easily be performed.

“I’d like to have that [the survey] done before spring, before the leaves, so we can start the route,” said councilwoman Cindy Halvorson.

Tue
20
Dec

Prairie Farms Dairy, Swiss Valley Farms announce merger agreement

Prairie Farms Dairy and Swiss Valley Farms announced last week that the two companies have entered into a merger agreement. Both companies are farmer-owned dairy cooperatives and recognized leaders within the dairy industry. The combined entity will bring together two well-known brands and will expand sales opportunities for both cooperatives.

Tue
20
Dec

Glen DuCharme

 

Glen DuCharme, 65, of McGregor, Iowa, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Crossing Rivers Health, in Prairie du Chien.

 

He was born April 23, 1951, to Ivan and Helen (Ford) DuCharme, in Prairie du Chien. Glen graduated from Seneca High School in 1969.

Tue
20
Dec

Henry John Kleinow Jr.

 

Henry John Kleinow Jr., 92, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., joined the Lord his Savior on Sunday, Dec. 18, at his home in Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

 

He was born on Sept. 6, 1924, in Marquette, to Henry and Elizabeth (Henry) Kleinow. Henry attended school in McGregor, graduating from high school in 1943. 

Tue
13
Dec

Hour of Code: Raising student awareness of computer science


MFL MarMac seniors JP Murphy (left) and Shane Hexom participate in Hour of Code. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Tyler Trappe (center), dressed in an Angry Birds costume, helps Emme Schroeder and Blake Lamborn during Hour of Code.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last week, MFL MarMac students in grades K-12 joined millions of other students around the world to participate in a technology learning event called Hour of Code.

Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science that takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. Organized by the non-profit organization Code.org, which works to expand student access to computer science, it began as a way to demystify coding and show students that anyone can learn the basics.

“It’s also meant to build awareness for computer science, because so many schools don’t teach it,” explained MFL MarMac’s teacher librarian, Melissa Haberichter, who helped organize the district’s Hour of Code event.

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