North Iowa Times

Tue
10
Nov

Election yields city council changes

McGregor, Marquette and Luana will all see changes to their city councils in the coming year following last week’s city elections.

The race for two seats on the McGregor Council was not officially declared until Monday, following a canvassing of votes, as newcomer Jason Echard and incumbents Rogeta Halvorson and Joe Muehlbauer were all within several votes of one another. The official results put Echard at 65 votes and Muehlbauer at 61, defeating Halvorson, who had 59.

The mayoral seat in McGregor was uncontested, with incumbent Harold Brooks winning re-election with 88 votes. 

McGregor had a 19.49 percent voter turnout.

Tue
10
Nov

Elliott recalls time aboard U.S.S. California during WWII


U.S. Navy veteran Jack Elliott, who lives in Marquette, served in the South Pacific, on the battleship the U.S.S. California, during the final years of WWII. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A lifejacket and a tin hat. As a first loader of a 40mm anti-aircraft gun, serving on a battleship in the South Pacific during the final years of World War II, they were the only protection for U.S. Navy veteran Jack Elliott. They might seem like paltry defense against screaming Japanese planes, but the key, he said, was not to get hit in the first place.

“There were several times I was pretty scared. We shot at hundreds of airplanes,” Jack recalled. “If you didn’t hit them first, you were going to get hit.”

Tue
10
Nov

New full-time officer and reserve officer join Mar-Mac PD


Brad McNett (left) joins the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District as a full-time officer, while Jakob Regal (center) will serve as a reserve officer. They are pictured here with Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

One full-time officer and one reserve officer have joined the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District.

Joining the department full-time is Brad McNett. He replaces Dylan Rumph, who departed over the summer for a position at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. With McNett’s addition, Mar-Mac will have three full-time officers, including police chief Jason Bogdonovich and officer Rodger Sear.

Tue
10
Nov

McGregor FEMA project underway after 5.5-year wait

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

After 5.5 years of dealing with easements, studies, mitigation and other permitting issues, the city of McGregor is finally ready to go to bid on its FEMA stormwater protection project.

“It’s been a long time coming,” noted Tim Cutsforth, of engineering firm HR Green, who spoke about the project at a special council meeting Nov. 4. 

Tue
10
Nov

Items on MFL MarMac’s five-year strategic plan already being checked off

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac’s School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) met Monday night, before the school board meeting, to evaluate the district’s five-year strategic plan, which was created earlier this year.

Some items on the list, including an updated website and playgrounds, are already being addressed, noted Superintendent Dale Crozier, speaking to the board.

The list has come a long way since 15 years ago, he said, when items to address included fixing boilers and roofs as well as purchasing buses.

Tue
03
Nov

Arvidson to retire after 36.5 years in dentistry


Later this month, Dr. Jim Arvidson will retire from a career that, over 36.5 years, brought him laughter, learning experiences and a resounding connection with the community he served. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Later this month, Dr. Jim Arvidson will retire from a career that, over 36.5 years, brought him laughter, learning experiences and a resounding connection with the community he served.

“Dentistry has given me what I wanted and needed it to,” he said. 

Spurred on by a good relationship with his dentist as well as an interest in science sparked by his scientist father, Arvidson, who grew up in Des Moines, became attracted to the profession in junior high. 

Tue
03
Nov

K9 Raven highlights Red Ribbon Week


Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Moser and his K9 partner, Raven, put on a presentation for MFL MarMac McGregor Center students during Red Ribbon Week. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Students at MFL MarMac’s McGregor Center recognized Red Ribbon Week last week, learning about the importance of living drug-free. A highlight of the week included a visit from Clayton County K9 Raven, who was part of a presentation by her partner, Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Moser.

Raven, 2, is an all-black German Shepherd who was born in Poland and trained in Michigan. 

“She is a dual-purpose indicator,” Moser told students, meaning Raven can locate both drugs and people. She can also apprehend criminals, biting and holding the individual down until an officer can handcuff him/her.

Tue
03
Nov

McGregor Park Board, Mar-Mac Police among UMGC grant recipients


The McGregor Park Board received $23,000 toward Turner Park improvements. Pictured (left to right) are McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander, Turner Park Committee Member Janet Hallberg, UMGC Board President Norm Lincoln and McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District received $2,000 to purchase Motorola two-way portable radios. Pictured are Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich (left) and UMGC Board Member Jay Farmer.

The Clayton County Development Group (CCDG) received $15,000 toward its “Relax, Enjoy, Experience Northeast Iowa” tourism efforts. Pictured are Beth Regan, Tom Finley and Darla Kelchen, all with CCDG, and UMGC Treasurer Harold Brooks.

The Clayton County Agricultural Society received $10,000 toward public health and safety renovations at the fairgrounds. Pictured with UMGC Board Member Dan Lane (right) are society representatives Julie Fuelling and Jessica Henkes.

The Clayton County Food Shelf received $5,000 toward its emergency food supply. Pictured with UMGC Board Member Brandi Backes (center) are Food Shelf representatives Linda Kuehl, Daniel Burke, Utoni Ruff and Sherri Stoffel.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) held its annual awards banquet at Lady Luck Casino’s Lone Wolf Bar Oct. 26, presenting $106,054.36 to area organizations.

Tue
03
Nov

Schutte competes at state cross country meet


MFL MarMac freshman Hannah Schutte (530) capped off a stellar cross country season with a 47th-place finish in Class 1A at the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac freshman Hannah Schutte capped off a stellar cross country season with a 47th-place finish in Class 1A at the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31. 

With a time of 21:26.7, Schutte placed in the middle of the pack. Alyssa Williams, a senior from Durant, placed first with a time of 19:12.9.

Head coach Eliza Philpott said she feels this is just the start for Schutte. 

“I think that every person, at some point in their athletic career, wants to make it to state,” Philpott said. “For Hannah, this came true in her very first year ever in cross country.”

Wed
28
Oct

Severna A. DaVelaar

 

Severna A. DaVelaar, 98, formerly of Waterloo and Evansdale, died Saturday, Oct. 24, at Sunrise Hill Care & Rehab Center, Traer.

She was born May 20, 1917, in Ridgeway, daughter of Severn and Anna Langan Olson. She married Lester Pillard in 1936 and they later divorced. She married John W. DaVelaar on Aug. 11, 1945, in Galena, Ill.; he died March 27, 2003.

A 1934 graduate of McGregor High School, Severna and her husband owned and operated both Jax Tavern and Evansdale Furniture Store for 20 years, retiring in 1970.

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