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Tue
21
Jun

Monona Council holds off on hotel feasibility study decision

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council continued its discussion on having a company perform a hotel feasibility study for the community at its June 20 meeting, but held off on making a decision until more information can be gathered.

The idea was first brought up at the last council meeting, on June 6, when mayor Barb Collins said a representative from Cobblestone Inn and Suites had approached the city with the suggestion.

City manager Dan Canton said he has names of several independent companies who perform studies, noting that a potential study would include two phases.

Tue
21
Jun

McGregor P&Z asked to take a look at Main Street zoning

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its June 15 meeting, the McGregor City Council expressed a desire for the city’s planning and zoning commission to review and revise McGregor’s code in regard to zoning, citing community concerns over downtown storefronts being used as apartments rather than for commercial purposes.

“If we lose storefronts, it hurts other businesses,” said city administrator Lynette Sander.

It also hurts the city in regard to taxes, added councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson.

Fri
17
Jun

Bettie M. Mueller

 

Bettie M. Mueller, 94, of Davenport, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at ManorCare Health Services-Utica Ridge. 

Bettie Marie DeHaven was born on July 11, 1921, in McGregor, Iowa, the daughter of Earle and Lucile (Edwards) DeHaven. In 1939, she married Fred Mueller in Independence, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2012. Mrs. Mueller worked as a 911 radio operator for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church, Davenport, and enjoyed singing in the choir in her younger years. Bettie loved music and sang to her family and friends and the staff at ManorCare.

Thu
16
Jun

Ann Louise Trudo

 

Ann Louise Trudo, 74, of Marquette, Iowa died Monday, June 13, at her home in Marquette, Iowa. 

Ann was the daughter of Philip J. Jenson and Martha (Cole) Jenson and was born on Feb. 16, 1942 in Iowa City. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1960. 

Tue
14
Jun

Discover Monona during Hay Days

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Discover Monona during its annual Hay Days celebration, Friday and Saturday, June 17-18. 

The fun begins Friday, June 18, with the Monona Volunteer Fire Department’s Glow Run 5K/1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk, now in its third year. Registration is from 8 to 9 p.m. at the city park. The Glow Run, which starts and finishes at the park, will begin at dusk. Stick around after the event for the After Glow Party. For those who need some food to fuel their running efforts, stop by the walking taco supper sponsored by the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers, held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tue
14
Jun

Born into dairy


Emily Moses is Clayton County’s 2016 Dairy Princess. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Moses is 2016 Clayton County Dairy Princess

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Clayton County’s 2016 Dairy Princess, Emily Moses, has had a love of dairy since she was a child.

“I was born into dairy farming, “ said Moses, the daughter of Travis and Nancy Moses, of Monona. “I’ve always been around it.”

Growing up on the family farm, where Holsteins were the breed of choice, Moses said she always found the calves interesting. She later enjoyed milking, when she became old enough to help. 

Tue
14
Jun

MFL grad Larry Meyer to be MFL MarMac’s new high school principal

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board approved a contract for Larry Meyer as the new high school principal at its June 13 meeting.

A 1977 MFL graduate, Meyer most recently taught math, science and physical education at Maquoketa Valley, where he’s been since 2005. From 1981 to 2002, he taught and coached in the Garnavillo School District. Meyer’s duties will begin July 1.

In addition, the board approved a special education contract for Elise Martins, as well as the resignations of McGregor Center secretary Julie Mullarkey and bus driver Jim Elliott.

Mon
13
Jun

Thomas James Woods

 

Thomas James Woods, 57, of Randalia, Iowa passed away at his home on Thursday, June 9.  

Tommy was born on Sept. 5, 1958 in Oelwein, the son of Thomas and Carolyn Woods. He grew up in Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein High School in 1977. He was married to Terri Neunsinger in December of 1978. Together, they had two daughters, Courtney and Rachel. They were later divorced.

Thu
09
Jun

Mary Lou McGuire

 

Mary Lou McGuire, 85, of Machesney Park, Ill., passed away Wednesday, June 8. 

Mary Lou was born March 10, 1931, in McGregor, the daughter of Severin and Eda (Heilman) Johnson. She graduated from McGregor high school. She married William V. McGuire on Sept. 17, 1949, in McGregor. She employed by Union Hall, Rockford Saw and LaFontaines Vending. She was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church and a member of Loves Park Ladies VFW Auxiliary. She was a SAVE volunteer at Parker Center and was a tutor at Rock Cut Elementary School. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, planning events, spending time with her grandchildren and organizing and participating in the annual Christmas Cookie Bake. 

Tue
07
Jun

Students find success in young robotics program


Monona Robotics members Max Havlicek (left) and Karter Decker recently took second place for best creative programming in the Iowa Tech Hub Hyper Stream Competition. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Robots are created using Legos and Lego extensions, Max said. Each robot has a “brain” and is controlled by a remote control. “The brain holds the programming, which you download from a computer,” he explained.

Max and Karter described robotics as a fun, educational and rewarding experience.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Local students are finding success with the Monona Robotics program, created in 2014 through the Clayton County ISU Extension Office. Middle schoolers Max Havlicek and Karter Decker recently earned second place for best creative programming in the Iowa Tech Hub Hyper Stream Competition.

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