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Tue
13
Dec

Sharing a vision for Clayton County


John Nikolai and Ellen Collins were among the over two dozen people who shared their visions for Clayton County at a public meeting Dec. 8. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Roughly 30 people from around the county—representing agriculture, industry, conservation, tourism and economic development, and more—shared their visions for the future of Clayton County at a public meeting in Elkader Dec. 8. The meeting was the second held in the last two months to gather resident input for creation of an updated county comprehensive plan. 

The county’s existing comprehensive plan was created in 2002, said Michelle Barness, a community planner with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, which the county has engaged to update the plan. It was short, she noted, and not as detailed as those formed today. An update will be handy for a variety of reasons. 

Tue
13
Dec

Local conservation efforts recognized


Jerome and Kris Sass (middle) received the 2016 Owner-Operator Award for the Clayton SWCD. They are pictured with Gerry Ommen (left) from the Clayton SWCD, and Nick Westhoff, from Farm Bureau.

Nick Donlon (left) was selected as the 2016 Outstanding New Cooperator for the Clayton SWCD. He’s pictured with commissioner Gerry Ommen.

Derek Larson (right) received the 2016 Bernard Hanson award as the top individual soil judge. He’s pictured with Owen Sylvester, from the Clayton SWCD.

Caleb Stuckman (right) received the 2016 Bernard Hanson award as the top pacer for 2016. He’s pictured with SWCD chairman Owen Sylvester.

This year’s top soil judging team was from MFL MarMac. Pictured are Clayton SWCD commissioner Owen Sylvester (left) with students Beau Benzing, Chloe Hubanks, Skylar Moser and Derek Larson.

The Clayton Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) honored the outstanding conservation efforts of local farm families during the annual awards banquet Dec. 7, at Freedom Bank in Elkader. This year’s award winners showcase a variety of conservation efforts, and each recipient provides an outstanding example of what people can do to protect the natural resources that everyone enjoys in northeast Iowa. The local awards program is co-sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau. 

Jerome Sass received the 2016 Owner-Operator Award for the Clayton SWCD. Jerome owns and/or operates 300 acres in Monona Township, in northwest Clayton County. Over the last six years, he has implemented a combination of structural and management practices that reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss from his farm.  

Mon
12
Dec

Mitsuko “Mitchi” Weaver

 

Mitsuko “Mitchi” Weaver, 83, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor. 

 

Tue
06
Dec

Bulldog wrestlers hope to build on the success of last season


Members of the 2016-2017 MFL MarMac high school wrestling team include (front, left to right) manager MacKenzie Gramlich, cheerleaders Brenna Boland, Brooklyn Landt, Lizzie Miene, Jerica Meana, Sierra Wiebensohn, Katelyn Berns, Chloe Diehl, manager Eden Heying; (middle) manager Chelbe Feuerhelm, Zach Howe, Kaleb Krueger, Keaton Dettman, Austin Ruff, Nathan Johanningmeier, Hunter Miller, Michael Egan, manager Emily Hanson; (back) head coach Chet Bachman, assistant coach Travis Johnson, Avrey Smith, Kutter Anderson, JT Stocker, Brady Olson, Chaise Ziegler, Matt Knipfel, Ethan Stubbs, Colton Dettman, Maccoy Pritchard, Riley Doeppke, Jamarr Tanniehill, Nick Larson, Zach Trudo, Michael Berger, Korby Keehner, assistant coach Collin Stubbs and assistant coach Tracy Decker. Not pictured is Garret Keehner. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last season, the MFL MarMac high school wrestling team was conference dual champions and advanced all the way to regionals. Five individuals qualified for sectionals, with two making it to the state tournament. 

“We had a strong season last year,” said head coach Chet Bachman, “and we want to build on that.” 

Bachman, who’s joined this season by assistant coaches Tracy Decker, Collin Stubbs, Travis Johnson, Mike Meyer, Chase Strub, Gatlin Keehner and Kyle Kirkestue, said his team will benefit from some strong returners. 

Tue
06
Dec

Making, sending cards adds a personal touch

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the advent of email, social media and other ways to quickly communicate with one another, especially from long distances, the practice of sending cards in the mail has increasingly fallen by the wayside.

However, when you’re looking for that added personal touch to show someone just how much you care—particularly during the holiday season—nothing beats a card.

Suzanne Kaber takes that one step further. She makes her own.

Tue
06
Dec

Mock interviews help students prepare for the future


MFL MarMac senior Ty Hefner was one of 93 students who participated in mock interviews last week. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The 93 MFL MarMac juniors and seniors in Tamara Butikofer’s pre-employment strategies class got a taste of the real world Dec. 1, as they participated in mock interviews for their potential careers.

For the interviews, students were split into four groups. Each group went into the gym for a half-hour, during which time the students were matched up with and interviewed by a local business person or Northeast Iowa Community College representative.

This was a new venture for MFL MarMac, Butikofer said.

“We do some mock interviews in class, but never this big,” she explained. 

Tue
06
Dec

Plans continue to bring Dollar General to Monona

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At the Monona Council’s Dec. 5 meeting, city administrator Dan Canton informed the council that the Overland Group has accepted the city’s counter-offer to purchase a small parcel of land in the Monona Commercial Park for $20,000.

The land, located along Highway 18, west of Fisk Farm and Home and the Davis Street Car Wash, is next to a larger property, which is not owned by the city, that the Overland Group is interested in for construction of a Dollar General store.

Tue
29
Nov

Angels Helping Angels warms the holidays for local kids

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This holiday season will be brighter—and warmer—for many MFL MarMac kids and families thanks to the Angels Helping Angels program. 

Established four years ago, when one of the organizers wanted to help a child in the district get a new winter coat, Angels Helping Angels matches “angels” in need of winter apparel, clothing, blankets, hygiene products, food and even holiday gifts with donor “angels” who have offered to provide those items.

The program has aided over 100 children (and some families) of varying ages and degrees of need in each of the last three years. In 2015, 165 local kids received help, and this year’s number of angel recipients is anticipated to be at or above that amount.

Tue
29
Nov

Festival of Trees brings the excitement of Christmas to McGregor


With its dozens of beautifully-decorated trees, music, food, crafts and contests, the Festival of Trees has been a must-see holiday event for six years. This year’s event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at Backwoods Bar and Event Center in McGregor. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With its dozens of beautifully-decorated trees, music, food, crafts and contests, the Festival of Trees has been a must-see holiday event for six years.

“This event brings the excitement of Christmas to the McGregor community and shares it with all our friends in the surrounding area,” noted Anne Kruse, who helps organize the Festival of Trees along with many other community volunteers.

Tue
29
Nov

Holiday Train stopping in Marquette on Dec. 4


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in Marquette, at the marina parking lot, on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:45 p.m. (NIT file photo)

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again bring holiday cheer to the area as it stops in Marquette, at the marina parking lot, on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:45 p.m.

Now in its 18th year, the Holiday Train is adorned with thousands of lights depicting holiday scenes on 14 rail cars, one of which turns into a stage for musical performances.

However, putting on a dazzling light display is just half of the Holiday Train equation, as attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation as admission. 

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