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Wed
22
Mar

Kevin Clair Hedeman

 

Kevin Clair Hedeman, 61, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 18, at Wake Med Hospital. 

 

He was born on Oct. 2, 1955, in McGregor, to Elmer and Nelda Hedeman. He lived most of his life in McGregor and Raleigh.

Tue
21
Mar

John K. Hart, Jr.

 

John K. Hart, Jr., consummate musician, wit, and dear friend to many died Jan. 14, at the age of 66. 

 

John was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., to John K. Hart, Sr., and Wilda (Arnot) Hart. The family moved to Illinois and John spent most of his childhood in Arlington Heights. 

Tue
21
Mar

Through speech, teens share pieces of themselves


On Monday, March 27, Ayla Boylen (left), Walter Stavroplus and Anjela Waterman will join talented teens from across the state at the All State Speech Festival. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On Monday, March 27, three local teens will join talented students from across the state at the University of Northern Iowa, for the All State Speech Festival. 

Ayla Boylen, Anjela Waterman and Walter Stavroplus were nominated for the prestigious event after earning straight ones at the State Individual Speech Contest at Waldorf College on March 11.

Only a fraction of participants are nominated to All State. 

Tue
21
Mar

Storm spotters are local eyes on the sky for NWS

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The National Weather Service (NWS) has 122 offices around the country, all tasked with providing their service areas with weather forecasts and hazardous weather notifications.

“At the National Weather Service, we try to tell the potential of hazardous weather,” explained Todd Shea, warning and coordination meteorologist with the NWS office in La Crosse. “We’re not hypers or storm chasers.”

The main goal, he said, is to create a weather ready nation.

Tue
21
Mar

Three recognized at Eagle Court of Honor


Boy Scout Troop 32, of Marquette-McGregor, held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony March 19, recognizing three young men—Nicholas Larson (left), Hunter Jensen and Walter Stavroplus—who attained Scouting’s highest rank over the past year. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Boy Scout Troop 32, of Marquette-McGregor, held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony March 19, recognizing three young men—Nicholas Larson, Hunter Jensen and Walter Stavroplus—who attained Scouting’s highest rank over the past year. 

Larson’s Eagle Scout project involved restoring the Civil War headstones at McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Over a dozen headstones were cleaned and raised to the correct height.

Tue
21
Mar

No more resident-only parking area on the Marquette riverfront

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A riverfront parking perk for Marquette residents will soon be a thing of the past because, according to the city’s attorney, it could violate several laws.

A city ordinance currently restricts parking in the north riverfront lot (in front of the fishing pier) to only residents who were issued a permit from city hall, without a fee, upon written application and proof of residency. Violators are subject to a $250 fine.

Tue
21
Mar

Marquette water, sewer fee adjustments proposed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette’s water and sewer committee presented a recommendation for utility rate and service fee adjustments at the March 14 city council meeting.

An independent study, said councilwoman Pam Brodie-Fitzgerald, recently found the city “is severely under-budgeted for what it charges for water and sewer.”

Over the years, Brodie-Fitzgerald said, the fund has been supported by revenue from the boat. Over time, however, that has declined. Plus, she added, the fund is supposed to take care of itself.

Tue
14
Mar

Sullivan Opera House survey results are positive


The results of a survey conducted from mid-November through mid-January to gauge the community’s thoughts about the potential re-use and rehabilitation of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (old hardware store) have been released. Most survey responses showed a desire for the building to be renovated or rehabilitated. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The results of a survey conducted from mid-November through mid-January to gauge the community’s thoughts about the potential re-use and rehabilitation of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (old hardware store) have been released.

“I’m very pleased. The majority of responses were positive,” said Duane Boelman, who was recently hired as McGregor deputy clerk and to lead the city’s economic development efforts.

The survey was commissioned by the McGregor Historic Preservation Commission and city of McGregor, with help from the Technical Assistance to Brownfields program from Kansas State University.

Tue
14
Mar

Mar-Mac police officer resigns

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission accepted the resignation of officer Brad McNett at its March 7 meeting. McNett’s resignation will be effective March 16, leaving the department short handed.

A third full-time officer has already been budgeted for in the upcoming fiscal year, however, the commissioners did not move to fill the position, feeling it would be best to evaluate the direction of the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District first. In the time it would take to hire and certify an officer, the year would be half over.

Fri
10
Mar

Robert Havlicek

 

Robert Havlicek, 80, of Monona, died Wednesday, March 8, at the Good Samaritan Society, in Postville. 

 

Robert was born to Frank and Agnes (Miller) Havlicek on Dec. 18, 1936, in Giard. Robert was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona in 1957. He attended Monona High School. 

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