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Tue
23
Aug

McGregor Achievement Club looking for teams to participate in scavenger hunt

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Achievement Club is looking for teams to participate in its first annual scavenger hunt, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. 

The scavenger hunt will include clues, bonuses, relays and tasks to be completed throughout McGregor. Teams can consist of up to four people. Participants must be 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to form or sponsor teams, but anyone can play; you do not have to be sponsored by a business.

Tue
23
Aug

Marquette Council donates toward EMS training equipment

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette City Council, at its Aug. 16 meeting, approved donating $1,045.88 to the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad to cover half the cost of new CPR mannequins and an adult airway management trainer. 

The items will cost a total of $2,100.

The adult airway management trainer, said Mar-Mac EMT Liz Gilman, will allow EMTs to practice putting in airways. 

The CPR mannequins, she said, will include two adult mannequins, as well as two child mannequins and one infant.

Tue
23
Aug

McGregor fall clean-up to include shred event

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s fall clean-up, held in October, will include shredding services this year. A company from Dubuque will come to the community for a two-hour event, shredding important or confidential documents brought in by residents.

The cost for the event will be $540, said city administrator Lynette Sander, speaking to the council at its Aug. 17 meeting. She said the city of Marquette has expressed interest in co-oping with McGregor, which would allow the communities to split the cost, at $270 apiece, if Marquette decides to proceed.

Tue
23
Aug

Proposed Marquette zoning change would affect long-vacant downtown homes

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Residential homes in downtown Marquette that have sat empty for extended periods of time will no longer have to be converted to commercial use on the lower level if a section in the city’s zoning ordinance is removed.

Marquette’s planning and zoning commission recommended the deletion at its quarterly meeting earlier this month. Zoning administrator Darren Matthew said the city’s attorney, Dan Key, did not see any issues with the change.

At its Aug. 16 meeting, the Marquette Council agreed to set a public hearing at the start of its Sept. 20 meeting regarding the change.

Tue
23
Aug

Enthusiasm strong on MFL MarMac cross country team


Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team include (front, left to right) assistant coach Eric Koenig, Allison Corlett, Marissa Lechtenberg, Laycee Roys, head coach Eliza Philpott; (back) Kolten Matthews, Coltin Ball, Ellie Kinley, Reagan Butikofer, Cassidy Penrod, Hannah Schutte, Keri Picha, Jesse Breuer and Kaleb Krueger. Not pictured is Keagen Smerud. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Getting a taste of last year’s state cross country meet through state qualifier Hannah Schutte, who returns as a sophomore this season, has sparked a lot of enthusiasm in the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team, said fourth-year head coach Eliza Philpott. She is joined by assistant coach Eric Koenig, now in his second season.

Philpott and Koenig said this enthusiasm is one of the team’s strengths, and has translated into good, quality practices over the first couple weeks of the season.

“The kids come ready and willing for practice knowing it’s going to be tough, and that makes for an exciting environment,” they explained.

Tue
16
Aug

Local vendors highlighted with Lady Luck’s new Farmer’s Pick Buffet


Don Ostert, general manager/vice president of Lady Luck Marquette, joined by executive chef Patrick Stamatelos and representatives from the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce, unveiled the casino’s new Farmers Pick Buffet at an Aug. 12 ribbon cutting ceremony. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The new Farmer’s Pick brand taps into the Buffet’s use of seasonal, fresh ingredients, many of which come from local vendors.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Lady Luck Casino in Marquette unveiled its new Farmer’s Pick Buffet during a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 12.

The new brand taps into the Buffet’s use of seasonal, fresh ingredients, many of which come from local vendors.

“It will allow us to highlight local vendors and let people know where the products come from,” shared Don Ostert, general manager/vice president of Lady Luck Marquette.

Tue
16
Aug

MFL MarMac to host regional youth football scrimmage

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Over 1,600 people are expected to converge in Monona on Saturday, Aug. 27, as MFL MarMac hosts a regional youth football scrimmage.

The jamboree, which will begin in early morning and go into the afternoon, is run through the Youth Sports Foundation (YSF), said Jo Berns, with the MFL MarMac Booster Club, who’s helping to organize the event.

“Our fifth and sixth graders play with pads and helmets, and YSF is who we go through to get equipment,” she explained. “They’re also who sets up the schedule.”

Tue
16
Aug

Monona bandstand fundraiser planned

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An ice cream social event to begin fundraising for repairs to Monona’s bandstand is planned for Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the city park.

The event will be paired with a Community Visioning presentation, said mayor Barb Collins at Monday’s city council meeting. The landscape architects who have created plans for the city will present design boards showcasing some of the improvements Monona can incorporate regarding trails, parks, plantings and more.

Tue
09
Aug

Helen L. Stade

 

Helen L. Stade, 95, of Marquette, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Helen was born on March 6, 1921, rural Sny Magill, McGregor, Iowa, to Elmer and Leona (Hill) Hansen and attended country school.

Tue
09
Aug

Combined river patrol makes both sides of the Mississippi safer


Crawford County Deputy Nate Bremmer (left) and Clayton County Chief Reserve Deputy John Bell work together as part of the combined river patrol between the two sheriff’s departments. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Thanks to a joint patrol effort between the Clayton and Crawford County Sheriff’s Departments, both the Iowa and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi River offer a safer environment for recreational activities.

The departments began the combined river patrol in 2015, said Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi. Prior to that, the county patrolled only its own 42 miles of river.

“With an officer from both counties riding in the same patrol boat, we can patrol both sides of the river and give better coverage,” Tschirgi explained, “along with saving in wages and promoting safer boating or recreation.”

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