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Tue
27
Oct

Lund brings chiropractic practice to Marquette

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Dr. Kari Lund has brought her comprehensive chiropractic care to Marquette. Her office recently opened downtown, at 129 North St.

A graduate of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, Lund began her career in La Crosse, working for Dr. Linda Lorenz. She started her own practice in Prairie du Chien in 1996.

“I’ve been doing it awhile,” said Lund, who noted her interest in chiropractic began when she was seven and suffered from health issues. A chiropractor offered an alternative to drugs and surgery, helping her overcome her challenges.

“I had a great experience as a kid, and it stuck with me,” she added.

Tue
27
Oct

Marquette Council discusses Wetlands Centre staffing changes

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Effective Nov. 30, the city of Marquette will terminate its full-time Wetlands Centre and tourism and economic development director position. 

Katrina Moyna, who has held the full-time post since earlier this year, has not worked since August due to illness. Speaking to the city council at its regular meeting Oct. 20, city manager Dean Hilgerson said there is no anticipated date for her return. Since the council was already due to re-evaluate the necessity of a full-time position in November, heading into the slower winter months, he said the city’s personnel committee felt it was best to terminate it.

Tue
27
Oct

McGregor seeks community support in purchasing Victorian holiday decorations

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its regular meeting Oct. 21, the McGregor Council agreed to purchase new holiday decorations— a nine-piece set of life-size Victorian people and a sleigh—for Triangle Park.

The decorations are expected to cost around $2,800, funding for which will partially come from the sale of some city personal property, such as desks, a coat rack and some outdoor equipment, including a mower. The city hopes residents might also be willing to contribute to the fund.

“We’d like to see something nice,” said mayor Harold Brooks, as Triangle Park is one of the focal points of the community.

Tue
20
Oct

McGregor Council candidates share thoughts

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor residents will take to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, to elect a mayor and two council members. Incumbent mayor Harold Brooks is running unopposed for a two-year term, but the two council seats are up for grabs, with incumbents Rogeta Halvorson and Joe Muehlbauer taking on newcomer Jason Echard for four-year terms. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the McGregor Public Library.

 

Rogeta Halvorson

Incumbent Rogeta Halvorson is the daughter of Roger and Connie Halvorson and has three siblings, a daughter, son-in-law and grandson. She is currently the executive director of the Monona Chamber and Economic Development.

Tue
20
Oct

Snack pack program receives funds, continues to aid local children


Several local ladies, including (left) Laura Nozal, Jackie Lamb, Kathryn Starkey, Darlene Wilker, Bona Dean Feller and Deb Moon, helped fill snack packs for MFL MarMac elementary students last week at Living Faith United Methodist Church in McGregor. The snack packs are distributed confidentially, before each weekend, to students in need, to supplement food received at home. Moon recently received a $250 grant through Thrivent to purchase additional groceries for the program. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kathryn Starkey fills a snack pack, which is the size of a Ziploc bag, with juice boxes and apple sauce. Other items added to the packs include cereal, mac and cheese, crackers, pudding cups and fruit snacks.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the help of some local church volunteers, area kids in need are getting “snack packs” of food to tide them over during weekends away from the school’s regularly-provided meals.

Snack pack distribution began in 2009, kickstarted by Bona Dean Feller, who, the year prior, attended a United Methodist Celebrate Women Day in Texas, where a presentation was given on a similar program. Upon returning home, she contacted MFL MarMac elementary principal Kathy Koether and Mary Kleve, who was the guidance counselor at that time, to learn if a local program was needed.

Tue
20
Oct

Wetlands Centre welcomes Russian visitors


Igor Egorov, Rinda Ferguson, Elena Kim and Scott Boylen stand in front of the MFL MarMac McGregor Center, which was one of Igor and Elena’s stops when they visited the area last week from Khakassky State Nature Reserve in Russia. The visit was part of the Russia-USA Wetland Center Exchange Program: Linking People and Wetlands project. Representatives from the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette, including Boylen, visited Russia in June. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last week, Marquette’s Driftless Area Wetlands Centre hosted two representatives from Russia’s Khakassky State Nature Reserve, as part of the Russia-USA Wetland Center Exchange Program: Linking People and Wetlands project.

The Wetlands Centre was one of three wetlands centers in the United States chosen to participate in the project, which seeks to identify shared challenges organizations in the U.S. and Russia face in regard to wetlands education and outreach.

Tue
20
Oct

Clean and Fresh Laundromat, Decor and More open in Monona


Also joining the Monona business community is Clean and Fresh Laundromat. Those in attendance at the ribbon cutting were Monona City Administrator Dan Canton, MCED Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, MCED board member and business owner Kelly Bulman, MCED Board President Brent Formanek, MCED Director Ali Werger, Ashlee Johanningmeier, Monona Mayor Barb Collins, Monona Councilwoman Randee Blietz and Alex Steege with FreedomBank. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Decor and More was welcomed into the Monona business community last week with a ribbon cutting. In attendance at the event were Alex Steege with FreedomBank, Monona Councilwoman Randee Blietz, Monona Chamber and Economic Development (MCED) Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, Monona Mayor Barb Collins, MCED Director Ali Werger, Chelsi Brainard, Ashlee Johanningmeier, MCED Board President Brent Formanek, MCED board member and business owner Kelly Bulman and Monona City Administrator Dan Canton.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Two new businesses have joined the ranks of the Monona business community, with the opening of the Clean and Fresh Laundromat and Decor and More at the corner of Main and Center Streets.

The laundromat, opened by Kenny Johanningmeier, was the brainchild of his daughter, Ashlee Johanningmeier, who also opened Decor and More with her friend, Chelsi Brainard.

“We were in here cleaning up and I thought it would be an amazing spot for a laundromat,” said Ashlee of the area at the front of the building that now houses Clean and Fresh. 

Mon
19
Oct

Norma Catherine (Schoulte) Mitchell

 

Norma Catherine (Schoulte) Mitchell, 82, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, due to complications of a stroke. 

She was born on Sept. 22, 1933 in Farmersburg Township to Oliver and Lydia (Handke) Schoulte.

She grew up on the family farm near National and this is where she developed her life-long love of plants and birds.

Tue
13
Oct

Vehicle rear-ended as driver yields to fire truck


Multiple people were injured Wednesday, Oct. 7, in an accident near the intersection of Eagle Drive and Highway 18, near the Breezy Pointe Subdivision, west of Marquette. The accident occurred when one vehicle rear-ended another, which was pulling over to the side of the road to yield to a fire truck. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Several McGregor Hook and Ladder trucks were already in the area at the time of the accident, responding to a reported explosion that occurred in the woods between Breezy Pointe and the highway.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Multiple people were injured Wednesday, Oct. 7, in an afternoon accident near the intersection of Eagle Drive and Highway 18, near the Breezy Pointe Subdivision, west of Marquette. 

According to an Iowa State Patrol report, the accident occurred when a Chrysler van driven by Tanya Wolcott, 29, of West Union, heading westbound on Highway 18, pulled to the right side of the road to yield to a fire truck exiting the subdivision. A Chevy Impala, driven by Dorothy Naber, 75, of Cedar Falls, was following the Wolcott vehicle, but was unable to stop, striking the Wolcott vehicle in the rear. 

Tue
13
Oct

Hands-on approach helps local kids learn about fire safety


This year, MFL MarMac third graders practiced escaping a smoke-filled home. For the activity, students got on their hands and knees and crawled along the ground-level floor, where the smoke was less heavy. Once they reached the exit, they ran across the yard to a designated meeting spot. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Getting to spray a fire hose is one of the most-enjoyed stations for kids attending the Monona Volunteer Fire Department’s program for National Fire Safety Week.

To simulate the effects of fire in a home, the Monona Fire Department created a small-scale house and set it on fire. It showed MFL MarMac third graders how smoke and fire rise and quickly spread.

During Fire Prevention Week, Monona firemen talked about the different fire trucks, and the equipment housed in each, including the Jaws of Life, a chainsaw, generator, traffic cones, tools and more.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An important aspect of National Fire Prevention Week involves telling kids about fire safety: install smoke alarms throughout the house and check them monthly, develop an escape plan and meeting place, have fire extinguishers in the home.

For MFL MarMac elementary students, not only do they learn about this key information, but a series of hands-on activities and demonstrations by the Monona Volunteer Fire Department also helps them experience why fire safety is important and how firefighters protect the community.

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