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Mon
18
Jan

Darlene Cummings Willadsen

 

Darlene Cummings Willadsen, 91, of Clermont, Iowa passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union, Iowa. 

Darlene, the daughter of Fritz A. and Gladine T. (Mays) Nottnagel, was born Dec. 21, 1924 in Marquette, Iowa. She graduated from Marquette High School. 

Fri
15
Jan

Edward J. Laufer

 

Edward J. Laufer died on Jan. 8, at his home in Omaha, Neb. surrounded by loved ones. 

Ed was born Nov. 22, 1921, the fifth of sixth children born to John and Nellie Laufer. His birth occurred in Hettinger, N.D. where he was the first of two sons to follow four daughters. 

He is the last surviving member of his immediate family. In 2012, he was preceded in death by beloved spouse Edith, who left this world just shy of their 70th wedding anniversary. He is also preceded in death by five siblings and many other family members. 

Fri
15
Jan

Jackson Neal Baty

 

 Jackson Neal Baty, 90, of Cedar Falls, Iowa passed peacefully on Jan. 12, while attempting to recover from a broken hip. 

He was born on June 18, 1925 to Eben and Emma (Jackson) Baty in Chicago, Ill.

He will be fondly remembered as a newspaperman, educator, and encourager of others. Jackson was a cowboy at heart with a passion for learning, living, and exploring. He was a generous person who gave willingly of his time and resources to help others. He smoked a pipe for many years and was known lovingly as the “Old Puffer.”

Tue
12
Jan

Trappe, Russett switch real estate roles


Steve Russett and his real estate business have served Monona and the surrounding area for 30 years, for the last 10 years with the help of Nathan Trappe. At the start of the year, Russett transferred it to Trappe. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Steve Russett and his real estate business have served Monona and the surrounding area for 30 years, for the last 10 years with the help of Nathan Trappe. At the start of the year, Russett transferred it to Trappe. 

“It’s coming under me now. We’re just switching roles,” explained Trappe, noting that Russett wants to slow down but will still remain active with the company. “The only thing that’s changing is the name.” 

Tue
12
Jan

Students taking advantage of chance to earn college credits in high school

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A number of MFL MarMac High School students are heading off to their post-secondary education destinations with college credit already under their belts, thanks to a partnership between the school district and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). Katie Gilbert, from NICC, spoke before the MFL MarMac school board at its Jan. 11 meeting, explaining some of the options open to students. 

Fri
08
Jan

Janice Le Rhea Mae (Cahalan) McGeough-Donahue

 

Janice Le Rhea Mae (Cahalan) McGeough-Donahue, 78, of Guttenberg, formerly of Waterville, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa. Janice was born on Nov. 14, 1937 to Woodrow and Gretta (Huffman) Cahalan in rural Harpers Ferry. She attended Smoky Hallow Country School, Marquette Grade School and Waukon High School.

Tue
05
Jan

Mason’s tenure as Marquette mayor comes to a close


Norma Mason’s six-year tenure as the mayor of Marquette came to a close at the end of December.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

When the Marquette Council meets for its regular monthly meeting Jan. 19, for the first time in six years, someone new will call the meeting to order. December marked the end of Norma Mason’s tenure as the city’s mayor, with her passing the gavel on to David Schneider, who was elected in November.

Mason’s involvement with city government began nearly 20 years ago. Curious about an upcoming meeting, Mason ventured to city hall, where she learned Marquette was looking to fill an open seat on the council due to a resignation. Recently retired, she decided to give it a shot.

“That got me hooked,” she said with a smile.

Tue
05
Jan

NIT turns 160 in 2016

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

1856: James Buchanan was elected 15th president of the United States, the Republican Party held its first national meeting, the Crimean War ended in Europe and the tin-type camera and accordion were both patented. On Friday, Oct. 10, the North Iowa Times was established in McGregor.

The newspaper was founded by Col. A.P. Richardson and F.W.D. Merrill, the brother of Iowa Governor Samuel Merrill, although Merrill’s name appeared on the masthead for just two weeks. In the first issue, Richardson stated, “The commercial interest of McGregor to say nothing of the demands of a country west of us unsurpassed in fertility required the establishment of a newspaper.” 

Tue
05
Jan

Monona Council accepts revised proposal for lot purchase

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At a special meeting Dec. 28, the Monona Council accepted a revised purchase and sale agreement for part of lot two in the Monona Commercial Park for the construction of a new office for Family Dentistry Associates of Monona.

Rather than purchase the entire 2.14-acre lot, located between Fisk’s Farm and Home and the Monona Family Aquatic Center, as originally anticipated, Dr. Mark Fohey said he would like to purchase a portion of the lot. Deemed parcel A, the portion is 1.42 acres. 

Tue
29
Dec

NaNoWriMo a ‘novel’ experience for eighth graders

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Each November since 1999, hundreds of thousands of writing enthusiasts have participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an online creative writing project that encourages writers to complete a novel (50,000 words) in just 30 days.

Since 2005, NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program has offered the opportunity to students. Five years ago, MFL MarMac Middle School teacher Scott Boylen took advantage of the program, challenging his eighth grade language arts students to write a 10,000-word novel in that time span.

Each year, enthusiasm has grown.

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