North Iowa Times

Tue
22
Sep

Monona Council updated on sanitary sewer project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Engineer Marc Ruden, of IIW, Inc., updated the Monona Council on the status of the city’s phase II sanitary sewer drainage collection system improvement project at its Sept. 21 regular meeting. 

“We’re at the point where we’re putting the projects out to bid finally,” Ruden said, noting that bid letting for the work will be held Oct. 15, while the council is expected to award the contract at its Oct. 19 meeting.

There will be two contracts for the project, one for the collection system rehabilitation and another for lift station and waste water treatment facility improvements.

The engineer’s estimated cost for both parts is nearly $1.8 million, Ruden said.

Tue
22
Sep

Elementary student advisory groups take on leadership roles at school


The third grade advisory group for the first nine weeks of school includes (left to right) Parker Kuehl, Quinn McGeough, Jacob Schellhorn, Will Hopes, Lacey Upton, Addison Buchheit, Ava Kishman and Morgan Jacobson.

The second grade advisory group for the first nine weeks of school is Jerica Wille, Devon Meyer, Moriah Moser, Cora Keehner, Will Howes, Aidan Meyer, Weston Fuelling and Clayton Henkes.

Beginning this year, MFL MarMac Elementary has two student advisory groups, one for second grade and another for third grade. 

They meet alternating once each six school days at lunch. Each advisory has eight total members. Six are selected from the Student of the Week Award winners. There is always one boy and one girl serving in advisory from each class section. The other two members were chosen by the original six as at-large members from the entire class pool. All advisory member students serve for nine weeks and then choose their own successor for the next nine-week school term.

Elementary guidance counselor Kurt Gaylor said the purpose of the student advisory is to:

—Have students take ownership over decisions for special events and other school activities.

Mon
21
Sep

Robert James Gerndt

 

Robert James Gerndt, 77, of McGregor, Iowa died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 3-7 pm at Thornburg- Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in McGregor, Iowa and one hour before services at the funeral home on Thursday.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in McGregor, Iowa.

Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Robert’s honor, may be directed to the MarMac EMS or McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in McGregor, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.

 

Mon
21
Sep

James Richard Koehn

 

 James Richard Koehn, 82, of Bloomington, formerly of McGregor, Iowa died on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

James was born on Dec. 11, 1932 to Albert and Hazel Koehn in Clayton, Iowa. James graduated high school from McGregor, Iowa in 1950 and served honorably in the United States Navy. James was united in marriage with Genevive Plank in 1958 at Baraboo. He was employed by the Grant School district as a janitor. James enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

Fri
18
Sep

Leonard “Leo” Weipert

 

Leonard “Leo” Weipert, 59, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. 

Leonard Junior Weipert, the son of Leonard Neuman and Ruth Wilda (King) Weipert, was born May 1, 1956 in Waukon, Iowa. He attended Waukon High School.

Tue
15
Sep

Ramon Robert “Bob” Brown

 

Ramon Robert “Bob” Brown, 63, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away at a local hospital on Sept. 7. 

Bob was a graduate of Mar-Mac High School and Northeast Iowa Technical Institute. Before encountering a series of health setbacks, Bob was known for his handsome smile, sense of humor and laid-back friendliness. 

Tue
15
Sep

Discover activities for the whole family at Railroad Days Sept. 19


Little barrel rides are one of several activities kids can enjoy at Railroad Days, held Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marquette Depot and Information Center. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Immerse yourself in Marquette’s railroad history Sept. 19, as the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center presents its annual Railroad Days celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with caricature drawings by local artist John Mundt, along with little barrel rides for the kids.

The Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s street theater group will perform at 11 a.m., with the bad guys attempting to rob the train. Watch to see if they’ll get away with the money.

Tue
15
Sep

School board approves annual progress report, goals


Sharon Greener, Tonya Meyer and Collin Stubbs were sworn on to the MFL MarMac School Board Sept. 14. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board approved the district’s annual progress report and goals for the next year at its monthly meeting Sept. 14.

Teacher Jen Wilwert gave the presentation, breaking down student proficiency, by grade level, in reading, science and math on the Iowa Assessment.

In reading, all grade levels showed students at least 69.2 percent proficient, with the highest level in last year’s ninth and 11th graders, at over 90 percent. That put MFL MarMac above the AEA and state in two-thirds of grades three through 11.

Tue
15
Sep

Churches collaborate to offer inter-generational Bible study

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, McGregor’s First Congregational and First Lutheran Churches will collaborate to offer inter-generational Bible study sessions for area residents of all faiths.

The sessions will be held each week, on Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Through the fall, sessions will be held at the First Congregational Church, but will eventually be held at both churches. The program will run until May 18, 2016.

Tue
15
Sep

MCED welcomes Brenen's Painting


The Monona Chamber and Economic Development (MCED) welcomed its newest member, Brenen’s Interior and Exterior Painting, of Luana, to the community Sept. 8 with a ribbon cutting event. Pictured are Monona City Administrator Dan Canton, Monona Councilwoman Randee Blietz, MCED Director Ali Werger, MCED Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, Monona Mayor Barb Collins, Brenen Steele, Greg Formanek with Superior Builders, Monona Councilman Dan Havlicek and Pam Malanaphy. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Chamber and Economic Development (MCED) welcomed its newest member, Brenen’s Interior and Exterior Painting, of Luana, to the community Sept. 8 with a ribbon cutting event. Owned by Brenen Steele, the business offers interior and exterior painting services for commercial, residential and agricultural buildings.

Originally from southeast Minnesota, Steele said he’s a second-generation painter.

“My dad taught me to do things right the first time,” he told those gathered at the ribbon cutting. Steele said he focuses on doing a nice job and trying to please his customers.

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