North Iowa Times

Tue
24
Mar

Students chat with NBA.com blogger


Beau Benzing

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac seventh graders in Scott Boylen’s literature class recently had a learning experience of a lifetime when they got the opportunity to chat, via Skype, with NBA.com blogger Sekou Smith.

The question and answer session was the brainchild of student Beau Benzing, who enjoys watching and playing basketball.

Tue
17
Mar

Young Americans has fun, family-like atmosphere for students


Members of the Young Americans show choir and band include (front, left to right) Ashley Smith, Nathan Mclaughlin, Austin Bernhard, Christopher Larson, Corbin Gardner; (middle) Rachel DeMoss, Anjela Waterman, Bailey Dunlap, Brooklyn Landt, Chrisopher Wright, William Check, Adrian Rudnitzki, Micah Decker, Logan Taylor, Chelbe Feuerhelm, Emily Hanson, Dakota Hickman, Ayla Boylen, Magdalena Young; (back) Ali Crogan, Sharlene Routt, Kaitlyn Grady, Victoria Van Wey, Chloe Landt, Ashely Heins, A.J. Van Wey, Spencer Rose, Sierra Wiebensohn, Hope Mcglaughlin, Victoria Kricke, Lizzie Miene and Lizzie Kricke. (Submitted photo)

The Wisconsin Singers from UW-Madison will perform at MFL MarMac Sunday, March 22, at 4:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium. The show will highlight over 60 songs from well-known performers like the Beatles and Madonna to Taylor Swift and One Direction. (Submitted photo)

Wisconsin Singers to perform at MFL MarMac March 22

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Ever since MFL choral director Fremont Ogle formed the Young Americans show choir 40 years ago, the group has dazzled audiences with fun and flashy song and dance numbers.

“I saw how much fun it was and I wanted to be involved,” said member Maggie Young. “We’re like a big family. We spend a lot of time together.”

Tue
17
Mar

INKspiration Tattoo opens in McGregor


Tattoo artist Crystal Scarff, owner of the newly-opened INKspiration Tattoo in McGregor, gives Rachel Parisi a circus elephant tattoo between her shoulder blades. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For those looking to get inked, there’s a new, local option, with the opening of INKspiration Tattoo in McGregor. Owned by artist Crystal Scarff, a McGregor native, the tattoo studio is located at 330 Main Street, next to the McGregor Public Library.

“I grew up here and I love it here,” Scarff said of her choice to open up shop in McGregor. “It’s a beautiful place.”

Tue
17
Mar

Marquette moves forward with overlook and boardwalk project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette moved forward with its overlook and boardwalk project March 11, awarding a contract to Taylor Construction, Inc., of New Vienna, for $1,112,315.70.

The bid was 19 percent over the estimated construction cost of $932,286, said project manager Tim Cutsforth, of H.R. Green, Inc., of Cedar Rapids. 

Tue
17
Mar

Monona Council approves library expansion project plans

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council approved the plans and specifications, form of contract and cost estimate for the Murphy Helwig Library expansion project Monday evening.

The latest total cost estimate, said architect Christina Monk, with FEH Associates, Inc., is $899,514, up $14,500 from the previous estimate.

Some of the new cost, she said, relates to the need for a temporary bathroom during phase I of contraction. In that time, work will be done on the front portion of the library, including the addition of the children’s and young adult sections, as well as the meeting room. As part of the roof and a wall will be removed, a temporary bathroom will be installed in the staff room.

Fri
13
Mar

Leona Maxine Troester

 

Leona Maxine Troester, 88, Monona, died Monday, March 9, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor. 

Leona was born on Dec. 1, 1926, rural Monona, to Ray and Hazel (Frink) Rush. She was baptized and confirmed at the Rossville Presbyterian Church in Rossville, Iowa, on Dec. 25, 1938. Leona attended Jefferson Township Country School until it closed. She then attended school in Waukon, graduating from Waukon High School with the class of 1947.

Fri
13
Mar

Mary Lou Jensen

 

Mary Lou Jensen, 75, passed away peacefully, Feb. 25, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor. 

Mary Lou Jensen was born Sept. 16, 1939, in West Branch, to Parvin Jensen and Mabel (Christensen) Jensen. In 1946, she moved with the family to Cedar Rapids. In 1972 she moved to Cherokee Village, Ark. with her parents and in 1989 they moved to Marion. Upon the death of her mother in 2002, Mary Lou became a resident of Great River Care Center in McGregor. 

Tue
10
Mar

Local consumers, government officials respond to gas tax increase


Drivers filling up in Iowa, like those shown here at Kwik Star in McGregor, are now paying more at the pump after a 10-cent gas tax increase took effect March 1. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Drivers filling up in Iowa are now paying more at the pump after a 10-cent gas tax increase took effect March 1.

The increase, which is the first the state has seen since 1989, will provide around $215 million annually for Iowa roads and bridges, according to Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino. Some of that funding will be distributed locally, to the cities and county.

“I think it’s long overdue in this state,” said McGregor resident John Kohlstedt.

Tue
10
Mar

McGregor sanitary sewer projects discussed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Council agreed to take additional time to consider awarding a bid for the city’s sanitary sewer rehabilitation project at a special meeting March 4, after learning bids came in higher than the estimated cost.

The lowest bidder for the project was A-1 Excavating, of Bloomer, Wis., at $994,882.08. At that price, the project cost would be pushed from the originally-anticipated $1,250,000 to closer to $1.3 million or $1.4 million. 

Tue
10
Mar

Grant officer position to end in May for Mar-Mac Police

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At the Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission’s March 3 meeting, it was determined the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District will complete its requirements for the grant officer position in early May, bringing the department down to a three-man force—the police chief and two officers.

The position was expected to end by March, but was pushed to May after officer Delta Stickfort took a leave of absence to train for a new job, which she eventually accepted. In October, Eric Van Horn was selected to finish out the position.

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