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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.

Tue
29
Dec

Pikes Peak to celebrate the new year with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Pikes Peak State Park is one of 17 Iowa state parks that will sponsor a free, guided hike on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. 

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes give people an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Friday, Jan. 1, at a state park close to home.

“It’s a big initiative that’s really taken off,” noted park ranger Rylan Retallick.

According to Priscilla Geigis, president of the National Association of State Park Directors, last year, hundreds of state parks across the country hosted a record-breaking 41,000 people who hiked 72,442 miles.

Mon
28
Dec

Delpha D. McCormick

 

Delpha D. McCormick, 89, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Good Samaritan Center in Postville, Iowa. 

Tue
22
Dec

McGregor Council weighs need for special deer hunt

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Iowa DNR park ranger Rylan Retallick went before the McGregor Council at its regular meeting Dec. 16, seeking the city’s opinion on whether another special deer bow hunt is needed in Pikes Peak State Park and the McGregor city limits.

The last hunt was conducted four to five years ago, said Retallick, noting that “it got to a point where hunters weren’t seeing deer.” An outbreak of bluetongue disease also contributed to that, he said.

“Now, we’re starting to see more deer and more deer damage in Pikes Peak,” Retallick added. “It doesn’t take them long to rebound when the pressure’s off.”

Tue
22
Dec

Stevie Gene’s North Street Market offers eclectic mix of items in Marquette


Stevie Gene’s North Street Market recently opened in downtown Marquette, offering an eclectic mix of merchandise, including cigars, incense, meats, purses and tribal masks. Pictured is owner Steve Eagle with Gay Hallberg and Sherrie Hallberg, who with two other employees, Josie and Kathy, will help out at the shop. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Stevie Gene’s North Street Market is open every day but Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hours are from noon to 5:30 p.m. until New Year’s Day. The winter hours of 2 to 5:30 p.m. will then begin.

The shop offers 30 to 40 different brands or types of cigars and vaporizers, Eagle said. They’re stored in a controlled environment at 70 degrees and 70 percent humidity.

Another cigar shop Eagle frequented in Hayward, Wis., also featured incense, so he felt it was a good addition, as well.

Another interesting feature at Stevie Gene’s North Street Market is the over one dozen colorful masks covering one wall. “I find people from different cultures intriguing,” Eagle said, particularly Mexico, Central America, South America and Jamaica. The masks are in relation to that as well as the shop’s close proximity to Effigy Mounds.

Bling-bling purses are one item women will enjoy checking out at Stevie Gene's North Street Market in Marquette.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Cigars, vaporizers, incense, candles, meats, cheese, condiments, candies, purses, tribal mask wall art and peacock feathers. Those are just a few of the items sold at Stevie Gene’s North Street Market, which recently opened in downtown Marquette.

“I just wanted to have a shop that’s different, and this is different,” said owner Steve Eagle. “It’s eclectic, and it’s going to become more different and diversified.”

Eagle earned a business degree from the University of Northern Iowa when he was younger and always hoped to work with people, especially through marketing. He spent 38 years with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring as the postmaster at Cedar Falls. He also owned a gun shop in Denver, Iowa, at one point.

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