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Tue
25
Apr

New wayfinding signage going up in Monona


The Monona Community Visioning team’s first project, updated wayfinding signage, will soon be up in 10 places around Monona. (Submitted photo)

It was the fall of 2015 when Monona Chamber & Economic Development, Inc. (MCED), on behalf of the city of Monona, was awarded a grant for a year-long series of technical advice and data studies from Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning program, Trees Forever, IDOT, ISU’s landscape architect program interns and Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co. landscape architects. At that time, Monona’s Community Visioning team was made up of 14 volunteers of all ages and walks of life from around the community. Today, eight remain onboard. Together, with the public’s input and approval, the steering committee worked last year to develop enhancements and beautification projects designed to make a positive difference in the “Garden City of Iowa.”

Tue
25
Apr

April 29 is drug take back day

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Drop off unused medications at one of several locations throughout Clayton County Saturday, April 29, for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) drug take back day. 

The Mar-Mac Police Department, Monona Police Department and Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will all accept medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When dropping off items, make sure all substances are in their original containers. All liquid containers must be sealed in leak-proof, clear bags. Any identifying information should be marked out on prescription bottles. 

Tue
18
Apr

Small pest, big killer


Although small, at just an inch and a half long, the metallic green-colored emerald ash borer is deadly. The invasive, wood-boring beetle is one of the country’s most destructive tree pests, responsible for the deaths of millions of ash trees since its discovery 15 years ago. In February it was confirmed in Clayton County. (Photos courtesy of www.forestryimages.org)

EAB larvae do the most damage to ash trees. Once they hatch in the tree’s crevices, they tunnel into and feed on the tissue between the bark and the sapwood. This disrupts the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients, essentially starving the tree.

Ash trees, like the white ash shown here, are known for their opposite limbs and opposite compound leaves, which include five to nine leaflets per leaf.

Now that EAB has been confirmed in Clayton County, communities and property owners have a difficult decision to make: do nothing, remove and replace their ash trees, or protect healthy trees from the growing threat.

Responding to the EAB threat in Clayton County

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The exotic beetle is metallic green in color and half an inch long—small enough to fit on a penny. But don’t let its diminutive appearance fool you. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is one of the country’s most destructive tree pests, responsible for the deaths of millions of ash trees since its discovery 15 years ago.

Earlier this year, EAB was confirmed in Clayton County, leaving communities and property owners with a difficult decision to make: do nothing, remove and replace their ash trees, or protect healthy trees from the growing threat. 

What is EAB?

Tue
18
Apr

Ordinance changes permit parking on Marquette’s riverfront

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette residents and property owners will now have to pay $10, and non-residents  $50, for a permit to park in the city’s north riverfront lot. The rest of the riverfront parking will remain free and open to the public.

The council, at its regular meeting April 11, unanimously approved changes to the city ordinance regarding parking in that restricted area after a several months-long discussion revealed that allowing only city residents to park there, with a free, city-issued permit, could violate several laws.

Thu
13
Apr

Betty Joyce Moose

 

Betty Joyce Moose, 80, of Garnavillo, passed away at her home on Sunday, April 9. 

 

Visitation for Betty has been scheduled with Tuecke–Allyn funeral home in Garnavillo. 

 

Tue
11
Apr

Four long-time teachers retiring

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its April 10 meeting, the MFL MarMac School Board approved early separation agreements with four long-time district staff members. Those retiring include high school agriculture teacher Doug Martin, second grade teacher Roberta Hass, middle school special education teacher Marcia Miller and middle school special education and Title I teacher Jonelle Kann.

Together, the teachers have over 100 years of experience, said superintendent Dale Crozier.

“We will use this situation to make adjustments at our school,” he said, “but, nevertheless, I’m sad to see these people leave. We’ll miss all of them.”

Substitute pay increases

Tue
11
Apr

Mar-Mac Police searching for new officer

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Mar-Mac Unified Police District is searching for a full-time officer to fill the position vacated last month by Brad McNett.

Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich, at the public safety commission’s April 4 meeting, said he currently had two internal applicants for the position. After reviewing those, he said he would consider opening it up to outside applicants. Other area police departments, Bogdonovich noted, are also searching for officers, so he thought it might be a good idea to check their candidate pools, especially if there are certified officers.

Tue
11
Apr

McGregor holding Trash Bash

Join your friends and neighbors in giving McGregor a spring cleaning during Trash Bash, held the week leading up to Earth Day, April 22.

Due to the recent closure of the Luster Heights Correctional Facility, the city could use some extra help. Volunteers are needed to pick up litter in McGregor in several areas. Sessions will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Trash bags will be provided, but please bring your own gloves.

Litter pick-up dates and times include:

•Monday, April 17, noon — Meet at Riverfront Park to pick up litter in Riverfront Park, the adjacent parking lots and the commercial historic district from the riverfront up Main Street.

Tue
04
Apr

MFL MarMac fifth graders pay it forward


Fifth graders Hailea Pritchard and Ruby Koeller played the board game Candy Land with Gaylord Oelke, a resident at Great River Care Center (GRCC), in McGregor, on March 30. Their teacher, Amy Bunting, recently received a $250 Project Jack Grant from the Iowa Association of Realtors. The class visits GRCC several times each year, so they decided to use the money to purchase several board games, hands-on/minds-on activities, art supplies and even an air hockey table that would accommodate wheelchairs. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Students, like Dalton Krause, especially enjoyed playing air hockey with the Great River Care Center residents.

Kaylee Nuehring and Erynn Evanson helped bring out the residents’ artistic talents.

When MFL MarMac fifth grade teacher Amy Bunting received a $250 Project Jack Grant from the Iowa Association of Realtors, she asked her class what they wanted to do with the money in order to “pay it forward.”  

“Our class visits the Great River Care Center a few times a year, and the kids wanted to bring a smile to the residents’ faces there and spend time with them,” she said.

So, they came up with the idea to purchase several board games, hands-on/minds-on activities, art supplies and even an air hockey table that would accommodate wheelchairs. The students were excited about the plan and even wanted to sing to the residents. 

Tue
04
Apr

Veterans Memorial Hospital purchases former Monona dental clinic building


Last week, the Veterans Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the former Family Dentistry Associates of Monona clinic building, with the intent to begin the process of contracting providers to establish a family medical clinic in Monona. (Submitted photo)

Plans in the works to open family medical clinic

Last week, the Veterans Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the former Family Dentistry Associates of Monona clinic building, with the intent to begin the process of contracting providers to establish a family medical clinic in Monona. 

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