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Tue
28
Feb

Friends Helping Friends Winter Triathlon and Benefit to aid emergency services


The bed races are always a popular activity during the Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends Winter Triathlon and Benefit. This year’s event will be held Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, in McGregor, with proceeds going to local emergency services for equipment purchases. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends is going back to its roots for the 13th annual Winter Triathlon and Benefit on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4.

Proceeds from the event have often gone to individuals or families in the community battling cancer or other hardships. This year, however, proceeds will benefit local emergency services—including the police, fire department and rescue squad—for equipment purchases.

Tue
28
Feb

Kussmaul taking over at Lund Chiropractic


Dr. Megan Kussmaul

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

There’s a new doctor in Marquette. Beginning March 1, Dr. Megan Kussmaul will take over at Lund Chiropractic, renaming the practice Primitive Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

Kussmaul is a Prairie du Chien native who now lives in Mount Hope, Wis., with her husband and two children. She attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, then graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 2011. For the past five years, she’s practiced in Boscobel, Wis. 

Mon
27
Feb

Ronald LeRoy Feldman

 

Ronald LeRoy Feldman, 81, of McGregor, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

 

Ronald was born March 9, 1935. He graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, Calif. In high school, Ron participated in Platform diving and speed skating.

Tue
21
Feb

Debra (Breitbach) Carney

 

Debra (Breitbach) Carney, 58, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, Feb. 11. 

 

Tue
21
Feb

Louis Roy Seitz

 

Louis Roy Seitz, 83, of Monona, Iowa, died Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader. 

 

Louis was born April 15, 1933, in Smithfield, to Rufus and Sybil (Cowell) Seitz. He attended school at Smithfield and at Monona High School. In 1952 to 1953, Louis served in the Army, most of which was spent in the Korean War. 

Tue
21
Feb

Effects of Luster Heights closure already being felt


On Feb. 8, the Iowa Department of Corrections announced a suspension of operations at four facilities, including Luster Heights, located near Harpers Ferry. The effects of the decision are already being felt. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Luster Heights Correctional Facility now sits empty, just two weeks after the Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC) announced a suspension of operations at the facility as well as three other units around the state.

According to DOC Director Jerry Bartruff in a statement on Feb. 8, the move to shutter the doors at Luster Heights—along with the Lodge Unit in Clarinda, the John Bennett Unit in Fort Madison and the Sheldon Residential Treatment Facility—was made in order to cut the DOC’s fiscal year 2017 budget by $5.5 million.

Tue
21
Feb

MFL MarMac teachers find additional way to collaborate with one another, community


MFL MarMac teachers have discovered a new way of collaborating with one another and the community...and it all begins by placing a simple sign outside their classroom doors. The signs, like this one, invite people observe lessons and provide feedback. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac teachers have discovered a new way of collaborating with one another and the community...and it all begins by placing a simple sign outside their classroom doors.

The signs invite people—be it staff, school board members, parents or other members of the community—to enter classrooms, observe lessons and provide feedback about what they’ve seen and heard.

The movement is called #ObserveMe, and was created by California math teacher specialist and educational trainer Robert Kaplinsky in order to foster more collaborative school environments.

Tue
21
Feb

Marquette Council gives go-ahead for emergency evacuation route survey

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Feb. 14 regular meeting, the Marquette Council gave Bart Nies, with Delta 3 Engineering, the go-ahead to perform a survey for an emergency evacuation route off the bench.

The council considered two possible routes that would go over the bluff and come out in McGregor, near Eagle Drive. The route would be gravel and used strictly for emergencies. One option would forge a new road through city property and another, using an already existing road, would travel through both city and private property.

Tue
21
Feb

Bulldog wrestlers earn valuable experience at state


Freshman Ethan Stubbs (left) and sophomores Michael Egan, Korby Keehner and Nathan Johanningmeier were the youngest group MFL MarMac has ever sent to state.

Sophomore Korby Keehner placed eighth in the 220-pound weight class, becoming the fourth Keehner to bring home a medal for the Bulldogs.

Korby Keehner (far left) stands on the podium at the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.

Sophomore Michael Egan (132 pounds) wrestles in his second state tournament.

Despite suffering two close losses in the state tournament, sophomore Nathan Johanningmeier (152 pounds) is “not far away” from advancing further said head coach Chet Bachman.

“It was neat to have a freshman go to state,” said head coach Chet Bachman of Ethan Stubbs, who wrestled at 106 pounds.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac returned from the state wrestling tournament with some hardware, following an eighth-place finish in Class 1A by sophomore Korby Keehner. Three other wrestlers—freshman Ethan Stubbs and sophomores Michael Egan and Nathan Johanningmeier—did not place, but picked up some valuable experience.

“I’m proud of these guys,” said head coach Chet Bachman at a welcome back event at the high school Feb. 19. “They had their work cut out for them.”

According to Bachman, with three sophomores and one freshman, this was the youngest group MFL MarMac has ever sent to the state tournament. It’s the largest in 10 years.

Tue
14
Feb

Operations suspended at Luster Heights


On Feb. 8, the Iowa Department of Corrections announced a suspension of operations at four facilities, including Luster Heights, located near Harpers Ferry. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Luster Heights Correctional Facility, located outside Harpers Ferry, has been on the chopping block before.

“This happens every few years in February, at budget time,” noted McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander.

It’s always managed to stave off closure, though, most recently in 2009 and again in 2013. This time around, however, Luster Heights, which is a minimum-security satellite facility of Anamosa State Penitentiary, won’t be so lucky.

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