North Iowa Times

Tue
31
May

Moving Wall to offer a means of healing


Veteran Cheri Leachman spoke about her experience with the Moving Wall committee during McGregor’s Memorial Day program at Pleasant Grove Cemetery May 30. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Cheri Leachman, a Vietnam War-era veteran and member of the McGregor American Legion Post 267, was the speaker at this year’s Memorial Day program at McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Over the past few months, said Leachman, she’s been part of the committee that’s worked to bring the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National June 30 through July 5.

When the idea of bringing the Moving Wall to Clayton County was first posed, Leachman admitted she was skeptical.

Tue
31
May

Primary election is June 7

Iowans will head to the polls Tuesday, June 7, for the primary election, whittling down the candidates for the Nov. 8 general election. Voters must declare a party affiliation in order to vote in this election.

For. U.S. Senate, incumbent Charles Grassley is the only candidate on the Republican ballot for the six-year term. In November, he will face one of four Democratic challengers: Thomas Fiegen, Robert Hogg, Patty Judge or Bob Krause. 

Incumbent Rod Blum, the District 1 U.S. Representative, is the lone candidate on the Republican ballot. Pat Murphy and Monica Vernon are on the Democratic ballot. The term is two years.

Tue
31
May

Young players will fill big roles for Bulldog baseball team


Members of the MFL MarMac 2016 baseball team include (front, left to right) Dillon Pitzer, Zach Trudo, Bryce Burke, Cedrick Drahn, JT Stocker, JP Murphy; (middle) head coach Brandon Burke, Kyle Adam, Michael Egan, Nathan Johnanningmeier, Robert Reichard, Nick Larson; (back) assistant coach Randy Fuelling, Korby Keehner, Tyler Tayek, Michael Berger, Garret Keehner, Peyton Meisner, Kaleb Tilson and assistant coach Gunner Mohs. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Since finishing his high school baseball career with MFL MarMac three years ago, Brandon Burke has been itching to return to the district as a coach, to continue accomplishing some of the goals he had as a player.

“This job has been a life-long dream of mine. Since I was a young kid, I have wanted to coach baseball at MFL MarMac,” said Burke, who’s now entering his first season as head coach. “My long-term goals include conference championships and state tournament appearances.”

Tue
31
May

Athleticism, speed are strengths of young MFL MarMac softball team


Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac varsity softball team include (front, left to right) Brenna Boland, Kyleigh Picha, Lizzie Herzmann, Reagan Butikofer, Jayde Schubert, Jordan Schubert; (back) assistant coach Melissa Ward, Ellie Kinley, Keagan Moose, Jasmine Stocker, Mollie Ward, Becca Harms, Chaun’te Drahn, Hannah Schutte, Brinan Berger and head coach Jerald Kleve. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

In his first season as MFL MarMac’s head softball coach, Jerald Kleve said he’s looking forward to the enthusiasm and athleticism his team will bring to the table.

That athleticism, coupled with team speed, is one of the team’s biggest strengths, he said. The roster also boasts strong leadership in its four seniors—Chaun’te Drahn, Jasmine Stocker, Becca Harms and Mollie Ward.

“I would like to thank the four seniors for coming back out this season,” Kleve said.

Tue
24
May

Kids will have access to free meals with MFL MarMac’s Summer Feeding Program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Area kids 18 and under will have access to free lunches this summer through MFL MarMac’s participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be offered Monday through Friday, beginning Tuesday, May 31, in Monona, Farmersburg, Luana, Marquette and McGregor.

The program will be a helpful resource, said Summer Feeding Program director Brandi Crozier, as many families in the district face food insecurity issues.

“Families will benefit to have access to daily meals because of parents working or to offset the financial burden of kids being home for the summer,” she said.

Tue
24
May

Local farmers markets set to begin


A variety of homegrown and homemade items will be available at weekly farmers markets in Marquette, McGregor and Monona this year. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the onset of summer comes the onset of farmers market season. This year, a variety of homegrown and homemade items will be available at weekly markets in Marquette, McGregor and Monona.

Monona’s farmers market kicks off first, on Wednesday, May 25. It will be held at Gateway Park each Wednesday, from 3 to 6 p.m., until Oct. 5.

As of now, three vendors are expected, said organizer Sonya Stagman. Vegetables, homemade jewelry and wood crafts will be among the offerings, she noted.

Tue
24
May

Street piano coming to McGregor's Triangle Park

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A street piano will soon take up residence in McGregor’s Triangle Park, encouraging musicians passing by to share their talents with the community.

The McGregor Council unanimously approved of the idea at its May 18 meeting, after hearing from resident Sallee Scarff-Muehlbauer, who formulated the plan and will donate the piano. The park board has also given its blessing.

Scarff-Muehlbauer said street pianos can be found in cities across the country, including at least five in Iowa City, three in Mason City and over 10 in Des Moines.

Tue
24
May

Marquette Council hears update on Evans agreement

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette city attorney Dan Key updated the council, at its May 17 meeting, on the status of the agreement with Dave Evans for completion of his home at the Timber Ridge Subdivision and removal of a mobile home, which was placed in violation of city code. 

At the last council meeting, Key stated that the agreement says the city agrees not to enforce its laws as long as the permanent structure is completed by Nov. 1, 2016.

Tue
17
May

Mar-Mac Rescue Squad seeks additional volunteers


Members of the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad include (front, left to right) Liz Gilman, Kayla Thompson, Samantha Kohls, Mike Gilman; (middle) Ember Martin, Sarah Ferrel, Dana Ferguson, Dale Reinhart; (back) Burt Walters, Ryan Bacon, Tyler Thornton, Dylan Rumph and Dillon Thompson. Not pictured are Dan Bickel, Jerry Thornton, Trampus Thornton, Justin Mezera, Briana Pazour and Nick Stavroplus. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

May 15-21 is National EMS Week, a time to honor the commitment of emergency responders. Locally, those emergency responders are volunteers, and at Mar-Mac Rescue Squad, they’re hoping to increase their numbers in order to sustain the service.

Founded in 1968, Mar-Mac Rescue Squad is the oldest ambulance service in Clayton County, said EMT Mike Gilman. Seventeen volunteers currently make up its roster. They respond to an average of 15 to 20 calls each month (162 last year), and are rarely unable to field a crew.

Tue
17
May

The Left Bank Shop and Gallery opens for the season, debuts changes


The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, formerly known as the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA), opened for the season May 13 in downtown McGregor, debuting not only a new name but also a new interior layout. The retail shop was expanded into part of what was the special exhibits gallery (shown here) in order to accommodate more art from regional artists. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Just over 70 regional artists, including several new people, are featured in the retail shop at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery this year.

“The Left Bank Shop and Gallery” name hopes to better convey that the establishment offers both a retail sales shop and a show gallery.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, formerly known as the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA), opened for the season May 13 in downtown McGregor, debuting not only a new name but also a new interior layout.

The name change for the retail shop and show gallery  to “The Left Bank” honors the beauty of the nearby Mississippi River, while also capturing the spirit of the building in which The Left Bank Shop and Gallery resides, the historic McGregor First National Bank. In addition, it pays homage to the historic area in Paris known for its many talented artists.

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