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Tue
26
Jul

Ground broken for new Family Dentistry Associates of Monona office


Ground was broken July 18 for the new Family Dentistry Associates of Monona office, which will be located next to the Monona Family Aquatic Center and behind Fisk’s Farm and Home and the Davis Street Car Wash. Construction will begin around Aug. 1, with the building expected to be completed by early March. Participating in the ground breaking were Family Dentistry Associates of Monona staff and their family members, as well as Monona city officials and members of the Monona Chamber and Economic Development. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The new office, which will be 4,000 square feet, will have a residential-style look with brick and limestone.

Dr. Steven Kurth (right) built the Family Dentistry Associates of Monona office on Franklin Street in 1985. Dr. Mark Fohey joined the team in 1985 and eventually purchased the business from Kurth.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Family Dentistry Associates of Monona broke ground July 18 for its new office, which will be located next to the Monona Family Aquatic Center and behind Fisk Farm and Home and the Davis Street Car Wash.

Dr. Mark Fohey said construction will commence around Aug. 1. He estimated the new office will be finished by early March  2017.

Speaking to the Monona Council late last year, Fohey said the practice has outgrown its current office at 101 Franklin St.

Tue
26
Jul

McGregor Council considers zoning recommendations

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its July 20 regular meeting, the McGregor Council considered several recommendations put forth by the city’s planning and zoning commission, most notably one addressing the allowed uses of the lower levels of downtown commercial district buildings.

“The downtown commercial zoning district does not permit anything but commercial uses on the ground floor,” shared city attorney Mike Schuster. 

However, some buildings now have apartments on the ground floor, creating concerns that it is harming the business district.

Tue
26
Jul

Marquette mayor says city needs to fix crumbled retaining wall


For over eight years, a crumbled retaining wall on North Street in Marquette has been an eyesore, according to mayor Larry Breuer. It came down because of heavy rain, he said, but was never repaired. Now, he hopes the city can fix it. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For over eight years, a crumbled retaining wall on North Street in Marquette has been an eyesore, according to mayor Larry Breuer. It came down because of heavy rain, he said, but was never repaired. Speaking to the Marquette Council at its July 19 meeting, Breuer said he hopes the city can do something to fix it, as both residents and visitors are noticing.

Breuer said a resolution from 2007 regarding retaining walls stated the city would not build them unless absolutely necessary. Otherwise, a property owner would have to make a request to build one, then bear the cost. 

Tue
26
Jul

Students represent North Clayton Shooting Team in state competition


Members of the newly-formed North Clayton Shooting Team—Keaton Dettman (lef), Samson Elledge, Austin Ruff, Derek Larson, Alex McNally and Brandi Schneider—competed in the Iowa State Trapshooting Meet June 10 and 11. Not pictured is Caleb Overton. (Submitted photo)

The Allamakee Sportsman Club allowed the team to use their facilities for practice. (Submitted photo)

Seven MFL MarMac students represented the newly-formed North Clayton Shooting Team at the Iowa State Trapshooting Meet held on June 10 and 11. Participants attempted to shoot 200 targets with one round of trap consisting of 25 clay targets.  Each day, an hour was given to shoot at 100 targets.

This year’s trapshooting team members included:  Amber Adney, Tessa Detra, Keaton Dettman, Samson Elledge, Taylor Gerndt, Shane Hexom, Nolin Lang, Derek Larson, Alex McNally, Caleb Overton, Dillon Pitzner, Austin Ruff, Brandi Schneider and Avery Smith.

The Iowa State Trapshooting Meet results were:

·Keaton Dettman: 22, 19, 22, 24, 19, 20, 22, 24 = Total 172

Tue
26
Jul

MFL MarMac baseball team has season of learning experiences


Bryce Burke

Nathan Johanningmeier

Garret Keehner

By Head Coach Brandon Burke

The 2016 Bulldog baseball season was full of learning experiences and teachable moments. The team finished the season with a 5-23 record. 

At the beginning of the season, the coaching staff was excited to work with this group of kids, but didn’t really know exactly what they had in the team. They were quick to find that this team was full of young talent and potential, but lacked experience.

Thu
21
Jul

Ricky “Rick” Lenth December 1, 1958 to July 11, 2016

Ricky Lee “Rick” Lenth, 57, of Monona, Iowa, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa. Rick was born to Virgil and Caroline (Ambrose) Lenth on December 1, 1958, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He was baptized January 11, 1959, and confirmed October 27, 1974, at Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf, Iowa. Rick graduated from Central High School in Elkader, Iowa in 1977 and earned his associates degree at NICC in Calmar, Iowa. Rick was united in marriage with Beth Burkey on August 20, 1983, at Zion Lutheran Church, Oelwein, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Gregory, Alexander and Aimee. They later divorced.

Tue
19
Jul

Event to kick off fundraising for final phase of Turner Park improvements


To date, $123,000 has been raised for the Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages improvement project, allowing for a majority of the first three phases of work to be completed. Now, fundraising efforts will focus on the fourth phase—a splash pad. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Turner Park hog roast event on Friday, July 22, will signal the beginning of fundraising for the final phase of park improvements.

To date, $123,000 has been raised for the Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages improvement project, allowing for a majority of the first three phases of work to be completed. Among the changes at the park, located in McGregor next to the Great River Care Center, are a walking track, which was completed last fall, and new playground equipment, erected this spring. This summer, ADA sidewalks were constructed and the shelter pads were extended. New picnic tables were also added, and are now available for memorials. 

Tue
19
Jul

Casey’s hopes to begin construction of new store in Marquette this fall


The current Casey’s General Store in downtown Marquette will give way to a new store within the next year. Casey’s said it hopes to begin construction this fall, making more room to accommodate all of its food and beverage offerings. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Casey’s General Store hopes to begin constructing a new store in Marquette early this fall, according to James Pistillo, vice president of accounting and treasurer for the company.

Casey’s took over ownership of the convenience store, which was formerly a Go America store, in Oct. 2013. Since then, Pistillo said the company has looked for ways to enlarge the store’s space to accommodate all its food and beverage offerings.

“At one point, early on after the acquisition, the plan was to just remodel the existing store,” he said, “but that plan changed, and now it is scheduled to be rebuilt new from the ground up.”

Tue
19
Jul

Meyer comes home as MFL MarMac high school principal

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As MFL MarMac’s new high school principal, Larry Meyer is again walking the halls he traversed as a student.

“The physical plan [of the building] has changed, but the feel is still the same,” said Meyer, a 1977 MFL graduate. “It’s a good feeling. It feels right to be home.”

Meyer, the son of Neil and Gini, grew up on a farm three miles east of Monona with sisters Jill, Lynn and Amy and brother Brian. His interest in education began at a young age.

Tue
19
Jul

Monona Council updated on sanitary sewer project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona’s phase II sanitary sewer improvements will be completed by Oct. 2, according to Marc Ruden, with IIW, Inc., who spoke before the Monona Council at its July 18 meeting.

The project consists of two contracts, one for collection system rehabilitation and another for lift station and waste water treatment facility improvements.

Some pipe work, as well as some work at the wastewater plant, is anticipated to be completed by Portzen Construction as early as the end of next week.

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