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Tue
16
Aug

MFL MarMac to host regional youth football scrimmage

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Over 1,600 people are expected to converge in Monona on Saturday, Aug. 27, as MFL MarMac hosts a regional youth football scrimmage.

The jamboree, which will begin in early morning and go into the afternoon, is run through the Youth Sports Foundation (YSF), said Jo Berns, with the MFL MarMac Booster Club, who’s helping to organize the event.

“Our fifth and sixth graders play with pads and helmets, and YSF is who we go through to get equipment,” she explained. “They’re also who sets up the schedule.”

Tue
16
Aug

Monona bandstand fundraiser planned

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An ice cream social event to begin fundraising for repairs to Monona’s bandstand is planned for Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the city park.

The event will be paired with a Community Visioning presentation, said mayor Barb Collins at Monday’s city council meeting. The landscape architects who have created plans for the city will present design boards showcasing some of the improvements Monona can incorporate regarding trails, parks, plantings and more.

Tue
09
Aug

Helen L. Stade

 

Helen L. Stade, 95, of Marquette, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Helen was born on March 6, 1921, rural Sny Magill, McGregor, Iowa, to Elmer and Leona (Hill) Hansen and attended country school.

Tue
09
Aug

Combined river patrol makes both sides of the Mississippi safer


Crawford County Deputy Nate Bremmer (left) and Clayton County Chief Reserve Deputy John Bell work together as part of the combined river patrol between the two sheriff’s departments. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Thanks to a joint patrol effort between the Clayton and Crawford County Sheriff’s Departments, both the Iowa and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi River offer a safer environment for recreational activities.

The departments began the combined river patrol in 2015, said Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi. Prior to that, the county patrolled only its own 42 miles of river.

“With an officer from both counties riding in the same patrol boat, we can patrol both sides of the river and give better coverage,” Tschirgi explained, “along with saving in wages and promoting safer boating or recreation.”

Tue
09
Aug

Lunch bill woes hard to swallow

$20K in outstanding bills has MFL MarMac searching for solutions

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac is searching for solutions to deal with $20,000 in outstanding lunch bills. 

“This is an ugly problem,” said superintendent Dale Crozier, who asked the school board for suggestions at its Aug. 8 meeting. “We have a lot of people who owe us for lunches. We need to do something.”

Crozier estimated 75 accounts are currently delinquent, with one as high as $1,500 in the red. A couple have reached $700, while several more are $500 behind.

Tue
09
Aug

Field trips, sensory learning help kids grow at Smith and Bulldog Childcare Centers


All summer long, the school-age children from the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers enjoyed weekly field trips and fun activities around the community. Here, Eva Larson (left) and Kaitlyn Kozelka, from Dr. Smith, enjoy Funday Monday at the Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Each age group at Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers, including the youngest attendees like Gracelynn McShane (left) and Ella Valley, has a curriculum. Sensory work is particularly emphasized said director Abby Bouska.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For area kids who attend the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers in either Monona or McGregor, learning doesn’t stop when school’s out. All summer long, the centers’ school-age children have enjoyed weekly field trips and fun activities around the community.

Tue
02
Aug

‘Wild’ trespassers keep local police officers busy


In area communities, often the most annoying and frequent trespassers on people’s properties aren’t humans, but animals. These wild offenders keep local police busy, and occasionally entertained.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

In area communities, often the most annoying and frequent trespassers on people’s properties aren’t humans, but animals. And while these critters might be stealing from your trash cans rather than your car, local police officers are still responsible for assuring they don’t become a further problem.

The Monona Police Department responds to around three animal-related calls each week, said police chief Jo Amsden.

“Usually they’re being a nuisance,” she said, “getting into garbage or ruining people’s gardens.”

Tue
02
Aug

Collins stepping down as Monona mayor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

After 2.5 years as Monona’s mayor, Barb Collins announced at Monday’s city council meeting that she will step down from the position at the end of the month in order to become the city’s deputy clerk.

She will take over for current deputy clerk Linda Gullickson, who is retiring.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to continue serving as deputy clerk,” Collins said. “I really enjoyed it. It takes time, but you learn so much.”

Tue
02
Aug

Estimated $200K in damages at Paradise Valley


Clayton County Emergency Management Director Sarah Moser has submitted a disaster declaration to the state for damage caused by heavy rains and flooding on July 23. Hardest hit was Paradise Valley Campground, south of McGregor. (Photo courtesy of Kim Dickey)

By Pat McTaggart

Clayton County Emergency Management Director Sarah Moser has submitted a disaster declaration to the state for damage caused by heavy rains and flooding on July 23.  

“There was a lot of wash out on roads,” she said. “Ivory Road was the worst. I estimate that the total road damage comes to about $35,000.”

Moser said the heavy damage was very localized.  

Tue
02
Aug

Clayton County Fair is Aug. 2-8 in National


Livestock showing, along with live entertainment, carnival rides, good food and exhibits, will offer something for the whole family at the 162nd annual Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 3-8 in National. (NIT file photo)

From live entertainment and carnival rides to livestock showing and good food, the 162nd annual Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 2-8 in National, offers something for the whole family.

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered 3,302 exhibits this year, according to Tammy Muller, county 4-H and youth program coordinator. Entries are up in the breeding beef, swine, sheep, horse, meat goat, dog, rabbit and Clover Kids divisions.

The 4-H exhibit hall, featuring projects ranging from art to engineering, will be open to viewers Thursday through Sunday, beginning at noon.

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