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Tue
04
Apr

Marquette, McGregor state their case for Luster Heights

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The cities of Marquette and McGregor aren’t taking the closure of Luster Heights Correctional Facility lying down. 

A contingent from the two cities—including Marquette city manager Denise Schneider, McGregor city administrator Lynette Sander and councilwoman Janet Hallberg, and former District 56 State Rep. Patti Ruff—visited the state capitol in Des Moines last week, advocating for the re-opening of the facility, which is located outside Harpers Ferry.

Tue
04
Apr

McGregor-Marquette Shop Hop is April 8

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Check out all that McGregor and Marquette’s unique shops and restaurants have to offer on Saturday, April 8, for Shop Hop. 

“It’s getting warmer and nicer, so we thought this would be a great time and a great way to jump-start the season,” said McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Patti Ruff.

Tue
28
Mar

Northeast Iowa drug trends: Meth still drug of choice, but heroin a growing concern

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Methamphetamine is still the drug of choice in northeast Iowa, but heroin use is a growing concern.

That’s according to a special agent with the Division of Narcotics Enforcement (part of the Iowa Department of Public Safety), who led a presentation about northeast Iowa drug trends on March 23, at Clayton Ridge Middle School in Garnavillo. 

The event was sponsored by the Clayton County Community Collaboration Council (5C), which, through initiatives and education, works to raise awareness of alcohol, tobacco and drug use.

Tue
28
Mar

Library tech help sessions offer both knowledge and comfort for attendees


Murphy Helwig Library Director Chris Bee (far right) shares tech advice with Marilyn Swanson, Ellen LaFrentz and Helen Hanson at one of the library’s tech help sessions. The library will offer these free, informal sessions the third Tuesday of each month, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Having trouble connecting your tablet to Wi-Fi? Curious about the difference between a megabyte and a gigabyte? Wondering how an app on your cell phone works?

Discover the answers to these and other related questions at Monona’s Murphy Helwig Library, during tech help sessions offered the third Tuesday of each month. Anyone is welcome to these free, informal sessions, which run from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“It’s just to help people with technology, whether it’s phones or tablets,” said library director Chris Bee. “We wanted to create an opportunity for people to ask questions no matter the device.”

Tue
28
Mar

Middle, long distances look to be strengths for boys track team


Members of the MFL MarMac high school boys track team are (left to right) Nick Larson, Kolton Matthews, Jamarr Tanniehill, Levi Ferguson, JT Stocker, Riley Doeppke, Alex McNally, Korby Keehner, Zach Trudo, Dylan Corlett, JP Murphy and Spencer Rose. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This year’s MFL MarMac boys track team is a smaller squad than in years past, but a combination of experienced runners, new faces and hard work should make the group exciting to watch, said head coach Dan Anderson.

2017 is Anderson’s 11th year at the helm, and he’ll be joined by second-year assistant Kyle Kirkestue.

The team’s biggest strength, said Anderson, will be at the middle and long distances.

Fri
24
Mar

Matthew Allison Jacobs

 

Matthew Allison Jacobs, 20, of McGregor, died Sunday, March 19, at his home in McGregor. 

 

Wed
22
Mar

Mabel Elizabeth Nelson Bowden

 

Mabel Elizabeth Nelson Bowden, 99, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor. 

 

Wed
22
Mar

Kevin Clair Hedeman

 

Kevin Clair Hedeman, 61, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 18, at Wake Med Hospital. 

 

He was born on Oct. 2, 1955, in McGregor, to Elmer and Nelda Hedeman. He lived most of his life in McGregor and Raleigh.

Tue
21
Mar

John K. Hart, Jr.

 

John K. Hart, Jr., consummate musician, wit, and dear friend to many died Jan. 14, at the age of 66. 

 

John was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., to John K. Hart, Sr., and Wilda (Arnot) Hart. The family moved to Illinois and John spent most of his childhood in Arlington Heights. 

Tue
21
Mar

Through speech, teens share pieces of themselves


On Monday, March 27, Ayla Boylen (left), Walter Stavroplus and Anjela Waterman will join talented teens from across the state at the All State Speech Festival. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On Monday, March 27, three local teens will join talented students from across the state at the University of Northern Iowa, for the All State Speech Festival. 

Ayla Boylen, Anjela Waterman and Walter Stavroplus were nominated for the prestigious event after earning straight ones at the State Individual Speech Contest at Waldorf College on March 11.

Only a fraction of participants are nominated to All State. 

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