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Tue
19
Apr

Scout raises, cleans Civil War headstones for Eagle Scout project


Boy Scout Nick Larson works on cleaning a Civil war veteran’s headstone in McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery April 16. He’s raising and cleaning over a dozen headstones as part of his Eagle Scout project. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Boy Scout Nick Larson was busy at McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery April 16, raising and cleaning over a dozen Civil War veterans’ headstones for his Eagle Scout project.

“Someone brought up the idea that Bob [Eggen] needed help here, and I thought it would be a nice project for the community,” Larson said. “It’s nice to honor those who served.”

In his 35 years managing Pleasant Grove, Eggen said this was the first time he could recall the headstones being raised and cleaned.

Tue
19
Apr

Public provides input on Medicaid


Area residents shared their thoughts on Iowa’s recent Medicaid privatization April 15, during a public meeting in Elkader with State Rep. Patti Ruff, of McGregor, and State Senator Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

Area residents shared their thoughts on Iowa’s recent Medicaid privatization April 15, during a public meeting in Elkader with State Rep. Patti Ruff, of McGregor, and State Senator Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City.

“We’re here to hear your stories and give any updates,” Ruff said to start the meeting. “This is probably the biggest issue we’ve had to deal with on the health and human services side.”

Tue
12
Apr

Central piece of McGregor veterans memorial is in place


Hunter Jensen stands by the central piece of McGregor’s veterans memorial, which was placed in Cannon Park last week. Jensen completed the memorial for his Eagle Scout project. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The main portion of the McGregor veterans memorial was erected last week in Cannon Park, following months of planning by McGregor Boy Scout Hunter Jensen, who completed the memorial for his Eagle Scout project. 

Jensen said this piece—an all-veterans memorial—signifies the entrance to the memorial. The plan is for other scouts or community members to eventually add stones—one for each branch of the military—around this piece, in a pentagon shape. 

Tue
12
Apr

Hilgerson says goodbye to the city of Marquette


Dean Hilgerson closed out his tenure as Marquette’s city manager last week, after holding the office since Dec. 2008. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Dean Hilgerson closed out his tenure as Marquette’s city manager last week, after holding the position since Dec. 2008.

When he was hired, Hilgerson noted, the council “wanted someone to direct capital projects, so I went with that.”

Since then, the city of Marquette has completed nearly $10 million in capital projects. Notable endeavors include the Bench stormwater project, ball diamond lights, the overlook and boardwalk, Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, the downtown project and the Edgar Street project, which is set to begin this summer. Hilgerson said he and former mayor Norma Mason also got the ball rolling, in early 2015, on the Bench emergency evacuation route.

Tue
12
Apr

Second and third graders speak about student advisory groups

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Nine MFL MarMac second and third graders presented to the school board at its regular meeting April 11, sharing about their experiences serving in the elementary school’s student advisory groups.

The groups, which allow students to take on leadership roles and provide input about activities and issues at school, was the idea of guidance counselor Kurt Gaylor. He came across the idea at a character conference last summer, where a group of high school kids from Dubuque shared about their own student advisory groups during a breakout session. He spoke with the students and weighed whether the concept could be used with younger kids.

Tue
12
Apr

Breuer, Eagle remain in office following Marquette special election

Marquette’s incumbent mayor Larry Breuer and incumbent council member Steve Eagle kept their positions after a close special election April 5.

Breuer won the mayoral race with 57 votes, defeating write-in John Winter, who received 47 votes. There were seven other write-in votes: six for Jason Winter and one for Ryan Young. Two years remain on the term. 

Eagle picked up 57 votes to win the council seat, which also has two years remaining. Write-in Ryan Young received 50 votes, while there were four other write-in votes: two for “Brian” Young, one for Jason Winter and one for Harlan Jones.

Registered voter turnout was roughly 36 percent, or 111 people.

Tue
05
Apr

Effects of Iowa’s Medicaid privatization hit close to home


Due to the privatization of Iowa Medicaid beginning April 1, 9-year-old Shaun Mohs, from McGregor, was unable to begin chemotherapy for a brain tumor on Wednesday at Mayo Clinic, as anticipated. On Sunday, Mayo Clinic said the Iowa Medicaid managed care organizations agreed to grant an exception for Shaun, allowing Iowa Medicaid to cover his treatments. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last week, the North Iowa Times detailed the story of Shaun Mohs, a 9-year-old McGregor boy who is battling a brain tumor for the second time in his young life. 

The first was discovered in April 2009, when Shaun was just 2.5 years old. Doctors treated the tumor aggressively from May through October of that year, with chemotherapy killing it, explained Shaun’s mom, Misty Jones.

“It’s still there; it’s just dead,” she noted, adding that, in the proceeding years, doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester have routinely monitored the tumor to make sure it doesn’t grow.

Tue
05
Apr

Monona Council tentatively awards contract for Bulldog Boulevard improvement project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council tentatively awarded a contract to Bacon Concrete LLC, of Postville, for the Bulldog Boulevard improvement project at its April 4 regular meeting.

At just over $204,000, Bacon came in around $40,000 less than the engineer’s estimated cost for the project, which involves installing permeable pavers for much of the street. Because of the steepness of a section of the street, and the need to sand it in the winter, pavers will not be used for that portion, noted Jon Biederman, with engineering firm Fehr Graham. Getting sand into the cracks of the pavers, he said, would not make them permeable.

Tue
29
Mar

McGregor boy’s strength through cancer fight inspires family, community


“It’s inspiring to see him go through it and be positive,” said Misty Jones of her 9-year-old son, Shaun Mohs, who is battling cancer for the second time. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Shaun Mohs is a 9-year-old boy from McGregor with an infectious laugh and as his mom, Misty Jones, describes, an old soul. 

“He’s a grandpa,” she said with a loving smile. “He’s very sincere and wise beyond his years. He gets along with everyone.”

He’ll challenge anyone to a card game and enjoys creating art, swimming, fishing and playing sports. His favorite color is red. At school, spelling and math interest him most.

Tue
29
Mar

Marquette special election is April 5

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette residents will go to the polls Tuesday, April 5, for a special election, to choose a mayor and one council member. Polls will be open at Marquette City Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Larry Breuer is the only candidate on the ballot for the office of mayor. Steve Eagle is the lone candidate on the ballot for the council seat, but Ryan Young is running as a write-in candidate. 

Breuer and Eagle currently hold the positions after being appointed by the Marquette Council in February. Both terms end in December 2017.

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