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Tue
05
Nov

Ruff saw different kind of ‘cemeteries’ following WWII


Erwin Ruff served in the naval part of the Army immediately following World War II. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

For McGregor’s Erwin Ruff, World War II didn’t include fighting in the South Pacific or Europe. In fact, when he served, the war was over and  the demobilization process was underway. However, that didn’t mean he didn’t see his fair share of cemeteries; they were just of the machine variety rather than human.

Tue
05
Nov

Mar-Mac Police Commission discusses 2014-2015 budget

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The MarMac Unified Police Commission approved the 2014-2015 budget at its Nov. 4 meeting. The budget includes raises for the police chief, two officers, reserve officers and clerical.

 

The police department will also purchase another car. Chief Jason Bogdonovich said the department is going to go on a six-year car purchase rotation, rather than every five years, which had been the protocol. Trucks will be purchased every seven years. Bogdonovich said the department will go with this rotation unless the extra year yields maintenance fees that would not make the rotation cost-effective.

 

Commissioners Robyn Denning, Gay Hallberg, Tracy Melver and Norma Mason approved the budget, while Rogeta Halvorson chose not to, explaining that she would like to discuss it with the McGregor City Council before approving.

 

“This is the first time we’ve seen it,” she said.

 

Melver said both the McGregor and Marquette councils already have to discuss the budget.

 

“If we keep watching them like we have been, hopefully there will be another comeback to the cities,” he said. “We don’t want to cut it so tight that they have to come back to us.”

 

“They’ve done a really good job,” Mason added. “I’m not in favor of taking more [money] out.”

 

This year, McGregor and Marquette will receive $7,307.79 back, with 65 percent of that going to Marquette and 35 percent to McGregor.

Tue
05
Nov

Area veteran’s hunting trip was opportunity of a lifetime


Adam Eilers bagged this elk on a recent hunting trip to Wyoming. (Submitted photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

For Army National Guard veteran Adam Eilers, the last few years have been all about chances—a chance IED explosion in Afghanistan, a chance connection with a champion of veterans, a chance to go on the hunting trip of a lifetime.

Tue
05
Nov

MFL MarMac celebrates Red Ribbon Week


MFL MarMac Middle School participated in Red Ribbon Week last week. Throughout the week, students learned about the effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as bullying, and participated in drawing/essay/poetry contests and dress-up days. These students participated in Neon Day: “Too Bright for Drugs.” All students who dressed up entered a raffle and two names were drawn for each grade. Those students won Red Ribbon-themed prizes.

On Friday, students and staff participated in a one-mile Red Ribbon Run. Here, students-decked out in red for Red Ribbon Week-head to Turner Park for the one-mile Red Ribbon Run.

The girls raced first.

After completing the run, participants received stickers.

The boys began their run after the girls were finished.

One runner lost a shoe.

Some staff members also participated in the Red Ribbon Run.

Other students cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line.

Following the run, students also enjoyed a staff versus 8th graders basketball game.

 

6th Grade Top Six Essays from Mrs. Jones's Language Arts Classes

 

Drug Abuse and Alcoholism by Brinan Berger

Tue
05
Nov

Sumner-Fred ends MFL MarMac Volleyball season

 

By Michael Newton

 

The MFL MarMac Bulldogs’ volleyball season ended on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Sumner in the second round of the regional tournament. The Bulldogs had been placed in the second round because of state scheduling rules. 

Thu
31
Oct

Monona mayoral and council candidates state their case at forum

 

 

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

 

Thu
31
Oct

Carol Young

 

Carol J. Young, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 27, at her home at Opportunity Village, in Clear Lake, Iowa. 

Carol Jean Young was born Jan. 5, 1931, in McGregor, the daughter of Mark C. and Floy Melvin Young. She lived in Marquette, until the time of her father’s death. She then lived with her sister and brother-in-law Winifred and Cletus Friedman in Moline, Ill. In 1971 she became one of the first residents of Opportunity Village. It has been her loving home for forty-two years. She enjoyed shopping, going out to eat and had a great love for family, friends, dogs and cappuccino’s. 

Tue
29
Oct

Tae kwon do teaches principal lessons outside school


MFL MarMac Middle and High School Principal Josh Mallicoat and his son, Ty, work out at Pikes Peak, Colo., this summer at an elevation of 14,100 feet. (Submitted photo)

Ty Mallicoat does a flying side kick in the dojang, or hall, in Garnavillo. (Submitted photo)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Tue
29
Oct

Marquette Council, businesses discuss litigation, zoning changes


118 and 120 North St.

 

By Audrey Posten

 

The Marquette City Council, business owners and residents gathered at a special meeting on Oct. 24 to discuss the Marquette Board of Adjustment’s (BOA) decision to grant a variance to the Luana Savings Bank for 118 and 120 North St. The variance would allow the property to be sold as residential rather than commercial, going against the city code. Following the Oct. 15 regular city council meeting, the council had requested help from the business owners in deciding if the city should pursue litigation against the BOA over its decision.

 

Opening the meeting, Mayor Norma Mason cited a section from the city’s zoning regulations that said, “When a nonconforming use of a structure, or structure and premises in combination, is discontinued for 12 consecutive months or for 18 months during any two-year period, the structure thereafter shall not be used except in conformance with the regulations of the district in which it is located.” 118 and 120 North St. are located next to the post office in the downtown district, which is zoned for commercial use.

 

“This is what brought the whole thing to a head,” Mason said to the audience. “Now we have to make a decision on this district and we need your input.”

 

Attorney Jim Garrett said if the city chose to file a petition in district court asking the court to review and reverse the BOA decision, the odds would be in favor of the city, as the city code prohibits the BOA from granting a variance that permits a use the city does not permit. 

 

“Even if the odds were not in your favor, at least you’d have an answer as to whether this is something the BOA can do,” he said. “Then you could adjust the ordinance accordingly.”

 

Cindy Halvorson, of Eagles Landing Winery, began the audience discussion by asking the council members what tourists had said to them about Marquette. 

 

“They ask, ‘Where are all the businesses?’” said councilman Tracy Melver.

 

“That’s not what I’ve heard,” Halvorson responded. “They said this is a charming little river town where homes and businesses are intermingled. I know you’re trying to make it grow, so if they want it to be residential, then let it be. By making it all commercial, there won’t be homes and businesses side by side.” 

 

Councilman Jason Winter said that, while he also appreciated Marquette’s status as a cottage community, its unique set-up is what makes the decision so difficult.

 

“Marquette’s never going to have the storefronts like McGregor,” he said, “but can we make it to allow anything and everything because it’s unique? I see one side and I see the other. It’s just a mess we have to get straightened out.”

Tue
29
Oct

Depot Museum had nearly 4,000 visitors this year


Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center visitors

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Marquette’s Depot Museum and Information Center had 3,997 visitors this year, from May 1 through Oct. 28, an increase of over 600 visitors from last year. Compared to last year’s numbers, attendance increased each month except in June, which saw high river levels and poor weather. 

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