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Tue
12
Nov

Koeller family opens home and hearts to foster children


Members of the Koeller family—(front, left to right) Laiya (4), Tricia, Ruby (7), Ryan, Ty (5); (back, left to right) Max (11) and Sam (12)—have opened their home and hearts to a number of foster children over the past two years. (Submitted photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
12
Nov

Monona Council hears plans for proposed bike trail

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Roger Mohn, who is part of a group that is interested in developing a combination pedestrian/bike trail between Luana and Monona, spoke about the group’s plans at the Nov. 5 Monona City Council meeting.

 

Mohn said the group has already met four or five times to discuss the type of trail, trail location and funding sources. Ideally, he said, the trail would be 10 feet wide to allow for two-way traffic. It would consist of crushed stone surfacing, which would make travel easier and also cost less than other forms of surfacing.

 

With the crushed stone surfacing, Mohn said the trail would cost between $450,000 and $500,000. That estimate also includes engineering, legal, construction and easement fees. If the trail were to be paved, that estimate would rise to between $600,000 and $650,000. Mohn said the group applied for an Iowa State Trails grant this year, and was unsuccessful, but will apply again next year. He said there are also 10 to 12 other funding sources available, but gave no specifics.

 

The group has considered two routes—one along the new Hwy. 18 corridor and another along the old Hwy. 18 corridor—and decided the trail would work best along the old Hwy. 18 corridor, which is a route the Iowa Department of Transportation would also prefer. The trail would begin in Luana and end in Monona at the Butterfly Park Trail. Mohn said the major question is how the trail will make that connection, mentioning that the group has considered routes both around and through Monona. If the trail went through Monona, it would likely cause streets to be widened to include a bike lane, while also eliminating parking.

Tue
12
Nov

Stencel brings business owners together


John Stencel, who moved to McGregor from Chicago 10 years ago, recently started the “Businessmen’s Coffee Club,” which gives local business owners the opportunity to sit down with one another and share ideas. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

John Stencel and his wife, Frances, moved to McGregor from Illinois 10 years ago to help babysit their grandchildren, who live in Elkader. He and Frances immediately fell in love with the area.

Tue
12
Nov

MFL MarMac is ready for five-year visit

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

After a review of, and just a few tweaks to, the district’s plans and policies, Superintendent Dale Crozier said MFL MarMac is ready for its five-year visit from the Iowa Department of Education.

Tue
12
Nov

Local entities receive Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation grant awards


The Fall Awards Banquet of the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) was held at The Lone Wolf Bar, Lady Luck Casino-Marquette on Monday, Oct. 28. 27 applicants received funding, including some from the MarMac area. American Legion Post 267 Pocket City received $1,808 for McGregor Main Street flag restoration. Pictured (left to right) are UMGC Board Member Harold Brooks, Legion Commander Dennis Regal, Sr., Cheri Leachman and AmVets Commander Erwin Ruff.

The McGregor Public Library received $1,610 to install a handicap accessible door for the library. Pictured (left to right) are UMGC Board Member Harold Brooks, Thomas Sinclair and Library Director Michelle Pettit.

The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts received $3,200 for their Teen Community Connection Program. Pictured (left to right) are UMGC Board Member Harold Brooks, Andrew Wroble and Anne Loomis.

The Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District received $5,000 for the purchase of digital in-car video systems. Pictured (left to right) are Officer Dylan Rumph, UMGC Board Member Harold Brooks and Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich.

 

 

 
Tue
12
Nov

2013 Cross Country Wrap-Up

 

By Michael Newton

 

Tue
12
Nov

2013 Volleyball Recap

 

By Michael Newton

 

The 2013 MFL MarMac Bulldog Volleyball Team struggled to a 0-25 record, winning only two sets this season. This year’s lone all-conference member was freshman Amber Adney, who was named to the honorable mention team.  

Tue
12
Nov

MFL MarMac Bulldog Football Wrap-Up

 

By Michael Newton

 

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.

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