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Tue
02
Jun

Milkweed for monarchs


Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Director Katrina Moyna shares information about the milkweed plant, which is an important habitat and food source for the monarch butterflies. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette gave away milkweed and purple coneflowers, courtesy of Clayton County Conservation, Friday evening, in an effort to increase local habitat and food sources for the monarch butterfly. 

A presentation was also given about the monarch, which has recently been considered for the endangered species list.

“They’ve had a 90 percent population decrease since 1995,” noted Wetlands Centre Director Katrina Moyna. If the U.S. population declined at such a rate, she said, the remaining group would consist of the same number of people currently living in Florida. 

Tue
02
Jun

Street repairs planned in Monona

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Mill and overlay work will be done on several Monona streets this summer after the council gave the go-ahead Monday night.

“This winter, pot holes really opened up,” explained Randy Evanson, speaking to the council. 

He said 34 spots need to be addressed, with North Main Street, from the railroad tracks to the edge of town, being the worst. South Main Street, from Kregel Street to Iowa Street, also has several areas that will be addressed. In addition, some work will also be completed on Center Street between Hill Street and West Street, as well as on both Hill Street and Anderson Street, between Center Street and North Street. 

Tue
26
May

Vogt second in 100 at state track


MFL MarMac junior Hayley Vogt placed second in class 2A in the 100 meter dash at the state track meet over the weekend. (Photo by Bruce Thein)

MFL MarMac junior Hayley Vogt came away from the Iowa High School Athletic Association state track meet in Des Moines with a second-place finish in the 100 meter dash in class 2A.

With a time of 12.82, Vogt finished behind Saint Ansgar’s Natalie Halfman, who posted a time of 12.49. Clayton Ridge’s Hope Heitman, whom Vogt battled several times throughout the season, was fourth with a time of 12.98.

Vogt qualified for the Saturday final after running a 12.49 in the preliminaries on Thursday, bested only by Halfman, who set a state record with a time of 12.14.

Vogt also made it to state in the 200, but missed the finals after placing 10th, two spots short of qualifying, with a time of 26.37.

Tue
26
May

QCSS looking to grow its Monona location


Brianna Goodman (left), Katelyn Gilman and Jennifer Johanningmeier are three of the employees at QCSS in Monona, a call center that deal with both outbound telesales calls and inbound customer service calls for a variety of clients. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona location of the outsourced telesales services firm QCSS is looking to grow, expanding from a current staff of 18 to over 60. 

Located at 106 N. Page St., across from the library, the call center was acquired by QCSS from Greene and Associates in 2012. 

They work with 60 to 70 clients, serving as an adjunct to  inside sales teams, explained Karin Hall, co-founder of QCSS, which is headquartered in Deer Park, Ill. That means staff make outbound telesales calls, selling products and services, like publishing content or software, or checking in with companies’ previous customers. They also make political calls.

Tue
26
May

River Bluffs Maritime Museum to set up in McGregor again this summer

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor riverfront will again be home to the traveling River Bluff Maritime Museum for several weeks this summer. The museum, operated by Jeff Moses, features his collection of model boats and other maritime memorabilia.

“I’ve been here the last two years, and I’d like to come back,” he told the city council Wednesday night.

Moses said he plans to set up in Riverfront Park June 27-28, July 11-12, July 25-26, Aug. 22-23 and Sept. 12-13.

Tue
19
May

Halvorson honored at state capitol


Connie Halvorson attended a ceremony last month at the state capitol in Des Moines honoring her late husband, Roger, and other recently-passed legislators. She was joined by the couple’s children, Tracey (left), Jay, Rogeta and Lisa. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The late Roger Halvorson was honored at the state capitol in Des Moines last month in a ceremony recognizing former legislators who had recently passed away. He was one of 19 people who were remembered at the ceremony, which included music and the reading of a bio about each politician.

It was an emotional moment for the family, shared Roger’s wife, Connie, who was married to Roger for nearly 60 years, as the family hadn’t been to the capitol since Roger finished out his 11th, and final, term in office in 1996. He began serving Clayton County in 1974. 

“There was a lot of information about who served,” she said. “It was very nice, and I’m glad the family could all be there and remember those times.”

Tue
19
May

Depot Museum a stop for travelers from around world


Last year, from May 1 to Oct. 20, 3,257 people visited Marquette’s Depot Museum and Information Center. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Even though it’s been years since it operated as a real railroad depot, the Depot Museum and Information Center in Marquette is still a hub of activity for visitors seeking travel information or wanting to check out the museum's extensive collection of railroad and Marquette historical and gift items. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Even though it’s been years since it operated as a real railroad depot, the Depot Museum and Information Center in Marquette is still a hub of activity for travelers.

Tue
19
May

Etchings tell a story within a story


Author and illustrator Arthur Geisert points out the witch who makes five appearances throughout the course of his book “River Town” during the opening reception of the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts’ (MMCA) first special exhibit of the season May 15. Etchings from the book, donated by Geisert to the MMCA, are featured in the exhibit, which will run through June 29. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA) opened for the season May 15 and unveiled its first special exhibit of the year, “Arthur’s Gift,” which features the 22 hand-colored etchings donated to the MMCA by children’s book author and illustrator Arthur Geisert, who created the etchings for his book “River Town.” One in a series of “Town” books created by Geisert that reflect the activities in small towns, “River Town” shows the day-to-day life, over one year, of a community situated along a major river. 

Geisert was on-hand at the opening, signing copies of his books. He also took time to discuss the book and the etchings with those in attendance. 

Tue
19
May

Valedictorian Alison Thurn honored


MFL MarMac valedictorian Alison Thurn was recognized for several honors over the past two months, including Gov. Terry Branstad at the 30th annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony. (Submitted photo)

Thurn was also honored by KWWL Television and Wartburg College in KWWL’s 31st annual “Best of Class” celebration and got to take a photo with KWWL chief meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg, news anchors Ron Steele and Amanda Goodman and sports director Rick Coleman. (Submitted photo)

MFL MarMac valedictorian Alison Thurn was recognized for several honors over the past two months.

On April 18, Thurn was honored by KWWL Television and Wartburg College in KWWL’s 31st annual “Best of Class” celebration. Best of Class students were videotaped on the Wartburg campus for a series of public service announcements, which can be found on KWWL.com. They also had the opportunity to be photographed with KWWL news anchors Ron Steele and Amanda Goodman, chief meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg and sports director Rick Coleman.

Tue
19
May

Monona Council approves sale of lot for Dollar General store

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council approved the sale of a commercial park lot northwest of the Davis Street Auto Wash to the Overland Group, for the construction of a Dollar General store, at its May 18 meeting. 

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