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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. 

Tue
29
Oct

Marquette welcomes Casey’s General Store


No, you didn’t imagine it as you drove by or through Marquette. The Go America convenience store and gas station is now a Casey’s General Store. Headquartered in Ankeny, the convenience store chain has 1,700 stores throughout the Midwest and Great Plains, with over 400 locations in Iowa. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Tue
29
Oct

Eagles soar to 56-0 victory in Bulldogs’ final game of the season

 

By Michael Newton

 

The MFL MarMac Bulldogs traveled to Guttenberg to play the Clayton Ridge Eagles on Friday, Oct. 25 in their final game of the season. The Bulldog offense failed to click throughout the game, as the team turned the ball over six times, including once in the end zone when Matt Hansel jumped on the fumble for an Eagle touchdown. 

Tue
29
Oct

Cross country season ends

 

By Michael Newton

 

Tue
22
Oct

Marquette City Council considers litigation against board of adjustment


The Marquette Board of Adjustment granted a one-year variance to the Luana Savings Bank for 118 and 120 North St. (located next to the post office) at its Oct. 4 meeting. This would allow the property to be sold as residential, rather than commercial, which goes against the city code. The city council is still considering whether it will file a petition in District Court asking the court to review and reverse the board’s decision. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

At the city of Marquette’s regular monthly meeting on Oct. 15, attorney Jim Garrett outlined the city’s options after the Marquette Board of Adjustment (BOA) granted a one-year variance to the Luana Savings Bank for 118 and 120 North St. at its Oct. 4 meeting. This would allow the property to be sold as residential, rather than commercial, which goes against the city code.

 

“I know there is some concern as to whether this was the right decision,” Garrett said to the council. 

 

However, Garrett said, the city’s options for recourse are limited. City councils are not authorized to overturn a decision made by a zoning board of adjustment. It is the only city board or commission for which this is the case. Although the state code says a council may ask the board to reconsider, Garrett said Marquette’s city code does not contain that reconsideration language, so the BOA will likely not be required to do so.

 

In that case, Garrett said the city’s only available option is to file a petition in district court asking the court to review and reverse the  BOA decision. This would be a full-blown lawsuit in which either an individual or the council as a whole would sue the BOA. Garrett said the city should consider the legal expenses that would incur, including the possibility that the city would have to provide legal representation for the BOA.

Tue
22
Oct

City of McGregor hopes to get more on board with MMU

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The McGregor City Council agreed to split the cost of new water meters with the McGregor Municipal Utilities (MMU) at the Oct. 16 regular city council meeting. The council first considered the proposal at last month’s meeting, but wanted more information before making a decision. MMU said purchasing new meters will cost between $9,500 and $15,000 each year for the next five to 10 years, so each entity will pay anywhere from $4,750 to $7,500 annually.

 

The water meter change out is necessary because, as of Jan. 1, 2014, there will be a change to the water supply rules that says any water meters installed or changed out can no longer use brass containing lead. Water meter suppliers will also be converting from remote read water meters that use an outside read to either “touch” or “automatic read” meters.

 

Mayor Gay Hallberg called the change out a “great start” and councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson said it should help cut the cost of personnel and provide more accurate readings.

Tue
22
Oct

Area businesses compete in regional Dream Big, Grow Here competition


Katie Ruff of By the Spoonful would like to renovate her building’s basement into a certified commercial kitchen in order to expand her catering services and offer cooking classes and pre-made, take-and-bake meal options. (NIT file photo)

Mona Parisi of Park 5 would like to update and install the building’s electrical wiring to beer coolers, make roof repairs, better insulate the building and get an energy efficient heat source. (NIT file photo)

 

By the Spoonful and Park 5, both located in McGregor, are two of the 13 businesses competing in the Northeast Iowa region of the Dream Big, Grow Here competition. 

 

Tue
22
Oct

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease found in deer in Clayton County

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The hot, dry weather of June, July and August has once again led to an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in Iowa. This year’s outbreak isn’t as bad as last year’s, but, somewhat surprisingly, EHD-infected whitetail deer have been found further north than usual.

 

In fact, there have been 25 dead whitetail deer reported in Clayton County, the vast majority of which have been in the McGregor—Marquette area.

 

Iowa DNR deer, forest and wildlife biologist Tom Litchfield said the number 25 is probably somewhat low because it is unlikely that all dead deer have been found or reported. 

 

Litchfield noted that because of the drought of 2012, there were approximately 3,000 EHD-infected dead deer reported statewide in Iowa that year. So far in 2013, there have been 550 dead deer reported statewide. 

 

“2012 was the number one year for EHD-infected deer in Iowa and 2013 is the number two year all time,” said Litchfield, who noted that, prior to the last two years, the last significant outbreak of EHD was in 1998 with 457 dead deer reported statewide.

Tue
22
Oct

Effigy Mounds reopens, remaining Archaeology Month programs still planned

 

Effigy Mounds National Monument reopened to visitors, effective the morning of Oct. 17. The park, visitor center and hiking trails are all once again available for the public to enjoy. The park had been closed since Oct. 1 due to a lapse in Congressional appropriations.

 

Tue
22
Oct

Effigy Mounds-Yellow River Forest Bird Conservation Area named Globally Important Bird Area

 

Iowa Audubon, the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International announced that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Effigy Mounds-Yellow River Forest Bird Conservation Area has been named a “Globally Important Bird Area.”

 

A major conservation landmark, this international recognition highlights the Iowa region’s key role in the global movement to study, protect and preserve at-risk birds.

 

The Important Bird Area Program is an international effort to designate sites critical to declining bird species for nesting or as stopovers for large concentrations of migrating birds. The highest honor for any Important Bird Area, or IBA, is to be named a Globally Important Bird Area, which entails meeting strict requirements backed by documentation of a site’s importance to imperiled birds. 

 

“We are honored that the Effigy Mounds-Yellow River Forest Bird Conservation Area has achieved this international recognition,” said Doug Harr, President of Iowa Audubon, a statewide organization based in Boone. “Through years of monitoring and protecting at-risk birds and habitats, we realize this site is invaluable regionally and in the context of interrelated worldwide conservation work. The Globally Important Bird Area designation benefits Iowa region birds, conservation advancement and our communities.”

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