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Tue
19
Jun

Sip and eat on the banks of the Mississippi


Sit back and relax and sample some of the region’s best wines and beers at the ninth annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held on the beautiful Marquette riverfront on Saturday, June 23, from noon to 4 p.m. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten

North Iowa Times editor

 

Sit back and relax and sample some of the region’s best wines and beers at the ninth annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held on the beautiful Marquette riverfront on Saturday, June 23, from noon to 4 p.m.

Of the wine and beer options, several are new to this year’s event, said Kristie Austin, executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce, which holds the event.

Tue
12
Jun

Efforts underway to replenish McGregor’s tree population

By Audrey Posten

 

Over 40 trees have been planted in McGregor in the past month, the first step in replenishing a population that was hit hard by last year’s tornado.

The effort has been led by the city’s newly-established volunteer tree board, which includes residents Sandy Beisker, Joe Brooks, Maria Brummel, Dan Keyes, Deb Scott and Morris Weller.

“McGregor is known for its trees, especially in the fall,” said Scott, who’s the board chair. “It’s wonderful to be a part of the board, bringing back that life.”

Tue
12
Jun

Supervisor candidates Keehner, Doeppke emerge from Republican primary


Steve Doeppke

Lori Egan

Sharon Keehner

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times editor

 

Iowans headed to the polls in high numbers for the June 5 primary election.

As of June 1, there were 1,964,522 active registered voters in the state, surpassing the previous high of 1,956,723 heading into the 2010 June primary, according to a statement from Secretary of State Paul Pate.

Tue
12
Jun

School board approves contracts across the district

By Rachel Mergen

 

On June 12, the MFL MarMac school board met to discuss a variety of topics including contracts, stipends, and agreements, along with a multitude of other matters 

Contracts

“They will be missed,” Superintendent Dale Crozier stated as he listed the teachers who were resigning. “We wish all of them the best.” Resigning staff were teacher Becky Holt, paraprofessional Sarah Ferguson, bus driver Larry Cox, cook Sharon Strnad and high school track coach Dan Anderson. A replacement for Anderson is pending. 

Tue
12
Jun

Next steps taken for Monona annexation of 13 properties

By Audrey Posten

 

At its June 4 regular meeting, the Monona Council passed a resolution approving the annexation of 13 parcels of real estate adjacent to the city’s southeast boundary.

From here, city administrator Dan Canton said the Iowa Secretary of State’s office will be notified. Once the annexation is acknowledged there, the county recorder, as well as local utilities and the Iowa DOT and DNR, will be notified of the change. He said the final notification will go to the Iowa State Treasurer’s office, a move that will trigger additional road use tax funds going to the community due to a slight increase in population.

Tue
05
Jun

Potential hotel/condo development envisioned for McGregor riverfront


McGregor residents learned what a potential riverfront hotel/condo development could look like and cost during an informational meeting led by consultant Eric Tweten May 31. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

McGregor residents learned what a potential riverfront hotel/condo development could look like and cost during an informational meeting led by consultant Eric Tweten May 31.

A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Tweten was hired by the city earlier this year to explore development options for the former Holiday Shores Motel property. The spot has been vacant for nearly three years, after the city council denied a request from the property owners, Trilogy Partners LLC, to re-zone the property to allow for the construction of condominiums.

Tue
05
Jun

DNR seeking judicial enforcement against Walz Energy due to ongoing violations

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Ongoing violations at the Walz Energy site near Monona have prompted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to seek judicial enforcement.

In March, the DNR notified Walz Energy that it faced a $10,000 penalty for three separate violations that have occurred during construction of the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation.

Tue
05
Jun

Larsons take immense pride in Iowa’s first American Idol winner


The Larsons show their love for cousin Maddie Poppe during her hometown visit parade in May. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen, North Iowa Times

On May 21, American Idol viewers decided on the next winner, who would be given the opportunity to start a career that most can only dream of. That winner was a 20-year-old woman, the first to achieve such an accomplishment from Iowa—Maddie Poppe. 

Todd and Nick Larson, of McGregor, could not be more thrilled to hear the news, as they are proud to claim Maddie as family. Maddie is the cousin of Todd and his son Nick, with her grandfather being siblings with Nick’s grandfather.

“We were kind of expecting it,” Todd stated about hearing his cousin would be taking the American Idol stage. He told the story of how Maddie, who is a native of Clarksville, auditioned for The Voice in 2015, but was rejected. 

Tue
05
Jun

Marquette railroad depot torn down to make way for new one


The Canadian Pacific Railway depot in downtown Marquette was torn down last week, making way for a new building that will serve train crews. Construction is expected to begin this month and wrap up by the end of September. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

CP also plans to construct new building in Marquette rail yard

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Canadian Pacific Railway depot in downtown Marquette was torn down last week, making way for a new building.

Construction will begin this month, said Marquette Trainmaster Tim Bivens at the May 8 Marquette council meeting. It is expected to be completed by the end of September.

According to Canadian Pacific Media Relations Manager Andy Cummings, the building will serve CP’s train crews.

Tue
05
Jun

All trails lead to Monona Hay Days June 8-9


Tractors will be an integral part of this year’s Monona Hay Days celebration, held June 8-9. There will be a kiddie tractor pull (shown here), as well as a tractor show and, new this year, a tractor pull open to three classes. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

All trails will lead to Hay Days, Monona’s annual summertime celebration, this Friday and Saturday, June 8-9.

Held a week earlier this year to avoid conflicts with other area events, organizers hope even more people will be able to attend, said Monona Chamber and Economic Development Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson.

“We’re looking forward to seeing new people and seeing people enjoying themselves,” she said.

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