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Tue
27
Sep

Sullivan Opera House event advocates for preservation efforts


Richard Poole was one of the speakers at an event held Saturday at Old Man River in McGregor that helped raise awareness for the importance of community historic preservation efforts. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An event held Saturday at Old Man River in McGregor, featuring both local speakers and those from around the state, helped raise awareness for the importance of community historic preservation efforts, especially as a group works to save and restore McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House.

Tue
27
Sep

McGregor property owners recognized for historic preservation efforts


At a presentation Sept. 24, McGregor mayor Harold Brooks recognized three of the city’s property owners for their historic preservation efforts. Pictured with Brooks (left) are Mel Wild, Anne and Jerry Kruse and Monica and Paul Tiffany. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

At a presentation Sept. 24, McGregor mayor Harold Brooks recognized three of the city’s property owners for their historic preservation efforts, which have contributed to McGregor’s history, architecture and character.

The first plaque honored Richard W. Myers for his donation of the building that now houses the McGregor Historical Museum. Richard gifted the building, located at 256 Main St., to the city for use as a museum on Jan. 1, 1982, in memory of his mother, Lena D. Myers. Lena was a McGregor historian, writer and one of the founders of the McGregor Historical Society in 1942. The plaque, which includes the same words as the original, was presented to Mel Wild, acting president of the McGregor Historical Society, for display at the museum.

Tue
27
Sep

McGregor Council donates to Mar-Mac Rescue Squad

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Sept. 21 meeting, the McGregor Council approved a donation of $1,045.88 to the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad for the purchase of new CPR mannequins. 

The mannequins will be used for EMT training as well as in the CPR classes offered annually by the rescue squad.

The funds contributed by the city cover half the cost of the training equipment. The other half of the funding was provided by the city of Marquette.

Temporary use permit

Tue
20
Sep

The road to Tokyo starts now


Local wrestler Kyle Pedretti (left), working here with training partner Victor Coronado, hopes to make the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Pedretti, now 28, has wrestled since he was in sixth grade. “I want to be the best in the world,” he said.

Local wrestler Pedretti hopes to make 2020 Olympics

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games are just a month in the books, but for athletes around the world, their sights are already set on the next games, four years from now in Tokyo, Japan. Among them is local wrestler Kyle Pedretti.

The sport has been woven into Pedretti’s life since, as a student at Central, he quit basketball in sixth grade to join the wrestling team. A year later, now in the MFL MarMac School District, he finished 2-2 at the AAU State Tournament. In eighth grade, he finished second at AAU State, despite personal hardship.

Tue
20
Sep

History comes alive at Fall-der-All Sept. 24-25


Cider pressing apples is one activity kids will enjoy at Fall-der-All, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25 in Froelich. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Let history come alive through fun demonstrations, tours and more at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25.

For over 20 years, Fall-der-All has been a local fall tradition for Froelich, which is known as the birthplace of the first gas-powered tractor to propel itself forward and backward, created by John Froelich in 1892.

In true Froelich fashion, tractors will start off the celebration on Saturday, with sign-up for a tractor ride beginning at 9 a.m. and the ride leaving at 9:30 a.m. It will end at Froelich around 12:30 p.m. 

Tue
20
Sep

Zoning change requested for construction of Dollar General Store in Monona


Fran Passmore was sworn in as Monona mayor Sept. 19. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Overland Engineering, LLC, on behalf of RSBR Investments, LLC, has requested that the city of Monona rezone property in the Gordon Subdivision, along Highway 18/52, from R-2 residential to C-1A commercial to allow construction and operation of a Dollar General retail store on the property.

The property would include three lots located between the highway and several homes along Darby Drive, near Garden View Senior Community.

“Dollar General has sent in all the paperwork,” said city administrator Dan Canton, addressing the council at its Sept. 19 meeting.

Tue
20
Sep

Investigation into reported firearms theft from Mar-Mac Police Department continues

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Mar-Mac Police Department, continues to investigate a report of stolen firearms from the Mar-Mac Police Department in February.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office in March, the investigation began with a request from Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich following the discovery of missing items. 

Between Feb. 8 and Feb. 17, an undisclosed number of firearms were reportedly stolen from the Marquette city garage, which is attached to the police department, while renovations were being made to the police department.

Tue
13
Sep

An adventure in monarch tagging


The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette held a monarch butterfly release party Saturday afternoon, with participants tagging and releasing several monarchs reared there over the last few weeks. Some butterflies caught in the wild that day were tagged and released, as well. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Tagging involves placing a small sticker on each butterfly’s hind wing. Each tag contains an identification number along with a phone number to call when the butterfly and tag are found. Monarch tagging is done now, as it is the peak time for monarchs to begin their migration to Mexico.

Jim Langhus shows the difference between a male (left) and female monarch butterfly. The males have noticeably thinner veins, as well as black spots on their hind wings.

Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey shows off one of the monarch butterflies reared at the Wetlands Centre and later tagged and released.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette held a monarch butterfly release party Saturday afternoon, with participants tagging and releasing several monarchs reared there over the last few weeks. Some butterflies caught in the wild that day were tagged and released, as well.

“This has been our first adventure in tagging,” said Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey.

Tagging involves placing a small sticker on each butterfly’s hind wing. Each tag contains an identification number along with a phone number to call when the butterfly and tag are found. It does not hinder the monarch’s movement.

Tue
13
Sep

Student journalists share their voices


MFL MarMac High School students work through a broadcast script for a video that will go on the new student news site, The Bulldog Growl. The website will also feature stories written by students about a variety of school-related topics. Beginning next week, their work will be shared monthly in the North Iowa Times. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A new English class offered at MFL MarMac High School is allowing students to become journalists by sharing their voices online, through a news website they’ve named The Bulldog Growl. Beginning next week, students’ work will also be shared monthly in the North Iowa Times.

Students will tackle a variety of school-related topics—everything from new staff and school rules to ACT testing and the latest Bulldog sports action. 

The website, bulldoggrowl.com, will be updated regularly with the students’ articles. It will also feature student video broadcast packages, in addition to polls and recent sports scores.

Tue
13
Sep

Passmore to take over as Monona’s mayor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona residents will see a familiar face in the mayor’s seat at the next council meeting: Fran Passmore. Passmore served as the city’s mayor for six years prior to the most recent mayor, Barb Collins, who took over in 2014.

Collins resigned as mayor late last month in order to become the city’s deputy clerk, replacing the retiring Linda Gullickson.

Passmore will finish out the remainder of the two-year term, through the end of 2017.

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