North Iowa Times

Tue
12
Apr

Breuer, Eagle remain in office following Marquette special election

Marquette’s incumbent mayor Larry Breuer and incumbent council member Steve Eagle kept their positions after a close special election April 5.

Breuer won the mayoral race with 57 votes, defeating write-in John Winter, who received 47 votes. There were seven other write-in votes: six for Jason Winter and one for Ryan Young. Two years remain on the term. 

Eagle picked up 57 votes to win the council seat, which also has two years remaining. Write-in Ryan Young received 50 votes, while there were four other write-in votes: two for “Brian” Young, one for Jason Winter and one for Harlan Jones.

Registered voter turnout was roughly 36 percent, or 111 people.

Tue
05
Apr

Effects of Iowa’s Medicaid privatization hit close to home


Due to the privatization of Iowa Medicaid beginning April 1, 9-year-old Shaun Mohs, from McGregor, was unable to begin chemotherapy for a brain tumor on Wednesday at Mayo Clinic, as anticipated. On Sunday, Mayo Clinic said the Iowa Medicaid managed care organizations agreed to grant an exception for Shaun, allowing Iowa Medicaid to cover his treatments. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last week, the North Iowa Times detailed the story of Shaun Mohs, a 9-year-old McGregor boy who is battling a brain tumor for the second time in his young life. 

The first was discovered in April 2009, when Shaun was just 2.5 years old. Doctors treated the tumor aggressively from May through October of that year, with chemotherapy killing it, explained Shaun’s mom, Misty Jones.

“It’s still there; it’s just dead,” she noted, adding that, in the proceeding years, doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester have routinely monitored the tumor to make sure it doesn’t grow.

Tue
05
Apr

Monona Council tentatively awards contract for Bulldog Boulevard improvement project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council tentatively awarded a contract to Bacon Concrete LLC, of Postville, for the Bulldog Boulevard improvement project at its April 4 regular meeting.

At just over $204,000, Bacon came in around $40,000 less than the engineer’s estimated cost for the project, which involves installing permeable pavers for much of the street. Because of the steepness of a section of the street, and the need to sand it in the winter, pavers will not be used for that portion, noted Jon Biederman, with engineering firm Fehr Graham. Getting sand into the cracks of the pavers, he said, would not make them permeable.

Tue
29
Mar

McGregor boy’s strength through cancer fight inspires family, community


“It’s inspiring to see him go through it and be positive,” said Misty Jones of her 9-year-old son, Shaun Mohs, who is battling cancer for the second time. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Shaun Mohs is a 9-year-old boy from McGregor with an infectious laugh and as his mom, Misty Jones, describes, an old soul. 

“He’s a grandpa,” she said with a loving smile. “He’s very sincere and wise beyond his years. He gets along with everyone.”

He’ll challenge anyone to a card game and enjoys creating art, swimming, fishing and playing sports. His favorite color is red. At school, spelling and math interest him most.

Tue
29
Mar

Marquette special election is April 5

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette residents will go to the polls Tuesday, April 5, for a special election, to choose a mayor and one council member. Polls will be open at Marquette City Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Larry Breuer is the only candidate on the ballot for the office of mayor. Steve Eagle is the lone candidate on the ballot for the council seat, but Ryan Young is running as a write-in candidate. 

Breuer and Eagle currently hold the positions after being appointed by the Marquette Council in February. Both terms end in December 2017.

Tue
22
Mar

Monona’s Gateway Park to be a site for MFL MarMac Summer Feeding Program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona’s Gateway Park will be one of the sites for MFL MarMac’s Summer Feeding Program beginning May 31.

The Summer Feeding Program will allow the district to offer free lunch this summer to kids 18 and younger—regardless of income, residency or the school they attend—who come to the sites within the district, explained Brandi Crozier, who serves MFL MarMac through the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and is organizing the program. She spoke to the Monona Council about the program at its March 21 meeting.

Tue
22
Mar

A 'FEEST' for the taste buds


MFL MarMac HYPE members (left to right) Kayden Gillitzer, Emma Keehner, Kaycee Darnell, Macie Weigand, Emma Ammons, Max Koeller, Lauren Gillitzer and Sam Koeller show off the dishes they made for MFL MarMac’s first FEEST dinner. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The HYPE members work with FEEST coordinator CiCi Mueller to determine which foods will make up their dishes.

Emma Ammons and Max Koeller cut up carrots for their dish for the FEEST dinner. Developed in Seattle in 2006, FEEST, which stands for Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, encourages youth to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food.

Sam Koeller and Lauren Gillitzer chop onions and chicken for their FEEST dish, which also featured quinoa, gouda cheese, garlic and various spices. The combinations were unique, but the students were encouraged not to use words like “yuck” or “ew" when formulating their dishes.

“I’m proud of how creative they are,” food coach Jennelle Schroeder said following the FEEST dinner, which the HYPE students served for members of the MFL MarMac Wellness Integration Alliance.

Students invented new dishes—without the aid of recipes—using some unique, but tasty, combinations of ingredients.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Chicken, quinoa, onion, garlic and gouda cheese. An interesting combination for a food dish, albeit a surprisingly tasty one. It was one of several dishes created by MFL MarMac’s youth wellness team, HYPE, for its first FEEST dinner last week.

Developed in Seattle in 2006, FEEST, which stands for Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, encourages youth to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food. 

Tue
22
Mar

Marquette Council holds off on awarding contract for Edgar Street project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council chose, at its March 15 meeting, to take more time to consider construction bids for the city’s Edgar Street project, which will include sanitary sewer work and development of a bike/pedestrian trail.

Four companies bid on the project, said project engineer Bart Nies, from Delta 3 Engineering, with some bids coming in as much as $42,000 to $43,000 below the estimated project cost of $302,750.

“We got some great numbers,” he told the council. “It’s a good time of year to bid.”

Tue
15
Mar

Clayton County Sheriff’s Office investigating theft of firearms from Mar-Mac Police

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the theft of firearms from the Mar-Mac Unified Police Department. 

The investigation began with a request from Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich following the discovery of missing items in February. It has been reported that, between Feb. 8 and Feb. 17, an undisclosed number of firearms were stolen from the city garage attached to the police station in Marquette during renovations to the police department. Details of the crimes cannot be released to protect the integrity of the investigation. 

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is working with full cooperation of the Mar-Mac Unified Police Department. Anyone having information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 245-2422.

Tue
15
Mar

MFL MarMac creating trap shooting program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board approved starting a trap shooting program for high school students at its March 14 meeting.

High School Principal David Ross, who will coach the team with teacher Joe Milewsky and Jim Ruff, said at least 15 students—both boys and girls—have shown interest. He estimated costs to run at $155 per student, with ammunition being the biggest cost factor.

Ross said all students will be required to have taken a hunters safety course. The same rules will apply as other school activities.

There was some discussion as to whether students should be required to purchase shells, or whether the school would provide them.

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