North Iowa Times

Tue
12
Aug

Trails, senior housing, economic development top Marquette’s five-year capital projects plan

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
12
Aug

McGregor native releases poetry collection of McGregor’s E. Leslie Spaulding


McGregor native Ronald Harris has released a book entitled “Someday I Shall Sing Again,” a comprehensive collection of the poetry of McGregor’s E. Leslie Spaulding.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

McGregor native Ronald Harris has released a book entitled “Someday I Shall Sing Again,” a comprehensive collection of the poetry of McGregor’s E. Leslie Spaulding.

Tue
12
Aug

Halverson’s duties divvied up among MFL MarMac staff

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
05
Aug

Two charged in connection to Monona thefts

 

The Monona Police Department filed charges at the Clayton County Court House in Elkader on Tuesday, July 29, in connection to multiple burglaries and thefts that have occurred in Monona, stemming from April 2014. Charged were Adrian Joe, III, 21, formerly of Monona, and Austin Douglas Ihde, 18, of Monona. 

 

Tue
05
Aug

Technology enhances local libraries’ services

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
05
Aug

McGregor moves forward with riverfront plans

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The McGregor City Council moved forward with the city’s riverfront improvements July 29, selecting Newt Marine Service, of Dubuque, at a cost of $84,037, to do the riverfront dredging and riprap work.

Tue
05
Aug

Monona Council discusses raising water rates

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

At its Aug. 4 meeting, the Monona City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to increase the city’s water rates by 10 percent.

Tue
29
Jul

McGregor couple’s garden a place for experimentation


Carolyn and David Scott stand next to their tomato plants, which were planted this year in straw bales. The couple agreed these are the tallest and most plentiful plants they’ve seen. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Scotts planted a number of vegetables in straw bales this year after learning about the method in a book. David said, with the amount of rain so far this summer, the plants have required little watering. When they do, this soaker hose runs along the top of the bales, down the middle, sending water to the plants’ roots.

David uncovers a small potato from its straw bed. Three years ago, the Scotts began planting their potatoes in straw, which creates a moist environment for the potatoes to grow, free of soil. It makes digging easier and less messy.

The Scotts’ garden is a host of experiments, with straw bale gardening (shown in the foreground) their most recent endeavor. Behind the tall tomato plants, three rectangular terraces have been built into the yard where it slopes, allowing the plants to grow on level ground. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

These help the garden plants grow on level ground.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

To many, growing garden plants in straw bales seems to defy logic. Don’t plants need soil to grow? However, looking at David and Carolyn Scott’s garden, located in the yard of their McGregor home, you’ll quickly find that’s not the case.

Tue
29
Jul

Mar-Mac Chamber asked to consider UMGC request for reimbursement of $18,000 tax credit

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce has been asked to consider reimbursing Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) $18,000 for a six-year-old tax credit, which related to the filming of the movie “Duck Farm Number 13” in McGregor.

Tue
29
Jul

Ripening school garden provides students with agricultural connection


Six kids and one parent helped at the Monona Center garden Monday night. They weeded the garden, planted basil, tried some new foods and picked produce. After picking the veggies, the kids, sitting here with teacher Roberta Hass, gathered everything in the middle to be split evenly among each other. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Ryan Wilson checks to see if there are any bad spots on this tomato before placing it in his bag. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Hannah Jacobson tries a tomato from a one-bite salad at Monday night’s garden club meeting. The one-bite salads consisted of a selection of tomatoes, basil, pesto and cheese.

Felicia Pinto, with Iowa Food and Fitness, shows the kids a recently picked kohlrabi.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The plants in the MFL MarMac school garden at the Monona Center are ripening, much to the delight of garden club members who meet each Monday evening to care for the garden, pick produce and participate in taste testing and other fun activities.

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