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Tue
18
Oct

A production of firsts

High school musical to have flying, a Saturday matinee and online ticket sales

By Audrey Posten

This fall’s MFL MarMac high school musical—”Peter Pan”—will feature several firsts: flying, a Saturday matinee show and online ticket sales.

The production will be performed Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, in the high school auditorium in Monona.

Based on the play and novel written by J.M. Barrie, the musical will tell the story of flying boy Peter Pan as he takes Wendy Darling and her brothers to Neverland.

Tue
18
Oct

Tours help students learn about careers in the manufacturing industry


MFL MarMac high school students learned about careers in the manufacturing industry last week through tours of M’s Machine and Manufacturing Co., Inc., and Art’s Way Scientific. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

In conjunction with Manufacturing Month, MFL MarMac high school students learned about careers in the manufacturing industry last week through tours of M’s Machine and Manufacturing Co., Inc., and Art’s Way Scientific, both in Monona.

The manufacturing industry plays a large role in Iowa’s workforce, employing 1 in 6 workers, or 13.5 percent of the state’s total employment.

Economically, advanced manufacturing is Iowa’s largest industry sector, adding $31.9 billion to the state economy each year. In the last 10 years, manufacturing exports have grown 78 percent, and currently account for 80 percent of Iowa’s total exports.

That growth is expected to continue, with 3.4 million manufacturing jobs likely to be needed over the next decade. However, only 1.4 million of those jobs are expected to be filled.

Wed
12
Oct

Robert J. (Smitty) Smith

 

 

Robert J. (Smitty) Smith, 79, of Monona, died Saturday morning, Oct. 8, at Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, Iowa from complications of diabetes. 

 

 

Tue
11
Oct

Despite objections from residents, Monona P&Z recommends zoning change for a Dollar General store

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Planning and Zoning Commission, on a 4-3 vote at a meeting Oct. 4, recommended that the city council approve a request by the Overland Group to rezone lot 19 of the Gordon Residential Subdivision from R-2 residential to C-1A commercial for construction of a Dollar General store. The decision was made despite objections from residents who live near the proposed site.

Tue
11
Oct

Teachers pursuing grant to create after school program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac Elementary teachers Niki Guese, Crystal Thurn and Emily Welper are pursuing a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to create a free after school program that would aid K-3 student academics through homework help and fun, educational clubs.

The grant would fully fund the program, including a full-time coordinator, snacks and materials, Thurn told the school board at its Oct. 10 meeting.

Having a place for students to go after school will also help overstretched staff.

Tue
04
Oct

North Iowa Times celebrates 160 years of news coverage


North Iowa Times Editor Audrey Posten and Publisher Gary Howe

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

1856: James Buchanan was elected 15th president of the United States, the Republican Party held its first national meeting, the Crimean War ended in Europe and the tin-type camera and accordion were both patented. On Friday, Oct. 10, the North Iowa Times was established in McGregor.

The newspaper was founded by Col. A.P. Richardson and F.W.D. Merrill, the brother of Iowa Governor Samuel Merrill, although Merrill’s name appeared on the masthead for just two weeks. 

Tue
04
Oct

McGregor Mercantile opens in newly-remodeled downtown building


Paul and Monica Tiffany recently opened McGregor Mercantile at 258 Main St., in downtown McGregor. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

McGregor Mercantile is a paint and hardware store, offering Benjamin Moore paints, chalk paints from American Paint Company, painting accessories and much more.

The Tiffanys worked throughout the year to remodel the McGregor Mercantile building. Some of the biggest changes were the additions of significantly enlarged front windows and a taller front door.

Built in 1879, the McGregor Mercantile building was originally Robert Lindsay Grocery. Over the years, it has housed a second-hand store, ice cream shop, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa and photography studio.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Paul and Monica Tiffany, the owners and operators of Preferred Painters, have been a fixture in McGregor for several years.

In December 2015, they bought a building in downtown McGregor, at 258 Main St., to use as a shop for their painting business—a place to keep pressure washers, sprayers and extra supplies. In order to be more efficient, they also planned to use the area to tint their own paint.

“Then, one thing led to another,” Monica remarked. “Pretty soon, we were opening a paint and hardware store.”

Tue
04
Oct

HawkWatch to celebrate raptor migration


Live raptor presentations will be among the activities at HawkWatch on Saturday, Oct. 8. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Celebrate the fall migration of thousands of raptors and other birds along the Mississippi River Flyway at the 32nd annual HawkWatch on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will be hosted by the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette, in conjunction with the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the Upper Iowa Audubon Society.

HawkWatch will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run through the afternoon, until 3:30 p.m. The free event will include hands-on educational activities for kids and an educational video at both 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Four live raptor presentations will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m., as well as at 1 and 2 p.m.

Tue
04
Oct

Grant opportunities discussed at Monona meeting

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Grant opportunities for community projects were a prominent topic of discussion at the Monona Council’s regular meeting Oct. 3.

One opportunity was shared by resident Jim Langhus, who was seeking the council’s permission to submit a Trees Forever pollinator habitat conservation grant application for the Monona Butterfly Garden and Trail.

“There’s a section of the [trail] loop near the pool where we can put in a prairie,” Langhus explained. “It would be a short grass prairie with a lot of prairie plants and flowers that pollinators can come to.”

Tue
27
Sep

Site plan unveiled for new Casey’s store in Marquette


A site plan for the new Casey’s General Store to be constructed in downtown Marquette was revealed last week. The existing store will be torn down along with four buildings to the west of the store. The new store will be built on that western portion.

Site plan for the new Casey's General Store in downtown Marquette.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A site plan for the new Casey’s General Store to be constructed in downtown Marquette was revealed Sept. 20, at the Marquette Council’s regular monthly meeting.

The plan, said A. Leo Pelds, of A. Leo Pelds Engineering Company, is to tear down the current store along with four buildings to the west of the store. The new store will be built on that western portion, with the front of the building facing the river. The eastern portion of the property, in front of the new store, will contain six gas pump islands.

“I don’t anticipate diesel service to this site,” Pelds said.

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