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Tue
23
Aug

Proposed Marquette zoning change would affect long-vacant downtown homes

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Residential homes in downtown Marquette that have sat empty for extended periods of time will no longer have to be converted to commercial use on the lower level if a section in the city’s zoning ordinance is removed.

Marquette’s planning and zoning commission recommended the deletion at its quarterly meeting earlier this month. Zoning administrator Darren Matthew said the city’s attorney, Dan Key, did not see any issues with the change.

At its Aug. 16 meeting, the Marquette Council agreed to set a public hearing at the start of its Sept. 20 meeting regarding the change.

Tue
23
Aug

Enthusiasm strong on MFL MarMac cross country team


Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team include (front, left to right) assistant coach Eric Koenig, Allison Corlett, Marissa Lechtenberg, Laycee Roys, head coach Eliza Philpott; (back) Kolten Matthews, Coltin Ball, Ellie Kinley, Reagan Butikofer, Cassidy Penrod, Hannah Schutte, Keri Picha, Jesse Breuer and Kaleb Krueger. Not pictured is Keagen Smerud. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Getting a taste of last year’s state cross country meet through state qualifier Hannah Schutte, who returns as a sophomore this season, has sparked a lot of enthusiasm in the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team, said fourth-year head coach Eliza Philpott. She is joined by assistant coach Eric Koenig, now in his second season.

Philpott and Koenig said this enthusiasm is one of the team’s strengths, and has translated into good, quality practices over the first couple weeks of the season.

“The kids come ready and willing for practice knowing it’s going to be tough, and that makes for an exciting environment,” they explained.

Tue
16
Aug

Local vendors highlighted with Lady Luck’s new Farmer’s Pick Buffet


Don Ostert, general manager/vice president of Lady Luck Marquette, joined by executive chef Patrick Stamatelos and representatives from the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce, unveiled the casino’s new Farmers Pick Buffet at an Aug. 12 ribbon cutting ceremony. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The new Farmer’s Pick brand taps into the Buffet’s use of seasonal, fresh ingredients, many of which come from local vendors.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Lady Luck Casino in Marquette unveiled its new Farmer’s Pick Buffet during a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 12.

The new brand taps into the Buffet’s use of seasonal, fresh ingredients, many of which come from local vendors.

“It will allow us to highlight local vendors and let people know where the products come from,” shared Don Ostert, general manager/vice president of Lady Luck Marquette.

Tue
16
Aug

MFL MarMac to host regional youth football scrimmage

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Over 1,600 people are expected to converge in Monona on Saturday, Aug. 27, as MFL MarMac hosts a regional youth football scrimmage.

The jamboree, which will begin in early morning and go into the afternoon, is run through the Youth Sports Foundation (YSF), said Jo Berns, with the MFL MarMac Booster Club, who’s helping to organize the event.

“Our fifth and sixth graders play with pads and helmets, and YSF is who we go through to get equipment,” she explained. “They’re also who sets up the schedule.”

Tue
16
Aug

Monona bandstand fundraiser planned

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An ice cream social event to begin fundraising for repairs to Monona’s bandstand is planned for Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the city park.

The event will be paired with a Community Visioning presentation, said mayor Barb Collins at Monday’s city council meeting. The landscape architects who have created plans for the city will present design boards showcasing some of the improvements Monona can incorporate regarding trails, parks, plantings and more.

Tue
09
Aug

Helen L. Stade

 

Helen L. Stade, 95, of Marquette, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Helen was born on March 6, 1921, rural Sny Magill, McGregor, Iowa, to Elmer and Leona (Hill) Hansen and attended country school.

Tue
09
Aug

Combined river patrol makes both sides of the Mississippi safer


Crawford County Deputy Nate Bremmer (left) and Clayton County Chief Reserve Deputy John Bell work together as part of the combined river patrol between the two sheriff’s departments. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Thanks to a joint patrol effort between the Clayton and Crawford County Sheriff’s Departments, both the Iowa and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi River offer a safer environment for recreational activities.

The departments began the combined river patrol in 2015, said Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi. Prior to that, the county patrolled only its own 42 miles of river.

“With an officer from both counties riding in the same patrol boat, we can patrol both sides of the river and give better coverage,” Tschirgi explained, “along with saving in wages and promoting safer boating or recreation.”

Tue
09
Aug

Lunch bill woes hard to swallow

$20K in outstanding bills has MFL MarMac searching for solutions

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac is searching for solutions to deal with $20,000 in outstanding lunch bills. 

“This is an ugly problem,” said superintendent Dale Crozier, who asked the school board for suggestions at its Aug. 8 meeting. “We have a lot of people who owe us for lunches. We need to do something.”

Crozier estimated 75 accounts are currently delinquent, with one as high as $1,500 in the red. A couple have reached $700, while several more are $500 behind.

Tue
09
Aug

Field trips, sensory learning help kids grow at Smith and Bulldog Childcare Centers


All summer long, the school-age children from the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers enjoyed weekly field trips and fun activities around the community. Here, Eva Larson (left) and Kaitlyn Kozelka, from Dr. Smith, enjoy Funday Monday at the Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Each age group at Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers, including the youngest attendees like Gracelynn McShane (left) and Ella Valley, has a curriculum. Sensory work is particularly emphasized said director Abby Bouska.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For area kids who attend the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers in either Monona or McGregor, learning doesn’t stop when school’s out. All summer long, the centers’ school-age children have enjoyed weekly field trips and fun activities around the community.

Tue
02
Aug

‘Wild’ trespassers keep local police officers busy


In area communities, often the most annoying and frequent trespassers on people’s properties aren’t humans, but animals. These wild offenders keep local police busy, and occasionally entertained.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

In area communities, often the most annoying and frequent trespassers on people’s properties aren’t humans, but animals. And while these critters might be stealing from your trash cans rather than your car, local police officers are still responsible for assuring they don’t become a further problem.

The Monona Police Department responds to around three animal-related calls each week, said police chief Jo Amsden.

“Usually they’re being a nuisance,” she said, “getting into garbage or ruining people’s gardens.”

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