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Tue
26
Jul

McGregor Council considers zoning recommendations

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its July 20 regular meeting, the McGregor Council considered several recommendations put forth by the city’s planning and zoning commission, most notably one addressing the allowed uses of the lower levels of downtown commercial district buildings.

“The downtown commercial zoning district does not permit anything but commercial uses on the ground floor,” shared city attorney Mike Schuster. 

However, some buildings now have apartments on the ground floor, creating concerns that it is harming the business district.

Tue
26
Jul

Marquette mayor says city needs to fix crumbled retaining wall


For over eight years, a crumbled retaining wall on North Street in Marquette has been an eyesore, according to mayor Larry Breuer. It came down because of heavy rain, he said, but was never repaired. Now, he hopes the city can fix it. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For over eight years, a crumbled retaining wall on North Street in Marquette has been an eyesore, according to mayor Larry Breuer. It came down because of heavy rain, he said, but was never repaired. Speaking to the Marquette Council at its July 19 meeting, Breuer said he hopes the city can do something to fix it, as both residents and visitors are noticing.

Breuer said a resolution from 2007 regarding retaining walls stated the city would not build them unless absolutely necessary. Otherwise, a property owner would have to make a request to build one, then bear the cost. 

Tue
26
Jul

Students represent North Clayton Shooting Team in state competition


Members of the newly-formed North Clayton Shooting Team—Keaton Dettman (lef), Samson Elledge, Austin Ruff, Derek Larson, Alex McNally and Brandi Schneider—competed in the Iowa State Trapshooting Meet June 10 and 11. Not pictured is Caleb Overton. (Submitted photo)

The Allamakee Sportsman Club allowed the team to use their facilities for practice. (Submitted photo)

Seven MFL MarMac students represented the newly-formed North Clayton Shooting Team at the Iowa State Trapshooting Meet held on June 10 and 11. Participants attempted to shoot 200 targets with one round of trap consisting of 25 clay targets.  Each day, an hour was given to shoot at 100 targets.

This year’s trapshooting team members included:  Amber Adney, Tessa Detra, Keaton Dettman, Samson Elledge, Taylor Gerndt, Shane Hexom, Nolin Lang, Derek Larson, Alex McNally, Caleb Overton, Dillon Pitzner, Austin Ruff, Brandi Schneider and Avery Smith.

The Iowa State Trapshooting Meet results were:

·Keaton Dettman: 22, 19, 22, 24, 19, 20, 22, 24 = Total 172

Tue
26
Jul

MFL MarMac baseball team has season of learning experiences


Bryce Burke

Nathan Johanningmeier

Garret Keehner

By Head Coach Brandon Burke

The 2016 Bulldog baseball season was full of learning experiences and teachable moments. The team finished the season with a 5-23 record. 

At the beginning of the season, the coaching staff was excited to work with this group of kids, but didn’t really know exactly what they had in the team. They were quick to find that this team was full of young talent and potential, but lacked experience.

Thu
21
Jul

Ricky “Rick” Lenth December 1, 1958 to July 11, 2016

Ricky Lee “Rick” Lenth, 57, of Monona, Iowa, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa. Rick was born to Virgil and Caroline (Ambrose) Lenth on December 1, 1958, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He was baptized January 11, 1959, and confirmed October 27, 1974, at Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf, Iowa. Rick graduated from Central High School in Elkader, Iowa in 1977 and earned his associates degree at NICC in Calmar, Iowa. Rick was united in marriage with Beth Burkey on August 20, 1983, at Zion Lutheran Church, Oelwein, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Gregory, Alexander and Aimee. They later divorced.

Tue
19
Jul

Event to kick off fundraising for final phase of Turner Park improvements


To date, $123,000 has been raised for the Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages improvement project, allowing for a majority of the first three phases of work to be completed. Now, fundraising efforts will focus on the fourth phase—a splash pad. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Turner Park hog roast event on Friday, July 22, will signal the beginning of fundraising for the final phase of park improvements.

To date, $123,000 has been raised for the Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages improvement project, allowing for a majority of the first three phases of work to be completed. Among the changes at the park, located in McGregor next to the Great River Care Center, are a walking track, which was completed last fall, and new playground equipment, erected this spring. This summer, ADA sidewalks were constructed and the shelter pads were extended. New picnic tables were also added, and are now available for memorials. 

Tue
19
Jul

Casey’s hopes to begin construction of new store in Marquette this fall


The current Casey’s General Store in downtown Marquette will give way to a new store within the next year. Casey’s said it hopes to begin construction this fall, making more room to accommodate all of its food and beverage offerings. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Casey’s General Store hopes to begin constructing a new store in Marquette early this fall, according to James Pistillo, vice president of accounting and treasurer for the company.

Casey’s took over ownership of the convenience store, which was formerly a Go America store, in Oct. 2013. Since then, Pistillo said the company has looked for ways to enlarge the store’s space to accommodate all its food and beverage offerings.

“At one point, early on after the acquisition, the plan was to just remodel the existing store,” he said, “but that plan changed, and now it is scheduled to be rebuilt new from the ground up.”

Tue
19
Jul

Meyer comes home as MFL MarMac high school principal

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As MFL MarMac’s new high school principal, Larry Meyer is again walking the halls he traversed as a student.

“The physical plan [of the building] has changed, but the feel is still the same,” said Meyer, a 1977 MFL graduate. “It’s a good feeling. It feels right to be home.”

Meyer, the son of Neil and Gini, grew up on a farm three miles east of Monona with sisters Jill, Lynn and Amy and brother Brian. His interest in education began at a young age.

Tue
19
Jul

Monona Council updated on sanitary sewer project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona’s phase II sanitary sewer improvements will be completed by Oct. 2, according to Marc Ruden, with IIW, Inc., who spoke before the Monona Council at its July 18 meeting.

The project consists of two contracts, one for collection system rehabilitation and another for lift station and waste water treatment facility improvements.

Some pipe work, as well as some work at the wastewater plant, is anticipated to be completed by Portzen Construction as early as the end of next week.

Tue
19
Jul

Bulldog softball players earn Upper Iowa all-conference honors


Becca Harms (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Jasmine Stocker (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Mollie Ward (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Chaun'te Drahn (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Four MFL MarMac softball players recently received Upper Iowa Conference all-conference honors. Becca Harms and Jasmine Stocker were named to the second team, while Mollie Ward and Chaun’te Drahn earned honorable mention recognition.

Harms, a senior catcher, played in each of the Bulldogs’ 32 games this season, compiling a .402 batting average (a team high) and 21 RBIs. Defensively, Harms had a .972 fielding percentage. Of 16 stolen base attempts, she caught 10 runners.

Senior outfielder Stocker, who also batted lead-off all season for MFL MarMac, started each of the team’s 32 games. She put up a .346 batting average and drove in 12 runs, including a home run. She was one of the team leaders in runs scored, with 16. In the outfield, she had a .813 fielding percentage.

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