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Tue
23
Oct

Travel down memory lane at museum event


Mississippi River excursion boat, from the museum’s photo collection.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Take an excursion through McGregor’s storied past at the McGregor Historical Museum’s fall event, “Traveling Down Memory Lane.” 

Held on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m., the event will feature speakers Corky Bickel, Bob Myers and Herb Collins, who will share their memories of the community.

Some of the topics will include river adventures, storm sewer wild rides, early recollections of Main Street merchants and McGregor characters who were known and loved.

Tue
23
Oct

Being seen online: Chamber continues to offer classes that help businesses grow

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce will partner with Brian Stoll, of Illuminate Digital LLC, to offer the latest in a series of classes to help local businesses grow by maximizing their online presence.

The class, which will focus on search engine optimization, will be held in the Sevens Room at Casino Queen Marquette from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thanks to funds raised from last fall’s Tailgate Fundraiser, put on by the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce to aid the McGregor-Marquette Chamber in the wake of the July 19, 2017 tornado, the class is free to all chamber members. There will be a small fee for those who are not members.

Tue
23
Oct

Candidate Profiles: State House District 56

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Democrat Lori Egan and Republican Anne Osmundson will face off in the Nov. 6 general election for the opportunity to represent District 56 in the Iowa State House. The seat has been held for the past two years by Republican Kristi Hager, who chose not to seek re-election. State House District 56 includes all of Allamakee County and nearly all of Clayton County, excluding Marion, Highland and Boardman townships. Egan and Osmundson recently took time to share their thoughts on some key issues.

Lori Egan

Tue
16
Oct

Daring to debate


Max Koeller, Miqenzie Gilberts, Sam Koeller and Joe Dodgen competed on the MFL MarMac debate team this fall. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac students gain confidence and speaking skills through program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Should the United States agree to the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea?

“Most of the world follows it when it comes to sea mining or navigation of the sea,” explained Max Koeller. “We kind of follow the rules, but haven’t actually agreed. The U.S. is one of the very few countries who isn’t part of it.”

Tue
16
Oct

Still time to submit designs for Monona banner contest


Monona’s visioning committee, along with Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc., is sponsoring a contest to choose designs for the city’s new street banners. Like this example from Stewartville, Minn., the banners will be made of metal. Monona’s banners will be painted a solid color, though.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

There’s still time to submit designs for Monona’s new street banners. The city’s visioning committee, along with Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc. (MCED), is sponsoring a contest that encourages residents of all ages to develop imagery they feel represents Monona.

“It can be pretty simple,” said MCED Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, who explained the design must be in a stenciled, easy-to-cut-out form. “It could be a large butterfly or a tractor to represent the agricultural community around us. Look at how we’ve expanded trails and recreation in Monona.”

Tue
16
Oct

In Marquette, talks of renegotiating police district 28E agreement

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

One Marquette council member says the city should consider renegotiating the 28E agreement it has with the city of McGregor regarding the Mar-Mac Unified Police District. 

“I agree we need a police department,” said councilwoman Pam Brodie-Fitzgerald at Marquette’s Oct. 10 council meeting, “but we need to revisit who pays for what. What we pay is exponentially different per capita.” 

According to Brodie-Fitzgerald, Marquette currently contributes $316.92 per person, while McGregor pays $136.45 per person. 

“That’s a huge gap,” she remarked. 

Tue
16
Oct

MFL MarMac enrollment is up

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac’s enrollment currently sits at 780, up around 20 students. The district lost roughly that same amount last year. 

“We lost a slug of money last year, so now we’re back to zero on what we lost,” said superintendent Dale Crozier to the school board at its Oct. 8 meeting. “But it’s not time to celebrate just yet.” 

The senior class will graduate 62 students, while the incoming crop of kindergartners will also be around 60 students. Census data, said Crozier, predicts several years of neutrality. 

Fri
12
Oct

Maxine Leah Johnson

Maxine Leah Johnson, 80, of New Hampton, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, at her home in New Hampton, Iowa. Maxine was born June 24, 1938, to Donald and Marcella (Sabbann) Tayek in Linton Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. She graduated from Monona High School in 1956, and earned her degree from Upper Iowa University.

Tue
09
Oct

Event showcases local manufacturing jobs


These MFL MarMac high schoolers were among a group of 200 students from area schools who visited M’s Machine and Manufacturing Co., in Monona, last week for Manufacturing Day. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The goal, said M’s Machine Vice President Candace Drahn, is to showcase manufacturing jobs and highlight the importance of manufacturing to the community.

Hunter Kugel checks out one of the parts created at M’s Machine and Manufacturing Co. during the tour of the facility.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Last week, for the fourth year in a row, M’s Machine and Manufacturing Co. welcomed local students to its facility in Monona for a special Manufacturing Day tour.

Manufacturing Day has been celebrated nationally since 2012, on the first Friday of October, which is Manufacturing Month.

The goal, said M’s Machine Vice President Candace Drahn, is to showcase manufacturing jobs and highlight the importance of manufacturing to the community.

Tue
09
Oct

Class of 1993 reflects on being first graduating class from combined school


Members of the MFL MarMac class of 1993 who attended the 25th reunion were (front, left to right) Amy Decker, Carrie Nolan, Jesse Pleggenkuhle, Joe Sass, Brad Corlett; (middle) Jana Holcer, Kelly Moose, Heather Hogan, Tina Larson, Emily Hook, Darla Keehner, Angie Schutte; (back) Gina Otts, Joe Moses, Bobbie Hansmeier, Jeremy Schellhorn, James Moses, Heather Eldridge, Sean Sanger and Bill Richard. (Submitted photo)

Members of the MFL MarMac class of 1993 had an opportunity to tour the high school when they gathered last month for their 25th class reunion. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Your senior year of high school brings a range of emotions, from excitement and pride to nervousness and maybe even sadness. For MFL MarMac’s class of 1993, the first to graduate from the combined school, it was even more of an adventure. There were new classmates, new teachers and, for some, a new building and town. 

“In the fall of 1992, the integration was mostly positive,” recalled Jesse Pleggenkuhle, who recently gathered with some of his classmates for their 25th reunion. “I was nervous and anxious about this new school, but the students, teachers and staff were all very welcoming.”

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