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Tue
16
Jan

New street banners brighten McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s Main Street got a bit brighter last week, as new banners were hung from the street light poles up and down the city’s historic main drag.

Three different designs are featured, including a red, orange and yellow banner emblazoned with “McGregor Historic District, Settled 1837.” Four images are shown on this banner: a sand bottle, in recognition of famous McGregor sand artist Andrew Clemens; a clown, in celebration of the city’s connection to the Ringling Brothers; the Clan MacGregor crest; and the paddle wheel symbol representing the Great River Road.

Tue
16
Jan

DNR to discuss CWD in Harpers Ferry and Elkader ahead of deer tissue collection effort

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a special scientific collection effort Jan. 20-28, in targeted areas of Allamakee and Clayton counties near where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in wild Iowa deer. The effort will be discussed during two public meetings on Thursday, Jan. 18 – one at 2 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Community Center and the other at 6:30 p.m. at the Elkader Keystone AEA building. 

Chronic wasting disease is a neurologic disease of deer and elk, belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases. Though it shares certain features with other TSEs like bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) or scrapie in sheep, it is a distinct disease apparently affecting only deer, moose and elk. It is always fatal.

Tue
09
Jan

When ice is nice


For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. A rink was recently created on the basketball court at the city park. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Just like kids before him, Owen Mullarkey has enjoyed playing hockey at the ice skating rink on the Marquette bench.

Marquette bench has skating rink for first time in over a decade

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. 

Just before the new year, the city’s public works employees, Jason Sullivan and John Hines, created the ice rink on the basketball court at the city park. Over 125 sand bags were filled and placed around the court’s perimeter, holding down a large sheet of plastic, which was then covered in water. Cold temperatures helped solidify the ice.

Tue
09
Jan

Preliminary concept unveiled for Butterfly Trail extension


At its Jan. 2 meeting, the Monona Council reviewed preliminary concept plans developed for an extension of the city’s Butterfly Trail.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Jan. 2 meeting, the Monona Council reviewed preliminary concept plans developed for an extension of the city’s Butterfly Trail. 

Starting at the Butterfly Garden, on West Davis Street, the trail extension will run along Bulldog Boulevard, cross 125th Street/West Spruce Street, then parallel Highway 18/52 to reach Gateway Park, at the town’s entrance.

Tue
09
Jan

Awards banquet honors conservation efforts of farm families


Joe Donlon and Livingood Farms were selected for recognition in the landlord/tenant division of the 2017 Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District Awards program. Pictured (left to right) are Joe Donlon, Janet Livingood, Frank Livingood and commissioner Daryl Keehner.

Brian Keehner was selected as the 2017 Outstanding New Cooperator for the Clayton SWCD Pictured (left to right) are commissioner Ron Kaiser, Brian Keehner and Erling Bilden, representing the Farm Bureau.

Dan Rothmeyer received the 2017 Owner-Operator Award for the Clayton SWCD. Pictured are Owen Sylvester (left), from the Clayton SWCD, and Dan Rothmeyer.

The Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) honored the outstanding conservation efforts of local farm families during the annual awards banquet held Dec. 7, at the Central State Bank Community Room in Elkader. This year’s award winners showcase a variety of conservation efforts, and each recipient provides an outstanding example of what can be done to protect the natural resources everyone enjoys in northeast Iowa. The local awards program is co-sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau.  

Dan Rothmeyer

Fri
05
Jan

Rural Monona home a total loss following Jan. 4 fire


Smoke billowed into the sky as firefighters from multiple departments battled a house fire at 13768 Golden Ave., east of Monona, on Jan. 4. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Monona Fire Chief Dave Smith said the home is a complete loss. It was being remodeled, and was not occupied at the time, he added. (Submitted photo)

A rural Monona home has been labeled a complete loss, following a fire Jan. 4.

The Monona Fire Department was called to 13768 Golden Ave., east of Monona, at 9:55 a.m., for a report of a house fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the home completely engulfed, according to Monona Fire Chief Dave Smith. The home was being remodeled, and was not occupied at the time, he added.

Approximately 50 firefighters remained at the scene until noon, battling not just the blaze, but temperatures hovering around 0 degrees. Monona fire trucks could be seen making numerous trips back and forth to the site, transporting water.

Smith said the home is a complete loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Tue
02
Jan

Recent MFL MarMac graduates offer college advice


Peyton Meisner (left), Bryar Ruff and Chase Stubbs were among the former MFL MarMac graduates who shared college advice with high school students last month. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Preparing for college can be tricky.

“You might be asking, ‘Am I ready for college? What do I do? What about schedules and ACT tests?’” remarked MFL MarMac High School Principal Larry Meyer.

In an effort to answer some of these important questions for current students, the school welcomed back 11 recent MFL MarMac graduates for a panel discussion.

Tue
02
Jan

Food for the weekends

Sixth through 12th graders benefit from BackPack Program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Thanks to volunteers from the churches in the McGregor Ecumenical Council, dozens of MFL MarMac students in junior kindergarten through fifth grade have had access to snack packs, gallon Ziploc bags filled with food that tide them over during weekends away from the school’s regularly-provided meals.

This fall, the school district partnered with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to begin offering the BackPack Program, assuring students in sixth through 12th grades can now receive similar help.

Tue
02
Jan

Class will help local businesses strengthen their social media efforts

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Is your business looking for ways to better take advantage of the social media movement?

Learn more at a social media and digital marketing class hosted by the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites in Marquette.

Facilitated by Brian Stoll, with Illuminate Digital, LLC, of Cedar Rapids, the class will instruct people on how to efficiently market their businesses through social media and incorporate that into a digital marketing plan.

Tue
02
Jan

Printing changes for the North Iowa Times

Change often comes with the arrival of a new year. So is the case with your hometown newspaper. 

The North Iowa Times’ printing press and its associated technology have retired, meaning the newspaper is no longer printed at the Courier Press office in Prairie du Chien. Graphics Inc., of Calmar, which has printed The Trader weekly, along with many special sections for the North Iowa Times, has now taken on regular printing of the product.

With this transition, newsstand timing will be revised. Our goal is for each issue to be available for purchase on newsstands no later than 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Subscribers’ newspapers should still arrive at the same time they did previously. 

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