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Mar

Coronavirus Community Updates from the North Iowa Times

At the North Iowa Times, we take our duty to keep the public informed seriously, and have created a comprehensive list of local coronavirus-related closures and resources—a one-stop shop for the information you need. This document will change as we receive additional updates. If you have information you would like to share, please contact the North Iowa Times at (563) 873-2210, niteditor@mhtc.net or on Facebook messenger.

Fri
29
May

April Elaine Miller

April Elaine Loetz Miller, 75, of Elkader, died Saturday, May 23, 2020. April was born April 5, 1945, to Theodore James and Adelaide May (Wakelee) Loetz in Elkhart, Ind. She was baptized on Nov. 18, 1945, and confirmed on May 17, 1959, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. April graduated from Mar-Mac High School. She continued her education and earned a degree in practical nursing at Blackhawk College in East Moline, Ill. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

April was united in marriage with William G. Miller on Dec. 27, 1962, in McGregor. Three children were born to this union. April was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in McGregor.

Tue
26
May

A doggone problem: After several incidents, Marquette residents warned to control pets

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Marquette Council, at a special meeting on May 19, voted not to force a resident in the city’s bench neighborhood to give up her dogs after they escaped from her home and one allegedly attacked another resident’s dog.

The April 30 incident left a puncture mark on the victim dog’s hind leg, prompting the owner to file a vicious animal complaint with the city. That necessitated last week’s public hearing, which over a dozen people attended—most in support of the accused animals.

Tue
26
May

Rieck is MFL MarMac’s first Borlaug Scholar


MFL MarMac senior Kira Rieck is the school’s first Borlaug Scholar. She received the honor, and was invited to virtually attend The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University in late April, based on a paper she wrote about arising conflict within the heart of Uganda.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac senior Kira Rieck is the school’s first Borlaug Scholar. She received the honor, and was invited to virtually attend The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University (ISU) in late April, based on a paper she wrote about arising conflict within the heart of Uganda.

Rieck heard about the opportunity through an ISU newsletter and was encouraged to apply by two of her teachers, including agriculture teacher Sarah Wille.

“I’ve wanted students to do it” since joining the district several years ago, Wille said, “but it’s a hard sell.”

Tue
26
May

Monona waiting to learn more before making pool opening decision

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Lap swimming and swimming lessons are now allowed at Iowa pools per an order by Gov. Kim Reynolds, but the city of Monona is still waiting to see what, if any, other restrictions may be lifted after May 27 before making a decision to open the Monona Family Aquatic Center.

The pool board recently met and hoped the facility could open by June 3, said city administrator Barb Collins at the May 18 council meeting. That would allow one week to fill and “shock” the pool.

“If [restrictions are] pushed back, though,” she continued, “is it worth doing for a possible eight-week opening?”

Tue
26
May

Six long-time educators retiring from MFL MarMac

Six long-time educators—Twila Converse, Eric Dettbarn, Dawn Dull, Lynn Jones, Judie Oelke and Kathy Ruhser—are retiring from MFL MarMac Community School District.

Middle school science teacher Twila Converse graduated from college with a BA degree in education and an endorsement in art. She believes she had the best of both worlds: 25 years of being a farm wife and mother and then almost 20 years of influencing students’ lives. Converse was a caring teacher who really took the time to get to know each and every one of her students. She was loved by students and respected by her colleagues. Her compassion and “grandmotherly” touch will be missed.

Tue
19
May

Helen 'Chris' McShane

Helen “Chris” Lorraine (Christoffer) McShane, 87, of Waterville, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Chris was born Nov. 3, 1932, to Frederick and Tora Helen (Baxter) Christoffer in Ayrshire. Chris enjoyed working as a telegrapher and secretary best. She loved the Lord, her many friends, pets and birds. Her favorite pastime was love of family and hosting or attending as many of their activities as possible. Chris also enjoyed cooking and teaching her grandchildren how to prepare food, like pancakes.

Tue
19
May

Officer recognized for life-saving efforts


Last week, Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin (right) recognized officer J.T. Cunningham’s efforts to help save the life of a McGregor woman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Mar-Mac police officer J.T. Cunningham has been recognized for his efforts to help save the life of a McGregor woman.

Cunningham was dispatched to a residence in the city on March 25, for a woman who was found unresponsive and not breathing. After arriving and discovering the woman still had no pulse, Cunningham and others on scene began CPR.

Heading into the situation, Cunningham said he tried to keep his emotions in check.

“You have to stay calm,” he shared, “and just go with what you’ve got.”

Tue
19
May

Representatives discuss transmission line that will cut through county


The SOO Green HVDC Link will be approximately 350 miles long, stretching from Mason City to Plano, Ill. Fifty-six of those miles will cut through a large portion of Clayton County, from the Allamakee County line to Luana, then on to Monona, Marquette and McGregor, and down to Clayton, Guttenberg and North Buena Vista. In Clayton County, developers have proposed a route that would deviate a portion of the transmission line from railroad right of way to run along Highway 18 instead.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Clayton County residents who may be impacted by the multi-billion-dollar SOO Green HVDC Link project, a proposed high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line from Iowa to Illinois, had an opportunity to hear from project representatives during an online public informational meeting May 8. 

Financially backed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Jingoli Power and Siemens, SOO Green will be the first major transmission project to cross the seam between two of the country’s regional electricity grids, providing renewable energy from wind- and solar-rich Iowa to eastern states.

Tue
19
May

MFL MarMac board ponders what next school year could look like

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac’s prom has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday, July 24, but no date has been set yet for a physical graduation ceremony.

“We have every intention of having a physical graduation later,” in addition to the virtual event held May 17, said superintendent Dale Crozier at the May 11 school board meeting.

If the governor eases social gathering restrictions to allow for groups of 200 or more people, it would be doable, Crozier said. He hopes that will be the case by mid-July. 

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