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Tue
03
Jul

Think tanks wrap up with good discussion

By Audrey Posten and Rachel Mergen, North Iowa Times

The final two in a series of four “think tanks” meant to gather public input for updating Clayton County’s comprehensive plan were held last week in Elkader. At the meetings, attendees were asked to share their thoughts on goals, strategies and actions in areas like economic development, housing, transportation, public facilities, agriculture, natural resources and more.

Some of the goals are based on the county’s current plan, which dates back to 2002, said Michelle Barness, a regional planner with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission who’s facilitated the process. Other goals are new, created with current county needs and values in mind.

Tue
26
Jun

Murals class makes its illustrative mark


Pictured with their mural handiwork are art teacher Mrs. Natalie Campbell (right) and Mrs. Jennelle Schroeder with summer session artists Maria Stavroplus, Mariah Moser, Ruby Koeller and Breanna Allison. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Maria, Mariah, Ruby and Breanna trace the Sharpie-stenciled graphics with pencil, a technique that works on regular paper to simply transfer a design onto the wall.

The mural follows the theme “Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” This portion shows the diverse aspects and drawing styles incorporated into the artwork.

This traced hand print is one example of those created by art club and summer mural session students. Each “hand” will be added to the completed mural.

By Correne Martin

MFL MarMac Middle School has hosted a special summer art program including two clay sessions and one murals class. 

In one of the school’s hallways, students and their teachers placed a paper mural sketch that they started during art club in May. The stenciled graphics were created in Sharpie marker. During the summer session last week, the girls drew over the lines with pencil, causing the designs to transfer onto the wall. 

Tue
26
Jun

McGregor mayor resigns

By Rachel Mergen, North Iowa Times

On June 20, McGregor City Council met to discuss their agenda for the June month, which featured big decisions that would affect the community greatly. The meeting did not truly become surprising, though, until mayor Harold Brooks announced his unexpected resignation at its conclusion. 

Sullivan Opera House

The public hearing about the Sullivan Opera House was welcomed by a full room. No comments were made though, with councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson representing the entire community with her statement that “this town is 100 percent behind [the new owner.]”

Tue
26
Jun

Elliott, Becker receive Quilts of Valor


Local vets John Elliott and Richard Becker were honored with Quilts of Valor at a ceremony in Marquette June 23. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Local veterans John Elliott and Richard Becker were honored with Quilts of Valor at a ceremony held at the city park on the Marquette Bench June 23. 

Elliott, a helicopter pilot, served two tours of duty in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. He received a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal (V), Air Medal (23), Good Conduct Medal (Award to Believe), Broken Wing Award and all of the “I Was There” medals.

Becker served in the United States Army National Guard from 1962 to 1968. He was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Area Quilts of Valor volunteers Diana Parker and Sheryl Mielke presented the quilts, which Mielke pieced and Parker quilted.

Tue
26
Jun

Emma Big Bear Day set for June 30 in Marquette

The Emma Big Bear Foundation will host a variety of speakers in Marquette to celebrate its annual Emma Big Bear and Winnebago History Day on Saturday, June 30. 

Emma, recognized as the last full-blooded Native American to live in Clayton County, was born in 1869. She took pride in the fact that she was a direct descendant of Winnebago Chief Waukon Decorah. Emma was uncomfortable with the idea of moving to a reservation, as she wished to stay close to the graves of her ancestors. The program coincides with her birthday—July 5.

Three speakers will be presenting information on Emma and Winnebago history. 

Tue
19
Jun

Local moms prove skills as entrepreneurs, bakers in two sweet businesses


Sugar Jacks started in January 2017, focusing on custom-decorated, soft sugar cookies with royal icing.

CaseyCakes offers a variety of treats, including cupcakes, gourmet cakes, sheet cakes, pies and cookies.

By Rachel Mergen

 

In Monona, two home bakeries are becoming household names. Sugar Jacks and CaseyCakes are run by stay-at-home mothers who know a thing or two about baking and creating businesses that have put them on the map.

Sugar Jacks

“My business started by accident honestly. I have never had a great interest in cooking. However, my passion has always been art,” said Jackalyn Voss, owner of Sugar Jacks. Her home bakery started in January 2017, focusing on custom-decorated, soft sugar cookies with royal icing.

Tue
19
Jun

Monona council looks forward to bright future of improvements and upgrades

By Rachel Mergen

 

On June 18, the Monona city council met to discuss current issues within the city and how they can become better. 

Police report

With the police department facing a busy season, they wished to remind the council and the community to not blow grass clippings on the streets. If more than one occurrence happens at one residence, the owner of the property will receive a fine. 

Tue
19
Jun

Ordinance 402 discussed, Marquette council debates what is best for community

By Rachel Mergen

 

On June 12, the Marquette city council met to hold a public hearing related to Ordinance 402 and the Canadian Pacific Railroad, along with other topics. 

During the council meeting, a public hearing discussed the second and last readings of Ordinance 402, which would change the Canadian Pacific Railroad’s current property’s zoning district clarification from A1 - limited agriculture to C1 - highway commercial, if the railroad company is able to receive the correct permits. The property in consideration is located south of the railroad tracks, north of Bloody Run, near the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. The company is interested in building a new structure, which would help turn Marquette into a central hub.

Tue
19
Jun

Sip and eat on the banks of the Mississippi


Sit back and relax and sample some of the region’s best wines and beers at the ninth annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held on the beautiful Marquette riverfront on Saturday, June 23, from noon to 4 p.m. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten

North Iowa Times editor

 

Sit back and relax and sample some of the region’s best wines and beers at the ninth annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held on the beautiful Marquette riverfront on Saturday, June 23, from noon to 4 p.m.

Of the wine and beer options, several are new to this year’s event, said Kristie Austin, executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce, which holds the event.

Tue
12
Jun

Efforts underway to replenish McGregor’s tree population

By Audrey Posten

 

Over 40 trees have been planted in McGregor in the past month, the first step in replenishing a population that was hit hard by last year’s tornado.

The effort has been led by the city’s newly-established volunteer tree board, which includes residents Sandy Beisker, Joe Brooks, Maria Brummel, Dan Keyes, Deb Scott and Morris Weller.

“McGregor is known for its trees, especially in the fall,” said Scott, who’s the board chair. “It’s wonderful to be a part of the board, bringing back that life.”

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