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Tue
20
Feb

North Iowa Times earns three awards in Iowa Better Newspaper Contest


North Iowa Times Editor Audrey Posten received two first-place awards for best breaking news photo and best breaking news story, as well as a second-place award for best personality feature.

This photo depicting the damage to the INKspiration Tattoo following the July 19 tornado earned the first-place award for best breaking news photo in the weekly 1 category in the 2018 Iowa Better Newspaper Contest. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

For the fourth year in a row, the North Iowa Times has been recognized as an award-winning newspaper. Editor Audrey Posten recently received three awards in the 2018 Iowa Better Newspaper Contest.

Posten received first place awards for best breaking news story and best breaking news photo in the weekly 1 category, for newspapers published weekly with 1,001 circulation and less. Both awards stemmed from her coverage of the EF-1 tornado that struck McGregor on July 19, 2017.

The article, entitled “Dented, but not broken,” beat out seven other entries for the top spot. The judge’s comments noted the article featured a “good lead and overall writing,” and also complimented Posten’s use of many sources to tell the story.

Tue
20
Feb

Egan places sixth at state wrestling


In his third trip to the state wrestling tournament, MFL MarMac junior Michael Egan earned a medal, placing sixth at 138 pounds in Class 1A. He did it all with a torn ACL.

Head coach Chet Bachman credited Egan for taking on some tough competition, as all but one of his opponents were ranked. He also commended Egan’s ability to bounce back from defeat.

Egan said his first-match victory was key to his state tournament success. “Once I got that first win, I knew it was right there for me to go out and take,” he shared. “I knew I could get a medal.”

Egan said his achievement was most meaningful because of the hard work he’s put in, not just during the wrestling season, but throughout the whole year.

Egan poses with assistant coach Tracy Decker, head coach Chet Bachman and assistant coach Collin Stubbs.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

For Michael Egan, the third time really was the charm. In his third trip to the state wrestling tournament, the MFL MarMac junior finally earned a medal, placing sixth at 138 pounds in Class 1A.

Egan said having a taste of that state experience the past two years helped him reach the podium this time around.

“The first time I was there, I was like ‘Oh,’ when I walked out and saw everyone,” Egan said. “This time, I was able to focus. I didn’t let that get in my head.”

Thu
15
Feb

Pauline Ann Dundee

 

Pauline Ann Dundee, 79, of Marquette, Iowa, died Thursday, Feb. 8, at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen, surrounded by her loving family. 

 

Tue
13
Feb

Bowden, McCartney won’t seek re-election to board of supervisors

By Pat McTaggart

After eight years of serving on the Clayton County Board of Supervisors, Republicans Ron McCartney and Gary Bowden have decided not to run again. The two men were interviewed to answer several questions concerning their decision and their time in office.

Why did you decide not to run again?

Tue
13
Feb

McGregor residents share ideas for community center


Joan Burns (left), Dan Bickel, Lynette Sander and Rogeta Halvorson consider several exterior options for the community center during an input session last week. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Michael LeClere (center), with Martin Gardner Architecture, discusses several possible functions the community center could have with Jason Echard and Michelle Pettit.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Open and welcoming. Multi-functional. New, yet invoking McGregor’s history. Those are just a few of the ideas McGregor residents said they’d like to see incorporated into a community center.

They shared those thoughts last week, at an input session with Bethany Jordan and Michael LeClere, from Martin Gardner Architecture, who have been tasked with developing conceptual designs for the building. 

The conceptual designs will be created thanks to a grant the city of McGregor received from The Native Fund, a nonprofit created by football player Dallas Clark and actor Ashton Kutcher.

Tue
13
Feb

Luster Heights could be new home of Refuge’s McGregor District office

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Luster Heights might soon have a new occupant. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is currently in talks with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to purchase the 25-acre site near Harpers Ferry for re-location of the McGregor District office of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

“Right now, we’re checking all the boxes to make sure it works for us,” said Refuge Manager Sabrina Chandler.

The Iowa Department of Corrections closed Luster Heights Correctional Facility last February due to budget cuts, and later turned the property over to the Iowa DNR, which controls state forest land around the site.

Tue
13
Feb

Unique take on TV news earns students All State nomination for group speech


Chelbe Feuerhelm (left), Reagan Butikofer, Sierra Wiebensohn, Coltin Ball, Lizzie Herzmann and Keagan Smerud (not pictured) were part of the MFL MarMac TV news team that earned straight ones at the state group speech contest. The group’s performance also earned them an All State nomination. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac students Chelbe Feuerhelm, Reagan Butikofer, Sierra Wiebensohn, Coltin Ball, Lizzie Herzmann and Keagan Smerud recently earned straight ones for their TV news performance at the state group speech contest. Last week, they discovered that effort had also earned them an All State nomination, a rare honor for speech participants.

Like a typical newscast, the group’s portrayal featured several real-life news stories, the weather and even a commercial break. The big difference? It was based on an airplane, during a flight from Chicago to Colorado Springs.

Tue
13
Feb

Egan headed back to state wrestling tournament


MFL MarMac junior Michael Egan, wrestling at 138 pounds, is headed back to the state tournament for the third time. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac junior Michael Egan has advanced to the state wrestling tournament after placing second at 138 pounds at the Class 1A District 6 meet in Decorah on Feb. 10. This will be Egan’s third trip to the state tournament.

“It’s a challenge to get there,” said head coach Chet Bachman, who noted it’s rare for a wrestler to make it to state every year. “At this point, you’ve gotta go get it. You’ve gotta take guys down. He’s done a good job of that this year.”

Egan began the season wrestling at 132 pounds, but later moved up to the 138 weight class.

“We felt there was more of an opportunity there,”  Bachman said, “and it worked for him.”

Tue
06
Feb

Local organizations and neighbors ask EPA to intervene on Walz Energy project


A letter initiated by the Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network seeks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s intervention to determine whether the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ after-the-fact issuance of an NPDES permit to Walz Energy violates the Clean Water Act.

About 40 individuals and groups have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to more closely monitor the potential impacts of the Walz Energy commercial feedlot and biogas manufacturing operation being developed in the watershed of Bloody Run Creek, east of Monona. The location of the project is in an environmentally sensitive karst area, with known sinkholes nearby. Bloody Run Creek is a popular trout stream and an officially designated Outstanding Iowa Water, which merits special protection under Iowa and EPA regulations.

Tue
06
Feb

Ruff takes another shot at state free throw contest


Mackenzy Ruff has won the Knights of Columbus Council 8178 free throw contest every year since she was 10. She’s also gone on to state each year, a feat she hopes to continue in 2018, in her final year of eligibility. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

“I do one dribble before I shoot, then I take a moment to breathe. I’ve found that one dribble is enough for me to know what I’m doing.”

Becoming a perfect free throw shooter isn’t easy. Mackenzy Ruff is coming close, though.

The MFL MarMac freshman has won the Knights of Columbus Council 8178 local free throw contest each year since she was 10 years old. Her success hasn’t ended there.

“Every year, I’ve gone to state,” she said.

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