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Tue
16
Jan

Linda Kelly

 

Linda Kelly, 73, of St. Olaf, Iowa, formerly of McGregor, Iowa, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

 

Linda Lou was born Dec. 29, 1944, to Lloyd Robert and Dorothy Anna (Kautman) Meana in McGregor, Iowa. She graduated from McGregor High School.

Tue
16
Jan

Wellness committee welcomes input from community


Walkin’ the Dogs, which MFL MarMac participates in each fall as part of the Healthiest State Walk, is just one way the district promotes health and wellness. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At MFL MarMac, the focus is on more than just educating students. It’s also about ensuring their health and well-being. That’s where the district’s wellness committee comes into play.

Made up of teachers, administrators, nursing and dietary staff, and community members, the group meets quarterly to discuss the school’s goals for maintaining and improving the health and well-being of students through education, nutrition and fitness.

Tue
16
Jan

Increased awareness, prevention efforts cut down on bullying

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Reports of bullying at MFL MarMac Elementary have continued to drop in the last two years, a trend guidance counselor Kurt Gaylor attributes to increased awareness and prevention efforts.

Gaylor, who spoke at the school board meeting Jan. 8, said there were 79 reports of bullying in the 2014-2015 school year, and the number grew to 133 in 2015-2016. Last year, however, the total fell to 45. And so far this school year, just one report has been submitted.

“The totals have gone down a lot,” he said. “We’ve done things to help.”

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.

Mon
15
Jan

(Marjorie) Delores Schultz

 

Delores Schultz, 85, of McGregor, died Saturday, Jan. 13, at Regional Medical Center, Manchester.

 

Marjorie Delores was born June 5, 1932, to Clarence and Margie (Gress) Fuller in Marquette. She graduated Marquette School.

Mon
15
Jan

Edward William Coobs

 

Edward William Coobs, 81, of Elkader, died unexpectedly on Dec. 17, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

 

Mon
15
Jan

Diana Lorraine (Ayers) Van Nice

 

Diana Lorraine (Ayers) Van Nice, 63, of Beaver Dam, Wis., formerly of Marquette, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, at her home. 

 

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.

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