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Tue
07
Apr

Five MFL MarMac students nominated for All-State Individual Speech

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Five MFL MarMac high school students—seniors Max Koeller and Dika Putri, junior Nick Stavroplus, sophomore Jaxton Schroeder and freshman Jonah Wille—were nominated for All-State Individual Speech last month, continuing a string of success for the district’s speech program.

The road to a nomination was anything but simple this year. MFL MarMac, joined by Kee High, hosted its own state contest in Monona on March 14, after the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA)  cancelled all larger state events due to COVID-19 concerns. The district, with approval from the IHSSA, was able to hire its own judges for the day. Those three made the all-state selections.

Tue
07
Apr

Student art show moves online


The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts’ annual Arts After School Program art show couldn’t be held in person this year due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, but instructor Maureen Wild moved the show online so the public could still see it. Photographs off all the artwork created by local kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can be viewed on the “McGregor Marquette Center for the Arts” Facebook page.

Clay dog and cat faces created by students in fourth through sixth grades are just one of the fun projects.

Kindergartners and first graders practiced building and layering in these acrylic paintings, which depict an owl in a tree looking at the moon.

Those in kindergarten through first grade started by making small clay dishes. They traced their hands in clay, then pressed the cutouts into a bowl-shaped form.

For their clay project, the second and third graders formed moon and star luminaries and glazed them in turquoise blue.

The older kids' vivid acrylic paintings showed the horizon over water.

The second and third graders made geometric acrylic paintings, using painter’s tape to form a design.

The final fourth- through sixth-grade project recycled sections of toilet paper tubes to make butterflies and flowers on mat board.

The second and third graders made flower drawings using chalk pastels.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

As COVID-19 has spread, many families confined to their homes have found entertainment and educational resources through cultural institutions, with many museums and galleries offering virtual tours of their collections through websites and social media. If you can’t come to the art or history exhibit, it comes to you.

Tue
07
Apr

Mar-Mac PD addresses EMS traffic issues in bridge construction zone

On April 2, the Mar-Mac Police Department was notified of a public post on social media that claimed an area ambulance—the night before—had traveled through red light traffic signals and into the one-lane construction zone on the U.S. Highway 18 bridge between Marquette and Prairie du Chien, where it met oncoming west bound traffic. 

Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin released a response on April 3, noting that the incident addresses a potential issue for discussion with area public safety officials: How should an emergency management service (EMS) transporting a patient to the Prairie du Chien medical facility while operating as an emergency vehicle proceed through the one-lane construction zone? How should the affected motorists respond?

Fri
03
Apr

Darwin McClain Hallberg

Darwin McClain Hallberg, 88, of McGregor, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Darwin was born Feb. 2 1932, to Henry and Marie (Bachtell) Hallberg in McGregor. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1950. Darwin joined and proudly served in the United States Marines from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean War

Tue
31
Mar

Clayton County has first confirmed COVID-19 case

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

COVID-19 has made its way to Clayton County. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed the first case—a female in the age group of 18 to 40—on March 26. The individual is currently self-isolating at home.

“While this is Clayton County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Clayton County Visiting Nurse Association Director Stacey Killian.

Tue
31
Mar

Helping one stitch at a time


Local sewers are helping health care facilities and workers facing PPE shortages by making fabric masks and even gowns.

Handmade fabric masks are most helpful in prolonging the life of more protective masks that can filter the coronavirus.

Local women sew handmade masks, gowns for health care workers

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

As the COVID-19 pandemic intensified over the past few weeks, U.S. health care facilities and workers put out an urgent plea: they were in need of personal protective equipment, or PPEs, such as gowns, eye wear, gloves and masks. Many businesses and organizations stepped up, donating their extra PPE supplies. 

Another group that came to the rescue? Sewers.

Tue
31
Mar

Foreign exchange student is enjoying life as American teen


Indonesian foreign exchange student Salsabila “Dika” Putri has immersed herself in activities at MFL MarMac. One of her favorites is choir. At the pops concert, she performed a solo, in addition to a duet with fellow student Kale Miene. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Like many people visiting Iowa for the first time, MFL MarMac foreign exchange student Salsabila “Dika” Putri said she expected to see a lot of corn.

“When I did a search in Google for information about Iowa, all that came up was corn. I thought people must eat corn a lot,” she said, laughing.

“But when I came here, it was far from my expectation,” she added.

Tue
31
Mar

New library shelving honors Bickel


New shelving at the McGregor Public Library honors long-time board member Marsha Bickel while providing much-needed space for the juvenile book collection.

When Bickel passed away in July following a courageous battle with cancer, 120 different contributions poured in from family and friends.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

New shelving at the McGregor Public Library honors long-time board member Marsha Bickel while providing much-needed space for the library’s juvenile book collection.

Previously, said library director Michelle Pettit, juvenile readers (those between the ages of 9 and 12) didn’t have their own “place.”

“Their books were in the picture book area, and they felt like they were going to the little kids area,” she remarked.

Now, the addition has given this group their own separate section and doubled the amount of shelving available for books, including a growing collection of popular graphic novels.

Tue
31
Mar

Neighborhood effort keeps kids active, entertained


Cannon, Kinsley and Kiarra Young went on a “bear hunt” in Marquette’s bench neighborhood last week. It’s part of an effort by residents to display items like shamrocks, teddy bears and Easter eggs in or outside their homes, then have local kids try to discover them all. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The first activity was on St. Patrick’s Day, and 32 homes participated, displaying over 100 shamrocks.

Now, kids are on the hunt for Easter eggs. It helps them remain active and entertained while they’re home from school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Shamrocks in the window one week. Teddy bears the next. Now, Easter eggs are popping up.

No, residents in Marquette’s bench neighborhood don’t just like decorating for holidays. It’s all part of an effort to keep local kids active and entertained while they’re home from school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea is for kids to travel around the neighborhood—while maintaining social distancing recommendations—and discover how many of a particular object they can find displayed in or outside people’s homes. Any items inside the home are hung in a window or door, where they can be safely spotted from the sidewalk.

Tue
31
Mar

McGregor Lake habitat construction project begins

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has started the first phase of the McGregor Lake Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project to restore habitat within Pool 10 of the Upper Mississippi River. 

The McGregor Lake (known by many locally as Horseshoe Lake) project, located between Marquette-McGregor and Prairie du Chien, will restore and protect island habitat, protect shoreline from erosion and create overwintering fish habitat. The goal of the project is to provide habitat and food and resting places for river wildlife, such as migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, turtles, frogs and fish. The total project is anticipated to cost approximately $20 million.

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