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Tue
21
May

STEAM class engages students in new way


Students like Eyon Pergande are enjoying the middle school’s new STEAM class. Available to both seventh and eighth graders, STEAM includes hands-on activities and real-world applications based largely around the students’ interests. (Submitted photo)

Eighth graders Landon Johnson (left) and Cayden Pester work on snap circuits in their STEAM class. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) class offered at MFL MarMac Middle School has proved successful in its first year, largely by allowing students to follow their own interests.

Available to both seventh and eighth graders, STEAM developed from the “Day in the Life” activities held at the school the past few years, which gave kids a hands-on way to learn more about potential career fields.

Tue
21
May

Vote on new MFL MarMac fieldhouse could come as early as September

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Residents of the MFL MarMac Community School District could vote as soon as September on the construction of a new fieldhouse at the Monona Center. The second Tuesday of that month is one of three options available for the district to hold an election over the next year; the other two are the November general election and the first Tuesday in March 2020.

“I’m just throwing it out there,” said superintendent Dale Crozier at the May 13 school board meeting. “I talked to our architect firm and they’re ready to go.”

Tue
21
May

Marquette hopes to put campground next to Driftless Area Wetlands Centre


The city of Marquette is moving forward with plans to create a campground in this area next to the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette is moving forward with plans to create a campground next to the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre.

The city council, at its May 14 meeting, approved hiring an engineer to develop plans for the site and determine the cost and feasibility of adding water, sewer and electric.

City clerk Bonnie Basemann said the campground would start with 14 sites, but it was not yet determined how many would be seasonal or for daily use, or how much it would cost to rent a site. Restroom and shower facilities would also be available. 

Mayor Steve Weipert said he’d like to see an area for group tents, which the Wetlands Centre could use for programming.

Tue
21
May

Splash pad concepts and site plan to be developed

Pump staying on McGregor's Main Street for time being

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its May 15 meeting, the McGregor Council approved an engineering contract with MSA Professional Services to develop concepts and a site plan for the splash pad project at Turner Park, as well as a combination restroom/concession stand.

Senior project manager Jake Deaver said the splash pad will be located behind the ballpark. It will have a flow-through, and not a recirculating, system.

Tue
21
May

Marquette farmers market begins May 24


The farmers market at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette, will open its season this Friday, May 24. Markets will be held every Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., through Oct. 4. (NIT file photo)

The Marquette farmers market at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre will open its season on Friday, May 24. It will be held every Friday night, from 4 to 7 p.m., through Oct. 4.  

This outdoor farmers market is complete with baked goods, fresh produce, honey, jams and jellies, eggs, black walnuts, maple syrup, locally produced beef and lamb products, granola, locally grown plants and local artisan vendors. 

Vendors currently include Kymar Acres, Busy Bee’s, Robert Jelinek, Highlandville Honey Farm, Elsinger Family Farms, BuckingLamb Palace and Cheryl Corlett. 

Tue
21
May

MFL MarMac seniors cap off careers at state track and field


MFL MarMac seniors Hannah Schutte (left), Summer Schutte and Emma Ammons capped off their high school track and field careers on a high note, competing in the state meet at Drake University in Des Moines on May 16-18. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac seniors Emma Ammons, Hannah Schutte and Summer Schutte capped off their high school track and field careers on a high note, competing in the state meet at Drake University in Des Moines on May 16-18.

There, Ammons threw a personal-best 112 feet, 3 inches in the discus, earning her 11th place in Class 1A. Hannah Schutte finished 14th in the 800 with a time of 2:29.59, besting her qualifying mark by several seconds. Summer Schutte ran a 27.62-second 200 meter dash to place 19th in the event.

Tue
14
May

Berns, Diehl are MFL MarMac’s top scholars

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Kaitlyn Berns has earned the title of valedictorian of MFL MarMac’s Class of 2019, while Chloe Diehl is the salutatorian. 

“It’s been my goal for awhile,” said Kaitlyn, who is the daughter of Tom and Jo Berns, of Luana. “It’s pretty exciting to achieve something like this.”

Chloe, the daughter of Jeremy and Amy Diehl, of Marquette, said the announcement wasn’t too surprising. The two have been highly ranked throughout high school.

“I think we both knew we had a shot at it,” she remarked.

Tue
14
May

Kautman reflects on 25 years in law enforcement

National Police Week: May 12-18, 2019

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

National Police Week has been held each year around mid-May since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The period serves not only as a time to honor those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but to recognize all members of law enforcement who continue to serve and protect their communities day in and day out.

Tue
14
May

May 18 field day, concert will benefit grassland bird research


A May 18 field event and concert will raise awareness and funds for the area’s grassland birds, particularly the bobolink. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A slate of events on Saturday, May 18 will raise awareness and funds for the area’s grassland birds.

Activities will begin at 2 p.m., with a field day hosted by Phil Specht and Dr. Mary Damm at 12082 Iris Ave., in rural McGregor. There, Specht will lead a program on managing pasture to help grassland birds, particularly the bobolink.

“I’ve been grazing cattle since 1974,” said Specht, a retired dairy farmer. “All the declining species are in my pasture. The bobolink is one that requires grassland.”

Tue
14
May

Kishman takes over at Mar-Mac Chamber


Ashley Kishman is the new executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Ashley Kishman has taken over as executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. She replaces Kristie Austin, who had held the position since 2017.

A native of Hillsboro, Wis., Kishman grew up on a dairy farm and later attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, earning a bachelor of science degree in broad area agriculture, with an emphasis in marketing communication.

A majority of her career has been in dairy nutrition and sales and marketing, and Kishman feels the skills she possesses translate well to her new position. 

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