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Tue
15
May

Monona's annexation plans proceeding

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Monona’s plan to voluntarily annex 13 property parcels on the city’s southeast boundary is moving forward, now that all property owners have filed written applications with the city. 

A public notice stating the city’s intent was published last week. City administrator Dan Canton said the city’s attorney, Greg Schiller, has also notified the Clayton County Board of Supervisors.

Tue
15
May

Mar-Mac EMS celebrates 50 years of service


Members of the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad include Mike Gilman, Renae Stuckman, Dylan Rumph, Samantha Kohls, (back) Tyler Thornton, Dillon Thompson and Kayla Thompson. Not pictured are Dana Ferguson, Sarah Ferrel (student), Justin Mezera, Ryan Bacon, Burt Walters, Ember Martin, Jerry Thornton, Dan Bickel, Kate Young, Briana Pazour, Trampus Thornton, Steve Finney, Nick Stavroplus and Mariah Kucera (student).

Dana Ferguson has served as a Mar-Mac Rescue Squad EMT for 17 years.

With 37 years of service, Burton Walters III is currently the squad’s longest-running EMT. His parents, Burton Jr. and Donna, were among the founding members.

EMS Director Mike Gilman demonstrates how the Lucas 3 chest compression system works. Mar-Mac EMS received the new piece of technology through a grant last year. Battery-operated, it performs compressions just like a person would.

Mar-Mac EMS is active in the community, and can often be seen at the local parades.

The rescue squad’s first ambulance, in 1968, was a Chevrolet Suburban purchased for $4,000.

In 1976, directors of the Mar-Mac Emergency Squad reviewed contributions to the new ambulance. From left are Helen Stade, Irene Pederson, Bill Meyer, Eugene Milewsky, Severin Johnson and Ivy Sauer. The $10,000 goal to purchase a van, replacing the first ambulance, was almost met.

This photo from 1984 shows (front, left to right) Donna Walters, Jim Cowell, Jeff Cowell, Jessie Tornowske; (middle) Jane Lovell, Terri Wall, Kate Young, Pauline Dundee, Mary Jane Ferguson; (back) Burton Walters III, Loren Dundee, John Bell, Jack Slyfield and Cathy Wessels.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The first call came in at 5:45 p.m. on June 10, 1968, 15 minutes before the rescue squad’s selected starting hour. Larry Weigle and George Vogel made the first run, assisting Keith Klotzbach, in Farmersburg. Their ambulance was a 1968 Chevrolet Suburban purchased from Huebsch Chevrolet for $4,000. The light was from the police department, rigged up by one of the first EMS volunteers, Jim Cowell. Thornburg Funeral Home provided the first kit.

That’s how the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad, Clayton County’s first EMS service, got underway 50 years ago. 

Tue
15
May

Ordinance restricts large trucks from parking in downtown Marquette

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Large trucks will no longer be allowed to park for long periods of time on North Street, in downtown Marquette, after the council unanimously amended the code of ordinances pertaining to parking limitations at its May 8 meeting.

The ordinance change applies to any vehicles requiring more than a four-ton license and greater than 10 feet in height. It prohibits people from parking—unattended—a motor truck, semi-trailer or other motor vehicle with trailer attached on North Street unless the vehicle is engaged in the delivery or receiving of merchandise or cargo.

Tue
15
May

Candidate Profiles: House District 56


Lori Egan and Andy Kelleher are vying for the Democratic nomination for State House District 56.

Lori Egan and Andy Kelleher will face off in the June 5 Democratic Primary Election, with the winner becoming the Democratic Party’s candidate for State House District 56 in the November 2018 General Election. To date, no Republican candidate has emerged to contend for the seat, which is being vacated by Kristi Hager. State House District 56 includes all of Allamakee County and 19 townships in Clayton County. Marion, Highland and Boardman Townships are not in House District 56. Egan and Kelleher both took time to share their thoughts on some of key issues.


Lori Egan

Tue
15
May

MFL MarMac senior awards and scholarships presented


Dollars for Scholars Scholarship recipients included (front, left to right) Coltin Ball, Reagan Butikofer, Ali Crogan, Micah Decker, Levi Ferguson, Jade Gerndt; (back) Mason Hertrampf, Derek Larson, Julie Lenth, Jerica Meana, Kennedy McShane, Brady Olson, Marissa Reichard and Sierra Wiebensohn. Isaac Brehmer, with FreedomBank, presented the scholarships. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Emily McCormick (left) and Erin Blietz presented the Brent Blietz Memorial Scholarships to student-athletes Reagan Butikofer and Derek Larson. For the students, the scholarships were just one of several each received that night.

MFL MarMac Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier presented Coltin Ball with the A.N. Busse Scholarship. Ball also earned Dollars for Scholars and UMGC scholarships, as well as Family Dentistry Associates of Monona, Luana Community Club, Karri Kautman and National Honor Society scholarships.

Micah Decker received the State Bar American Citizenship Award from Whitney Gessner.

Audra Hallberg tearfully presented the Erin Hallberg Memorial Scholarship to her goddaughter, Kennedy McShane, May 9. Audra has presented this award since 2002 to a senior going to an Iowa college to major in education. Kennedy was born just one month after Erin died on Oct. 3, 1999. Erin had already purchased Kennedy’s baby shower gift (a Hawkeye onesie) before her death. Kennedy plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa (Erin’s alma mater) and major in education.

MFL MarMac High School Principal Larry Meyer highlighted Hope McGlaughlin as the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and recipient of the KWWL “Best of Class” and Governor’s Scholarship Recognition Program honors.

Jerica Meana was recognized as the salutatorian of the MFL MarMac Class of 2018 by high school principal Larry Meyer.

The Senior Awards and Scholarship Night for the MFL MarMac Class of 2018 was held May 9, in the high school auditorium. Graduating seniors who were recognized included:

State Bar American Citizenship Award: Micah Decker

Alan Hoth Academic/Athletic Award: Kennedy McShane

Norma Miller Salvation Army Award: Chelbe Feuerhelm

Dollars for Scholars Recipients: Coltin Ball, Reagan Butikofer, Ali Crogan, Micah Decker, Levi Ferguson, Jade Gerndt, Mason Hertrampf, Derek Larson, Julie Lenth, Kennedy McShane, Jerica Meana, Brady Olson, Marissa Reichard and Sierra Wiebensohn

Tue
15
May

Construction of Alpine Fusion Network underway in Marquette


Alpine Communications began construction of its Fusion fiber optic network in Marquette at the start of May. West Union Trenching and Finley Engineering, who are aiding Alpine with the project, have started work in the “Bench” neighborhood first, then will progress toward downtown Marquette. The crew working in the area includes (left to right) Mitchell Ihde, Randy Wacker with Finley Engineering, Steve Lane, Tim Streif, Chad Ruegnitz with Alpine Communications and Nathan Lauer. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

After boring or digging the narrow trench required to install the fiber cable, workers will restore residents’ yards to a condition as close to the original as possible.

 

Residents can contact Alpine with concerns about the work planned for their properties

Alpine Communications began construction of its Fusion fiber optic network in Marquette at the start of May. West Union Trenching and Finley Engineering, who are aiding Alpine with the project, have started work in the “Bench” neighborhood first, then will progress toward downtown Marquette. The project will wrap up in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, of McGregor, marking Alpine’s first major project to extend Fusion fiber optics into its rural territory.

Tue
08
May

McGlaughlin, Meana top MFL MarMac Class of 2018

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Hope McGlaughlin has earned the honor of being valedictorian of the MFL MarMac Class of 2018, while Jerica Meana has been named salutatorian.

Hope, who is the daughter of Wayne and DeeAnn McGlaughlin, said she’s known the distinction could be a possibility since she was a freshman.

“I didn’t really realize it, though, until this year,” she said. “I’ve worked hard and stayed focused, so it’s kind of nice to be recognized.”

Jerica, daughter of Troy Meana and Andra Meana, said she felt much the same.

Tue
08
May

Determination Park dedicated in Breitbach’s honor


David J. Breitbach’s family—daughter Elizabeth, wife Vickie, daughter Christine and sons Taylor, Frank and David—stand near the cigar tree and bench that were placed in Determination Park in his honor. A plaque will also be placed in the shelter house at the park, which Breitbach was instrumental in establishing. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel shows the drawing that inspired Breitbach to name the park "Determination Park."

McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander, park board president Maria Brummel and councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson unveil the plaque that will go up in the Determination Park shelter.

Neighbors Adam and Ashley Simon place a stone at the foot of the cigar tree recently planted in Determination Park in Breitbach’s honor.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Family members, colleagues, neighbors and community members all came together Saturday afternoon to dedicate McGregor’s Determination Park in honor of David J. Breitbach, a long-time resident and park board volunteer who passed away unexpectedly last summer.

Breitbach was the driving force behind the establishment of Determination Park, which is located in the Ridgewood West Subdivision, and wrote two successful Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation grants that funded the park shelter and play structure.

Tue
08
May

Infrastructure a hot topic during Ernst visit to Pattison Sand


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst greets Pattison Sand Company employees during a May 4 visit. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst visited Pattison Sand Company, in Clayton, May 4, as part of her 99-county tour.

During the one-hour stay, Ernst toured the Pattison site, learning about the operation’s history and its products.

“It’s interesting,” she shared. “This is my first time down here. They’ve grown so much...They’ve done well with taking challenges and making them into opportunities.”

Tue
08
May

MFL MarMac honored at state FFA convention


MFL MarMac freshman Mackenzy Ruff met Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill when she was recognized as the state’s 15,000th FFA member. (Submitted photos)

Skylar Moser sang in the FFA Chorus at convention. She had to go through an extensive application process and it was an honor to be selected.

Derek Larson (left), Braxsten Jones, Macie Weigand and Eric Walz competed in the Farm Business Management Test.

Elizabeth Herzmann (left) and Cassidy Penrod were MFL MarMac's voting delegates and helped select this year's state officers.

Ella Hanson and Logan Brown took the Greenhand Test, which challenged them to answer 100 questions about FFA.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac earned special recognition at this year’s Iowa FFA Convention, held April 22-24 in Ames, as student Mackenzy Ruff was honored in front of thousands of attendees as the state’s 15,000th FFA member.

“The state’s been trying to hit [the 15,000 mark] the last few years,” said MFL MarMac’s agriculture teacher and FFA adviser Sarah Wille. “It was random luck that she was submitted into the state roster, that Mackenzy Ruff from MFL MarMac was the one to do it. It’s pretty exciting.”

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