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26
Feb

Sandstrom finds calling in Haiti


Monona resident Kylie Sandstrom completed a mission trip to Haiti earlier this month, where she and other members of the organization HELP Mission International, Inc., helped at an orphanage. Kylie and her husband, Nate, first formed a connection with the orphanage in 2012, and one or both of them have returned every year since. (Photos courtesy of Kylie Sandstrom)

Rebuilding a roof at the orphanage was one of the projects HELP Mission team members worked on when Kylie visited in early February.

These are some of the school desks Kylie helped build.

Kylie Sandstrom, pictured with Pastor John from HELP Mission, as well as Pastor Kelly, who founded the orphanage in Haiti.

Girls at the orphanage receive the baby dolls Kylie brought.

One of the school classes meets.

Kylie Sandstrom poses with other HELP Mission Work Team members during a recent trip to Haiti.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

It was 2012. Haiti was still reeling from 2010’s devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that extensively damaged the Caribbean nation’s infrastructure and killed as many as 300,000 people. Living in Fort Dodge then, Nate and Kylie Sandstrom wanted to help. 

“We felt like we were called to go after the earthquake,” Kylie said. “It felt like God’s calling.” 

Tue
26
Feb

Walz Energy is waiting on weather to begin work again

After a year of little noticeable activity, chief operating officer Jon Haman said Walz Energy, LLC, is waiting on the weather to begin work again on the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation outside Monona.

Work at the site first began nearly two years ago, with plans to construct six open front cattle barns, to go with an additional barn already in existence, as well as a feed storage area, concrete transfer pits and a liquid manure storage lagoon with a capacity of nearly 39 million gallons. Also included on the site will be tanks for anaerobic digestion and methane production. 

Haman said the upcoming work will include putting a liner in the lagoon and installing the methane digesters.

Tue
26
Feb

Monona Council OKs repairs to section of West Franklin

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A 110-foot section of West Franklin Street, in Monona, will be getting much-needed repairs.

The road narrows at one point, said city administrator Dan Canton at the Feb. 18 council meeting, and drivers are catching the corner and traveling onto the gravel edge, causing the road to deteriorate.

The council approved Bacon Concrete, of Postville, to make the repairs, at a cost of $4,505. Canton said the damaged portion of the road will be excavated out, then replaced with 7-inch-thick concrete. The 110-foot stretch will start out 9 feet wide, then taper down to 4 feet. 

Mon
25
Feb

Zelma L. Moore

Zelma L. Moore, 93, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Zelma Louene “Percie” Moore, the daughter of Percy Roy and Zelma Marie (Huber) Freeman, was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Norwood, Ohio.  

She was baptized and confirmed on March 24, 1940, at the Congregational Church in McGregor. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1943 and was the co-valedictorian of her class. Percie was united in marriage with Kenneth James Moore on July 13, 1946, at the Congregational Church in McGregor. Percie worked as an usher at the McGregor Theater, was a telephone operator, worked at Vick’s Grocery Store, was an office manager at Brooks-Teaser Insurance and worked at Star Milk Coolers.  

Tue
19
Feb

Senior wrestlers all place at state


MFL MarMac seniors Michael Egan (left), Nathan Johanningmeier and Garret Keehner all placed at last week's state wrestling tournament in Des Moines.

In his last state match, Egan tied the MFL MarMac record for 171 career victories.

Michael Egan earned a fifth-place finish in Class 1A at 145 pounds.

“It means a lot to look back on it, to say you won all these matches, all these big things,” said Egan of his time wrestling for MFL MarMac. “It’s a testament to the hard work you had to put in. It takes a lot of work to get to where we got this year.”

Johanningmeier finished his career with over 150 wins.

Nathan Johanningmeier wrestled into sixth place at 182 pounds in Class 1A.

Johanningmeier felt he wrestled best after his second-round loss. “I felt like I wrestled my best, just coming off that loss and knowing I had to win again to be able to place,” he said.

In addition to his superb season record, Keehner also finished with over 140 career victories. He broke MFL MarMac’s season record for pins, with 37.

Garret Keehner placed third at 220 pounds in Class 1A.

Keehner went to the tournament a perfect 44-0—the first time any Bulldog has gone to state without a single loss. But he tried to keep that out of his mind as he competed. “I didn’t want to jinx myself right away and end up going home with two losses and no medal. So I went in open-minded,” Keehner remarked

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Three MFL MarMac wrestlers came away from last week’s state wrestling tournament in Des Moines with medals. A Class 1A third-place finish for Garret Keehner at 220 pounds, along with fifth for Michael Egan at 145 and sixth for Nathan Johanningmeier at 182, represents the first time since 2010 the school has boasted multiple place winners, estimated head coach Chet Bachman.

“These three kids represented our school very well,” he said of the seniors. “I was very proud of them.”

Tue
19
Feb

Find ‘My Kinda Stuff’ at new antique shop


Roxanne Martin recently opened My Kinda Stuff, a shop that sells antiques, gifts and collectibles, at 132 North St., in Marquette. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

An area known for its unique antique shops has gained another establishment. Roxanne Martin recently opened My Kinda Stuff at 132 North St., in Marquette. 

“I used to have an antique store quite a few years ago,” Martin said, “and I was just waiting for an opportunity.” 

Last summer, she met Steve Eagle, who owns the downtown building, which he previously operated as Stevie Gene’s North Street Market. The more she heard about the location, the more Martin thought it would be a good fit for her next adventure. 

Tue
19
Feb

Residents share vision for Marquette and McGregor


Bonnie Basemann (left), Rogeta Halvorson, Katie Ruff, Jenna Pollock, Alicia Mullarkey and Steve Weipert were among those who shared their vision for Marquette and McGregor on Feb. 13, as part of the Great Places re-designation process for the communities. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Residents shared their vision for Marquette and McGregor on Feb. 13, as part of the Great Places re-designation process for the communities. 

Marquette and McGregor first received the joint Great Places designation from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs 10 years ago. The program’s goal is to support the development of new and existing infrastructure intended to cultivate the unique and authentic qualities of neighborhoods, communities and regions in Iowa. 

Tue
19
Feb

'Menu of options is pretty small’ for making up school days

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Between extreme cold and snow, winter weather has wreaked havoc on MFL MarMac’s schedule the last few weeks. Making up cancelled days will take some maneuvering.

“We’re doing everything we can,” said superintendent Dale Crozier at the Feb. 11 school board meeting. “Our menu of options is pretty small.”

With no school last Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12 and 13, the district has now missed 10 days this year. It missed a total of eight last year, said Crozier.

Tue
19
Feb

New Friends of Yellow River State Forest organization ready to get started


Those who use and appreciate Yellow River State Forest now have a way to directly support this treasure in Allamakee County, thanks to the formation of a Friends of Yellow River State Forest organization. (Photo by Scott Boylen)

Those who use and appreciate Yellow River State Forest now have a way to directly support this treasure in Allamakee County. 

A group of approximately 10 area residents started working together late last spring to form a Friends of Yellow River State Forest (YRSF) organization. 

Now, they are ready for anyone and everyone who is interested to become involved. The new Friends of YRSF organization is holding the first public meeting of the Friends group on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m., at the Harpers Ferry Community Center.

Tue
12
Feb

Three MFL MarMac wrestlers headed to state tournament


MFL MarMac seniors Nathan Johanningmeier (middle, left), Garret Keehner and Michael Egan are all headed to the state wrestling tournament after placing first at districts. They are pictured with head coach Chet Bachman and assistant coaches Mike Meyer, Chip McGeough, Tracy Decker and Travis Johnson.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac seniors Michael Egan, Nathan Johanningmeier and Garret Keehner are all headed to the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines this week after placing first in their respective weight classes at Saturday’s Class 1A District 1 Tournament at Denver.

“All three seniors finished the way they needed to,” said head coach Chet Bachman.

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