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Tue
03
Sep

Bringing back GRRRR: Iconic event returns Oct. 5

Over the next few weeks, the North Iowa Times will spotlight the history of the Great River Road - Road Race, as well as the activities that will be offered this year as part of the reincarnation of the iconic fall event.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After a 17-year hiatus, the Great River Road - Road Race  (GRRRR) will be back on Saturday, Oct. 5. 

“It’s been talked about for years, and this year, it finally got off the ground,” said Duane Boelman, one of the event organizers. “There was an amazing amount of interest right away. So many people remember it well.”

Tue
03
Sep

A Labor Day weekend ride-along with the Mar-Mac PD

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Labor Day weekend was part of a special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) period for the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District, meaning officers joined other local and state agencies in a higher-visibility traffic enforcement effort in support of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Based around holidays like Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and St. Patrick’s Day, these sTEP “waves” don’t really change a whole lot about how officers normally patrol, said Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin.

Tue
03
Sep

Fundraiser will aid those going through cancer treatment

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac Friends Helping Friends will hold its annual cancer fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7.

The event began seven years ago, separate from the group’s Winter Triathlon and Benefit, recalled organizer Gay Hallberg. 

“We wanted to do another fundraiser because all these people were getting cancer,” she said, “but we didn’t want to take from the Winter Triathlon fund.”

The weekend’s first event, Bart Bingo, will be held this year at Backwoods Bar and Grill, in McGregor, on Friday night. Pre-sign up begins at 6 and 8 p.m.

Tue
03
Sep

Monona Pharmacy adjusting to change as NuCara telepharmacy


Pharmacist in charge Hannah Lauer (left) and pharmacy technicians Patty Burkle and Deb Evanson pose next to the pharmacy’s tablet, which allows customers to speak directly to a pharmacist at any time. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner, North Iowa Times

On June 3, customers of the Monona Pharmacy noticed a change to the business. The pharmacy changed ownership and transformed into a telepharmacy.

Now owned by NuCara, the change is designed to make life easier for customers. “It is much more convenient for the customers because now they can come in anytime during our hours to pick up prescriptions, whereas, before, they could only come in the afternoon to do so,” said pharmacy technician Deb Evanson.

Tue
03
Sep

Senior experience, teammate familiarity will propel MFL MarMac volleyball team


Members of MFL MarMac’s varsity volleyball team include (front, left to right) Miranda Lang, Lakota Morrissey, RoseMary McGeough, Megan Lang, Dika Putri; (middle) Aleyna Rodriguez, Lexy Johnson, Zoee Gerndt, Mackenzy Ruff, Rachel Davis, Anna Stoddard; (back) manager Saysha Schoulte, Riley Moreland, Brinan Berger and Bailey Winter. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac volleyball team will rely on four returning seniors to propel its success this season.

“They have seen three years of varsity and are used to playing with each other,” said head coach Kelly Winter of the core group, which includes Bailey Winter, Brinan Berger, RoseMary McGeough and Rachel Davis. “These seniors have played enough volleyball together to know each other’s tendencies, and that is going to help us in close games. They just all mesh together and are not selfish about how we get the win, as long as we get it.”

Tue
03
Sep

Strong numbers have Bulldogs fielding full boys, girls cross country teams


Members of the MFL MarMac cross country team include (front, left to right) Sydney Moser, JJ Lynd, Koal Klenk, Reilly Franzen, Isabella Bogdonovich; (middle) Hunter Kugel, Joe Grau, Keri Picha, Kayleigh White, Rose Grau, Kashton Mathis, Will Koether; (back) assistant coach Monica Schwartzhoff, Colin Moses, Dusty Berns, Keagan Smerud, Jordan Schubert, Kayden Gillitzer, Caleb Nordheim, Jesse Breuer, Logan Brown and head coach Eric Koenig. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

This season, for the first time in recent years, MFL MarMac will field full boys and girls cross country teams.

“And what’s better,” said head coach Eric Koenig, “we’ve got a solid five boys and five girls who have the potential to score well as a team at every meet.”

Koenig said the team is full of kids who enjoy running and pushing themselves to get better. A great group of seniors has emerged as real leaders, and they’re setting good examples for the younger athletes, he added. The underclassmen also have a lot of talent, and they aren’t afraid to work.

Tue
27
Aug

MFL MarMac welcomes new staff members


New staff members joining the MFL MarMac School District this year are (front, left to right) Stacie Cooper (guidance support), Jillian Burke (elementary special education); (back) Casey Evanson (paraprofessional), Brock Sorensen (industrial tech student teacher at high school), Tiffany Torkelson (paraprofessional), Monica Schwartzhoff (seventh grade ELA), Amber Hendricks (middle school special education) and Sara Kelly (nurse). (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Aug. 23 didn’t just mark the first day of school at MFL MarMac for some students. For several staff members, it was also their first official day of classes with the district. Joining MFL MarMac this year are teachers Jillian Burke, Amber Hendricks and Monica Schwartzhoff; nurse Sara Kelly; guidance support staff member Stacie Cooper; paraprofessionals Casey Evanson and Tiffany Torkelson; and student teacher Brock Sorensen, who will work with high school industrial technology teacher Joe Milewsky. Information on some of the new staff members is included below.

Jillian Burke

Tue
27
Aug

Concern mounts over state of McGregor riverfront

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Concern is mounting on McGregor’s riverfront. Mayor Lyle Troester, speaking at the Aug. 21 council meeting, said McGregor Marina tenants are leaving, citing poor dock conditions and inability to get into their slips, even long after flooding abated earlier this summer.

“So many people come up to me wondering when the marina is going to fold. They’re so upset,” Troester said. “Houseboats have left. No one wants to park there. It’s to the point where it’s serious. And we’re held hostage.”

People prefer the location to other communities, he added, but don’t like the lack of maintenance.

Tue
27
Aug

McGregor sewer woes: nearly collapsed section of main one of the major culprits

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of McGregor has discovered one of the culprits of its Main Street sewer woes: a section of the sewer main near Kwik Star has almost completely collapsed.

“It’s totally trashed at this point,” Mark Davy, with Davy Engineering, told the city council at its Aug. 21 meeting. “When the river’s high, there’s significant infiltration and inflow [to the sewer main]. The water’s flowing through there as fast as it can go. It’s one of the reasons why you’ve had problems at the sewer plant and with the pump on Main Street.”

Tue
27
Aug

Monona taking steps to assure solar use in all zoning districts

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Monona is taking steps to assure solar power can be utilized in all its zoning districts.

Solar collectors are currently allowed as an accessory use—meaning they meet setback and distance requirements like any other accessory building or structure—in Monona’s residential and agricultural districts. Now, the city is looking to amend its code of ordinances to permit solar collectors in all commercial and industrial districts as well. 

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