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Tue
26
Sep

McGregor Council ponders speed control options for portion of Ann Street

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Sept. 20 meeting, the McGregor Council discussed whether installing speed bumps would help control speeding on a portion of Ann Street.

The portion, which encompasses the 400 to 700 blocks, from the fire station to the former Fiddler’s Bait Shop, has seen more traffic lately. Construction has barred people from using Fourth Street, which runs perpendicular to Ann Street, to access Main Street. Traffic was also re-routed through McGregor for a week and a half while repairs were made to the railroad crossing by the Casino Queen, in Marquette.

Tue
26
Sep

Fallen pieces don’t affect bridge’s structural integrity


This photo shows an area where the concrete has broken off, next to an area that is still intact. (Photo courtesy of Todd Myers)

Concrete pieces from the bridge fell near the boat landing on the Marquette riverfront. The area was closed for several days while the issue was rectified. (Photo courtesy of Meaghan Schneider)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette boat landing opened again Thursday, Sept. 21, after being closed for several days when pieces from the Marquette-Joliet Bridge fell in that area. No injuries or damage were reported.

According to Crawford County Highway Department Superintendent Todd Myers, when the bridge deck was poured, an extra four-inch strip of concrete was left between the steel girders and the underside of the bridge.

“Over time, it separates from the girders,” he explained. “With the traffic and vibrations, it cracks and comes off.”

Those concrete pieces are what fell last week.

Fri
22
Sep

Alpine’s Fusion fiber optic network will launch in McGregor in October

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Alpine Communications is pleased to announce the launch of its all new fiber optic Fusion Network to all homes and businesses within the city limits of McGregor beginning on Monday, Oct. 2. Once activated on the new Fusion Network, current internet customers can look forward to receiving increased internet speeds at no extra charge. Plus, Alpine will begin offering FusionTV, a new and enhanced television viewing experience with over 230 channels, over 90 high-definition networks and whole-home DVR. Introductory specials will be available for a limited time.

Tue
19
Sep

MFL Ambulance Service celebrates 40th anniversary


Members of the MFL Ambulance Service include (left to right) Rachael Fritz, Becky Harnack, Eric Van Horn, Cynthia Torkelson, Melanie Cahoon, Karla Schrader, Scott Torkelson, Nick Torkelson, Mary Bissell, Brian Berger, Josh Kluth, Jenny Torkelson, Billie Jones, Jim Schellhorn and Clare Benzing. Not pictured are Preston Landt, Jill Miller, Carla Pester, Wendy Gress-Yearous, Scott Henkes, Jamie Schlee, Andrew Willie, Todd Balekos, John Elledge, Andy Meyer, Jamie Welsh, Jeremy Schellhorn, Chris Hoffert, Arlen Quandahl, Jane Quandahl and Garrett Palas. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL Ambulance Service’s first new ambulance, a van, as well as its first modular-type vehicle, are shown here. (Photo from Monona centennial history book)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A lot has changed in the 40 years since the MFL Ambulance Service began aiding the Monona-, Farmersburg- and Luana-area communities: Equipment has become more automated, ambulances more technologically advanced. EMT certification is more extensive.

However, one thing has always remained the same: The service is still comprised of hard-working, dedicated volunteers who are happy to help their fellow citizens. 

“Forty years is a big milestone,” remarked Mary Bissell, an EMT and the service’s current crew chief. “The fact that we’re still staffed by all volunteers is even cooler yet. It’s something bigger than yourself.”

Tue
19
Sep

Mississippi River Parkway Commission annual meeting is in Marquette this week


Pikes Peak State Park will be one of the tour stops for attendees of the national Mississippi River Parkway Commission’s annual meeting, held in Marquette this week. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Representatives from each of the 10 states included in the national Mississippi River Parkway Commission, which works to promote the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, will meet in Allamakee and Clayton counties this week for the group’s annual meeting.

The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC), which includes representatives from the counties that border the Mississippi, was slated to host this year’s event, and selected Marquette as the base of operations.

Tue
19
Sep

Fall-der-All to celebrate 125th anniversary of Froelich’s tractor invention


Youth will have the opportunity to grind corn by hand at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Let history come alive through fun demonstrations, tours and more at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24.

For over 20 years, Fall-der-All has been a local fall tradition for Froelich, which is known as the birthplace of the first gas-powered tractor to propel itself forward and backward, created by John Froelich in 1892.

In fact, this year marks the 125th anniversary of Froelich’s invention.

“[The tractor] is what makes the museum and village special,” said Froelich coordinator Denise Schutte.

Tue
19
Sep

Marquette approves bench evacuation route plans


This image shows the location of the bench evacuation route, which will stretch from Walnut Street, on the Marquette bench, to Eagle Drive, in McGregor.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council approved the final plans and specifications for the bench evacuation route project at its Sept. 12 meeting.

The route will be 3,800 feet long, stretching from Walnut Street, on the Marquette bench, to Eagle Drive, in McGregor, explained Mark Doyle, from Delta 3 Engineering.

The total width of the route, Doyle added, will be 22 feet, 14 feet of which will be graveled.

The council selected that option at a previous meeting, noting that it was most cost effective, while also allowing for future development. 

Tue
12
Sep

Lamborn earns prestigious honor for 4-H quilt project


Blake Lamborn’s Civil War quilt not only earned top honors at this year’s Iowa State Fair, but also received the “Excellence in Iowa History” award from the State Historical Society. In addition, it was selected to be displayed for two months at the state 4-H office, in Ames. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A love of history and a passion for quilting culminated in a prestigious honor for local 4-Her Blake Lamborn at this year’s Iowa State Fair. 

Blake’s Civil War quilt project not only took home a blue ribbon, but was honored for “Excellence in Iowa History,” an award bestowed by the State Historical Society. It was also selected to be displayed for two months at the state 4-H office, in Ames.

“I was surprised,” he admitted of earning the historical recognition and the opportunity to have his project displayed. “I didn’t know that could be done.”

Tue
12
Sep

Rocks to provide important message, creative welcome at middle school


MFL MarMac sixth graders Elias Hatt and Nolan Lerch decorate their rocks. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The rocks, which are unique to each student, will soon welcome visitors to the McGregor Center in a creative way.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Visitors to the MFL MarMac McGregor Center will soon be welcomed by a creative and inspirational rock display.

Each student in grades four through eight recently decorated their own rock, painting it in bright colors and inscribing it with initials, words, scenes or symbols that held a personal meaning. Designs included everything from polka dots and peace signs to sports teams and the student’s own initials. 

“They’re all unique,” said teacher Stephanie Jones, who decided to promote the idea at MFL MarMac after seeing a Facebook post from a teacher in Indiana. The middle school’s student council—Stu Crew—for which Jones is the adviser, is sponsoring the project.

Tue
12
Sep

Monona testing annexation waters

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For several years, the city of Monona has pondered annexing property adjacent to the city’s southeast boundary, hoping to pave the way for future development.

The boundary currently stops west of Main Street and north of East Spruce Street, leaving homes and businesses (like Birdnow Chevrolet) that many consider part of Monona outside city limits.

“It’s silly. The properties closest to the grocery store are outside city limits,” remarked councilman John Elledge.

Properties also already benefit from city services.

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