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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.

Mon
14
May

Dawson Brown

 

Dawson Brown, 20, of Cedar Rapids, passed away surrounded by his family, Sunday, May 6, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

 

A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 10, at First Methodist Church of Marion.

 

Fri
11
May

Marylu Sauer

 

Marylu Sauer, of Madison, had the soul of a gypsy, the spirit of a hippie and the heart of an angel. She passed away unexpectedly on May 5.  

 

Thu
10
May

Henry L. “Hank” Nelsen

Henry L. “Hank” Nelsen, 94, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, May 9, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

 

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.”

Tue
08
May

Helping pollinators the DIY way


Attendees had the opportunity to create bee nesting houses at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre’s “Help Pollinators the DIY Way” event on May 5. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Made by drilling holes in chunks of log or creating structures using bamboo, reeds or hollow stems, the houses can provide tunnel-like nesting space for the area’s solitary bees.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre hosted a “Help Pollinators the DIY Way” event on May 5, giving attendees the opportunity to create their own bee nesting houses. Made by drilling holes in chunks of log or creating structures using bamboo, reeds or hollow stems, the houses can provide tunnel-like nesting space for the area’s solitary bees. 

These solitary bees, who don’t create hives or live socially, actually make up 30 percent of the nearly 300 bee species that call Iowa home, noted Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey. 

Tue
01
May

Ferguson powers down 39-year career at McGregor Municipal Utilities


Joe Ferguson powered down his career as McGregor Municipal Utilities’ power plant operator and water superintendent at the end of April, bringing nearly 40 years of service to the community to a close. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Joe Ferguson powered down his career as McGregor Municipal Utilities’ (MMU) power plant operator and water superintendent at the end of April, bringing nearly 40 years of service to the community to a close.

Ferguson took over as the power plant operator and fire, police and rescue dispatcher at MMU on Oct. 9, 1978, after working for the city of McGregor for four years.

“I was on the city street department and was asked if I was interested in coming over,” he recalled.

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