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Tue
26
Nov

McGregor willing to donate lot for Lease Purchase Program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of McGregor has agreed to donate a lot in its Ohmer Ridge Subdivision for use in the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation’s (NEICAC) Lease Purchase Program. Similar to a Habitat for Humanity project, the program would allow a selected individual or family to “rent to own” a new home.

“We do construction, then rent a unit out for a period of two to three years before they buy the home,” explained NEICAC Housing Director Jeremy Jostand, who spoke at McGregor’s Nov. 20 council meeting.

Tue
26
Nov

Bulldogs will rely on senior leadership and length to challenge for conference title


Members of the 2019-2020 MFL MarMac varsity girls basketball team are (front, left to right) Miranda Lang, Mackenzy Ruff, Lakota Morrissey; (middle) manager Abby Schellhorn, Riley Moreland, Kayden Gillitzer, Carlie Jones, Emily Knickerbocker, manager Aleyna Rodriguez; (back) assistant coaches Jeremy Schellhorn and Stephanie Michel, manager Saysha Schoulte, Ashley Weaver, Rachel Davis, Jordan Schubert, Bailey Winter, RoseMary McGeough, Keri Picha, Dika Putri, head coach Jason Winter and assistant coaches Jess Schubert and Brian Bugenhagen. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac head coach Jason Winter is feeling both optimistic and excited heading into the 2019-2020 girls basketball season.

“I think this is a chance to have as good a year, if not better, than last year,” he said.

That’s saying a lot, considering the Bulldogs went 20-2 a season ago, winning the Upper Iowa Conference championship. The season ended abruptly, though, with an unexpected loss to conference foe South Winneshiek in the opening playoff game.

Tue
26
Nov

Bulldogs pick up slew of all-district honors


Bulldogs who earned all-district honors this season included head coach Dan Anderson as well as players Spencer Larson (left to right), Jacob Trudo, Jackson Landt, Cayden Ball, Tyler Wille, Cedrick Drahn, Eli Johnson, Cullen McShane, Gavin Hertrampf, Karter Decker, Zach Howe, Ethan Stubbs, Max Havlicek and JT Stocker. Not pictured are Kutter Anderson and Gabe McGeough.(Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac was well represented on this year’s Class A District 5 all-district football teams. Dan Anderson was named coach of the year, and 16 players were recognized for their efforts.

Four Bulldogs were first team offense selections, including senior lineman Eli Johnson, who was deemed offensive MVP. The line was one of the team’s strongest suits this season, paving the way for the fifth ranked total offense in Class A. Also receiving honors were senior quarterback Cedrick Drahn, senior running back Kutter Anderson and senior kicker Jackson Landt.

Fri
22
Nov

Neil Hallberg

Neil Hallberg, 73, of Center Point, formerly of McGregor, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Iowa City. He was born April 3, 1946, in McGregor, to Henry and Marie (Bachtell) Hallberg. Neil was baptized July 14, 1946 and confirmed Aug. 26, 1962. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1963. Neil served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967. He served in Viet Nam.

Neil moved to Center Point, and was employed by Downing Box, later known as Longview Fiber, where he retired after many years. He was an avid bowler for years. He enjoyed watching sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and football teams and his St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Neil loved playing cards.

Fri
22
Nov

Dorene Larson

Dorene Dorothy Larson, 81, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Dubuque. Dorene was born April 5, 1938, to Frederick and Florence (Meier) Becker on the family farm in McGregor. She attended Giard Country School and graduated from Monona High School. Dorene worked for REC in Postville before she was united in marriage with Harry Larson on Nov. 22, 1963, at Giard United Methodist Church in Giard. They moved to California while Harry served in the Navy. While in California, their first son was born. In 1965, they moved back to Iowa, where Harry and Dorene had three additional children. Dorene enjoyed being a farm wife and homemaker, and enjoyed cooking, baking and helping in the fields. She sold Tupperware and worked as a cook for the Mar-Mac Schools. 

Tue
19
Nov

Rita Lange

Rita Kay Lange was born on June 26, 1941, to Kenneth and Margaret Woerm.

Tue
19
Nov

Book club helps staff forge reading connections with students


MFL MarMac teachers Jessica Peterson, Trish Solberg, Melissa Haberichter, Sara Wille and Lynn Jones gather at the school’s monthly staff book club. Now in its third year, the club has helped staff connect with students through reading. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac staff members are forging new connections with one another, as well as their students, through participation in a monthly book club.

Now in its third year, the club was the brainchild of the district’s teacher-librarian, Melissa Haberichter.

“I was in the process of upping the volume of reading at the high school. With school and the business of life, reading just didn’t feel as important to them,” she said. “But there were kids who missed it and wanted it.”

Tue
19
Nov

Monona Guesthouse fills community’s lodging void


Tim and Bridget Schlein recently opened the Monona Guesthouse, a vacation rental that’s listed on Airbnb and VRBO and is filling the community’s lodging void. (Submitted photos)

The 1927 Dutch Colonial home, which has three bedrooms and one and one-half baths, is located on West Center Street.

Rogeta Halvorson, executive director of Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc., expects the Monona Guesthouse to attract tourists and corporate travelers, as well as people who are in town for funerals, family gatherings, holidays, class reunions and Hay Days.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Monona Guesthouse, a three-bedroom, one and one-half bath home, was listed on the vacation rental websites Airbnb and VRBO in October, filling what Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc. (MCED), Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson said was a major lodging void in the community.

“We knew there was a huge need,” commented Halvorson, who’s made adding lodging a goal since she joined MCED five years ago. “Without a place to stay in town—and Monona had zero—it’s hard to grow this area and bring new people in. And even if it’s not tourism, it’s people inside town who are saying ‘This is so great for Monona. My family comes and now they have a place to stay.’”

Tue
19
Nov

Marquette looks to explore senior housing potential

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette wants to investigate the potential for senior housing in the community. 

The council, at its Nov. 12 meeting, considered a proposal from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to create a concept plan for the city’s “Thornton Property,” an area near Gencor that was purchased several years ago with the intent of creating housing for area seniors.

Tue
19
Nov

Koons leaving business manager role after 20 years

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Cindy Koons will step down as MFL MarMac’s business manager at the end of November, after serving in the position for 20 years.

The school board, at its Nov. 11 meeting, accepted Koons’ resignation, as well as her participation in the early separation plan.

“I’ve enjoyed my time very much,” said Koons, who has also served as the board’s secretary and treasurer. “It’s been a privilege and honor to work here.”

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