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Tue
23
Apr

Wright sworn in as new Monona councilman


Monona Mayor Lynn “Marty” Martinson (left) swore in the city’s newest council member, Tim Wright (right), on April 15. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tim Wright was sworn in as Monona’s newest city council member at the regular meeting April 15. He replaces Doug Bachman, who resigned earlier this spring.

Wright’s appointment runs through the fall. At that time, if Wright would like an opportunity to complete the remaining two years of Bachman’s term, his name must be on the ballot for the November city election.

New Hay Days activities planned

The council authorized street closures and the use of ATVs on city streets for Monona’s annual Hay Days event, which will be held this year on Saturday, June 8.

Tue
16
Apr

Cutting out a piece of history


Samson Elledge watches as the Torchmate plasma cutter forms one of the street banners the class is creating for the city of Monona. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Last fall, the city’s visioning committee, along with Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc. (MCED), sponsored a contest that encouraged residents of all ages to develop imagery they felt best represented Monona. Six different designs were eventually selected for the banners: a soldier, an MFL MarMac bulldog, a tractor and field scene, a tree with a trail wrapping around its trunk, a butterfly among flowers and a butterfly in the palm of a hand.

Teacher Joe Milewsky and student Cayden Ball show how a computer program is used to determine which pieces the plasma cutter will remove from the banner and how it will move while doing so.

Sophomore Thaddeus Herold worked on the Bulldog banner, which, in addition to the animal’s face, includes a line of paw prints.

Samson Elledge shows off his finished product.

The class hopes to have the metal banners, which will be painted, cut out by the end of April. They should go up this spring.

Monona street banner project connects students with community

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Samson Elledge watches intently as the plasma cutter skims over the blackened sheet of metal. Sparks fly as it traverses the space, carving out stars in its wake, followed by a soldier’s silhouette then the letters “M-O-N-O-N-A.” 

It’s pretty cool, acknowledged the MFL MarMac senior, to watch one of the city of Monona’s new street banners form before his eyes—thanks to his hard work and determination. 

Tue
16
Apr

‘Younger Americans’ enjoy show choir experience


Local kids in preschool through fifth grade took the stage with members of the MFL MarMac Young Americans show choir for a clinic on April 7. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Each youth group learned the music and movements to a selection from the “Fun in the Sun” program performed by the Young Americans at competitions and concerts this year.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac’s Young Americans show choir hosted its first ever clinic April 7, giving local kids an opportunity to grow their singing and dancing skills. 

Riley Whitney and Rose Grau, both sophomore members of the Young Americans, organized the clinic, which Whitney said was inspired by the events other school organizations and sports teams host. 

“I got to thinking, ‘Why don’t we do that?’ Whitney shared. “It’d be awesome to get kids up on stage and dancing and get our name out there so kids know what the Young Americans are.” 

Tue
16
Apr

Mar-Mac PD has two new officers


James "J.T." Cunningham

Mason Kwilinski

Two new full-time officers have joined the Mar-Mac Unified Police District. James “J.T.” Cunningham and Mason Kwilinski were sworn in April 10, following approval by the police commission. Cunningham is a Guttenberg native, while Kwilinski hails from Montevideo, Minn.

Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin said both officers would begin working for the department within the next few weeks. Neither is certified, he noted, so the goal is to have them attend the academy this fall.

The police commission, at Millin’s recommendation, also approved the hiring of two part-time certified officers: Conrad Rosendahl, of Lansing, and Mak Kriener, of Cresco. 

Tue
16
Apr

Marquette looks to crack down on nuisances

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette is hoping to crack down on nuisance properties in the community. 

“We’ve received a lot of complaints about yards and houses that don’t look good,” said mayor Steve Weipert at the April 9 council meeting. “We’re trying to figure out a way to handle the situation.” 

“We’ve sent out some letters—some for trash and some for junk vehicles,” added city clerk Bonnie Basemann, but the notices have produced few results. 

Mon
15
Apr

Earl W. Miller

Earl W. Miller, age 91, of Faribault, Minn., passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Faribault Senior Living.

Earl Walter was born on July 5, 1927, on his family’s farm in McGregor, to Carl and Marguerite (Zahn) Miller.  

Tue
09
Apr

21.34 feet is Mississippi’s sixth highest crest at McGregor


In Marquette, Mississippi flood waters traveled up Bloody Run Creek, eventually reaching the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Water engulfed the Marquette riverfront, eventually reaching the base of the dike.

Once the Mississippi River reached 20 feet, a plastic-covered concrete barrier was placed at the foot of McGregor’s Main Street, to protect the town.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Mississippi River crested at 21.34 feet at McGregor on Friday, April 5, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). This was the sixth highest recorded crest at the location and the largest flooding event since 2001.

Thanks to preparations made over the past few weeks, officials in both Marquette and McGregor said the impact was minimal.

“We thought it was necessary to be prepared for the worst,” stated Marquette mayor Steve Weipert. 

Tue
09
Apr

MFL MarMac women’s ensemble receives coveted ‘outstanding performance’


The MFL MarMac women’s ensemble of Abby Schellhorn (front, left to right), Rose Grau, Elizabeth Grady, Shelby Martin; (back) Abby Zeeh, Anna Stoddard, Riley Whitney and Emma Ammons earned one of just five “outstanding performances” at solo and small ensemble contest on March 30. They will perform “Caverns in the Clouds” at the Outstanding Performance Recital at Iowa State University in May. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac women’s ensemble of seniors Shelby Martin, Emma Ammons, Abby Zeeh and Elizabeth Grady, along with sophomores Riley Whitney, Rose Grau and Anna Stoddard and freshman Abby Schellhorn, received a coveted “outstanding performance” for their rendition of the song “Caverns in the Clouds” at solo and small ensemble contest at Cresco on March 30. The honor is rare, given to just one solo or ensemble performance at each of the five vocal or instrumental “centers” at the event that day.

They’ll now have the opportunity to perform in the all-state Outstanding Performance Recital at Iowa State University in May.

Tue
09
Apr

Showcase will display MFL MarMac’s fine arts talent


A duet between Max Koeller and Shelby Martin will be one of the featured performances during the MFL MarMac Friends of the Arts Dessert Showcase. The event will be held in the high school auditorium, in Monona, on Sunday, April 14, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac Friends of the Arts will host a dessert showcase this Sunday, April 14, giving the public an opportunity to view some of the high school’s top fine arts talent. The event will be held in the high school auditorium, in Monona, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 

For a small fee, attendees can savor a piece of cheesecake or gluten free chocolate cake, plus a drink, all while enjoying some of the school’s best individual speech performances and top-rated instrumental and vocal solos and ensembles. Senior artwork will also be exhibited from 2 to 7 p.m., highlighting the students’ years of learning and experimentation across media, exploration of social, political and cultural issues, as well as personal inquiry.

Tue
09
Apr

MFL MarMac voters support PPEL continuation

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Voters in the MFL MarMac School District have supported the continuation of the physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL). According to unofficial results, 172 people voted “yes” and 15 voted “no” in the April 2 special election. 

Superintendent Dale Crozier said the levy is simply a continuation of an existing revenue source the district has had for the past 16 years. Nothing new is being added. 

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