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Wed
15
Apr

Zoning change opens door for unmanned fueling station

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors has approved a zoning change for property located by the U.S. Highway 18 turnoff to the city of McGregor that would allow Three Rivers FS to develop bulk fuel storage and an unmanned fueling station at the site.

The plan “is still in its infancy,” said Three Rivers FS General Manager Chris Salrin. “We wanted to get the property zoned so we can know what options are before us and look at business opportunities from a retail energy standpoint.”

Wed
15
Apr

Real estate sale approved for relocation of TJ’s Pizza

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its regular meeting April 6, the Monona City Council accepted the terms of sale agreement and moved to proceed with the sale of real estate to Bow Benders Enterprises for the relocation of TJ’s Pizza. The city property is by Family Dentistry Associates of Monona.

Currently located at 12781 Falcon Ave, along U.S. Highway 18 and 52, TJ’s Pizza plans to relocate due to the planned expansion of neighboring Kwik Star.

New landscaping at city hall, community center

Thu
09
Apr

Janice M. Hedemann

On April 1, 2020, Janice M. Hedemann passed away after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was the beloved life partner of Steve Mangano; devoted daughter of the late Darrell and Joyce Hedemann; dear sister of Hugh Hedemann and his wife Joanne, Susan McGee and her husband Michael, and the late Mark Hedemann. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was also loved by Steve’s children and grandchildren alike.

Tue
07
Apr

Sauer is new McGregor Hook and Ladder chief


Tom Sauer is the new fire chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. He has served with the department for 35 years and held every other available officer position.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 has a new fire chief. Tom Sauer recently took over the position from Jerry Thornton, who had served since 2015.

Sauer is no stranger to the department. He began volunteering in 1985 and, in the 35 years since, has held every other available officer position.

Since becoming foreman, he’s dreamt of rising through the ranks.

Tue
07
Apr

GRCC works with chamber to support staff, local businesses


Great River Care Center and Turner Pointe Assisted Living (GRCC) is working with the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce to provide all of its employees with shift bonuses in the form of chamber dollars during the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort will circulate between $14,000 and $15,000 to local businesses over the next few months, according to Mar-Mac Chamber Director Ashley Kishman.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Great River Care Center and Turner Pointe Assisted Living (GRCC) is working with the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce to provide all of its employees with shift bonuses in the form of chamber dollars during the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort will circulate between $14,000 and $15,000 to local businesses over the next few months, according to Mar-Mac Chamber Director Ashley Kishman.

Tue
07
Apr

Five MFL MarMac students nominated for All-State Individual Speech

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Five MFL MarMac high school students—seniors Max Koeller and Dika Putri, junior Nick Stavroplus, sophomore Jaxton Schroeder and freshman Jonah Wille—were nominated for All-State Individual Speech last month, continuing a string of success for the district’s speech program.

The road to a nomination was anything but simple this year. MFL MarMac, joined by Kee High, hosted its own state contest in Monona on March 14, after the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA)  cancelled all larger state events due to COVID-19 concerns. The district, with approval from the IHSSA, was able to hire its own judges for the day. Those three made the all-state selections.

Tue
07
Apr

Student art show moves online


The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts’ annual Arts After School Program art show couldn’t be held in person this year due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, but instructor Maureen Wild moved the show online so the public could still see it. Photographs off all the artwork created by local kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can be viewed on the “McGregor Marquette Center for the Arts” Facebook page.

Clay dog and cat faces created by students in fourth through sixth grades are just one of the fun projects.

Kindergartners and first graders practiced building and layering in these acrylic paintings, which depict an owl in a tree looking at the moon.

Those in kindergarten through first grade started by making small clay dishes. They traced their hands in clay, then pressed the cutouts into a bowl-shaped form.

For their clay project, the second and third graders formed moon and star luminaries and glazed them in turquoise blue.

The older kids' vivid acrylic paintings showed the horizon over water.

The second and third graders made geometric acrylic paintings, using painter’s tape to form a design.

The final fourth- through sixth-grade project recycled sections of toilet paper tubes to make butterflies and flowers on mat board.

The second and third graders made flower drawings using chalk pastels.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

As COVID-19 has spread, many families confined to their homes have found entertainment and educational resources through cultural institutions, with many museums and galleries offering virtual tours of their collections through websites and social media. If you can’t come to the art or history exhibit, it comes to you.

Tue
07
Apr

Mar-Mac PD addresses EMS traffic issues in bridge construction zone

On April 2, the Mar-Mac Police Department was notified of a public post on social media that claimed an area ambulance—the night before—had traveled through red light traffic signals and into the one-lane construction zone on the U.S. Highway 18 bridge between Marquette and Prairie du Chien, where it met oncoming west bound traffic. 

Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin released a response on April 3, noting that the incident addresses a potential issue for discussion with area public safety officials: How should an emergency management service (EMS) transporting a patient to the Prairie du Chien medical facility while operating as an emergency vehicle proceed through the one-lane construction zone? How should the affected motorists respond?

Fri
03
Apr

Darwin McClain Hallberg

Darwin McClain Hallberg, 88, of McGregor, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Darwin was born Feb. 2 1932, to Henry and Marie (Bachtell) Hallberg in McGregor. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1950. Darwin joined and proudly served in the United States Marines from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean War

Tue
31
Mar

Clayton County has first confirmed COVID-19 case

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

COVID-19 has made its way to Clayton County. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed the first case—a female in the age group of 18 to 40—on March 26. The individual is currently self-isolating at home.

“While this is Clayton County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Clayton County Visiting Nurse Association Director Stacey Killian.

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