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Tue
21
Apr

MFL MarMac School Board OKs number of staffing changes

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac School Board approved a flurry of staffing changes at its April 13 regular meeting.

That included resignations from Jillian Burke as a seventh grade basketball coach, Melissa Haberichter and Audrey Posten as co-yearbook advisers and Monica Schwartzhoff as a middle school teacher.

Contracts were approved for Colton Lueck and Madyson Walker as middle school teachers, Kaitlyn Stone-Strock for 7-12 instrumental music, Jake Wilke for high school special education and golf and Brandi Folsom for high school English. Folsom will split the yearbook contract with Megan Snitker.

Wed
15
Apr

North Iowa Times, Clayton County Register merging into single publication

As the world changes weekly, and even daily, the North Iowa Times and Clayton County Register feel it is time to change as well. Beginning with the May 6 issue, the two newspapers will merge into a single publication with a shared masthead.

The move will better serve readers and advertisers by combining both newspapers’ coverage areas and providing more news about county and local governments, schools, businesses, events and the unique people who call Clayton County home.

Wed
15
Apr

Local businesses adapting to COVID-19 changes


COVID-19 restrictions have either closed or limited operations at most small businesses. Many—not just restaurants—are now offering curbside pickup, like Jen and Louise White at Paper Moon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Many businesses have come up with creative ways to continue offering their products and services. Even though their popular painting classes can’t be held in-store, McGregor Mercantile created to-go kits, selling over 130 in just a matter of days. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“It’s kind of lonely here. Jen said it’s like running a pretend store,” said Louise White, who last week tried to put a humorous spin on how COVID-19 restrictions that have either closed or limited operations at most small businesses have impacted her and daughter Jen at Paper Moon book store in McGregor.

Even the shop’s iconic cats, Ruby and Sol, have noticed the absence of customers these past few weeks.

“The cats just got into a spat,” White remarked. “No one’s around, and they’re used to getting attention.”

Wed
15
Apr

Fire departments help kids celebrate birthdays


Social distancing and gathering restrictions due to COVID-19 have made celebrating kids’ birthdays a little harder these days. But local fire departments are doing their part to help make the day special by offering driveby birthday greetings, complete with lights and sirens. Shea Coon, of Monona, received the fun surprise for his fourth birthday on April 5. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Social distancing and gathering restrictions due to COVID-19 have made celebrating kids’ birthdays a little harder these days. But local fire departments are doing their part to help make the day special by offering driveby birthday greetings, complete with lights and sirens.

So far, the Monona, Luana and Farmersburg fire departments have signed on, with immediate success.

Within moments of sharing the idea on the Monona Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page on April 4, Jeremy Schellhorn said the firefighters already had a request.

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.

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