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Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She helps community members connect with God


Pastor Deb Parkison

Pastor Erika Kielstrup

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times is again publishing a series of article highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“It is a call.”

Pastor Erika Kielstrup was a kid when she first heard God beckoning her to ministry. At 14, the Wisconsin native read scripture at one of her cousin’s weddings, and throughout high school, she became heavily involved in her home church, doing everything from reading to singing in the choir. She also enjoyed attending synod activities. Something held her back, though.

Tue
26
Mar

Record six students earn all-state nominations in individual speech


MFL MarMac students Emma Ammons (left), Max Koeller, Hannah Rose, Lizzie Herzmann, Haylee Guyer and Keagan Smerud (not pictured) received all-state nominations in individual speech. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Six MFL MarMac high school students have received all-state nominations for individual speech this year—a record for the district.

“It’s a huge honor,” said teacher and coach Angie Killian. “There’s just a small percentage—8 percent—when you start off at districts that make it to All-State statewide.” 

After earning straight ones at the state contest, seniors Emma Ammons, Lizzie Herzmann (in two categories) and Hannah Rose, along with juniors Max Koeller and Keagan Smerud and freshman Haylee Guyer, all picked up nominations. 

Tue
26
Mar

MFL MarMac PPEL vote is April 2

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

On Tuesday, April 2, voters in the MFL MarMac School District will be asked if they would like to continue the district’s physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL). Polls for this special election will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the Monona Community Center and Marquette Community Center. 

Superintendent Dale Crozier said the levy is simply a continuation of an existing revenue source the district has had for the past 16 years. 

“We’re not adding anything,” he stressed. 

Tue
26
Mar

Proposed underground transmission line would cut through Clayton County

Direct Connect Development Company (DC DevCo) has announced plans to construct the SOO Green Renewable Rail project (SOO Green), a proposed 349-mile, 2,100 mega-watt, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that will run underground along an existing railroad. 

The majority of the project’s route will be located along rail owned by Canadian Pacific, and a portion of it will cut through northern Clayton County. Once completed, SOO Green will run from Mason City to the Chicago area. 

Tue
19
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She breaks wrestling stereotypes


MFL MarMac wrestlers Morgan Jacobson, Emily Hendrickson-Troester, Hannah Bogdonovich, Isabella Bogdonovich, Breklyn Schutte, Lauren Kishman, Kadence Pape and Mackenzie Bachman

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times is again publishing a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


“When you go somewhere and say you’re a wrestler, people don’t expect it.”

But as girls like Emily Hendrickson-Troester—and many others across the country—are proving, wrestling isn’t a sport reserved solely for boys anymore.

Tue
19
Mar

Marquette, McGregor prepare for flooding


Marquette mayor Steve Weipert (left) and McGregor street supervisor Ren Pape were already hard at work filling sandbags Tuesday morning. (Photo by Gary Howe)

Jerry Thornton, chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder, has a system down for filling sandbags. (Photo by Gary Howe)

As of Monday, the Mississippi River had already hit minor flood stage—16 feet—at McGregor, and was expected to reach 17.7 feet by mid-week. Marquette and McGregor are now preparing for what the National Weather Service Office (NWS) at La Crosse predicts could be above- or well-above-normal flooding. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Volunteers needed to fill sandbags

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette and McGregor are now in preparation mode for what the National Weather Service Office (NWS) at La Crosse predicts could be above- or well-above-normal flooding this spring. 

The Mississippi River hit minor flood stage—16 feet—at McGregor on Monday, and was expected to reach 17.7 feet by mid-week. The hydrograph showed it holding steady at that level through the coming weekend.

Tue
19
Mar

Middle schoolers planning play audience won’t forget


Ruby Koeller (left) takes on the lead role of the princess in the MFL MarMac Middle School play “Princess Who?” which will be performed in the high school auditorium, in Monona, on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Showings will be held at 7 p.m. each night. Here, the princess seeks help from Snow White (Hailee Corlett) in order to recover her memory. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Hansel (Abe Hanson) and Gretel (Hannah Bogdonovich) are among the fairy tale characters the princess encounters during “Princess Who?”

Jonah Wille (left) and Holden Mathis portray two of the seven dwarves in this fun fairy tale adventure.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Although the story line is based around amnesia, audiences will find it hard to forget this year’s MFL MarMac Middle School play. Students will present the fun-filled mystery “Princess Who?” this Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, with 7 p.m. showings each night in the high school auditorium in Monona. 

Written by Brian D. Taylor, “Princess Who?” is about a princess who loses her memory, explained seventh grader Ruby Koeller, who plays the lead role. 

After waking up alone, in a forest, “she goes through different fairy tales to find it again,” Koeller said. 

Tue
19
Mar

McGregor’s Sixth Street bridge to be replaced this year

By Audrey Posten, Noth Iowa Times

The McGregor Council, at its March 13 meeting, approved an engineering contract with H.R. Green for replacement of the Sixth Street bridge.

Grant funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation will pay for the project, which H.R. Green senior project manager Tim Cutsforth said will include removing the current bridge and replacing it with a box culvert. 

“A few years ago, it was patched up,” Cutsforth noted, “but the abutments are starting to go. It’s met its lifespan.” 

Tue
19
Mar

Marquette Council approves utility rate increase

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its March 12 meeting, the Marquette Council approved an ordinance that will slightly up the city’s sanitary sewer rate. 

The 1 percent monthly increase for residential properties is based on a recommendation from the auditor, to get the fund operating in the positive, stated city clerk Bonnie Basemann at a previous meeting. It is slated to add $4,000 in revenue. 

The council has been discussing the proposed rate change since December, but held off on passing the ordinance right away, so residents would have an opportunity to share their thoughts. 

Tue
12
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She lives for the hunt


Hunter Ellie Kinley

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will again publish a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When asked where her love of hunting comes from, the answer is an easy one for Ellie Kinley.

“It’s all my dad,” she responded, smiling.

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