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Tue
16
Jan

New street banners brighten McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s Main Street got a bit brighter last week, as new banners were hung from the street light poles up and down the city’s historic main drag.

Three different designs are featured, including a red, orange and yellow banner emblazoned with “McGregor Historic District, Settled 1837.” Four images are shown on this banner: a sand bottle, in recognition of famous McGregor sand artist Andrew Clemens; a clown, in celebration of the city’s connection to the Ringling Brothers; the Clan MacGregor crest; and the paddle wheel symbol representing the Great River Road.

Tue
16
Jan

DNR to discuss CWD in Harpers Ferry and Elkader ahead of deer tissue collection effort

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a special scientific collection effort Jan. 20-28, in targeted areas of Allamakee and Clayton counties near where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in wild Iowa deer. The effort will be discussed during two public meetings on Thursday, Jan. 18 – one at 2 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Community Center and the other at 6:30 p.m. at the Elkader Keystone AEA building. 

Chronic wasting disease is a neurologic disease of deer and elk, belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases. Though it shares certain features with other TSEs like bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) or scrapie in sheep, it is a distinct disease apparently affecting only deer, moose and elk. It is always fatal.

Mon
15
Jan

(Marjorie) Delores Schultz

 

Delores Schultz, 85, of McGregor, died Saturday, Jan. 13, at Regional Medical Center, Manchester.

 

Marjorie Delores was born June 5, 1932, to Clarence and Margie (Gress) Fuller in Marquette. She graduated Marquette School.

Mon
15
Jan

Edward William Coobs

 

Edward William Coobs, 81, of Elkader, died unexpectedly on Dec. 17, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

 

Mon
15
Jan

Diana Lorraine (Ayers) Van Nice

 

Diana Lorraine (Ayers) Van Nice, 63, of Beaver Dam, Wis., formerly of Marquette, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, at her home. 

 

Tue
09
Jan

When ice is nice


For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. A rink was recently created on the basketball court at the city park. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Just like kids before him, Owen Mullarkey has enjoyed playing hockey at the ice skating rink on the Marquette bench.

Marquette bench has skating rink for first time in over a decade

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. 

Just before the new year, the city’s public works employees, Jason Sullivan and John Hines, created the ice rink on the basketball court at the city park. Over 125 sand bags were filled and placed around the court’s perimeter, holding down a large sheet of plastic, which was then covered in water. Cold temperatures helped solidify the ice.

Tue
09
Jan

Preliminary concept unveiled for Butterfly Trail extension


At its Jan. 2 meeting, the Monona Council reviewed preliminary concept plans developed for an extension of the city’s Butterfly Trail.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Jan. 2 meeting, the Monona Council reviewed preliminary concept plans developed for an extension of the city’s Butterfly Trail. 

Starting at the Butterfly Garden, on West Davis Street, the trail extension will run along Bulldog Boulevard, cross 125th Street/West Spruce Street, then parallel Highway 18/52 to reach Gateway Park, at the town’s entrance.

Tue
09
Jan

Awards banquet honors conservation efforts of farm families


Joe Donlon and Livingood Farms were selected for recognition in the landlord/tenant division of the 2017 Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District Awards program. Pictured (left to right) are Joe Donlon, Janet Livingood, Frank Livingood and commissioner Daryl Keehner.

Brian Keehner was selected as the 2017 Outstanding New Cooperator for the Clayton SWCD Pictured (left to right) are commissioner Ron Kaiser, Brian Keehner and Erling Bilden, representing the Farm Bureau.

Dan Rothmeyer received the 2017 Owner-Operator Award for the Clayton SWCD. Pictured are Owen Sylvester (left), from the Clayton SWCD, and Dan Rothmeyer.

The Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) honored the outstanding conservation efforts of local farm families during the annual awards banquet held Dec. 7, at the Central State Bank Community Room in Elkader. This year’s award winners showcase a variety of conservation efforts, and each recipient provides an outstanding example of what can be done to protect the natural resources everyone enjoys in northeast Iowa. The local awards program is co-sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau.  

Dan Rothmeyer

Mon
08
Jan

Jane Reardon

 

Jane Reardon, 76, of Monona, formerly of Waterloo, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, after a brief illness.

 

A gathering of friends and family and a celebration of Jane’s life will be held at a later date.

Fri
05
Jan

Rural Monona home a total loss following Jan. 4 fire


Smoke billowed into the sky as firefighters from multiple departments battled a house fire at 13768 Golden Ave., east of Monona, on Jan. 4. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Monona Fire Chief Dave Smith said the home is a complete loss. It was being remodeled, and was not occupied at the time, he added. (Submitted photo)

A rural Monona home has been labeled a complete loss, following a fire Jan. 4.

The Monona Fire Department was called to 13768 Golden Ave., east of Monona, at 9:55 a.m., for a report of a house fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the home completely engulfed, according to Monona Fire Chief Dave Smith. The home was being remodeled, and was not occupied at the time, he added.

Approximately 50 firefighters remained at the scene until noon, battling not just the blaze, but temperatures hovering around 0 degrees. Monona fire trucks could be seen making numerous trips back and forth to the site, transporting water.

Smith said the home is a complete loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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