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Tue
20
Mar

30th rendition of The Living Last Supper to be performed this weekend


Monona’s Living Faith United Methodist Church will present “The Living Last Supper” March 24 and 25, bringing to life the iconic Leonardo da Vinci painting that depicts the final meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his crucifixion. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

“What most of us feel is this is our opportunity every year for discipleship, an opportunity to share our faith with the community,” said Ric Benzing (center), who’s portrayed Jesus since 1992, but has been part of the cast since the production’s inception in 1989. He’s pictured here with Nathan Sandstrom (Peter), Scott Goltz (John), Greg Schiller (Thomas), Chris Hoffert (James the Elder) and Ed Klenk (Philip).

Denny Burton, who will again play Nathaniel, began participating in The Living Last Supper in 1998.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Monona’s Living Faith United Methodist Church will present its 30th rendition of “The Living Last Supper” this weekend, bringing to life the iconic Leonardo da Vinci mural painting that depicts the final meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his crucifixion. 

The tradition was sparked by the church’s pastor at the time, Gary Dobbins, who’d seen it performed at a previous church.

“He thought it would be a good thing, and talked a bunch of guys into doing it,” recalled Ric Benzing, who’s the only original cast member still participating. He’s played Jesus since 1992.

Tue
20
Mar

Alpine expanding fiber-optic Fusion Network to Marquette, Pleasant Ridge area


After bringing fiber to McGregor (shown here) last year, Alpine Communications is now expanding its fiber-optic Fusion Network to the community of Marquette and the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood.

This map shows the area that will be part of the fiber-optic expansion.

Alpine Communications is making a major investment by expanding their 100 percent fiber-optic Fusion Network to the community of Marquette and the Pleasant Ridge Road neighborhood this year. The state-of-the-art Fusion Network will provide a fiber optic connection to all businesses and households within the city limits of Marquette and to customers in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. 

This marks Alpine’s first major project to extend Fusion fiber-optics into its rural territory. The high demand for ultra-fast broadband services along with a digital television alternative is driving this investment. 

Tue
20
Mar

SODA, PPD curricular presentations highlight school board meeting


MFL MarMac SODA members SaFire Zinkle, Macie Weigand, Destiny Berns, Ethan Stubbs, Max Havlicek, Jacob Trudo, Micah Decker and Cassidy Penrod, along with staff members Jackie McGeough and Megan Schellhorn, visited the state capitol in Des Moines on Feb. 21, where they met with legislators Kristi Hager and Michael Bergan about substance abuse in area communities. Some of the students spoke about the experience at the March 12 school board meeting. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Members of MFL MarMac High School’s SODA (Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol) group spoke at the March 12 school board meeting, sharing details about their Feb. 21 visit to the state capitol for “Day on the Hill.”

In Des Moines, students met with legislators Kristi Hager and Michael Bergan, discussing substance abuse issues in area communities. The students’ visit was sponsored by the 5C Coalition, which works to raise awareness about and combat substance abuse in Clayton County.

Tue
20
Mar

Marquette Council considers ordinance change for railroad building project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its March 13 regular meeting, the Marquette Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would change the zoning classification for a portion of current Canadian Pacific Railroad property from A1 - limited agricultural to C1 - highway commercial. The change was recommended by the city’s planning and zoning commission, as not to create spot zoning in the area, which is located south of the railroad tracks and north of Bloody Run, not far from the Wetlands Centre.

“The railroad has shown interest in putting a building up on their own property,” said city clerk Bonnie Basemann, addressing why the change is needed. Permits for the project are still pending, she noted.

Mon
19
Mar

Ken White

Ken White, 74, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., died Friday, March 16, at his home.

Ken was born on Nov. 19, 1943 in Prairie du Chien the son of Don and Lucile (Haville) White. He graduated from Prairie High school and also from Madison Business College. He lived in Prairie du Chien until the early 1960s, moving to Madison, Wis., for school.

Fri
16
Mar

Gaylord Delano Oelke

Gaylord Delano Oelke, 79, of Monona passed from this life March 11, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor.

Gaylord was born May 28, 1938, to Gaylord C. and Iva (Palas) Oelke at Farmersburg. He was baptized June 19, 1938, at St. John’s Lutheran, Farmersburg; confirmed May 13, 1951, at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Monona. Gaylord graduated from Monona High School in 1955 and later attended Iowa State University. On April 4, 1959, he was united in marriage to Judith Grove.

Wed
14
Mar

Three from Iowa arrested in connection to burglary investigations

On March 2, after an extensive investigation, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Monona Police Department, executed two separate search warrants in Luana and Monona relating to several burglary investigations. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, during both warrants, deputies seized numerous tools, trailers and other items exceeding $10,000.

As a result of this investigation, John Kottman, 41, of Luana; Jennifer Trappe, 40, of Luana; and Marty Bissell, 57, of Monona, were all arrested.

Tue
13
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She shares her knowledge


McGregor Public Library Director Michelle Pettit

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will 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. Here is our third article, featuring McGregor Public Library Director Michelle Pettit.

 


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tue
13
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She is an 'ag'-vocate


Macie Weigand and her heifer, Ivy

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will 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. Here is our second article, featuring MFL MarMac junior and 'ag'-vocate Macie Weigand.

 


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tue
13
Mar

White-nose syndrome to blame for plummeting bat population


After surpassing 300 as recently as 2016, the bat population at Spook Cave plummeted in the last two years, to just four bats in 2018. The culprit is a highly-contagious fungus called white-nose syndrome. Bat count volunteer Gary Siegwarth snapped this photo of local bats several years ago.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

For roughly 10 years, a group of local caving enthusiasts has made an annual late-February sojourn into Spook Cave, surveying and counting the bat population that’s taken up winter residence in the McGregor-area tourist attraction.

In the early years, around 100 bats could be seen, said volunteer Gary Siegwarth. That number grew over time, surpassing 300 as recently as 2016. Last year, however, the population plummeted, with only eight bats located. This year, the number shrunk again, as just four bats were observed.

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