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Tue
11
Sep

McGregor and Monona Cub Scout packs combine

Girls can join for the first time

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Sept. 6 was “Join Night” for local Cub Scouts, and nearly 40 MFL MarMac students in kindergarten through fifth grade showed interest in joining the program.

“This is the biggest turnout we’ve had in years,” noted Larry Geisler, chair for Monona’s Pack 38.

Participation was boosted by transfers from Marquette-McGregor Pack 32, which, this year, will combine with Monona.

Tue
11
Sep

Railroad Days will celebrate railroad history


Visitors can learn about Marquette’s extensive railroad history at the annual Railroad Days, held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center. (NIT file photo)

Celebrate and learn about Marquette’s railroad history at the annual Railroad Days, held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center.

Little barrel rides for the kids, as well as caricature drawings by local artist John Mundt, will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. Both activities will run through 2 p.m.

At 11 a.m., members of the Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s street theater group will perform. See who will rob the train this year.

From 1 to 2 p.m., attendees can enjoy stories and remembrances by former railroad employees. At 2 p.m., a steam locomotive movie will be shown.

Mon
10
Sep

Harlan F. Hass

Harlan F. Hass, 93, of rural McGregor, died Saturday, Sept. 8,  at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Harlan was born Oct. 29, 1924, on the family farm near McGregor. He was the son of Fred and Pearl (Thompson) Hass. He was baptized at the EUB church in Monona. Harlan graduated with the class of 1941 in Monona. In August of 1945, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served until September of 1946. On Oct. 25, 1947, he was united in marriage to Dolores Jean Peters in Monona. 

Mon
10
Sep

Arlyn Arthur Schroeder

Arlyn Arthur Schroeder, 69, of Monona, died Monday, Sept. 3, in the home he grew up in, built by his parents in 1959, following a two-year-long battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born May 25, 1949, to Loren and Arleen (Maker) Schroeder in Oelwein. Arlyn was baptized on July 10, 1949, and confirmed June 14, 1964, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona. He graduated from MFL High School in 1968. Arlyn proudly served in the United States Army from April 3, 1969 to April 2, 1971, during the Vietnam War.

Tue
04
Sep

New staff join MFL MarMac


New staff joining the MFL MarMac School District this year are (front, left to right) Kathy Ruhser, Pat Wille, Samantha Baumgartner; (back) Nikki Brevig, Carissa Otto, Brett Jackson, Melisa Jones, Brandon Burke and Cheryl Drowns. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Aug. 23 didn’t just mark the first day of school at MFL MarMac for some students. For nine staff members, it was also their first official day of classes with the district. Joining the staff this year are Carissa Otto, Kathy Ruhser, Brett Jackson, Brandon Burke, Cheryl Drowns, Melisa Jones, Pat Wille, Samantha Baumgartner and Nikki Brevig.

Carissa Otto

Tue
04
Sep

Effigy Mounds seeks volunteers


Effigy Mounds National Monument is looking for volunteers to help man its visitor center. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Effigy Mounds National Monument is looking for volunteers to help man its visitor center. 

“It’s a fun job,” said Jessica Pope, chief of interpretation at Effigy Mounds. “Volunteers will greet visitors when they arrive and help them plan activities while they’re here.” 

Other duties will include helping with the cash register and creating floor displays. Volunteers can also help kids learn more about the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program, and present them with their patch and certificate when they’ve completed the necessary activities. 

Tue
04
Sep

Birdnow honors long-time employee


Birdnow Chevrolet, in Monona, recently unveiled a bench honoring long-time employee Bob Melcher, who passed away earlier this year. Pictured with the bench (front, left to right) are Bob’s wife Joyce Melcher; daughter Carla Pester; (back) grandson Cayden Pester, Justin, June and Mark Birdnow; and Bob’s grandson Carsten Pester. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

This plaque is affixed to the bench honoring Bob Melcher.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Respectful, a perfectionist—a legend. Those were just a few of the words used to describe long-time Birdnow Chevrolet employee Bob Melcher, whose service was recently honored with the unveiling of a bench at the Monona dealership.

Bob, who passed away earlier year, was a fixture in the Monona automotive community for 57 years, first at Huinker Chevrolet and later at Birdnow. Even after retiring from full-time duties as a service tech in 2011, he continued part-time at Birdnow, picking up parts and delivering vehicles. 

Thu
30
Aug

Clinton A. Dennis

Clinton A. Dennis, 82, of Cedar Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 26. A visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday. Sept. 1, at 10 a.m., at First Lutheran Church, in Cedar Rapids. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m., sy Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor.

Clint was a part of the Mississippi from the time he was born. He grew up in Waterloo, and was a graduate of Waterloo West High School. He went on to wrestle for Iowa State University and graduated with a B.A. in industrial engineering. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity and an avid Cyclone fan.

Tue
28
Aug

Train derails in Marquette


A Canadian Pacific train derailed three sand cars in Marquette around noon on Aug. 23. Two riverfront crossings were blocked as a result of the derailment. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

No hazardous materials were involved in the incident, and no injuries were reported. CP has not yet released the cause of the derailment.

The derailment left around 40 people trapped on the riverfront for at least four hours.

CP officials graveled an open portion of the tracks, creating a temporary crossing so people stranded on the riverfront could leave. Heavy equipment was then utilized to right the derailed cars.

Crews worked into the night, using equipment to adjust the cars, then lift them back onto the track.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

In Marquette, trains blocking railroad crossings is a common occurrence, with wait times sometimes stretching 20 or 30 minutes—even up to an hour. However, on Thursday, Aug. 23, the community’s riverfront crossings were blocked for much of the day, as crews from Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) worked to clear a train derailment. 

According to CP, a train derailed three sand cars near the crossing under the Marquette-Joliet Bridge, between First and Water streets, around noon that day. No hazardous materials were involved in the incident, and no injuries were reported. 

Tue
28
Aug

Mar-Mac police chief resigns, leaving department with no certified officers

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At a special meeting Aug. 21, the Mar-Mac Unified Police Commission accepted the resignation of police chief Jason Bogdonovich, who had served in the position for nearly five years. 

Although Bogdonovich’s letter tendered his resignation effective Friday, Aug. 31, the commission opted to accept the resignation effective immediately.

Bogdonovich previously considered stepping down in February, citing conflicts with a member of the police commission, but was later convinced to stay.

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