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Tue
06
Feb

Monona Council moving forward with marketing the sale of Garden View

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Feb. 5 meeting, the Monona Council unanimously approved moving forward with marketing the sale of Garden View Senior Living Community.

Mayor Lynn Martinson broached the idea of selling the facility, which the city has owned since it was built 12 years ago, at a goal setting meeting two weeks ago.

At the time it was built, Martinson said it made sense for the city to help get Garden View up and running. However, maintaining responsibility for it is no longer economically prudent, he added.

“There are so many things going on,” said Martinson at Monday’s meeting. “There’s an issue now of getting a contractor to fix siding and windows.”

Tue
06
Feb

Landt takes the reins at Great River Care Center

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Kate Landt has joined Great River Care Center and Turner Pointe Assisted Living as its new assistant administrator.

A native of Garnavillo, Landt currently lives in Colesburg with her husband and four children. She has experience in customer service, CNA and human resources work and as an administrative assistant. Landt most recently worked at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

“I’m passionate about what I do,” she shared. “Being in long-term care, I find it very rewarding.”

Tue
30
Jan

McGregor man now a division commander for U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Earlier this month, McGregor resident Steven Gress was promoted to division commander of the second division of the 8 Western Rivers District of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

As division commander, Gress will oversee the second division’s four flotillas: Prairie du Chien, La Crosse, Rochester and Winona.

“It’s a privilege to serve,” said Gress, who’s been a member of the Prairie du Chien flotilla since 2012. He’s held several flotilla and division positions during that time, including flotilla commander.

Gress said he was first introduced to the Coast Guard Auxiliary by a friend. Recently-retired from a 34-year career with Sysco, he decided to give it a try.

Tue
30
Jan

Reducing plastic use can strengthen health of Mississippi River and other waterways


Living Lands and Waters team member Mike Coyne-Logan recently spoke at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette. During the presentation, he showed off some of the materials, including this message in a bottle, that were discovered during one of the organization’s community river cleanups. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Two decades ago, after years of watching trash clutter the Mississippi River near his hometown of Hampton, Ill, a young Chad Pregracke felt he needed to do something. So, he set out in a single boat, plucking trash from the river banks and shoreline. Soon, with the help of sponsorships, media attention and volunteers, Pregracke’s venture grew.

Tue
30
Jan

Chamber, art center, library share updates

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

Several local entities—the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce, McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts and McGregor Public Library—went before the McGregor Council Jan. 17, sharing their accomplishments from 2017, as well as their plans for 2018.

McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce

Executive director Kristie Austin said the chamber gained a dozen new members in 2017, bringing total membership to 113.

Tue
30
Jan

Let the Progressive Dinner be your valentine delight

Let the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual Progressive Dinner be your “valentine delight.” Held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 10, the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, the Progressive Dinner will feature food and fun from several of the chamber member cafés, in addition to bed and breakfast establishments.

The menu will include hors d’oeuvres served at The Corner Shoppe, in Garnavillo. Roasted red pepper with gnocchi soup from By the Spoonful will be offered at Old Man River, in McGregor. Little Switzerland Inn, in McGregor, will host the salad portion of the meal, featuring spring greens with fruit. The main course—stuffed pork chop with apple and coleslaw, or beef or shrimp kabob—will be served at McGregor’s Stauer House Bed and Breakfast. It will be back to Old Man River for dessert, where couples can enjoy “heart delights” from The Local Oven.

Mon
29
Jan

Jerrine Ann Lovett (Kliefoth)

Jerrine Ann Lovett (Kliefoth), 86, of Henderson, Nev., passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 5, at Pacifica Senior Living Center in Henderson.

 

She was born Aug. 10, 1931, in Monona, to Clarence and  Edna Kliefoth and grew up in Clayton County. She later moved to Arizona, where she graduated from Yuma Union High School in 1948.

Tue
23
Jan

Walz Energy receives its NPDES permit

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to Walz Energy on Jan. 12, officially paving the way for construction to continue on the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation located east of Monona.

The decision was made despite overwhelming public opposition to not only issuance of the permit, but the project itself, at a hearing held by the DNR in Elkader on Nov. 29.

Tue
23
Jan

McGregor Council engages consulting services to explore potential development options for former Holiday Shores site

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

It’s been over two and a half years since the Holiday Shores Motel was closed, then torn down, on the McGregor riverfront. Two years since the council denied a request from the property owners, Trilogy Partners LLC, to re-zone the property to allow for the construction of condominiums.

Yet, even after a 2016 hotel/motel feasibility study commissioned by the city of McGregor showed favorable potential for a new hotel in the community, the location remains vacant.

Tue
23
Jan

Monona Police see drop in cases, traffic stops

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The number of cases the Monona Police Department handled last year dropped slightly from the previous year, noted police chief Jo Amsden, who shared the department’s 2017 data at the city council’s Jan. 15 meeting.

In 2016, 353 cases were handled, said Amsden, compared to 327 in 2017.

Most complaints came in on Thursdays or Fridays, she said, meaning the activity likely occurred on a Wednesday.

“Saturdays and Sundays are the quietest,” Amsden shared.

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