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Tue
28
Apr

Food Shelf makes surprise delivery to Valley View Apartments


Clayton County Food Shelf Director Utoni Ruff (left) places boxes of groceries in a cart for Chris Meyer to deliver to residents at Valley View Apartments, in McGregor. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Residents at McGregor’s Valley View Apartments received a surprise supply of groceries and other household staples last week, thanks to the Clayton County Food Shelf. 

Food Shelf Director Utoni Ruff made the delivery after being contacted by Chris Meyer, who, with husband Bob, has managed the senior housing complex for 20 years.

“They’re like family,” Meyer said. “We were concerned if they had enough to eat because so many don’t want to go out [due to the COVID-19 pandemic].”

Fri
24
Apr

Alfred P. Goldsmith

Alfred P. Goldsmith, 91, of McGregor, formerly of Earlville, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020.

Alfred Phillip Goldsmith was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Earlville, the son of Bernard and Mary (Schmidt) Goldsmith. On Dec. 28, 1963, he married Marjorie (Wells) Thuman in Stone City. Alfred was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a self-employed farmer for over 60 years, was a very involved member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in McGregor, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. Al was a very kind and patient man of deep faith, had a wonderful smile and loved family, friends, fishing, dancing, bingo and woodworking. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Tue
21
Apr

Alpine, NEIT help students in need access internet

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When the MFL MarMac School District closed last month as part of state-mandated efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, staff quickly started formulating plans to offer students voluntary educational opportunities. But one of the biggest challenges: How do you assure all kids can take advantage of the largely online resources when some don’t have internet access at home?

That’s where Alpine Communications and Northeast Iowa Telephone Company (NEIT) stepped in. Almost immediately, the two local telecommunications providers began working with the school to connect students in need in their respective coverage areas with reliable, short-term internet access.

Tue
21
Apr

Marquette will solar power sewer plant


After six months of discussion, the city of Marquette is moving forward with a $300,000 project to solar power the city’s sewer plant. The ground arrays will be located on DOT hillside property between U.S. Highway 18 and the sewer plant. The site caused some debate because it’s next to the “Welcome to Marquette” sign, and some of the panels will be visible from the roadway.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After six months of discussion, the city of Marquette is moving forward with a $300,000 project to solar power the city’s sewer plant.

While the council has been supportive of the project, the biggest hold-up was concern over the location of the ground arrays, which will be built into Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) hillside property between U.S. Highway 18 and the sewer plant. That’s also right next to the “Welcome to Marquette” sign that greets visitors coming into town from the west.

Tue
21
Apr

McGregor moving ahead with design phase of Main Street sewer project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Council, at its April 15 meeting, gave Davy Engineering the go-ahead to start the major design phase of the Main Street sewer project.

“This is a big step forward. There’s a large investment at this point,” said Mark Davy, with Davy Engineering. “But I think we’re pretty clear on the direction we need to go.”

Tue
21
Apr

MFL MarMac School Board OKs number of staffing changes

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac School Board approved a flurry of staffing changes at its April 13 regular meeting.

That included resignations from Jillian Burke as a seventh grade basketball coach, Melissa Haberichter and Audrey Posten as co-yearbook advisers and Monica Schwartzhoff as a middle school teacher.

Contracts were approved for Colton Lueck and Madyson Walker as middle school teachers, Kaitlyn Stone-Strock for 7-12 instrumental music, Jake Wilke for high school special education and golf and Brandi Folsom for high school English. Folsom will split the yearbook contract with Megan Snitker.

Wed
15
Apr

North Iowa Times, Clayton County Register merging into single publication

As the world changes weekly, and even daily, the North Iowa Times and Clayton County Register feel it is time to change as well. Beginning with the May 6 issue, the two newspapers will merge into a single publication with a shared masthead.

The move will better serve readers and advertisers by combining both newspapers’ coverage areas and providing more news about county and local governments, schools, businesses, events and the unique people who call Clayton County home.

Wed
15
Apr

Local businesses adapting to COVID-19 changes


COVID-19 restrictions have either closed or limited operations at most small businesses. Many—not just restaurants—are now offering curbside pickup, like Jen and Louise White at Paper Moon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Many businesses have come up with creative ways to continue offering their products and services. Even though their popular painting classes can’t be held in-store, McGregor Mercantile created to-go kits, selling over 130 in just a matter of days. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“It’s kind of lonely here. Jen said it’s like running a pretend store,” said Louise White, who last week tried to put a humorous spin on how COVID-19 restrictions that have either closed or limited operations at most small businesses have impacted her and daughter Jen at Paper Moon book store in McGregor.

Even the shop’s iconic cats, Ruby and Sol, have noticed the absence of customers these past few weeks.

“The cats just got into a spat,” White remarked. “No one’s around, and they’re used to getting attention.”

Wed
15
Apr

Fire departments help kids celebrate birthdays


Social distancing and gathering restrictions due to COVID-19 have made celebrating kids’ birthdays a little harder these days. But local fire departments are doing their part to help make the day special by offering driveby birthday greetings, complete with lights and sirens. Shea Coon, of Monona, received the fun surprise for his fourth birthday on April 5. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Social distancing and gathering restrictions due to COVID-19 have made celebrating kids’ birthdays a little harder these days. But local fire departments are doing their part to help make the day special by offering driveby birthday greetings, complete with lights and sirens.

So far, the Monona, Luana and Farmersburg fire departments have signed on, with immediate success.

Within moments of sharing the idea on the Monona Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page on April 4, Jeremy Schellhorn said the firefighters already had a request.

Wed
15
Apr

Zoning change opens door for unmanned fueling station

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors has approved a zoning change for property located by the U.S. Highway 18 turnoff to the city of McGregor that would allow Three Rivers FS to develop bulk fuel storage and an unmanned fueling station at the site.

The plan “is still in its infancy,” said Three Rivers FS General Manager Chris Salrin. “We wanted to get the property zoned so we can know what options are before us and look at business opportunities from a retail energy standpoint.”

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