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Tue
17
Mar

Young Americans has fun, family-like atmosphere for students


Members of the Young Americans show choir and band include (front, left to right) Ashley Smith, Nathan Mclaughlin, Austin Bernhard, Christopher Larson, Corbin Gardner; (middle) Rachel DeMoss, Anjela Waterman, Bailey Dunlap, Brooklyn Landt, Chrisopher Wright, William Check, Adrian Rudnitzki, Micah Decker, Logan Taylor, Chelbe Feuerhelm, Emily Hanson, Dakota Hickman, Ayla Boylen, Magdalena Young; (back) Ali Crogan, Sharlene Routt, Kaitlyn Grady, Victoria Van Wey, Chloe Landt, Ashely Heins, A.J. Van Wey, Spencer Rose, Sierra Wiebensohn, Hope Mcglaughlin, Victoria Kricke, Lizzie Miene and Lizzie Kricke. (Submitted photo)

The Wisconsin Singers from UW-Madison will perform at MFL MarMac Sunday, March 22, at 4:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium. The show will highlight over 60 songs from well-known performers like the Beatles and Madonna to Taylor Swift and One Direction. (Submitted photo)

Wisconsin Singers to perform at MFL MarMac March 22

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Ever since MFL choral director Fremont Ogle formed the Young Americans show choir 40 years ago, the group has dazzled audiences with fun and flashy song and dance numbers.

“I saw how much fun it was and I wanted to be involved,” said member Maggie Young. “We’re like a big family. We spend a lot of time together.”

Tue
17
Mar

INKspiration Tattoo opens in McGregor


Tattoo artist Crystal Scarff, owner of the newly-opened INKspiration Tattoo in McGregor, gives Rachel Parisi a circus elephant tattoo between her shoulder blades. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For those looking to get inked, there’s a new, local option, with the opening of INKspiration Tattoo in McGregor. Owned by artist Crystal Scarff, a McGregor native, the tattoo studio is located at 330 Main Street, next to the McGregor Public Library.

“I grew up here and I love it here,” Scarff said of her choice to open up shop in McGregor. “It’s a beautiful place.”

Tue
17
Mar

Marquette moves forward with overlook and boardwalk project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette moved forward with its overlook and boardwalk project March 11, awarding a contract to Taylor Construction, Inc., of New Vienna, for $1,112,315.70.

The bid was 19 percent over the estimated construction cost of $932,286, said project manager Tim Cutsforth, of H.R. Green, Inc., of Cedar Rapids. 

Tue
17
Mar

Monona Council approves library expansion project plans

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council approved the plans and specifications, form of contract and cost estimate for the Murphy Helwig Library expansion project Monday evening.

The latest total cost estimate, said architect Christina Monk, with FEH Associates, Inc., is $899,514, up $14,500 from the previous estimate.

Some of the new cost, she said, relates to the need for a temporary bathroom during phase I of contraction. In that time, work will be done on the front portion of the library, including the addition of the children’s and young adult sections, as well as the meeting room. As part of the roof and a wall will be removed, a temporary bathroom will be installed in the staff room.

Tue
10
Mar

Local consumers, government officials respond to gas tax increase


Drivers filling up in Iowa, like those shown here at Kwik Star in McGregor, are now paying more at the pump after a 10-cent gas tax increase took effect March 1. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Drivers filling up in Iowa are now paying more at the pump after a 10-cent gas tax increase took effect March 1.

The increase, which is the first the state has seen since 1989, will provide around $215 million annually for Iowa roads and bridges, according to Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino. Some of that funding will be distributed locally, to the cities and county.

“I think it’s long overdue in this state,” said McGregor resident John Kohlstedt.

Tue
10
Mar

McGregor sanitary sewer projects discussed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Council agreed to take additional time to consider awarding a bid for the city’s sanitary sewer rehabilitation project at a special meeting March 4, after learning bids came in higher than the estimated cost.

The lowest bidder for the project was A-1 Excavating, of Bloomer, Wis., at $994,882.08. At that price, the project cost would be pushed from the originally-anticipated $1,250,000 to closer to $1.3 million or $1.4 million. 

Tue
10
Mar

Grant officer position to end in May for Mar-Mac Police

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At the Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission’s March 3 meeting, it was determined the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District will complete its requirements for the grant officer position in early May, bringing the department down to a three-man force—the police chief and two officers.

The position was expected to end by March, but was pushed to May after officer Delta Stickfort took a leave of absence to train for a new job, which she eventually accepted. In October, Eric Van Horn was selected to finish out the position.

Tue
03
Mar

Refuge’s McGregor District office moving to Prairie du Chien


Concerns with mud, falling rocks and moisture have prompted the McGregor District office of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge to move from its current location along Highway 18, between Marquette and McGregor, to Prairie du Chien, effective March 30. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor District office of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is moving from its current location along Highway 18, between Marquette and McGregor, to Prairie du Chien, effective March 30.

“The office we have now, there are safety concerns from mud and rocks,” said McGregor District Manager Rich King, noting that some falling rocks have damaged vehicles. “There are also mold and moisture concerns.”

King said the Refuge has sought a new home for the district office for some time.

“We’ve been looking for land next to the flood plain, but not in the flood plain,” he said.

Tue
03
Mar

Wetlands Centre to take part in Russia-USA exchange program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette has been selected to participate in the Russia-USA Wetland Center Exchange Program: Linking People and Wetlands project.

The Wetlands Centre was one of three wetlands centers in the United States chosen to participate in the project, which will seek to identify shared challenges organizations in the U.S. and Russia face in regard to wetlands education and outreach.

Tue
03
Mar

Several Monona streets to be chip sealed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Several Monona streets will be chip sealed when the weather warms up, including stretches of Main Street from Kregel Street to Iowa Street and from the railroad tracks to the edge of town. Hill Street, starting at Iowa Street and going north, will also be done, as will Anderson Street from Center Street to North Street and both North and Center Streets from Hill Street to West Street.

Chip sealing involves applying a thin film of heated asphalt liquid to the street surface, then placing “chips,” which are compacted and adhere to the asphalt.

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