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Tue
18
Dec

DNR cites Walz Energy with another violation

Infraction is fourth since July EPC meeting

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) last week issued another notice of violation to Walz Energy, LLC, for failure to comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit. 

The notice says Walz has also not met the requirements of the administrative consent order it entered into with the DNR in August to address previous violations at the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation under construction outside Monona.

Tue
18
Dec

For Stu Crew, the best gift is giving back


Last week, MFL MarMac Middle School Stu Crew members Carter Stoddard (left), Holden Mathis, Amelya Weigand, Kaylee Nuehring, Ava Kishman, Lauren Kishman and Hailee Corlett purchased $300 in donations for the Shepherd of the Hills holiday shop. The money to purchase the gifts was collected through several Stu crew-sponsored holiday fundraisers. (Submitted photo)

After purchasing the gifts, Stu Crew members delivered them to Shepherd of the Hills, where they also helped organize other donations. (Submitted photo)

Lauren Kishman (left) and Ava Kishman prepare to distribute candy canes—one of the fundraisers Stu Crew developed this year. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Shepherd of the Hills, in St. Olaf, held its annual Christmas Just 4 Kids Giveaway last week, an annual event that, through the generous donations of individuals, churches and organizations, stocks a holiday shop with a variety of gifts for local families in need. In addition to items like toys, games and books, all children were slated to receive pajamas, new pillows and pillow cases and a quilt or blanket.

This year, over 200 families and 450 children in Clayton County will benefit from Christmas Just 4 Kids. And the MFL MarMac Middle School Student Council, or “Stu Crew,” has once again played a part in making the season brighter for them all.

Tue
18
Dec

Programming class relies on failure, trial and error to help students learn


MFL MarMac freshman Jaxon Lenth programs the S3 Scribbler Robot with a series of code he’s created on his laptop to dictate the robot’s movements. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Lenth watches as the Scribbler etches out the letter “G” on a piece of paper. “I have so many tests on that paper,” he said, noting that trial and error is how he learns best.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac student Jaxon Lenth watches as the S3 Scribbler Robot rolls across a piece of paper. A blue Sharpie marker inserted into the middle of its small, green frame, Scribbler navigates and turns on its own, etching out the letter “G.”

The robot doesn’t really move on its own, though. Lenth has told it exactly what to do using a series of code he’s programmed into Scribbler. Built through a program on his laptop computer, then downloaded onto Scribbler with a USB cord, the code dictates how far Scribbler should move, when it should move and in which direction. The “G” is the second to last letter in the phrase “Go Bulldogs,” which Lenth has worked throughout the semester to write using the robot.

Tue
18
Dec

School board weighs change to Wednesday early outs

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac School Board held a preliminary discussion on the 2019-2020 calendar at its Dec. 10 meeting, largely focusing on whether to rethink the district’s Wednesday early outs. 

For the past five years, school has dismissed an hour early, at 2:20 p.m., most Wednesdays, and staff members use that time for professional development, committee meetings and other activities. 

Tue
18
Dec

Marquette Council considers sewer rate adjustment

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its Dec. 11 meeting, the Marquette Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would up the city’s sanitary sewer rate. 

City clerk Bonnie Basemann said the auditor recommended the city make the move in order to “help bring things back to operating in the positive.” 

If approved, the change would mean a 1 percent monthly increase for residential properties. 

Fri
14
Dec

Shirley K. Weller

Shirley Kujawa Weller, 94, of Glen Burnie, Md., passed away on Dec. 5, 2018. 

Shirley was born on May 24, 1924, in Marquette, to the late Frank and Gladys Kujawa. 

She graduated from Marquette High School Class of 1941. In 1946, she married Everett Weller, of McGregor.  Because of Everett’s Army career, they lived in six states and two foreign countries. She enjoyed sewing, playing the piano, reading and playing cards. Shirley was a member of Glen Burnie Baptist Church.  

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Everett H. Weller, and her sister, Elma Reetz.

Tue
11
Dec

MFL MarMac dance team receives fourth-place honors at state


Members of the MFL MarMac High School dance team include (front, left to right) Jayde Schubert, Megan Lang, Lexy Johnson, Kaylee Bachman, Brookelyn Radloff; (back) Destiny Berns, Taylor Berns, Chloe Diehl, Kaitlyn Berns, Lizzie Herzmann and coach Kelli Saxe. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When Kelli Saxe took over as coach of the MFL MarMac High School dance team this year, she knew her group had a lot of potential. She’s friends with former coaches Angie Killian and Michelle Hontz and had helped judge team tryouts. 

When the girls gathered in August for team camp, to work on their skills, all the good things she’d seen and heard were only reinforced.

“They catch on really well. And they work really well as a team,” she found. “They take each other under their wings. They’re kind and thoughtful.”

But even then, there was no intention of taking the dancers’ abilities beyond performances on the football field or basketball court.

Tue
11
Dec

Investigator offers advice on scams, identity theft


Brent Ostrander, investigator with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, spoke about identity theft and scams at the Dec. 4 coffee house at Murphy Helwig Library, Monona. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Scams and identity theft—these fraudulent schemes claim over 11.5 million victims in the U.S. each year, with an average loss just shy of $5,000.

“It’s a big business,” reported Brent Ostrander, investigator with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, who spoke about the practice at the Dec. 4 coffee house at Monona’s Murphy Helwig Library. “If I dealt with every time a credit card was compromised, I wouldn’t have time to do anything else. I should screenshot all the fraud calls Clayton County gets. It’s amazing to know how many times in a week somebody is trying to steal your money.”

Tue
11
Dec

Mayor proud of goals Monona has accomplished

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

With 2018 coming to a close, Monona mayor Lynn Martinson took time at the Dec. 3 council meeting to address the goals the city accomplished this year.

One of the biggest was the voluntary annexation of 13 properties adjacent to Monona’s southeast boundary. A sanitary sewer extension from Oak Street to South Main Street was also part of that endeavor.

Tue
04
Dec

Seeing through the vapor


SODA members Saysha Schoulte, Macie Weigand, Hope Guyer and Tyler Trappe recently shared their thoughts on the e-cigarette trend. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The most popular e-cigarettes, JUULs, closely resemble flash drives and can be charged in USB ports. (Stock photo)

Local teens offer insight into e-cigarette trend

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“They’re here, they’re easy to hide, people are using them and kids are addicted to them.”

They are e-cigarettes. And, as prevention coordinator for Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County, Adam Sadewasser has seen them become the latest substance abuse trend among area teens.

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