Wednesday, April 30, 2008

SUNNY THIS MORNING....CLOUDY THIS AFTERNOON. RAIN IN FORECAST THE NEXT THREE DAYS. RAIN ENDING BY SUNDAY. HIGH TODAY, 63.

BELOW, A PHOTO OF "THE HITCHING POST", FORMERLY J.R.'S. UNDER THE PHOTO,
I PUT "HITCHIN'....SHOULD BE "HITCHING".

TRACY WILKINS HAS BEEN THE MCHS GIRL'S VARSITY BASKETBALL COACH FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS. HE IS MOVING UP TO ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR AND A NEW COACH WILL NOW BE HIRED.

THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY CLEANS DITCHES. IT IS ONE OF THEIR PROJECTS.
LOTS OF CLUBS DO THIS IN IOWA. THE STRETCH OF HIGHWAY DITCH CLEANING
FOR THE ROTARY IS FROM THE HURSTVILLE INTREPRETIVE CENTER NORTH TO HURSTVILLE. TWICE A YEAR, A GROUP MEETS IN THE MORNING FOR THIS CHORE.
LAST SATURDAY, FOUR ROTARIANS PICKED UP 8 BAGS OF TRASH, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR. ROB DEEGAN. ALSO ON HIS WORKFORCE, FLORIEAN STEFFAN...JOHN GILROY...AND TED MAZE. THEY REPORT LESS POP AND BEER CANS THIS TIME. AND...McDONALD'S TRASH TOPS THE PICKUP LIST. WAY TO GO ROTARY.

THE JACKSON COUNTY AREA TOURISM COUNCIL ANNUAL BANQUET IS TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE BELLEVUE STATE PARK LODGE. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, $12 OR $10 IN ADVANCE AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICE.
MISS IOWA USA WILL BE THE GUEST SPEAKER. PROCEEDS FROM THE DINNER
WILL BE USED TO PROMOTE MORE TOURISM IN JACKSON COUNTY AND THE SURRONDING AREA. STACY DRISCOLL, MAQUOKETA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR, IS PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL.

COMING THIS SUMMER TO THE OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER...."THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS". THE COMEDY WILL BE DIRECTED BY PAM CRAWFORD
AND PUT ON BY THE OHNWARD CENTER.

THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS ARE BACK IN FIRST PLACE!!

I'M OUT OF HERE.

DENNIS VOY
TTHIS IS PHOTO OF THE BUSINESS SOLD BY JACK ROSENBERG. THE J.R.'S
OF COURSE, HIS INITIALS. SO, THE NEW OWNER, WHO HAS ALREADY TAKEN
OVER THE BUSINESS, HAS CHANGED THE NAME TO "THE HITCHIN' POST".
PERFECT NAME FOR THE BUILDING STYLE. NEW OWNER IS RON READ.
I'M SURE A NEW SIGN WILL GO UP SOON.
DENNIS VOY

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

COOL, BUT SUNNY AND NICE TODAY. HOWEVER, MORE RAIN IN FORECAST FOR THIS WEEK. FARM LAND IS NOT GETTING DRIED OUT. SO, CORN IS NOT BEING PLANTED. AND THE CORN SHOWN BE PLANTED BY NO LATER THAN MAY 10TH.

THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL HAD THEIR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS DINNER
LAST NIGHT AT MICKEL'S. THE FREE DINNER IS GIVEN ANNUALLY TO THOSE
WHO SERVE FOR NOTHING ON A CITY BOARD OR COMMISSION. MAYOR TOM
WAS THE HOST AND EMCEE. A CHECK FOR OVER $33,000 WAS PRESENTED TO FIRE CHIEF MARK BECK. THIS WAS MONEY GIVEN TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
FOR THE "LOVE OF FIREMEN" ACCOUNT THAT WAS USED FOR VARIOUS THINGS,
INCLUDING AN APPRECIATION DINNER AND DANCE. THERE WAS MONEY LEFT OVER, HENCE THE CHECK GIVEN LAST NIGHT. THE MONEY INCLUDED $10,000 FROM ALLIANCE PIPELINE IN MAQUOKETA AND $15,000 FROM WAL MART. THE REST OF THE MONEY WAS GIVEN BY BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS, ORGANIZATIONS AND RESIDENTS. SOME OF THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO HELP PAY FOR THE REPAIRS TO THE AERIAL THAT BROKE DOWN DURING THE JANUARY 19TH FIRE.
FIREMEN THIS WEEK MOVED THEIR TRUCKS INTO THE NEW GARAGES AT THE NEW FIRE STATION. WON'T BE LONG AND THE NEW FIRE STATION ADDITION WILL BE DONE.
AT THE DINNER LAST NIGHT, MAYOR TOM PRAISED SOME LONGTIME VOLUNTEERS,
ESPECIALLY TOM BREUCH AND JIM DEUTMEYER. BOTH SERVE ON THE LIBRARY BOARD. TOM, LONGTIME ATTORNEY, HAS BEEN ON THE BOARD FOR AT LEAST 30 YEARS AND MAYBE AS LONG AS 33. THEY ARE DOING SOME CHECKING OF OLD MINUTES TO GET A BETTER COUNT. AND JIM, LONGTIME LIBRARIAN FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, NOW RETIRED (BUT PAINTING HOUSES) HAS SERVED FOR 27 YEARS.

THANKS FOR CHECKING IN. LOOKS LIKE I AM AVERAGING ABOUT 600 HITS A DAY AND THAT MAY MEAN AS MANY HAS A THOUSAND READING THIS. HOPE YOU LIKE THE PICTURES. THEY TAKE MORE TIME OF COURSE. YOU COULD ALL DO BETTER
WITH ENTRIES ON THE KMAQ GUEST BOOK!!!

CHECK THE PHOTOS BELOW THAT I HAVE TAKEN THIS WEEK.

DENNIS VOY
THIS IS THE FRONT RECEPTION AREA AT MEDICAL ASSOCIATES OF MAQUOKETA
ON WEST PLATT IN MAQUOKETA, IN THE FORMER JACK AND JILL BUILDING.
THAT'S PATTI DAGUE IN THE PHOTO. THEY WILL HAVE AN OPEN HOUSE
THIS SATURDAY, MAY 3RD, FROM 1 UNTIL 4 P.M. STOP IN, TAKE A TOUR AND SAY HELLO TO DR. PAUL KOOB, DR. RAYMOND HAMILTON, DR. WILLIAM OTTOMAN, DR.
ERIC PETERSEN AND DR. KIMBERLY THOMPSON AND PHYSICIANS'S ASSISTANT CAROL GORNEY. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. REMEBER, FOR ALL PHOTOS ON THIS DAILY REPRORT....CLICK-ON THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT.
DENNIS VOY
AFTER YOU ENTER THE FRONT DOOR OF THE NEW OSTERHAUS PHARMACY, THIS
IS WHAT YOU FIRST SEE. THE CHECK-OUT COUNER IS AROUND THE CORNER TO THE LEFT. AND THE PHARMACY, PATIENT INFORMATION BOOTHS AND WAITING AREA ARE ALL ON THE OTHER END OF THE SHELFS SHOWN HERE. BEAUTIFUL
STORE. NOT AS LARGE OR ROOMY AS THE OLD, BUT FIRST CLASS!
DENNIS VOY
THIS IS PROBABLY THE LONGEST BUILDING IN MAQUOKETA. IT IS ON JACOBEN DRIVE IN THE INDUSTRIAL PARK. AT THE OTHER END, HIDDEN HERE, IS THE OFFICE BUILDING AND IT IS ADJACENT TO HIGHWAY 64 AT THE EAST END OF
MAQUOKETA. WHEN IT WAS BUILDT YEARS AGO, IT WAS CALLED THE "HOOF" BUILDING. TODAY, MELLING SLEEVE COMPANY OCCUPIES PART OF THE BUILDING, APPROXIMATELY 30,000 SQUARE FEET. AND, MOVING INTO THE BUILDING SOON AND LOCATING IN THE SPACE EAST OF MELLING SLEEVE, A NEW MANUFACTURER FOR MAQUOKETA. ARCHITECTURAL WALL SYSTEMS OF WEST DES MOINES IS THE NAME OF THE COMPANY AND IT IS EXPANDING IN MAQUOKETA. STEVE MOORE IN MAQUOKETA, ONE OF THOSE INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING THE COMPANY TO LOCATE IN MAQUOKETA, TOLD ME THE FIRM WILL USE ABOUT 57,000 SQUARE FEET AND WILL BE CREATING ABOUT 15 JOBS. THE FIRM DOES BUSINESS NATIONALLY. THE GLAZING CONTRACTOR AND MANUFACTURER BUILDS WALLS, BOTH INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR, FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS. ESTABLISHED IN 1991, THE COMPANY RANKS AS THE 9TH LARGEST GLAZING CONTRACTORS IN THE COUNTRY. THEY WILL BE HIRING IN ANOTHER MONTH OR MORE AND THEIR WAGE SCALE IS FROM $12 TO $20 AN HOUR. SO...TWO NEW INDUSTRIES STARTING UP IN MAQUOKETA. HUSCO INTERNATIONAL OF WISCONSIN BOUGHT THE VACANT S & H BUILDING IN THE INDUSTRIAL PARK AND WILL CONVERT IT INTO A PLANT THAT WILL EMPLOY UP TO 200 PEOPLE. AND NOW, THIS NEW PLANT ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK. STEVE SAID ARCHITECTURAL WALL SYSTEMS LIKED THE BUILDING AND THE QUALITY WORK FORCE AVAILABLE IN THE AREA.
DENNIS VOY

Monday, April 28, 2008

IT IS WINDY AND COOL TODAY....ONLY IN THE 30'S. A FROST WARNING TONIGHT,
WITH A LOW IN THE 20'S. WE HAD SOME SNOW FLURRIES AROUND 10 THIS MORNING. THE MAQUOKETA RIVER HAD MINOR FLOODING OVER THE WEEKEND,ON MAINLY THE FARM LAND AROUND IT.

THE JACKSON COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL A BIT IN MARCH. IT WAS
5.9 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY AND WENT DOWN TO 5.6 PERCENT IN MARCH.

THE COMMITTEE RAISING MONEY TO OPEN THE OLD OUTDOOR POLL THIS SUMMER HAS REACHED THEIR GOALL OF $25,000. IN FACT, THEY EXCEEDED THEIR GOAL. THE GROUP IS EXPECTED TO PRESENT FINAL FUNDING FIGURES TO THE CITY COUNCIL AT THE MAY 5TH MEETING. SATURDAY NIGHT, ABOUT 500 PEOPLE WATCHED THE "SWINGING WITH THE CARDS" DANCE CONTEST AT THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL. EIGHT MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL DANCE TEAM MEMBERS WERE PAIRED WITH LOCAL CELEBRITIES. FIRST PLACE WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL DANCE TEAM MEMBER TAYLOR FOWLER AND CURT COLEMAN, CEO OF THE JACKSON COUNTY REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER. THEY DANCED AS KEN AND BARBIE.
SECOND PLACE WENT TO DANCE TEAM MEMBER ELLEN FULLER AND STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENT JEFF FERGUSON. AND THIRD PLACE WENT TO DANCE TEAM
MEMBER COURTNEY MOORE AND CHIROPRACTOR BRENT PAULS. JUDGES WERE MARK PROESCHEL, STACY DRISCOLL, LENKA CARSON AND DENNIS VOY. AND, THE
AUDIENCE GOT TO VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD AND IT ALSO WENT TO
THE TEAM OF FOWLER AND COLEMAN. AT INTERMISSION, THERE WAS A CAKE AUCTION AND 11 CAKES WERE AUCTIONED OFF. THE TOP BID FOR CAKES WENT
FOR A CHICAGO CUBS CAKE DONATED BY SHEILA LINDSTROM AND IT WENT FOR
AROUND $200 TO KEN MOORE OF KEN MOORE CONSTRUCTION. TWENTY ADDITIONAL CAKES WERE SOLD AT SILENT AUCTION.

A MAQUOKETA MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES AFTER HE WAS HIT BY A CAR IN THE WAL MART PARKING LOT SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
WESLEY COLISTER, AGE 27, WAS TAKEN BY AMBLANCE TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. THE POLICE CHARGED RICK HURT, AGE 22, OF MAQUOKETA,
WITH RECKLEY DRIVING.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AT 5 P.M. TODAY AT BRIGG'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND SPECIAL SHORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT 5:30 P.M.

JR'S WINE AND SPIRITS IN MAQUKETA HAS BEEN SOLD BY JACK AND PAM ROSENBERG TO RON READ OF MAQUOKETA. RON TOOK OVER LAST TUESDAY
AND THE LIQUOR STORE IS NOW KNOW AS THE HITCHING POST.
RON, NOT MARRIED, MOVED BACK TO MAQUOKETA ABOUT 2 AND A HALF-YEARS AGO AND HAD WORKED UNTIL NOW AT A PLATICS PLANT IN PRESTON. HE TOLD ME
HE WANTED TO HAVE HIS OWN BUSINESS. THE STORE WILL CONTINUE TO BE
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK AT 111 SOUTH OLIVE STREET. THERE IS A DRIVE-UP WINDOW.
HE GOES BACK A FEW YEARS IN MAQUOKETA. HIS DAD, THE LATE MAC READ, HAD
AN APPLIANCE STORE IN MAQUOKETA AND THEN SOLD IT AND WAS A PARTNER IN WADY INDUSTRIES IN MAQUOKETA. GOOD LUCK TO RON IN HIS NEW ENDEAVORS.

KEN MOORE, OWNER OF KEN MOORE CONSTRUCTION, FLOOR COVERING AND RENTAL BUILDINGS IN MAQUOKETA, HAS PURCHASED THE BURNED-OUT "DEPOT" SUPPER CLUB ON EAST PLATT STREET IN MAQUOKETA. SOME OF HIS STAFF STARTED WORKING TODAY IN TAKING DOWN WHAT IS LEFT OF THE BUILDING.
A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE HAPPY TO SEE THE STRUCTURE DISAPPEAR. THE FIRE AT THE NIGHTCLUB WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, AND OF COURSE, MANY YEARS AGO IT WAS MAQUOKETA'S BUSY RAILRAOD DEPOT. I BELIEVE KEN HAS NO DEFINITE PLANS FOR THE LAND AT THIS TIME.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK. THURSDAY IS MAY DAY. TIME TO PLAN YOUR BASKETS.

CHECK THE NEW PHOTO BELOW AND CLICK-IN THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT.
DENNIS VOY
I TOOK THIS PHOTO THIS AFTERNOON AT THE NEW LOCATION OF OSTERHAUS PHARMACY. TODAY, THE STORE AT THE NEW WEST PLATT STREET LOCATION
(FORMERLY JACK & JILL GROCERY) OPENED AT 8:00 THIS MORNING. MEDICAL ASSOCIATES OF MAQUOKETA OCCUPIES THE EAST PORTION OF BUILDING. I DID NOT HAVE TIME TO GO INSIDE THE PHARMCY, BUT WILL DO THAT TOMORROW AND TAKE A PHOTO.
SUNDAY, THE PUBLIC CAN WILL BE INVITED TO VIEW BOTH PLACES DURING A PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE OF BOTH.
THIS PARKING LOT WILL BE BUSY FROM NOW ON, SERVING BOTH THE PHARMACY AND THE CLINIC. THERE IS ALSO AN OSTERHAUS DRIVE-UP WINDOW ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE BUILDING. AND A LARGE EMPLOYEE PARKING LOT BEHIND THE BUILDING.
DENNIS VOY

Friday, April 25, 2008

IT RAINED MOST OF TODAY. TORNADO WATCHES AND WARNINGS THIS AFTENOON.
BUT, AS FAR AS WE KNOW, NO DAMAGE IN KMAQ AREA. COLD TONIGHT, WITH A LOW IN THE MID 30'S AND NO RAIN BUT COOL TOMORROW, WITH HIGH ONLY
IN MID 50'S.

THE MAQUOKETA RIVER IS RISING AND EXPECTED TO FLOOD A LITTLE SUNDAY. THAT MEANS THE CITY BALL FIELDS AT THE NORTH EDGE OF TOWN WILL BE FLOODED OVER.

A SEMI TRUCK GASOLINE DRIVE-OFF YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. 50 GALLONS PUT IN, AND THE DRIVER TOOK OFF WITHOUT PAYING....AT THE NEW TRUCK STOP JUST SOUTH OF MAQUOKETA.

OSTERHAUS PHARMACY IN MAQUOKETA WILL CLOSE THE DOWNTOWN STORE AT 6 TONIGHT. IT OPENED IN 1965. MOVING DAYS ARE TOMORROW AND SUNDAY.
THE STORE WILL BE CLOSED THOSE TWO DAYS. AND MONDAY MORNING, THE STORE WILL OPEN IN THE NEW LOCATION ON WEST PLATT STREET, IN THE FORMER
JACK AND JILL GROCERY BUILDING. THE BUILDING HAS BEEN COMPLETELY
REBUILDT. I'LL HAVE SOME PHOTOS NEXT WEEK.

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

DENNIS VOY

Thursday, April 24, 2008

IT HAS RAINED ALL DAY TODAY. MORE TONIGHT. MORE TOMORROW.
HIGH TODAY, 61.

THE MAQUOKETA COMMUNITY AIRPORT HAS RECEIVED A FEDERAL GRANT
TO HELP PAY FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE FORMER B-CAP LAND AND BUILDINGS
RIGHT NEXT TO THE AIRPORT. THE GRANT WAS FOR $128,250 AND THE CITY MATCH WILL BE 5-PERCENT OR $6,412. THE CITY WILL BUY THE PROPERTY FROM
A BANK IN WYOMING, IOWA.
CITY MANAGER BRIAN WAGNER SAID THE LONG-TERM PLANS FOR THE NEARLY 4 ACRES, INCLUDE A CROSS RUNWAY AT THE AIRPORT. AND THAT PLAN WOULD
INCLUDE RELOCATING THE THE GRAVEL ROAD FROM HIGHWAY 64 TO THE AIRPORT.
ALL THIS PROBABLY YEARS AWAY.

SHORT REPORT.
SORRY.

DENNIS VOY

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

YESTERDAY, NEARLY 2/10 OF AN INCH OF RAIN EARLY IN DAY AND THEN SUNNY SKIES. TODAY, SUNNY AND 74. BUT, SOME RAIN IS COMING.

YESTERDAY, KMAQ TRAVEL TOOK A BUSLOAD TO MILWAUKEE AND WE SAW THE BREWERS DEFEAT THE CARDINALS IN 12 INNINGS, 9 TO 8. HAD SOME GREAT PEOPLE ON THE BUS (QUITE A FEW KIDS TOO) AND HAD A GOOD TIME. MILLER PARK HAD THE ROOF CLOSED, BUT COULD HAVE BEEN OPEN. BEAUTIFUL PARK.

"SWINGIN WITH THE CARDS" (TAKE OFF ON THE POPULAR TV DANCING SHOW)
WILL BE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, AT 6:30 P.M.
MONEY RAISED WILL BE FOR THE FUND TO OPEN THE OLD OUTDOOR POOL THIS SUMMER. THAT GOAL IS $25,000 AND OVER $20,000 HAS BEEN RAISED SO FAR.
HIGH SCHOOL DANCE TEAM MEMBERS TEAM UP WITH WELL KNOWN MAQUOKETANS AND THE EIGHT COUPLES WILL PERFORM UNIQUE DANCE ROUTINES. THE COUPLES ARE: HOSPITAL C.E.O CURT COLEMAN AND TAYLOR FOWLER....STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENT JEFF FERGUSON AND ELLEN FULLER....JACKSON COUNTY DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE MANAGER BRUCE RUCHOTZKE AND KAITLYN MCCUTCHEON....CHIROPRACTOR BRENT PAULS AND COURTNEY MOORE....FAREWAY STORE MANAGER MIKE KOLL AND MAKENZIE MOORE....OHNWARD KARAOKE MUSIC SHOW PRODUCER AND HOST JIM GERARDY AND CHELSEA SAGERS....CITY COUNCILMAN JASON HUTE AND LIBBY THOLA AND ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY CHRIS RAKER AND CASSIE COOK. THERE WILL BE A CAKE AUCTION TOO. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, $6.00. THERE WILL BE FOUR JUDGES AND AN AUDIENCE FAVORITE.

A MAQUOKETA TEENAGER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES AS A RESULT OF A HIT AND RUN ACCIDNET IN MAQUOKETA AROUND 8:20 YESTERDAY MORNING. TYLER RONEK, AGE 14, OF 305 NORTH ELIZA WAS WALKING SOUTH ON ELIZA AND A COUPLE OF STEPS ONTO PLATT WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY AN UNKNOWN WEST BOUND AUTO.
THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

IN BUSINESS NEWS: KERRY SCHEPERS AND PAUL MILLER HAVE FORMED A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP CALLED THE MAQUOKETA FINANCIAL GROUP. THEY HAVE MOVED THEIR OFFICES TO A NEW LOCATION AT 805 WEST PLATT STREET, FORMERLY THE HOME OF FAMILY PHARMACY. PAUL MILLER'S OFFICE WAS ON SOUTH MAIN STREET, IN THE BUILDING THAT FOR MANY YEARS WAS AN A & W RESTAURANT.
AND KERRY SCHEPER'S OFFICE MOVED FROM A DOWNTOWN LOCATION, JUST NORTH OF THE $ DOLLAR STORE. SCHEPERS BOUGHT THE BUILDING LAST OCTOBER AND REMODELED IT. MILLER HAS OPERATED HIS INSURANCE BUSINESS FOR 27 YEARS AND SCHEPERS HAS 11 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. THE NEW COMPANY REPRESENTS SEVERAL COMPANIES. DEAN SCHAUF, A MORTGAGE SPECIALIST, MOVED HIS BUSINESS INTO THE BUILDING ALSO AND HIS OFFICE IS CALLED GREAT MIDWEST MORTGAGE. CLYDE HARPER CONTINUES HIS FINANCIAL INVESTMENT BUSINESS WITH EDWARD JONES ON THE WEST END OF THE BUILDING.

HELEN MOREHEAD, AGE 95, DIED MONDAY AND HER OBITURARY CAN BE READ AT www.carsonandson.com

SANDY COLLISTER WAS THE BINGO WINNER ON KMAQ TODAY. SHE HAS A BROTHER
LIVING SOMEWHERE IN IOWA, NAMED RON EVANS.

GAS IN MAQUOKETA IS AROUND $3.35 A GALLON.

THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.

DENNIS VOY

Monday, April 21, 2008

RAIN FRIDAY AND SOME SATURDAY. SUNDAY WAS PRETTY NICE AND TODAY, A GOOD SPRING DAY, BUT RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW.
WE ARE IN THE 70'S TODAY.

THE MAQUOKETA COMMUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RECENTLY APPROVED A SCHOOL BUDGET WHICH WILL DECREASE TAXES ABOUT A DOLLAR. THE BOARD APPROVED A $10.7 MILLION BUDGET WITH A TAX RATE OF $14.95 PER $1,000 ASSESSED VALUATION. THIS YEAR'S BUDGET IS $15.94. THE BUDGET INCLUDES A $250,000 CASH RESERVE AND $250,000 MANAGEMENT FUND LEVY.

MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT.

A BIG TURNOUT LAST SATURDAY NIGHT FOR THE MAGIC SHOW AT THE OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER AND A BRANSON SHOW WILL BE FEATURED THIS SATURDAY NIGHT. THE OHNWARD CENTER IS KEEPING BUSY.

SHORT REPORT TODAY AND NO REPORT TOMORROW.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

DENNIS VOY

Friday, April 18, 2008

WARM AND WINDY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY....DRIED OFF THE FARM LAND.

THEN..RAIN STARTED LAST NIGHT AND IT HAS BEEN RAINING ALL DAY.
MORE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW.
STOCK CAR RACES WERE TO START THE SEASON IN MAQUOKETA TOMORROW
NIGHT, BUT ALREADY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

THE 61 DRIVE-IN THEATRE SOUTH OF MAQUOKETA WILL OPEN FOR THE SEASON TONIGHT.

AND..MAQUOKETA FELT THE EARTHQUAKE AT 4:39 THIS MORNING. I SLEPT THROUGH IT, BUT TALKED TO MANY THAT FELT IT. IT WAS BETTER THAN 5.2 ON THE SCALE AND EFFECTED 5 STATES.

THE MAQUOKETA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARMENT RECEIVED THE GRACE TUBBS SUMMIT AWARD THURSDAY DURING A LUNCHEON HONORING VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORED BY THE JACKSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND HELD AT THE MAQUOKETA COUNTRY CLUB. THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A CHECK FOR $500 AND A CRYTAL CLOCK TO BE PUT IN THE NEW FIRE STATION.

A $32.01 GAS DRIVE-OFF AT CASEY'S YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

ROBERT WATTERS, AGE 59, OF DELMAR DIED WEDNESDAY. HIS OBITUARY
CAN BE READ AT www.laheys.com HE WAS A LONGTIME PART OWNER AND SALES MANAGER AT BEIDLERS IMPLEMENT IN MAQUOKETA AND HAD BEEN CO-OWNER OF DOLTAL AND WATTERS IMPLEMENT IN MAQUOKETA.

MARGIE STENDER, AGE 75, FORMERLY OF MAQUOKETA, DIED YESTERDAY IN MICHIGAN. SURVIVORS INCLUDE A SISTER, DORIS YADDOF OF MAQUOKETA.

CARROLL HEUERTZ, AGE 75, OF MAQUOKETA, DIED SUDDENLY LAST NIGHT AT HIS HOME. HE WAS FIRST A BARBER IN MAQUOKETA, THEN OWNED THE BAKERY WITH HIS WIFE AND RETIRED SEVERAL YEARS AGO. SERVICES ARE PENDING AT LAHEY'S.

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

DENNIS VOY

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

60 DEGREES TODAY.
MAYBE 70 TOMORROW.

THE 2008 GRADUATION WILL NOT BE IN THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL GYM JUNE 1ST.
THE GYM WILL NOT BE DONE BY THEN. THAT WAS THE WORD LAST NIGHT
AT THE MAQUOKETA SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. THE GRADUATION CEREMONIES
WILL BE AT THE OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER.

HAROLD GOETTLER, AGE 79, OF MAQUOKETA, DIED YESTERDAY AT THE MAQUOKETA HOSPITAL. HIS COMPLETE OBITUARY CAN BE READ AT www.laheys.com

THERE IS A PENDING JUST-IN THIS AFTERNOON AT www.carsonandson.com
FOR A FORMER MAQUOKETA RESIDENT. HIS PARENTS AND BROTHER LIVE HERE IN MAQUOKETA. YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK THE SITE.

I WILL BE GONE FOR A COUPLE DAYS.

NEXT REPORT WILL BE FRIDAY.

DENNIS VOY

Monday, April 14, 2008

WEEKEND WEATHER WAS SO SO....OK.
TODAY, NICE. SUNNY AND IN 50'S.
WARMER TOMORROW AND MAYBE IN 70'S WEDNESDAY.

THE MAQUOKETA POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT IN WHICH AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE WAS DETONATED BY STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE MAQUOKETA MIDDLE SCHOOL LAST WEEK. POLICE CHIEF BRAD KORANDA SAID CHARGES
AE PENDING IN THE INCIDENT WHICH HAPPENED AT 3:52 P.M. WEDNESDAY IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL. NO ONE WAS HURT AND NO DAMAGE WAS LISTED. THE CHIEF SAID FIVE STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED WITH TWO AS THE MAIN INSTIGATORS FOR WHAT'S TERMED A MAGUYVER BOMB. DARREN RISENER, THE MAQUOKETA POLICE RESOURCE OFFICER FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, SAID THE SCHOOL HAS TAKEN DICIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST TEH STUDENTS WHO WERE NOT NAMED.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT. STARTS OFF WITH A TOUR OF THE NEW GYM AT 5 P.M. THE NEW GYM IS LOOKING GREAT FROM THE OUTSIDE. RED TRIM IS BEING PUT IN PLACE AND THE NEW CIRCULAR DRIVE IN FRONT OF ENTRANCE IS
DONE AND BIGGER THAN THE OLD ONE.

THE HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT COSTELLO'S OLD MILL RECEPTION
HALL JUST EAST OF MAQUOKETA. NO IDEA WHY THEY ARE MEETING THERE.
THE ONLY ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS TO TALK ABOUT STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE HOSPITAL. THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

CHECK THE PHOTOS BELOW THAT I TOOK SATURDAY.

DENNIS VOY
THE MASONS WERE IN MAQUOKETA SATURDAY AFTERNOON. HELION LODGE #36 OF MAQUOKETA HOSTED A CORNERSTONE CEREMONY AT THE NEW MAQUOKETA FIRE STATION AT 2 P.M. THEY DID THIS FOR THE NEW CITY HALL IN THE LATE 80'S AND FOR THE NEW LIBRARY ADDITION 12 YEARS AGO. THE ACTUAL CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED BY OUT OF TOWN STATE OFFICERS. BECAUSE IT WAS COLD AND WINDY, THE EVENT WAS HELD INSIDE THE NEW STATION. HERE, THE MASONS, INCLUDING LOCAL MASONS, LINED UP TO MARCH INTO THE FIRE STATION.
AFTER THE NATIONAL ANTHEM WAS PLAYED BY THE MAQUOKETA BAND, THE HALF-HOUR CEREMONY WAS HELD. MAQUOKETA FIREMEN, CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS,
AND OTHERS WERE PRESENT TO WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS, ALSO TAPED FOR
THE LOCAL ACCESS CHANNEL. AN IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY. A TIME CAPSULE WAS PUT IN THE CORNERSTONE.
DENNIS VOY
THE GRAND MASON OF IOWA IS SEATED, LISTENING TO REMARKS BY MAQUOKETA MAYOR AND FIREMAN TOM MESSERLI AT THE CEREMONY SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
ONLY THE GRAND MASON CAN WEAR THE HAT.
DENNIS VOY
TTHIS IS A PHOTO I TOOK OF THE CORNERSTONE THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE BY JOHN CRESSEY SATURDAY AFTERNOON, IN A SPACE LEFT FOR IT IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NEW FIRE STATION.
DENNIS VOY
THIS IS THE NEW MAQUOKETA FIRE STATION AS IT LOOKS TODAY. THEY ARE POURING A SIDEWALK TODAY TO THE SOUTH. LANDSCAPING NEEDS TO BE FINISHED. MOVE-IN DAY IS A FEW DAYS AWAY. THEN SOME WORK WILL BE DONE ON THE OLD SEGMENT INTERIOR TO THE NORTH, RIGHT. AND, THIS SUMMER,
AN OPEN HOUSE FOR THE PUBLIC. I WILL HAVE MORE PHOTOS AT THAT TIME, INCLUDING OF THE INSIDE. IT DEFINITELY WILL BE ONE OF THE NICEST FIRE STATION BUILDINGS IN THE STATE.
DENNIS VOY

Friday, April 11, 2008

OVER AN INCH OF RAIN THE LAST 24 HOURS IN MAQUOKETA. THIS MORNING, NICE, WITH A HIGH AROUND 50 AND NOW THIS AFTERNOON, RAINY AND COOLER.

THE JACKSON COUNTY REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER (OUR HOSPITAL) WILL MOVE AHEAD WITH PLANS FOR RENOVATIONS OF THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND OUT-PATIENT CLINIC. BUT, CONSTRUCTION IS NOT EXPECTED TO BEGIN UNTIL NEXT YEAR WITH COMPLETION IN 2010.

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

DENNIS VOY
THE BLACK VELVET BAND ENTERTAINED AT THE "MEN WHO COOKS" EVENT LAST SUNDAY AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN MAQUOKETA. THIS LOCAL BAND DOES SPECIAL EVENTS EACH YEAR AND THE MEMBERS ARE.....LEFT TO RIGHT.....CURT LICHTER.....
DAN CARAWAY.....CHUCK JORGENSEN....ROB DEEGAN.....DAVID MANNING AND
DALE KILBURG. DR. SAM SANDBERG SAT IN FOR A FEW NUMBERS TOO, BUT IS NOT PICTURED HERE. EVERYONE ENJOYED THE MUSIC.
DENNIS VOY

Thursday, April 10, 2008

NASTY WET COLD WINDY DAY TODAY AND MORE OF THE SAME COMING.

THE WIND BLEW A COUPLE ELECTRIC POLES DOWN JUST AFTER NOON TODAY
NORTHEAST OF MAQUOKETA ON HIGHWAY 62 AND TOOK ELECTRIC POWER OFF FOR AROUND 90 MINUTES, CAUSING KMAQ TO BE OFF THE AIR THAT TIME. WE WENT OFF THE AIR HALF-WAY THROUGH THE MID-DAY NEWS AND DID NOT GO BACK ON UNTIL AROUND 2.

REGINA SAGERS OF MAQUOKETA WILL CELEBRATE HER 95TH BIRTHDAY APRIL 17TH.
HER DAUGHTER JANNA AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL HOST A RECEPTION FOR HER THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON FROM 2 UNTIL 4 AT THE MAQUOKETA COUNTRY CLUB.
ALL FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ARE INVITED.

CHECK THE KMAQ GUEST BOOK TODAY. THERE IS A NICE ENTRY THERE BY
BARBARA MYATT PESTKA OF ROBINS, IOWA AND FORMERLY OF MAQUOKETA.

AT www.carsonandson.com THERE ARE 3 COMPLETED OBITUARIES....FOR
JACKIE JAN....DOROTHY DURKOP....AND CLINTON MULLINS, ALL OF MAQUOKETA.

LOUIE CLASEN, OWNER OF TIMBER LANES IN MAQUOKETA, HAD ANOTHER 300 GAME MONDAY NIGHT.

TAKE CARE.

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HIS NAME IS DAVID JOHNSON! TODAY, HE CELEBRATED 36 YEARS AT THE MAQUOKETA STATE BANK, AS A LOAN OFFICER. TOOK THIS PHOTO AT HIS OFFICE THE OTHER DAY. HE IS NOW SEMI-RETIRED AND WORKS MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS ONLY. HAS COFFEE IN OUR GROUP THOSE TWO DAYS......JUST ENOUGH. FOR HIS WIFE SHARON, MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS ARE HER FAVORITE DAYS OF THE WEEK.
HE'S A LITTLE ON THE HEAVY SIDE, BUT STILL GETS AROUND PRETTY GOOD.
DAVE'S NOT AN ATHLETE, BUT CAN SHOOT A FAIR ROUND OF GOLF ONCE IN AWHILE.
THOSE THAT PLAY WITH HIM GENERALLY ALSO COUNT HIS STROKES. HIS DAUGHTER AND FAMILY LIVES HERE IN MAQUOKETA AND HIS SON IS ALSO A BANKER. I'D PLANNED TO SAY MORE GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM.....BUT THEY ESCAPE ME RIGHT NOW.
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PS: DAVE'S A GOOD BANKER AND PRETTY GOOD GUY (MOST OF THE TIME)!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

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1 AND 22/100 OF AN INCH OF RAIN YESTERDAY AND LAST NIGHT. TODAY, IT WAS CLOUDY THIS MORNING AND WE HAVE PARTLY SUNNY SKIES THIS AFTERNOON. HIGH AROUND 50. BUT COOLER AND WET WEATHER IS IN THE FORECAST FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK AND WEEKEND. DISAPPOINTING.

MAQUOKETA POLICE WILL BE AT THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL AGAIN TOMORROW AFTER ANOTHER GRAFFITTI THREAT WAS FOUND THIS WEEK.
POLICE CHIEF BRAD KORANDA SAID THE GRAFFITTI WAS FOUND IN A GIRL'S RESTROOM AT THE SCHOOL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. THIS IS THE SECOND INCIDENT IN A WEEK. KORANDA SAID THE GRAFFITTI SAID..."I GOT THE WRONG DATE. IT'S NOW 4-10-08" IT WAS FOUND IN A GIRL'S RESTROOM, BUT NOT THE SAME ONE AS LAST WEEK. LAST WEEK, THE DATE WAS APRIL1...APRIL FOOL'S DAY.
THE CHIEF SAID OFFICERS WILL BE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AGAIN THURSDAY.

BERTHA TAYLOR, AGE 93, OF TALLAHASSEE AND FORMERLY OF MAQUOKETA, DIED SATURDAY IN FLORIDA. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST IN MAQUOKETA AT A LATER DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED. BURIAL WILL BE IN MT. HOPE CEMETERY. SHE WAS A TEACHER AND AFTER GETTING MARRIED, SHE KEPT THE BOOKS FOR THEIR PLUMBING AND HEATING BUSINESS IN MAQUOKETA UNTIL HER HUSBAND'S DEATH IN 1981. SHE IS SURVIVED BY A SON, TOM, IN TALLAHASSEE AND ONE GRANDDAUGHTER.

JACKIE JAN, AGE 72, OF DAVENPORT AND FORMERLY OF MAQUOKETA, DIED YESTERDAY. THE OBITUARY CAN BE READ AT http://www.carsonandson.com/
ALSO AT CARSON'S WEB SITE, THE FULL OBITUARY FOR EVA HANSEN, AGE 88 OF MAQUOKETA AND AT CARSON'S, THE SERVICES ARE STILL PENDING FOR CLINTON MULLINS, AGE 82, OF MAQUOKETA.

THE TNT CONE SHOP ON EAST PLATT STREET IS OPEN AND UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP.
IT IS CALLED "CHRISSY'S TNT CONE SHOP" AND THE NEW OWNERS ARE CHRISSY BAKER AND JASON HOSCH. THEY PURCHASED THE BUSINESS FROM GARY AND JOYCE TRACY OF MAQUOKETA, WHO RAN IT SINCE THE 1990'S. THANKS TO GARY AND JOYCE FOR RUNNING A GOOD BUSINESS AND BEING A LONGTIME ADVERTISER ON KMAQ. THEY SPEND THE WINTERS DOWN SOUTH AND NOW WILL BE FULLY RETIRED. AND GOOD LUCK TO JASON AND CHRISSY. JASON TOLD ME THEY WOULD LIKE TO ADD A DRIVE-UP WINDOWN SOME DAY.

THANKS FOR THE VISIT.

CHECK THE NEW PHOTO BELOW. CLICK-ON-IT TO MAKE IT LARGER.

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TTEHTHE PHOTO ABOVE IS OF THE MAQUOKETA MIDDLE SCHOOL CARD'S CLUB, TAKEN
AT THE "MEN WHO COOK" DINNER SUNDAY. THEY HELPED WITH CLEARING THE
TABLES AND DID A GREAT JOB. THE CARD'S CLUB WAS THE BRAINCHILD OF AUTUMN PINO AND CINDY WIESE, AS A SERVICE GROUP TO HELP THE COMMUNITY.
ANY STUDENT AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WELCOME TO JOIN. THEY HELP OUT AT A VARIETY OF EVENTS AROUND TOWN AND SCHOOL. IN THE SPRING OF 2006, THE CARD'S CLUB JOINED THE OPTIMIST CLUB AS THEIR JOOI CLUB. LEFT TO RIGHT:
MATTHEW HANSEN....ANDREW LONG....DAWN WRIGHT (TEACHER 6TH GRADE WRITING)....PETER LYON....NEIL LICHTER....COLE HICKS....LUCAS LONG....SAMMY HOUSTON....TRENT BOLLMAN....CORY WIRTH....AND AMANDA TIDWELL. AMANDA
IS THE 2007-2008 AMERI CORPS VOLUNTEER FOR THE MAQUOKETA MIDDLE SCHOOL.
THANKS TO THE CARD'S CLUB FOR THEIR HELP SUNDAY.
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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

IT HAS BEEN RAINING ALL DAY.
MORE RAIN TONIGHT.
NICE FORECAST FOR TOMORROW.
THEN COOL AND MORE RAIN FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK.

SERVICES ARE PENDING AT CARSON AND SON IN MAQUOKETA FOR TWO
RESIDENTS OF MAQUOKETA. GO TO www.carsonandson.com

SORRY FOR THE SHORT REPORT.

SEE NEW PHOTO BELOW.

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FOUR ''MEN WHO COOK" LAST SUNDAY AT THE FAIRGROUNDS: LEFT TO RIGHT,
JACK ROSENBERG, FLORIAN STEFFEN, AND JACK WILLEY .....READY FOR THE CROWD. FAR RIGHT, AL TUBBS, A MAQUOKETA ROTARY CLUB COOK, SAMPLES THE SOUP. THEN HE HEADED BACK TO THE PORK LOIN SERVING AREA, WHERE THE ROTARY PORK WAS A BIG HIT AGAIN. SORRY, SECRET HERBS AND SPICES ROTARY RECIPE. THE LADIES OF THE EAGLES COOKED THE PORK FOR US AND ARE ALSO SWORN TO SECRECTY. AND WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR HELP.
DENNIS VOY, MEMBER OF THE ROTARY PORK TEAM.

Monday, April 07, 2008

YESTERDAY IN MAQUOKETA, A HIGH IN THE 60'S. 2/100 OF AN INCH OF RAIN LATE IN DAY. TODAY....ABOUT 20 DEGREES COOLER.

MAQUOKETA FIREMEN WERE CALLED OUT TO A GRASS FIRE SUNDAY MORNING
TO THE DAVID HOVEY RESIDENCE ON 100TH STREET. FIREMEN PUT OUT THE FIRE AND WERE THERE FOR ABOUT 50 MINUTES.

THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT.

NO OBITUARIES.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

CHECK THE PHOTOS BELOW.

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THE 3RD ANNUAL "MEN WHO COOKS" EVENT SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN MAQUOKETA, WAS A BIG SUCCESS. THE WEATHER WAS GOOD,
THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND AROUND 500 ENJOYED THE FOOD AND MUSIC.
THE ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT DINNER WAS PUT ON BY THE MAQUOKETA OPTIMIST,
ROTARY AND KIWANIS AND DELMAR LIONS. SHOWN ABOVE, LEFT, JIM RALSTON, A MEMBER OF THE DELMAR LIONS WHO WAS PRESENTED THE "COOLEST COOK" AWARD. IT WAS PRESENTED TO HIM BY ROTARIAN JOHN GILROY, WHO ALSO
SERVED AS MASTER OF CERMONIES. YOU CAN CLICK-ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT.
THIS WEEK, I'LL PUT UP A COUPLE OTHER PHOTOS I TOOK. THANKS
TO ALL WHO ATTENDED...... AND ALL WHO HELPED MAKE IT A FUN EVENT. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE GONE HOME HUNGRY. THE PROCEEDS WILL BE USED FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS.
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THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN BY MY WIFE NANCY IN 1980. WE WERE ATTENDING A "SHOW-A-RAMA" MOVIE CONVENTION AT HALLMARK CARD'S "CROWN CENTER HOTEL"IN KANSAS CITY. CHARLTON HESTON WAS THERE PROMOTING A MOVIE AND THE STUDIO INVITED CONVENTION GOERS TO THEIR HOTEL SUITE TO MEET
CHARLTON. I REMEMBER HE WAS VERY FRIENDLY. AND, I REMEMBER TELLING HIM THAT I LIKED ALL OF HIS MOVIES, BUT MY FAVORITE WAS THE MOVIE,
"THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH", AND HIS ROLE AS THE MANAGER OF THE
FAMOUS CIRCUS. THAT MOVIE WON THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST MOVIE
OF THE YEAR, IN THE EARLY 50'S. I ALSO HAVE HIS AUTOGRAPH. I WISH I
WOULD HAVE KEPT THOSE BIG DARK GLASSES I WAS WEARING. YES, HE WAS A LITTLE TALLER THAN I. CHARLTON HESTON DIED LAST SATURDAY NIGHT
AT THE AGE OF 84. HE WAS 56 IN THIS PHOTO.
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Friday, April 04, 2008

6/10 OF AN INCH OF RAIN LAST NIGHT.
TODAY, SUNNY AND HIGH OF 52.
TOMORROW, IN THE MID 60'S WITH SUNNY SKIES.

MAQUOKETA COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARENTS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO GET INSTANT NOTIFICATION WHEN THERE IS A WEATHER PROBLEM OR AN EMERGENCY
AT THE SCHOOL. THE PROGRAM LINKS TO THE SCHOOL'S CURRENT SYSTEM AND WILL SEND EMAILS AND CALL PARENTS WHEN THERE IS THE NEED.
IT SHOULD BE UP AND READY TO USE THIS FALL.

BEN AND NIKKI BANOWETZ OF ANKENY ARE PARENTS OF A GIRL, CLAIRE ELINE,
BORN MARCH 27TH IN DES MOINES. GRANDPARENTS ARE VIRL AND KATHY BANOWETZ OF MAQUOKETA AND A GREAT GRANDPARENT IS MILLIE SEAR OF MAQUOKETA.

THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN SAGE ROSENFELS, BUT THEIR OFFER OF A THIRD ROUND DRAFT PICK WAS REBUFFED BY THE HOUSTON TEXANS, WHERE SAGE IS THEIR #2 QUARTERBACK. SAGE HAD A GOOD YEAR LAST SEASON.

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

THE SUN WAS SHINING IN MAQUOKETA THIS MORNING.
KMAQ PREDICTED RAIN THIS AFTERNOON.
AND IT IS RAINING... KIND OF HARD...RIGHT NOW AT 4:30.
AT LEAST, NO SNOW.

IT WAS A NORMAL DAY AT THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL TODAY.
YESTERDAY, THERE WAS ANOTHER THREATENING GRAFITI MESSAGE
FOUND IN A GIRL'S REST ROOM. THERE WAS HEIGHTENED SECURITY
AT THE BUILDING TODAY, WITH 4 POLICE OFFICERS IN AND OUT OF THE BUILDING.
ALL WENT WELL AND AROUND 5 OR 6 STUDENTS STAYED HOME DO TO THE THREAT.

JENNIFER CONNOLLY, DIRECTOR OF SUNSHINE PRE-SCHOOL AND DAY CARE CENTER IN MAQUOKETA SUBMITTED HER LETTER OF RESIGNATION THIS WEEK TO THE SUNSHINE BOARD. SHE HELD THE POSITION THE PAST 4 YEARS, BUT HAS WORKED FOR SUNSHINE AROUND 16 YEARS , SINCE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL. SHE WILL START A NEW JOB APRIL 14TH WITH THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IN DUBUQUE.

THE RE-SCHEDULED "MEN WHO COOK" DINNER IS THIS SUNDAY, FROM 5 UNTIL 7 P.M. AT THE PEARSON CENTER ON THE FAIRGROUNDS. IT WAS POSTPONED IN FEBRUARY BECAUSE OF A BAD WINTER STORM. SPONSORS ARE THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY CLUB, MAQUOKETA KIWANIS CLUB, MAQUOKETA OPTIMIST CLUB AND THE DELMAR LIONS CLUB. AGAIN THIS YEAR, LOTS OF GOOD ....HOME-COOKING-FAVORITE-RECIPE FOOD.....INCLUDING DESSERTS, AND GOOD MUSIC WHILE DINING. ALL YOU CAN EAT. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. "EVERYONE IS INVITED" SAYS ROTARIARN NANCY MOORE, CHAIRPERSON FOR THE EVENT AGAIN THIS YEAR.

THANKS FOR THE VISIT.
CHECK THE NEW PHOTOS BELOW.

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TTHIS IS A 1955 PHOTO OF ALLEN BODKIN, WHO NOW LIVES IN IBERIA, MISSOURI.
HE SENT IT TO ME, WITH THESE COMMENTS: "THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT THE NICKLE NOOK CAFE (IN MAQUOKETA, ON WEST PLATT WHERE COURT HOUSE NOW STANDS) IN 1955. I WAS A DISH WASHER THERE FOR ONE YEAR. I STARTED TWO WEEKS BEFORE I FINISHED 7TH GRADE AND QUIT 2 WEEKS BEFORE GRADUATING
FROM 8TH GRADE. I WORKED FROM 5 - 10 P.M. MONDAY - FRIDAY AND FROM 5 P.M.
SATURDAY NIGHT UNTIL SOMETIMES 3 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. IT WAS MY FIRST REAL JOB AND I WAS PAID 60 CENTS AN HOUR. RALPH GERTANBACK RAN THE CAFE THEN WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS, ONE DAUGHTER WAS NAMED VALENE".
THANK YOU ALLEN FOR SENDING THIS PICTURE AND INFORMATION ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST REMEMBERED CAFE'S OF THE OLD DAYS IN MAQUOKETA. JAKE BICKFORD SAID VALENE WAS IN HIS CLASS, THAT GRADUATED IN 1958. THE PHOTO IS NOT THE BEST. CLICK-ON IT AND IT WILL GET LARGER. AND DON'T FORGET TO LOOK AT THE PHOTO BELOW OF THE LOTTERY WINNERS.
THANKS FOR CHECKING IN AGAIN.
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THE LUCKY 13 FROM MAQUOKETA MADE STATEWIDE NEWS YESTERDAY AGAIN, WHEN THEY RENTED A LIMOUSINE AND WENT TO DES MOINES TO COLLECT
THEIR $400,000 LOTTO WINNINGS. LESS AFTER TAXES OF COURSE.
TWELVE ARE PICTURED HERE. R. B. MELVOLD OF THE GROUP STAYED BEHIND YESTERDAY TO STAFF THE OFFICE. SHOWN, LEFT TO RIGHT: KIM CORNELIUS,
JEAN DUHME, DIANNE BARKER, DEB DEVORE, AUDREY WINEGAR, AMY LUSKEY,
NANCY HINK, DON KUTSCH, REBECCA KUTSCH, JODI ELMEGREEN, JEREMY HANSEL,
AND CINDY SELLNAU. EACH PERSON GOR $21,538 AFTER TAXES. SEVERAL OF THE GROUP ARE PLANNING HOME IMPROVEMENTS, ONE PLANS TO BUY A HOUSE,
ONE HAS PURCHASED A NEW CAR, AND ANOTHER HAS HER HEART SET ON A ZERO-TURN LAWNMOWER. THEY BOUGHT THEIR WINNING TICKET AT CASEY'S IN MAQUOKETA,FOR THE MARCH 15TH POWERBALL DRAWING.
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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

THE KMAQ 50TH ANNIVERSARY MARCH RADIO WINNER IS SHOWN HERE.
LONGTIME KMAQ LISTENER, VIOLA WEIMERSKIRCH OF 508 EAST ANGUS
COURT IN MAQUOKETA. CLICK-ON PHOTO TO MAKE IT LARGER.
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

SUNNY TODAY, BUT COOL.

THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TODAY ANNOUNCED THE S.B.A. IS MAKING LOW-INTEREST ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE TO THE BUSINESSES ECONOMICALLY IMPACTED BY THE FIRE THAT DESTROYED SEVERAL
BUILDINGS ON MAIN STREET IN MAQUOKETA ON JANUARY 19TH. THE S.B.A.
IS OFFERING WORKING CAPITAL LOANS OF UP TO $1.5 MILLION AT AN INTEREST RATE OF 4 PERCENT WITH TERMS UP TO 30 YEARS. UNFORTUNATELY THE MONEY CAN NOT BE USED FOR CLEAN-UP OF THE SITES.

VIOLA WEIMERSKIRCH OF MAQUOKETA WON THE MARCH 50TH ANNIVERSARY KMAQ RADIO IN A DRAWING LAST NIGHT ON KMAQ.

AN ESTIMATED 450 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE 20TH ANNUAL JACKSON-CLINTON
COUNTY DAIRY BANQUET SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN MAQUOKTA.
JENNY IHRIG, THE DAUGHTER OF BILL AND CAROL IHRIG WAS SELECTED AS THE NEW DAIRY PRINCESS. JILL HEINRICH, DAUGHTER OF JOE AND SHELLY HEINRICH
WAS NAMED AS THE ALTERNATE DAIRY PRINCESS. LITTLE MISS DAIRY MAIDS ARE MARY HOLTZ, DAUGHTER OF JEFF AND LISA HOLTZ AND PEARL NIENKIRK, DAUGHTER OF ALLEN AND STACY NIENKIRK. DAIRY AMBASSADOR IS MARK TILL, SON OF ALLEN AND KAREN TILL AND LITTLE SIR DAIRYMAN IS WYATT LINDSTROM, SON OF OWEN AND COLLEEN LINDSTROM. SPECIAL RECOGINITION WAS GIVEN TO DARRYL FELLER, LONGTIME MILK HAULER AND ALSO GARY AND JOYCE TRACY, OWNERS OF THE T-N-T CONE SHOP IN MAQUOKETA. THE TRACY'S HAVE SOLD
THE CONE SHOP AND I'LL HAVE MORE ABOUT THAT IN A LATER REPORT.'

THE BIG RAGBRAI BIKING EVENT WILL NOT GO THROUGH JACKSON COUNTY THIS YEAR, BUT THERE WILL BE AN OVER-NIGHT STOP AT TIPTON AND THEN END UP AT LECLAIRE.

CLARA WHITE, AGE 96, OF MAQUOKETA, DIED SUNDAY EVENING. HER COMPLETE OBITUARY CAN BE READ AT www.carsonandson.com

A NEW AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS IS STARTING UP SOON ON EAST PLATT STREET
IN MAQUOKETA, JUST EAST ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE FIRST LUTHERAN
CHURCH. IT WAS A CORNER GAS STATION FOR MANY YEARS, BUT GAS WILL NOT
BE SOLD AT THE NEW BUSINESS. MORE DETAILS AND A PHOTO COMING LATER.
THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS LOOK NICE, A GREAT IMPROVEMENT ON THE CORNER.

AND AT FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, A NEW SIGN. A PHOTO OF IT WHEN A FEW MORE THINGS ARE DONE ON IT. IT IS A TRAVELING MESSAGE SIGN, WITH WORDING
RUN BY A COMPUTER.

DID YOU HEAR HOW THE CUBS DID YESTERDAY?
NO COMMENT!

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HERE IS A PHOTO OF THE KMAQ 50TH ANNIVERSARY RADIO FOR APRIL. THE DRAWING FOR IT WILL BE ON APRIL 30TH. THE MARCH RADIO DRAWING WAS LAST NIGHT, AND THE WINNER WAS VIOLA WEIMERSKIRCH OF 508 EAST ANGUS COURT IN MAQUOKETA. WHEN SHE COMES IN FOR IT, I'LL TAKE A PICTURE OF HER WITH THE WINNING RADIO AND POST IT HERE. THE JANUARY RADIO WAS WON
BY MARY GREEN OF GRAND MOUND AND THE FEBRUARY RADIO WAS WON BY
CARL MUHLHAUSEN OF MAQUOKETA.
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