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Wed
03
Oct

New storage facility opens in Marquette

Marquette Storage LLC is the first commercial building built inside city limits since sometime in the 1970s when a new barber shop was constructed.
Owner Lisa Ferguson saw a need for storage units in Marquette recently, having noticed that many other small towns in Hamilton County already have them.   
“I just got to looking around at all the small towns and almost every one of them had a storage facility,” Ferguson said.

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Fri
28
Sep

Giltner crowns Homecoming royalty

Giltner High School celebrated Homecoming week capped off by a 76-38 win over Blue Hill on the gridiron Friday night while crowning a king and queen following the game. Seniors Dayne Hinrichs and Aubrey Leichty were honored as the 2018 Homecoming king and queen following a couple tunes from the marching band. 

Thu
27
Sep

UPDATE -- Gas odor detected

A bit of a rough start plagued Thursday morning for Aurora Elementary School students, staff and parents as officials detected a carbon monoxide leak inside the building.
Supt. Damon McDonald stated that fire department crews were called after an unidentified chemical odor was noticed. Fire crews then arrived with sensors to determine the source of the smell and whether or not the resulting odor was harmful. Crews used sensors to confirm the presence of carbon monoxide.
Classes were cancelled and parents were promptly contacted to retrieve students who had made it to the school. According to McDonald, this happened efficiently.
McDonald reported that all levels of carbon monoxide had been eliminated as of early Thursday afternoon and that the elementary building will be open Friday. Classes will begin at the regular starting time.

Wed
26
Sep

Conditions ripe for mosquitoes

The combination of late summer rains and excessive heat have created ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes, prompting city crews to increase spraying procedures in hopes of reducing the threat of West Nile virus.
“This year has been a pretty typical year for fogging until just recently,” reported Adam Darbro, the city’s utility superintendent. “We were out every evening last week that the wind permitted and we will continue to fog as necessary.”

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Wed
26
Sep

Organizers hope to make Aurora a destination for Roundnet action

Sixty-five two-man teams spent the day playing Roundnet in Aurora Saturday, building momentum which tournament organizers hope will give the community a reputation as a go-to destination for the growing sport.
Scott Phillips said he was pleased with the A-Town Throwdown Roundnet Tournament at Optimist Fields, saying he expects it to continue to grow.

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Wed
26
Sep

Current ambulance staff won’t work for private EMS

Hamilton County commissioners received two clear statements during Monday’s board meeting. One, that current county EMS personnel refuse to work for a private-based EMS service, and two, that the county is prohibited from making any concrete decisions regarding the future of the EMS services without prior approval from the Council on Industrial Relations.
After exiting an executive session to discuss collective bargaining regarding the ambulance union on Monday, commissioners read two different documents into the record.

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Wed
26
Sep

County prepared to run EMS past Oct. 1 deadline

Though the Oct. 1 deadline for ending the county’s ownership and management of the ambulance service is now just days away, board chairman Rich Nelson assured area residents this week that anyone dialing 911 will receive prompt, quality care if and when emergency responders are needed.
The tone of local discussion on the issue has quieted some in the past few weeks while county officials focus on negotiations with the three EMS finalists.

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Wed
26
Sep

Aurora Ag Academy offers hands-on learning lab

Aurora High School is home to many a special teacher, students and classes. However, one program that may serve as a special reminder of how important the role of agriculture is to a community like Hamilton County is Dana Anderson’s Ag Academy course.
What makes the course special for those high school students involved are the revolving opportunities to get hands-on with the subject.
“Due to the diverse curriculum that we offer students in Ag Education, I really think that there has been an increase in numbers of students taking the ag classes,” Anderson said.

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Wed
26
Sep

County selects Scott Stuhr as new administrative manager

As decided by the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners during Monday’s meeting, current director of planning and zoning Scott Stuhr will now serve as an “administrative manager” for the one-person departments of Noxious Weed Control and Building and Grounds.
The decision to promote Stuhr and add a handful of additional responsibilities to his task load comes after a discussion amongst the commissioners to create an additional position to aid and serve as a liaison for these smaller departments.

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Wed
26
Sep

Rev. James Gruber set to retire from St. Peters

Pastor James Gruber of St. Peter Lutheran Church will be celebrating his retirement with members of the congregation and community Sunday after church services at the Hampton Auditorium.
According to Gruber, he will have served the church just shy of seven years when he retires at the end of the month.
“Well, I’m excited and scared and wondering what it is going to be like on the other side,” he said. “I don’t know, it is really weird. I haven’t really told many people this, but from very early in my ministry I have been looking forward to my retirement date and now that it is here, it is scary.”

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