Monona projects named top stories of 2019

The City of Monona's sale of the Garden View senior living center brought extra money to the community that it was able to use on several projects. 

   2019 was a busy news year in northern Clayton County. From community projects to weather-related issues to success of local high school students on several fronts, it was a year that will not be duplicated any time soon.

   It all started in January with a property sale that brought extra money into Monona’s city coffers. Its use of that money was selected the top story of 2019. Success on the athletic fields, an unusual local mayoral race and several bouts of odd weather (if there is such a thing) all are stories we watched through the year.

   The top 10 stories were selected by Outlook Editor John Jensen.

1 – Monona completes wide range of projects

   The sale of the Garden View Senior Living facility brought extra money to the City of Monona that it used to complete several projects in 2019. Among the projects were removal of the water tower than had stood above downtown Monona for more than a century, demolition of the former Interstate Power building, replacement of shingles at the Community Center and City Hall and improvements at Gateway Park.

   The city also changed the way garbage is picked up in the city, switching from pickup by city crews to using a private contractor and at its final 2019 meeting approved a quote to rebuild a portion of Page Street north of downtown.

2 — MFL MarMac sees unprecedented athletic success

   2019 was a good year to be a Bulldog sports fan.

   The winter saw conference championships for girls’ basketball and wrestling as well as three podium wrestling finishes at the state tournament, the spring saw success on the track and the summer saw MFL MarMac’s best baseball season in many years. And that was just the setup for an incredible fall that saw the Bulldog volleyball team win its first Upper Iowa Conference title since before MFL and MarMac consolidated, and the football team win its first 10 games before falling to the eventual state runner-up in the playoff quarterfinals.


For the rest of this year's top stories, see the January 1 Outlook.