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Tue
14
Nov

Group carves out wooden art and fellowship


Members of the Monona Wood Carving Group include (left to right) Elmer Marting, Bob Moses, Ron Kaiser, Bob Drahn, Bob Griffith, Lawrence Schneider, David Scott and Stan Blair. The group meets every Tuesday, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Marting Wood Carving Room at the Monona Historical Museum. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Bob Drahn shows off a wooden chain in the process of being carved.

Bob Moses works with fellow carvers in the Marting Wood Carving Room.

Carvings by Bob Drahn

Carvings by Stan Blair

Carvings by Elmer Marting

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“Wood is so fascinating.”

Take it from Bob Drahn. Wood carving steadily since 1992, when he retired from the soil conservation service, he’s completed 500 to 600 carvings over the years. 

Many were crafted in the cozy confines of the Marting Wood Carving Room in the Monona Historical Museum, where, in 2007, he and fellow carving enthusiasts Elmer Marting and Marvin Miller formed the Monona Wood Carving Group.

As the three continued to meet every Tuesday afternoon, they began to attract other local carvers, as well as an audience.

Tue
14
Nov

Tie-breaker decides race for Marquette Council

The race for Marquette Council was so close following the Nov. 7 election that it had to be decided with a tie-breaker.

Marquette voters cast 87 votes for incumbent Cindy Sharp Halvorson, while newcomer Ryan P. Young received 83, giving the candidates two of the three available seats on the council. The third was harder to decide, however, as both incumbent John Ries and David Schneider earned 76 votes. The county supervisors randomly selected Ries during the canvass of votes Nov. 13. Other council candidates included Rinda Ferguson and incumbent Steve Eagle, who received 74 and 57 votes, respectively. Halvorson, Young and Ries will serve four-year terms.

Tue
14
Nov

Booster Club works behind the scenes to aid MFL MarMac athletics


MFL MarMac Booster Club officers include president Heidi Landt (left), vice president Robin Lang and treasurer Marcie Boland. Not pictured is secretary Tricia Koeller. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A lot goes into athletics at MFL MarMac: hard working and dedicated student athletes, good coaching and supportive family, friends and community members. Not to be lost in the equation is the MFL MarMac Booster Club.

For years, the group of parent volunteers—and the funds they raise—has supported athletes in seventh through 12th grades.

“A lot goes to uniforms,” said president Heidi Landt. “We try to keep most uniforms on a five-year rotation.”

Tue
14
Nov

Bigger Faster Stronger program is yielding results in first year


Lakota Morrissey spots for Riley Moreland during a Bigger Faster Stronger session at the middle school. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Created by Dr. Greg Shepard several decades ago, Bigger Faster Stronger (BFS) has become one of the most widely followed strength and conditioning programs in the country. Staff at MFL MarMac came across it last year, as they researched potential program offerings to help make students healthier while also better utilizing the district’s weightlifting facilities.

“We knew it was an area that needed to be strengthened,” said middle school teacher and coach Brent Pape, who is one of seven school staff members who has since been trained in BFS. “We wanted to change the culture of the kids going into the weight room and going into sports.”

Tue
07
Nov

Exhibit to feature McGregor era Ringling family artifacts

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

See artifacts from the family that brought everyone “The Greatest Show on Earth” at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery’s latest special exhibit, “The Greatest Show in Town.”

The exhibit will feature several items that are believed to have been part of the Ringling family’s household while they lived in McGregor from 1860 to 1872. Four of the brothers—Alfred, Charles, John and Henry—were born in McGregor during that time.

“The coolest item is the little ticket box their dad made for them,” said Joe Colossa, proprietor of the Al Ringling Mansion, in Baraboo, Wis.

Tue
07
Nov

Friends enjoy Honor Flight experience


Two local Vietnam veterans and good friends, Bill Werges (left) and Bob Siegele, went on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Since it began in 2009, the non-profit Eastern Iowa Honor Flight has sent over 2,300 Iowa veterans to the nation’s capital to visit a variety of war memorials and historic sites. 

On Oct. 17, two local veterans and good friends, Bob Siegele and Bill Werges, joined the list, as they traveled from Cedar Rapids to Washington, D.C.

The two were among 87  veterans—along with guardians and other volunteers—who made the day-long trip.

Tue
07
Nov

MFL MarMac to present ‘Cinderella’


MFL MarMac High School will present the beloved fairy tale “Cinderella” for its fall musical production on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11. Chelbe Feuerhelm will play the lead role of Cinderella, while Micah Decker will portray Prince Topher. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac High School will present the beloved fairy tale “Cinderella” for its fall musical production on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11. 

Three performances will be held in the high school auditorium in Monona, with the first on Friday, at 7:30 p.m., and the others on Saturday, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

This production will differ from the well-known Disney version of “Cinderella,” said director Diane Fisk. 

“This is even different than the Rodgers and Hammerstein [version],” she noted.

Tue
07
Nov

Option proposed for filling in opera house basement


On Oct. 23, structural engineer Todd Birkel presented a plan that would use controlled low strength material (CLSM) to safely and efficiently fill in the basement of the Sullivan Opera House building. The building’s partially-collapsed first floor could then be removed, allowing for continued rehabilitation. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Over the last few years, work has continued—slowly but surely—to ready the Sullivan Opera House building  at 252-254 Main St., in McGregor, for potential re-use.

However, the state of the partially-collapsed first floor has posed an obstacle to further rehabilitation.

“Before the building’s rehabbed, the first thing that needs to be done is to repair that floor,” said Duane Boelman, McGregor’s deputy clerk and economic development lead, who also aids the city’s historic preservation commission.

Tue
07
Nov

McGregor-Marquette Chamber holds annual awards banquet


The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner and awards banquet Nov. 6, in The Sevens Show Room and Banquet Room at Casino Queen Marquette. Those honored included Alpine Communications (award accepted by customer service manager Lori Keppler), Lynette Sander, Juanita Lang and Crystal Scarff. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner and awards banquet Nov. 6, in The Sevens Show Room and Banquet Room at Casino Queen Marquette.

The chamber’s executive director, Kristie Austin, who took over the position this summer, led off the night by introducing herself and sharing some of the chamber’s plans for the coming year.

Chief among the plans is bringing back the Great River Road Race (GRRR). As in the past, it will be held the second week of October, Austin said.

Tue
07
Nov

Benches replaced thanks to McGregor Achievement Club


Two decorative benches that were either damaged or destroyed as a result of the July 19 tornado have now been replaced in Triangle Park, thanks to the McGregor Achievement Club. Pictured are McGregor Mayor Harold Brooks, Achievement Club President Darci Jones and McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Two decorative benches that were either damaged or destroyed as a result of the July 19 tornado have now been replaced in Triangle Park, thanks to the McGregor Achievement Club.

The benches, which also include the plaques recognizing the original donors, cost a total of $700. Funds came from the Achievement Club’s “McGregor Strong” T-shirt sale, organized following the tornado.

“One of our main focuses has always been parks,” said Darci Jones, McGregor Achievement Club President, as to why the group took on this project.

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