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Fri
01
May

Rebecca Jean White

 

Rebecca Jean White, 71, of rural St. Olaf, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, April 28, at the Central Community Hospital, Elkader, Iowa surrounded by her loving family. 

Rebecca Jean was born on Oct. 5, 1943 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Leslie and Ramona (Holloway) Lange. She graduated from Mar-Mac High School in McGregor, Iowa. 

Becky was united in marriage with Arlis Glen White on May 16, 1964, to this union five children were born. Together they lived in rural St. Olaf on the family farm until her death.

Tue
28
Apr

After the flood: 1965 helped cities better prepare


Following the 1965 flood, one measure that was taken to protect the communities from flood waters was the building of dikes, like this one in Marquette. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Fifty years ago Friday, the Mississippi River crested at 25.38 feet in McGregor, surpassing the previous record of 21 feet on June 20, 1880. Over several weeks, the flooding, brought on by an accumulation of large snowfall amounts farther north and heavy spring rains, wrought havoc on Marquette and McGregor. Residents were forced from their homes, businesses battled water, sources of clean drinking water and power were threatened and roads in and to the communities were shut down, only traversable by boat or Army duck.

The high water was nothing new to Bob Myers, whose family owned Boatels in McGregor.

Tue
28
Apr

MFL MarMac D.A.R.E program remains strong


Another group of MFL MarMac fifth graders graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program last week. The students are pictured here with their instructor, Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich, and guest speaker Michael Aschinger. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Clayton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael Aschinger speaks to students about self control during their D.A.R.E graduation last week.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Another class of MFL MarMac fifth graders graduated from the D.A.R.E. program last week. 

Founded in Los Angeles in 1983, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program dares kids to resist drugs, alcohol and violence. 

Since he began teaching D.A.R.E. in 2002, Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich said the curriculum has undergone several changes, including the addition of topics like bullying and peer pressure.

“It had to adapt to all the things kids have to face,” he said.

Tue
28
Apr

Marquette community visioning session planned

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette’s Business and Tourism Director, Katrina Moyna, said at the April 21 city council meeting that she’s planned a community visioning session for Monday, May 4, at 6 p.m., in the community center.

“I want community members to vote on what they want to proceed with in the community,” Moyna said.

Tue
21
Apr

Scott hopes to breathe new life into 1861 McGregor home


Deb Scott is in the process of fixing up her McGregor home, which was built in 1861. Many of the home’s original features, including pressed tin ceilings, patterned wainscoting, parquet floors, oak and cherry woodwork and stained glass windows, are still intact. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Scott is an avid big game hunter and has over 20 mounted heads displayed in her spacious home. These heads reside in the former owner, Jack Slyfield’s, office, the walls of which are covered in navigational maps. Scott hopes to add more showing where she’s taken hunting trips.

Some of the home’s features, like these stained glass windows and fireplace show Father Nagel’s influence on the house, which was built as the city’s first Catholic parsonage.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“I’ve always wanted an old house,” said Deb Scott, who, late last year, purchased an over 150-year-old home in McGregor. 

Located at 318 Prospect Street, “The Barron House” was built by Father Nagel in 1861 as the city’s first Catholic parsonage. The church sat behind the house, where Scott’s garage currently resides. According to the “McGregor Historic Walking Tour Book,” Nagel sold the home in 1871 to Charles H. Barron, who inherited the E.R. Barron  and Company General Merchandise Store on Main Street. The most recent owners were Jack and Dawn Slyfield.

Tue
21
Apr

Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project moving along, fundraising efforts underway


The Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project will have four phases, including a track, nature-inspired playground, updated sports field and shelter and, eventually, a splash pad.

This boat will be outfitted as the new concession stand at Turner Park. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Riley Whitney (left) and Brenna Boland work on tutus for Fridays dance marathon, which will be held at the McGregor Center from 4-9 p.m. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Plans for McGregor’s Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project are progressing and fundraising efforts are underway.

“There has been over a year and a half of meetings and talking. Now, things are starting to happen,” shared Janet Hallberg, who’s a member of the Turner Park improvement committee.

In late spring of 2013, a small tornado hit McGregor, damaging Turner Park, which is located on the edge of town, between the MFL MarMac McGregor Center and Great River Care Center/Turner Pointe Assisted Living. 

Tue
21
Apr

Monona Council awards library renovation project to Brenton Buildings

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its April 20 meeting, the Monona City Council awarded the construction contract for the Murphy Helwig Library addition and renovation project to Brenton Buildings, LLC, of Monona, with a bid of $704,481. This is below the estimated cost of $715,997. The project will be completed this year.

Dollar General

Tue
14
Apr

SIAC committee finalizes MFL MarMac’s goals for next five years

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac’s School Improvement Advisement Committee (SIAC) met last week, finalizing the district’s goals for its next five-year strategic plan (2015-2020).

The group—made up of school staff, parents and other community members—split the district’s goals into four different categories: the marketing of the school, technology, programs and academics and facilities.

Marketing, or promoting, the school more was a major area of consensus among committee members. Many good things are happening at MFL MarMac, members stressed, but the public doesn’t always know about them.

Tue
14
Apr

Organizations, citizens share future visions for area rural communities

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette played host to a rural communities forum April 8 that brought together growing Northeast Iowa organizations and local citizens to discuss everyone’s future vision for the area.

The forum was one of several held throughout Northeast Iowa in the last few weeks that featured presentations from the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, the Iowa Food Hub and Winneshiek Energy District.

Tue
14
Apr

Marquette Cobblestone honored for best guest experience


Stephen Woebbeking and Abby Katschkowsky show off the award the Cobblestone Inn and Suites of Marquette/Prairie du Chien recently received for best guest experience for the first quarter of 2015. Other employees who contributed to the hotel’s success but are not pictured include Vinnie Miller, Ana Cook, Morgan Whittaker, Josy Ziegler, Brock Ziegler, Mariha Finney-Crass, Cristal Larson and Teri Blotz. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Cobblestone Inn and Suites of Marquette/Prairie du Chien was recently honored with the hotel chain’s best guest experience award for the year’s first quarter.

The Marquette location picked up the traveling award after garnering the highest average score from customer-submitted online surveys that ask about the hotel’s check-ins, cleanliness, breakfast, friendliness and overall experience.

General manager Stephen Woebbeking, who took over at the Marquette location in Dec. 2014, admitted the award was a surprise.

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