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Tue
04
Dec

Seeing through the vapor


SODA members Saysha Schoulte, Macie Weigand, Hope Guyer and Tyler Trappe recently shared their thoughts on the e-cigarette trend. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The most popular e-cigarettes, JUULs, closely resemble flash drives and can be charged in USB ports. (Stock photo)

Local teens offer insight into e-cigarette trend

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“They’re here, they’re easy to hide, people are using them and kids are addicted to them.”

They are e-cigarettes. And, as prevention coordinator for Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County, Adam Sadewasser has seen them become the latest substance abuse trend among area teens.

Tue
04
Dec

Decorating trees is as fun as viewing them


The ninth annual Festival of Trees will be held this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at Backwoods Bar and Grill, in McGregor. (NIT file photo)

Michelle Pettit and Jane Lundquist, from the McGregor Public Library, are among those who lovingly decorate the trees each year. They always create something uniquely homemade, like these silver hearts from last year’s tree. (NIT file photo)

McGregor's ninth annual Festival of Trees is Dec. 7-8

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

From the twinkling lights and detailed ornaments to the fresh scent of pine, walking among the 45 decorated trees on display at McGregor’s Festival of Trees is always an awe-inspiring experience.

“You go down there and everyone has all these ideas. The trees are all so different,” remarked Jane Lundquist, children’s librarian at the McGregor Public Library. When the event is held this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at Backwoods Bar and Grill, it will mark the seventh year she and library director Michelle Pettit have been among those who bring the trees to life.

Tue
04
Dec

KWWL’s Ron Steele visits MFL MarMac High School


KWWL news anchor Ron Steele spoke at MFL MarMac High School on Nov. 27.

Steele shares a laugh with high school principal Larry Meyer and PE teacher Pat Wille.

After the presentation, Steele posed for photos with students. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

KWWL’s Ron Steele visited MFL MarMac High School Nov. 27, speaking to students about his over-40-year journalism career, and also encouraging them to exercise, work hard and dream big.

Physical education teacher Pat Wille coordinated the event, which she hoped would add to the activities students perform in class.

“I want to change how you look at PE,” she told those gathered. “I want you to hear from others who are physically active in the workforce. The goal is for you to learn something and take it with you when you go.”

Tue
04
Dec

Community members share thoughts on area’s health needs

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Community members shared their thoughts on the area’s health needs, resources and trends at a focus group held at the McGregor Public Library on Nov. 28. The event was one of several held in Clayton County, along with Crawford and Grant counties in Wisconsin, over the past few months. 

“We’re asking for input on what needs there are and how we can help address those needs,” explained Sasha Dull, chief development officer at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, who led the focus group with Crawford County Health Officer Cindy Riniker. 

Tue
27
Nov

Remaining Restore McGregor funds will go toward endowment, pocket park


The lot next to the McGregor Public Library will be turned into a memorial pocket park in honor of Roger Witter. Since the lot could someday become a community center, the potential structures, like benches, picnic tables and a stage, will not be permanent. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

In the wake of the July 19, 2017 tornado, over $50,000 in donations from businesses, organizations and individuals flowed into the Restore McGregor fund established by the Clayton County Foundation for the Future. Last fall, a five-member committee awarded $36,376.50 in small grants to 42 applicants for storm-related losses.

“There’s been $20,000 sitting in that fund for the past year,” said McGregor Deputy Clerk Duane Boelman at the Nov. 21 city council meeting. The committee would like to see it utilized, and has proposed putting half toward establishing an endowment fund and the other half toward creating a memorial pocket park.

Tue
27
Nov

Continued interest in iconic White Springs Supper Club leads to book idea


White Springs, which is currently up for sale, is still a popular talking point nearly two decades after it closed its doors. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Nearly two decades since it closed its doors, White Springs Supper Club remains an iconic piece of McGregor history. 

“Two or three people each week mention it,” said Doris Barrette, who grew up at the Springs, washing dishes and peeling potatoes as a girl, then later waiting tables and serving drinks. Her mother, Ethel Mann, helped run the establishment from 1949 until her death in 2004. “Wherever I go, people say, ‘I miss the Springs.’ I’ve heard it for years.” 

That’s why, at the urging of her niece and the ladies at the Hair Hut, in Marquette, where she gets her hair done, Barrette has decided to write a book about White Springs. 

Tue
27
Nov

Holiday Train will light up Marquette on Dec. 5


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in Marquette, at the marina parking lot, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 2:45 p.m. (NIT file photo)

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will bring its festive display of lights and live music to the area when it stops in Marquette, at the marina parking lot, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 2:45 p.m. The visit is the train’s second stop in Clayton County this year. It will be in Guttenberg first, at 12:45 p.m.

Now in its 20th year, the Holiday Train is decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights depicting holiday scenes on 14 rail cars, one of which turns into a stage for musical performances.

Entertainment will include Canadian rock band The Trews and rock musician and singer-songwriter Willy Porter, who will perform classic holiday tunes. Santa Claus will also make an appearance, and there will be free hot chocolate and cookies available for attendees.

Tue
27
Nov

MFL MarMac wrestlers healthy, ready to grapple with challenging schedule


Members of the MFL MarMac wrestling team include (front, left to right) managers Emma Keehner and Eden Heying, cheerleaders Kira Krueger, Kyleigh Picha, Chloe Diehl, Kaitlyn Berns, Brenna Boland and Haylie Smith, managers Rose Koehn and Kaylee Bachman; (middle) Kashton Mathis, Andrew Heins, Jack Vorwald, Caleb Nordheim, Chaise Ziegler, Jacob Trudo, Zach Howe, Gabe McGeough, Max Havlicek, Austin Nickolai, Logan Brown; (back) assistant coaches Collin Stubbs and Mike Meyer, Nathan Johanningmeier, Korby Keehner, Dylan Corlett, Garret Keehner, Zach Trudo, Hunter Miller, Michael Egan, Ethan Stubbs, assistant coaches Chip McGeough and Tracy Decker, and head coach Chet Bachman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Riddled by the injury bug last season, the MFL MarMac wrestling team is healthy and ready to take on one of its most challenging schedules ever. 

“We’re wrestling down by Missouri in a tournament with 16 teams. We’re wrestling Lisbon and we’re gonna go wrestle Lake Mills, a top-five team,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “We wrestle 30 duals. That’s unreal.” 

Bachman said the Bulldog wrestlers will get 50 to 60 matches this year—an unheard of amount. It’s important, he added, to put them in places and positions they’ve never been in. 

Tue
27
Nov

MFL MarMac boys basketball team is full of potential


Members of the MFL MarMac varsity boys basketball team include (front, left to right) manager Martyn Geick, Caden Stuckman, Kaleb Tilson, manager Tim Henkels; (middle) assistant coach Cory Donlon, manager Drew Mezera, Beau Benzing, Cayden Ball, manager Wyatt Geick, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) Eric Dettbarn, Cedrick Drahn, Tyler Kurth, Sam Koeller, Joe Dodgen, Spencer Larson, Gavin Hertrampf and assistant coaches Mark Kautman and Adam Simon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team will kick off its season Friday at South Winneshiek and, according to head coach Eric Dettbarn, there’s a lot to be excited about. 

“What has me most excited about this group is the potential we have,” shared Dettbarn, now in his 32nd year at the helm. “If we come in with the mentality that the team comes first, and play with great effort night in and night out, we have the chance to have a very good year.” 

Tue
20
Nov

Mar-Mac, PdC businesses collaborate for Santa Shops Small promotion

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Small businesses in Marquette, McGregor and Prairie du Chien are banding together this holiday season for a special promotion called Santa Shops Small.

Spearheaded by Katie Ruff, owner of By the Spoonful in McGregor, and Teresa Champion, owner of The Planted Tree Gallery in Prairie du Chien, the event will reward shoppers who make purchases at participating businesses from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. Simply pick up a Santa Shops Small punch card and get a punch for every $10 you spend at a business. Once your card is full, drop it at the business where you’d like the opportunity to win a prize. Each participating business will have a $25 prize to give away.

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