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Mar

New library shelving honors Bickel


New shelving at the McGregor Public Library honors long-time board member Marsha Bickel while providing much-needed space for the juvenile book collection.

When Bickel passed away in July following a courageous battle with cancer, 120 different contributions poured in from family and friends.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

New shelving at the McGregor Public Library honors long-time board member Marsha Bickel while providing much-needed space for the library’s juvenile book collection.

Previously, said library director Michelle Pettit, juvenile readers (those between the ages of 9 and 12) didn’t have their own “place.”

“Their books were in the picture book area, and they felt like they were going to the little kids area,” she remarked.

Now, the addition has given this group their own separate section and doubled the amount of shelving available for books, including a growing collection of popular graphic novels.

Tue
31
Mar

Neighborhood effort keeps kids active, entertained


Cannon, Kinsley and Kiarra Young went on a “bear hunt” in Marquette’s bench neighborhood last week. It’s part of an effort by residents to display items like shamrocks, teddy bears and Easter eggs in or outside their homes, then have local kids try to discover them all. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The first activity was on St. Patrick’s Day, and 32 homes participated, displaying over 100 shamrocks.

Now, kids are on the hunt for Easter eggs. It helps them remain active and entertained while they’re home from school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Shamrocks in the window one week. Teddy bears the next. Now, Easter eggs are popping up.

No, residents in Marquette’s bench neighborhood don’t just like decorating for holidays. It’s all part of an effort to keep local kids active and entertained while they’re home from school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea is for kids to travel around the neighborhood—while maintaining social distancing recommendations—and discover how many of a particular object they can find displayed in or outside people’s homes. Any items inside the home are hung in a window or door, where they can be safely spotted from the sidewalk.

Tue
31
Mar

McGregor Lake habitat construction project begins

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has started the first phase of the McGregor Lake Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project to restore habitat within Pool 10 of the Upper Mississippi River. 

The McGregor Lake (known by many locally as Horseshoe Lake) project, located between Marquette-McGregor and Prairie du Chien, will restore and protect island habitat, protect shoreline from erosion and create overwintering fish habitat. The goal of the project is to provide habitat and food and resting places for river wildlife, such as migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, turtles, frogs and fish. The total project is anticipated to cost approximately $20 million.

Fri
27
Mar

June Mariel Kuefler

June Mariel (Goergen) Kuefler died of Alzheimer’s on March 23, 2020, in Bedford, Texas. Her daughter, Julie Dougherty, was at her side as she passed peacefully to her eternal reward. June was born May 27, 1926, in McGregor, daughter of William Goergen and Margery (Claudy) Goergen. She graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1947, with a B.S. in physical education and a minor in music. Athletics and music would be among her lifelong loves.

In college she met her future husband, Raymond Bernard Kuefler (Ray). They were married Aug. 1, 1949, and had four children, John, Jane, Julie (Dougherty) and Joseph. June was preceded in death by Ray (d. 2000) and daughter Jane (d. 1976), and is survived by John (Lawrence, Kan.), Julie (Irving, Texas) and Joseph (Stow, Mass.), 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Fri
27
Mar

March 29 marks Marquette's 100th anniversary


This postcard image, courtesy of the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center, shows the Milwaukee Railroad Pontoon bridge allowing a barge to go through heading south. North McGregor was incorporated in May 1874, just a month after the pontoon bridge opened. Nearly 50 years later, the town changed its name to Marquette.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday, March 29. The date marks an historic 1920 vote when residents cast ballots on the question of changing the name of the town from North McGregor to Marquette, in honor of the priest/explorer Father Jacques Marquette who discovered the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers with Louis Joliet in 1693.

Of roughly 850 residents at the time, 98 voted “yes” and 34 opposed it.

Tue
24
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She has done it all


Joanne Strutt

Jo Strutt was a church choir director for 60 years. She still sings every day.

In a lifetime of learning and experiences, Jo said the family she and Don raised is what she’s most proud of. The couple is pictured with children Charles, David, Dawson, Craig and Darci.

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times is again publishing a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Many women strive to “do it all,” balancing raising kids with working, volunteering and enjoying hobbies. For one of McGregor’s beloved icons, Joanne Strutt, she’s actually done it.

Tue
24
Mar

Seven-month-long bridge project underway


Work on the Marquette-Joliet Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien began on March 23. The $6.2 million project is expected to be completed in late October. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Work on the Marquette-Joliet Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien began on March 23. The $6.2 million project is expected to be completed in late October.

According to a project proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), work will include deck and parapet (bridge wall) repairs, new pavement and guardrail replacement. 

Tue
24
Mar

MFL MarMac will roll out ‘educational opportunities’ for students this week


Last week, MFL MarMac began offering free grab and go breakfast and lunch for children 18 and younger at all communities in the district, assuring students remain fed while school is closed. Here, staff members Jackie McGeough (left) and Nancy Moses hand out meals in Marquette’s bench neighborhood. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac and other school districts across Iowa will not have to make up the instructional hours they have—and will—miss while closed until April 13 due to COVID-19.

Whether that closure is extended is yet to be known, said superintendent Dale Crozier, “but that’s the time frame we’re looking at now.”

Over the past week, Crozier said he’s met regularly with the state’s department of education, Keystone Area Education Agency and other local superintendents to navigate the district through these uncharted waters.

“We have to be able to move right and left and adapt constantly,” he noted. “I haven’t had a chance to stop, or to think about stopping.”

Tue
24
Mar

Food Shelf remains open, with precautions in place

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Many local entities have closed or limited their hours over the past week due to the spread of COVID-19, but the Clayton County Food Shelf isn’t one of them. The social service remains open its regular hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

But director Utoni Ruff is taking social distancing precautions to protect both herself and the food shelf’s patrons.

Tue
24
Mar

Cities make adjustments in response to COVID-19

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette and McGregor city offices remain closed to the public until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Personnel will continue to be on site, performing regular duties, though. If a McGregor resident has business that requires contact, they are welcome to call (563) 873-3795 or email citymcgr@mchsi.com, and business will still be handled in a proficient manner.

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