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Tue
31
Oct

Museum offers much to explore as Monona Historical Society marks 50th anniversary


The Monona Historical Society will host a 50th anniversary celebration at the Monona Historical Museum on Monday through Saturday, Nov. 6-11, from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Each Tuesday afternoon, from 1 to 4 p.m., a group of wood carvers gathers in the museum’s Marting Carving Room to hone their skills and socialize with one another. Elmer Marting is shown working there, surrounded by some of the museum’s collection of over 400 different types, sizes and styles of hand carved chains. It’s the world’s largest known display of hand carved chains.

A portion of the old city jail is one of the many highlights at the museum.

The Monona Historical Museum is rich in historical artifacts, like Bob Drahn’s butterfly collection and school-related items (shown here). It also offers a plethora of publications and research materials for Monona and the surrounding area in the Willa Helwig History Center.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Historical Society was organized in November 1967, after a group of community members felt the need to preserve the area’s history and artifacts for future generations. Now, 50 years later, the group’s goal remains the same.

The collection at the Monona Historical Museum, which opened on South Egbert Street in 1971, has doubled in the past 30 years, increasing from 3,300 items in 1981 to over 7,000 today.

“We’ve got some good history of the town,” shared Carol Marting, the Monona Historical Society’s first secretary-treasurer, who, along with her husband Elmer, still remains active with the group.

Tue
31
Oct

Scarff returns to doing what she loves


Three months after a tornado destroyed her business, INKspiration Tattoo owner Crystal Scarff is up and running at a new location, in downtown McGregor. Here, Scarff preps Brenda Mohs for a tattoo. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

INKspiration Tattoo now open

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Crystal Scarff plainly remembered her cell phone going off Wednesday evening, July 19. There was a tornado warning for the area.

At similar warnings, Scarff said she usually headed to the basement of the building at 330 Main St., in McGregor, that served as the home of her business, INKspiration Tattoo. However, that night was different.

“Tornadoes don’t come down here. Let’s chill,” she recalled telling her client and others gathered in the shop at the time.

Soon, the lights began to flicker.

Tue
31
Oct

City elections are Nov. 7

Both the cities of Marquette and McGregor will have contested races in the city elections held Tuesday, Nov. 7.

In Marquette, six people are running for city council, which has just three seats up for grabs. 

All three incumbents—Steve Eagle, John Ries and Cindy Sharp Halvorson—are seeking re-election. Also running are David Schneider, Rinda Ferguson and Ryan P. Young. 

Marquette’s mayoral race will be contested, as well, with incumbent Larry Breuer challenged by Stephen J. Weipert.

Polls will be open at the Marquette Community Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tue
31
Oct

Sharing memories of growing up in McGregor


Bob Eggen

Alice Staples

Arlys Denning

Jim Hendrickson

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Four McGregor residents shared their fond memories of growing up in the community at the McGregor Historical Museum’s fall event on Oct. 27.

Alice Staples, Arlys Denning, Jim Hendrickson and Bob Eggen reflected on “Growing Up McGregor Strong: 1940-1960,” to an audience of around 30 people.

Not surprisingly, school was one of the topics the speakers referenced the most.

Staples attended the Moody Ridge one-room country school. Water had to be carried from the neighbor’s well, and the building was heated by an old wood stove.

Tue
31
Oct

Grant will support concept design for McGregor community center

Just a few short months after a destructive storm, the community of McGregor is starting to rebuild.

Restore McGregor recently received a $10,000 grant from The Native Fund to support a concept design for a community center. The potential building would be located at the former site of the INKspiration Tattoo property, at 330 Main St., which was reduced to a pile of debris when an EF-1 tornado ripped through McGregor on July 19. The property was donated to the city of McGregor by former owners Fred Petrie and Melanie San Fillippo.  

Tue
24
Oct

Candidate Profiles: Marquette Council

Marquette voters will have to decide between six candidates to fill three open seats on the Marquette City Council when they head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7. Included on the ballot are Steve Eagle, Cindy Sharp Halvorson and John Ries, who are all incumbents, as well as Rinda Ferguson, David Schneider and Ryan P. Young. The three highest vote-getters will serve four-year terms on the council. The candidates recently shared their thoughts on some of the issues that are important to Marquette.

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Steve Eagle

Due to a family illness, Steve Eagle was unable to answer the questions posed by the North Iowa Times

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Tue
24
Oct

Over $36,000 in Restore McGregor funds awarded

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A five-member committee met earlier this month to award a total of $36,376.50 from the Restore McGregor 2017 Tornado Fund.

The fund was started through the Clayton County Foundation for the Future immediately following the July 19 tornado, and, as of Oct. 12, had accumulated $52,921.34 in contributions.

“The money came from all over the nation, from New York to California,” noted McGregor Deputy Clerk Duane Boelman.

The committee considered 50 applications, eventually approving 42. 

Tue
24
Oct

Monona Historical Society has kept community’s history alive for 50 years


This photo was taken on May 29, 1971, at the opening of the Monona Historical Museum on South Egbert Street. In November, the Monona Historical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Historical Society was organized in November 1967, after a group of community members felt the need to preserve the area’s history and artifacts for future generations. 

The group’s first elected officers included Miss Willa Helwig as president, Miss Ploma Blaha as vice president and Mrs. Elmer Marting Jr. as secretary-treasurer. Donald Gray, Mrs. LeRoy Darby, Mrs. Melvin Beimfohr, Otmar Bruns, Mrs. Roger A. Halvorson, Miss Elsie Possehl and Mrs. LeRoy Thompson served as directors.

Tue
24
Oct

Growing Up McGregor Strong: 1940-1960


Photo from Dan Nugent collection

Life-long residents to share memories at museum event

Those at the McGregor Historical Museum meet so many people from all over the world and become acquainted with new neighbors who have decided to adopt McGregor as their new hometown. But for the guest speakers at the museum’s annual event, McGregor has been their hometown for decades. 

Visit the museum on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m., for an opportunity to listen to and share stories of McGregor life from the decades 1940 to 1960. The evening will begin with stories and memories from Bob Eggen, Alice Staples, Arlys Denning and Jim Hendrickson. The second part of the evening will allow audience members to contribute something special from their personal biographies.

Tue
17
Oct

Candidate Profiles: Marquette Mayor

Marquette voters will have a choice between two mayoral candidates when they head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7, for this year’s city election. Incumbent Larry Breuer, who’s served since early 2016, will face challenger Stephen J. Weipert for a two-year term. Here, the two candidates share their thoughts on some of the issues important to Marquette residents.

 

Larry Breuer

Larry Breuer has two children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was born and raised in Grant County, Wis., and has been a Marquette resident for 25 years. He’s been employed at Cabela’s for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he had his own building, rehab and rental business in Marquette.

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