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Tue
15
Oct

Fountain returns to Triangle Park


The cast iron fountain that’s been a staple in McGregor’s Triangle Park is back in its rightful place after much-needed restoration. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The cast iron fountain that’s been a staple in McGregor’s Triangle Park since the early 1990s returned to its rightful home at the end of September.

The fountain was removed from the downtown park late last fall for some much-needed repairs.

“It was tipped over in the tornado,” resulting in damage to the base and plumbing, said park board president Maria Brummel. “But even before that, there was a plan to sand blast and powder coat it. It was really coated with heavy mineral deposits from the water.”

Tue
15
Oct

UTV riders hoping for more freedom to travel, stop within Monona

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

UTV riders are hoping for more freedom to travel and make stops within the city of Monona. On Oct. 7, a group of residents approached the city council about updating the community’s ordinance regarding the use of all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles.

“We’d like to discuss why we can’t go anywhere in town like most of the surrounding cities do,” said Pat Echard. “Why did we decide not to do that?”

Tue
15
Oct

Candidate Profiles: McGregor Council

McGregor voters will have a choice between three candidates to fill two open seats on the McGregor City Council when they head to the polls for city and school board elections on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the McGregor Public Library. The highest vote-getters will serve four-year terms on the council. Joe Muehlbauer has chosen not to run for re-election, but the council’s other incumbent, Jason Echard, is seeking his second term. He will face off against newcomers Deborah Scott and Sally Kay Schneider. The candidates recently shared their thoughts on some of the issues that are important to McGregor residents.

Jason Echard

Tue
15
Oct

Marquette eyes solutions for Pleasant Ridge Road flooding issues

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette hopes reworking the ditch and extending a culvert along Pleasant Ridge Road will help ease some of the flooding issues in the Twin Bluffs neighborhood during major rain events.

At the Oct. 8 council meeting, public works director Jason Sullivan detailed plans to install a 10-foot-by-48-foot old tanker car at the south end of the culvert near the Doll property to prevent erosion that’s compromising the road and sidewalk.

The tanker car, which the council agreed to purchase for $6,500 from Clayton County Recycling, will be the same size as the current culvert, said Sullivan. 

Tue
08
Oct

A GRRRReat return for iconic fall event


Roughly 150 people braved the rain and cold on Oct. 5 for the return of the Great River Road - Road Race (GRRRR) and breakfast. The last event was held at Pikes Peak State Park 17 years ago. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Mother and daughter Janet and Mattie Hallberg flipped the first pancakes at the GRRRR breakfast. Proceeds from that portion of the event will go toward adding a splash pad at McGregor’s Turner Park.

Husband and wife Michael McGrane and Amanda Watters, who came all the way from Boston, were the top male and female 5K finishers at GRRRR. Amanda is six months pregnant.

Abby Troester (left), Alice (Rowe) Terbrak and Anna (Rowe) Troester, decked out in their GRRRR long-sleeve shirts, were part of the Rowe family contingent that participated in the 5K.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Roughly 150 people braved the rain and cold on Oct. 5 for the first Great River Road - Road Race (GRRRR) and breakfast since 2002. The date was nearly 40 years after the original event was held at Pikes Peak State Park in 1981. 

At its height, GRRRR drew over 600 entrants to the area, who were attracted to the beautiful fall setting, well-managed race and unique pancake and chicken gravy breakfast. Organizer Duane Boelman was pleased with this year’s turnout, considering the 17-year hiatus and the weather.

“I think it went great,” he said. “People had a great time. They’re thrilled it’s back.”

Tue
08
Oct

Stravers reflects on 40 years of raptor research


Local ornithologist Jon Stravers was one of the featured speakers at HawkWatch on Oct. 5. He shared experiences from 40 years of raptor migration research along the Upper Mississippi River. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“We’re all fond of raptors—their beauty, the way they rise and lift up, their strength and boldness.”

But for ornithologist Jon Stravers, that fondness goes back four decades. “Hawkman” has been researching hawks and other raptors—the birds of prey known for their hooked beaks, sharp talons and keen eyesight—since the mid-1970s. He shared some of his experiences Saturday, during a presentation at the 35th annual HawkWatch, an event hosted by Marquette’s Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in partnership with the Upper Iowa Audubon Society, Raptor Resource Project and Driftless Area Bird Conservation, to celebrate the fall migration of raptors and other birds along the Mississippi River Flyway.

Tue
08
Oct

Candidate Profiles: Marquette Council

Marquette voters will have a choice between three candidates to fill two open seats on the Marquette City Council when they head to the polls for city and school board elections on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Marquette Community Center. The highest vote-getters will serve four-year terms on the council. Included on the ballot are Elizabeth Gilman, David Schneider and Eleanor L. Soulli. The candidates recently shared their thoughts on some of the issues that are important to Marquette residents.

Elizabeth Gilman

Tue
08
Oct

Norbert Hammes

Norbert Joseph Hammes Jr., 83, of Marquette, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at home with family at his side.

Norbert was born April 18, 1936, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of Norbert and Marie (Baumgartner) Hammes Sr. He was the oldest of eight children. He attended Holy Trinity Parish Elementary School and Aquinas High School in La Crosse. 

Norbert was united in marriage to Joyce Martinek on May 5, 1956, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse, Wis. They had one child, Deborah, before Joyce passed away. He was then united in marriage with Nancy Rehm on Jan. 14, 1961, at St. Mary Catholic Church in McGregor. They had three children, Mark, Marigrace and Margaret and raised their family in Marquette.  

Wed
02
Oct

Patricia Dickens

Patricia Mae Dickens, 70, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., formerly of McGregor, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, following a brief illness. She was born on June 16, 1949 in Iowa City, the daughter of Frankie and Bernice (Cavanaugh) Harry. 

Tue
01
Oct

Doeppke joins Monona PD as full-time officer


Riley Doeppke, a 2017 MFL MarMac grad, is now a full-time officer with the Monona Police Department. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Monona Police Department has a new full-time officer. Riley Doeppke, who’s been serving in the community since earlier this summer, was officially hired for the position last month.

The 20 year old is no stranger to Monona. Doeppke graduated from MFL MarMac in 2017 and spent his early childhood years in town, before later moving to Luana.

“That was a little less pressure,” he admitted. “I knew where a lot of things were in town, but I still had to learn some street names.”

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