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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
24
Oct

Mark Eugene Abildtrup

 

Mark Eugene Abildtrup, 56, of Marquette, died Saturday, Oct. 21, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

 

Mark was born Oct. 11, 1961, to Myron and Judy Marie (Spenler) Abildtrup in Des Moines. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1980. 

Thu
19
Oct

Lee Allen Johanningmeier

 

Lee Allen Johanningmeier, 93, of McGregor, died Monday, Oct. 16, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader. 

 

Lee Allen was born March 3, 1924, to Arlo H. and Lucy (Mueller) Johanningmeier in McGregor. He graduated from Monona High School in 1941. After graduation Lee Allen joined and proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps.

Thu
19
Oct

Eileen A. Ruff

 

Eileen A. Ruff, 86, of McGregor, died Monday, Oct. 16, at her home in McGregor, in the care of her family. 

 

Eileen Agnes was born on April 7, 1931, to Lester and Ronilla (Schoulte) Connor in Elkader. She attended Country School, St. Joseph Catholic School, Elkader High School, and graduated from Monona High School in 1948.

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.

Tue
17
Oct

Candidate Profiles: McGregor Council

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the McGregor Council in this year’s city election, held Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those on the ballot include incumbents Charles Carroll, Janet Hallberg and Rogeta Halvorson, as well as newcomer Sally K. Schneider. The three candidates with the most votes will serve four-year terms. They recently shared their thoughts on McGregor with the North Iowa Times.

 

Charles Carroll

Charles Carroll grew up on a family farm outside McGregor and graduated from Mar-Mac. He worked for IBM, as a software engineer, for 26 years, before moving back to McGregor in 2004.

Why did you choose to run for council? 

Tue
17
Oct

Newly-restored Monona city park bandstand to be re-dedicated Oct. 21


Celebrate the restoration of Monona’s 101-year-old city park bandstand at a re-dedication event this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Celebrate the restoration of Monona’s 101-year-old city park bandstand at a re-dedication event this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The bandstand has served as the center of the community since 1916, when it was constructed in the center of the park by Frank Montgomery, at a cost of $140.

Construction was the culmination of a several-year fundraising push.

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