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Fri
26
Jul

Marsha Lorraine Bickel

Marsha L. Bickel, 70, of McGregor, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis., following a courageous battle with endometrial cancer. She was born on Aug. 26, 1948, to Burton Irving Sr. and Lorraine Violet (Schott) Walters in McGregor. Marsha was baptized and confirmed at First Congregational Church, McGregor. She graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1967. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Winona State in 1971. Marsha then taught physical education and served as the girls basketball, volleyball and cheerleading coach at Neillsville High School in Neillsville, Wis., for four years.

Thu
25
Jul

Betty Felder

A mass of Christian burial for Betty Felder, 80, of East Moline, formerly of Davenport, was held July 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery-Arsenal Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Betty died on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Hope Creek Nursing Home, East Moline.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty Lou was born March 3, 1939, in Iowa City, a daughter of Anthony and Jacqueline (Lorang) Felder.  She attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Scott Community College, from Marycrest College, and St. Joseph’s College, North Windham, Maine. She had a quest for knowledge and was a lifelong learner.  

Tue
23
Jul

North Iowa Tractor Ride rolls through area later this week

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Nearly 200 tractors will roll through the area later this week as part of the North Iowa Tractor Ride. The riders’ base will be at a fitting location: Froelich. 

“Because of our special history, they felt it was appropriate to come to where John Froelich invented the first gasoline tractor to propel itself forward and backward in 1892,” said Froelich Coordinator Denise Schutte.

Tue
23
Jul

MFL MarMac lays out plan for Marquette property

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac School Board has laid out a plan to deal with around seven acres of property it currently owns in the city of Marquette.

“I stumbled across this a couple years ago,” said superintendent Dale Crozier. “There’s a glob of land the school owns” that includes a section of the ballfield and an area around it in the bench neighborhood. “I’m guessing it was part of the old Marquette school [property]. I don’t know why we still own it, but it doesn’t need to be ours. It’s something I want to clean up.”

Tue
23
Jul

Monona city administrator will retire in December

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Monona City Administrator Dan Canton will retire effective Dec. 20. He announced his intent in a letter to the city council, which was acknowledged at the July 15 regular meeting.

“I appreciate the opportunity the city gave me,” said Canton, who has served in the position for 9.5 years.

“I’m happy for him,” stated mayor Lynn “Marty” Martinson, “and I’m sad for the city.”

Tue
23
Jul

Turner Park splash pad vendor selected

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The design and features of the Turner Park splash pad are now coming into focus. The McGregor City Council, at its July 17 meeting, selected a proposal from the vendor Vortex-Commercial Recreation Specialists for the project.

Jake Deaver, senior project manager with MSA Professional Services, which is engineering the splash pad, said he met with city administrator Lynette Sander and councilwoman and Turner Park committee chair Janet Hallberg last month to discuss what they’d like to see incorporated into the splash pad. They received four proposals back, and a group evaluated the submissions prior to Wednesday’s meeting.

Tue
16
Jul

Remembrance and renewal at McGregor pocket park dedication


On July 11, McGregor’s new pocket park was dedicated in honor of Roger Witter, who lost his life clearing debris in the aftermath of the July 19, 2017 tornado. Pictured for the ribbon cutting were Ellen Burns, Roger’s daughter Beth Witter, grandson Eli, daughter Allison Thomas and wife Linda Witter, along with McGregor Mayor Lyle Troester and McGregor Deputy Clerk Duane Boelman. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The pocket park is located next to the McGregor Public Library, where the historic Troutfetter Building stood before it was destroyed by the tornado. Fred Petrie and Melanie SanFillippo donated the lot to the city not long after, hoping it could be used for future civic use.

Joan Burns, who led the efforts to create the R.D. Witter Memorial Pocket Park, spoke at the dedication, highlighting all those who made the project possible.

“Vacant lots can be the beginning of a blight, the beginning of a decline in the vitality of Main Streets in Iowa and throughout the Midwest,” Burns told those gathered. “But they can also be an opportunity. They can also be a what-if. What can we do with this vacant lot to grow this community, to invigorate the economy, to welcome tourists, to provide a place for families to gather? That was the inception of this.”

Mayor Lyle Troester likened creation of the pocket park to the regeneration of the forest surrounding McGregor, now two years after the July 19, 2017 tornado. “Just like the trees that are regenerating in the hills, this lot is regenerating as well,” he said. “The tornado brought forth a surge of community response, but I think one of the most important things it brought forth was a link from the old to the new.”

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

July 11 was a day of remembrance and renewal in McGregor, as community members gathered to dedicate the city’s new pocket park, named in honor of beloved local farmer Roger Witter, who lost his life clearing debris in the aftermath of the July 19, 2017 tornado.

The pocket park is located next to the McGregor Public Library, where the historic Troutfetter Building stood before it was destroyed by the tornado. Fred Petrie and Melanie SanFillippo donated the lot to the city not long after, hoping it could be used for future civic use.

Tue
16
Jul

Monona wood carvers show their personalities through creations


The Monona Wood Carvers Group meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the Marting Wood Carving Room at the Monona Historical Museum. Among the members are Elmer Marting (left), David Scott, Mary Althouse, Stan Blair, Gayle Patraw, Jim Faulkner, Butch Whittle, Bob Griffith, Ron Kaiser and Bob Moses. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

David Scott enjoys trying a variety of carving styles. “I do two or three of one thing and then I’m looking for something more challenging,” he said. Here, he works on a caricature carving.

Butch Whittle shows off the comb he’s working on. The teeth have already emerged from the piece of wood, and now he’s chipping a design into the base.

Jim Faulkner takes a break from walking stick carving to turn the center of a golf ball into a skull.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“Life is simple,” reads David Scott’s T-shirt: “Eat. Sleep. Carve.”

However, for members of the Monona Wood Carvers Group who gather weekly in the Marting Wood Carving Room at the Monona Historical Museum, the artful creations they form out of mere pieces of wood using just their own hands and a few tools are anything but.

Tue
16
Jul

Fishermen, boaters can help limit the spread of aquatic invasive species in local waters


Denver Link, a seasonal employee with the Iowa DNR’s aquatic invasive species unit, led a program at Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor on Saturday. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Locally, one of the most common aquatic invasive species is the zebra mussel. The tiny invaders spread quickly by attaching themselves to boat propellers, trailers and equipment, clinging to aquatic plants and remaining in water from undrained containers and boat hulls. They also attach themselves to native mussels, eventually out-competing other mussels for food and killing them.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

By following a simple slogan, “Clean, Drain and Dry,” fishermen and recreational boaters can help limit the spread of aquatic invasive species in local waters.

“An invasive species is a non-native plant or animal that infests an area,” explained Denver Link, a seasonal employee with the Iowa DNR’s aquatic invasive species unit, who led a program at Pikes Peak State Park on Saturday. “They have no natural predation, and they can have a traumatic effect on native species.”

Tue
16
Jul

Medical Associates Monona clinic moving to new location


Starting July 22, the Medical Associates Monona Clinic will be located at 101 Franklin St. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Starting July 22, the Medical Associates Monona Clinic will be located at 101 Franklin St. (formerly the Family Dentistry building). Additionally, the current Medical Associates Monona office on South Page Street will be closed on July 19, as staff prepare to move to the new location.

“Our new location on Franklin Street will allow Medical Associates to better serve the growing needs of patients in this community, and we look forward to serving them for years to come at our new facility,” said Brian Schatz, chief operating officer for Medical Associates Clinic.

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