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Tue
30
Jul

L'Dean Donald Henkes

L’Dean Donald Henkes, 76, of Monona, died on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis. L’Dean was born on June 13, 1943, in Monona, to Donald and Iva (Topel) Henkes. He was baptized on Aug. 22, 1943, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, and graduated from MFL High School, also in Monona. Following high school, L’Dean started farming and continued to be active in the Henkes family farming operation until his passing. 

Tue
30
Jul

McGregor Home Tour: Part 1


The Cave Courtyard Guest Studio (left) and Old Jail and Firehouse are located on A Street, in downtown McGregor.

Old Jail and Firehouse interior

Cave Courtyard interior

Cliff-side caves located behind the Cave Courtyard Guest Studio

Old Jail & Firehouse Guest Suite, Cave Courtyard Guest Studio | 212 & 214 A St.

The Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages Committee is sponsoring a tour of four unique McGregor homes on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at each participating property. All proceeds will go toward adding a splash pad at Turner Park. Over the next few weeks, North Iowa Times editor Audrey Posten will feature each home included in the tour.

Visitors can find their home away from home in McGregor’s historic downtown at the Old Jail and Firehouse Guest Suite and Cave Courtyard Guest Studio.

Tue
30
Jul

All-conference selections for baseball and softball announced


Cedrick Drahn

Nathan Johanningmeier

Ethan Stubbs

Michael Egan

Zach Trudo

Jayde Schubert

Hannah Schutte

Keagan Moose

Jordan Schubert

Kyleigh Picha

By Peyton Meisner, North Iowa Times

Upper Iowa all-conference selections for the 2019 baseball and softball seasons have been announced. 

Baseball

First Team: Cedrick Drahn (junior)

Second Team: Nathan Johanningmeier (senior) and Ethan Stubbs (junior)

Honorable Mention: Michael Egan (senior) and Zach Trudo (senior)

Tue
30
Jul

McGregor seeks fix for wastewater discharge

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

An ongoing wastewater discharge on McGregor’s Main Street that’s eventually flowing into the Mississippi River is forcing the city to find a temporary fix to its sewer main infiltration and inflow problems.

According to Amber Sauser, environmental specialist senior at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Manchester field office, the wastewater bypass was first reported on March 14, and bypassing of the wastewater treatment plant has continued at either Main Street or other locations since then.

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.

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