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Tue
09
Apr

21.34 feet is Mississippi’s sixth highest crest at McGregor


In Marquette, Mississippi flood waters traveled up Bloody Run Creek, eventually reaching the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Water engulfed the Marquette riverfront, eventually reaching the base of the dike.

Once the Mississippi River reached 20 feet, a plastic-covered concrete barrier was placed at the foot of McGregor’s Main Street, to protect the town.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Mississippi River crested at 21.34 feet at McGregor on Friday, April 5, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). This was the sixth highest recorded crest at the location and the largest flooding event since 2001.

Thanks to preparations made over the past few weeks, officials in both Marquette and McGregor said the impact was minimal.

“We thought it was necessary to be prepared for the worst,” stated Marquette mayor Steve Weipert. 

Tue
09
Apr

MFL MarMac women’s ensemble receives coveted ‘outstanding performance’


The MFL MarMac women’s ensemble of Abby Schellhorn (front, left to right), Rose Grau, Elizabeth Grady, Shelby Martin; (back) Abby Zeeh, Anna Stoddard, Riley Whitney and Emma Ammons earned one of just five “outstanding performances” at solo and small ensemble contest on March 30. They will perform “Caverns in the Clouds” at the Outstanding Performance Recital at Iowa State University in May. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac women’s ensemble of seniors Shelby Martin, Emma Ammons, Abby Zeeh and Elizabeth Grady, along with sophomores Riley Whitney, Rose Grau and Anna Stoddard and freshman Abby Schellhorn, received a coveted “outstanding performance” for their rendition of the song “Caverns in the Clouds” at solo and small ensemble contest at Cresco on March 30. The honor is rare, given to just one solo or ensemble performance at each of the five vocal or instrumental “centers” at the event that day.

They’ll now have the opportunity to perform in the all-state Outstanding Performance Recital at Iowa State University in May.

Tue
09
Apr

Showcase will display MFL MarMac’s fine arts talent


A duet between Max Koeller and Shelby Martin will be one of the featured performances during the MFL MarMac Friends of the Arts Dessert Showcase. The event will be held in the high school auditorium, in Monona, on Sunday, April 14, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac Friends of the Arts will host a dessert showcase this Sunday, April 14, giving the public an opportunity to view some of the high school’s top fine arts talent. The event will be held in the high school auditorium, in Monona, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 

For a small fee, attendees can savor a piece of cheesecake or gluten free chocolate cake, plus a drink, all while enjoying some of the school’s best individual speech performances and top-rated instrumental and vocal solos and ensembles. Senior artwork will also be exhibited from 2 to 7 p.m., highlighting the students’ years of learning and experimentation across media, exploration of social, political and cultural issues, as well as personal inquiry.

Tue
09
Apr

MFL MarMac voters support PPEL continuation

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Voters in the MFL MarMac School District have supported the continuation of the physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL). According to unofficial results, 172 people voted “yes” and 15 voted “no” in the April 2 special election. 

Superintendent Dale Crozier said the levy is simply a continuation of an existing revenue source the district has had for the past 16 years. Nothing new is being added. 

Tue
09
Apr

Monona Council will appoint Wright to fill vacancy

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its April 1 meeting, the Monona Council unanimously agreed to appoint Tim Wright to fill the spot on the council that was recently vacated by Doug Bachman. City administrator Dan Canton said Wright will be sworn in at the next regular meeting, on April 15. 

According to Canton, Wright’s appointment runs through the fall. At that time, if Wright would like an opportunity to complete the remaining two years of Bachman’s term, his name must be on the ballot for the November city election. 

Project bids approved 

Mon
08
Apr

Beth Abel

Beth took orders from no one. Except God. Her physical work here is done and her journey as an angel watching over us has begun.

Beth Abel, 35, of Marquette,  died on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Beth was born on Sept. 20, 1983, to Roger and Janette (Brown) Carlson in Prairie du Chien, Wis. She graduated from MFL MarMac in Monona in 2002.

Beth received her AAS in accounting from NICC Calmar in 2004 and, in September of 2005, Beth began her career at Peoples State Bank where she held many positions, including her last as a bookkeeper in the operations department at the main office. It wasn’t long before her co-workers knew Beth was family.

Tue
02
Apr

A grandmother remembered


Monica Tiffany (right), pictured with her mom, Sandy Weller, is working to infuse more homemade items into McGregor Mercantile, the store she owns with husband Paul. Her grandmother, whose kitchen hutch they’re standing in front of, is the inspiration for this goal. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Monica is pictured with her late grandma, Elizabeth Moore, whom she described as a natural crafter.

Many items at McGregor Mercantile, including Sandy’s crocheted wash cloths, have been labeled with a tag bearing the letters “MM,” for “Mercantile Made.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

As you peruse the items available at McGregor Mercantile, you’ll find an increasing number have been labeled with a tag bearing the letters “MM,” for “Mercantile Made.”

“Our focus this year is on handmade items,” said Monica Tiffany, who opened the downtown McGregor store with husband Paul in 2016. “We want as little ‘made in China’ as possible and more ‘made in McGregor, Iowa.’ That makes it more special to me.”

The inspiration for this goal is Monica’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Moore. 

Tue
02
Apr

Wetlands Centre hosts screenings of ‘Decoding the Driftless’


George Howe, producer of “Decoding the Driftless,” spoke with audience members who attended screenings of the award-winning film at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette, on March 30. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette, hosted two packed screenings of the new award-winning film “Decoding the Driftless” on March 30, as part of a spring fundraiser to support programs at the site.

A follow-up to the documentary “Mysteries of the Driftless,” “Decoding the Driftless” captures unique footage of the Driftless Region and weaves it into a compelling story. It was recently honored for “Best Picture” and “Best Cinematography” at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Tue
02
Apr

Richards shares childcare knowledge with providers around the country


Rosie Richards (pictured front, center) is the lead preschool teacher at Dr. Smith Childcare Center, and also teaches online courses for early educators through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Her students, some of whom are pictured here, are Spanish-speaking childcare providers, living from New York to California, and Richards can work with them all from the comfort of her home in Marquette. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

By day, Rosaura “Rosie” Richards is the lead preschool teacher at Dr. Smith Childcare Center, in McGregor, helping local children grow and learn. 

By night, she shares that knowledge with others, teaching online courses for early educators through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Her students are Spanish-speaking childcare providers, living from New York to California, and Richards can work with them all from the comfort of her home in Marquette.

“It’s been fun,” she shared, “and I’m still doing my job through the day, which I love.”

Wed
27
Mar

Arlene Crider

Arlene Crider, 87, of Eldorado, died Friday, March 22, 2019 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette. 

She was born July 9, 1931 to Lewis and Amanda (Stray) Ruroden at home on the farm in Fayette County. Arlene was baptized and confirmed at East Clermont Church in Clermont. She attended country school at Marion Township #3 Groth and graduated from Elgin High in 1950. Arlene was united in marriage with James Crider on Jan. 5, 1951, in Caledonia, Minn. Two children were born to this union. Arlene worked as a bookkeeper at Big Gain Feed for 25 years, Schwans, Landis Fertilizer and Carpenter and Craft, all in West Union. She also babysat in many homes for years and they called her “Grandma” and “Ene.”

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