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13
Aug

Lloyd Carl Ernest Drahn

Lloyd Carl Ernest Drahn, 100, of Monona, died July 26, at Good Samaritan in Postville. 

He was born March 27, 1918, on the family farm near Froelich, to parents Fred and Emilie Kaiser Drahn. He was the ninth of eleven children and his mother stated, he was the only one to wait for the doctor to arrive for delivery. Thus began a lifelong love of farming and stewardship of land and farm animals. Lloyd was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Lloyd attended the Drahn Country School and graduated from Monona High School in 1935. This education began a love of reading and poetry in particular. Lloyd would be referred to as a “farmer poet” and was known to recite poetry from these days until the end of his life.

Thu
09
Aug

Kohlstedts celebrate 40 years

Happy 40th Anniversary to John and Diane Kohlstedt, of McGregor. They were married on Aug.12, 1978, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross. Their family includes children Tom and Jill Kohlstedt, of La Crosse, Wis., and Jeremy and Amy Turgasen, of Altoona; and four grandchildren including Lucy and Violet Kohlstedt and Cole and Evan Turgasen.

Wed
08
Aug

Ruth Andresen Bickel

Ruth Andresen Bickel, a resident of Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids, died peacefully on Aug. 6, after a short illness. She was surrounded by family at her death.

Ruth was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Flensburg, Germany to Antonia Panitz Andresen and Claus August Andresen. Her father was a violinist and landscape painter who, with Antonia and Ruth, immigrated to the United States aboard the Westphalia. They arrived at Ellis Island July 4, 1923. Shortly thereafter they made their way by train to Dysart, Iowa where Claus Andresen’s brother owned a house painting company. 

Tue
07
Aug

Effigy Mounds working with tribal partners to repatriate, rebury stolen human remains


Effigy Mounds National Monument currently has the remains of 41 native people in its collection, and all are slated for repatriation and reburial with the help of the monument’s tribal partners. The remains were missing from the park’s collection for over 20 years, after being stolen by former superintendent Thomas Munson.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Effigy Mounds National Monument currently has the remains of 41 native people in its collection, and all are slated for repatriation and reburial with the help of the monument’s tribal partners.

How these remains came to be—and stay—in the collection all these years is a tale Effigy Mounds law enforcement officer David Barland-Liles said is laced with theft and racism, but also an opportunity to reckon with and learn from the past.

Tue
07
Aug

Zoning classifications set for newly-annexed properties

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Acting on a recommendation by the city’s planning and zoning commission, the Monona City Council, at its Aug. 6 meeting, approved an ordinance establishing zoning districts for the newly-annexed properties in the southeast part of Monona.

The area includes 13 parcels, which have split into four different zoning classifications.

Per the ordinance, farmland owned by Douglas Baade, Mitchell Wagner (two parcels) and William Wagner will be classified A-1 Agricultural. 

Birdnow Chevrolet will be zoned C-1 Highway Commercial, as will properties owned by Frederick Heins and Ronald Berns. 

Tue
07
Aug

Climate change 101: Boylen talks causes, impacts, solutions at presentation


Scott Boylen led a presentation on climate change at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre on July 31. Much of the information Boylen shared was collected during the 13th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Earlier this summer, Scott Boylen joined over 50 educators from around the country at the 13th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at St. John’s University, in Minnesota. The institute was held by the non-profit Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, which empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change. Steger is an educator and polar region explorer.

“This program is for emerging leaders, educators and the public,” said Boylen, and focuses on the science behind climate change. 

Tue
07
Aug

Yacht Club donation supports Friends of Pikes Peak State Park

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Upper Mississippi Boat and Yacht Club held its annual summer party and fundraiser July 28, at Backwoods Bar and Grill, in McGregor. Nearly 50 members attended this year’s event, which raised over $2,000 for the Friends of Pikes Peak State Park.

The past year’s commodore, Jerome Full, was tasked with selecting a beneficiary. An avid biker, Full is familiar with the Pikes Peak area and knew the damage last year’s tornado had done to the park.

“It’s such a vital part of our area,” he said, “so I thought this would be a good time to give it an oomph.”

Thu
02
Aug

Stephen Warner Towle

Stephen Warner Towle, 81, of Paw Paw, passed away July 13, at his home. 

He was born in McGregor, Iowa, on Feb. 9, 1937, to the late William Irving and LaVonne (Prouty) Towle. On Nov. 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Virgene (Berns) Towle.

Tue
31
Jul

The basics of Alzheimer's

Expert shares details on nation’s sixth leading cause of death

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Every 68 seconds. That’s how frequently someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, the progressive brain disorder that destroys a person’s memory and basic functions like speaking, eating and walking before compromising the body’s ability to breathe and swallow. More than five million Americans currently live with the disease, which has no known cure. And as the Baby Boomer generation—one of the largest portions of the U.S. population—continues to age, that number is only expected to grow. 

Tue
31
Jul

Unearthing history: Pot could date back 150 years


Jasmine and Justice Olmstead helped unearth this cast iron pot on Diane Benson’s property along Ash Street, in McGregor, in early July. Marty Kahler, owner of the Past 100 Years antique shop, said it’s a pig scalding pot, and could date back to the 1860s.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

From its historic downtown to the tales of former residents that continue to fascinate, the past remains very much a part of McGregor’s present. No matter where you look, there’s always something unique to discover. 

Sometimes, you don’t have to look farther than your own backyard. 

“There used to be more houses along here, all the way up to the [McGregor] Heights,” remarked Diane Benson from the deck of her home along Ash Street. “And people used to just throw things out in the back of their houses.” It makes sense, she said, that some things would be left behind. 

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