On April 7, Prairie du Chien poll workers conducted a drive-through election at Hoffman Hall for city voters, in an effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus among election officials and the public. Voters in vehicles (and some on foot) were directed through the parking lot to one of two lanes, split with three wards assigned to each. Underneath tents set up to protect workers from the elements, officials assisted voters with registering if necessary, showing proof of residence and the rest of the voting process—all through a crack in the driver’s side window. Pens and clipboards were sanitized between each use, and hand sanitizer was offered to voters prior to casting their ballot. Similar drive-through voting options were offered in municipalities across the region Tuesday. The city also issued about 840 absentee ballots, which is about 75 percent higher than a usual election. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
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By Correne Martin, Steve Prestegard and Gillian Pomplun   Regardless of the results of Tuesday’s spring general election, it will go down as the most unusual election in this state’s history. Over the course of Monday: •The state Legislature, called into special session... + continue reading

Prairie du Chien Food Pantry personnel served 40 bags of food to residents of Rivercrest Village Apartments last week. (Photos courtesy of the Food Pantry)
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By Ted Pennekamp   In March, the Prairie du Chien Couleecap Food Pantry had a big increase in the number of households that received food and other items. Couleecap Food Pantry Coordinator Jann Sturmer said the increase is due to many more people out of work because of the coronavirus threat... + continue reading

Guttenberg's business community is adapting to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to serve their customers in various ways. (Press photo by Austin Greve)
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By Caroline Rosacker It is now more important than ever that area residents support their local businesses. Due to recent concerns over the spread of COVID-19 many area retailers and restaurants have had to re-think how they serve the public.   On March 17, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State... + continue reading

On March 12 Jaderial Staebler of Guttenberg, right, along with 20 of her Wartburg College teammates, were informed that they would not be able to compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship Track and Field Meet due to concerns brought on by the Coronavirus. (Photo submitted)
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By Caroline Rosacker The Guttenberg Press recently reached out to women in the community and asked them to share their personal experiences during these unprecedented times of social distancing and fear of Covid-19. * * * M.J. Smith M.J. Smith, Director of Affiliate Foundations for the... + continue reading

Fire Farm owner Adam Pollock wears the face shield he has designed for mass production.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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An Elkader business is shifting gears to make equipment to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Fire Farm Lighting, a custom lighting design and manufacturing company, is ramping up to make intubation boxes and face shields for use by frontline healthcare workers and others who are at high risk... + continue reading

Tom Sauer is the new fire chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. He has served with the department for 35 years and held every other available officer position.
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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 has a new fire chief. Tom Sauer recently took over the position from Jerry Thornton, who had served since 2015. Sauer is no stranger to the department. He began volunteering in 1985 and, in the 35 years since, has held every... + continue reading

The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts’ annual Arts After School Program art show couldn’t be held in person this year due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, but instructor Maureen Wild moved the show online so the public could still see it. Photographs off all the artwork created by local kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can be viewed on the “McGregor Marquette Center for the Arts” Facebook page.
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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times As COVID-19 has spread, many families confined to their homes have found entertainment and educational resources through cultural institutions, with many museums and galleries offering virtual tours of their collections through websites and social media. If you... + continue reading

The Read family from Wauzeka was among the many who participated in Kaci George’s Front Step Project.
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By Correne Martin   Finding joy in this moment of panic can be hard.  Kaci George has found a way to put a smile on people’s faces, raise money for local charities and capture this unforgettable time of social distancing at home for the sake of posterity. The Front Step Project... + continue reading

On April 7, Prairie du Chien poll workers conducted a drive-through election at Hoffman Hall for city voters, in an effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus among election officials and the public. Voters in vehicles (and some on foot) were directed through the parking lot to one of two lanes, split with three wards assigned to each. Underneath tents set up to protect workers from the elements, officials assisted voters with registering if necessary, showing proof of residence and the rest of the voting process—all through a crack in the driver’s side window. Pens and clipboards were sanitized between each use, and hand sanitizer was offered to voters prior to casting their ballot. Similar drive-through voting options were offered in municipalities across the region Tuesday. The city also issued about 840 absentee ballots, which is about 75 percent higher than a usual election. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien Food Pantry personnel served 40 bags of food to residents of Rivercrest Village Apartments last week. (Photos courtesy of the Food Pantry)

Guttenberg's business community is adapting to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to serve their customers in various ways. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

On March 12 Jaderial Staebler of Guttenberg, right, along with 20 of her Wartburg College teammates, were informed that they would not be able to compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship Track and Field Meet due to concerns brought on by the Coronavirus. (Photo submitted)

Fire Farm owner Adam Pollock wears the face shield he has designed for mass production.

Tom Sauer is the new fire chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. He has served with the department for 35 years and held every other available officer position.

The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts’ annual Arts After School Program art show couldn’t be held in person this year due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, but instructor Maureen Wild moved the show online so the public could still see it. Photographs off all the artwork created by local kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can be viewed on the “McGregor Marquette Center for the Arts” Facebook page.

The Read family from Wauzeka was among the many who participated in Kaci George’s Front Step Project.

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