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Tue
09
Oct

Event showcases local manufacturing jobs


These MFL MarMac high schoolers were among a group of 200 students from area schools who visited M’s Machine and Manufacturing Co., in Monona, last week for Manufacturing Day. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The goal, said M’s Machine Vice President Candace Drahn, is to showcase manufacturing jobs and highlight the importance of manufacturing to the community.

Hunter Kugel checks out one of the parts created at M’s Machine and Manufacturing Co. during the tour of the facility.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Last week, for the fourth year in a row, M’s Machine and Manufacturing Co. welcomed local students to its facility in Monona for a special Manufacturing Day tour.

Manufacturing Day has been celebrated nationally since 2012, on the first Friday of October, which is Manufacturing Month.

The goal, said M’s Machine Vice President Candace Drahn, is to showcase manufacturing jobs and highlight the importance of manufacturing to the community.

Tue
09
Oct

Class of 1993 reflects on being first graduating class from combined school


Members of the MFL MarMac class of 1993 who attended the 25th reunion were (front, left to right) Amy Decker, Carrie Nolan, Jesse Pleggenkuhle, Joe Sass, Brad Corlett; (middle) Jana Holcer, Kelly Moose, Heather Hogan, Tina Larson, Emily Hook, Darla Keehner, Angie Schutte; (back) Gina Otts, Joe Moses, Bobbie Hansmeier, Jeremy Schellhorn, James Moses, Heather Eldridge, Sean Sanger and Bill Richard. (Submitted photo)

Members of the MFL MarMac class of 1993 had an opportunity to tour the high school when they gathered last month for their 25th class reunion. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Your senior year of high school brings a range of emotions, from excitement and pride to nervousness and maybe even sadness. For MFL MarMac’s class of 1993, the first to graduate from the combined school, it was even more of an adventure. There were new classmates, new teachers and, for some, a new building and town. 

“In the fall of 1992, the integration was mostly positive,” recalled Jesse Pleggenkuhle, who recently gathered with some of his classmates for their 25th reunion. “I was nervous and anxious about this new school, but the students, teachers and staff were all very welcoming.”

Mon
08
Oct

Betty Jean Reeg

Betty Reeg, 87, of Monona, went to be with her Lord on Oct. 5. Betty Jean was born Nov. 11, 1930, at the McGregor Hospital, to Alfred Flexman and Alice Henrietta (Carlson) Siegele. She was baptized (sponsors were Betty’s grandparents, Carl and Emma Carlson) on Jan. 18, 1931 and confirmed Sept. 9, 1945 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural McGregor. 

Betty attended rural McGregor schools through the eighth grade, graduating from McGregor High School in 1949. Betty then moved to Cedar Rapids to attend the Hunter Business School, after which she secured employment in Savannah, Ill., as a clerk-typist in the Ordnance Depot office. There she met her love, Carlyle Vincent Reeg, being united in marriage Dec. 24, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue. Two children were born to this union, Steven Carlyle and Sandra Jean. 

Thu
04
Oct

Allen John Berns

Allen John Berns, 59, of Monona, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Great River Care Center of McGregor. Allen John was born Oct. 30, 1958 to Louis Henry and Wilma Ann (Duetmeyer) Berns in Dubuque. He graduated from MFL High School in 1977.

Allen was self-employed and in his spare time enjoyed fishing, classic cars, riding motorcycles and playing cards.

Allen is survived by his two daughters, Amy Berns of Monona,  and Kristina (Keith) Thompson of Monona; grandchildren, Drew and Mason Hird and Vivian Thompson; his father, Louis H. Berns of Monona; his brothers, Dan (Lisa) Berns of Farmersburg, Ron (Barb) Berns of Monona, Tom (Jo) Berns of Luana, and Brian (Kerri) Berns of Luana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tue
02
Oct

Mini Aronia Berry Fest will highlight benefits, uses of locally-grown fruit


McGregor’s By the Spoonful will hold its first Mini Aronia Berry Fest Oct. 6-7, highlighting the benefits and potential uses of the antioxidant-rich fruit that’s seen a burst in popularity. The Brink family grows aronia berries near Elkader and will answer questions about the berries, while also sharing recipes, samples and nutritional information. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

McGregor’s By the Spoonful will hold its first Mini Aronia Berry Fest Oct. 6-7, highlighting the benefits and potential uses of the antioxidant-rich fruit that’s seen a burst in popularity. 

“A lot of people have heard of them,” remarked By the Spoonful owner Katie Ruff of the dark purple berries sometimes referred to as chokeberries. They contain even more antioxidants than the blueberries one can buy in the store, making them a growing “superfruit” of choice. 

“But for most people, all they know is to put them in a smoothie,” Ruff noted. “They want to use aronia berries, but they just don’t know how. There are other things they can be.” 

Tue
02
Oct

Potential buyer is interested in Garden View

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A potential buyer is interested in purchasing Monona’s Garden View Senior Community. At the city council’s Sept. 24 meeting, mayor Lynn Martinson said the committee involved in the marketing and sale of the assisted living facility has received a letter of intent that it will sign and send back, giving the potential buyer the right to do due diligence in researching the property.

“It’s nothing binding,” stressed Martinson, who said he simply wanted to keep the council updated on where the committee currently stands.

Tue
02
Oct

Annual HawkWatch will take flight Oct. 6


Live bird programs will be one of the highlights at HawkWatch, held Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette. (NIT file photo)

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in partnership with the Upper Iowa Audubon Society, will host HawkWatch. This 34th annual event will celebrate the magnificent fall migration of hundreds of thousands of raptors and other birds along the Mississippi River Flyway. 

HawkWatch is a free event, designed to appeal to everyone, including families, amateur birders and raptor enthusiasts. HawkWatch activities will be held at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, located at 509 U.S. 18, in Marquette, a half-mile west of the Marquette-Joliet Bridge. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. and will wrap up at 3 p.m.

Tue
25
Sep

New activities added to arts and crafts festival weekends in McGregor


Several new activities, including a pie and tart baking contest and a parade, will add to the fun and beauty of the arts and crafts festival weekends in McGregor this year. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Several new activities will add to the fun and beauty of the arts and crafts festival weekends in McGregor this year. 

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, while the Leaf Arts and Crafts Festival will run Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14. 

Vendors selling a variety of homemade and handcrafted items will be set up in both Triangle Park and inside the event center at Backwoods Bar and Grill. Live music can also be heard in the park both weekends.

Tue
25
Sep

Replacing McGregor pedestrian bridge looks to be more costly than expected

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Replacing the pedestrian bridge that spanned B Street for many years looks to be more costly than the McGregor Council originally anticipated.

The project was re-bid this month, after contractors bid 125 to 150 percent over the engineer’s estimate at the original letting in July.

But this time around, totals weren’t any better, said Tim Cuttsforth, from H.R. Green Engineering, who attended the McGregor Council’s Sept. 19 meeting. The lowest bid was $250,000, well above the estimated cost of $182,891.

Tue
25
Sep

Celebrate area’s ag history at Fall-der-All


In true Froelich fashion, tractors will again be a highlight of this year’s Fall-der-All, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30. (NIT file photo)

Let history come alive through fun demonstrations, tours and more at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30.

For many years, Fall-der-All has been a local fall tradition for Froelich, which is known as the birthplace of the first gas-powered tractor to propel itself forward and backward, created by John Froelich in 1892.

In true Froelich fashion, tractors will start off the celebration on Saturday, with sign-up for a tractor ride beginning at 9 a.m. and the ride leaving at 9:30 a.m. It will end at Froelich around 12:30 p.m. 

Following the ride, participants are also encouraged to showcase their tractors at Fall-der-All through Sunday afternoon. Both newer and older tractors will be displayed.

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