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Tue
03
Mar

Refuge’s McGregor District office moving to Prairie du Chien


Concerns with mud, falling rocks and moisture have prompted the McGregor District office of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge to move from its current location along Highway 18, between Marquette and McGregor, to Prairie du Chien, effective March 30. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor District office of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is moving from its current location along Highway 18, between Marquette and McGregor, to Prairie du Chien, effective March 30.

“The office we have now, there are safety concerns from mud and rocks,” said McGregor District Manager Rich King, noting that some falling rocks have damaged vehicles. “There are also mold and moisture concerns.”

King said the Refuge has sought a new home for the district office for some time.

“We’ve been looking for land next to the flood plain, but not in the flood plain,” he said.

Tue
03
Mar

Wetlands Centre to take part in Russia-USA exchange program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette has been selected to participate in the Russia-USA Wetland Center Exchange Program: Linking People and Wetlands project.

The Wetlands Centre was one of three wetlands centers in the United States chosen to participate in the project, which will seek to identify shared challenges organizations in the U.S. and Russia face in regard to wetlands education and outreach.

Tue
03
Mar

Several Monona streets to be chip sealed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Several Monona streets will be chip sealed when the weather warms up, including stretches of Main Street from Kregel Street to Iowa Street and from the railroad tracks to the edge of town. Hill Street, starting at Iowa Street and going north, will also be done, as will Anderson Street from Center Street to North Street and both North and Center Streets from Hill Street to West Street.

Chip sealing involves applying a thin film of heated asphalt liquid to the street surface, then placing “chips,” which are compacted and adhere to the asphalt.

Tue
24
Feb

Strub, Keehner claim seventh and eighth place at state


Gatlin Keehner (left) and Chase Strub capped off their high school wrestling careers by taking home medals from the state wrestling tournament. Both wrestlers said sticking with the sport through good times and bad helped shape their journeys, and advised the younger wrestlers in attendance to keep at it. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac's Chase Strub placed seventh in the class 1A 195-pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament, held Feb. 19-21 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Photos courtesy of the Iowa Newspaper Association)

Bulldog Gatlin Keehner placed eighth in the class 1A 285-pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament, held Feb. 19-21 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Photos courtesy of the Iowa Newspaper Association)

During a welcome back celebration for Strub and Keehner on Sunday, coach Chet Bachman (left) shared his thoughts on the season and the tournament. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Both Chase Strub and Gatlin Keehner returned to MFL MarMac High School Sunday as state wrestling medal winners. Strub placed seventh in the class 1A 195-pound weight class, while Keehner was eighth in the 285-pound weight class.

The tournament, held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines from Feb. 19-21, was the first trip to state for Strub and Keehner, who are both seniors.

The first round was tough for both wrestlers, as Strub lost 5-3 in overtime to Brennen Grimm of English Valleys, the eventual third-place winner. Keehner came out on the wrong end of a 9-3 decision to Clarksville’s Skyler Popham, who claimed sixth place.

Tue
24
Feb

Bickel steps down as fire chief after 30 years


New McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1 fire chief Jerry Thornton (left) and retiring chief Dan Bickel pose in front of the department’s new truck. The truck is named “Richard” in honor of former fireman Rick Walters, who bequeathed the department $50,000 to go toward the purchase of a new truck when he passed away. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Dan Bickel stepped down as  the fire chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1 earlier this month after holding the post for 30 years.

Bickel said the firemen have held an election once each year, in February, since the department’s inception over 140 years ago. This year, Jerry Thornton, who’s been assistant chief for 27 years, was elected chief. Tom Sauer was named assistant chief, while Trampus Thornton will be the foreman and Tom McElwaine the assistant foreman. Tom Luber was named the training officer and Rory Lindner the assistant training officer. The secretary/treasurer will be Kent Pfeiffer.

Tue
24
Feb

Swede Ridge quilters enjoy fellowship, making a difference


Eunice Carlson, Shirley Jensen, Jean Peterson, Olga Corlett, Lois Davis, Edith Nading, Dorothy Peterson and Helen Borcherding gather around one of the 114 quilts they made last year. (Submitted photo)

Cheryl Corlett hems the quilts once the other ladies tie and pin them. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Yvonna Redemske and Edith Nading show off the blocks tediously cut and pressed by fellow quilter Jean Peterson. Much of the material used for the quilts is donated. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For several generations, the ladies of Swede Ridge Lutheran Church have quilted for a cause.

Every year, starting in October, the women get together each Wednesday to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. They work through the month before taking a break for the holidays in November and December, then return to quilting in January, not stopping until the beginning of May, when the quilts make their way to Minneapolis. From there, quilts from all over the country are distributed to those in need around the world.

Tue
24
Feb

DNR looks to collect 200 more samples for CWD testing

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Iowa DNR launched a special deer hunt in part of Allamakee County Feb. 21 in an effort to collect 200 additional samples from the Harpers Ferry area after three wild deer killed there during the recent hunting season tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

The three new “positives” brought the total number of confirmed cases of CWD in wild deer in Iowa to four, after one harvested near Harpers Ferry also tested positive in 2013.

Tue
24
Feb

McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1 has new truck


Accepting a grant from Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation Board President Norm Lincoln (right) that aided in the purchase of McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1’s new fire truck are (left) Dan Bickel, Tom Sauer, Tom Luber and Jerry Thornton. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1 took possession of its new fire truck, a 2014 International, in January. 

The truck, which holds 1,100 gallons of water and has a 1,250 gallons per minute pump, was purchased from Simon Fire Equipment in Farley, Iowa. The truck itself is brand new, said former fire chief Dan Bickel, but the pump and box are used, salvaged from another truck that was involved in a fire.

“It was paid for by a unique set-up,” Bickel said of the $200,000 truck. “There was no loan, bond or taxes assessed.”

Tue
24
Feb

City of McGregor, MMU vow to have better communication

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Council and members of the McGregor Municipal Utilities (MMU) board agreed to move forward with better communication between one another Feb. 18, following misunderstandings between the two regarding the movement of utility poles for the upcoming sewer rehab project and proposed work along C Street.

Several poles are in the street right-of-way and need to be moved. MMU was aware of some, but not all, until its January meeting.

Tue
17
Feb

Strub, Keehner advance to state wrestling tournament


MFL MarMac senior Chase Strub (top) advanced to the state wrestling tournament after claiming the 195-pound title at the IHSAA 1A Dist. 3 tournament Saturday. Strub, who has been unbeatable in the last two months, said his key to victory will be staying on offense. (NIT file photo)

Bulldog senior Gatlin Keehner (top) finally punched his ticket to the state wrestling tournament after placing second in the 285-pound bracket at Saturday’s district tournament. Keehner competed at districts two other times throughout his career, but came up short. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac wrestlers Chase Strub and Gatlin Keehner are headed to state. Strub was the IHSAA 1A Dist. 3 tournament champion at 195 pounds, while Keehner placed second in the 285-pound bracket, on Feb. 14.

“Chase Strub started off the day with a pin and ended the day with a pin,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “Chase wrestled well all day long. He seemed determined and focused and was aggressive, which is how you become the district champ.”

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