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Tue
13
Sep

Passmore to take over as Monona’s mayor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona residents will see a familiar face in the mayor’s seat at the next council meeting: Fran Passmore. Passmore served as the city’s mayor for six years prior to the most recent mayor, Barb Collins, who took over in 2014.

Collins resigned as mayor late last month in order to become the city’s deputy clerk, replacing the retiring Linda Gullickson.

Passmore will finish out the remainder of the two-year term, through the end of 2017.

Tue
13
Sep

Event to raise awareness for Sullivan Opera House project, community preservation


On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., at Old Man River in downtown McGregor, an informative and enlightening event will explore the history of McGregor’s opera houses, successfully completed projects in other cities and the benefits of historic preservation in the community. The event will raise awareness for community efforts to restore McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (pictured).

Preservation promotes respect for those who came before us, and those who will come after. Preservation encourages citizen activity to become involved and fulfill their right and responsibility to create their community’s future.  On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., at Old Man River in downtown McGregor, an informative and enlightening event will explore the history of McGregor’s opera houses, successfully completed projects in other cities and the benefits of historic preservation in the community. 

Special guest and author, professor Richard Poole, will present “Tent Repertoire, Circle Stock, Airdomes and Opera Houses: Gone but not Forgotten,” an entertaining, illustrated talk detailing the incredible amount of theatre available to small-town Americans between 1870 and 1940.

Tue
13
Sep

Discover Marquette’s railroad history Sept. 17


Little barrel rides are a popular activity for kids at Marquette's annual Railroad Days, held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Depot Museum and Information Center. (NIT file photo)

Discover Marquette’s vast railroad history at the annual Railroad Days celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Depot Museum and Information Center.

Little barrel rides for the kids, as well as caricature drawings with John Mundt, will kick off the day, at 10 a.m., and run into the afternoon.

At 11 a.m., see if the train gets robbed, as the Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s street theater crew performs.

Learn about the history of telegraphy at 1 p.m. Stories and remembrances from former railroad employees will also begin at that time, continuing until 2 p.m.

Tue
13
Sep

Author shares about Prohibition in Eastern Iowa, encourages others to share stories


Author Linda McCann spoke at Murphy Helwig Library’s monthly coffee house Sept. 6, sharing about her latest book, “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Author Linda McCann, best known for her “Lost Towns” book series that details communities that disappeared along the Cedar River, spoke at Murphy Helwig Library’s monthly coffee house Sept. 6, sharing about her latest book, “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.”

McCann told those gathered she didn’t start as a writer, but rather as an RN.

“As my kids got older, I got into genealogy,” she said, noting that, when she and her husband moved to Shell Rock, she discovered she was a descendent of the town’s founder. Sometime over the years, that information had been lost. “I was determined my kids and grandkids would know about it.”

Tue
06
Sep

Postcards from the past


The artesian well, shown in this postcard from April 1915, is a popular piece of McGregor’s history.

This early “mail card” depicts the Marquette (North McGregor) pontoon bridge. The card was double the width of a regular postcard, allowing senders to fold it in half and mail it. It’s one of the 700 postcards in Brian Hedeman’s collection, which he showcases on several Facebook pages.

Sending current, future generations on historical journey

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

We’ve all heard the line, “If you put it on the Internet, it’ll be around forever.” Brian Hedeman is banking on that.

The 1977 MarMac grad, now a resident of Eagan, Minn., is using the Internet—specifically Facebook—to share his collection of historic McGregor and Marquette postcards with the world.

Hedeman’s interest in postcards developed two decades ago.

Tue
06
Sep

Father and son awarded Quilts of Valor


Father and son Gary (right) and Tony Brooks were both awarded Quilts of Valor over the weekend. Following the presentation, they were joined by family members, including (left to right) Kim, Lili and Ryne Brooks, Joanne Brooks and Bobbi Jo, Scott and Ellie Gillitzer. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The number of Quilts of Valor awarded to service members and veterans touched by war grew by two, to over 144,000, over the weekend, when father and son Gary and Tony Brooks received quilts. 

The quilts were awarded at the Brooks family reunion, held in McGregor’s Turner Park, by Lanny and Wendy Kuhse, of Garnavillo. Gary and Tony were nominated by Gary’s sister, Cheri Leachman, a veteran herself. 

Tue
06
Sep

Play me! Street piano now in Triangle Park


Max Koeller was one of several community members who played the street piano in Triangle Park Saturday, when it was officially unveiled. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the words “play me” written above its keys, the street piano installed in McGregor’s Triangle Park last week invites passing musicians to share their talents with the community.

The piano was officially unveiled Saturday, following the Labor Day parade. Several community members took a turn at the keys, much to the delight of those gathered in and around the park.

The piano, which was the idea of and donated by resident Sallee Scarff-Muehlbauer, sits at the front of Triangle Park, along the sidewalk. 

Tue
06
Sep

Monona bandstand centennial celebration Sept. 8 at city park


Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Monona’s city park bandstand Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the park. The event, which will include an ice cream social, live music, family activities, demos and museum tours, will be a fundraiser for bandstand repairs. (Submitted photo)

Construction of the Monona City Park bandstand was completed in 1916 by Frank Montgomery at a cost of $140.  Improvements were done in 1928, consisting primarily of a brick raining, brick piers and a roof over the bandstand, along with some fountain work in the park, totaling nearly $500.  

Monona’s 1916 bandstand turned 100 years old this year, and it’s still going strong; however, it needs an overhaul of repair work in order to preserve it for many more generations to come.  Unfortunately, today’s construction materials and labor costs are 10-fold over costs a century ago. Community efforts are underway to help raise money for the needed repairs, and the public is asked for its help.

Tue
06
Sep

Monona Visioning Committee to present final conceptual landscape designs


Conceptual landscape designs, like this one for Gateway Park, will be available for viewing, and for Monona residents to give their input on, at a presentation at the Monona City Park Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. The designs were created through Monona’s participation in the Community Visioning Program.

Residents of Monona will have the opportunity to view the final conceptual landscape designs created through the Community Visioning Program, in which Monona has been a participant since January.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., David Stokes and Eric Doll from Jeffery L. Bruce & Company, Trees Forever Field Coordinator Patty Reisinger and members of the Monona Community Visioning Committee will be available to answer questions regarding these designs. This public viewing is set to take place at Monona City Park during the Monona bandstand centennial celebration, also from 4 to 6 p.m., where the public may also enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social and music in the bandstand while looking over the final draft landscape design concepts.

Tue
30
Aug

Giving back: McGregor woman helps provide eye surgeries to Honduran children


McGregor resident Charlene Sauer (left), a nurse practitioner, will return to Siguatepeque, Honduras, this fall, through the organization Sharing Resources Worldwide, to help provide eye surgery to kids 18 years old and younger. She went for the first time last fall, and is pictured with Dick Beinborn, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and registered nurse Kari Sass. (Submitted photo)

The team is based at the John Eaves Clinic at La Providencia, an orphanage, which is equipped with two air conditioned operating suites. There, they perform corrective surgery on children suffering from strabismus, or crossed eyes. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This fall, McGregor resident Charlene Sauer will again return to Siguatepeque, Honduras, through the organization Sharing Resources Worldwide, to help provide eye surgery to kids 18 years old and younger. A nurse practitioner, Sauer was one of 14 medical professionals from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, California and Iowa hand-chosen to take part last year. 

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