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Tue
02
Jul

McGregor riverfront to get a new look

McGregor Riverfront
Riverfront improvements are on their way for the McGregor area as soon as the city can take the steps necessary to gain approval from organizations like the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The diagram above shows the potential improvements.

By Caitlin Bittner

Tue
02
Jul

Campground suffers heavy flood damage

Flood aftermath
Brush and foreign objects still litter the ground at Paradise Valley Campground on Wed. June 26, after rushing waters roared fast and furious through the area. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

Tue
02
Jul

Area fireworks

Fireworks
Fri
28
Jun

Emma Big Bear 144th birthday celebration July 5

Emma Big Bear was born of Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) descent on July 5, 1869, in Tomah, Wis., and lived in the area between southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa most of her life. She was the last full-blooded Native American to live by the traditional tribal means in Clayton County, Iowa, and likely all of northeast Iowa.
Emma lived near her people’s ancient burial grounds around Paint Rock north of Waukon Junction, on the Mississippi River shore at McGregor, and in her home now connected to Eagles Landing Winery on North Street in Marquette. Emma Big Bear was an instantly-recognizable figure and a familiar character, hawking her hand-made baskets, beaded trinkets, and ginseng root. Emma Big Bear died on Aug. 21, 1968, just shy of her 100th birthday.

Tue
25
Jun

Starting the week off with fun

Binoculars
Photo by Trudy Balcom

Kathryn Mason, left, assists Audrey and Cheyenne with a summer art project—making safari binoculars. The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts hosts a free children’s drop-in art project workshop on Mondays through July 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit their website, mmcenterforthearts@gmail.com.

Tue
25
Jun

Music festival showcases many area talents

Three Lads and a Dad
Photo by Caitlin Bittner

Part of Elkader’s own Barbershop Quartet, known as Three Lads & Dad, asks the crowd to have a “Sugar Cane Jubilee.” The music festival was sponsored by the McGregor area Ecumenical Church Council. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Tue
25
Jun

Riding the rails into history

Railroad history
Photo by Trudy Balcom

John Kohl, left presented a slide lecture on a railroad history of the Civil War as part of a benefit event for the McGregor Historical Museum held Sun., June 23, at Uncle Sam’s Saloon. Museum President Jim Arvidson, right, introduced him to the crowd. The benefit included a program of live Civil War era music and a fish fry.

Tue
25
Jun

Those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer

Schild Brau Amber samples
Teresa Albert, owner of Millstream Brewing Co., Iowa’s oldest microbrewery, hands out samples of her 2010 World Beer Cup gold medal winner—Schild Brau Amber. (Photos by Justin Howe)
Take Two
The father and son duo, Take 2, entertains the crowd at the fourth annual Lazy River Wine and Beer Festival that took place Sat. June 22. Noah Rickertsen (left) lives in Boston, Mass., while his father Nathan is a Monona resident.
Park Farm Winery
Tom and Mary with Park Farm Winery in Bankston have attended the Lazy River Wine and Beer Festival since the event got its start in 2010.
Tue
25
Jun

“Ole Nell” to be fired to mark July 4

On July 4, at 10 a.m., members of the McGregor and Marquette Legion and AMVETPosts will fire the old civil war cannon located on the riverfront in McGregor. “Ole Nell,” as it is sometimes referred to was named after the daughter of General Ulysses S. Grant, Nellie Grant. It was built in 1858, restored and rededicated on July 5, 2002, and in recent years has been fired on the Fourth of July in observance of Independence Day.

Tue
25
Jun

This bridge is open

Bridge open
Photo by Trudy Balcom

Among the many bridges closed across the area one has been reopened. The Sixth Street bridge in McGregor was recently repaired and opened after being closed for several years.

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