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07
Aug

Regal reflects on Afghanistan deployment


This sign met Jakob Regal when he returned home on July 11 with the 229th Engineer Company of the Wisconsin National Guard, based out of Prairie du Chien, which had been stationed in Afghanistan since Sept. 2012. (Photo by Trudy Balcom)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Throughout his nine-month deployment in Afghanistan, Jakob Regal obviously missed his family and friends. However, he also missed something a little less obvious, something people often take for granted each day—green landscape and paved walkways.

Wed
07
Aug

Marquette moves forward with scenic overlook and boardwalk projects

 

By Audrey Posten

 

At a special meeting Aug. 1, Project Manager Tim Cutsforth, an engineer with H.R. Green out of Cedar Rapids, presented the Marquette City Council and members of the dock commission with updated plans and schedules for the city’s scenic overlook and boardwalk project.

Wed
07
Aug

Boat capsizes near McGregor

 

Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, a 1977 tri-hull boat, operated by David Masbruch, 66, of Belmont, Wis., capsized on the Mississippi River. 

 

Wed
07
Aug

McGregor Public Library celebrates 50 years


Arlys Denning and Marlys Pfeiffer attended the McGregor Public Library 50th anniversary celebration on Aug. 2. Here, they look at a timeline that stretched around the entire library and featured dozens of photographs and newspaper clippings. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Librarian Cecilia O’Rieley (left) and Assistant Librarian Charlotte Franz (right) welcomed library goers in 1963. According to the guest book from the 1963 grand opening, visitors came from all over the country, from Massachusetts to California.

Current Librarian Michelle Pettit caught up with Franz and Kathy Davies. Franz retired in 1986 after 23 years at the McGregor Public Library. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Wed
07
Aug

Clayton County Fair success


Dacia Schoulte (middle, left) and Brooke Gillitzer (middle, right), both of McGregor, stand with Clayton County royalty Aug. 4 after winning the top two spots in the Kiddie Calf Show. The Clayton County Fair, held July 31 through Aug. 5 in National, featured entertainment for fairgoers of all ages, including concerts, a demolition derby, tractor pulls, a carnival, animals and exhibits. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Wed
31
Jul

Repairs continue in McGregor


A crew from Vorwald Enterprises works on a McGregor Heights Road culvert on July 23. The June 22 through 27 storms that brought heavy rains and flash flooding to the area will cost the city of McGregor an estimated $43,794.99. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

This collapsed sidewalk along C Street, leading to the overlook, will not be repaired in the coming weeks. City Administrator Lynette Sander said that a guard rail will be installed instead. (Photo by Trudy Balcom)
Wed
31
Jul

Clayton County Development Group holds dinner and awards ceremony in Marquette


The Clayton County Development Group held its 19th annual dinner and awards ceremony July 23 at the Marquette Community Center in the Cobblestone Inn. The group recognized businesses, communities and volunteers that exemplified the CCDG mission statement. Award winners include: (front, left to right) Monona Mayor Fran Passmore, Cindy Wachendorf, Amy Ries, Deb Bries and Don Bries; (back, left to right) Tim Kendrick, Rhonda Kendrick, Katherine Ruff, Rod Marlatt, Tim Engelhardt and Jon deNuei. (Submitted photo)

 

The Clayton County Development Group (CCDG) held its 19th annual dinner on Tuesday, July 23 at the Marquette Community Center in the Cobblestone Inn in Marquette. “Move with us into the Future!” was the theme for this year’s dinner.

 

Wed
31
Jul

Balcom bids farewell to the North Iowa Times


Trudy Balcom, on her Quarab horse, Chapita, in Arizona in 2012, plans to travel extensively with her husband. This fall, they plan to load up their living quarter horse trailer, along with their horse and mule, and “drive off into the sunset.”

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Since taking over as editor of the North Iowa Times in 2006, Trudy Balcom has witnessed both the ups and downs of the Marquette and McGregor communities—everything from flooding, fires and accidents to new business openings and the awarding of major grants. Through it all, Balcom said the parades and Memorial Day events were some of her favorite activities to cover.

 

Wed
31
Jul

Park 5 plans to stimulate the senses


Park 5 owner Mona Parisi stands behind the counter in the ice cream shop section of the business. Customers can enjoy ice cream treats throughout the day, then head next door to the bar in the evening for drinks and live music and entertainment. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Park 5 is named, in part, for its ability to stimulate the five senses. The new business, which opened July 6 on Main Street in McGregor, plans to be an amalgamation of sights, sounds, touches, tastes and smells.

 

Wed
24
Jul

58 cars on display at 11th annual Great River Car Show and Cruise


This 1915 Ford Model T was the first place winner in the Antique division at the 11th annual Great River Car Show and Cruise, which was held in McGregor July 20. First through third place trophies were awarded in eight different classes, including classic car, muscle car, antique car, street rods, truck class, sports car, late model and special interest. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

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