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Tue
11
Jul

Circus wagon restored through a group effort


The circus wagon at the corner of A and Ann Streets was recently restored with the help of community volunteers. Pictured (left to right) are Beth Regan and Maureen Wild, with the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts; circus wagon owners Shelly and Randy Weeks; and Anne Kruse, also with the art center. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The finishing touch—the clown—was placed atop the wagon last week.

Maureen Wild, a local artist and art center board member, restored the tigers, creating lifelike interpretations of the well-known circus act.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Although the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus dazzled crowds for the final time May 21, closing the book on 146 years of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” the history of the Ringling Brothers—and their circus roots—is still very much alive in McGregor.

The boys performed their first circus in the community, at what’s now the corner of A and Ann Streets, in 1871. For roughly four decades, a “circus wagon”—complete with caged tigers and a clown driver—has marked that special location. 

Tue
11
Jul

Music in the park


Merlyn Finley, from Decorah, tuned two pianos—one a sunny yellow and the other a calming teal—that were placed in McGregor’s Triangle Park last week. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The teal piano sits at the back of Triangle Park, in front of Backwoods Bar and Grill.

The yellow street piano invites people to play in memory of Deb Dickey.

McGregor now has two street pianos

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Those traversing McGregor’s downtown now have the opportunity to share their musical talents on not just one, but two, street pianos in Triangle Park.

The pianos—one a sunny yellow and the other a calming teal—were placed last week. Merlyn Finley, from Decorah, also tuned them.

The pianos were the idea of resident Sallee Scarff-Muehlbauer, who first approached the city last spring with the plan to place one in Triangle Park. 

Tue
11
Jul

MFL MarMac School Board reviews assessment data

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its July 10 meeting, the MFL MarMac School Board reviewed the data from the 2016-2017 Iowa Assessment. Teacher Jen Wilwert gave the presentation, breaking down student proficiency, by grade level, in reading, math, science and social studies.

Students fared best in science, with all but second grade demonstrating 79 percent proficiency or higher.

The second graders came in at 66.2 percent proficiency, but Wilwert said the statistic is not surprising, and the next year’s second graders will likely show similar results.

Wed
05
Jul

Workshop warns against scams

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

From phone scams to malicious computer pop-ups or emails, millions of Americans fall prey to fraudulent activity each year, resulting in losses of billions of dollars.

Clayton County is not immune. In the past year, Elkader residents alone have lost nearly $30,000, said Gerry Frick, an officer with the Elkader Police Department.

“Fraud cases are rampant, with people thinking they can make a quick buck,” said Frick, who led a fraud prevention workshop hosted by Alpine Communications in Marquette last month.

Wed
05
Jul

Event helps preserve Emma Big Bear history


The 11th annual Emma Big Bear and Winnebago History Day was held July 1, in Marquette. The event included several speakers as well an exhibit featuring baskets, jewelry, art, photos and research materials. Here, one of the speakers, Terry Landsgaard (center), looks at the baskets on display with other event attendees. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Wayne Kling, of the Tomah, Wis., Area Historical Society and Museum, talks about the Blue Wing Cemetery, where Emma Big Bear is buried. Emma's exact location is unknown, however, as a stone does not exist.

The goal in hosting Emma Big Bear Day, shared Rogeta Halvorson, secretary/treasurer of the Emma Big Bear Foundation, which was founded by her parents Roger and Connie in 2012, “is to preserve Winnebago history and the history of Emma Big Bear.”

Spencer Lone Tree was dubbed the "Elvis Presley of the Winnebago" by Emma, who was his great-aunt. In commemoration, he sang an Elvis song at the event July 1.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

From viewing the baskets she once handcrafted to hearing personal stories shared by area residents, the life and legacy of Emma Big Bear was celebrated by many at the 11th annual Emma Big Bear and Winnebago History Day in Marquette on July 1.

Hosted by the non-profit Emma Big Bear Foundation, the event recognized what would have been Emma’s 148th birthday, and featured an exhibit of five personal collections of baskets, jewelry, photos, art and research materials. Three speakers presented on topics related to Emma and the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) people.

Wed
05
Jul

Casey’s General Store in Marquette closes; new store anticipated to open in October


The Casey’s General Store in downtown Marquette closed this week for demolition, leaving the community without a convenience store until a new, larger store opens this fall. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Construction of the new 3,400-square-foot store has been underway for over a month.

The new store will offer expanded fountain selections, a larger coffee and cappuccino bar, more coolers, made-to-order subs and, of course, the chain’s popular pizza.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Casey’s General Store in downtown Marquette closed this week for demolition, leaving the community without a convenience store until a new, larger store opens this fall.

According to the company, the new 3,400-square-foot store is anticipated to open in early October, directly behind the location of the current store. Construction of the store has been underway for over a month.

Tue
27
Jun

Great River Care Center number one in Iowa


Pictured are Great River Care Center Activity Director Debbie Johnson, resident Margie Garthwaite and CNA Faith Gurske. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The American Health Care Association has rated Great River Care Center (GRCC), in McGregor, the number one nursing home in Iowa for the first quarter of 2017.

“Every nursing home in the nation is rated based on their surveys, quality, staffing and health inspections,” said Great River Care Center Administrator Deanna Kahler. “We were rated number one out of 437 based on our survey history.”

Each year, Kahler said, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals visits GRCC, spending a week inspecting everything at the facility.

Tue
27
Jun

McGregor Council considers proposal for splash pad engineering

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Although installation of a splash pad at McGregor’s Turner Park isn’t planned until 2019, efforts are already underway to determine the type of water system best suited for the project.

Jacob Huck, from MSA Professional Services, presented an engineering proposal to the McGregor Council at its June 21 meeting, detailing two options available to the city.

The first, Huck explained, is a flow-through system, where the water goes through and then out, without being re-used. A recirculating system, on the other hand, would treat the water that goes through the splash pad, allowing it to be re-used, he said.

Tue
27
Jun

R and R Auto offers body work, detailing in Monona


Owner Randy Richard (left) and Chris Colsch offer body work and detailing at the recently-opened R and R Auto, in Monona. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

People living in and around Monona now have another option for auto body and detailing work, with the opening of R and R Auto at 305 Franklin St. 

The business will hold its grand opening Friday, June 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. Snacks will be provided and door prizes will go to anyone who arrives at the event in a classic car. 

“I’ve always liked working on cars,” shared owner Randy Richard. Growing up, he noted, “I was always curious to know what it took to make a car that’s been in an accident look like it never happened.” 

Tue
27
Jun

Annual Emma Big Bear Day is July 1 in Marquette


The 11th annual Emma Big Bear and Winnebago History Day program will be held Saturday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Marquette Community Center. The event will include speakers, as well as exhibits containing baskets, jewelry, art, photographs, stories and more. This recently-discovered photo shows 19th century chiefs and leaders, some of whom were related to Emma Big Bear.

Emma Big Bear (Photo courtesy of Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret)

Everyone is invited to attend the 11th annual Emma Big Bear and Winnebago History Day program on Saturday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Marquette Community Center, 102 North St. This free program marks what would have been the 148th birthday of Emma Big Bear, who was born July 5, 1869, and died Aug. 21, 1968. 

The event is hosted by the non-profit Emma Big Bear Foundation, which was founded in 2012 by Roger and Connie Halvorson.

The event moved to the community center last year, after out-growing space at Eagles Landing Winery.

“[The event] is growing,” said Rogeta Halvorson, Roger and Connie’s daughter and secretary/treasurer of the Emma Big Bear Foundation. “There’s growing interest from people because it’s such an interesting part of history.”

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