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Tue
04
Oct

North Iowa Times celebrates 160 years of news coverage


North Iowa Times Editor Audrey Posten and Publisher Gary Howe

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

1856: James Buchanan was elected 15th president of the United States, the Republican Party held its first national meeting, the Crimean War ended in Europe and the tin-type camera and accordion were both patented. On Friday, Oct. 10, the North Iowa Times was established in McGregor.

The newspaper was founded by Col. A.P. Richardson and F.W.D. Merrill, the brother of Iowa Governor Samuel Merrill, although Merrill’s name appeared on the masthead for just two weeks. 

Tue
04
Oct

McGregor Mercantile opens in newly-remodeled downtown building


Paul and Monica Tiffany recently opened McGregor Mercantile at 258 Main St., in downtown McGregor. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

McGregor Mercantile is a paint and hardware store, offering Benjamin Moore paints, chalk paints from American Paint Company, painting accessories and much more.

The Tiffanys worked throughout the year to remodel the McGregor Mercantile building. Some of the biggest changes were the additions of significantly enlarged front windows and a taller front door.

Built in 1879, the McGregor Mercantile building was originally Robert Lindsay Grocery. Over the years, it has housed a second-hand store, ice cream shop, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa and photography studio.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Paul and Monica Tiffany, the owners and operators of Preferred Painters, have been a fixture in McGregor for several years.

In December 2015, they bought a building in downtown McGregor, at 258 Main St., to use as a shop for their painting business—a place to keep pressure washers, sprayers and extra supplies. In order to be more efficient, they also planned to use the area to tint their own paint.

“Then, one thing led to another,” Monica remarked. “Pretty soon, we were opening a paint and hardware store.”

Tue
04
Oct

HawkWatch to celebrate raptor migration


Live raptor presentations will be among the activities at HawkWatch on Saturday, Oct. 8. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Celebrate the fall migration of thousands of raptors and other birds along the Mississippi River Flyway at the 32nd annual HawkWatch on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will be hosted by the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette, in conjunction with the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the Upper Iowa Audubon Society.

HawkWatch will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run through the afternoon, until 3:30 p.m. The free event will include hands-on educational activities for kids and an educational video at both 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Four live raptor presentations will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m., as well as at 1 and 2 p.m.

Tue
04
Oct

Grant opportunities discussed at Monona meeting

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Grant opportunities for community projects were a prominent topic of discussion at the Monona Council’s regular meeting Oct. 3.

One opportunity was shared by resident Jim Langhus, who was seeking the council’s permission to submit a Trees Forever pollinator habitat conservation grant application for the Monona Butterfly Garden and Trail.

“There’s a section of the [trail] loop near the pool where we can put in a prairie,” Langhus explained. “It would be a short grass prairie with a lot of prairie plants and flowers that pollinators can come to.”

Tue
27
Sep

Site plan unveiled for new Casey’s store in Marquette


A site plan for the new Casey’s General Store to be constructed in downtown Marquette was revealed last week. The existing store will be torn down along with four buildings to the west of the store. The new store will be built on that western portion.

Site plan for the new Casey's General Store in downtown Marquette.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A site plan for the new Casey’s General Store to be constructed in downtown Marquette was revealed Sept. 20, at the Marquette Council’s regular monthly meeting.

The plan, said A. Leo Pelds, of A. Leo Pelds Engineering Company, is to tear down the current store along with four buildings to the west of the store. The new store will be built on that western portion, with the front of the building facing the river. The eastern portion of the property, in front of the new store, will contain six gas pump islands.

“I don’t anticipate diesel service to this site,” Pelds said.

Tue
27
Sep

Sullivan Opera House event advocates for preservation efforts


Richard Poole was one of the speakers at an event held Saturday at Old Man River in McGregor that helped raise awareness for the importance of community historic preservation efforts. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An event held Saturday at Old Man River in McGregor, featuring both local speakers and those from around the state, helped raise awareness for the importance of community historic preservation efforts, especially as a group works to save and restore McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House.

Tue
27
Sep

McGregor property owners recognized for historic preservation efforts


At a presentation Sept. 24, McGregor mayor Harold Brooks recognized three of the city’s property owners for their historic preservation efforts. Pictured with Brooks (left) are Mel Wild, Anne and Jerry Kruse and Monica and Paul Tiffany. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

At a presentation Sept. 24, McGregor mayor Harold Brooks recognized three of the city’s property owners for their historic preservation efforts, which have contributed to McGregor’s history, architecture and character.

The first plaque honored Richard W. Myers for his donation of the building that now houses the McGregor Historical Museum. Richard gifted the building, located at 256 Main St., to the city for use as a museum on Jan. 1, 1982, in memory of his mother, Lena D. Myers. Lena was a McGregor historian, writer and one of the founders of the McGregor Historical Society in 1942. The plaque, which includes the same words as the original, was presented to Mel Wild, acting president of the McGregor Historical Society, for display at the museum.

Tue
27
Sep

McGregor Council donates to Mar-Mac Rescue Squad

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Sept. 21 meeting, the McGregor Council approved a donation of $1,045.88 to the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad for the purchase of new CPR mannequins. 

The mannequins will be used for EMT training as well as in the CPR classes offered annually by the rescue squad.

The funds contributed by the city cover half the cost of the training equipment. The other half of the funding was provided by the city of Marquette.

Temporary use permit

Tue
20
Sep

The road to Tokyo starts now


Local wrestler Kyle Pedretti (left), working here with training partner Victor Coronado, hopes to make the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Pedretti, now 28, has wrestled since he was in sixth grade. “I want to be the best in the world,” he said.

Local wrestler Pedretti hopes to make 2020 Olympics

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games are just a month in the books, but for athletes around the world, their sights are already set on the next games, four years from now in Tokyo, Japan. Among them is local wrestler Kyle Pedretti.

The sport has been woven into Pedretti’s life since, as a student at Central, he quit basketball in sixth grade to join the wrestling team. A year later, now in the MFL MarMac School District, he finished 2-2 at the AAU State Tournament. In eighth grade, he finished second at AAU State, despite personal hardship.

Tue
20
Sep

History comes alive at Fall-der-All Sept. 24-25


Cider pressing apples is one activity kids will enjoy at Fall-der-All, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25 in Froelich. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Let history come alive through fun demonstrations, tours and more at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25.

For over 20 years, Fall-der-All has been a local fall tradition for Froelich, which is known as the birthplace of the first gas-powered tractor to propel itself forward and backward, created by John Froelich in 1892.

In true Froelich fashion, tractors will start off the celebration on Saturday, with sign-up for a tractor ride beginning at 9 a.m. and the ride leaving at 9:30 a.m. It will end at Froelich around 12:30 p.m. 

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