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Tue
08
May

Determination Park dedicated in Breitbach’s honor


David J. Breitbach’s family—daughter Elizabeth, wife Vickie, daughter Christine and sons Taylor, Frank and David—stand near the cigar tree and bench that were placed in Determination Park in his honor. A plaque will also be placed in the shelter house at the park, which Breitbach was instrumental in establishing. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel shows the drawing that inspired Breitbach to name the park "Determination Park."

McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander, park board president Maria Brummel and councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson unveil the plaque that will go up in the Determination Park shelter.

Neighbors Adam and Ashley Simon place a stone at the foot of the cigar tree recently planted in Determination Park in Breitbach’s honor.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Family members, colleagues, neighbors and community members all came together Saturday afternoon to dedicate McGregor’s Determination Park in honor of David J. Breitbach, a long-time resident and park board volunteer who passed away unexpectedly last summer.

Breitbach was the driving force behind the establishment of Determination Park, which is located in the Ridgewood West Subdivision, and wrote two successful Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation grants that funded the park shelter and play structure.

Tue
08
May

Infrastructure a hot topic during Ernst visit to Pattison Sand


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst greets Pattison Sand Company employees during a May 4 visit. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst visited Pattison Sand Company, in Clayton, May 4, as part of her 99-county tour.

During the one-hour stay, Ernst toured the Pattison site, learning about the operation’s history and its products.

“It’s interesting,” she shared. “This is my first time down here. They’ve grown so much...They’ve done well with taking challenges and making them into opportunities.”

Tue
08
May

MFL MarMac honored at state FFA convention


MFL MarMac freshman Mackenzy Ruff met Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill when she was recognized as the state’s 15,000th FFA member. (Submitted photos)

Skylar Moser sang in the FFA Chorus at convention. She had to go through an extensive application process and it was an honor to be selected.

Derek Larson (left), Braxsten Jones, Macie Weigand and Eric Walz competed in the Farm Business Management Test.

Elizabeth Herzmann (left) and Cassidy Penrod were MFL MarMac's voting delegates and helped select this year's state officers.

Ella Hanson and Logan Brown took the Greenhand Test, which challenged them to answer 100 questions about FFA.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac earned special recognition at this year’s Iowa FFA Convention, held April 22-24 in Ames, as student Mackenzy Ruff was honored in front of thousands of attendees as the state’s 15,000th FFA member.

“The state’s been trying to hit [the 15,000 mark] the last few years,” said MFL MarMac’s agriculture teacher and FFA adviser Sarah Wille. “It was random luck that she was submitted into the state roster, that Mackenzy Ruff from MFL MarMac was the one to do it. It’s pretty exciting.”

Tue
08
May

Helping pollinators the DIY way


Attendees had the opportunity to create bee nesting houses at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre’s “Help Pollinators the DIY Way” event on May 5. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Made by drilling holes in chunks of log or creating structures using bamboo, reeds or hollow stems, the houses can provide tunnel-like nesting space for the area’s solitary bees.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre hosted a “Help Pollinators the DIY Way” event on May 5, giving attendees the opportunity to create their own bee nesting houses. Made by drilling holes in chunks of log or creating structures using bamboo, reeds or hollow stems, the houses can provide tunnel-like nesting space for the area’s solitary bees. 

These solitary bees, who don’t create hives or live socially, actually make up 30 percent of the nearly 300 bee species that call Iowa home, noted Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey. 

Tue
01
May

Ferguson powers down 39-year career at McGregor Municipal Utilities


Joe Ferguson powered down his career as McGregor Municipal Utilities’ power plant operator and water superintendent at the end of April, bringing nearly 40 years of service to the community to a close. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Joe Ferguson powered down his career as McGregor Municipal Utilities’ (MMU) power plant operator and water superintendent at the end of April, bringing nearly 40 years of service to the community to a close.

Ferguson took over as the power plant operator and fire, police and rescue dispatcher at MMU on Oct. 9, 1978, after working for the city of McGregor for four years.

“I was on the city street department and was asked if I was interested in coming over,” he recalled.

Tue
01
May

Great River Care Center hopes events will connect residents, community members


Staff at Great River Care Center and Turner Pointe Assisted Living, in McGregor, have planned a series of fun events they hope will connect the facility’s residents with other community members. One of the activities, Community Coffee, will be held each Monday, beginning at 9 a.m., at Turner Pointe. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

Staff at Great River Care Center and Turner Pointe Assisted Living, in McGregor, have planned a series of fun events they hope will connect the facility’s residents with other community members.

“Every six months, I get a project to do,” explained activity director Debbie Johnson. “This last project was about the community—bringing them in more and getting our residents out in the community.”

Residents volunteered at the McGregor Public Library Halloween party and Kindermusik, a popular music and movement program for kids, was brought to the facility, allowing residents to interact more with children.

Tue
24
Apr

Solving a 'prom'blem


After wintry weather forced the postponement of the MFL MarMac prom from April 14 to April 20, students, school officials, local businesses and staff at the Dousman House worked together to make the most of the unique scenario. No matter when it was held, the prom, with the theme “Roaring Twenties,” was a night to remember for many students. That was especially true for seniors Derek Larson and Chelbe Feuerhelm (couple on the left), who were crowned king and queen, and juniors Garret Keehner and Keagan Moose, who were honored as prince and princess. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Students, businesses, venue work together when MFL MarMac’s prom is postponed

By Audrey Posten and Correne Martin

What do you do when your prom gets rescheduled? Last week, MFL MarMac went through a crash course in the scenario, with students, school officials, local businesses and venue staff coming together to make the most of a situation that had never before occurred in school history.

When word came in the morning of April 14 that the school’s prom, scheduled for that evening at the Dousman House, in Prairie du Chien, would have to be postponed due to impending sleet, snow and ice, students were initially disappointed.

Tue
24
Apr

It’s never too early to prepare for severe weather


Although recent cold temperatures and snowfall don’t lead one to think about thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes, it’s never too early to prepare for the severe weather warmer months can bring. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Although recent cold temperatures and snowfall don’t lead one to think about thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes, it’s never too early to prepare for the severe weather warmer months can bring.

“It’s important,” said Clayton County Emergency Management Coordinator Sarah Moser. “Take time to practice preparedness—where to be, what to do. The more you practice, the better you can react.”

Tue
24
Apr

Developer revealed for opera house project


The McGregor Council, at its April 18 meeting, agreed to proceed with plans to create a development agreement for the Sullivan Opera House, after Dominic Sparrgrove, of Parkersburg, was revealed as the developer for the project. The council also gave the go-ahead to begin the process for disposal of the property and to review the city’s urban renewal plan for possible use of TIF. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Council, at its April 18 meeting, agreed to proceed with plans to create a development agreement for the Sullivan Opera House, after Dominic Sparrgrove, of Parkersburg, was revealed as the developer for the project. The council also gave the go-ahead to begin the process for disposal of the property and to review the city’s urban renewal plan for possible use of TIF.

The decision was in response to the city, earlier this month, being awarded a $100,000 Community Catalyst Building Remediation Grant for rehabilitation of the Sullivan Opera House.

Tue
24
Apr

Company selected to market sale of Garden View

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its April 16 meeting, the Monona Council agreed to enter into an exclusive representation agreement with Marcus & Millichap for marketing the sale of Garden View Senior Living Facility.

The city has maintained ownership of the facility since its construction, but the council, earlier this year, felt it was time to relinquish that control. 

“This is one more step to go down the path to accomplishing that,” said mayor Lynn Martinson.

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