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Tue
22
Nov

Follow the lights to Christmas Hollow

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Star light, star bright, everyone’s invited to see Lucy and Al Anderson’s Christmas lights. For the third year, the McGregor couple, who live at 215 W. Spring St., behind the city garage across from the middle school, will welcome people to visit Christmas Hollow.

Always an avid Christmas decorator, Lucy came up with the idea for Christmas Hollow three years ago. She and Al, who were then newly married, had recently moved into their home, which had a yard that offered ample decorating space.

The Andersons began decorating last month. Lucy comes up with the display ideas, while Al engineers solutions to make them happen. 

Tue
22
Nov

Show your love for McGregor and Marquette's small businesses

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The communities of McGregor and Marquette encourage residents and visitors alike to support small, local businesses as they shop for gifts this holiday season—beginning with Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26.

Twenty-five businesses—ranging from retail stores and salons to bars and restaurants—will participate in a “Shop Small: McGregor and Marquette” event on Saturday, offering activities, refreshments and special shopping deals. The event will start at 9 a.m. and run through 1 p.m., or later.

The Small Business Saturday concept was first launched in 2010 by American Express, as an alternative to the major holiday shopping days following Thanksgiving—Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Tue
22
Nov

City of Monona ups MCED contribution

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor 

At its Nov. 21 regular meeting, the Monona City Council approved contributing $12,000 to Monona Chamber and Economic Development (MCED) for 2017, an increase of $2,000 from its 2016 pledge. 

“Personally, I think it’s necessary,” said mayor Fran Passmore of MCED’s request for an increase. “We have to support economic development because it supports everybody. I think we’ve made a lot of improvements, and we’ve come a long way, but we have a lot further to go.” 

Tue
22
Nov

Volunteers sought for Marquette beautification committee

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

Marquette mayor Larry Breuer is looking for community members who would like to be part of a community beautification committee.

“I’d like to start a volunteer committee to put together some programs to better certain areas of town,” Breuer said at the city council’s regular meeting Nov. 15.

Breuer said he’d like the committee to target three areas, beginning with the entrance to Marquette on Highway 76. There, he explained, he’d like to see the west side of the road cleaned up, presenting a better impression to those entering town.

Tue
15
Nov

Career exploration taken to a new level at MFL MarMac

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac juniors and seniors are being exposed to potential career opportunities as they’ve never been before through a program called Career Learning Link.

A partnership between Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), Upper Explorerland and ECIA in Dubuque, Career Learning Link was created a little over a year ago thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. It’s available in 26 different schools in Northeast Iowa, four of which—including MFL MarMac—are served by Cassie Martin, a youth career connect counselor with Upper Explorerland.

Tue
15
Nov

Book connects MFL MarMac students to others from around the world


Shelby Mielke (left) and Riley Moreland, along with the other students in Scott Boylen’s seventh grade literature class, are currently participating in the Global Read Aloud. Boylen is reading the book “Pax” aloud to his students, who then share their thoughts online, with students from around the world. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Have you ever wondered if someone halfway around the world—or even halfway around the country—is doing the exact same thing as you? For students in Scott Boylen’s seventh grade literature class, they don’t have to wonder. They know.

His class, along with several others at the McGregor Center, are participating in the Global Read Aloud, a project that works to connect the world through the reading of one book.

Tue
15
Nov

Students say ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol


Marissa Reichard (left), Jerica Meana, Cole Willie and Alex McNally are the officers of the new MFL MarMac club SODA (Students Opposing Drugs and Alcohol). (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac high school students are making a commitment to remain drug- and alcohol-free through the new student organization SODA (Students Opposing Drugs and Alcohol).

The school’s drop-out prevention specialist, Jackie McGeough, developed the idea last school year and serves as the group’s advisor.

“I checked into it because I knew they didn’t have anything here geared toward substance abuse prevention. It drops off after fifth grade,” she said.

Tue
15
Nov

Birdnow closes two stores, but retains commitment to Monona

For over 40 years, the Birdnow family has operated northeast Iowa car dealerships in Monona, Oelwein, Cascade and Jesup. Having raised their family in Jesup, where their sons graduated from high school and later entered the family business, the Birdnow family announced it has recently sold its Cascade and Jesup stores.

The Cascade store was sold to a Dubuque dealer who wished to expand his network of new car dealerships; Jesup was sold to Rydell’s, of Waterloo. While the family tried hard to find a suitable buyer for its Jesup store, the best option turned out to be Rydell’s, who has closed it in order to have less competition for their existing stores.

Tue
08
Nov

Friends experience Honor Flight together


Local veterans (left to right) Jim Teaser, Max Abildtrup, Frank Rodenberg and Adrian Kinley went together on an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., Oct. 18. (Submitted photos)

As Korean War-era vets, the Korean War Memorial was a favorite stop.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Everything’s better when you can share it with friends. For four local veterans—Adrian Kinley, Frank Rodenberg, Jim Teaser and Max Abildtrup—that was especially true Oct. 18, as they embarked together on an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.

The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, based in Cedar Rapids, is a non-profit organization that sends veterans to the nation’s capital to visit a variety of war memorials and historic sites.

According to Kinley, the four heard about the organization through another local veteran, Bob Eggen, who went on an Honor Flight in April.

Tue
08
Nov

Speaker shares Ringling history


Joe Colossa, a 14-year employee with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and owner of the Al Ringling Mansion in Baraboo, Wis., spoke about the Ringling family, including its ties to McGregor, at the McGregor Historical Museum’s fall event Nov. 5. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Ringling Brothers’ first circus in McGregor, Colossa explained, included music, comedy, a goat, horse trick riding and a moving picture show.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Joe Colossa has been interested in the Ringling family since he was 10 years old. A Connecticut native and fourth generation in his family to be part of the circus business, he did all he could to discover more.

“I was trying to read anything I could find,” said Colossa, who spoke about the Ringling family, and the well-known brothers of circus fame, at the McGregor Historical Museum’s fall event Nov. 5.

After reading “The Circus Kings,” written by Henry Ringling North, son of the Ringling Brothers’ sister Ida, Colossa said he was really hooked.

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