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Tue
09
Jul

State of Iowa receives Presidential Disaster Declaration

     On July 3, Gov. Branstad received word that Pres. Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 47 Iowa counties impacted by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began May 19.
     The counties included in the declaration are: Appanoose, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lyon, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Wapello, Webster, Winnebago, and Wright.
     The governor sent the request for the declaration on June 19, in response to significant damage that was caused by heavy rains, thunderstorms and flooding in those counties between May 19 and June 14.

Tue
09
Jul

Historical Battle of Prairie du Chien reenactment to send audience to the past

War of 1812
Reenactors, portraying officers of the U.S. Army, deliver a message to their commander from the British, requesting their surrender before the battle.

By Audrey Posten

Tue
02
Jul

McGregor teen publishes book with help of NaNoWriMo

MacKenzie Gramlich
MacKenzie Gramlich of McGregor recently published her book “Five Deep Breaths.” (Photo by Andra Meana)

By Pat McTaggart

Tue
02
Jul

McGregor riverfront to get a new look

McGregor Riverfront
Riverfront improvements are on their way for the McGregor area as soon as the city can take the steps necessary to gain approval from organizations like the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The diagram above shows the potential improvements.

By Caitlin Bittner

Tue
02
Jul

Campground suffers heavy flood damage

Flood aftermath
Brush and foreign objects still litter the ground at Paradise Valley Campground on Wed. June 26, after rushing waters roared fast and furious through the area. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

Tue
02
Jul

Area fireworks

Fireworks
Fri
28
Jun

Emma Big Bear 144th birthday celebration July 5

Emma Big Bear was born of Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) descent on July 5, 1869, in Tomah, Wis., and lived in the area between southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa most of her life. She was the last full-blooded Native American to live by the traditional tribal means in Clayton County, Iowa, and likely all of northeast Iowa.
Emma lived near her people’s ancient burial grounds around Paint Rock north of Waukon Junction, on the Mississippi River shore at McGregor, and in her home now connected to Eagles Landing Winery on North Street in Marquette. Emma Big Bear was an instantly-recognizable figure and a familiar character, hawking her hand-made baskets, beaded trinkets, and ginseng root. Emma Big Bear died on Aug. 21, 1968, just shy of her 100th birthday.

Tue
25
Jun

Starting the week off with fun

Binoculars
Photo by Trudy Balcom

Kathryn Mason, left, assists Audrey and Cheyenne with a summer art project—making safari binoculars. The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts hosts a free children’s drop-in art project workshop on Mondays through July 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit their website, mmcenterforthearts@gmail.com.

Tue
25
Jun

Music festival showcases many area talents

Three Lads and a Dad
Photo by Caitlin Bittner

Part of Elkader’s own Barbershop Quartet, known as Three Lads & Dad, asks the crowd to have a “Sugar Cane Jubilee.” The music festival was sponsored by the McGregor area Ecumenical Church Council. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Tue
25
Jun

Riding the rails into history

Railroad history
Photo by Trudy Balcom

John Kohl, left presented a slide lecture on a railroad history of the Civil War as part of a benefit event for the McGregor Historical Museum held Sun., June 23, at Uncle Sam’s Saloon. Museum President Jim Arvidson, right, introduced him to the crowd. The benefit included a program of live Civil War era music and a fish fry.

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