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Tue
08
Nov

Annual McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce awards dinner held


The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Nov. 7 was Carolyn Gallagher’s final duty as executive director. Her husband recently accepted a new job in Cedar Rapids, forcing them to relocate. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Four area businesses/individuals were honored at the awards dinner, including (left to right) Paul and Monica Tiffany, with McGregor Mercantile, who received the Lena D. Myers Award; Maureen Wild, who was recognized with the Alexander McGregor Award; and Audrey Posten, editor of the North Iowa Times. The newspaper, which celebrated its 160th anniversary last month, was honored with the Longevity Award. Not pictured is Dave Martin, from the Marquette Bar and Cafe, who received the James King Award. (Photo by Gary Howe)

Gallagher’s last duty as executive director

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner Nov. 7, recognizing the work businesses throughout the two communities, as well as Prairie du Chien, have done to promote the area.

“Everybody comes together,” shared the chamber’s president, Anne Kruse. Looking out over the room, “these are the people who get everything to run.”

“We are very busy towns,” Kruse added. “We’re known as a place to go where you don’t have to make plans; you can come to town and there’s always something to do.”

Tue
01
Nov

‘It’s a privilege’


MFL MarMac seniors Tristen Kautman (left), Peyton Meisner, Emily Hanson and Kayla Keehner will all vote for the first time in the Nov. 8 general election. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Students excited to vote for the first time

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“I’m excited that my voice finally matters.” Emily Hanson, along with her fellow MFL MarMac seniors Kayla Keehner, Tristen Kautman and Peyton Meisner, will be among the millions of young Americans eligible to vote for the first time in the Nov. 8 general election.

They’re taking their rights seriously.

“It’s a privilege,” Kautman shared. “It’s one of the most historic elections.”

It’s also a bit surreal, though, admitted Keehner.

Tue
01
Nov

Special Left Bank exhibit to highlight work of McGregor’s Margery Goergen


Vintage, hand-colored photographs, like this shot from Pikes Peak State Park, created by notable McGregor photographer Margery Goergen, will be featured in a new special exhibit at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor. The exhibit, “Coloring McGregor,” will open with a reception Friday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A new special exhibit at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor will feature a collection of vintage, hand-colored photographs created by one of the city’s most notable historic figures, photographer Margery Goergen.

Goergen, born in 1900, was a young woman when she began working at Oscar Fryklund’s photography studio in McGregor. She later took over the studio, located in the three-story left side of the Masonic Block buildings, operating black and white negative processing and finishing dark rooms in the back with John Sloan, who was also skilled in photography work. Following a fire in 1943, Goergen moved her studio down the street, where Interstate Federal is currently located.

Tue
01
Nov

‘FEEST’-ing on unique food combinations


Keri Picha (left), Maya Butikofer and Skylar Moser listen as MFL MarMac’s FEEST intern, Macie Weigand, explains some of the foods available for the school’s first FEEST dinner of the year Oct. 28. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Macie Weigand (left), the MFL MarMac FEEST intern, and partner Reagan Butikofer chop up zucchini for their dish.

Katie Ruff, owner of By the Spoonful in McGregor, is helping FEEST intern Macie Weigand plan and select foods for FEEST dinners. She’s also sharing her expertise with the FEEST participants, like Jesse Breuer (shown here), demonstrating proper knife and utensil usage and suggesting ways to combine and cook foods.

Keri Picha (left) and Maya Butikofer work to figure out the best way to de-seed a pomegranate for their fruit slaw dish, which also included apples and mango.

Max Koeller scoops the innards out of an acorn squash. He and his partner made a variation of bruschetta for FEEST, topping wheat bread with the squash as well as chunks of apple.

Skylar Moser and Max Koeller have fun creating a dish of pork loin, sweet potatoes and onions. The theme of the Oct. 28 was farm to school month, so locally-grown foods were incorporated. Pork was also used in recognition of October being pork month.

FEEST, which stands for Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, encourages youth to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food. Nearly a dozen students participated in the FEEST Oct. 28, creating four dishes comprised of unique food combinations.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Nearly a dozen MFL MarMac students feasted on some unique food combinations during the school’s first FEEST dinner of the year Oct. 28.

Developed in Seattle in 2006, FEEST, which stands for Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, encourages youth to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food. 

Tue
01
Nov

Remember to vote Nov. 8

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, is now less than a week away. Aside from the high-profile presidential election, there are many hotly-contested races at both the state and local levels that voters will be asked to settle.

Tue
01
Nov

Sauer hops into rabbit judging after years of showing


After showing rabbits as a kid, McGregor native Zach Sauer is now a rabbit judge. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Rabbits first sparked Zach Sauer’s interest in 2005, when, as a kid, he attended a county 4-H workshop. He began showing at the Clayton County and Iowa State Fairs along with American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA)-sanctioned shows.

“I was doing well and got more and more into showing, then started going to the national convention,” said Sauer, a McGregor native who’s now in veterinary school at Iowa State University.

Tue
25
Oct

The ghost counselor

Local woman helps entities cross over

Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

As a child, Jenny Gordon lived in a home with entities, spirits that could communicate with her.

“As a young child, it was very scary, when you don’t understand what’s going on,” recalled Gordon, a McGregor resident. “My parents didn’t see them.”

As a teenager, fear propelled her to close off the connection. However, as an adult, Gordon tapped back into it, hoping to help both the living and non-living.

Tue
25
Oct

Marquette attorney: City’s riverfront parking area for just residents could violate the law


A parking area on Marquette’s riverfront that’s restricted to resident use only, with a permit, could be in violation of federal and state law, according to the city’s attorney, Dan Key.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A parking area on Marquette’s riverfront that’s restricted to resident use only, with a permit, could be in violation of federal and state law, according to the city’s attorney, Dan Key.

Key, speaking at the city council’s regular meeting Oct. 18, cited two clauses the ordinance may violate: the privilege and immunity clause, which prevents a state from treating citizens of other states in a discriminatory matter; and the equal protection clause, which provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws.

Tue
25
Oct

Increasing deer population has McGregor residents concerned

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor residents are losing their yards to an ever-growing deer population.

“We’re getting overrun,” said Bob Pruett, who spoke at the McGregor City Council meeting Oct. 19. “It’s an increasing problem. Something has to be done.”

The city is sympathetic to Pruett’s and other residents’ claims. In August and September, the council discussed possible options for managing McGregor’s deer population, including creating an ordinance that would allow for a special archery hunt for hunters with permits. 

Tue
18
Oct

Lady Luck Marquette sold


Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., announced Oct. 13 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Lady Luck Marquette casino to CQ Holdings Company, Inc., for $40 million. (NIT file photo)

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., announced Oct. 13 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Lady Luck Marquette casino to CQ Holdings Company, Inc., for $40 million.

The sale to CQ Holdings Company, which is based in Swansea, Ill., will close in early fiscal year 2018, per the approval of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the Illinois Gaming Control Board and customary closing conditions.

CQ Holdings is the parent company of the Casino Queen casino in East St. Louis, Ill. Lady Luck Marquette is expected to be rebranded Casino Queen Marquette once the deal is complete.

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