Local News

Error message

  • Warning: array_merge(): Argument #1 is not an array in _simpleads_render_ajax_template() (line 133 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
  • Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in _simpleads_adgroup_settings() (line 343 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
  • Warning: array_merge(): Argument #1 is not an array in _simpleads_render_ajax_template() (line 157 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
Tue
13
Sep

Author shares about Prohibition in Eastern Iowa, encourages others to share stories


Author Linda McCann spoke at Murphy Helwig Library’s monthly coffee house Sept. 6, sharing about her latest book, “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Author Linda McCann, best known for her “Lost Towns” book series that details communities that disappeared along the Cedar River, spoke at Murphy Helwig Library’s monthly coffee house Sept. 6, sharing about her latest book, “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.”

McCann told those gathered she didn’t start as a writer, but rather as an RN.

“As my kids got older, I got into genealogy,” she said, noting that, when she and her husband moved to Shell Rock, she discovered she was a descendent of the town’s founder. Sometime over the years, that information had been lost. “I was determined my kids and grandkids would know about it.”

Tue
06
Sep

Postcards from the past


The artesian well, shown in this postcard from April 1915, is a popular piece of McGregor’s history.

This early “mail card” depicts the Marquette (North McGregor) pontoon bridge. The card was double the width of a regular postcard, allowing senders to fold it in half and mail it. It’s one of the 700 postcards in Brian Hedeman’s collection, which he showcases on several Facebook pages.

Sending current, future generations on historical journey

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

We’ve all heard the line, “If you put it on the Internet, it’ll be around forever.” Brian Hedeman is banking on that.

The 1977 MarMac grad, now a resident of Eagan, Minn., is using the Internet—specifically Facebook—to share his collection of historic McGregor and Marquette postcards with the world.

Hedeman’s interest in postcards developed two decades ago.

Tue
06
Sep

Father and son awarded Quilts of Valor


Father and son Gary (right) and Tony Brooks were both awarded Quilts of Valor over the weekend. Following the presentation, they were joined by family members, including (left to right) Kim, Lili and Ryne Brooks, Joanne Brooks and Bobbi Jo, Scott and Ellie Gillitzer. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The number of Quilts of Valor awarded to service members and veterans touched by war grew by two, to over 144,000, over the weekend, when father and son Gary and Tony Brooks received quilts. 

The quilts were awarded at the Brooks family reunion, held in McGregor’s Turner Park, by Lanny and Wendy Kuhse, of Garnavillo. Gary and Tony were nominated by Gary’s sister, Cheri Leachman, a veteran herself. 

Tue
06
Sep

Play me! Street piano now in Triangle Park


Max Koeller was one of several community members who played the street piano in Triangle Park Saturday, when it was officially unveiled. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the words “play me” written above its keys, the street piano installed in McGregor’s Triangle Park last week invites passing musicians to share their talents with the community.

The piano was officially unveiled Saturday, following the Labor Day parade. Several community members took a turn at the keys, much to the delight of those gathered in and around the park.

The piano, which was the idea of and donated by resident Sallee Scarff-Muehlbauer, sits at the front of Triangle Park, along the sidewalk. 

Tue
06
Sep

Monona bandstand centennial celebration Sept. 8 at city park


Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Monona’s city park bandstand Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the park. The event, which will include an ice cream social, live music, family activities, demos and museum tours, will be a fundraiser for bandstand repairs. (Submitted photo)

Construction of the Monona City Park bandstand was completed in 1916 by Frank Montgomery at a cost of $140.  Improvements were done in 1928, consisting primarily of a brick raining, brick piers and a roof over the bandstand, along with some fountain work in the park, totaling nearly $500.  

Monona’s 1916 bandstand turned 100 years old this year, and it’s still going strong; however, it needs an overhaul of repair work in order to preserve it for many more generations to come.  Unfortunately, today’s construction materials and labor costs are 10-fold over costs a century ago. Community efforts are underway to help raise money for the needed repairs, and the public is asked for its help.

Tue
06
Sep

Monona Visioning Committee to present final conceptual landscape designs


Conceptual landscape designs, like this one for Gateway Park, will be available for viewing, and for Monona residents to give their input on, at a presentation at the Monona City Park Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. The designs were created through Monona’s participation in the Community Visioning Program.

Residents of Monona will have the opportunity to view the final conceptual landscape designs created through the Community Visioning Program, in which Monona has been a participant since January.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., David Stokes and Eric Doll from Jeffery L. Bruce & Company, Trees Forever Field Coordinator Patty Reisinger and members of the Monona Community Visioning Committee will be available to answer questions regarding these designs. This public viewing is set to take place at Monona City Park during the Monona bandstand centennial celebration, also from 4 to 6 p.m., where the public may also enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social and music in the bandstand while looking over the final draft landscape design concepts.

Tue
30
Aug

Giving back: McGregor woman helps provide eye surgeries to Honduran children


McGregor resident Charlene Sauer (left), a nurse practitioner, will return to Siguatepeque, Honduras, this fall, through the organization Sharing Resources Worldwide, to help provide eye surgery to kids 18 years old and younger. She went for the first time last fall, and is pictured with Dick Beinborn, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and registered nurse Kari Sass. (Submitted photo)

The team is based at the John Eaves Clinic at La Providencia, an orphanage, which is equipped with two air conditioned operating suites. There, they perform corrective surgery on children suffering from strabismus, or crossed eyes. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This fall, McGregor resident Charlene Sauer will again return to Siguatepeque, Honduras, through the organization Sharing Resources Worldwide, to help provide eye surgery to kids 18 years old and younger. A nurse practitioner, Sauer was one of 14 medical professionals from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, California and Iowa hand-chosen to take part last year. 

Tue
30
Aug

‘Biggest Boar’ Fred to highlight McGregor’s Labor Day Parade


Fred, named the biggest boar at this year’s Iowa State Fair, will be grand marshal of the annual McGregor Labor Day Parade, held Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m.

Fred, named the biggest boar at this year’s Iowa State Fair, will be grand marshal of the annual McGregor Labor Day Parade, held Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m.

The 1,155-pound Fred was raised near Farmersburg by the Wikner family. He is 3.5 years old. Stop by Triangle Park, in downtown McGregor, after the parade, to meet Fred.

This year’s Labor Day Parade will again be circus-themed, paying homage to McGregor’s status as the birthplace of several of the Ringling Brothers. The brothers even held their first circus in town, so be prepared for some festive floats and participants.

Tue
23
Aug

Riverfront parking discussion highlights Marquette meeting


At Marquette’s Aug. 16 council meeting, a debate about the issuance and amount of a riverfront parking ticket morphed into a discussion about the city’s authority to restrict a certain area of riverfront parking for resident use only, with a permit. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At Marquette’s Aug. 16 council meeting, a debate about the issuance and amount of a riverfront parking ticket morphed into a discussion about the city’s authority to restrict a certain area of riverfront parking for resident use only, with a permit.

The issue came about after mayor Larry Breuer said he received a communication from a man who visited Marquette this summer with some friends. The man has visited Marquette several times, Breuer said, this time staying at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites. The group decided to fish at night, but upon returning to their vehicle—which was parked in a marked section of the lot restricted for resident use only with a permit—discovered a $250 ticket.

Tue
23
Aug

Obstacle course, car show new features at this year’s Luana Daze


Those taking part in the race at this year’s Luana Daze won’t run or walk through blasts of color as they have the last two years. Rather, participants will go through the Tough Scramble Obstacle Course, a 2.5-mile trek through eight to 10 obstacles of varying degrees of difficulty. (NIT file photo)

Luana will host its annual Luana Daze celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28.

New this year will be the Tough Scramble Obstacle Course, which will replace the color blast 5K walk/run held the last two years. The race will begin at 8 a.m. (registration begins at 7:15 a.m.) on Saturday, in front of the Luana Tap, taking participants on a 2.5-mile trek through eight to 10 obstacles. Some of the obstacles will include a tire flip, round bale climb, army crawl, water slide and balance beam. All obstacles in this non-competitive event will have varying degrees of difficulty; people can choose which obstacles they would like to complete. The race will end in front of the Luana Tap.

Pages

Subscribe to Local News
Comment Here