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Tue
15
Apr

Creating community art

 

There was a good turnout on Saturday for McGregor’s community art project. The event was a collaboration between the city of McGregor and the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA). Participants stencil or freehand painted designs on picnic tables that will be placed in the city’s parks. Art included everything from flowers, hearts and butterflies to penguins and Green Bay Packer “G’s.” The tables will be unveiled Saturday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at the Easter Egg and Selfie Hunt in Triangle Park, which is being sponsored by Old Man River and the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

 
Tue
15
Apr

MFL MarMac ‘celebrates’ test scores

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
08
Apr

Teaching life saving lessons


The MarMac Rescue Squad held its first CPR/first aid course of the month on Saturday. EMT and certified instructor Liz Clark taught the class, while other EMTs helped. Clark instructed the class on CPR, stressing the importance of compressions. She said breathing is no longer as important, but that, if you are going to do breathing, a mask should be used. She also explained how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore a regular heart rhythm. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

 

 

 
Tue
08
Apr

Bown gives back with newfound woodworking skills


Over the winter, Guy Bown made four blue bird houses, four wood duck houses and one wren house, along with wooden wall coat racks (seen behind him) and boot driers for the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The birds living around the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette will have some new housing options this spring. 

Tue
08
Apr

Monona considers Turkey River Watershed Management Authority projects and practices

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
01
Apr

The man behind the wine


In 2003, Jay Halvorson left his career as a computer programmer in Dallas and moved to Iowa to make wine at and help run Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette. He was recently named Iowa’s Winemaker of the Year. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Jay points to a tray below the press that collects the juice from the grapes, which is then pumped into a fermentation tank.

This crusher separates the grapes from their stems.

Each drop of wine is also filtered, with two filtrations occurring in one pumping.

The bottling process, which is done right at Eagles Landing Winery, is a three-person job. For the first step, One person displaces the oxygen in the bottle with nitrogen, then this machine automatically fills the bottle with precisely 750 mL of wine.

At the second step, a person puts on a lid and uses this machine to cut the threads and seal the bottle.

Finally, one person labels the bottle.

Halvorson said it takes three people four hours to fill one of these 1,000-liter tanks.

This tank holds the winery's most popular wine—Campfire Hootch.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Eagles Landing Winery has been a staple in the Marquette community since it began operations in 2000. With the first grape vines planted near Fayette in 1999, the winery was meant to be a retirement project for Roger Halvorson, who had been making wine as a hobby for years.

Tue
01
Apr

Geodes on display at Wetlands Centre


These geodes, courtesy of Prairie du Chien’s Phil Burgess, are now on display at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten with Phil Burgess

 

Tue
01
Apr

Operational sharing bill affects MFL MarMac

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
01
Apr

MFL MarMac had good site visit

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Last week, Superintendent Dale Crozier said MFL MarMac had its five-year School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) site visit from the Iowa Department of Education and that it went very well.

 

Tue
01
Apr

75-year-old church organ needs some tender loving refurbishment


St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona is raising funds to refurbish its 75-year-old organ. (Submitted photo)

 

As we age, a common complaint is “our parts are wearing out.” Well, this is what is happening to the organ at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Many of the problems come from the deterioration of the leathers, which basically make the organ work. It has needed some major refurbishing for a few years. A committee was formed to look at the many options and decided to hire Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, of Lake City, Iowa, to help restore this piece of history. The organ company wants to start this September, with work taking approximately four to six weeks, depending on what they find after dismantling the unit.

 

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