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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.

Tue
23
Aug

McGregor Achievement Club looking for teams to participate in scavenger hunt

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Achievement Club is looking for teams to participate in its first annual scavenger hunt, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. 

The scavenger hunt will include clues, bonuses, relays and tasks to be completed throughout McGregor. Teams can consist of up to four people. Participants must be 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to form or sponsor teams, but anyone can play; you do not have to be sponsored by a business.

Tue
23
Aug

Marquette Council donates toward EMS training equipment

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette City Council, at its Aug. 16 meeting, approved donating $1,045.88 to the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad to cover half the cost of new CPR mannequins and an adult airway management trainer. 

The items will cost a total of $2,100.

The adult airway management trainer, said Mar-Mac EMT Liz Gilman, will allow EMTs to practice putting in airways. 

The CPR mannequins, she said, will include two adult mannequins, as well as two child mannequins and one infant.

Tue
23
Aug

McGregor fall clean-up to include shred event

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor’s fall clean-up, held in October, will include shredding services this year. A company from Dubuque will come to the community for a two-hour event, shredding important or confidential documents brought in by residents.

The cost for the event will be $540, said city administrator Lynette Sander, speaking to the council at its Aug. 17 meeting. She said the city of Marquette has expressed interest in co-oping with McGregor, which would allow the communities to split the cost, at $270 apiece, if Marquette decides to proceed.

Tue
23
Aug

Proposed Marquette zoning change would affect long-vacant downtown homes

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Residential homes in downtown Marquette that have sat empty for extended periods of time will no longer have to be converted to commercial use on the lower level if a section in the city’s zoning ordinance is removed.

Marquette’s planning and zoning commission recommended the deletion at its quarterly meeting earlier this month. Zoning administrator Darren Matthew said the city’s attorney, Dan Key, did not see any issues with the change.

At its Aug. 16 meeting, the Marquette Council agreed to set a public hearing at the start of its Sept. 20 meeting regarding the change.

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