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Tue
29
Nov

Angels Helping Angels warms the holidays for local kids

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This holiday season will be brighter—and warmer—for many MFL MarMac kids and families thanks to the Angels Helping Angels program. 

Established four years ago, when one of the organizers wanted to help a child in the district get a new winter coat, Angels Helping Angels matches “angels” in need of winter apparel, clothing, blankets, hygiene products, food and even holiday gifts with donor “angels” who have offered to provide those items.

The program has aided over 100 children (and some families) of varying ages and degrees of need in each of the last three years. In 2015, 165 local kids received help, and this year’s number of angel recipients is anticipated to be at or above that amount.

Tue
29
Nov

Festival of Trees brings the excitement of Christmas to McGregor


With its dozens of beautifully-decorated trees, music, food, crafts and contests, the Festival of Trees has been a must-see holiday event for six years. This year’s event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at Backwoods Bar and Event Center in McGregor. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With its dozens of beautifully-decorated trees, music, food, crafts and contests, the Festival of Trees has been a must-see holiday event for six years.

“This event brings the excitement of Christmas to the McGregor community and shares it with all our friends in the surrounding area,” noted Anne Kruse, who helps organize the Festival of Trees along with many other community volunteers.

Tue
29
Nov

Holiday Train stopping in Marquette on Dec. 4


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in Marquette, at the marina parking lot, on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:45 p.m. (NIT file photo)

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again bring holiday cheer to the area as it stops in Marquette, at the marina parking lot, on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:45 p.m.

Now in its 18th year, the Holiday Train is adorned with thousands of lights depicting holiday scenes on 14 rail cars, one of which turns into a stage for musical performances.

However, putting on a dazzling light display is just half of the Holiday Train equation, as attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation as admission. 

Tue
29
Nov

Monona Holiday Shop Hop runs Dec. 3-24

The Monona Chamber’s annual Holiday Shop Hop runs Saturday to Saturday again this year; however, it’s been expanded from one to three full weeks, from Dec. 3-24. This gives shoppers extra time, at their own pace, to select the places they will patronize to fill up their punch cards.  

The Monona Chamber sponsors the event to promote local shopping, to keep cash registers ringing, dollars circulating around town, and sales tax growing for an added boost to merchants and the local economy.

Fri
25
Nov

Nancy (Boyles) Kaisner Bruce Ball

Nancy (Boyles) Kaisner Bruce Ball passed away on Tuesday evening, Nov. 22, at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas, after a brief illness. 

 

Nancy Earl Boyles was born on Aug. 10, 1935, in Amarillo, Texas, to Earl E. (Epp) Boyles and Frances Jane (Rutledge) Boyles. Nancy attended Amarillo schools, graduating from Amarillo High School in 1954.

Tue
22
Nov

Expectations high for experienced Bulldog boys basketball team


Members of the 2016-2017 MFL MarMac boys basketball team include (front, left to right) manager Kelsi Davis, Mason Hertrampf, Levi Ferguson, Jordan Weaver, Nolin Lang, Gavyn Wade, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) head coach Eric Dettbarn, Bradley Herold, JP Murphy, Blake Brainard, Cade Kuenster, Carl Davis, Bryar Ruff, Tristen Kautman, Spencer Rose, Peyton Meisner, Ty Hefner and assistant coach Adam Simon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Upper Iowa Conference champions last season, an experienced MFL MarMac boys basketball team has hopes for a repeat, and much more, this year.

“We bring back our starting five from last year along with two of our key reserves off the bench, so we have a lot of experience returning,” said head coach Eric Dettbarn, who enters his 30th season at the helm. He’s joined again by assistants Adam Simon and Mychal Moon. 

Tue
22
Nov

Follow the lights to Christmas Hollow

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Star light, star bright, everyone’s invited to see Lucy and Al Anderson’s Christmas lights. For the third year, the McGregor couple, who live at 215 W. Spring St., behind the city garage across from the middle school, will welcome people to visit Christmas Hollow.

Always an avid Christmas decorator, Lucy came up with the idea for Christmas Hollow three years ago. She and Al, who were then newly married, had recently moved into their home, which had a yard that offered ample decorating space.

The Andersons began decorating last month. Lucy comes up with the display ideas, while Al engineers solutions to make them happen. 

Tue
22
Nov

Show your love for McGregor and Marquette's small businesses

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The communities of McGregor and Marquette encourage residents and visitors alike to support small, local businesses as they shop for gifts this holiday season—beginning with Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26.

Twenty-five businesses—ranging from retail stores and salons to bars and restaurants—will participate in a “Shop Small: McGregor and Marquette” event on Saturday, offering activities, refreshments and special shopping deals. The event will start at 9 a.m. and run through 1 p.m., or later.

The Small Business Saturday concept was first launched in 2010 by American Express, as an alternative to the major holiday shopping days following Thanksgiving—Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Tue
22
Nov

City of Monona ups MCED contribution

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor 

At its Nov. 21 regular meeting, the Monona City Council approved contributing $12,000 to Monona Chamber and Economic Development (MCED) for 2017, an increase of $2,000 from its 2016 pledge. 

“Personally, I think it’s necessary,” said mayor Fran Passmore of MCED’s request for an increase. “We have to support economic development because it supports everybody. I think we’ve made a lot of improvements, and we’ve come a long way, but we have a lot further to go.” 

Tue
22
Nov

Volunteers sought for Marquette beautification committee

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

Marquette mayor Larry Breuer is looking for community members who would like to be part of a community beautification committee.

“I’d like to start a volunteer committee to put together some programs to better certain areas of town,” Breuer said at the city council’s regular meeting Nov. 15.

Breuer said he’d like the committee to target three areas, beginning with the entrance to Marquette on Highway 76. There, he explained, he’d like to see the west side of the road cleaned up, presenting a better impression to those entering town.

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