North Iowa Times

Tue
21
Apr

Scott hopes to breathe new life into 1861 McGregor home


Deb Scott is in the process of fixing up her McGregor home, which was built in 1861. Many of the home’s original features, including pressed tin ceilings, patterned wainscoting, parquet floors, oak and cherry woodwork and stained glass windows, are still intact. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Scott is an avid big game hunter and has over 20 mounted heads displayed in her spacious home. These heads reside in the former owner, Jack Slyfield’s, office, the walls of which are covered in navigational maps. Scott hopes to add more showing where she’s taken hunting trips.

Some of the home’s features, like these stained glass windows and fireplace show Father Nagel’s influence on the house, which was built as the city’s first Catholic parsonage.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“I’ve always wanted an old house,” said Deb Scott, who, late last year, purchased an over 150-year-old home in McGregor. 

Located at 318 Prospect Street, “The Barron House” was built by Father Nagel in 1861 as the city’s first Catholic parsonage. The church sat behind the house, where Scott’s garage currently resides. According to the “McGregor Historic Walking Tour Book,” Nagel sold the home in 1871 to Charles H. Barron, who inherited the E.R. Barron  and Company General Merchandise Store on Main Street. The most recent owners were Jack and Dawn Slyfield.

Tue
21
Apr

Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project moving along, fundraising efforts underway


The Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project will have four phases, including a track, nature-inspired playground, updated sports field and shelter and, eventually, a splash pad.

This boat will be outfitted as the new concession stand at Turner Park. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Riley Whitney (left) and Brenna Boland work on tutus for Fridays dance marathon, which will be held at the McGregor Center from 4-9 p.m. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Plans for McGregor’s Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project are progressing and fundraising efforts are underway.

“There has been over a year and a half of meetings and talking. Now, things are starting to happen,” shared Janet Hallberg, who’s a member of the Turner Park improvement committee.

In late spring of 2013, a small tornado hit McGregor, damaging Turner Park, which is located on the edge of town, between the MFL MarMac McGregor Center and Great River Care Center/Turner Pointe Assisted Living. 

Tue
21
Apr

Monona Council awards library renovation project to Brenton Buildings

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its April 20 meeting, the Monona City Council awarded the construction contract for the Murphy Helwig Library addition and renovation project to Brenton Buildings, LLC, of Monona, with a bid of $704,481. This is below the estimated cost of $715,997. The project will be completed this year.

Dollar General

Tue
14
Apr

SIAC committee finalizes MFL MarMac’s goals for next five years

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac’s School Improvement Advisement Committee (SIAC) met last week, finalizing the district’s goals for its next five-year strategic plan (2015-2020).

The group—made up of school staff, parents and other community members—split the district’s goals into four different categories: the marketing of the school, technology, programs and academics and facilities.

Marketing, or promoting, the school more was a major area of consensus among committee members. Many good things are happening at MFL MarMac, members stressed, but the public doesn’t always know about them.

Tue
14
Apr

Organizations, citizens share future visions for area rural communities

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette played host to a rural communities forum April 8 that brought together growing Northeast Iowa organizations and local citizens to discuss everyone’s future vision for the area.

The forum was one of several held throughout Northeast Iowa in the last few weeks that featured presentations from the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, the Iowa Food Hub and Winneshiek Energy District.

Tue
14
Apr

Marquette Cobblestone honored for best guest experience


Stephen Woebbeking and Abby Katschkowsky show off the award the Cobblestone Inn and Suites of Marquette/Prairie du Chien recently received for best guest experience for the first quarter of 2015. Other employees who contributed to the hotel’s success but are not pictured include Vinnie Miller, Ana Cook, Morgan Whittaker, Josy Ziegler, Brock Ziegler, Mariha Finney-Crass, Cristal Larson and Teri Blotz. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Cobblestone Inn and Suites of Marquette/Prairie du Chien was recently honored with the hotel chain’s best guest experience award for the year’s first quarter.

The Marquette location picked up the traveling award after garnering the highest average score from customer-submitted online surveys that ask about the hotel’s check-ins, cleanliness, breakfast, friendliness and overall experience.

General manager Stephen Woebbeking, who took over at the Marquette location in Dec. 2014, admitted the award was a surprise.

Tue
14
Apr

Creative Enz nail spa opens


Creative Enz Salon and Spa in McGregor opened its new nail spa last week. With an additional pedicure chair, the space will work well for wedding parties, groups and spa days. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Creative Enz Salon and Spa in McGregor has expanded in both size and offerings with the opening of a nail spa last week. The new nail spa is located next door to the current salon, in the building that most recently housed the store the Purple Iris.

“We needed more room for the business to expand and grow,” shared Genna Welch, who opened Creative Enz on Main Street in 2005. 

Mon
13
Apr

Judith F. “Judy” Franz

 

Judith F. “Judy” Franz, 67 of Iowa City died Thursday, April 9, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Tue
07
Apr

Mar-Mac area looks to capitalize on geotourism


Geotourism is the new buzz word around the McGregor and Marquette area thanks to National Geographic’s new Mississippi River Corridor Geotourism Program. The term, according to National Geographic, means “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.” (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Geotourism is the new buzz word around the McGregor and Marquette area thanks to National Geographic’s new Mississippi River Corridor Geotourism Program.

The term, according to National Geographic, means “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.”

Tue
07
Apr

Schlein retires from Monona Fire Department after 32 years


After 32 years and seven months of service, including 13 as chief, on the Monona Volunteer Fire Department, Daryl Schlein retired this year. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

After 32 years and seven months of service on the Monona Volunteer Fire Department, Daryl Schlein retired this year. 

Of that time, 13 years were spent as chief, a role he relinquished a year and a half ago.

“It was nice to get to be a firefighter again for that time,” said Schlein, a Monona native who was encouraged to join the department by friends.

The biggest thing about being involved with the fire department, he said, is that one is always learning.

“You learn more and more over the years,” he noted. “Now, there’s more training and commitment. You need 24 hours of training each year.”

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