North Iowa Times

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.

 

Tue
01
Apr

Boys and Girls Golf Preview


Members of the 2014 MFL MarMac boys golf team are (front, left to right) J.P. Murphy, Shane Hexom, Colton Eastman, Logan Taylor, Chris Larson, Devin Huinker; (back) Alex Butikofer, Caleb Newton, Nathan McGlaughlin, Cade Kuenster, Austin Bernhard, Spencer Rose and Brayde Miller. (Submitted photo)

Members of the 2014 MFL MarMac girls golf team are (front, left to right) Emily Hanson, Kayla Keehner, Kylie Moose, Mollie Ward, Bailey Martins; (back) Emily Kinley, Chloe Landt, Lexi Dettbarn, Annie Berns and Erin Kinley. (Submitted photo)

 

By Michael Newton 

 

Tue
01
Apr

Boys and Girls Track and Field Preview


Members of the 2014 MFL MarMac boys track team include (front, left to right) Manager Rob Reichard, Colby Ferguson, Collin Ostert, Tristen Kautman, Bryar Ruff, Peyton Meisner, Chase Stubbs, Adrian Rudnitzki; (second row) Tanner Kregel, Seth Heying, Kordell DuCharme, Brian Ayers, Bobby Lang, Riley Doeppke, Matt Knipfel, Alex McNally, Tristan Close; (third row) Ashton Houg, Issac Sauer, Austin Schoulte, Adam Greener, Corbin Gardner, Bryce Burke, David Bradford II, Andre Heins; (fourth row) Gatlin Keehner, Matt Meyer, Isaac Greener, Todd Walleser, Logan Dickman, Chase Strub; (fifth row) Sam Pfeiffer, Noah Schultz, Jordan Talbot, Cody Mason, Bryce McKee and Tristan Meyer. (Submitted photo)

Members of the 2014 MFL MarMac girls track team include (front, left to right) Hayley Vogt, Jasmine Stocker, Whitney Boots, Vanessa Loera; (back) Chaun’te Drahn, Madelyn Vogt, Marcy Klein and Marissa Lechtenberg. Not pictured are Goldie Farmer, Gabbie Jordan, Zoey Frayser and Allison Corlett. (Submitted photo)

 

By Michael Newton

 

Tue
25
Mar

One person’s junk is this woman’s treasure


Renee Hackmann of Limestone Junktion began updating, re-purposing and upcycling furniture and other items in 2012. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Hackmann added croquet mallet legs to this small shelving unit.

Hackmann said this old buffet would make an interesting entertainment center or even a bathroom vanity.

Hackmann said painting is one of the easiest ways to update an item, but cautioned that it should only be done if it’s not covering up old woodwork.

“Old things have more character than newer things,” Hackmann said. “Even the rusty stuff can make good planters.”

Hackmann said it’s handy to have a variety of things around. “You just never know when you might need something,” she said. “You might find this burlap and say, ‘I’ll pull this old chair out.’”

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Everyone’s heard the old saying “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” For Renee Hackmann, that’s a pretty apt statement.

 

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