North Iowa Times

Tue
07
Apr

Dollar General store may come to Monona

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A Dollar General store may set up shop in Monona. The city council discussed an offer from the company to purchase a city lot along Highway 18 and 52, up the road from Fisk’s Farm and Home and the car wash, at Monday night’s meeting.

The company had considered other locations around the city, finally settling on this site, which the council said will need extensive fill work in order to be habitable.

“It’s going to take a company like this to do anything with that site,” commented councilman Dan Havlicek.

Tue
31
Mar

Canoers stop in McGregor on way north in ‘Rediscovering North America’ trip


Luke Kimmes and Winchell Delano were two members of a group of six canoers that paddled into McGregor last Wednesday on the way north in their “Rediscovering North America” trip from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. The journey will take the group through 10 states, five Canadian provinces, 11 rivers and 5,200 miles. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The “Rediscovering North America” group paddled into McGregor mid-day Wednesday, a little cold and wet after spending a slushy night camped on an island across from Clayton. McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carolyn Gallagher reached out to them several weeks ago, inviting them to spend the night, an offer they readily accepted.

“It’s good to have beds and hospitality along the way,” shared Dan Flynn, noting that stopping in communities like McGregor gives them something to look forward to, breaking up the monotony of time on the river.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A group of six canoers made a pit stop in McGregor last Wednesday on the way north in their “Rediscovering North America” trip.

The trip, which includes six friends (Adam Trigg, Winchell Delano, Dan Flynn and John Keaveny, all originally of Minnesota, and Jarrad Moore and Luke Kimmes, both Iowa natives) traversing 10 states, five Canadian provinces, 11 rivers and 5,200 miles, began in the Mississippi Delta near Burras, La., at the start of 2015. The nine-month trek will end at the Arctic Ocean.

Tue
31
Mar

McGregor Troop 32 continues to churn out Eagle Scouts


Since Jim Farnsworth (left) and Tom Sinclair took over as assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster, respectively, of McGregor’s Troop 32, 29 Boy Scouts have become Eagle Scouts. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Situated along the Mississippi River, McGregor sees its share of eagles, and not just of the bird variety. Over the past 20 years, 29 Boy Scouts—as many as five in one year—have earned the rank of Eagle. Several more are working toward scouting’s highest rank this year.

Tom Sinclair and Jim Farnsworth have presided over McGregor’s Troop 32 as scoutmaster and assistant scoutmaster, respectively, since 1989. McGregor’s abundant Eagle population is indicative of  hardworking boys and supportive parents, they said.

Tue
31
Mar

Law enforcement personnel recognized for defusing potentially-lethal situation


Guttenberg Police Officer Derek Chambers (left), Clayton County Jail Administrator Chad Werger and MarMac Police Officer Dylan Rumph were recognized March 26 for defusing a potentially-lethal situation on March 21. (Photo by Pat McTaggart)

By Pat McTaggart, Freelance Writer

Three Clayton County law enforcement personnel were recognized March 26 for defusing a potential lethal situation.  

MarMac Police Officer Dylan Rumph, Guttenberg Police Officer Derek Chambers and Jail Administrator Chad Werger responded to an ongoing domestic violence incident at 3:24 a.m. on March 21 after the victim called 911. The dispatcher heard the subject say he had a gun.

Tue
24
Mar

Sweet success


Erwin Ruff shows off some of the maple syrup created at Ruff’s Sugar Bush this spring. He and his family have made maple syrup on their farm outside McGregor for the past 50 years. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Two spouts are drilled into each maple tree at Ruff’s Sugar Bush. The sap is collected each day and transferred into a tank pulled by a tractor, which takes it to the cooking shed.

Erwin said he tapped 30 to 40 trees in the beginning, but the number has now grown to 400.

The sap is then transferred into these two tanks behind the building where the cooker is located. Gravity takes the sap through a tube that goes through the wall and into the cooker.

Erwin peers into the cooker, which separates the pure syrup from the sap through a boiling process.

Erwin Ruff shows the material that is strained off the syrup before it is bottled for consumption.

Ruff’s Sugar Bush has made maple syrup for 50 years

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Spring is one of the sweetest times of the year for Erwin Ruff. Literally. For the past 50 years, he and his family have made maple syrup on their farm outside McGregor.

It started as a hobby, Erwin said, adding that he’d had no experience tapping trees before he and wife Eileen, who have eight kids, gave it a try soon after arriving on their farm.

“It was curiosity,” he said. “We were outdoor people.”

Tue
24
Mar

Forum raises Lyme disease awareness


Katrina Moyna (left) and Larry Gibbs share their Lyme disease experiences at a recent awareness forum held at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette. A multisystem inflammatory disease, Lyme disease can be transmitted to humans by deer ticks that carry the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Moyna shows some of the medications she's taken to help combat Lyme disease.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Orangish-brown in color, a female deer tick is no bigger than a sesame seed. Her male counterpart is even smaller. But don’t let this insect’s diminutive size fool you. Their bite can pack a mighty punch. Carriers of the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, infected deer ticks, sometimes referred to as blacklegged ticks, can transmit Lyme disease.

A multisystem inflammatory disease, Lyme disease was identified in the late 1970s in Lyme, Conn., after an unusual amount of people developed unexplainable arthritis-like symptoms in a tick-infested area.

Tue
24
Mar

Students chat with NBA.com blogger


Beau Benzing

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac seventh graders in Scott Boylen’s literature class recently had a learning experience of a lifetime when they got the opportunity to chat, via Skype, with NBA.com blogger Sekou Smith.

The question and answer session was the brainchild of student Beau Benzing, who enjoys watching and playing basketball.

Tue
17
Mar

Young Americans has fun, family-like atmosphere for students


Members of the Young Americans show choir and band include (front, left to right) Ashley Smith, Nathan Mclaughlin, Austin Bernhard, Christopher Larson, Corbin Gardner; (middle) Rachel DeMoss, Anjela Waterman, Bailey Dunlap, Brooklyn Landt, Chrisopher Wright, William Check, Adrian Rudnitzki, Micah Decker, Logan Taylor, Chelbe Feuerhelm, Emily Hanson, Dakota Hickman, Ayla Boylen, Magdalena Young; (back) Ali Crogan, Sharlene Routt, Kaitlyn Grady, Victoria Van Wey, Chloe Landt, Ashely Heins, A.J. Van Wey, Spencer Rose, Sierra Wiebensohn, Hope Mcglaughlin, Victoria Kricke, Lizzie Miene and Lizzie Kricke. (Submitted photo)

The Wisconsin Singers from UW-Madison will perform at MFL MarMac Sunday, March 22, at 4:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium. The show will highlight over 60 songs from well-known performers like the Beatles and Madonna to Taylor Swift and One Direction. (Submitted photo)

Wisconsin Singers to perform at MFL MarMac March 22

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Ever since MFL choral director Fremont Ogle formed the Young Americans show choir 40 years ago, the group has dazzled audiences with fun and flashy song and dance numbers.

“I saw how much fun it was and I wanted to be involved,” said member Maggie Young. “We’re like a big family. We spend a lot of time together.”

Tue
17
Mar

INKspiration Tattoo opens in McGregor


Tattoo artist Crystal Scarff, owner of the newly-opened INKspiration Tattoo in McGregor, gives Rachel Parisi a circus elephant tattoo between her shoulder blades. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For those looking to get inked, there’s a new, local option, with the opening of INKspiration Tattoo in McGregor. Owned by artist Crystal Scarff, a McGregor native, the tattoo studio is located at 330 Main Street, next to the McGregor Public Library.

“I grew up here and I love it here,” Scarff said of her choice to open up shop in McGregor. “It’s a beautiful place.”

Tue
17
Mar

Marquette moves forward with overlook and boardwalk project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Marquette moved forward with its overlook and boardwalk project March 11, awarding a contract to Taylor Construction, Inc., of New Vienna, for $1,112,315.70.

The bid was 19 percent over the estimated construction cost of $932,286, said project manager Tim Cutsforth, of H.R. Green, Inc., of Cedar Rapids. 

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