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Tue
06
Sep

Postcards from the past


The artesian well, shown in this postcard from April 1915, is a popular piece of McGregor’s history.

This early “mail card” depicts the Marquette (North McGregor) pontoon bridge. The card was double the width of a regular postcard, allowing senders to fold it in half and mail it. It’s one of the 700 postcards in Brian Hedeman’s collection, which he showcases on several Facebook pages.

Sending current, future generations on historical journey

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

We’ve all heard the line, “If you put it on the Internet, it’ll be around forever.” Brian Hedeman is banking on that.

The 1977 MarMac grad, now a resident of Eagan, Minn., is using the Internet—specifically Facebook—to share his collection of historic McGregor and Marquette postcards with the world.

Hedeman’s interest in postcards developed two decades ago.

Tue
06
Sep

Father and son awarded Quilts of Valor


Father and son Gary (right) and Tony Brooks were both awarded Quilts of Valor over the weekend. Following the presentation, they were joined by family members, including (left to right) Kim, Lili and Ryne Brooks, Joanne Brooks and Bobbi Jo, Scott and Ellie Gillitzer. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The number of Quilts of Valor awarded to service members and veterans touched by war grew by two, to over 144,000, over the weekend, when father and son Gary and Tony Brooks received quilts. 

The quilts were awarded at the Brooks family reunion, held in McGregor’s Turner Park, by Lanny and Wendy Kuhse, of Garnavillo. Gary and Tony were nominated by Gary’s sister, Cheri Leachman, a veteran herself. 

Tue
06
Sep

Play me! Street piano now in Triangle Park


Max Koeller was one of several community members who played the street piano in Triangle Park Saturday, when it was officially unveiled. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the words “play me” written above its keys, the street piano installed in McGregor’s Triangle Park last week invites passing musicians to share their talents with the community.

The piano was officially unveiled Saturday, following the Labor Day parade. Several community members took a turn at the keys, much to the delight of those gathered in and around the park.

The piano, which was the idea of and donated by resident Sallee Scarff-Muehlbauer, sits at the front of Triangle Park, along the sidewalk. 

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
06
Sep

Close-knit Bulldogs hope to play smart football


Members of the MFL MarMac 2016 varsity football team include (front, left to right) managers MacKenzie Gramlich and Chelbe Feuerhelm, Christopher Wright, James Slama, Keaton Dettman, Nathan Johanningmeier, Derek Larson, Avrey Smith, Levi Ferguson, manager Lizzie Miene, assistant coach Kyle Kirkestue; (middle) head coach Tom Oppelt, assistant coach Mitch Seitz, Mason Hertrampf, Brady Olson, Korby Keehner, Michael Berger, Garret Keehner, Riley Wille, Samuel Kvistad, Hunter Boone, Wyatt Geick, assistant coach Brody Baxter, assistant coach Brian Berger; (back) Peyton Meisner, David Bradford, Bryar Ruff, Spencer Rose, Cade Kuenster, Ty Hefner, Chase Stubbs, JP Murphy, Nick Larson, Shane Hexom, Colton Dettman and Kyle Adam. Not pictured are Riley Doeppke and assistant coach Gatlin Keehner. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Senior leadership will be one of the hallmarks of this year’s MFL MarMac football team, according to fourth-year head coach Tom Oppelt.

“We have a whole lot of playing experience in our senior class,” he added.

On the offensive side of the ball, Oppelt said the coaching staff—which includes Brody Baxter (four years), Brian Berger (two years) and Kyle Kirkestue, Mitch Seitz and Gatlin Keehner (all in their first season with the team)—expects to see big things of seniors Bryar Ruff, Chase Stubbs, Riley Doeppke, Ty Hefner and Nick Larson. 

Wed
31
Aug

Eileen Cecelia (Auer) Johanningmeier,

 

Eileen Cecelia (Auer) Johanningmeier, 94, of McGregor, died Friday, Aug. 26, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

Eileen was born on May 14, 1922, rural Garnavillo, to Edward and Josephine (Heck) Auer. She attended Walnut Grove Country School and St. Patrick Catholic School in Monona, through the eighth grade. Later in life, Eileen and her sisters went back to school and received their G.E.D. diplomas.

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
30
Aug

Strong senior presence has Bulldog volleyball team poised to make strides this season


Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac varsity volleyball team include (front, left to right) Amber Adney, Emily Hanson, Kayla Keehner, Kylie Moose, Aspen Havlicek; (back) Jayde Schubert, Julie Lenth, Josie Kleinow, Kelsi Davis, Nicole Heins, Ali Crogan, Jade Gerndt and Anjela Waterman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With seven returning seniors, including two, in Amber Adney and Kayla Keehner, with varsity-level experience for four years, the MFL MarMac volleyball program is poised to make strides this season.

“We have been slowly building the program, and hopefully this will be a year we see more wins that we did not have last year,” said Natalie Heiring, now in her fifth year with the team and second season as head coach. She is joined by assistant coach Joe Milewsky, who has 15 years of experience. “Last year, the girls surprised themselves by beating some teams they have never beaten. It is nice to see the girls do well after they have been working on building the program for so long.”

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