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Tue
10
Mar

McGregor sanitary sewer projects discussed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Council agreed to take additional time to consider awarding a bid for the city’s sanitary sewer rehabilitation project at a special meeting March 4, after learning bids came in higher than the estimated cost.

The lowest bidder for the project was A-1 Excavating, of Bloomer, Wis., at $994,882.08. At that price, the project cost would be pushed from the originally-anticipated $1,250,000 to closer to $1.3 million or $1.4 million. 

Tue
10
Mar

Grant officer position to end in May for Mar-Mac Police

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At the Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission’s March 3 meeting, it was determined the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District will complete its requirements for the grant officer position in early May, bringing the department down to a three-man force—the police chief and two officers.

The position was expected to end by March, but was pushed to May after officer Delta Stickfort took a leave of absence to train for a new job, which she eventually accepted. In October, Eric Van Horn was selected to finish out the position.

Mon
09
Mar

Lillian Esther Fritz

 

Lillian Esther Fritz died on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

She was born March 21, 1918 in Marquette, Iowa to Carl and Ethel (Winegar) Zahn. She graduated from Marquette High School in 1937. Lillian was united in marriage with Donald L. Fritz on Dec. 10, 1939, from this union one daughter was born, Bonnie Lynn (Smith) on Oct. 11, 1942.

Tue
03
Mar

Refuge’s McGregor District office moving to Prairie du Chien


Concerns with mud, falling rocks and moisture have prompted the McGregor District office of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge to move from its current location along Highway 18, between Marquette and McGregor, to Prairie du Chien, effective March 30. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor District office of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is moving from its current location along Highway 18, between Marquette and McGregor, to Prairie du Chien, effective March 30.

“The office we have now, there are safety concerns from mud and rocks,” said McGregor District Manager Rich King, noting that some falling rocks have damaged vehicles. “There are also mold and moisture concerns.”

King said the Refuge has sought a new home for the district office for some time.

“We’ve been looking for land next to the flood plain, but not in the flood plain,” he said.

Tue
03
Mar

Wetlands Centre to take part in Russia-USA exchange program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette has been selected to participate in the Russia-USA Wetland Center Exchange Program: Linking People and Wetlands project.

The Wetlands Centre was one of three wetlands centers in the United States chosen to participate in the project, which will seek to identify shared challenges organizations in the U.S. and Russia face in regard to wetlands education and outreach.

Tue
03
Mar

Several Monona streets to be chip sealed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Several Monona streets will be chip sealed when the weather warms up, including stretches of Main Street from Kregel Street to Iowa Street and from the railroad tracks to the edge of town. Hill Street, starting at Iowa Street and going north, will also be done, as will Anderson Street from Center Street to North Street and both North and Center Streets from Hill Street to West Street.

Chip sealing involves applying a thin film of heated asphalt liquid to the street surface, then placing “chips,” which are compacted and adhere to the asphalt.

Mon
02
Mar

John Henry Lang

 

John Henry Lang, 77, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Sunday, March 1, at his home in McGregor, Iowa. 

He was born Sept. 17, 1937 in McGregor, to Ernie and Isabel (Coffman) Lang. John graduated from Mar-Mac High School, McGregor, Iowa in 1956. He was united in marriage to Janann Hallberg on May 3, 1958 at Swede Ridge Lutheran Church in McGregor, Iowa. 

Tue
24
Feb

Strub, Keehner claim seventh and eighth place at state


Gatlin Keehner (left) and Chase Strub capped off their high school wrestling careers by taking home medals from the state wrestling tournament. Both wrestlers said sticking with the sport through good times and bad helped shape their journeys, and advised the younger wrestlers in attendance to keep at it. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac's Chase Strub placed seventh in the class 1A 195-pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament, held Feb. 19-21 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Photos courtesy of the Iowa Newspaper Association)

Bulldog Gatlin Keehner placed eighth in the class 1A 285-pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament, held Feb. 19-21 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Photos courtesy of the Iowa Newspaper Association)

During a welcome back celebration for Strub and Keehner on Sunday, coach Chet Bachman (left) shared his thoughts on the season and the tournament. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Both Chase Strub and Gatlin Keehner returned to MFL MarMac High School Sunday as state wrestling medal winners. Strub placed seventh in the class 1A 195-pound weight class, while Keehner was eighth in the 285-pound weight class.

The tournament, held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines from Feb. 19-21, was the first trip to state for Strub and Keehner, who are both seniors.

The first round was tough for both wrestlers, as Strub lost 5-3 in overtime to Brennen Grimm of English Valleys, the eventual third-place winner. Keehner came out on the wrong end of a 9-3 decision to Clarksville’s Skyler Popham, who claimed sixth place.

Tue
24
Feb

Bickel steps down as fire chief after 30 years


New McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1 fire chief Jerry Thornton (left) and retiring chief Dan Bickel pose in front of the department’s new truck. The truck is named “Richard” in honor of former fireman Rick Walters, who bequeathed the department $50,000 to go toward the purchase of a new truck when he passed away. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Dan Bickel stepped down as  the fire chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder No. 1 earlier this month after holding the post for 30 years.

Bickel said the firemen have held an election once each year, in February, since the department’s inception over 140 years ago. This year, Jerry Thornton, who’s been assistant chief for 27 years, was elected chief. Tom Sauer was named assistant chief, while Trampus Thornton will be the foreman and Tom McElwaine the assistant foreman. Tom Luber was named the training officer and Rory Lindner the assistant training officer. The secretary/treasurer will be Kent Pfeiffer.

Tue
24
Feb

Swede Ridge quilters enjoy fellowship, making a difference


Eunice Carlson, Shirley Jensen, Jean Peterson, Olga Corlett, Lois Davis, Edith Nading, Dorothy Peterson and Helen Borcherding gather around one of the 114 quilts they made last year. (Submitted photo)

Cheryl Corlett hems the quilts once the other ladies tie and pin them. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Yvonna Redemske and Edith Nading show off the blocks tediously cut and pressed by fellow quilter Jean Peterson. Much of the material used for the quilts is donated. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For several generations, the ladies of Swede Ridge Lutheran Church have quilted for a cause.

Every year, starting in October, the women get together each Wednesday to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. They work through the month before taking a break for the holidays in November and December, then return to quilting in January, not stopping until the beginning of May, when the quilts make their way to Minneapolis. From there, quilts from all over the country are distributed to those in need around the world.

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