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Tue
12
Jul

Work will begin on Bloody Run County Park’s first trail at the end of July


Work will be performed July 25 through Aug. 1 to establish Bloody Run County Park’s first trail. The primitive trail, which will be at least one mile long, will begin by the campground area at the park’s entrance. It will head to an overlook (shown here) and connect to the back portion of the park, which is currently undeveloped. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Trail enthusiasts will have another local option at the start of August, when construction is completed on Bloody Run County Park’s first trail.

A crew from the Iowa and Minnesota Conservation Corps will begin work in the park located outside Marquette on July 25 and finish up Aug. 1, said Clayton County Conservation naturalist Kenny Slocum.

It will be a primitive trail, he said, beginning by the campground area at the park’s entrance. The trail will head to an overlook and connect to the back portion of the park, which is currently undeveloped.

Tue
12
Jul

Century-old Monona bandstand in need of repairs

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

One hundred years old this year, Monona’s bandstand, located in the city park, is showing signs of its age and in need of some repairs.

Elmer Marting, with the Monona Historical Society, pinpointed some of the needed fixes at the Monona Council’s July 11 meeting. Most notable, he said, is a large crack in the center of the floor inside the bandstand. A lot of young kids play on the bandstand, and he doesn’t want any of them to get hurt, he noted, suggesting the city make a quick fix to cover it before a new concrete floor could be constructed.

Tue
05
Jul

It’s never too early to complete an advance directive

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Life can change in an instance. That’s why it’s never too early to put an advance directive or a living will in writing, said Melissa Whelan, a social worker with St. Croix Hospice, who spoke at an advance directives open house at Turner Pointe Assisted Living in McGregor June 23.

An advance directive is a document through which an individual specifies the actions medical personnel can take if illness or incapacitation prevents the person from making his or her own decisions.

Tue
28
Jun

Nearly 50 years later, memory of brother killed in Vietnam has never dulled


Monona’s Louis Zittergruen, who was killed in July 1970 in Vietnam, will be one of nine Clayton County Vietnam War casualties honored when the Moving Wall comes to the Clayton County Fairgrounds at National June 30 to July 4.

Although nearly 50 years have passed since his death, Louie Zittergruen’s memory—that of a kind, golden-haired, musically- and athletically-gifted, mischievous boy—has never dulled.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

When the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., comes to the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National June 30 through July 4, visitors will have an opportunity to honor and pay respects to the 58,307 servicemen and women whose names are inscribed upon it. Of those casualties of the Vietnam War, 867 were from Iowa, including nine from Clayton County. On panel 08w, line 26, one will find the name of Monona’s Louis Zittergruen, a private first class in the Army, who was killed in July 1970, at age 21. 

Louie was the son of Marvin and Ariel Zittergruen and brother to Shirley Anderson (currently of Dallas, Texas), Sheryl Zittergruen (Monona)  and Linda Monroe (Luana).

Tue
28
Jun

Marquette Council talks bench evacuation route

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council would still like to do more research and planning before moving forward with an emergency evacuation route off the “bench.”

The topic was discussed at the council’s June 21 meeting, during which engineer Bart Nies, with Delta 3 Engineering in Platteville, shared his idea for a potential route.

Tue
28
Jun

10th annual Emma Big Bear Day to be held July 5 in Marquette

Established in 2012 by Roger and Connie Halvorson of Marquette, the Emma Big Bear Foundation (EBBF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the history, stories, traditions and artifacts associated with Emma Big Bear and to promote and educate the public about American Indians and their history and culture, especially Big Bear’s tribe, the Winnebago/Ho-Chunk Nation. Each year on July 5, EBBF presents a historical program covering a variety of topics, discussions and displays celebrating the life and times of Emma Big Bear and her people. Marking its tenth anniversary, this year’s program also coincides with what would have been Big Bear’s 147th birthday (born July 5, 1869; died Aug. 21, 1968).

Tue
28
Jun

‘Sucker Shack’ now on McGregor riverfront


The latest addition to the McGregor riverfront is Robert Vavra’s “Sucker Shack,” which he will use for storage, food preparation and more for his Maiden Voyage Tours. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

If you visited the McGregor riverfront late last week, you may have noticed a new, wooden addition at the docks. The structure, a converted 1973 Holiday Shores houseboat lovingly dubbed the “Sucker Shack,” belongs to Robert Vavra, captain of Maiden Voyage Boat Tours.

Vavra, now in his 10th year in the business and sixth year in McGregor, said he wants the “Sucker Shack” to help establish a physical presence in McGregor when his Maiden Voyage boat is not there.

Tue
21
Jun

Group meets to begin ‘staging a comeback’ of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House


A group of around a dozen people met last week to begin “staging a comeback” of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (hardware store). The goal was to identify actions that can be taken now to jump-start the building’s restoration, including working to form a non-profit, starting to clean up the building and holding an event to drum up interest in the project. (NIT file photo)

Located at 252-256 Main St., the original building was constructed in 1877 and known as the Munson Block. T.J. Sullivan purchased the building in 1905 and, feeling there was a need for an opera house in the community, quickly remodeled the second floor to become the Sullivan Opera House.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A group of around a dozen people met last week to begin “staging a comeback” of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (hardware store). The goal was to identify actions that can be taken now to jump-start the building’s restoration, including working to form a non-profit, starting to clean up the building and holding an event to drum up interest in the project.

Tue
21
Jun

Monona Community Visioning: Trails, parks and improved signage among top priorities


David Stokes, from Jeffrey L. Bruce and Co., who led the Monona Community Visioning design workshop and presentation June 18, points out some potential trail options for the city. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Trails; improvements to community parks, signage and roads; safety and community pride are the top priorities of Monona residents, according to the team that led the Monona Community Visioning design workshop and presentation June 18, during Hay Days.

The workshop was the culmination of an input-gathering process over the last several months to identify transportation needs and opportunities for enhancements in the city. A design team from Iowa State University then worked to incorporate the ideas into a conceptual transportation and landscape enhancement plan.

Tue
21
Jun

Several new wineries, breweries featured at Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival June 25


Sample the eclectic mix of wines and beers from over a dozen regional wineries and breweries at the seventh annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Marquette riverfront. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Sample the eclectic mix of wines and beers from over a dozen regional wineries and breweries at the seventh annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Marquette riverfront.

Seven wineries will be featured at this year’s event, including Marquette’s own Eagles Landing Winery, Dubuque Heritage Winery, PromiseLand Winery from Guttenberg, Winneshiek Wildberry Winery from Decorah, Empty Nest Winery from Waukon, Jennings Winery from Strawberry Point and Country Barn Winery from Primghar, in northwest Iowa.

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