North Iowa Times

Mon
24
Mar

Helen Virginia Hoffmann

 

Helen Virginia Hoffmann, 83, of McGregor, died Saturday, March 15, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor. 

Helen was born Jan. 20, 1931 the daughter of Jim and Sally Hobbs. Helen and her first husband, Nolan Reed were blessed with three sons, Frank (Deb) Reed of Wiley, Colo., and Phillip (Kim). Helen worked in healthcare for many years including Iowa General County Hospital, Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, Convalescent Home in Prairie du Chien, and the Great River Care Center in McGregor. She devoted her life caring for people. Helen moved to the Valley View Apartments in McGregor and was good friends with all the tenants that lived there. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was known to share her treats.

Tue
18
Mar

Fire destroys buildings in downtown Marquette


“It was terrible,” Marquette Hardware Store owner Mary Jo Pirc explained. “I’ve never seen such a ball of flames. They were bigger than the trees, burning bright and hot. But no one got hurt. That’s the main thing.” (Photo provided by MarMac Rescue Squad)

The fire began around 1 a.m. at the back of the Marquette Hardware store. (Photo provided by the Marquette Rescue Squad)

Garnavillo firefighters left the scene just after 8 a.m. on March 17. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

McGregor firefighters still worked to control the blaze seven hours after the downtown Marquette buildings, including the historic Marquette Hardware, went up in flames. For more photos, visit northiowatimes.com or the North Iowa Times’ Facebook page.

Eagles Landing Winery, located across the street, also received some damage from the blaze.

Firefighters look on as a small neighboring building was demolished.

The fire was still smoldering around 4 p.m. on March 17.

Area residents crept up to the fire, surveying the wreckage.

Others stood around, talking with neighbors or taking photos.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
18
Mar

To protect and serve: A night with the Mar-Mac Police Department


Officer Dylan Rumph

Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
18
Mar

Building blocks (and rocks) to success


Outdoor Creations received a third place award for outstanding water feature from the Kings/Marquart Company, who supplies the business with materials.

This wall, stretching 85 feet long and 9 feet tall, was given a second place award for outstanding concrete block.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
18
Mar

Grassley visits MFL MarMac


Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley answers a question from a student during his visit to MFL MarMac High School Monday morning. “I like to go to high schools because I can never get any of you to go to my town hall meetings,” Grassley joked with the students. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Tue
18
Mar

Monona considers getting help from parolees

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
11
Mar

McGregor to be first stop of this summer’s Romper Room motorcycle ride

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
11
Mar

McGregor dock regulation ordinance up for consideration

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
11
Mar

Police commission looks at re-allocating some budget funds

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The Mar-Mac Police Commission was told March 4, at its bi-monthly meeting, that the police department will need to make computer upgrades within the next month—something that was not accounted for in the budget.

Tue
11
Mar

Report shows that Effigy Mounds created over $4 million in economic benefit in 2012

 

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 207,352 visitors to national parks in Iowa spent $11.5 million and supported 176 jobs in the state in 2012.

 

The national parks in Iowa are Effigy Mounds National Monument, near Marquette, and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in West Branch.

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