North Iowa Times

Tue
07
Jan

Bulldog boys hang on to defeat Waukon


Austin Schoulte looks for a shot opportunity during the Jan. 2 game against Waukon. The Bulldogs won 64-59. (Photo by Michael Newton)

 

By Michael Newton

 

Thu
02
Jan

2013 Year in Review


McGregor received a $10,000 grant to rehab the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts building.

MFL MarMac Bulldogs Blake Winter (41), left, and Cody Mason (15) go up to try to pull a rebound away from a West Fork player.

Roger Halvorson, Emma Big Bear basket collector Terry Landsgaard and Rogeta Halvorson are members of the recently-created Emma Big Bear Foundation.

State Rep. Patti Ruff, of McGregor, stands with Gov. Branstad as he signs her first bill into law.

Despite recommendations in the governor's budget to close Luster Heights, the correctional facility remained open.

McGregor plans to give its riverfront a new look, with proposed changes including a multi-use path, a reconfigured public pier and dock and a vertical wall.

A court ordered Steven and Ruth Gaede to pay $6,000 in civil penalties for zoning infraction at their property at 83 Water St. in Marquette.

The McGregor Public Library celebrated its 50th year in its current building with an open house on Aug. 2. Here, Arlys Denning and Marlys Pfeiffer look at a timeline featuring dozens of photographs and newspaper clippings.

ason Bogdonovich was offered, and accepted, the position of Mar-Mac Police Chief at the Sept. 3 Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission meeting. The commission had considered two other applicants, but Bogdonovich was ultimately offered the salaried position, at a minimum of 43 hours per week. Bogdonovich is pictured with police commission members (left to right) Robyn Denning, Tracy Melver, Norma Mason, Gay Hallberg and Rogeta Halvorson.

A crew from Tom’s Painting in Decorah began work on the exterior of the Marquette Depot and Information Center during the first week of September. This marked the first time in over 10 years that the building has been painted.

This fall, MFL MarMac Elementary students tried out the school’s new learning landscape.

City Manager Dean Hilgerson, Mayor Norma Mason, Councilwoman Rinda Ferguson, City Clerk Sue Weipert and Councilman Jason Winter accepted Marquette's 2013 All-Star Community Award from the Iowa League of Cities.

Due to the government shutdown, this sign greeted Effigy Mounds National Monument visitors.

"Jumping Kings" members (left to right) Dylan Corlett, Hunter Miller, Michael Egan and Garret Keehner proposed plans to build a bike course in Monona.

The MFL MarMac debate team, created this year, competed in its first competition in October.

118 and 120 North St. were a big topic of discussion in Marquette this fall.

Marquette's Depot Museum and Information Center hosted nearly 4,000 visitors during 2013.

Terry Landsgaard, of West Union, gifted the city of Marquette with his Emma Big Bear basket collection.

A fire completely destroyed the Southwick home outside McGregor on Nov. 29.

Troy Laufenberg was sentenced to a maximum of 14 years in prison.

MFL MarMac School Board members Gina Roys (left) and Patty Burkle help Superintendent Dale Crozier cut the ribbon in the district's new auditorium, which was completed this fall.

Wyatt and Joey Bierbaun, of Des Moines, paid little attention to the rocky storm debris along the banks of Sny Magill Creek at a bridge crossing at Paradise Valley Campground outside McGregor.

Osborne Center Naturalist Brian Gibbs (right) assists Ellie Kinley, Hannah Schutte, Kyleigh Picha and Lauren Gillitzer (left to right) while they drew pictures of animal species during the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre's first environmental education event.

Due to parking and safety concerns, the Marquette flea market was moved from under the bridge to Edgar Street this year.

McGregor's Top Shelf closed its doors at the end of 2012.

Katie Ruff's By the Spoonful moved into the location at the end of May.

Citing management issues, Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery closed its doors in January.

New managers Angelica and Allison Dayrit-Roberts re-opened Old Man River at the end of March.

Brenda Boeke opened Cafe McGregor in May.

Larry Brummel (back left) retired after owning the McGregor Pharmacy for 37 years with his wife Maria. The pharmacy's new owner, Dennis Alcorn, stands with employees Betty Allertm Patty Buerger and Mary Cahoon.

Schillerstrasse Antiques opened Aug. 31 at the location of the former White Springs Supper Club.

Mona Parisi opened Park 5's pub and ice cream shop in July.

At the end of October, Marquette's Go America officially became a Casey's General Store.

Kirby's Creations moved to Marquette in July and were officially welcomed to the city with a ribbon cutting in December. Pictured are Marquette Business and Tourism Director Katrina Moyna, City Manager Dean Hilgerson, Mayor Norma Mason, Uwner Sandy Kirby, Felecia Halverson, Councilwoman Rinda Ferguson and City Clerk Sue Weipert.

McGregor's Alexander Hotel received a face lift this year, including the instillation of new windows.

Brothers Mike Rhorer and Graham Price opened Danky's Skate and Apparel in August, but the store closed this fall due to family emergencies.

Deanna Kahler took over as Great River Care Center's administrator.

 

Jan. 2

$2 million in grants secured for McGregor stormwater project

Tue
31
Dec

A ‘lucky’ rescue and quick adoption saved Paper Moon’s Ruby Woo


One of Paper Moon's iconic cats, Ruby Woo was rescued one year ago through a fortuitous chain of events (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Randi Kluesner, a Marquette resident and Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteer, helped Rescue Ruby Woo. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
31
Dec

Now one year old, Marquette Community Center stays busy

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
31
Dec

Marquette poet published again

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Mon
23
Dec

McGregor discusses gaining authority to regulate riverfront

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

At McGregor’s regular monthly meeting on Dec. 18, City Attorney Mike Schuster said he would look into creating an ordinance that would give the city, and thus the dock commission, authority to regulate the riverfront.

Mon
23
Dec

Hallberg reflects on her four years as McGregor’s mayor


In one of her final duties as McGregor’s mayor, Gay Hallberg administered the oath of office to council-elect Charlie Carroll at the Dec. 18 city council meeting. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Hallberg also swore in council-elect Joe Collins. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

When Gay Hallberg became the mayor of McGregor four years ago, she hoped to make the city a better place for her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mon
23
Dec

Marquette holds ribbon cuttings for four businesses


Formerly Go America, the convenience store in Marquette became a Casey’s General Store in October. Although the signs have changed, store manager Julie Simon said the awnings are currently being redone to look more like other Casey’s stores. For those looking for Casey’s famous pizza, Simon said you will have to wait—at least for a few months. Casey’s would like to build a new store nearby, in which there would be a nice, new kitchen. If not, the store’s current kitchen will have to be remodeled. Pictured (left to right) at the ribbon cutting ceremony are Marquette Business and Tourism Director Katrina Moyna, City Clerk Sue Weipert, Councilwoman Rinda Ferguson, Casey’s Store Manager Julie Simon, Mayor Norma Mason and City Manager Dean Hilgerson. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The Cobblestone Inn and Suites Hotel will celebrate its first year in Marquette on Dec. 29. The hotel has 54 rooms and accommodates a lot of weddings. It also offers a continental breakfast and a bar/lounge, which is open to the public. Manager Ember Martin, who has 25 years of experience, said her job is challenging, but that she loves it. Pictured (left to right) are Marquette City Manager Dean Hilgerson, City Clerk Sue Weipert, Business and Tourism Director Katrina Moyna, Hotel Manager Ember Martin, Councilwoman Rinda Ferguson and Mayor Norma Mason. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Established in 2002, Kirby’s Creations Salon opened in Marquette on July 1, in what was the old theater. “The clients love it,” owner Sandy Kirby said of the new location. “That two miles means a lot. A lot of people from Prairie du Chien like that they can just come across the bridge.” Pictured (left to right) are Marquette Business and Tourism Director Katrina Moyna, City Manager Dean Hilgerson, Mayor Norma Mason, Owner Sandy Kirby, Felecia Halverson, Councilwoman Rinda Ferguson and City Clerk Sue Weipert. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Opened earlier this year, the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre offers educational opportunities for students and adults alike to learn about the natural world and local environments—everything from local plant and animal species to the area’s geological history. During the summer, the Wetlands Centre holds its Friday Night Live farmers markets. It has featured the Winter Holidays Expo for the past few weeks. Pictured are Marquette City Manager Dean Hilgerson, City Clerk Sue Weipert, Business and Tourism Director/Environmental Education Coordinator Katrina Moyna, Councilwoman Rinda Ferguson and Mayor Norma Mason. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Mon
23
Dec

Collins, Elledge, Schubert take oath of office in Monona


Mayor Fran Passmore looks at a certificate recognizing her service to the city. “I didn’t know what it would entail,” Passmore said of her position as mayor, “but I’ve enjoyed it and learned a lot. Everyone should have this experience.”

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Mon
23
Dec

Bulldog boys torpedo Pirates in 72-37 win

 

By Michael Newton

 

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