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Tue
16
Jun

Old Man River, MMCA partner in growler design contest


Through a label design contest, growlers of beer sold at Old Man River in McGregor will soon get a unique touch, while also benefitting the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Growlers of beer sold at Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery in McGregor will soon get a makeover, and raise money for a good cause, thanks to a partnership between Old Man River and the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA) to design a growler label.

A growler is a 64-ounce glass jar, and most feature their brewery’s logo, said Allison Roberts, of Old Man River.

Roberts said art classes held at the MMCA several months ago inspired the idea, the profits from which will benefit the MMCA and its programs.

Tue
09
Jun

Dairy runs deep on six-generation Henkes family farm


Matt (left), Leslie and Trent Henkes run the family’s six-generation farm, Henkeseen Holsteins, on 165th Street in rural Luana. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Henkes family’s roots in Northeast Iowa run deep.

“There’s been a Henkes here since 1855,” said Trent, who, with wife Leslie and son Matt, runs the family’s six-generation farm, Henkeseen Holsteins, on 165th Street in rural Luana. “I’ve lived here all my life and farmed all my life.”

Tue
09
Jun

MFL MarMac to contribute to Turner Park improvements

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board agreed Monday evening at its monthly meeting to contribute $20,000 of local option sales tax funds toward phase I of McGregor’s Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project through a 28E agreement, which would allow the school to use the park for activities and practices.

Tue
09
Jun

Holiday Shores Motel sold


McGregor’s Holiday Shores Motel was sold last week to Trilogy Partners, LLC. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Holiday Shores Riverfront Motel, located along the McGregor riverfront, next to Mr. McGregor’s Beer and Bratz Garden, was sold last week. Motel operations ceased and any reservations were canceled.

“Trilogy Partners, LLC has purchased the building site from Waterside Investment, which operated the Holiday Shores Motel,” confirmed Terry Kerns, who will manage the project. Kerns is also an owner of Edgewood Locker. “We are currently looking at options to improve the building site. We are excited for the opportunity to further the economic development of McGregor and we look forward to being a long-term member of the McGregor community.”

Thu
04
Jun

William Francis Olinger, Esq.

 

William Francis Olinger, Esq., 76, of Sanibel, Fla. died Feb. 25, 2015 at Health Park Memorial Center, Fort Myers, Fla., after a short battle with lung cancer.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa, a son of Ermin and Augusta (Schares) Olinger. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, University of Iowa, class of 1960, University of Iowa School of Law, class of 1964 with a Juris Doctorate. He served in the Marine Corps. He was a founding partner of Olinger, Sosalla & McManus and later his own firm William F. Olinger P.C. He was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocacy.

Tue
02
Jun

Bird flu halts poultry showing at Iowa fairs


Poultry like this young broiler chicken, held by 4-Her Tom Shirbroun, cannot be shown at Iowa fairs this year, per an order from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in an effort to minimize the spread of avian influenza. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Due to avian influenza, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) recently announced an order to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the state fair and other bird gatherings. The order, which will run through the end of 2015, also prohibits live birds from being sold at auction markets, swap meets and other sales.

Although the Center for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health consider the risk to the public to be low, the order will work to minimize the risk and spread of the virus. According to IDALS, since April, over 25 million birds and more than 60 farms in 18 Iowa counties have been impacted by avian influenza. 

Tue
02
Jun

Iowa free fishing weekend is June 5-7


Iowa residents may fish without a license Friday through Sunday, June 5-7, during the DNR’s annual free fishing weekend. There are a number of opportunities to fish locally, including off the fishing pier in Marquette, like Jenny Smith, of Cedar Rapids, took advantage of last week. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Iowa residents may fish without a license Friday through Sunday, June 5-7, during the DNR’s annual free fishing weekend.

“We want people to fish because it is a good, wholesome activity,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau, in a press release.

Since kids can fish for free in the state until age 16, the weekend is largely geared toward adults, said local DNR conservation officer Burt Walters.

“It gives people the chance to try it and see if they like it,” he said. “It’s like going to a basketball game without having to buy a ticket. If they like it, we hope they’ll go out and buy a license.”

Tue
02
Jun

Milkweed for monarchs


Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Director Katrina Moyna shares information about the milkweed plant, which is an important habitat and food source for the monarch butterflies. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette gave away milkweed and purple coneflowers, courtesy of Clayton County Conservation, Friday evening, in an effort to increase local habitat and food sources for the monarch butterfly. 

A presentation was also given about the monarch, which has recently been considered for the endangered species list.

“They’ve had a 90 percent population decrease since 1995,” noted Wetlands Centre Director Katrina Moyna. If the U.S. population declined at such a rate, she said, the remaining group would consist of the same number of people currently living in Florida. 

Tue
02
Jun

Street repairs planned in Monona

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Mill and overlay work will be done on several Monona streets this summer after the council gave the go-ahead Monday night.

“This winter, pot holes really opened up,” explained Randy Evanson, speaking to the council. 

He said 34 spots need to be addressed, with North Main Street, from the railroad tracks to the edge of town, being the worst. South Main Street, from Kregel Street to Iowa Street, also has several areas that will be addressed. In addition, some work will also be completed on Center Street between Hill Street and West Street, as well as on both Hill Street and Anderson Street, between Center Street and North Street. 

Tue
26
May

Vogt second in 100 at state track


MFL MarMac junior Hayley Vogt placed second in class 2A in the 100 meter dash at the state track meet over the weekend. (Photo by Bruce Thein)

MFL MarMac junior Hayley Vogt came away from the Iowa High School Athletic Association state track meet in Des Moines with a second-place finish in the 100 meter dash in class 2A.

With a time of 12.82, Vogt finished behind Saint Ansgar’s Natalie Halfman, who posted a time of 12.49. Clayton Ridge’s Hope Heitman, whom Vogt battled several times throughout the season, was fourth with a time of 12.98.

Vogt qualified for the Saturday final after running a 12.49 in the preliminaries on Thursday, bested only by Halfman, who set a state record with a time of 12.14.

Vogt also made it to state in the 200, but missed the finals after placing 10th, two spots short of qualifying, with a time of 26.37.

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