North Iowa Times

Tue
26
Nov

Insurance company satisfied with proposed Monona bicycle course design plan

 

By Pat McTaggart 

 

Tue
26
Nov

Bulldog players earn district football honors

 

The all-district football teams have been announced, with junior Gatlin Keehner earning first team honors. Juniors Matt Meyer and Chase Strub and senior Nate Howe garnered second team honors, while sophomores Colby Ferguson and Bryce Burke were named to the honorable mention team.

 

Tue
26
Nov

MFL MarMac looks good in Jamboree action


MFL MarMac’s Marcy Klein plays tight defense on East Buchanan’s Kristin Mossman during the Nov. 19 Bulldog Jamboree. The Bulldogs played a half of basketball against East Buchanan, winning 53-20. (Photo by Michael Newton)

 

By Michael Newton  

 

Tue
19
Nov

Snodgrass follows soapmaking dream


No, Patti isn’t holding a cupcake. It is actually soap. Patti sells her soap online, as well as at farmers markets and craft fairs. Soon, her products will be available at Crafters Corner in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

While Snodgrass makes the soap in her kitchen, she has another room devoted to housing her ingredients and inventory, as well as soap that needs to dry before it can be packaged. This rack holds all of the soap that still needs to dry. Most take at least four to six weeks to dry, but some types can take up to one year.

These are some newly-created bath bombs.

Snodgrass, who has been making soap for 10 years, and works out of her home in McGregor, removes one of her creations from its mold so that it can be cut into bars.

The soap is first cut into three sections before it is cut into bars and placed on the drying rack.

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Patti Snodgrass’ soapmaking dream began when she was just eight years old. Her family lived next door to their landlady, whose mother had been a nurse during World War I.

Tue
19
Nov

Festival of Trees events will spread holiday cheer


This year’s Festival of Trees, held at the McGregor’s Landing Event Center on Dec. 6 and 7, will feature decorated trees like this one from last year, as well as gingerbread houses, crafts, beer and wine tasting, desserts, caroling and live music. (NIT file photo)

All free will donations, along with the proceeds from the Christmas tree and gingerbread house auctions, will go to the McGregor Fire Department and the MarMac Rescue Squad. (NIT file photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The McGregor Historical Society, McGregor Clan Lions Club and McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts will once again bring holiday cheer to the area with the Festival of Trees on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7.

Tue
19
Nov

Burgess brings geological specimens to Wetlands Centre


Prairie du Chien’s Phil Burgess has displayed items from his extensive fossil and mineral collection at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette. Here, he is pictured with his Drusy Quartz Crystals (top shelves) and Brazilian Agates (bottom shelves). (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Burgess said the area’s geological history is often neglected, so he commended the Wetlands Centre for including it along with the plant and animal displays and information. Here, he shows off some of his fossil specimens, as well as a diagram of the rock and mineral layers along the Mississippi River. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
19
Nov

Chamber holds annual dinner, awards banquet


The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner and awards banquet on Nov. 18. The event featured an address from Darla Kelchen of the Clayton County Development Group, McGregor-Marquette trivia, a silent auction and an awards presentation. Award winners included Richard Palucci, Jim Arvidson, Phil and Diane Reisweber and the late Andrea McElwaine, whose award was accepted by her husband, Tom McElwaine, and mother, Faye Sporleder. Richard Palucci (Old Jail House and Firehouse Guest Suite), Allison Roberts (Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery), Kevin Campbell (Quality Builders), Becky Johnson (Little Switzerland and Sadie’s Sweet Shop), Patti Campbell (Green Room Spa) and Katie Ruff (By the Spoonful) were elected to the chamber board of directors. Pictured (left to right) are award winners Diane Reisweber, Faye Sporleder, Phil Reisweber, Tom McElwaine, Chamber Director Carolyn Gallagher and Richard Palucci. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Faye Sporleder also received recognition from McGregor-Marquette Chamber Director Carolyn Gallagher for her years of service to the chamber. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Tue
12
Nov

Area voters make their voices heard

 

Nearly half of Marquette’s registered voters headed to the polls Nov. 5, re-electing Mayor Norma Mason for another term, as she defeated challenger Larry Breuer. Voters also chose John Ries, Cindy Sharp Halvorson and incumbent Rinda Ferguson to fill the three available city council seats. Coming up short were Robert Hamann, Todd Kann, Galen McShane and incumbent Tracy Melver.

 

Tue
12
Nov

Koeller family opens home and hearts to foster children


Members of the Koeller family—(front, left to right) Laiya (4), Tricia, Ruby (7), Ryan, Ty (5); (back, left to right) Max (11) and Sam (12)—have opened their home and hearts to a number of foster children over the past two years. (Submitted photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
12
Nov

Monona Council hears plans for proposed bike trail

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Roger Mohn, who is part of a group that is interested in developing a combination pedestrian/bike trail between Luana and Monona, spoke about the group’s plans at the Nov. 5 Monona City Council meeting.

 

Mohn said the group has already met four or five times to discuss the type of trail, trail location and funding sources. Ideally, he said, the trail would be 10 feet wide to allow for two-way traffic. It would consist of crushed stone surfacing, which would make travel easier and also cost less than other forms of surfacing.

 

With the crushed stone surfacing, Mohn said the trail would cost between $450,000 and $500,000. That estimate also includes engineering, legal, construction and easement fees. If the trail were to be paved, that estimate would rise to between $600,000 and $650,000. Mohn said the group applied for an Iowa State Trails grant this year, and was unsuccessful, but will apply again next year. He said there are also 10 to 12 other funding sources available, but gave no specifics.

 

The group has considered two routes—one along the new Hwy. 18 corridor and another along the old Hwy. 18 corridor—and decided the trail would work best along the old Hwy. 18 corridor, which is a route the Iowa Department of Transportation would also prefer. The trail would begin in Luana and end in Monona at the Butterfly Park Trail. Mohn said the major question is how the trail will make that connection, mentioning that the group has considered routes both around and through Monona. If the trail went through Monona, it would likely cause streets to be widened to include a bike lane, while also eliminating parking.

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