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Tue
26
May

QCSS looking to grow its Monona location


Brianna Goodman (left), Katelyn Gilman and Jennifer Johanningmeier are three of the employees at QCSS in Monona, a call center that deal with both outbound telesales calls and inbound customer service calls for a variety of clients. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona location of the outsourced telesales services firm QCSS is looking to grow, expanding from a current staff of 18 to over 60. 

Located at 106 N. Page St., across from the library, the call center was acquired by QCSS from Greene and Associates in 2012. 

They work with 60 to 70 clients, serving as an adjunct to  inside sales teams, explained Karin Hall, co-founder of QCSS, which is headquartered in Deer Park, Ill. That means staff make outbound telesales calls, selling products and services, like publishing content or software, or checking in with companies’ previous customers. They also make political calls.

Tue
26
May

River Bluffs Maritime Museum to set up in McGregor again this summer

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor riverfront will again be home to the traveling River Bluff Maritime Museum for several weeks this summer. The museum, operated by Jeff Moses, features his collection of model boats and other maritime memorabilia.

“I’ve been here the last two years, and I’d like to come back,” he told the city council Wednesday night.

Moses said he plans to set up in Riverfront Park June 27-28, July 11-12, July 25-26, Aug. 22-23 and Sept. 12-13.

Tue
19
May

Halvorson honored at state capitol


Connie Halvorson attended a ceremony last month at the state capitol in Des Moines honoring her late husband, Roger, and other recently-passed legislators. She was joined by the couple’s children, Tracey (left), Jay, Rogeta and Lisa. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The late Roger Halvorson was honored at the state capitol in Des Moines last month in a ceremony recognizing former legislators who had recently passed away. He was one of 19 people who were remembered at the ceremony, which included music and the reading of a bio about each politician.

It was an emotional moment for the family, shared Roger’s wife, Connie, who was married to Roger for nearly 60 years, as the family hadn’t been to the capitol since Roger finished out his 11th, and final, term in office in 1996. He began serving Clayton County in 1974. 

“There was a lot of information about who served,” she said. “It was very nice, and I’m glad the family could all be there and remember those times.”

Tue
19
May

Depot Museum a stop for travelers from around world


Last year, from May 1 to Oct. 20, 3,257 people visited Marquette’s Depot Museum and Information Center. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Even though it’s been years since it operated as a real railroad depot, the Depot Museum and Information Center in Marquette is still a hub of activity for visitors seeking travel information or wanting to check out the museum's extensive collection of railroad and Marquette historical and gift items. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Even though it’s been years since it operated as a real railroad depot, the Depot Museum and Information Center in Marquette is still a hub of activity for travelers.

Tue
19
May

Etchings tell a story within a story


Author and illustrator Arthur Geisert points out the witch who makes five appearances throughout the course of his book “River Town” during the opening reception of the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts’ (MMCA) first special exhibit of the season May 15. Etchings from the book, donated by Geisert to the MMCA, are featured in the exhibit, which will run through June 29. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA) opened for the season May 15 and unveiled its first special exhibit of the year, “Arthur’s Gift,” which features the 22 hand-colored etchings donated to the MMCA by children’s book author and illustrator Arthur Geisert, who created the etchings for his book “River Town.” One in a series of “Town” books created by Geisert that reflect the activities in small towns, “River Town” shows the day-to-day life, over one year, of a community situated along a major river. 

Geisert was on-hand at the opening, signing copies of his books. He also took time to discuss the book and the etchings with those in attendance. 

Tue
19
May

Valedictorian Alison Thurn honored


MFL MarMac valedictorian Alison Thurn was recognized for several honors over the past two months, including Gov. Terry Branstad at the 30th annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony. (Submitted photo)

Thurn was also honored by KWWL Television and Wartburg College in KWWL’s 31st annual “Best of Class” celebration and got to take a photo with KWWL chief meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg, news anchors Ron Steele and Amanda Goodman and sports director Rick Coleman. (Submitted photo)

MFL MarMac valedictorian Alison Thurn was recognized for several honors over the past two months.

On April 18, Thurn was honored by KWWL Television and Wartburg College in KWWL’s 31st annual “Best of Class” celebration. Best of Class students were videotaped on the Wartburg campus for a series of public service announcements, which can be found on KWWL.com. They also had the opportunity to be photographed with KWWL news anchors Ron Steele and Amanda Goodman, chief meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg and sports director Rick Coleman.

Tue
19
May

Monona Council approves sale of lot for Dollar General store

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council approved the sale of a commercial park lot northwest of the Davis Street Auto Wash to the Overland Group, for the construction of a Dollar General store, at its May 18 meeting. 

Tue
12
May

Tri-City Golf Course celebrates 75 years


Tri-City Golf Club, nestled in the hills outside Luana, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Tri-City is a 2,821-yard, nine-hole public golf course with a par of 34.

“It’s one of the top 10 courses for greenness in the whole state,” member Dwain Wolter boasted of Tri-City.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“It’s sometimes referred to as the course nobody knows about because it’s out in the middle of nowhere,” recounted clubhouse manager Jackie Radloff Schneider of Tri-City Golf Course, which is nestled in the hills outside Luana.

While “one of the best kept secrets in Northeast Iowa” (according to long-time member Donna Thompson) might be off the radar of some, it’s been filled with history for many. This year, Tri-City celebrates 75 years.

Tue
12
May

School board begins selection process for new high school principal

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board accepted the resignation of high school principal Josh Mallicoat Monday night and prepared to meet for an extended period in closed session to discuss the selection process for a new principal.

Tue
12
May

Potential uses for opera house building outlined


Potential uses for the former Sullivan Opera House (hardware store) building in McGregor include expansion of the McGregor Historical Museum, creation of retail spaces and formation of second-level apartments or a community space. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

One feature that is noticeable from the building’s rear, but hardly seen from the front, is a triangular structure on the roof. It runs above the once-open area of the second floor and was likely used as a large girder, Steinmetz said. It lends to the suspicion that the opera house portion of the building was not original to the structure.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“Aside from the first floor, the building’s in sound condition. It’s not beyond repair,” explained architect Doug Steinmetz of the former Sullivan Opera House (hardware store) building in McGregor. “There’s no reason it couldn’t be repaired with time and money.”

Steinmetz has advised the city and historic preservation committee throughout the past year—since the city received a $12,500 grant in Jan. 2014 from the Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs’ Certified Local Government (CLG) program—regarding the possible rehabilitation of the building through the exploration of potential uses. On May 6, Steinmetz provided an overview of what he’s learned and the plans created to-date.

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