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Tue
08
Oct

‘Jumping Kings’ start a biking movement


“Jumping Kings” members (left to right) Dylan Corlett, Hunter Miller, Michael Egan and Garret Keehner are working on plans to construct a bike track in Monona. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Seventh graders Dylan Corlett, Hunter Miller, Garret Keehner and Michael Egan have been friends since they were little. The boys do a lot of things together—everything from wrestling and football to a shared love of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Tue
08
Oct

Two vie to become Mayor of Marquette

 

By Audrey Posten

 

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Marquette voters will head to the polls to choose the city’s next mayor. Voters will choose between Larry Breuer and the incumbent, Norma Mason.

 

Tue
08
Oct

Effigy Mounds, Fish and Wildlife Service shut down


On the first day of the shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put up this small barrier and posting at the entrance to the Sturgeon Slough Hiking Trail between Prairie du Chien and Marquette. There are various barriers and postings in the Prairie du Chien, Marquette and McGregor area. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

This sign at Effigy Mounds National Monument says it all. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Locals and visitors alike saw visible signs of the partial federal government shutdown, which began Oct. 1, as both Effigy Mounds National Monument and the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service were closed.

Tue
08
Oct

Cross country walker grabs R&R in Marquette


Stacie Eichinger is doing a “Walk 4 Courage” across the country—from Washington to Georgia—for the organization Beads of Courage. Eichinger stopped at Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette on Oct. 7, one of her off days. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Tue
08
Oct

Young and old display their wares at McGregor’s Fall Arts and Crafts Festival


Ryan Halbur of Independence, Iowa, picks one of the glass dish flowers from his display garden. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Halbur’s mother, Joleen Brincks, chooses most of the dishes, which largely come from Goodwill, while Halbur does the assembly.

When Halbur first began experimenting with the craft a few years ago, he used glue to hold the dishes together. However, now the dishes are held together with hardware in order to make them more weather resistant.

Jewlerymaker Vicki Bedeian, who is from Blue Grass, Iowa, demonstrates how she makes her Viking knit bracelets.

Bedeian then demonstrated how she sizes the jewelry.

Austin Ruff of Farmersburg shows off some of the pumpkins he and his mom, Connie, had for sale at the McGregor Fall Arts and Crafts Festival.

Michelle Rolling of Maquoketa shows off one of her cutting boards.

There were plenty of Halloween decorations to choose from at the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival.

JoAnn Hutchinson of Manchester creates some more of her "Jazzy Jems."

Wauzeka's Paul Straka handcrafted these beautiful lamps.

Dean and Nancy Dieckman of Cashton, Wis. sold glassware with decorative lighting inside.

Charlie Tonn of Monticello poses with some of his creations, which combine pottery and stained glass.
Tue
08
Oct

MFL MarMac Cross Country highlights

 

By Michael Newton

 

Oct. 1 Jesup Invitational

Tue
08
Oct

MFL MarMac Volleyball highlights


MFL MarMac’s Briana Berger (5) and Jillian Haberichter (2) await a set from Starmont’s Brooke Kronebush. (Photo by Linda Newton)

 

By Michael Newton

 

Oct. 1 vs. Postville

Tue
01
Oct

Iowa League of Cities recognizes Marquette as 2013 All-Star Community


The city of Marquette was recognized as a 2013 All-Star Community at the Iowa League of Cities annual conference and exhibit, which was held in Dubuque from Sept. 25-27. Pictured with the award (left to right) are City Manager Dean Hilgerson, Mayor Norma Mason, Councilwoman Rinda Ferguson, City Clerk Sue Weipert and Councilman Jason Winter. (Submitted photo)

 

The city of Marquette was recognized as a 2013 All-Star Community at the Iowa League of Cities annual conference and exhibit, which was held in Dubuque from Sept. 25-27.

 

Tue
01
Oct

Café McGregor offers colorful atmosphere, unique menu


Located at 211 Main St., Café McGregor is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

“It’s like we’re in a fish bowl,” Boeke remarked of Café McGregor's location. “Anywhere you sit, you can see something.”

Brenda Boeke opened Café McGregor in May because she thought the city needed a little cafe. Café McGregor serves both breakfast and lunch, as well as unique daily specials.

Contrary to what some may think, Boeke said the table coverings, which feature all the wall colors, were not the inspiration behind the café’s color scheme. It was actually the chairs.

One wall features a number of historic photos of McGregor.

"I wanted it to be fun and cheery,” Boeke said of the interior, “a place for people to be happy.”

These bikes on the patio were restored by Boeke's husband, Jason.

Customers can enjoy the city scape, as well as Boeke's beautiful flowers, on the Café McGregor patio. Dogs are also welcome.

 

By Audrey Posten

 

“I had owned restaurants in the past and thought McGregor needed a little café,” explained Café McGregor owner Brenda Boeke. “I was hoping somebody would do it, but they never did, so I just did it.”

Tue
01
Oct

‘Twist of fate’ brings Moyna to Wetlands Centre


Katrina Moyna, an Elkader native and 2012 Clarke University graduate, took over as the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Director in early August. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

According to Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Director Katrina Moyna, it was a twist of fate that brought her to her new position.

 

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