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Tue
15
Oct

White Springs Supper Club revisited


White Springs Supper Club (Photos submitted by Doris Phalen Barrette)

Shorty and Ethel Mann pose outside the White Springs Supper Club.

Ethel Mann serves drinks to a packed house. Throughout the 1950s, the Springs hosted dances every Saturday night.

Doris and Phil Barrette dancing at their wedding dance, which was held at the Springs. The two also met each other at the Springs.

 

By Audrey Posten with Doris Phalen Barrette

 

A week or so ago, Doris Phalen Barrette visited Schillerstrasse Antiques. 

 

Tue
15
Oct

MFL MarMac sets annual improvement goals


At the Oct. 14 school board meeting, bus driver Julius Dettmann, along with his late wife, Joyce, who was also a driver, were recognized with plaques that honored their service and commitment to the school district. Julius was a driver for 30 years, while Joyce drove for 19. Here, Julius is pictured with school board president Patty Burkle. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

MFL MarMac high school teacher and data coordinator Jennifer Wilwert presented the school board with the district’s annual progress report and improvement goals at the board’s Oct. 14 meeting.

Tue
15
Oct

Seven contenders battle for three seats on Marquette City Council

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
15
Oct

Work continues on historic Alexander Hotel


If you've been in McGregor this summer and fall, you have probably noticed the facade work being done on the Alexander Hotel. (Photos by Lucy Rodenberg)

Last week, windows were installed on the upper levels.

The project is being done by Ken and Al Anderson, as well as their helper, Dirk Spier, who is visiting McGregor from Florida.

Current owner Luis Maguina bought the hotel in 2006 and plans to continue work on the building's facade.

The hotel was originally named the Lewis Hotel, as it was built for Charles I. Lewis.

It was designed by architect Hugo Schick of Schick and Roth of LaCrosse. Schick was one of the best known architects of the northwest.

The hotel's foundation was laid in 1899 and was built by John Moss at as cost of $521,000, with an additional $4,000-$5,000 for its furnishings.

In 1899, McGregor had nine other hotels and several homes that provided room and board to the settlers heading west.

The hotel had 30 rooms, with a dining room named the "Lotus Dining Room" after the many water lilies found along the Mississippi River.

The Alexander Hotel has had several owners throughout its lifetime. From 1899-1902, it was known as the Lewis Hotel. In 1903, it became known as the Pocket City Hotel, a name it kept until 1913.

A Mr. Zimmerman purchased the hotel in 1914, and yet another change came in 1930 when it became the Scenic Hotel.

By 1986, the building had several apartments and 14 rooms. It became the Alexander Hotel in 1987, in honor of McGregor founder Alexander MacGregor. Between then and 2006, the hotel went through a number of changes and owners.

Now it features Latinos Mexican Restaurant, which specializes in Mexican and Peruvian foods, as well as American classics like burgers and fries.
Tue
15
Oct

North Fayette Valley TigerHawks too much for Bulldogs

 

By Michael Newton

 

The North Fayette Valley TigerHawks hosted the MFL MarMac Bulldogs on Oct. 11 at their first homecoming. The Bulldogs played their second game in the week after playing a makeup date in St. Ansgar on Monday, Oct. 7. 

Tue
15
Oct

MFL MarMac falls to St. Ansgar 68-8

 

By Michael Newton

 

The MFL MarMac Bulldogs had no answer to the St. Ansgar Saints running attack on Monday, Oct. 7, giving up 429 yards rushing yards, including two 100-yard rushers, as St. Ansgar rolled to a 60 point victory. 

Tue
15
Oct

10-16 MFL MarMac Volleyball highlights


Seniors Briana Berger, Autumn Meine and Nattalee Heins played their last home volleyball game on Oct. 10 against West Central. (Photo by Linda Newton)

 

By Michael Newton

 

Oct. 8 vs. Turkey Valley

Tue
15
Oct

Cross country wraps up regular season at West Delaware

 

By Michael Newton 

 

A sunny day welcomed the Bulldog cross country team to Hart Ridge Golf course, outside Manchester, on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 

 

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.

 

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