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Wed
21
Aug

Tempers flare at Marquette council meeting

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Tempers flared at the Aug. 13 Marquette City Council meeting, as some Marquette business representatives showed up to protest the council’s decision to cease funding the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Wed
21
Aug

Mar-Mac Police Chief selection process continues

 

By Audrey Posten

 

The Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission met Aug. 14, moving forward in the selection process for the new police chief.

 

After choosing to extend the application deadline an additional three weeks at the July 15 meeting, the commission had three more applicants to consider. 

Wed
21
Aug

Lions Club pays tribute to city’s heritage with McGregorFest

 

By Audrey Posten

 

On Saturday, Aug. 31, the McGregor Clan Lions Club invites community members to McGregor for the first club-organized McGregorFest. 

 

Wed
21
Aug

Pleasant Grove Cemetery fence damaged


A section of fence on the left side of the entrance to Pleasant Grove Cemetery, in McGregor, was found damaged Aug. 12 by cemetery supervisor Bob Eggen. Eggen said it appears someone drove through the fence, as some car parts were found on the scene. Eggen said repairs will cost an estimated $300, with labor accounting for much of that. “I don’t think it was intentional,” Eggen said, “but it should have been reported.” Acting MarMac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich said the incident is still under investigation, and asks people to contact the department at (563) 873-2500 with any information. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Wed
14
Aug

MFL MarMac expands wellness initiatives


Kayla Koether (right) showed MFL MarMac school board members and staff the Monona Center Elementary Garden at the Aug. 12 school board meeting. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten

 

At the Aug. 12 MFL MarMac school board meeting, Kayla Koether, a Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative staff member who has been working with the MFL MarMac School District for the past year, presented the school board with an update on the health-oriented goals the district accomplished last year, as well as what it plans to accomplish this year. 

Wed
14
Aug

For jam session participants, music is the common denominator


Jeff Gaunitz, Anne Loomis, Steve Eagle and Rich Palucci (from left to right) are just a few of the musicians who regularly play at the open jam session held at Josie’s River Queen tavern, in McGregor, every Sunday. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Rich Palucci, who has 20 years of music teaching experience, plays keyboards and various woodwind instruments. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Steve Eagle wails away on his saxophone. "I got married, raised a family and sold my saxophone," Eagle said. "This was the first time I'd played in 40 years." (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Kendall Techau plays harmonica and bass at the jam sessions. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

“The good thing about music is that it disappears into the air, then starts all over again,” said McGregor musician Rich Palucci.

 

Wed
14
Aug

Reichard’s letter inspires donation from author


Robert Reichard poses with two of the autographed books and the signed poster that author Tim Green donated to the McGregor Public Library. (Submitted photo)

 

Robert Reichard, local student and patron of the McGregor Public Library, recently wrote to author Tim Green. Reichard’s letter inspired the best-selling sports author Green to donate books to the McGregor Public Library.

 

Wed
14
Aug

Filling up on fresh produce at Friday Night Live


Arlys Denning carefully chose some tomatoes at Marquette’s “Friday Night Live” farmers market Aug. 9. The farmers market, located outside the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, is held every Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., until Oct. 25. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Wed
07
Aug

Regal reflects on Afghanistan deployment


This sign met Jakob Regal when he returned home on July 11 with the 229th Engineer Company of the Wisconsin National Guard, based out of Prairie du Chien, which had been stationed in Afghanistan since Sept. 2012. (Photo by Trudy Balcom)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Throughout his nine-month deployment in Afghanistan, Jakob Regal obviously missed his family and friends. However, he also missed something a little less obvious, something people often take for granted each day—green landscape and paved walkways.

Wed
07
Aug

Marquette moves forward with scenic overlook and boardwalk projects

 

By Audrey Posten

 

At a special meeting Aug. 1, Project Manager Tim Cutsforth, an engineer with H.R. Green out of Cedar Rapids, presented the Marquette City Council and members of the dock commission with updated plans and schedules for the city’s scenic overlook and boardwalk project.

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