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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.

Tue
12
May

Art center opens for season May 15 with exhibit showcasing ‘Arthur’s Gift’


Geisert’s detailed depictions of rolling bluffs; historic, brick buildings and passing water vessels will be relatable for McGregor and Marquette residents.

The exhibit “Arthur’s Gift” will showcase 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.” Geisert will also be on-hand at the opening May 15 to sign copies of the book. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA) will welcome a new season Friday, May 15, with the opening of its first special exhibit, “Arthur’s Gift.”

The exhibit will showcase 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. For McGregor and Marquette residents, these detailed and colorful depictions of rolling bluffs; historic, brick buildings and water vessels will be quite relatable.

Tue
05
May

MFL MarMac seniors share thoughts on future as graduation nears


MFL MarMac seniors Kelliea Walz (left), Katrina Ruff, Nathan McGlaughlin and Stephanie Bries recently shared their thoughts on graduation and moving on to college. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With graduation a week and a half away, MFL MarMac seniors, along with high school seniors everywhere, are preparing for one of the biggest milestones in their lives.

Some of their major focuses now are combating senioritis, finishing up homework and preparing for finals.

“It’s hard,” shared Kellie Walz of getting through the final days of high school, “but you keep reminding yourself you’re working for something.”

Tue
05
May

Marquette residents offer ideas at community visioning session


Around 15 people shared their ideas for a dream Marquette at a visioning session held Monday night at the community center. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Around 15 people shared their ideas for a dream Marquette at a visioning session held Monday night at the community center.

Marquette Business and Tourism Director Katrina Moyna led the session, which focused on concepts that can be enacted to improve tourism and business and economic development in the community, especially downtown.

One common theme that popped up during the discussion was the desire for more festivals and community events.

Dave Schneider suggested revitalizing Marquette’s Fourth of July celebration by holding a street dance and utilizing the ball diamond for tournaments.

Tue
05
May

Program helps Great River Care Center bring in CNAs

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Thanks to a program developed at the end of last year through a partnership between Great River Care Center (GRCC) in McGregor, Elkader Care Center and the Edgewood Convalescent Home, the facilities were able to select, train and hire individuals to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

“We were seeing a shortage of CNAs in the area, so we all worked together to see what we could do to increase interest in the field,” said Great River Care Center Administrator Deanna Kahler.

Kahler described CNAs as the frontline workers at GRCC, providing important daily cares for residents.

Fri
01
May

Rebecca Jean White

 

Rebecca Jean White, 71, of rural St. Olaf, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, April 28, at the Central Community Hospital, Elkader, Iowa surrounded by her loving family. 

Rebecca Jean was born on Oct. 5, 1943 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Leslie and Ramona (Holloway) Lange. She graduated from Mar-Mac High School in McGregor, Iowa. 

Becky was united in marriage with Arlis Glen White on May 16, 1964, to this union five children were born. Together they lived in rural St. Olaf on the family farm until her death.

Tue
28
Apr

After the flood: 1965 helped cities better prepare


Following the 1965 flood, one measure that was taken to protect the communities from flood waters was the building of dikes, like this one in Marquette. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Fifty years ago Friday, the Mississippi River crested at 25.38 feet in McGregor, surpassing the previous record of 21 feet on June 20, 1880. Over several weeks, the flooding, brought on by an accumulation of large snowfall amounts farther north and heavy spring rains, wrought havoc on Marquette and McGregor. Residents were forced from their homes, businesses battled water, sources of clean drinking water and power were threatened and roads in and to the communities were shut down, only traversable by boat or Army duck.

The high water was nothing new to Bob Myers, whose family owned Boatels in McGregor.

Tue
28
Apr

MFL MarMac D.A.R.E program remains strong


Another group of MFL MarMac fifth graders graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program last week. The students are pictured here with their instructor, Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich, and guest speaker Michael Aschinger. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Clayton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael Aschinger speaks to students about self control during their D.A.R.E graduation last week.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Another class of MFL MarMac fifth graders graduated from the D.A.R.E. program last week. 

Founded in Los Angeles in 1983, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program dares kids to resist drugs, alcohol and violence. 

Since he began teaching D.A.R.E. in 2002, Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich said the curriculum has undergone several changes, including the addition of topics like bullying and peer pressure.

“It had to adapt to all the things kids have to face,” he said.

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