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Tue
27
Aug

Hansen finds artistic inspiration in McGregor


Artist Vangie Hansen looks at the Mississippi River—one of her artistic inspirations—from atop the houseboat she and her husband have lived on for the past five summers. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

“When somebody buys art, they’re not just buying an object,” said artist Vangie Hansen. “They are buying the entire package, all of those years of experience. When somebody asks me how long I’ve worked on a painting, I truly could say 40 years.”

Tue
27
Aug

McGregor to explore ways to make riverfront cleaner, safer

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Members of the McGregor Dock Commission raised some concerns regarding the safety and disrepair of the city’s riverfront at the Aug. 21 city council meeting. 

Tue
27
Aug

Guest marching band to perform in Labor Day parade


The Onalaska High School Marching Hilltoppers, under the direction of McGregor native Dawson Strutt, will march in Saturday’s Labor Day parade. (Submitted photo)

 

Forty years ago you could find McGregor native Dawson Strutt marching down Main Street as part of the Mar-Mac High School band.  This holiday weekend, he will be walking the same path, but this time with a high school marching band of his own. The Onalaska High School Marching Hilltoppers, under the direction of Strutt, will be making a guest appearance in the 2013 McGregor Labor Day parade on Saturday, Aug. 31.

 

Tue
27
Aug

Friends Helping Friends takes another step toward conquering cancer


Vangie Hansen crosses the finish line of the Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends cancer benefit 5K walk/run. The benefit, held on the McGregor riverfront, featured a 5K walk/run, bake sale, fish fry and auction. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of gas cards, which are given to individuals in cancer treatment in order to help offset expenses. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

These walkers were just some of the 73 people who participated in the walk/run. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

People survey the baked goods offered at the cancer benefit. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Wed
21
Aug

Corletts reflect on nearly 64 years together


Olga and Ralph Corlett, married Oct. 1, 1949, will celebrate 64 years together. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

“The pictures on the wall tell me stuff,” said 85-year-old Ralph Corlett.

 

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. 

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