North Iowa Times

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Balcom bids farewell to the North Iowa Times


Trudy Balcom, on her Quarab horse, Chapita, in Arizona in 2012, plans to travel extensively with her husband. This fall, they plan to load up their living quarter horse trailer, along with their horse and mule, and “drive off into the sunset.”

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Since taking over as editor of the North Iowa Times in 2006, Trudy Balcom has witnessed both the ups and downs of the Marquette and McGregor communities—everything from flooding, fires and accidents to new business openings and the awarding of major grants. Through it all, Balcom said the parades and Memorial Day events were some of her favorite activities to cover.

 

Wed
31
Jul

Park 5 plans to stimulate the senses


Park 5 owner Mona Parisi stands behind the counter in the ice cream shop section of the business. Customers can enjoy ice cream treats throughout the day, then head next door to the bar in the evening for drinks and live music and entertainment. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

Park 5 is named, in part, for its ability to stimulate the five senses. The new business, which opened July 6 on Main Street in McGregor, plans to be an amalgamation of sights, sounds, touches, tastes and smells.

 

Wed
24
Jul

58 cars on display at 11th annual Great River Car Show and Cruise


This 1915 Ford Model T was the first place winner in the Antique division at the 11th annual Great River Car Show and Cruise, which was held in McGregor July 20. First through third place trophies were awarded in eight different classes, including classic car, muscle car, antique car, street rods, truck class, sports car, late model and special interest. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
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Memorial motorcycle ride made its way through McGregor July 20


The fifth annual David Kirschbaum Memorial Ride was held July 20, with riders beginning their journey at the Dew Drop Inn in Wyalusing, then traveling throughout the region. The group made stops at four area establishments, including Josie’s River Queen in McGregor, before returning to the Dew Drop Inn that evening. Participants enjoyed live music, food and door prizes. Rich and Rebecca Sheckler, of Prairie du Chien, won a five-day African safari. Event organizer Tracy Schmidt said the ride had 112 participants on 75 motorcycles, and raised exactly $4,000, which went to the Bridgeport Fire Department for the acquisition of safety equipment. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
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24
Jul

Sheriff’s department hopes to have new K9 trained and ready to go by June 2014

By Audrey Posten

In a July 16 presentation to the Marquette City Council, Matt Moser, the Clayton County Sheriff Department’s K9 handler/officer, said the department plans to retire current K9 Bear in June 2014, and hopes to have a new dog trained and ready to take over at that time.

In order to ensure that the county does not go without a K9 unit, Moser said the department needs to meet its $11,000 fundraising goal by Sept. so that a new dog can be purchased.

Moser said the purchase of a new K9, as well as training for both himself and the dog, will cost anywhere from $8,500 to $11,000. The department has been looking at a kennel in Michigan that would make the purchase. While Bear is a Belgium Malinois, Moser said the new K9 could come from anywhere in Europe.

The dog has to be at least six months old before it can be tested to train. By the time it is ready to hit the streets, the dog will be 14 months old.

Wed
24
Jul

Butterflies take flight in McGregor


Monarch butterfly educator Kathy McGrath offered a free butterfly presentation in McGregor’s Triangle Park on July 20. McGrath taught the audience of roughly 50 people how to find, care for and identify monarch butterflies, as well as how to tag, release and track them. Since the butterfly population migrating back to the area from Mexico is down 59 percent this year, McGrath said she has had very few butterflies to release this summer. However, despite the lower numbers, she managed to bring five butterflies, which she helped children in the audience release. (Photo by Audrey Posten)
Wed
24
Jul

New editor taking the reins at the Times

By Trudy Balcom with Audrey Posten

Audrey Posten, 22, of Patch Grove, Wis., has been hired as the new editor of the North Iowa Times.

Posten is an area native who attended River Ridge High School. She is the daughter of Brent and Nancy Posten and has one brother, Derek, who attends River Ridge. Brent is manager of Spahn & Rose Lumber, and Nancy is employed at the Gundersen Eye Clinic in Prairie du Chien.

She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in journalism and history.

Posten was honored with a Bronze Award from the Milwaukee Press Club for the Best Collegiate Written News Story, for a piece about college women’s participation in the 2012 presidential election, written for the University of Milwaukee Post.

Wed
24
Jul

New Wetland Centre agreement still in development

By Trudy Balcom

The Driftless Area Wetland Centre is still in the process of finding its way through the process of re-organization after the 28E Agreement that created the foundation of the organization was dissolved on June 30.

Marquette City Attorney Jim Garrett addressed the city council regarding the matter at their meeting held July 16.

Garrett presented the council with a new draft 28E Agreement for the Continuation of the Driftless Area Wetland Centre, with some amendments, for their review. If approved, the new 28E would create a partnership between the MFL MarMac School District and the City of Marquette for continued operation of the Wetland Centre as a nature center.

Wed
24
Jul

McGregor wrestles with $44,000 in storm repair costs

By Audrey Posten

The June 22 through 27 storms that brought heavy rains and flash flooding to the area will cost the city of McGregor an estimated $43,794.99, according to City Administrator Lynette Sander.

While the state has made a disaster declaration, President Barack Obama has yet to issue a Presidential Disaster Declaration, which is needed to receive federal Public Assistance Program funding. Sander said it may be several weeks yet until a ruling is reached.

In the meantime, work will continue on a number of storm damage projects. The McGregor Heights Road storm sewer pipe that collapsed has already been replaced, at a cost of nearly $5,800. Work crews have also already spent time repairing shoulders along McGregor Heights Road and Ash Street. Trash racks were cleaned and rock was dozed around the Pikes Peak and Siegel Dams.

Wed
17
Jul

Alexander Hotel gets fresh look

By Lucy Rodenberg

One of McGregor’s “Grand Old Ladies” is receiving a fresh look. The Alexander Hotel, which is showing the effects of time, is receiving repairs to the porch roof at the front of the stately brick building.

The hotel, built for Charles I. Lewis, was designed by architect Hugo Schick of Schick and Roth of La Crosse. Schick was one of the best known architects of the northwest and was born in northern Austria. After graduating with a degree in architecture in Vienna, he came to America in 1880 where he first settled in New York City, later coming to La Crosse in 1886.

The Lewis Hotel’s foundation was laid in 1899 and the hotel was built by John Moss at a cost of $521,000, with an additional $4,000 to $5,000 for its furnishings. At that time, McGregor had nine other hotels and several homes that provided room and board to the many settlers going west.

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