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Oct

Iowa League of Cities recognizes Marquette as 2013 All-Star Community


The city of Marquette was recognized as a 2013 All-Star Community at the Iowa League of Cities annual conference and exhibit, which was held in Dubuque from Sept. 25-27. Pictured with the award (left to right) are City Manager Dean Hilgerson, Mayor Norma Mason, Councilwoman Rinda Ferguson, City Clerk Sue Weipert and Councilman Jason Winter. (Submitted photo)

 

The city of Marquette was recognized as a 2013 All-Star Community at the Iowa League of Cities annual conference and exhibit, which was held in Dubuque from Sept. 25-27.

 

Tue
01
Oct

Café McGregor offers colorful atmosphere, unique menu


Located at 211 Main St., Café McGregor is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

“It’s like we’re in a fish bowl,” Boeke remarked of Café McGregor's location. “Anywhere you sit, you can see something.”

Brenda Boeke opened Café McGregor in May because she thought the city needed a little cafe. Café McGregor serves both breakfast and lunch, as well as unique daily specials.

Contrary to what some may think, Boeke said the table coverings, which feature all the wall colors, were not the inspiration behind the café’s color scheme. It was actually the chairs.

One wall features a number of historic photos of McGregor.

"I wanted it to be fun and cheery,” Boeke said of the interior, “a place for people to be happy.”

These bikes on the patio were restored by Boeke's husband, Jason.

Customers can enjoy the city scape, as well as Boeke's beautiful flowers, on the Café McGregor patio. Dogs are also welcome.

 

By Audrey Posten

 

“I had owned restaurants in the past and thought McGregor needed a little café,” explained Café McGregor owner Brenda Boeke. “I was hoping somebody would do it, but they never did, so I just did it.”

Tue
01
Oct

‘Twist of fate’ brings Moyna to Wetlands Centre


Katrina Moyna, an Elkader native and 2012 Clarke University graduate, took over as the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Director in early August. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

According to Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Director Katrina Moyna, it was a twist of fate that brought her to her new position.

 

Tue
01
Oct

Monona Council approves purchase of sewer cleaning equipment, water meters

 

By Pat McTaggart 

 

Tue
01
Oct

MFL MarMac Volleyball highlights

 

By Michael Newton 

 

Sept. 24 vs. Ed-Co

Tue
01
Oct

Bulldogs fall to Denver 53-0 in homecoming game

 

By Michael Newton

 

The MFL MarMac Bulldogs had a hard time with the Denver Cyclones defense at the Sept. 27 Homecoming game,  falling behind 40-0 at halftime before losing 53-0.

Tue
01
Oct

Middle and high school cross country teams compete at Waukon

 

By Michael Newton

 

Both the MFL MarMac High School and Middle School Cross Country teams competed at the Waukon Country club  on Tuesday, Sept. 24. 

 

Tue
24
Sep

Opera House Players unite over shared passion for the theater


It has taken the Opera House Players 40 rehearsals to prepare for their upcoming musical, “Copacabana.” (Submitted photo)

The group, which formed in 1966, has been a large part of some locals’ lives for many years. (Submitted photo)

Joeann Tesar will play Conchita Alvarez in “Copacabana.” “My original ambition was to be an actress,” she said. “Having such an elegant theater to perform in makes my dream come true in a grand style.” (Submitted photo)

Dave Beck, Joeann Tesar and Jonathon Moser rehearse a scene. (Submitted photo)

 

By Audrey Posten

 

For the next two weekends, the Elkader Opera House Players will once again grace the stage, as  the group presents the musical “Copacabana,” featuring music by Barry Manilow.

 

Tue
24
Sep

Marquette Council discusses flea market parking, location

 

By Audrey Posten

 

“I don’t want to be the subject of being yelled at about parking,” said councilwoman Mary Jo Pirc when asked at the Sept. 17 Marquette City Council meeting if she had any comments about the flea market. It was most recently held Labor Day weekend.

 

Tue
24
Sep

McGregor Council considers MMU proposal to upgrade water meters

 

By Audrey Posten

 

At the Sept. 23 McGregor City Council meeting, council members considered a proposal from the McGregor Municipal Utilities (MMU) asking the council to help fund the purchase of new water meters.

 

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