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Tue
03
Jan

Ruff ready to take McGregor and Marquette to the next level as new chamber director


Patti Ruff took over Jan. 3 as executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Patti Ruff has lived in the McGregor-Marquette area since she was 6. After graduating from Mar-Mac High School, she earned a degree in history from Loras College and settled in the area with husband Dan. They have three sons—Liam, Bryar and Tucker.

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” she said. “I just love McGregor and Marquette.”

When the position of executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce became available a couple months ago, it was a dream come true.

Tue
03
Jan

NaNoWriMo continues to engage eighth graders


Scotlyn Coenen and Ella Hanson

Braden Landt

Tyler Trappe

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Every November since 1999, hundreds of thousands of writing enthusiasts around the world have participated in the online creative writing project NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which challenges writers to complete a 50,000-word novel in only 30 days.

The project opened up to students in 2005, with the creation of the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. For six years now, MFL MarMac eighth graders in Scott Boylen’s language arts class have taken part, just on a smaller scale. They’re challenged to write a 10,000-word novel in that time span.

Fri
30
Dec

Beverly Ann (Kluss) Fuelling

 

Beverly Ann (Kluss) Fuelling, 79, of Monona, IA, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Mayo Franciscan Health Center in La Crosse, Wis. 

 

Beverly was born on Oct. 27, 1937, near Clermont, to Howard and Myrtle (Amundson) Kluss. She graduated from Monona High School in 1955. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona.

Tue
27
Dec

The little bar with a big heart


Pocket City Pub owners Bart and Linda Knight sit with Sally Schneider (center) among the roughly 50 presents collected through the giving tree. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Great River Care Center residents were thrilled to receive their gifts from Santa on Friday, Dec. 23. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Christmas season was a bit brighter for residents at McGregor’s Great River Care Center this year thanks to the patrons of Pocket City Pub.

This year, “the little bar with a big heart,” located in downtown McGregor, established a giving tree. Instead of hanging ornaments on it, however, the tree was covered with tags, each noting gifts residents at the care center would like for Christmas. 

Tue
27
Dec

Alpine bringing fiber optic to McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Alpine Communications is bringing fiber optic internet service to the city of McGregor. Construction will begin this spring, noted Alpine’s chief operating officer, Chris Hopp, who shared details at the city council’s Dec. 21 meeting.

Fiber optic service means the typical copper wires used for carrying internet and cable service to homes and businesses will be replaced by fiber optic cables. According to Alpine’s website, these cables are made up of hundreds or thousands of fiber optics, which are long thin strands of pure glass about the diameter of a human hair.

Fri
23
Dec

John Borden

 

John Borden, 85, of Marquette, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 at his home in Marquette. 

 

John Harold was born on May 31, 1931, to Roger and Helen (Taylor) Borden in Texas. He attended school in Chicago, Ill., through the eighth grade. John honorably served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955.

Fri
23
Dec

Eugene Louis Trudo

 

Eugene Louis Trudo, 87, of McGregor, died Sunday, Dec. 18, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

 

Eugene Louis was born on Feb. 12, 1929, to Elmer and Elsie (McNally) Trudo in Clermont. He attended high school in Clermont and earned his GED through the Navy. 

Thu
22
Dec

Lester Alan Thostenson

 

Lester Alan Thostenson, 60, of Ottumwa, died at 3:15 a.m. Dec. 20, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

 

Tue
20
Dec

Assessment sheds light on housing needs of county, its communities

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Over the last few weeks, communities throughout Clayton County have hosted public open houses to evaluate and discuss their housing needs, as determined by a recently-completed Clayton County Housing Needs Assessment.

The assessment, prepared by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, has been in the works for over a year. It’s the first of its kind in the county.

“We’ve never done a study before because we’ve always had adequate housing,” shared Darla Kelchen, executive director of the Clayton County Development Group, which commissioned the study. “Now, millennials are coming in who want to rent, not own. That’s changing our process.”

Tue
20
Dec

McGregor searching for economic development lead

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor City Council gave the go-ahead, at a special meeting last week, to begin searching for an economic development lead for the city.

McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander said the city’s acting deputy clerk, Sue Dolan, has tentatively stated her desire to retire in the coming spring, opening the door to create the economic development position.

“We’d like to start looking as soon as possible,” Sander said.

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