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Tue
23
Feb

McGregor Council declines offer to purchase former Holiday Shores property

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Feb. 17 meeting, the McGregor Council chose not to entertain an offer from Trilogy Partners, LLC, to purchase the former Holiday Shores Motel property for $1.05 million.

Trilogy, which purchased the property in June and tore down the motel at the end of summer, made the offer through a letter from their attorneys to McGregor city attorney Mike Schuster. In the letter, the group also expressed disappointment over the city’s decision earlier this year not to re-zone the property so that condominiums could be built at the location along the riverfront.

Tue
23
Feb

Petitions circulating in Marquette

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Following the appointment of Larry Breuer as mayor and Steve Eagle to the council at Marquette’s Feb. 16 council meeting, a group of residents began circulating a petition to force an election to fill the vacancies.

“There are two years left [on the terms]. That’s a whole term for mayor,” noted resident Rinda Ferguson, who resigned last month after six years on the council. David Schneider also resigned as mayor at the end of January. “I strongly believe it should go to the citizens.”

Mon
22
Feb

Charles Roger Lange "Peanut"

 

Charles Roger Lange "Peanut," was born Feb. 25, 1939, to Charles and Leona Lange and passed away peacefully at Crossing Rivers Health on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

Tue
16
Feb

Staging a comeback


The McGregor Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC) hopes to save, restore and reuse the former hardware store/Sullivan Opera House building, located on Main Street. The MHPC is currently forming a non-profit organization to fundraise and seek grants for the project. The group is also seeking volunteers to help with restoration efforts and to share ideas and history. (North Iowa Times file photo)

The once grand building at 252-­256 Main St. was built circa 1880. Over the years, the first floor held a number of businesses, selling crockery, menswear, confections and hardware.

T.J. Sullivan opened the Sullivan Opera House in 1905, and it remained operational into the 1930s.

T.J. Sullivan

Saving McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House an investment in the future

 

Submitted by the McGregor Historic Preservation Commission

The paint is chipped, its walls are cracked and it hasn’t been inhabited for nearly 20 years. But for historic preservationists looking over the old hardware store/opera house on Main Street in McGregor, the building has great economic and cultural potential. With the help of the community at large, saving, restoring and reusing the building could not only serve as a landmark of McGregor’s past, but also a key to its future.

Tue
16
Feb

Fletcher, Egan advance to state wrestling tournament


MFL MarMac senior Hunter Fletcher advanced to the state wrestling tournament after placing second at the district tournament in the 160-pound weight class on Feb. 13. (North Iowa Times file photo)

Michael Egan is the first Bulldog freshman to make it to state in 10 years, after he placed second in the 126-pound weight class at districts Feb. 13. (North Iowa Times file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac’s Hunter Fletcher (160) and Michael Egan (126) are headed to the state wrestling tournament after both finished second in their respective weight classes at districts on Feb. 13.

Head coach Chet Bachman said Fletcher, a senior, has a feel-good story, and is the product of hard work and a lot of time put in during the offseason.

Tue
16
Feb

Monona residents share input as part of visioning program process


Dozens of Monona residents of all ages (including kids) shared their thoughts about the community Feb. 13, during the first input session organized as part of Monona’s participation in the Iowa’s Living Roadways 2016 Community Visioning Program. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Dozens of Monona residents of all ages shared their thoughts about the community Feb. 13, during the first input session organized as part of Monona’s participation in the Iowa’s Living Roadways 2016 Community Visioning Program.

Monona is one of 10 communities participating in the program, which is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture and Extension and the non-profit Trees Forever. The program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.

Tue
16
Feb

Stayin’ alive


Students at the MFL MarMac McGregor Center learned about hands-only CPR last week. Here, teacher Eric Dettbarn helps his students as they practice. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

In order to help students gauge how quickly they need to give compressions, school nurse Jennelle Schroeder picked out some songs that have 100 to 120 beats per minute. They included disco favorite “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, as well as a contemporary favorite, “Uptown Funk.”

Jill Miller, a nurse at Central Community Hospital in Elkader, noted that giving hands-only CPR can be physically taxing, but it’s worth it if it helps save someone’s life. “You get tired and sweaty, but it’s rewarding," she said.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Students at the MFL MarMac McGregor Center learned about hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) last week, with the help of Jill Miller, a nurse at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. 

CPR is necessary when a person is having sudden cardiac arrest, Miller told students. CPR helps send oxygen through the body’s bloodstream, keeping organs alive.  

Miller explained how hands-only CPR is administered, noting that breathing into a person’s mouth is not necessary.

Tue
16
Feb

School board approves new softball, baseball coaches

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board met Feb. 15, approving the hiring of Melissa Ward as the new head softball coach and Brandon Burke as the new head baseball coach, pending proper coaching certification. The board also agreed, if needed, to pay a person $35 for a night or afternoon to work with baseball and softball pitchers and catchers before the coaches are available.

In other business:

•The board set a public hearing for the budget and calendar for Monday, March 14, at the next school board meeting.

Tue
16
Feb

Monona Council hears about brownfields workshop

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Clayton County Development Group (CCDG) Executive Director Darla Kelchen spoke to the Monona Council at its Feb. 15 meeting, welcoming participation in a brownfields workshop CCDG has organized for area communities.

Brownfields include property, like abandoned buildings or old gas stations, that may still contain hazardous materials, pollutants or contaminants. 

Mon
15
Feb

Juneaver Wilhelmina McNichols

 

Juneaver Wilhelmina McNichols, 98, Farmersburg, Iowa, died Friday, February 12, 2016, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 1:00 pm at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. 

Visitation will be held from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm before services at the church on Tuesday.

Burial will follow in Farmersburg – Wagner Cemetery, Farmersburg, Iowa.

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