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Fri
02
Mar

Faye Marie Kautman

 

Faye Marie Kautman, 75, passed away on Feb. 27, at Crossing Rivers Health Hospice in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Thu
01
Mar

Grace Louise Erickson

 

Grace Louise Erickson, 88, of Farmersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader. 

 

Grace Louise was born Dec. 31, 1929, near Rossville, to Sankey George and Minnie (Haman) Van Gorder. She was educated at Jefferson No. 8 Country School in Allamakee County and Waukon Public School. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Methodist Church in Waukon.

Thu
01
Mar

Maxine Viola Greener

 

Maxine Viola Greener, 96 of Marquette, died Monday, Feb. 26, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor. Maxine had been receiving care there after a fall at her home October 2017.

 

Maxine was born Dec. 19, 1921, in Lakota, the daughter of Korse and Ella (Thaves) Ellman. She was united in marriage on July 1, 1940, at Estherville, to Louis W. Greener.

Tue
27
Feb

Sear resigns from Mar-Mac Police, but other tensions brew on police commission

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Mar-Mac Unified Police Commission accepted the resignation of officer Rodger Sear III at a special meeting Feb. 22. Sear was suspended from the department after being arrested by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 16 for several drug-related charges, including manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

But that wasn’t the only resignation the commission faced last week. Although he has since rescinded his letter, police chief Jason Bogdonovich considered stepping down, not due to Sear’s situation, but citing conflicts with a member of the commission.

Tue
27
Feb

Art in reverse


Over the summer, Monica Tiffany learned the art form of chainsaw carving. She’s since created over 20 carvings, including Gus the bear, who will greet patrons at McGregor Mercantile. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

“When I started, I didn’t even have a chainsaw,” Monica joked. “Now, I have six. There are so many different bars you can get. I never thought I’d be so excited to buy tools.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Bears are Monica’s primary focus, although she’s begun to expand into other designs. After she blocks out the bear’s head with a large chainsaw, she uses smaller chainsaws to add the details. (Submitted photo)

Painting or staining the bears is what really brings them to life, Monica said. The final step—what Monica calls the “Aha moment”—is when she adds the bear’s eyes, which are made of shiny, black marbles. (Submitted photo)

Chainsaw carving goes from hobby to business

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

To most people, a piece of wood is simply that: a piece of wood—destined for the campfire or fodder for the wood chipper. But to Monica Tiffany, it’s a blank canvas, ready to be turned into a work of art.

The McGregor native, who owns Preferred Painters and McGregor Mercantile with her husband, Paul, is a chainsaw carver. She learned the art form over the summer, while on vacation.

“I’ve always had a love for art—drawing, painting, sketching,” she shared. “This had been in the back of my mind for a long time.”

Tue
27
Feb

McGregor pursuing grant to give opera house rehab a boost


The city of McGregor is hoping to earn a grant through the state’s Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program, to help with rehabilitation of the Sullivan Opera House. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of McGregor has been invited to submit an application for a grant through the state’s Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program. Duane Boelman, McGregor’s deputy clerk and economic development lead, said the city’s application will seek funds for the Sullivan Opera House.

The Community Catalyst Program, which provides grants up to $100,000, assists communities with the redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community. In order to proceed with the official grant application, the city first had to have its pre-application approved.

Tue
27
Feb

Building vulnerability assessment aids school district’s safety measures

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

It never hurts to be prepared. That’s why, earlier this school year, MFL MarMac completed a vulnerability assessment of its buildings, helping to assure the district is doing all it can to keep staff and students safe.

“We have safety systems in place. We know what we’re going to do,” said high school principal Larry Meyer, “but it’s good to revisit and check to see we’re current with all the facets of safety, that there aren’t any gaps.”

Tue
27
Feb

Have fun for a good cause at annual Friends Helping Friends Winter Triathlon and Benefit


Have some fun for a good cause at Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends’ 14th annual Winter Triathlon and Benefit, held Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, in McGregor. (NIT file photo)

Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends will hold its 14th annual Winter Triathlon and Benefit on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, in McGregor. This year’s proceeds will go toward Casey (Ruff) Evanson, Andra (Prew) Meana and Denny Regal Jr.—three families with major medical needs.

Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, with bar bingo at Pocket City Pub.

On Saturday, March 3, the bake sale will begin at 9 a.m. at Backwoods. If you would like to donate fresh baked goods, please call Von Redemske at (563) 873-2238, or you may drop your baked goods off at Backwoods beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Tue
27
Feb

Sally Belle (Veit) Scarff

 

Sally (Veit) Scarff, 85, of McGregor, Iowa, died Feb. 23, at Great River Care Center.  

 

Sally Belle Veit was born April 15, 1932, in McGregor, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Alvina (Toots-Paulson) Veit.  She married Paul Scarff Sr. on Aug. 14, 1948. She attended school at Marquette High School, later organizing the first school reunion. 

Mon
26
Feb

Eugene Earl (Gene) Nevermann

 

Eugene Earl (Gene) Nevermann died Feb. 18, 2018 at Great River Care Center in McGregor. 

 

He was born Sept. 29, 1934, to Clarence and Frances (Miller) Nevermann in Giard, at the home of his grandparents, Frank and Clara Miller. Gene was baptized on Oct. 28, 1934, by Rev. A. Daugs and confirmed May 16, 1948, by Rev. R.C. Schlueter at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona.

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