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Tue
07
Feb

Bulldogs are sectional champs, send record seven wrestlers to districts


The MFL MarMac wrestling team won the sectional tournament at Postville Feb. 4. Seven wrestlers—Ethan Stubbs, Michael Egan, Brady Olson, Riley Doeppke, Nathan Johanningmeier, Garret Keehner and Korby Keehner—were individual champions. (Photo courtesy of Erin Keehner)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A week after becoming Upper Iowa Conference champions, the MFL MarMac wrestling team topped another tournament, this time winning their sectional at Postville Feb. 4. Seven of the team’s 14 wrestlers were individual champions.

The Bulldogs racked up 251 team points, handily out-pacing the second-place finisher, South Winneshiek, which had 203 points. With 194.5 points, Sumner-Fredericksburg placed third, followed by Postville with 119, Starmont with 74, Clayton Ridge with 50, Central with 43.5 and Turkey Valley with 36.

Mon
06
Feb

Daniel (Dopey) James Hallberg

 

Daniel (Dopey) James Hallberg passed away after fighting a four year battle with colon cancer. 

 

Thu
02
Feb

Mary Ellen Rice

 

Mary Ellen Rice, 80, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Feb. 1,  in McGregor.

 

Services will be at a later date.

 

Tue
31
Jan

The circus will always be alive: Part Two


Emily Colossa, the daughter of Joe and Carmen Colossa, owners of the Al Ringling Mansion in Baraboo, Wis., was recently gifted this 3-by-4-foot enlarged photo of the Ringlings from the Ringling family, and wanted to donate it to the McGregor Historical Museum. The photo has been digitally improved from an original photo from 1895 that portrays all seven Ringling Brothers and their sister, Ida. (Photo by Diane Malcom)

This Oscar Fryklund photo shows the Ringling home at 14463 Walton Ave., around 1900. John Ringling was born there in 1866.

Ringling Bros. Circus roots run deep in McGregor

When word of the impending closure of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus broke Jan. 14, many in McGregor were saddened by the news. But what may be the end of the circus, to many in this small river community, is also a new opportunity to share McGregor’s special connection with the Ringlings, who, as boys, performed their first circus in the city. This two-part series will spotlight that connection. Part one, which ran last week, focused on the origins of that first circus, while this second part will detail the community’s plans to keep the Ringling story alive.

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Tue
31
Jan

Progressive Dinner offers unique dining experience


The McGregor Marquette Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual Progressive Dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5-9 p.m.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For the 15th year, the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce’s Progressive Dinner will welcome visitors into local B&Bs and homes for an elegant, homemade meal. This year’s annual event will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Progressive Dinner, which was modeled off similar events in other communities, was created as not only a winter fundraiser for the chamber, but also as a way to showcase Marquette’s and McGregor’s many B&Bs, noted Becky Johnson, owner of the Little Switzerland Inn and many times an event host.

Tue
31
Jan

U.S. Mint to launch Effigy Mounds quarter Feb. 6-7

The first quarter to be released in 2017 under the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program will feature Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National Monument. The coin design showcases an aerial view of two bears and one bird effigy mound from the Marching Bear Group in the south unit of the monument. Two free events will take place to commemorate the quarter launch. 

A coin collector forum will be held for the public to hear about the United States Mint and their coin programs on Monday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Effigy Mounds National Monument Visitor Center.

Tue
31
Jan

Monona Chamber shares update with city council

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona Chamber and Economic Development (MCED) Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson went before the Monona Council Jan. 23, recapping MCED’s 2016 accomplishments and highlighting their plans for 2017.

In 2016, explained Halvorson, MCED increased its business partnerships by 15 percent, to 56 members. The number of followers to MCED’s Facebook page, as well as the Monona Hay Days page, has also increased. Their website has also seen over 150,000 unique page visits per year. Two new highway billboards, which MCED helped design and facilitate, were installed. 

Wed
25
Jan

Charles Dennis Fish

 

Charles Dennis Fish peacefully passed away in his home on Jan. 22.

 

Tue
24
Jan

The circus will always be alive: Part One


This photo, from 1864, shows the Ringling family during their time in McGregor. Pictured (front, left to right) are Otto, baby Charles, Gus; (back) Alf T., mother Marie Salome, father August and Al. The Ringlings lived in the community from 1860-1871. It was in 1871 that the brothers held their first “real” circus performance. (Photo courtesy of McGregor Historical Museum)

Ringling Bros. Circus roots run deep in McGregor

When word of the impending closure of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus broke Jan. 14, many in McGregor were saddened by the news. But what may be the end of the circus, to many in this small river community, is also a new opportunity to share McGregor’s special connection with the Ringlings, who, as boys, performed their first circus in the city. This two-part series will spotlight that connection. Part one will focus on the origins of that first circus, while the second will detail the community’s plans to keep the Ringling story alive.

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Tue
24
Jan

‘It’s not going away’

As CWD positives grow, DNR plans special hunt to collect additional samples

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

In an effort to learn about and stem the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD), the Iowa DNR will hold a special collection hunt in a targeted surveillance area near Harpers Ferry, after nine more wild deer killed in Allamakee County in 2016 tested positive for the disease.

The additional positive tests brought the total number of confirmed cases of CWD in wild deer in the area to 15. The first deer to test positive was killed in 2013, followed by three more in 2014 and two in 2015. 

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