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Tue
20
Sep

Investigation into reported firearms theft from Mar-Mac Police Department continues

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Mar-Mac Police Department, continues to investigate a report of stolen firearms from the Mar-Mac Police Department in February.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office in March, the investigation began with a request from Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich following the discovery of missing items. 

Between Feb. 8 and Feb. 17, an undisclosed number of firearms were reportedly stolen from the Marquette city garage, which is attached to the police department, while renovations were being made to the police department.

Tue
13
Sep

An adventure in monarch tagging


The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette held a monarch butterfly release party Saturday afternoon, with participants tagging and releasing several monarchs reared there over the last few weeks. Some butterflies caught in the wild that day were tagged and released, as well. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Tagging involves placing a small sticker on each butterfly’s hind wing. Each tag contains an identification number along with a phone number to call when the butterfly and tag are found. Monarch tagging is done now, as it is the peak time for monarchs to begin their migration to Mexico.

Jim Langhus shows the difference between a male (left) and female monarch butterfly. The males have noticeably thinner veins, as well as black spots on their hind wings.

Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey shows off one of the monarch butterflies reared at the Wetlands Centre and later tagged and released.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette held a monarch butterfly release party Saturday afternoon, with participants tagging and releasing several monarchs reared there over the last few weeks. Some butterflies caught in the wild that day were tagged and released, as well.

“This has been our first adventure in tagging,” said Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey.

Tagging involves placing a small sticker on each butterfly’s hind wing. Each tag contains an identification number along with a phone number to call when the butterfly and tag are found. It does not hinder the monarch’s movement.

Tue
13
Sep

Student journalists share their voices


MFL MarMac High School students work through a broadcast script for a video that will go on the new student news site, The Bulldog Growl. The website will also feature stories written by students about a variety of school-related topics. Beginning next week, their work will be shared monthly in the North Iowa Times. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A new English class offered at MFL MarMac High School is allowing students to become journalists by sharing their voices online, through a news website they’ve named The Bulldog Growl. Beginning next week, students’ work will also be shared monthly in the North Iowa Times.

Students will tackle a variety of school-related topics—everything from new staff and school rules to ACT testing and the latest Bulldog sports action. 

The website, bulldoggrowl.com, will be updated regularly with the students’ articles. It will also feature student video broadcast packages, in addition to polls and recent sports scores.

Tue
13
Sep

Passmore to take over as Monona’s mayor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona residents will see a familiar face in the mayor’s seat at the next council meeting: Fran Passmore. Passmore served as the city’s mayor for six years prior to the most recent mayor, Barb Collins, who took over in 2014.

Collins resigned as mayor late last month in order to become the city’s deputy clerk, replacing the retiring Linda Gullickson.

Passmore will finish out the remainder of the two-year term, through the end of 2017.

Tue
13
Sep

Event to raise awareness for Sullivan Opera House project, community preservation


On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., at Old Man River in downtown McGregor, an informative and enlightening event will explore the history of McGregor’s opera houses, successfully completed projects in other cities and the benefits of historic preservation in the community. The event will raise awareness for community efforts to restore McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (pictured).

Preservation promotes respect for those who came before us, and those who will come after. Preservation encourages citizen activity to become involved and fulfill their right and responsibility to create their community’s future.  On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., at Old Man River in downtown McGregor, an informative and enlightening event will explore the history of McGregor’s opera houses, successfully completed projects in other cities and the benefits of historic preservation in the community. 

Special guest and author, professor Richard Poole, will present “Tent Repertoire, Circle Stock, Airdomes and Opera Houses: Gone but not Forgotten,” an entertaining, illustrated talk detailing the incredible amount of theatre available to small-town Americans between 1870 and 1940.

Tue
13
Sep

Discover Marquette’s railroad history Sept. 17


Little barrel rides are a popular activity for kids at Marquette's annual Railroad Days, held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Depot Museum and Information Center. (NIT file photo)

Discover Marquette’s vast railroad history at the annual Railroad Days celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Depot Museum and Information Center.

Little barrel rides for the kids, as well as caricature drawings with John Mundt, will kick off the day, at 10 a.m., and run into the afternoon.

At 11 a.m., see if the train gets robbed, as the Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s street theater crew performs.

Learn about the history of telegraphy at 1 p.m. Stories and remembrances from former railroad employees will also begin at that time, continuing until 2 p.m.

Tue
13
Sep

Author shares about Prohibition in Eastern Iowa, encourages others to share stories


Author Linda McCann spoke at Murphy Helwig Library’s monthly coffee house Sept. 6, sharing about her latest book, “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Author Linda McCann, best known for her “Lost Towns” book series that details communities that disappeared along the Cedar River, spoke at Murphy Helwig Library’s monthly coffee house Sept. 6, sharing about her latest book, “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.”

McCann told those gathered she didn’t start as a writer, but rather as an RN.

“As my kids got older, I got into genealogy,” she said, noting that, when she and her husband moved to Shell Rock, she discovered she was a descendent of the town’s founder. Sometime over the years, that information had been lost. “I was determined my kids and grandkids would know about it.”

Tue
06
Sep

Postcards from the past


The artesian well, shown in this postcard from April 1915, is a popular piece of McGregor’s history.

This early “mail card” depicts the Marquette (North McGregor) pontoon bridge. The card was double the width of a regular postcard, allowing senders to fold it in half and mail it. It’s one of the 700 postcards in Brian Hedeman’s collection, which he showcases on several Facebook pages.

Sending current, future generations on historical journey

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

We’ve all heard the line, “If you put it on the Internet, it’ll be around forever.” Brian Hedeman is banking on that.

The 1977 MarMac grad, now a resident of Eagan, Minn., is using the Internet—specifically Facebook—to share his collection of historic McGregor and Marquette postcards with the world.

Hedeman’s interest in postcards developed two decades ago.

Tue
06
Sep

Father and son awarded Quilts of Valor


Father and son Gary (right) and Tony Brooks were both awarded Quilts of Valor over the weekend. Following the presentation, they were joined by family members, including (left to right) Kim, Lili and Ryne Brooks, Joanne Brooks and Bobbi Jo, Scott and Ellie Gillitzer. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The number of Quilts of Valor awarded to service members and veterans touched by war grew by two, to over 144,000, over the weekend, when father and son Gary and Tony Brooks received quilts. 

The quilts were awarded at the Brooks family reunion, held in McGregor’s Turner Park, by Lanny and Wendy Kuhse, of Garnavillo. Gary and Tony were nominated by Gary’s sister, Cheri Leachman, a veteran herself. 

Tue
06
Sep

Play me! Street piano now in Triangle Park


Max Koeller was one of several community members who played the street piano in Triangle Park Saturday, when it was officially unveiled. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the words “play me” written above its keys, the street piano installed in McGregor’s Triangle Park last week invites passing musicians to share their talents with the community.

The piano was officially unveiled Saturday, following the Labor Day parade. Several community members took a turn at the keys, much to the delight of those gathered in and around the park.

The piano, which was the idea of and donated by resident Sallee Scarff-Muehlbauer, sits at the front of Triangle Park, along the sidewalk. 

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