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Tue
21
Jun

Group meets to begin ‘staging a comeback’ of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House


A group of around a dozen people met last week to begin “staging a comeback” of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (hardware store). The goal was to identify actions that can be taken now to jump-start the building’s restoration, including working to form a non-profit, starting to clean up the building and holding an event to drum up interest in the project. (NIT file photo)

Located at 252-256 Main St., the original building was constructed in 1877 and known as the Munson Block. T.J. Sullivan purchased the building in 1905 and, feeling there was a need for an opera house in the community, quickly remodeled the second floor to become the Sullivan Opera House.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A group of around a dozen people met last week to begin “staging a comeback” of McGregor’s Sullivan Opera House (hardware store). The goal was to identify actions that can be taken now to jump-start the building’s restoration, including working to form a non-profit, starting to clean up the building and holding an event to drum up interest in the project.

Tue
21
Jun

Monona Community Visioning: Trails, parks and improved signage among top priorities


David Stokes, from Jeffrey L. Bruce and Co., who led the Monona Community Visioning design workshop and presentation June 18, points out some potential trail options for the city. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Trails; improvements to community parks, signage and roads; safety and community pride are the top priorities of Monona residents, according to the team that led the Monona Community Visioning design workshop and presentation June 18, during Hay Days.

The workshop was the culmination of an input-gathering process over the last several months to identify transportation needs and opportunities for enhancements in the city. A design team from Iowa State University then worked to incorporate the ideas into a conceptual transportation and landscape enhancement plan.

Tue
21
Jun

Several new wineries, breweries featured at Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival June 25


Sample the eclectic mix of wines and beers from over a dozen regional wineries and breweries at the seventh annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Marquette riverfront. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Sample the eclectic mix of wines and beers from over a dozen regional wineries and breweries at the seventh annual Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival, held Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Marquette riverfront.

Seven wineries will be featured at this year’s event, including Marquette’s own Eagles Landing Winery, Dubuque Heritage Winery, PromiseLand Winery from Guttenberg, Winneshiek Wildberry Winery from Decorah, Empty Nest Winery from Waukon, Jennings Winery from Strawberry Point and Country Barn Winery from Primghar, in northwest Iowa.

Tue
21
Jun

Monona Council holds off on hotel feasibility study decision

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council continued its discussion on having a company perform a hotel feasibility study for the community at its June 20 meeting, but held off on making a decision until more information can be gathered.

The idea was first brought up at the last council meeting, on June 6, when mayor Barb Collins said a representative from Cobblestone Inn and Suites had approached the city with the suggestion.

City manager Dan Canton said he has names of several independent companies who perform studies, noting that a potential study would include two phases.

Tue
21
Jun

McGregor P&Z asked to take a look at Main Street zoning

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its June 15 meeting, the McGregor City Council expressed a desire for the city’s planning and zoning commission to review and revise McGregor’s code in regard to zoning, citing community concerns over downtown storefronts being used as apartments rather than for commercial purposes.

“If we lose storefronts, it hurts other businesses,” said city administrator Lynette Sander.

It also hurts the city in regard to taxes, added councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson.

Fri
17
Jun

Bettie M. Mueller

 

Bettie M. Mueller, 94, of Davenport, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at ManorCare Health Services-Utica Ridge. 

Bettie Marie DeHaven was born on July 11, 1921, in McGregor, Iowa, the daughter of Earle and Lucile (Edwards) DeHaven. In 1939, she married Fred Mueller in Independence, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2012. Mrs. Mueller worked as a 911 radio operator for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church, Davenport, and enjoyed singing in the choir in her younger years. Bettie loved music and sang to her family and friends and the staff at ManorCare.

Thu
16
Jun

Ann Louise Trudo

 

Ann Louise Trudo, 74, of Marquette, Iowa died Monday, June 13, at her home in Marquette, Iowa. 

Ann was the daughter of Philip J. Jenson and Martha (Cole) Jenson and was born on Feb. 16, 1942 in Iowa City. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1960. 

Tue
14
Jun

Discover Monona during Hay Days

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Discover Monona during its annual Hay Days celebration, Friday and Saturday, June 17-18. 

The fun begins Friday, June 18, with the Monona Volunteer Fire Department’s Glow Run 5K/1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk, now in its third year. Registration is from 8 to 9 p.m. at the city park. The Glow Run, which starts and finishes at the park, will begin at dusk. Stick around after the event for the After Glow Party. For those who need some food to fuel their running efforts, stop by the walking taco supper sponsored by the Smith and Bulldog Childcare and Learning Centers, held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tue
14
Jun

Born into dairy


Emily Moses is Clayton County’s 2016 Dairy Princess. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Moses is 2016 Clayton County Dairy Princess

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Clayton County’s 2016 Dairy Princess, Emily Moses, has had a love of dairy since she was a child.

“I was born into dairy farming, “ said Moses, the daughter of Travis and Nancy Moses, of Monona. “I’ve always been around it.”

Growing up on the family farm, where Holsteins were the breed of choice, Moses said she always found the calves interesting. She later enjoyed milking, when she became old enough to help. 

Tue
14
Jun

MFL grad Larry Meyer to be MFL MarMac’s new high school principal

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board approved a contract for Larry Meyer as the new high school principal at its June 13 meeting.

A 1977 MFL graduate, Meyer most recently taught math, science and physical education at Maquoketa Valley, where he’s been since 2005. From 1981 to 2002, he taught and coached in the Garnavillo School District. Meyer’s duties will begin July 1.

In addition, the board approved a special education contract for Elise Martins, as well as the resignations of McGregor Center secretary Julie Mullarkey and bus driver Jim Elliott.

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