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Tue
06
Sep

Monona bandstand centennial celebration Sept. 8 at city park


Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Monona’s city park bandstand Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the park. The event, which will include an ice cream social, live music, family activities, demos and museum tours, will be a fundraiser for bandstand repairs. (Submitted photo)

Construction of the Monona City Park bandstand was completed in 1916 by Frank Montgomery at a cost of $140.  Improvements were done in 1928, consisting primarily of a brick raining, brick piers and a roof over the bandstand, along with some fountain work in the park, totaling nearly $500.  

Monona’s 1916 bandstand turned 100 years old this year, and it’s still going strong; however, it needs an overhaul of repair work in order to preserve it for many more generations to come.  Unfortunately, today’s construction materials and labor costs are 10-fold over costs a century ago. Community efforts are underway to help raise money for the needed repairs, and the public is asked for its help.

Tue
06
Sep

Monona Visioning Committee to present final conceptual landscape designs


Conceptual landscape designs, like this one for Gateway Park, will be available for viewing, and for Monona residents to give their input on, at a presentation at the Monona City Park Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. The designs were created through Monona’s participation in the Community Visioning Program.

Residents of Monona will have the opportunity to view the final conceptual landscape designs created through the Community Visioning Program, in which Monona has been a participant since January.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., David Stokes and Eric Doll from Jeffery L. Bruce & Company, Trees Forever Field Coordinator Patty Reisinger and members of the Monona Community Visioning Committee will be available to answer questions regarding these designs. This public viewing is set to take place at Monona City Park during the Monona bandstand centennial celebration, also from 4 to 6 p.m., where the public may also enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social and music in the bandstand while looking over the final draft landscape design concepts.

Tue
06
Sep

Close-knit Bulldogs hope to play smart football


Members of the MFL MarMac 2016 varsity football team include (front, left to right) managers MacKenzie Gramlich and Chelbe Feuerhelm, Christopher Wright, James Slama, Keaton Dettman, Nathan Johanningmeier, Derek Larson, Avrey Smith, Levi Ferguson, manager Lizzie Miene, assistant coach Kyle Kirkestue; (middle) head coach Tom Oppelt, assistant coach Mitch Seitz, Mason Hertrampf, Brady Olson, Korby Keehner, Michael Berger, Garret Keehner, Riley Wille, Samuel Kvistad, Hunter Boone, Wyatt Geick, assistant coach Brody Baxter, assistant coach Brian Berger; (back) Peyton Meisner, David Bradford, Bryar Ruff, Spencer Rose, Cade Kuenster, Ty Hefner, Chase Stubbs, JP Murphy, Nick Larson, Shane Hexom, Colton Dettman and Kyle Adam. Not pictured are Riley Doeppke and assistant coach Gatlin Keehner. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Senior leadership will be one of the hallmarks of this year’s MFL MarMac football team, according to fourth-year head coach Tom Oppelt.

“We have a whole lot of playing experience in our senior class,” he added.

On the offensive side of the ball, Oppelt said the coaching staff—which includes Brody Baxter (four years), Brian Berger (two years) and Kyle Kirkestue, Mitch Seitz and Gatlin Keehner (all in their first season with the team)—expects to see big things of seniors Bryar Ruff, Chase Stubbs, Riley Doeppke, Ty Hefner and Nick Larson. 

Wed
31
Aug

Eileen Cecelia (Auer) Johanningmeier,

 

Eileen Cecelia (Auer) Johanningmeier, 94, of McGregor, died Friday, Aug. 26, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

Eileen was born on May 14, 1922, rural Garnavillo, to Edward and Josephine (Heck) Auer. She attended Walnut Grove Country School and St. Patrick Catholic School in Monona, through the eighth grade. Later in life, Eileen and her sisters went back to school and received their G.E.D. diplomas.

Tue
30
Aug

Giving back: McGregor woman helps provide eye surgeries to Honduran children


McGregor resident Charlene Sauer (left), a nurse practitioner, will return to Siguatepeque, Honduras, this fall, through the organization Sharing Resources Worldwide, to help provide eye surgery to kids 18 years old and younger. She went for the first time last fall, and is pictured with Dick Beinborn, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and registered nurse Kari Sass. (Submitted photo)

The team is based at the John Eaves Clinic at La Providencia, an orphanage, which is equipped with two air conditioned operating suites. There, they perform corrective surgery on children suffering from strabismus, or crossed eyes. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This fall, McGregor resident Charlene Sauer will again return to Siguatepeque, Honduras, through the organization Sharing Resources Worldwide, to help provide eye surgery to kids 18 years old and younger. A nurse practitioner, Sauer was one of 14 medical professionals from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, California and Iowa hand-chosen to take part last year. 

Tue
30
Aug

‘Biggest Boar’ Fred to highlight McGregor’s Labor Day Parade


Fred, named the biggest boar at this year’s Iowa State Fair, will be grand marshal of the annual McGregor Labor Day Parade, held Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m.

Fred, named the biggest boar at this year’s Iowa State Fair, will be grand marshal of the annual McGregor Labor Day Parade, held Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m.

The 1,155-pound Fred was raised near Farmersburg by the Wikner family. He is 3.5 years old. Stop by Triangle Park, in downtown McGregor, after the parade, to meet Fred.

This year’s Labor Day Parade will again be circus-themed, paying homage to McGregor’s status as the birthplace of several of the Ringling Brothers. The brothers even held their first circus in town, so be prepared for some festive floats and participants.

Tue
30
Aug

Strong senior presence has Bulldog volleyball team poised to make strides this season


Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac varsity volleyball team include (front, left to right) Amber Adney, Emily Hanson, Kayla Keehner, Kylie Moose, Aspen Havlicek; (back) Jayde Schubert, Julie Lenth, Josie Kleinow, Kelsi Davis, Nicole Heins, Ali Crogan, Jade Gerndt and Anjela Waterman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With seven returning seniors, including two, in Amber Adney and Kayla Keehner, with varsity-level experience for four years, the MFL MarMac volleyball program is poised to make strides this season.

“We have been slowly building the program, and hopefully this will be a year we see more wins that we did not have last year,” said Natalie Heiring, now in her fifth year with the team and second season as head coach. She is joined by assistant coach Joe Milewsky, who has 15 years of experience. “Last year, the girls surprised themselves by beating some teams they have never beaten. It is nice to see the girls do well after they have been working on building the program for so long.”

Mon
29
Aug

Roger A. Martin

 

Roger A. Martin of Monona, Iowa, died on Monday, Aug. 22, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader, Iowa, of esophageal cancer.

The son of Lester and Lena Martin, Roger was born on March 24, 1938. He lived in rural Maynard, Iowa, and graduated from Maynard Consolidated School in 1956.

Roger and Patricia Rueber of Westgate, Iowa, were married on Aug. 15, 1958, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Westgate. Two sons, William and Jeffrey, were born to the couple.

Mon
29
Aug

Eileen Cecelia (Auer) Johanningmeier,

 

Eileen Cecelia (Auer) Johanningmeier, 94, of McGregor, Iowa, died Friday, Aug. 26.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Monona. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. before mass on Tuesday at the church. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Monona.

 
Tue
23
Aug

Riverfront parking discussion highlights Marquette meeting


At Marquette’s Aug. 16 council meeting, a debate about the issuance and amount of a riverfront parking ticket morphed into a discussion about the city’s authority to restrict a certain area of riverfront parking for resident use only, with a permit. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At Marquette’s Aug. 16 council meeting, a debate about the issuance and amount of a riverfront parking ticket morphed into a discussion about the city’s authority to restrict a certain area of riverfront parking for resident use only, with a permit.

The issue came about after mayor Larry Breuer said he received a communication from a man who visited Marquette this summer with some friends. The man has visited Marquette several times, Breuer said, this time staying at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites. The group decided to fish at night, but upon returning to their vehicle—which was parked in a marked section of the lot restricted for resident use only with a permit—discovered a $250 ticket.

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