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Tue
29
Sep

Presentation hopes to ‘heat up’ McGregor Museum


One of McGregor’s most interesting historic characters is Emma “Virgin Em” Eastman (right), who was known for marrying nine times. Here, she is pictured with sister Louisa and brother-in-law Jacob Klotzbach.

Stories of local characters Virgin Em, E. Leslie Spaulding to be shared Oct 3.

 

By Ron Harris, Special to the North Iowa Times

Stories of two of McGregor’s most interesting characters—Emma “Virgin Em” Eastman and E. Leslie Spaulding—will help heat up the McGregor Historical Museum Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. McGregor native and historian Ron Harris will present on the two figures, providing history and anecdotes about Virgin Em and reading some of the poetry of Spaulding, who was regarded as one of the Midwest’s leading poets before his death in 1939. 

Tue
29
Sep

Work begins on Turner Park track

Vorwald Enterprises, of Monona, began excavation work last week on the one-fourth mile, paved walking/biking track that is part of phase I of the Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages improvement project. Workers from McGregor Municipal Utilities also moved utility poles. Once Vorwald has completed excavation (estimated for the beginning of this week), the site will be ready for Iverson Construction to lay asphalt. The track, which will be 10 feet wide, will go around the perimeter of Turner Park, which is located next to the Great River Care Center, in McGregor.

If funding comes through, phase II of the project—installation of new nature-inspired playground equipment—could take place yet this fall. 

Thu
24
Sep

Lois Ruth Knapp

 

Lois Ruth Knapp, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Postville, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Stone Hill Care Center in Dubuque. 

Lois was born on May 27, 1926 to Glen and Amy Zoe (White) Tindell in Guttenberg. 

Lois was united in marriage with Donald LeRoy Knapp on June 25, 1946 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Postville. To this union a daughter, Amy Zoe Knapp, was born. 

Wed
23
Sep

Robert James Gerndt

 

Robert James Gerndt, 77, of McGregor, Iowa died Saturday, Sept. 19, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Robert James was born on Aug. 17, 1938 to Harry and Helen (Trygg) Gerndt in McGregor, Iowa. He attended school in McGregor, Iowa. 

Tue
22
Sep

City of Marquette contemplates restoring funding to Mar-Mac Chamber

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The city of Marquette is contemplating restoring funding to the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. At its Sept. 15 regular meeting, the council dispatched councilmen Jason Winter and John Ries to sit down with chamber representatives to discuss the possibility and to discern if some of the city’s reservations can be addressed.

Tue
22
Sep

Get transported back in time with Froelich Fall-der-All Sept. 26-27


Old-time demonstrations are one of the major attractions of Froelich’s annual Fall-der-All, held this year on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Let Froelich’s annual Fall-der-All celebration transport you back in time, to the days of blacksmithing, threshing, sawing wood by steam engine and making rope by hand. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For over 20 years, Fall-der-All has been a local fall tradition for Froelich, which is known as the birthplace of the first gas-powered tractor to propel itself forward and backward, created by John Froelich in 1892.

Tue
22
Sep

Collins resigns from McGregor Council


Cannon/Freedom Park in McGregor will be home to a veterans memorial, which will be created as part of Hunter Jensen’s Eagle Scout project.

Scout plans veterans memorial

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Council confirmed the resignation of councilman Joe Collins at its Sept. 16 meeting. 

The resignation is effective immediately, as Collins said he plans to move out of the area. Two years remain on Collins’ term, with the seat up for election in Nov. 2017.

“You have two options,” attorney Mike Schuster advised the council. “You can make an appointment or you can call a special election.”

Tue
22
Sep

Iowa State Education Association President visits MFL MarMac


Wawro speaks with MFL MarMac superintendent Dale Crozier.

Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) President Tammy Wawro (standing, right) visited MFL MarMac Monday afternoon as part of a tour of northeast Iowa school districts. She toured the school buildings in Monona, speaking with staff and students. Here, accompanied by MFL MarMac second grade teacher Roberta Hass, Wawro speaks with a kindergarten class. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Wawro discusses the elementary TAG program with Emily Welper.

While visiting area schools, Wawro said she was especially interested to learn more about reading literacy. She spoke candidly with Roberta Hass, Kathy Koether and Title 1 teacher Sherri Kerr about the impact legislation has on it.

In Hass’ second grade room, Wawro asked the kids about their favorite books and why being a teacher is a good job. She also told them that what they learn in school today, particularly reading, will aid them in their future careers and as parents.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) President Tammy Wawro visited MFL MarMac Monday afternoon as part of a tour of northeast Iowa school districts.

An educator from Cedar Rapids, Wawro has served as the ISEA President since April 2012. 

“It’s nice to see things firsthand,” she said, noting that touring regions of the state is a good way to gain information.

Tue
22
Sep

Marquette, McGregor, Luana to have contested city council races in Nov. 3 election

The Sept. 17 filing deadline for city government offices has come and gone and the candidates are set for the upcoming Nov. 3 election.

In Marquette, Pamela Brodie-Fitzgerald, Tracy Melver and Eleanor Soulli are running for two seats on the council. Incumbents Jason Winter and Galen McShane did not file. No candidates filed for the office of mayor, which is being vacated by Norma Mason.

Incumbents Rogeta Halvorson and Joe Muehlbauer will battle Jason Echard for two seats on the McGregor council. Incumbent mayor Harold Brooks is running unopposed.

Tue
22
Sep

Monona Council updated on sanitary sewer project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Engineer Marc Ruden, of IIW, Inc., updated the Monona Council on the status of the city’s phase II sanitary sewer drainage collection system improvement project at its Sept. 21 regular meeting. 

“We’re at the point where we’re putting the projects out to bid finally,” Ruden said, noting that bid letting for the work will be held Oct. 15, while the council is expected to award the contract at its Oct. 19 meeting.

There will be two contracts for the project, one for the collection system rehabilitation and another for lift station and waste water treatment facility improvements.

The engineer’s estimated cost for both parts is nearly $1.8 million, Ruden said.

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