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Thu
19
Oct

Lee Allen Johanningmeier

 

Lee Allen Johanningmeier, 93, of McGregor, died Monday, Oct. 16, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader. 

 

Lee Allen was born March 3, 1924, to Arlo H. and Lucy (Mueller) Johanningmeier in McGregor. He graduated from Monona High School in 1941. After graduation Lee Allen joined and proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps.

Thu
19
Oct

Eileen A. Ruff

 

Eileen A. Ruff, 86, of McGregor, died Monday, Oct. 16, at her home in McGregor, in the care of her family. 

 

Eileen Agnes was born on April 7, 1931, to Lester and Ronilla (Schoulte) Connor in Elkader. She attended Country School, St. Joseph Catholic School, Elkader High School, and graduated from Monona High School in 1948.

Tue
17
Oct

Candidate Profiles: Marquette Mayor

Marquette voters will have a choice between two mayoral candidates when they head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7, for this year’s city election. Incumbent Larry Breuer, who’s served since early 2016, will face challenger Stephen J. Weipert for a two-year term. Here, the two candidates share their thoughts on some of the issues important to Marquette residents.

 

Larry Breuer

Larry Breuer has two children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was born and raised in Grant County, Wis., and has been a Marquette resident for 25 years. He’s been employed at Cabela’s for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he had his own building, rehab and rental business in Marquette.

Tue
17
Oct

Candidate Profiles: McGregor Council

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the McGregor Council in this year’s city election, held Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those on the ballot include incumbents Charles Carroll, Janet Hallberg and Rogeta Halvorson, as well as newcomer Sally K. Schneider. The three candidates with the most votes will serve four-year terms. They recently shared their thoughts on McGregor with the North Iowa Times.

 

Charles Carroll

Charles Carroll grew up on a family farm outside McGregor and graduated from Mar-Mac. He worked for IBM, as a software engineer, for 26 years, before moving back to McGregor in 2004.

Why did you choose to run for council? 

Tue
17
Oct

Newly-restored Monona city park bandstand to be re-dedicated Oct. 21


Celebrate the restoration of Monona’s 101-year-old city park bandstand at a re-dedication event this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Celebrate the restoration of Monona’s 101-year-old city park bandstand at a re-dedication event this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The bandstand has served as the center of the community since 1916, when it was constructed in the center of the park by Frank Montgomery, at a cost of $140.

Construction was the culmination of a several-year fundraising push.

Tue
17
Oct

DNR planning public hearing in November regarding Walz Energy facility


An Oct. 11 public meeting to discuss a stormwater construction permit for the Walz Energy facility east of Monona was canceled last week after an influx of comments from the public. The DNR will now hold a public hearing near the end of November. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An Oct. 11 public meeting to discuss a stormwater construction permit for the Walz Energy facility east of Monona was canceled last week, just a day before the meeting was set to take place in Elkader.

“We decided, given the level of comments, that we were legally obligated to have a public hearing instead,” said Iowa DNR Stormwater Coordinator Joe Griffin as to why the meeting was canceled. 

Griffin said his office received around a dozen comments from the public.

Tue
17
Oct

Overland Group requests annexation of land for Dollar General store

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Overland Group hasn’t given up on bringing a Dollar General store to Monona.

The Monona Council, at its Oct. 16 meeting, considered a request by the group for voluntary annexation of land at the intersection of Highway 18/52 and 125th Street, for construction of a Dollar General store.

The parcel is currently privately owned.

“Overland intends to purchase it, but they don’t own it yet,” said city administrator Dan Canton.

Tue
17
Oct

Vavra taking over Marquette marina

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Robert Vavra has agreed to purchase the Marquette marina from Casino Queen Marquette.

“We’re pretty excited,” remarked Vavra of himself and his wife, Deb, at Marquette’s Oct. 10 council meeting.

The move will give Vavra’s Maiden Voyage tour boat a new home, something he’s sought for the past few years.

Vavra said he plans to run the marina just as it’s been operating, but with a few improvements.

Tue
10
Oct

Fundraising continues for new Luana fire station


This design shows what the new Luana fire station will look like. Fundraising for the new fire station began almost two years ago, and has so far yielded $140,000, nearly halfway to the $300,000 goal. With just $10,000 more, construction can begin, at a site below the old co-op.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Luana’s volunteer firefighters have talked about building a new fire station for years. They were always sarcastic about it, though, noted fireman Matt Baade. But nearly two years ago, the idea finally took root.

“We thought, ‘If we’re going to be serious about it, we need to start raising money and go for it,’” he shared. “Whether it takes three years or 10 years, you have to start somewhere.”

So far, efforts have yielded $140,000, nearly halfway to the $300,000 goal.

With just $10,000 more, construction can begin, said Baade, who’s also chairman of the building committee.

Tue
10
Oct

Individuals recognized for McGregor historic preservation efforts


The McGregor Historic Preservation Commission held its annual awards ceremony Oct. 7, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the historic preservation of McGregor. The honorees, pictured with McGregor Mayor Harold Brooks (back, right), included (front, left to right) Melanie San Fillippo, Michelle Pettit, Richard Palucci; (back) Fred Petrie, Gary Bowden (accepting for the McGregor United Methodist Church congregation), Barbara and Skip Corson, Charlene Palucci and Med and Corky Bickel. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Members of the McGregor Historic Preservation Commission are (front, left to right) Lynette Sander, Maureen Wild, Dave Kneer; (back) Marsha Bickel, Rogeta Halvorson, Richard Palucci, Michelle Pettit and Duane Boelman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The building that now houses McGregor City Hall is 100 years old. It was constructed in 1917 as McGregor’s First Church of Christ, Scientist.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The McGregor Historic Preservation Commission held its annual awards ceremony Oct. 7, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the historic preservation of McGregor.

The event took place at McGregor City Hall, in conjunction with a centennial celebration of the city hall building.

Mayor Harold Brooks began the ceremony by presenting tribute awards to Skip and Barbara Corson, as well as Melanie San Fillippo and Fred Petrie, who lost their buildings during the July 19 tornado.

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