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Tue
06
Aug

McGregor Home Tour: Part 2


(Photo by Audrey Posten)

(Photo by Audrey Posten)

The Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages Committee is sponsoring a tour of four unique McGregor homes on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at each participating property. All proceeds will go toward adding a splash pad at Turner Park. Over the next few weeks, North Iowa Times editor Audrey Posten will feature each home included in the tour.

“It’s kind of a hodge podge of ideas,” Linda Witter said of the home she and late husband Roger built nearly a decade ago on their farm outside McGregor. “As I’ve gotten older, my style has changed. It’s very eclectic.”

Tue
06
Aug

A cowboy's 'frame' of mind


“Cowboy” Jim Reneau shows off a mosaic he recently matted and framed. He brings a variety of art to life through his McGregor business, Cowboy Jim’s Art Gallery. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

When matting, Cowboy Jim explained it’s important to pull out subtle colors in the image.

Cowboy Jim enjoys re-purposing materials like barn boards, flooring, windows and old picture frames when framing customers’ pieces. “You want something that has character,” he said.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Framing is an important component to protecting any piece of art, preserving photographs, prints, paintings and mementos from both natural and human elements. But it’s also a way to enhance the art, bringing out colors, details and new perspectives.

“Sometimes, you bring it back to life,” said “Cowboy” Jim Reneau.

Tue
06
Aug

New bait shop hopes to lure in customers


Brian Kimball recently opened Muddy Minnow Bait on the dock below McGregor’s Beer and Bratz Garden. The location is accessible by foot and by boat. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Muddy Minnow offers minnows, creek chubs, bullheads, leeches, night crawlers, wax worms, red worms and spikes.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A new bait shop on McGregor’s riverfront hopes to lure in customers with convenience and selection. Brian Kimball opened Muddy Minnow Bait on the dock below McGregor’s Beer and Bratz Garden around two weeks ago, filling a need in the community for both locals and visitors that he said hasn’t been met since Fiddler’s Bait Shop closed five years ago.

“You have to drive 20 miles to get bait anymore,” he said.

One weekend in July, he roadtripped to four places before finding what he needed.

Brian’s wife, Lisa, who’s the manager at the Beer and Bratz Garden, said she and the staff there frequently receive calls asking where people can get bait.

Tue
30
Jul

McGregor Home Tour: Part 1


The Cave Courtyard Guest Studio (left) and Old Jail and Firehouse are located on A Street, in downtown McGregor.

Old Jail and Firehouse interior

Cave Courtyard interior

Cliff-side caves located behind the Cave Courtyard Guest Studio

Old Jail & Firehouse Guest Suite, Cave Courtyard Guest Studio | 212 & 214 A St.

The Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages Committee is sponsoring a tour of four unique McGregor homes on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at each participating property. All proceeds will go toward adding a splash pad at Turner Park. Over the next few weeks, North Iowa Times editor Audrey Posten will feature each home included in the tour.

Visitors can find their home away from home in McGregor’s historic downtown at the Old Jail and Firehouse Guest Suite and Cave Courtyard Guest Studio.

Tue
30
Jul

McGregor seeks fix for wastewater discharge

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

An ongoing wastewater discharge on McGregor’s Main Street that’s eventually flowing into the Mississippi River is forcing the city to find a temporary fix to its sewer main infiltration and inflow problems.

According to Amber Sauser, environmental specialist senior at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Manchester field office, the wastewater bypass was first reported on March 14, and bypassing of the wastewater treatment plant has continued at either Main Street or other locations since then.

Fri
26
Jul

Marsha Lorraine Bickel

Marsha L. Bickel, 70, of McGregor, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis., following a courageous battle with endometrial cancer. She was born on Aug. 26, 1948, to Burton Irving Sr. and Lorraine Violet (Schott) Walters in McGregor. Marsha was baptized and confirmed at First Congregational Church, McGregor. She graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1967. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Winona State in 1971. Marsha then taught physical education and served as the girls basketball, volleyball and cheerleading coach at Neillsville High School in Neillsville, Wis., for four years.

Thu
25
Jul

Betty Felder

A mass of Christian burial for Betty Felder, 80, of East Moline, formerly of Davenport, was held July 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery-Arsenal Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Betty died on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Hope Creek Nursing Home, East Moline.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty Lou was born March 3, 1939, in Iowa City, a daughter of Anthony and Jacqueline (Lorang) Felder.  She attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Scott Community College, from Marycrest College, and St. Joseph’s College, North Windham, Maine. She had a quest for knowledge and was a lifelong learner.  

Tue
23
Jul

North Iowa Tractor Ride rolls through area later this week

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Nearly 200 tractors will roll through the area later this week as part of the North Iowa Tractor Ride. The riders’ base will be at a fitting location: Froelich. 

“Because of our special history, they felt it was appropriate to come to where John Froelich invented the first gasoline tractor to propel itself forward and backward in 1892,” said Froelich Coordinator Denise Schutte.

Tue
23
Jul

MFL MarMac lays out plan for Marquette property

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac School Board has laid out a plan to deal with around seven acres of property it currently owns in the city of Marquette.

“I stumbled across this a couple years ago,” said superintendent Dale Crozier. “There’s a glob of land the school owns” that includes a section of the ballfield and an area around it in the bench neighborhood. “I’m guessing it was part of the old Marquette school [property]. I don’t know why we still own it, but it doesn’t need to be ours. It’s something I want to clean up.”

Tue
23
Jul

Monona city administrator will retire in December

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Monona City Administrator Dan Canton will retire effective Dec. 20. He announced his intent in a letter to the city council, which was acknowledged at the July 15 regular meeting.

“I appreciate the opportunity the city gave me,” said Canton, who has served in the position for 9.5 years.

“I’m happy for him,” stated mayor Lynn “Marty” Martinson, “and I’m sad for the city.”

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