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Tue
25
Sep

New activities added to arts and crafts festival weekends in McGregor


Several new activities, including a pie and tart baking contest and a parade, will add to the fun and beauty of the arts and crafts festival weekends in McGregor this year. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Several new activities will add to the fun and beauty of the arts and crafts festival weekends in McGregor this year. 

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, while the Leaf Arts and Crafts Festival will run Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14. 

Vendors selling a variety of homemade and handcrafted items will be set up in both Triangle Park and inside the event center at Backwoods Bar and Grill. Live music can also be heard in the park both weekends.

Tue
25
Sep

Replacing McGregor pedestrian bridge looks to be more costly than expected

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Replacing the pedestrian bridge that spanned B Street for many years looks to be more costly than the McGregor Council originally anticipated.

The project was re-bid this month, after contractors bid 125 to 150 percent over the engineer’s estimate at the original letting in July.

But this time around, totals weren’t any better, said Tim Cuttsforth, from H.R. Green Engineering, who attended the McGregor Council’s Sept. 19 meeting. The lowest bid was $250,000, well above the estimated cost of $182,891.

Tue
25
Sep

Celebrate area’s ag history at Fall-der-All


In true Froelich fashion, tractors will again be a highlight of this year’s Fall-der-All, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30. (NIT file photo)

Let history come alive through fun demonstrations, tours and more at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30.

For many 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.

In true Froelich fashion, tractors will start off the celebration on Saturday, with sign-up for a tractor ride beginning at 9 a.m. and the ride leaving at 9:30 a.m. It will end at Froelich around 12:30 p.m. 

Following the ride, participants are also encouraged to showcase their tractors at Fall-der-All through Sunday afternoon. Both newer and older tractors will be displayed.

Tue
25
Sep

MFL MarMac students’ academic achievements recognized


Sophomore Academic Awards: (front, left to right) Emma Keehner, Koal Klenk, Scotlyn Coenen, Lexy Johnson, Rose Grau, Mackenzy Ruff, Anna Stoddard; (back) Kayden Gillitzer, Avery Ihde, Victor Breuer, Kylee Bries, Max Havlicek, Braden Landt, Colin Moses, Brock Lamborn, Riley Whitney and Marlene Franzen. Not pictured are JJ Lynd, Abby Koslowski and Zoee Gerndt. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Junior Academic Awards: (front, left to right) Max Koeller, Saysha Schoulte, Rachel Davis, Megan Lang, Ashley Weaver, Destiny Berns, RoseMary McGeough, Beau Benzing, Spencer Larson, Maya Butikofer; (back) Miqenzie Gilberts, Keagan Smerud, Kira Rieck, Brinan Berger, Taylor Berns, Ethan Stubbs, Cedrick Drahn, Eli Johnson, Jackson Landt, Zach Howe and Logan Klenk. Not pictured is Jesse Breuer.

Senior Academic Awards: (front, left to right) Megan Budde, Brookelyn Radloff, Brenna Boland, Kyleigh Picha, Kaitlyn Berns, Ellie Kinley, Lizzie Herzmann, Jayde Schubert, Keagan Moose, Hannah Schutte; (back) Mikayla Roys, Macie Weigand, Cassidy Penrod, Chloe Diehl, Summer Schutte, Amber Hickman, Breanna Knickerbocker, Emma Ammons, Josie Kleinow, Eden Heying, Hanna Dickman, Taylor Gerndt and Elizabeth Grady. Not pictured are Garret Keehner, Emily Watson and Abby Zeeh.

Officers: (front, left to right) Kayleigh White, RoseMary McGeough, Ashley Weaver, Destiny Berns, Josie Kleinow, Rose Grau; (middle) Haylee Guyer, Marlene Franzen, Dusty Berns, Lauren Gillitzer, Ellie Kinley, Kaitlyn Berns, Lizzie Herzmann, Keagan Moose, Emma Ammons, Eva Budde, Collin Henkels; (back) Tyler Trappe, Saysha Schoulte, Keagan Smerud, Mikayla Roys, Braxsten Jones, Macie Weigand, Cassidy Penrod, Breanna Knickerbocker, Max Havlicek, Cullen McShane, Ethan Stubbs, Beau Benzing, Riley Whitney, Sam Koeller, Mackenzy Ruff, Anna Stoddard and Dacia Schoulte

Sophomore NHS Invites: (front, left to right) Ella Hanson, Kayden Gillitzer, Emma Keehner, Scotlyn Coenen, Lexy Johnson, Rose Grau, Anna Stoddard, Mackenzy Ruff, Riley Whitney; (back) Blaine Adam, Victor Breuer, Kylee Bries, Max Havlicek, Braden Landt, Avery Ihde, Colin Moses, Nicholas Stavroplus, Marlene Franzen and Brock Lamborn. Not pictured are Cayden Ball, Lainee Evanson, Zoee Gerndt, Koal Klenk, Abby Koslowski, JJ Lynd, Gavin Meana and Jacob Trudo.

Junior NHS Invites: (front, left to right) Kayleigh White, Brinan Berger, Megan Lang, Eli Johnson; (back) Saysha Schoulte, Rachel Davis, Taylor Berns, Miqenzie Gilberts, Keagan Smerud, Ethan Stubbs and Spencer Larson. Not pictured are Kaycee Darnell, Zach Howe, Logan Klenk, Jackson Landt and Noell Nading.

Senior NHS Invites: (front, left to right) Jayde Schubert, Lizzie Herzmann, Hannah Schutte; (back) Megan Budde, Sam Koeller, Ellie Kinley and Eden Heying. Not pictured are Brenna Boland, Taylor Gerndt, Garret Keehner, Shelby Martin, Brookelyn Radloff, Summer Schutte, Emily Watson and Abby Zeeh.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac High School held an academic achievement assembly Sept. 21, recognizing the hard work and leadership of many students.

“We’re recognizing those of you who have stepped up in the classroom and stepped up to be leaders,” stated principal Larry Meyer to those gathered at the assembly.

High school, he noted, is one of the best places to learn how to become a leader. 

“There are so many opportunities for you to become a leader—in the classroom, on the football field, in band,” he said. “But the most important aspect of your life where you can be a leader is in the ability to be kind to each other and to do the right thing.”

Tue
18
Sep

Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl will showcase diversity of area farms


Turkey Valley Farm, owned by Natasha Hegmann (shown here) and husband Pete Kerns, will be one of 11 Clayton County stops on the Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30.

The Froelich Museum, which will be hosting its annual Fall-der-All at the time of the farm crawl, will give people a glimpse into northeast Iowa’s agricultural history.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

See how a variety of local foods are grown and produced during the Northeast Iowa Farm Crawl, held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30. Twenty-nine northeast Iowa “farms”—including 11 based in Clayton County—are slated to participate in the event.

The farm crawl was launched by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative four years ago, said Clayton County Development Group Executive Director Darla Kelchen, but members of the seven-county northeast Iowa tourism group she is part of took over for the first time this year.

Tue
18
Sep

Catching more than insects, aquatic critters


Kensey Ball carefully cradles a snail she discovered at the Driftless Area Science after school program at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre last week. The program will run for eight weeks, connecting kids with the unique biology, ecology and geology of the Driftless Area. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Wetlands Centre employee Jan Stavroplus explores the prairie plantings with some of the after school program participants.

Mason Hollar (left) and Oliver Ludvik build habitat for the critters who live in and near the Wetlands Centre prairie. Many of the activities, said Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey, will touch on what kids are learning in the classroom: “They can see real-world examples and do more self-guided exploration.”

Sixty-five MFL MarMac students in kindergarten through third grade are signed up for the Tuesday program, while 25 fourth through sixth graders will participate on Thursdays.

“Here,” said Mullarkey, “they are naturalists in training. We’ll key in on the tools naturalists use and the skills they need to build on: observing, inquiring, asking questions.”

Some days will simply be unstructured play, based around what the students discover, what they find most exciting.

After school program helps kids catch moments in nature

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette, will be a hub of nature discovery every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon over the next two months, for the Driftless Area Science after school program. 

Sixty-five MFL MarMac students in kindergarten through third grade are signed up for the Tuesday program, while 25 fourth through sixth graders will participate on Thursdays. 

Tue
18
Sep

Pikes Peak plans fall archery deer hunt

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Pikes Peak State Park is planning a managed archery deer hunt this fall, in the hopes of culling its growing herd. 

“We realized we have too many deer in the park and in McGregor,” said Pikes Peak Park Manager Matt Tschirgi, who’s working with the Iowa DNR’s wildlife bureau and wildlife depredation biologist Ross Ellingson to organize the hunt. 

The hunt, which will run from Oct. 1 to Jan. 10, will be the park’s first since 2011. But unlike some previous hunts, Tschirgi said this one will be antlerless only. One hundred tags will be available to Iowa residents only. A small game hunting license and habitat fee is required.  

Tue
18
Sep

Pleasant Ridge Road drainage issues discussed

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette residents who live on Pleasant Ridge Road are hoping someone can provide a solution to drainage issues in their neighborhood. The problem was exacerbated earlier this month when several inches of rain fell in a short time, washing debris and rivers of water onto properties, causing damage.

“A lot of people up there are not very happy,” said councilwoman Eleanor Soulli at the city council’s Sept. 11 meeting. “I’ve contacted 13 homes who had problems.”

“It’s getting to be a safety issue,” added councilwoman Cindy Halvorson, who wondered if the road in the area is being compromised due to the drainage issues. 

Tue
18
Sep

Roys continues as school board president

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Gina Roys was once again re-elected president of the MFL MarMac school board at the board’s annual meeting on Sept. 10. Long-time board member Brian Meyer was elected vice president.

Other board members include Jonathon Moser, Tonya Meyer, Sharon Greener, Josh Grau and Collin Stubbs.

The board agreed to continue meeting the second Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. All meetings will be held in the high school media center at the Monona Center, excluding the dates in January, May and October, when they will be held in the library at the McGregor Center.

Mon
17
Sep

Timothy William Mason

Timothy William Mason, 67, of Marquette, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. Tim was born on Oct. 8, 1950, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Charles J. and Cecelia Margaret (O’Brien) Mason. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School and went on to attend college at both NIACC in Mason City and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

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