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Tue
17
Jan

After 146 years, Ringling Bros. Circus coming to an end


This photo, courtesy of the McGregor Historical Museum, was taken during the Ringling family’s time in McGregor, from 1860-1871. Four of the Ringling Brothers were born in the community, and it is where they first fell in love with the circus and held their first circus performance.

Brothers performed their first circus in McGregor

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The curtain is closing on the “Greatest Show on Earth.” After 146 years, the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold its final performance in May, announced CEO Kenneth Feld over the weekend.

Feld, whose Feld Entertainment family has managed the circus since purchasing it from the Ringling family in 1967, attributed the closure to high operating costs and declining ticket sales. Ticket sales, Feld noted in a press release, saw a dramatic drop after the circus phased its famous elephants from shows.

Tue
17
Jan

Monona Council mulls over potential development of subdivision lot

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Council discussed the potential development of lot 19 of the Gordon Subdivision at its regular meeting Jan. 9. 

Currently one large lot located between Highway 18 and residential property along Darby Drive, it was recently considered as a potential site for a Dollar General store. Now, said city administrator Dan Canton, there has been talk of subdividing the land into smaller lots (perhaps five) to form a cul de sac.

The question, Canton noted, is how the lot can best be developed for residential use and how to pay for the infrastructure. One way, he said, is through tax increment financing (TIF).

Tue
17
Jan

McGregor council discusses road, infrastructure projects

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor residents can anticipate several road projects and infrastructure improvements in the next couple years.

One project, explained city administrator Lynette Sander at the city council’s Jan. 11 meeting, includes a bridge replacement on Fourth Street, near the fire station, as well as storm sewer improvements on A Street. A cost estimate for the Fourth Street bridge is $228,114, while the A Street part of the project, which includes several smaller components that may not need to be completed as one large project, is estimated at $100,000. Engineering for all of the work is $50,000.

Tue
10
Jan

DNR to discuss CWD Jan. 18 in Allamakee County, following additional positive tests

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled two public meetings to discuss the status of the deer herd in Allamakee County after additional hunter harvested deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the 2016 deer season. 

Meetings are scheduled at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Harpers Ferry Community Center, 238 N. Fourth St., then at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Waukon Banquet Center, 612 Rossville Rd.

Tue
10
Jan

Monona family touts importance of detector following carbon monoxide scare


“You don’t think it can happen to you,” said Monona resident Donna Krambeer after her family had a carbon monoxide scare over Christmas weekend. “Let this be a lesson to people, especially this time of year.”

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On Christmas Eve, Monona resident Donna Krambeer was busy preparing her home for Christmas with her family. Around 10:30 a.m., while working in the kitchen, she heard the carbon monoxide detector go off in the basement.

She went downstairs to investigate, wondering if a low battery had caused the disturbance. Yet, this was different: the detector warned them to evacuate the home. Danger seemed unlikely, though, Krambeer noted.

“I thought, ‘no way,’” she recalled. “‘It’s probably the Scentsy candle I’d just plugged in.’ So I took the battery out and went back upstairs.”

Tue
10
Jan

2017: A look at the year ahead


The U.S. Mint will launch the Effigy Mounds quarter Feb. 6-7.

In February, MFL MarMac choir members James Slama (left), Micah Decker, Spencer Rose and Chris Wright will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An Effigy Mounds quarter, a choir performance at Carnegie Hall, a veterans motorcycle ride, a public art mural and continued fundraising efforts for big community projects—they’re all some of the local stories on tap for 2017.

Effigy Mounds to be commemorated on U.S. quarter

On Feb. 6-7, the U.S. Mint will launch its first national park quarter of 2017. Started in 2010, the program unveils five new quarters per year, each commemorating a national park or monument in each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and each of the five U.S. territories.

Tue
10
Jan

School board honors retiring kitchen staff


The MFL MarMac school board honored retiring kitchen staff Celia Brown (35 years of service) and Glee Sass (nine years of service) at its meeting Jan. 9. Pictured (left to right) are food service director Pat Echard, Celia Brown, superintendent Dale Crozier and school board president Gina Roys. Sass was not present at the meeting. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac school board honored retiring kitchen staff Celia Brown and Glee Sass at its meeting Jan. 9. Brown, who was in attendance at the meeting, had 35 years of service. 

“I’ll miss the kids a lot,” Brown said.

Sass had nine years of service.

Early separation consideration

The board agreed to offer early separation to up to four staff members, offering up to $60,000 over four years, or $15,000 per year.

Tue
03
Jan

Ruff ready to take McGregor and Marquette to the next level as new chamber director


Patti Ruff took over Jan. 3 as executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Patti Ruff has lived in the McGregor-Marquette area since she was 6. After graduating from Mar-Mac High School, she earned a degree in history from Loras College and settled in the area with husband Dan. They have three sons—Liam, Bryar and Tucker.

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” she said. “I just love McGregor and Marquette.”

When the position of executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce became available a couple months ago, it was a dream come true.

Tue
03
Jan

NaNoWriMo continues to engage eighth graders


Scotlyn Coenen and Ella Hanson

Braden Landt

Tyler Trappe

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Every November since 1999, hundreds of thousands of writing enthusiasts around the world have participated in the online creative writing project NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which challenges writers to complete a 50,000-word novel in only 30 days.

The project opened up to students in 2005, with the creation of the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. For six years now, MFL MarMac eighth graders in Scott Boylen’s language arts class have taken part, just on a smaller scale. They’re challenged to write a 10,000-word novel in that time span.

Tue
27
Dec

The little bar with a big heart


Pocket City Pub owners Bart and Linda Knight sit with Sally Schneider (center) among the roughly 50 presents collected through the giving tree. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Great River Care Center residents were thrilled to receive their gifts from Santa on Friday, Dec. 23. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Christmas season was a bit brighter for residents at McGregor’s Great River Care Center this year thanks to the patrons of Pocket City Pub.

This year, “the little bar with a big heart,” located in downtown McGregor, established a giving tree. Instead of hanging ornaments on it, however, the tree was covered with tags, each noting gifts residents at the care center would like for Christmas. 

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