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Tue
05
Sep

Reynolds, Gregg visit Pikes Peak State Park


Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg visited Pikes Peak State Park, outside McGregor, on Aug. 31, where Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring September “Drive the Great River Road Month” in Iowa. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Northeast Iowa District Parks Supervisor Scot Michelson (far left) and Pikes Peak State Park Manager Matt Tschirgi (far right) speak with Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Gov. Kim Reynolds and State Senator Michael Breitbach during a tour of the park on Aug. 31.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg visited Pikes Peak State Park, outside McGregor, on Aug. 31, where Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring September “Drive the Great River Road Month” in Iowa.

Tue
05
Sep

Veterans Memorial Hospital Monona Clinic set to open in mid-September


The new Veterans Memorial Hospital Monona Clinic, located at 101 Franklin St., will open later this month. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The new Veterans Memorial Hospital Monona Clinic is set to open in the middle of September. The clinic will be located in the former Family Dentistry Associates of Monona building at 101 Franklin St., in downtown Monona, which Veterans Memorial Hospital purchased last spring.

“We have been overwhelmed by the friendly welcome we have received from the entire Monona area since we announced our plans to open a medical clinic in town,” stated Mike Myers, Veterans Memorial Hospital Administrator. “Everyone who has assisted in the remodeling of the facility has bent over backwards to work us into their busy schedules, to be sure everything was done in time for our September opening, and we are so grateful.”

Tue
05
Sep

Restore McGregor 2017 Tornado Fund applications now being accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the Restore McGregor 2017 Tornado Fund.

The fund was established shortly after the July 19 tornado, to help restore, rebuild and aid in the recovery of the destruction caused by the storm. It is intended to be as far-reaching as possible.

Private individuals, families, property owners, non-profits and business owners in McGregor may be eligible for assistance up to $1,000 for storm-related losses. 

Tue
29
Aug

MFL MarMac welcomes six new teachers


MFL MarMac welcomes six new teachers this school year: Shelly Stubbs (left), Sarah Wille, Dacia Jacobsen, Katie Kregel, Samantha Corsbie and Karen Suddendorf. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac welcomes six new teachers this year: Sarah Wille, Karen Suddendorf, Samantha Corsbie, Shelly Stubbs, Dacia Jacobsen and Katie Kregel.

Sarah Wille — High School Agriculture and FFA Advisor

Wille takes over as the district’s high school agriculture teacher and FFA adviser. The oldest of four siblings, she grew up on a farm near Williamsburg, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education.

“I wanted to teach agriculture because it is one of the most important industries there is,” she said. “I enjoy working with young people and watching them accomplish their goals.”

Tue
29
Aug

Kindness rocks bring heartwarming message to McGregor, Marquette


Two weeks ago, the “kindness rocks” movement made its debut in McGregor and Marquette. Residents are encouraged to decorate and hide their own rocks, and/or find those hidden by others, all in the hopes of spreading kind messages around the communities. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kindness rocks can be placed anywhere—in parks, along trails or walking paths and at local businesses or offices. One was recently spotted on one of the street pianos in McGregor’s Triangle Park.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

It all started 2.5 years ago, when writer, business mentor and empowerment coach Megan Murphy began collecting rocks during her walks along the beaches of Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. Reflecting on her own life and the idea that people often search for “signs in the sand,” she began decorating the rocks in bright hues  and with inspiring messages. She then placed them on the beach, for others to find. The goal: to connect people through a small act of kindness.

Tue
29
Aug

McGregor’s annual Labor Day parade is Sept. 2

Community is 'open for business'

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor will host its annual Labor Day parade Saturday, Sept. 2, marking the community’s first big event since a  tornado ripped through the town July 19, leaving a path of destruction in fallen trees and damaged or destroyed buildings and homes.

The storm was not far from the minds of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce board members who selected this year’s theme: McGregor Strong.

Tue
29
Aug

Viewing eclipse with loved ones a special experience for McGregor resident


McGregor resident Diane Benson, with dog Tootie, enjoyed witnessing the Aug. 21 solar eclipse with her “adopted niece and nephew,” Justice and Jasmine Olmstead. The group shared a pair of eclipse glasses, which can be seen on Justice. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Millions of Americans turned their eyes toward the sky Aug. 21 to witness the historic total solar eclipse, the first since 1918 to stretch from the west coast to the east coast. While many traveled to a portion of the country in the “path of totality,” meaning the moon entirely blocked the sun, others chose to watch from northeast Iowa, where around 85 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon.

Among them was McGregor resident Diane Benson, who experienced the site with who she calls her “adopted niece and nephew,” Justice and Jasmine Olmstead.

Tue
29
Aug

Monona police chief proposes curfew change

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden is proposing a change to the city’s nightly curfew, citing issues with some local juveniles who have been caught sneaking out and wandering around town.

Amsden, speaking to the city council at its Aug. 21 meeting, said she’d like to see curfew moved back one hour, from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights, and from midnight to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Officers would take school functions into account, she noted, not penalizing students who arrive home late from a sporting event or other activity.

Tue
29
Aug

Oppelt: This year’s Bulldogs most selfless team he’s seen


Members of the MFL MarMac football team include (front, left to right) Gavin Meana, Cayden Ball, Cedrick Drahn, Ethan Stubbs, Zach Howe, Brock Lamborn, Logan Engelhardt, Trevor Jones, JT Stocker; (second row) Manager Jiwoo Kang, Hunter Cherrier, Zach Trudo, Michael Egan, Tyler Wille, Kutter Andereson, Alexander Fels, Caden Stuckman, Max Havlicek, manager Chelbe Feuerhelm; (third row) head coach Tom Oppelt, assistant coach Kyle Kirkestue, Jacob Trudo, Avrey Smith, Michael Berger, Mason Hertrampf, Brady Olson, Levi Ferguson, Derek Larson, assistant coaches Mitch Seitz and Brian Berger; (back) Kaleb Tilson, Gavin Hertrampf, Korby Keehner, Dylan Corlett, Riley Wille, Garret Keehner, Spencer Larson and Tyler Kurth. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Now in his fifth season as head coach of the MFL MarMac football team, Tom Oppelt said he’s never seen as selfless a team as this year’s Bulldogs.

“They have a great mindset,” he said. “The cohesiveness and selflessness they play with are huge strengths.”

That will come in handy, said Oppelt, as the team works to make up for its youth and smaller numbers.

“We are not big, but we will definitely be fun to watch,” he said.

Tue
29
Aug

Young Bulldogs work well together


Members of the MFL MarMac JV and varsity volleyball teams include (front, left to right) Kennedy McShane, Jerica Meana, Julie Lenth, Jade Gerndt, Ali Crogan; (middle) Ashley Weaver, Jayde Schubert, Summer Schutte, Lauren Gillitzer, Kylee Splinter, Josie Kleinow, Brenna Boland, Marissa Anderson; (back) Rachel Davis, Jordan Schubert, Megan Lang, RoseMary McGeough, Brinan Berger, Taylor Berns and Bailey Winter. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This year’s MFL MarMac volleyball team may be young, but its members have a strong rapport with one another, a factor that will be important during the 2017 season, said head coach Kelly Winter.

“The girls all seem to get along really well,” she shared. “That is always the first goal, to get them working together and communicating on and off the court.”

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