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Fri
10
Jan

Judith Ann Rodenberg

Judith Ann Rodenberg, 80, of Marquette, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis. Judith Ann was born Nov. 13, 1939, to Alfred and Alice (Carlson) Siegele in McGregor. She graduated from McGregor High School.

Judith was united in marriage with Frank Rodenberg on June 1, 1957, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor. Five children were born to this union. Judy worked at McGregor Electronics for many years.

Tue
07
Jan

At Pikes Peak, recreational activities take on new look in winter


From photography and camping to snowshoeing and cross country skiing, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of activities at Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor. Park manager Matt Tschirgi even utilized the trails for skijoring with dog Yukon. (Photo by Jeremy Halverson)

The Pikes Peak campground stays surprisingly busy during the colder months. It’s not uncommon to find travel trailers, motor homes or tents occupying spaces. (Photo by Matt Tschirgi)

In the winter, park visitors can really see how Bridal Veil Falls got its name. (Photo by Matt Tschirgi)

Finding the wonder in winter: Part 1

Who said there’s nothing to do in northeast Iowa during the winter? Well, we’re not buying it. Over the coming weeks, the North Iowa Times will feature some of the fun, healthy and educational activities area residents can enjoy during the colder months.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Thousands of people stream into Pikes Peak State Park each year, drawn to the area’s natural beauty, trails and camping opportunities. Although the warmer months are often more popular seasons to visit, Pikes Peak (like Iowa’s other state parks) remains open throughout the winter. And it’s a perfect time to enjoy many of the same activities—just from a different perspective.

Tue
07
Jan

Train blocking a crossing? Officials say best bet is to call it in

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

In Marquette and McGregor, train stories are common: A blocked crossing by Casino Queen Marquette has made more than one individual late for work, while railcars on the tracks near McGregor’s Beer and Bratz Garden have trapped boaters and diners on the riverfront. Wait times vary from just a few minutes to a reported 20, 40, even 50. Drivers worry not only about the inconvenience, but the potential impact on emergency response services. 

The situation has actually improved over the past two years, said Marquette Mayor Steve Weipert.

Tue
07
Jan

New year brings change


The North Iowa Times unveiled its new masthead this week.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Did you do a double-take when you picked up this week’s North Iowa Times? For the first time in my 6.5-year tenure as editor—and even several years before that—the newspaper has a new masthead. We’ve also updated our fonts and added a sixth column in the interior of the paper, the latter a move to better mesh with our sister publications in the Morris Newspapers of Wisconsin group.

Tue
07
Jan

Local stories to watch for in 2020


After several years of fundraising, ground should be broken on McGregor’s Turner Park splash pad this spring. It’s one of the North Iowa Times’ top stories to watch for in the first half of 2020.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The news is anything but predictable, but as we leave 2019 behind and venture into a new year, the North Iowa Times has pinpointed five stories to watch for in the first half of 2020.

1) MFL MarMac bond referendum

In March, voters in the MFL MarMac School District are expected to consider a $7.8 million bond referendum measure for a facilities improvement project. The proposed project would include an elementary addition and new fieldhouse to the building in Monona, as well as repairs and improvements at the McGregor Center. 

Mon
30
Dec

Sofie Davis

Sofie Davis, 105, of McGregor, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Sofie Edel, the daughter of Bernt and Johanna (Peterson) Juvik, was born Nov. 9, 1914, in St. Olaf. She was baptized and confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf. She graduated from country school in rural Wagner Township and was awarded her honorary high school diploma from Central Community Schools on her 103rd birthday. Sofie was united in marriage with Raymond Davis on Sept. 22, 1937, at Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf. Sofie and Raymond farmed the Davis family farm south of McGregor for many years. After Raymond’s death in 1979, Sofie moved to Garnavillo, where she lived for 22 years. She then moved to McGregor, where she lived on her own until age 98. At that time, the Great River Care Center became her home. 

Mon
30
Dec

What's on tap? Old Man River unveils four house brews


A few weeks ago, Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery unveiled its first four house brews since re-opening in March. The selections include a “Red Horse” red ale, “Paddle Boat” porter, “Rocky Banks” IPA and “Romance the River” cream ale. (Photo courtesy of Old Man River)

Head brewer Dave Koepke helped bring Old Man River’s new beers to life, utilizing the establishment’s state-of-the-art, Austrian-made, copper equipment. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Something new is on tap at Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery. A few weeks ago, the downtown McGregor business unveiled its first four house brews since re-opening in March.

The selections include a “Red Horse” red ale, “Paddle Boat” porter, “Rocky Banks” IPA and “Romance the River” cream ale, all brewed in the state-of-the-art, on-site facility.

“We’re covering all the bases,” said head brewer Dave Koepke. “We’ve got the hoppy. A lot of people like the ambers and the reds, and the cream ale for the light beer drinkers and the people who don’t like too many hops. Then there’s a dark beer.”

Mon
30
Dec

‘Christmases here are a lot merrier’


Sally Schneider and Bart Knight pose with just a portion of the gifts donated through Pocket City Pub’s giving tree. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

“It always blows my mind how generous people are,” said Great River Care Center Activity Director Debbie Johnson. “They go above and beyond.” Here, Johnson places a newly-received hat on resident Lorraine Ayers’ head.

For fourth year, Pocket City Pub patrons purchase gifts for care center residents

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The “little bar with a big heart” has done it again. For the fourth year in a row, Christmas was a bit brighter for residents at McGregor’s Great River Care Center thanks to the patrons of Pocket City Pub.

Since 2016, the downtown McGregor establishment has sponsored a “giving tree,” anonymously connecting patrons with care center residents for whom they can buy Christmas gifts.

Mon
23
Dec

Monona native honors parents with over $13K in donations to nonprofits


Twelve Monona nonprofits will benefit from over $13,000 in donations Daniel De Sotel made last week in honor of his parents, Raymond and Darlene De Sotel. Pictured (front, left to right) are Brooklyn Moose (Girl Scouts), Nathan Friedlein (Cub Scouts), Layla Landt (Cub Scouts); (second row) Barb Collins (city of Monona), Linda Knockel (MCED), Carol Goettler (Butterfly Garden), Shirley Seitz (Butterfly Garden and library), Pat Martin (Butterfly Garden), Ila Benzing (Butterfly Garden), Donna Thompson (library); (third row) Ty Eggers (Boys BSA Troop), Christine VanHorn (Girl Scouts), Alexandria Duffield (Girl Scouts), Madison Duffield (Girl Scouts), Pam Havlicek (library), Emma Koether (Girls BSA Troop), Will Koether (Boys BSA Troop), Marlene Franzen (Girls BSA Troop), Danielle Friedlein (Cub Scouts), Lukas Friedlein (Cub Scouts), Sophie Landt (city of Monona), Rogeta Halvorson (MCED); (back) Dave Scott (Monona Historical Society), Angie Voelzke (Butterfly Garden), Dave Smith (fire department), donor Dan De Sotel, Jim Eggers (Boys BSA Troop), Alena Toberman (Girls BSA Troop), Reilly Franzen (Boys BSA Troop) and Jim Langhus (Boys BSA Troop and Butterfly Garden). (Photos by Audrey Posten)

“This evening has nothing to do with me. This is all in honor of my mother and father, Raymond and Darlene De Sotel, and to give back to the community they loved and served all their lives,” shared Daniel De Sotel, who presented the contributions at an event Dec. 17.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Christmas came early for 12 Monona nonprofit organizations last week. They’ll benefit from over $13,000 in donations a Monona native has made in honor of his parents.

“This evening has nothing to do with me. This is all in honor of my mother and father, Raymond and Darlene De Sotel, and to give back to the community they loved and served all their lives,” shared Daniel De Sotel, who presented the contributions at an event Dec. 17.

Mon
23
Dec

Casino marks 25 years in Marquette


Casino Queen Marquette will celebrate 25 years in Marquette on Dec. 26. Over 12 million people have passed through the doors since 1994, enjoying not just gambling, but live entertainment and an extensive buffet. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Over 12 million people have visited attraction since 1994

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Miss Marquette Casino opened in the city of Marquette on Dec. 26, 1994, offering what the North Iowa Times detailed then as “over 30,000 square feet of excitement” in the form of three dice tables, three roulette wheels, 20 blackjack tables, a poker room and 620 nickel, quarter and dollar slot machines.

“The clang, clang, clang of the slot machines was all you could hear,” recalled Amy White, marketing manager at Casino Queen Marquette, as the establishment’s been known as since 2017. “People stood in line to get in. It was the place to be.”

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