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Tue
22
Aug

FEMA gives preliminary damage figures

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander said FEMA’s preliminary damage estimate for the city’s property from the July 19 tornado is $109,500.

This “conservative estimate,” as she called it, includes $85,000 for debris removal. The remaining $24,500 is for damages not covered by insurance, including the pedestrian bridge over B Street, the banners and brackets on the street lights, storm sewer fencing and some storm sewer wall damage.

The amount was surprising, said mayor Harold Brooks.

Tue
22
Aug

Owners of former INKspiration property offer to donate it to city of McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Aug. 16 meeting, the McGregor Council considered an offer by Fred Petrie and Melanie San Fillippo to donate the former INKspiration Tattoo property, at 330 Main St., to the city.

The building on the lot, which is next to the McGregor Public Library, was destroyed—and then demolished—following the July 19 tornado.

If accepted, the property could be used however the city would like, said city administrator Lynette Sander.

“It could be a site for a community center, a library expansion or parking,” she noted.

Tue
22
Aug

Annual Luana Daze celebration is Aug. 26-27


Luana Daze, held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27, will again feature the Tough Scrambler obstacle course race. The event, which promises to be even muddier this year, will take participants on a 2.5-mile trek through over 10 obstacles. (NIT file photo)

Head to Luana this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27, for the community’s annual Luana Daze celebration.

This year’s event features some popular, long-time activities along with several new ones.

Luana Daze will kick off bright and early Saturday morning, with the Luana Community Club’s pancake and sausage breakfast, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 10 a.m.

Todd Olson, owner of the Luana Tap, will also offer his famous Bloody Marys and mimosas starting at 7:30 a.m.

Tue
22
Aug

Hager provides more details on plan for Luster Heights

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

State Rep. Kristi Hager (R - Waukon) has released more details regarding a proposed plan to utilize Luster Heights Correctional Facility as a faith-based, non-profit, transitional living center for individuals coming out of jail/prison or struggling with homelessness or substance abuse issues.

Hager, as part of “Citizens for Luster Heights,” has authored a petition asking the state of Iowa for a five-year lease of the facility, located outside Harpers Ferry, which was closed in February due to Department of Corrections (DOC)—and state—budget cuts.

Tue
22
Aug

Days numbered for pedestrian bridge


Already in need of repair prior to the July 19 tornado, the pedestrian bridge over B Street will now have to be torn down. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The days are numbered for McGregor’s well-known pedestrian bridge, which spans across B Street. Already in need of repair prior to the July 19 tornado, the bridge is no longer salvageable.

City administrator Lynette Sander, speaking at McGregor’s regular council meeting Aug. 16, said the city was awarded FEMA funding following last September’s heavy rains, to repair the footing of the bridge at the south end, where the soil eroded. Those funds are still being held in a city account.

Tue
22
Aug

McGregor’s Determination Park to be dedicated in honor of Breitbach


Long-time McGregor resident Dave Breitbach, who also served on the city’s park board for roughly 15 years, was instrumental in creating Determination Park. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Aug. 16 meeting, the McGregor Council unanimously approved a request by Maria Brummel, on behalf of the city’s park board, to dedicate Determination Park in memory of long-time resident Dave Breitbach.

Breitbach, who passed away in June as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, served on the park board for roughly 15 years.

When he joined, said Brummel, one of his goals was to help develop a park that had been promised to the lot owners in the Ridgewood West Subdivision, by Eagle Drive. “He was very forthright about it,” she noted with a smile.

Mon
21
Aug

Cynthia “Cyndi” Moberg

 

Cynthia “Cyndi” Moberg, 64 of McGregor, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

 

She was born May 25, 1953, to Joseph and Helen Blahut in Pittsburgh, Penn. Cynthia graduated from St. Michaels Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Mon
21
Aug

Ardyth “Ardie” Ellen (Stee) Weller

 

Ardyth “Ardie” Ellen (Stee) Weller, 84, of McGregor, died Monday, Aug. 14, in Pittsburgh, Penn. 

 

Ardie was born on Nov. 27, 1932, in Castalia, to Clifford and Mayme (Jones) Stee. She graduated from Postville High School in Postville, with the class of 1951.

Tue
15
Aug

McGregor woman drives car into Mississippi River

A McGregor woman escaped injury after driving her vehicle into the Mississippi River, by Lansing, Monday evening.

On Aug. 14, at 5:25 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person that had driven into the Mississippi River, off of Front Street, in Lansing.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the driver, Michelle Rose Timmons, 51, of McGregor, was able to escape from the vehicle and swim toward the shoreline. Bystanders helped her out of the water, but she then left the scene. 

Bystanders went to the Lansing Fire Station, notifying firemen that Timmons had driven her vehicle into the water.

Tue
15
Aug

Crozier nominated for 2017 Superintendent of the Year


MFL MarMac Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier (second from right) was nominated for the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) 2017 Superintendent of the Year award. He’s pictured here, at the Aug. 2 ceremony, with SAI President Dr. Roark Horn; Superintendent of the Year winner Gary Zittergruen, from Benton Community; and Rob Cordes, from the Carroll Community School District.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier was recognized as a nominee for the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) 2017 Superintendent of the Year award at a ceremony Aug. 2.

“Each AEA nominates a superintendent,” said Crozier, who was the representative from the Keystone Area Education Agency. “Your peers nominate you, so that’s always cool.”

Crozier, who’s also the superintendent at Eastern Allamakee, has served at MFL MarMac for 17 years. This is the second time he’s been nominated for the award.

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