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Tue
24
Sep

Dillman offers to donate building to city of McGregor


Pat Dillman has offered to donate her building in McGregor’s historic Masonic Block to the city, opening up a slew of opportunities for development of the prime downtown location. Dillman’s section of the building stretches from 134 to 138 Main Street and is distinguished by its dark green lower level with large windows. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Pat Dillman has offered to donate her building in McGregor’s historic Masonic Block to the city, opening up a slew of opportunities for development of the prime downtown location.

Mayor Lyle Troester, speaking at the Sept. 18 council meeting, said he’s discussed the idea with Dillman and her family over the past year.

“She’s starting to want to get her affairs in order,” he said, “and she’s willing to donate the building to the city with no requirements,” regarding the usage or sale of the building. She’s simply requested an acknowledgment of the donation as well as the efforts she and husband Bruce put into restoring the structure.

Tue
24
Sep

Froelich Fall-der-All will share history Sept. 28-29


Grinding corn by hand (shown here), making ice cream and cider pressing apples are just a few of the hands-on activities kids will enjoy at Froelich’s annual Fall-der-All on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29. (North Iowa Times file photo)

Let history come alive through fun demonstrations, tours and more at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29.

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. 

Tue
24
Sep

Students’ academic achievements recognized


Seniors who were recognized for their academic achievements at the Sept. 20 assembly included (front, left to right) Taylor Berns, Brinan Berger, Rachel Davis, Ashley Weaver, Destiny Berns, Maya Butikofer, RoseMary McGeough; (back) Max Koeller, Beau Benzing, Logan Klenk, Cedrick Drahn, Eli Johnson and Ethan Stubbs. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The juniors who were honored included (front, left to right) Avery Ihde, Abby Koslowski, Mackenzy Ruff, Marlene Franzen, Zoee aGerndt, Rose Grau, Lexy Johnson, Anna Stoddard; (back) JJ Lynd, Koal Klenk, Kylee Bries, Victor Breuer, Max Havlicek, Kayden Gillitzer and Riley Whiteny.

Earning achievements as sophomores were (front, left to right) Carlie Jones, Emily Knickerbocker, Miranda Lang, Rose Koehn, Lakota Morrissey, Collin Henkels, Shelby Mielke, Sydney Moser, Abby Schellhorn, Eva Budde, Kaylee Bachman; (back) Karli Tilson, Dusty Berns, Hunter Goltz, Jessica Loera, Kaden Stocker, Timothy Hexom, Dacia Schoulte, Jaxton Schroeder, Gabe McGeough and Kashton Mathis.

MFL MarMac held its annual academic assembly on Sept. 20, recognizing students who have maintained 3.5 grade point averages throughout their high school careers.

Sophomores who were honored included Kaylee Bachman, Dustin Berns, Eva Budde, Hunter Goltz, Collin Henkels, Timothy Hexom, Carlie Jones, Emily Knickerbocker, Rose Koehn, Miranda Lang, Jessica Loera, Kashton Mathis, Gabriel McGeough, Shelby Mielke, Riley Moreland, Lakota Morrissey, Sydney Moser, Abby Schellhorn, Dacia Schoulte, Jaxton Schroeder, Kaden Stocker and Karli Tilson.

Among the juniors honored were Kylee Bries, Victor Breuer, Marlene Franzen, Zoee Gerndt, Kayden Gillitzer, Rose Grau, Max Havlicek, Avery Ihde, Lexy Johnson, Emma Keehner, Koal Klenk, Abby Koslowski, Braden Landt, JJ Lynd, Mackenzy Ruff, Anna Stoddard and Riley Whitney.

Fri
20
Sep

Russell Davis

Russell Davis, 83, of McGregor, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at the Guttenberg Care Center, in Guttenberg. Russ, a loving husband and father, was born in Cambridge, Ohio, on Jan. 19, 1936, to Raymond and Hazel (Phillips) Davis. Childhood years were spent in Warren, Ohio and he was a high school graduate of Leavittsburg, Ohio. Russ was drafted into the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Cold War Era and, due to the Viet Nam War, his service was extended. 

Tue
17
Sep

Rivers of water overtake Marquette, McGregor streets following torrential rains


Water covered McGregor’s Main Street the evening of Sept. 12, after torrential rains fell across the area, causing flash flooding and mud slides. (Submitted photo)

McGregor Mayor Lyle Troester reported little damage from the storm, just a lot of water and debris. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Marquette’s Twin Bluffs neighborhood on Pleasant Ridge Road was underwater last Thursday, and some homes were infiltrated by the raging flood. (Submitted photo)

Marquette’s city workers were out early Friday morning, Sept. 13, clearing away a large pile of debris that was deposited onto North Street by flash flooding the evening before. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Muddy, roiling water also washed down Ash Street, from the McGregor Heights. (Submitted photo)

The properties below Marquette's bench evacuation route were some of the hardest hit. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Mississippi River wasn’t the only muddy, roiling body of water flowing through the area last week. Torrential rains the evening of Sept. 12—on the heals of two storms that days earlier had each dropped inches of precipitation—unleashed rivers of their own down several Marquette and McGregor streets, leaving behind rocks, tree branches and a layer of gooey mud. 

The hillsides bordering Highway 76 between Marquette and McGregor, as well as north of Marquette, didn’t fare any better. Mud slides shot down the banks, felling trees and littering the roadways with rocks that were reportedly as large as basketballs. 

Tue
17
Sep

Bringing back GRRRR: ‘GRRRR Crawl’ event will showcase local flavors

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Even after the GRRRR 5K and 10K races and traditional pancake and sausage breakfast wrap up Saturday morning, Oct. 5, the fun will continue in Marquette, McGregor and Prairie du Chien with the GRRRR Crawl and Poker Run.

The event encourages people to “taste the Ports of Discovery” by visiting participating bars and restaurants for samples of Iowa beers and unique foods.

“It’s a way to get runners into town and to share what we have to offer,” said Ashley Kishman, executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing GRRRR this year with help from local volunteers.

Tue
17
Sep

Railroad Days will celebrate history along with completion of Depot expansion


Terry Sharp, a long-time railroad employee and president of the Marquette Historical Society, stands in the bright and spacious addition at the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center. People can check it out this Saturday, Sept. 21, at the annual Railroad Days event. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The addition was built on the end of the existing Depot structure and more than doubled the size of the space, allowing for more room to accommodate visitors and a growing collection of historical items and photos.

This “donation train,” created by Gencor, is one of the striking features in the Depot’s new space.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center hosts its annual Railroad Days this Saturday, Sept. 21, the event will not only celebrate the community’s railroad history, but also the completion of the Depot’s long-awaited expansion project.

“We ran out of room probably 15 years ago,” said Terry Sharp, a long-time railroad employee and president of the Marquette Historical Society. “A lot of stuff was not displayed.”

Tue
17
Sep

Marquette mom spearheads autism safety training session for first responders

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Central State Bank is sponsoring an Autism Safety Initiative First Responders Training at the Marquette Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 3, in an effort to help not only emergency personnel, but the public in general, better understand what autism is and how they can help keep individuals with the condition safe.

The idea was spearheaded by one of the bank’s Marquette employees, Abbigale Martin, a single mother of three boys—two of whom have autism.

According to the organization Autism Speaks, autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. 

Tue
17
Sep

City of Marquette awarded school property


Recent retirees who were honored at the Sept. 9 MFL MarMac School Board meeting included Larry Cox, Kurt Gaylor and Sandra Thornton. They are pictured with school board president Gina Roys and superintendent Dale Crozier. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

School board honors retiring staff members

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac School Board, at its Sept. 9 regular meeting, accepted an offer of $28,000 from the city of Marquette for 4.9 acres of district property in Marquette’s bench neighborhood.

Tue
17
Sep

Marquette is expanding solar to Driftless Area Wetlands Centre


Dave Schneider was appointed—and sworn in—to the Marquette City Council on Sept. 10. He replaces Pamela Brodie-Fitzgerald, who resigned last month. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Schneider appointed to fill council vacancy

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette is expanding its solar infrastructure to the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. The council approved the $16,500 project at its Sept. 10 regular meeting.

The move comes seven months after the city flipped the switch on its first project at well number four, in the Timber Ridge subdivision. 

“We’ve saved, already, $2,000 this year on solar at well number four, which is about the equivalent of planting 59 trees,” said city clerk Bonnie Basemann.

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