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Tue
28
Jan

New, old friends bond over good food at Progressive Dinner

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Enjoy an evening of hospitality, good food and fun at the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce’s annual Progressive Dinner. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and include five stops in Marquette and McGregor. 

“Each stop has a different course,” prepared by a local business or home owner, explained Anne Kruse, who’s attended the Progressive Dinner for the past five years.

Despite the name, she joked, “it has nothing to do with politics.”

Tue
28
Jan

Mar-Mac Police Department shares 2019 annual report

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin recently presented the law enforcement district’s 2019 annual report to both the Marquette and McGregor city councils, sharing the “behind the scenes” of the department, its personnel, daily activities, comparisons to previous years and more.

The latest U.S. Census records place McGregor’s and Marquette’s combined population at 1,295 people. However, said Millin, due to the police district’s geographic location, in close proximity to Prairie du Chien, local employers, tourist attractions and a state and federal highway, that population swells each day.

Tue
28
Jan

Corps of Engineers monitors high water on Upper Mississippi River


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River. According to the National Weather Service at La Crosse, as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Mississippi was at 13.5 feet at the McGregor gauge. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Flows at levels normally observed in late spring

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa as a result of historic flows this winter.

The Corps urges the public to remain vigilant for river flooding. Cities from Winona, Minn., to Guttenberg have an increased chance of localized flooding due to ice dams. 

According to the National Weather Service at La Crosse, as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Mississippi was at 13.5 feet at McGregor. The current river flows are at levels normally observed in late spring. 

Tue
28
Jan

Plan proposed to pave original sections of Monona’s Butterfly Trail

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A plan has been proposed to pave the two original sections of Monona’s Butterfly Trail. 

People like the ease of traveling on the newer paved portion that stretches from the Butterfly Garden to Gateway Park, volunteer Jim Langhus told the city council at its Jan. 20 meeting, so the Butterfly Garden and Trail Committee hopes to improve accessibility on the older stretch.

Langhus said the first portion of the Butterfly Trail was put in 20 years ago and the second part 10 years ago. They’re a combined 5,100 feet in length—nearly one mile. 

Tue
28
Jan

'Caucus for Cookies and Casseroles' in McGregor

Feb. 1 event is tasty and timely

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Bring your appetite, but leave your politics behind, this Saturday, Feb. 1, to caucus for your favorite cookies and casseroles.

McGregor businesses Paper Moon and By the Spoonful are teaming up to host a tasty event based on the new book “The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery,” available now at Paper Moon.

Written by Iowa author Rae Katherine Eighmey, the short mystery is set in a small Iowa town at the time of the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Fri
24
Jan

Warren Wetherill

Warren Eugene Wetherill, 94, of McGregor, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at his home.  

Fri
24
Jan

Shirley Ellis

Shirley E. Ellis, age 78, of Patch Grove, Wis., passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on April 12, 1941, the daughter of Roy and Edna (Jarms) Haberichter. Shirley, her father and her grandmother were all born in the same farmhouse located southeast of Monona. Shirley spent her early childhood in Clayton County, moved to the Patch Grove area in 1952 and graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1958. She married Jerry Ellis on Oct. 24, 1959, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley, Wis. Shirley and Jerry raised their family in the home that he built in 1960. Shirley was Patch Grove Village Clerk for 18 years and secretary/treasurer for the Patch Grove Fire Department for 31 years. Shirley enjoyed time spent with her family, reading, sewing, gardening and dancing with Jerry.  

Tue
21
Jan

Iowa Caucuses less than two weeks away

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After months of anticipation, the Iowa Caucuses are now less than two weeks away. Both Democratic and Republican voters from across the state will venture to their respective local precincts on Monday, Feb. 3, to participate in an event that, since 1972, has been the first primary season test for presidential candidates seeking their party’s nomination.

“It’s a time to gather and show your support for a candidate,” said Brian Bruening, chair of the Clayton County Democrats.

Tue
21
Jan

Fitness classes help seniors stay active


Garden View Place, in Monona, offers free Live 2 B Healthy senior fitness classes three times per week. Both Garden View residents and other community members are welcome to join. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Live 2 B Healthy attendees like Esther Werges utilize bands, balls and other methods to stretch, lift and bend their way to better health. The goal is to improve balance, flexibility and strength.

Finding the wonder in winter: Part 3

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 continue to feature some of the fun, healthy and educational activities area residents can enjoy during the colder months.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When people make their New Year’s resolutions, being more physically active is often at the top of the list. Garden View Place in Monona wants to help local seniors reach that goal through weekly Live 2 B Healthy fitness classes.

Tue
21
Jan

Have a Heart Day brightens smiles for 30 years


Family Dentistry Associates of Monona will hold its annual Have a Heart Day on Saturday, Feb. 8, giving local kids ages 4 to 18 who haven’t recently seen a dentist an opportunity to receive free dental care. “We saw a need,” said Dr. Mark Fohey of how the event started 30 years ago. “It was something we could provide to the area to give back.” (Submitted photo)

On Have a Heart Day, Jessica Wilke and her fellow doctors each see 15 to 20 patients. Procedures include exams and cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions and sealants. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Family Dentistry Associates of Monona will hold its annual Have a Heart Day on Saturday, Feb. 8, giving local kids ages 4 to 18 who haven’t recently seen a dentist an opportunity to receive free dental care. 

The event, inspired by an idea Family Chiropractic Associates brought to Waukon, dates back to 1990. Both Family Dentistry and its sister clinic, Waukon Dental, have offered the service for 30 years, while Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien has taken part since opening 25 years ago.

“We saw a need,” said Dr. Mark Fohey. “It was something we could provide to the area to give back.”

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