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Business roundtable focuses on current projects, ways to promote McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Around a dozen McGregor business owners, city officials and residents gathered for a roundtable discussion at the McGregor Public Library July 13, focusing on current projects in the community, as well as ways to promote all that McGregor has to offer.

Duane Boelman, McGregor’s deputy clerk and economic development lead, spearheaded the discussion. Business owners’ input is a valuable resource, he noted.

“One of the main things is to work with existing businesses, to help them thrive, prosper and grow,” he said. “That’s the best way to attract new businesses, if they see you’re doing well.”


Playing the right way

Members of the MFL MarMac boys 10U team that were 2017 Iowa USSSA State Baseball Tournament Silver Champions included (front, left to right) Benjamin Krambeer, Jaron Wille, Jacob Schellhorn, Kyle Tilson, Brayden Gordon, Landon Miene; (middle) Quinn McGeough, Dustin Larson, Zachary Driscoll, Parker Kuehl, Aiden Schoulte, Austin Trappe, Kade Humble; (back) coaches Mike Driscoll, Paul Gordon, Monica Larson and Jeremy Schellhorn. (Submitted photo)

MFL MarMac youth baseball team wins big tournament

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

To say MFL MarMac’s 10U baseball team had a successful season is an understatement. The boys went 32-9, including 22-0 in their league, and capped off the season by becoming 2017 Iowa USSSA State Baseball Tournament Silver Champions.

The USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) tournament, which was held in Des Moines the weekend of July 8, is open to any team from around the state, said Jeremy Schellhorn, who is one of the MFL MarMac team’s coaches.

Many came from more populous areas.


Monona Council approves use of UTVs on city streets—but with restrictions

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

ATVs and UTVs can now be used on Monona’s streets—as long as riders abide by certain rules.

At its July 10 meeting, the council approved an amendment to the city’s ordinance pertaining to off-road utility vehicles, following a request by a resident to use city streets to reach a nearby county secondary road, where off-road utility vehicle usage is now permitted.

“[The ordinance] was just updated a few years ago, but now the county is doing stuff,” noted councilman Dan Havlicek at a previous meeting. “We need to catch up with the times.”


Showing off some classic cars

This 1947 Ford Coe, entered by Rick Abbott, of Waukon, was the winner in the truck category at the annual Great River Car Show and Cruise, held in McGregor on July 15. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Ken Meyer, of Castalia, shines up a 1955 Ford Crown Vic. The car, entered by Kim Meyer, took third place in the classic car category.

Randy Miller, of Elgin, shows off his 1964 Ford Falcon.

This 1956 Chevy Bel Air, entered by Ralph Livingston, of Garnavillo, placed second in the classic car category.

A total of 66 entrants participated in the car show.

Classic tunes and unique cars greeted attendees of the annual Great River Car Show and Cruise, held July 15, in McGregor.

A total of 66 entrants participated in the car show. Winners included:

Classic Car

Robert (Chopper) Thornton, McGregor, 1956 Chevy Handyman Wagon 

Ralph Livingston, Garnavillo, 1956 Chevy Bel Air 

Kim Meyer, Castalia, 1955 Ford Crown Vic

Antique Car

Erik Wedo, Waukon, 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe 



Leona Weidenbach


Leona Weidenbach, 96, of Marquette, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 12, at Solon Care Center, Solon, Iowa. 


Leona L. was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Farmersburg, Iowa, to George and Ella (Wilke) Bruehahn. She attended school through the eighth grade in Monona, Iowa.


Circus wagon restored through a group effort

The circus wagon at the corner of A and Ann Streets was recently restored with the help of community volunteers. Pictured (left to right) are Beth Regan and Maureen Wild, with the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts; circus wagon owners Shelly and Randy Weeks; and Anne Kruse, also with the art center. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The finishing touch—the clown—was placed atop the wagon last week.

Maureen Wild, a local artist and art center board member, restored the tigers, creating lifelike interpretations of the well-known circus act.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Although the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus dazzled crowds for the final time May 21, closing the book on 146 years of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” the history of the Ringling Brothers—and their circus roots—is still very much alive in McGregor.

The boys performed their first circus in the community, at what’s now the corner of A and Ann Streets, in 1871. For roughly four decades, a “circus wagon”—complete with caged tigers and a clown driver—has marked that special location. 


Music in the park

Merlyn Finley, from Decorah, tuned two pianos—one a sunny yellow and the other a calming teal—that were placed in McGregor’s Triangle Park last week. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The teal piano sits at the back of Triangle Park, in front of Backwoods Bar and Grill.

The yellow street piano invites people to play in memory of Deb Dickey.

McGregor now has two street pianos

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Those traversing McGregor’s downtown now have the opportunity to share their musical talents on not just one, but two, street pianos in Triangle Park.

The pianos—one a sunny yellow and the other a calming teal—were placed last week. Merlyn Finley, from Decorah, also tuned them.

The pianos were the idea of resident Sallee Scarff-Muehlbauer, who first approached the city last spring with the plan to place one in Triangle Park. 


MFL MarMac School Board reviews assessment data

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its July 10 meeting, the MFL MarMac School Board reviewed the data from the 2016-2017 Iowa Assessment. Teacher Jen Wilwert gave the presentation, breaking down student proficiency, by grade level, in reading, math, science and social studies.

Students fared best in science, with all but second grade demonstrating 79 percent proficiency or higher.

The second graders came in at 66.2 percent proficiency, but Wilwert said the statistic is not surprising, and the next year’s second graders will likely show similar results.


Robert Louis Lawlor


In loving memory of Robert Lawlor, beloved husband, father and grandfather.


Robert Louis Lawlor, 90, passed away peacefully on May 5, in Naples, Fla.



Workshop warns against scams

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

From phone scams to malicious computer pop-ups or emails, millions of Americans fall prey to fraudulent activity each year, resulting in losses of billions of dollars.

Clayton County is not immune. In the past year, Elkader residents alone have lost nearly $30,000, said Gerry Frick, an officer with the Elkader Police Department.

“Fraud cases are rampant, with people thinking they can make a quick buck,” said Frick, who led a fraud prevention workshop hosted by Alpine Communications in Marquette last month.