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Tue
15
Jan

A stinky situation: So-called ‘flushable’ products can cause costly sewer issues

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

City officials are asking local residents to watch what they flush down their toilets. 

In McGregor, one residence on Main Street was recently impacted by a sewage backup, and some downtown businesses have also faced issues. The city of Marquette dealt with a clogged pump around Christmas—an incident that could have resulted in a sewage backup into homes. 

The culprit, officials said, is a host of products like hand towels and disinfectant wipes that are marketed as “flushable” materials, but don’t flow through the sewer system or degrade like toilet paper. 

Thu
10
Jan

Marjorie A. Goldsmith

Marjorie A. Goldsmith, 89, of McGregor, formerly of Earlville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

Marjorie Ann Wells was born March 12, 1929, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Leslie and Ruth (Alexander) Wells. She married Willis Thuman in June 1948 in Oskaloosa, and he passed away in 1962. On Dec. 28, 1963, she married Alfred Goldsmith in Stone City. Marjorie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she enjoyed her church family and activities. She enjoyed baking, sewing and especially being with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.

Thu
10
Jan

Jeffrey John Hemmer

Jeffrey John Hemmer, 53, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., walked back into the arms of the Maker on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, after an extended illness. 

He was born on Sept. 27, 1965, in Prairie du Chien, Wis., the son of Harold Thomas and Donna (Leard) Hemmer. Jeffrey graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1984. He married the lady who made his heart sing, Paula (Gjetley-Kautman), on March 14, 1987, and they spent the next three decades cultivating their love and nurturing their growing family. 

Tue
08
Jan

Richard T. Kleinow

Richard T. Kleinow, 53, of McGregor, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at his home. He was born on Feb. 21, 1965, in McGregor, the son of Bill and Jonell (Jones) Kleinow. Richard graduated from Bloomington High School in 1983. He served his country in the United States Army from 1983 until his honorable discharge in 1990. Following his honorable discharge, Richard was employed with the barge line and later began employment with 3M, where he was currently working. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, hunting morels, four-wheeler races and target shooting. Richard also enjoyed watching NASCAR. He dearly loved spending time with his grandchildren. 

Tue
08
Jan

Hotel/motel tax revenue up in McGregor last year


Downtown McGregor offers several Airbnb options for visitors. The rise in community listings on the lodging and vacation rental site has contributed to the increase in hotel/motel tax revenue. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Uptick in Airbnb listings major contributor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The amount of revenue generated through hotel/motel tax was up in McGregor this past year. 

According to the city, fiscal year 2017-2018 saw a jump of over $4,000 from the previous year, to $20,469.26. That’s the highest total since the Holiday Shores Motel was closed and torn down in 2015, when hotel/motel tax revenue reached nearly $30,000.

Tue
08
Jan

Monona Council outlines plans for 2019

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

With the $2.7 million sale of Garden View Senior Living completed last week—the culmination of the city’s extensive list of 2018 goals—mayor Lynn “Marty” Martinson and the Monona Council now have their sights set on an array of proposed city improvements and activities for 2019. 

One of the biggest projects Martinson suggested is the outsourcing of Monona’s garbage collection services. With the potential retirement of one of three city workers, he thought it might be best not to refill the position, leaving Monona with a two-man crew and around $50,000 in savings. Down the road, Martinson said the city could also save money on equipment costs, by not having to replace a garbage truck/packer.

Tue
08
Jan

Despite shutdown, EfMo trails remain busy


Even though the Effigy Mounds visitor center has been closed during the federal government shutdown, the park’s trails have remained accessible. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Since the partial federal government shutdown began Dec. 22, the visitor center at Effigy Mounds National Monument has been visitor-less. Nice weather has kept the park’s many trails busy, though, especially on the weekends. 

In a Facebook post at the start of the shutdown, Effigy Mounds noted the hiking trails within the park would remain accessible. “However, access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services,” the post added.

Tue
08
Jan

Culver to be buried in McGregor


The Culver family lived in the historic Heights Hotel. (NIT file photos)

Former Iowa congressman and senator John C. Culver passed away Dec. 26, at age 86, at his home near Washington, D.C. However, it won’t be the nation’s capital, or even Cedar Rapids, where Culver grew up, that will serve as the Democratic politician’s final resting place. Rather, it will be McGregor. 

The Culver family called the river town home from 1969 to 1982. They lived in the historic McGregor Heights Hotel, which, at one time, held sessions of the famed Wildlife School. President Jimmy Carter visited the Culver home during a trip to the area in 1979. 

Mon
31
Dec

Harry G. Schwietert

Harry G. Schwietert, 88, was born on March 19, 1930, on the family farm near McGregor, the son of Gustav and Hermine (Nordemann) Schwietert. He died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Harry attended the local country school and worked on the family farm for many years. He loved inventing, tinkering and visiting with friends. He spent a lot of time with his grandsons, teaching them mechanics and farming. On June 1, 1968, Harry was united in marriage with Betty Troester at St. Peters Church in Garnavillo.

Survivors include wife Betty; one son, John (Darla), and two grandsons, Cody and Justus, all of McGregor; one sister, Ruth DeGroot, of Ottawa Kan.; niece Shirley and nephew John.

Fri
28
Dec

Middle school wrestling program sees growth, including interest among girls


Members of the middle school wrestling team included (front, left to right) manager Amara Buchheit, Chylie Feurerhelm, Elias Hatt, Konner Barat-Klimesh, Holden Mathis, Kole Pape, Bryce Radloff, Dalton Krause, manager Trista Eggers; (middle) manager Savannah Schaller, Karter Decker, Austin Schlee, Noah Bond, Tyler Zuercher, Taylor Herzmann, Landon Johnson, Alek Roys, manager Franci Mezera; (back) coach Brent Pape, Kadence Pape, Emily Hendrickson-Troester, Tristen Koehn, Mason Overton, Michael Knickerbocker, Tyler Slaughter and coach Travis Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Twenty MFL MarMac seventh and eighth graders went out for middle school wrestling this year, the most participants the program has seen in five or six years, estimated head coach Brent Pape.

Of those 20 wrestlers, 13 amassed 10 wins or more, and 14 had winning records.

“In the middle school season, you’re lucky if you get 20 matches,” said Pape, which makes the results even more remarkable. “We had a really good year.”

But for the wrestlers, a season means more than just wins and losses. It’s an opportunity to gain key life skills, while also trying something new.

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