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Tue
23
Jun

McGregor grant program will help businesses redevelop, improve buildings


A new program established by the city of McGregor will provide economic development grants to local businesses for the redevelopment and improvement of buildings within the community, particularly in the downtown historic district. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A new program established by the city of McGregor will provide economic development grants to local businesses for the redevelopment and improvement of buildings within the community.

The Business Enhancement Grant Program, which has been in the works for several years, resembles a state Main Street program that helps with building façade improvements, explained Duane Boelman, McGregor’s deputy city clerk and economic development lead.

“We always wanted to do it, but our downtown is in a floodplain, so it’s not eligible,” he said. “Now, we can use these funds to do the same thing.”

Tue
23
Jun

Sandhill crane family calling Driftless Area Wetlands Centre home


A family of sandhill cranes has taken up residence near the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette, representing the first nesting pair the facility has ever had. One of the two colts is pictured feeding with a parent at the wetland. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The sandhill cranes favor the Wetlands Centre’s nature playground areas. The property’s mixture of wetland and grassland makes it a “really good place for them,” said Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey.

The cranes are recognizable for their long legs and necks, gray and tan bodies and bright red crowns.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A family of sandhill cranes has taken up residence near the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette, representing the first nesting pair the facility has ever had.

Once common dwellers in Iowa wetlands, sandhill crane populations waned in the late 1800s due to over-hunting and loss of habitat. The first breeding pair returned to the state in 1992, and, today, more than 20 Iowa counties have documented nesting sites.

“The adults have been here since spring, around April,” said Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey, avidly watching the cranes through a spotting scope set up outside the nature facility. 

Tue
23
Jun

McGregor’s Sixth Street Bridge Project is moving ahead

Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The McGregor Council, at its June 17 meeting, approved the plans, specifications, opinion of cost and form of contract for the upcoming Sixth Street Bridge Project.

Tim Cutsforth, senior project manager with HR Green, said work will include taking out the bridge, which crosses the city’s storm sewer, and replacing it with a box culvert.

“We’ll also be replacing sanitary sewer for the length of the block, and the length of the street will be repaved as well,” he told the council.

Tue
23
Jun

Monona OKs three permanent campsites at Gateway Park

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Monona City Council gave the go-ahead, at its June 15 meeting, to establish several permanent campsites at Gateway Park.

Robin Jones, who has stayed at the park’s recently-updated sites with her husband, made the request.

“It’s nice out there,” she told the council. “If there are campers there, others tend to come. I’m not saying make them all permanent, but have a few. You put all that work and money into doing that, so it may bring people in.”

Currently, campers cannot stay at the park for longer than two weeks at a time.

Tue
23
Jun

Ruthann Daniels

Ruthann Daniels, 78, of McGregor and Panama City, Fla., went home to her heavenly father on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis., after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 3, 1942, to Alfred and Ljudmila (Butchar) Scheck in Sheboygan, Wis. 

Ruthann was united in marriage with James Daniels in 1960. Two sons were born to this union. Ruthann worked as an office manager for American Excelsior Co., before retiring. 

Tue
23
Jun

Sample regional beers, wines at Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival


Sit back and relax and sample a variety of regional wines and beers at the Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival. The annual event will be held this Saturday, June 27, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Marquette riverfront. (File photo)

Sit back and relax and sample a variety of regional wines and beers at the Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival. The annual event will be held this Saturday, June 27, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Marquette riverfront. 

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, will be implementing physical distancing measures to help assure the safety of both attendees and vendors.

Five wineries are slated to participate this year, including Marquette’s own Eagles Landing Winery. Other attendees are PromiseLand Winery from Guttenberg, Jennings Winery from Strawberry Point, Empty Nest Winery from Waukon and Winneshiek Wildberry Winery from Decorah.

Thu
18
Jun

Severna A. Cowell

Severna Aileen Cowell, 86, of McGregor, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020. She was born Jan. 3, 1934, to Severin and Eda (Heilman) Johnson. Severna was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, McGregor. She grew up on a farm south of Highway 18 with her parents, sister Mary Lou and her father’s Uncle Ole from Norway. Except for a few years in Minnesota, she lived her entire life in McGregor. In April of 2016, when her health began to fail, she came to live with Linda and Peter in Monona.

 

Tue
16
Jun

Gerald 'Bert' Bruehahn

Gerald (Bert) Bruehahn, 79, of McGregor, formerly of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away at the Great River Care Center in McGregor on June 14, 2020.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1940, to Bert and Eliza Bruehahn in Monona. In his younger years, he had a country band called Little Bert and the Country Class. He worked security at 3M in Prairie du Chien until he retired. Bert owned the Circle Bar in Prairie du Chien for a while and also had a cab business called B Line Cab Co. After retiring, Bert continued to work security jobs.  

Surviving Bert are his four children, Scott (Jill) Bruehahn of Mt. Horeb, Wis., Stephanie (Jerry) Koons of Elkader, Tina Bothum of Colorado and Rhonda Ruhser of Colorado; one sister, Loretta Funk of Buffalo, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Tue
16
Jun

Eagles Landing Winery raises a glass to 20 years


Marquette-based Eagles Landing Winery will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend, marking a milestone Cindy and Jay Halvorson said was accomplished through a sweet combination of hard work, good wine and staff members who are more like family. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Connie and the late Roger Halvorson (right) opened Eagles Landing Winery in 2000. Roger had been making wine as a hobby for 40 years, and started the venture as a retirement project. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Eagles Landing Winery owners Jay and Cindy Halvorson like to sit back and reminisce sometimes. “Your mom would say, ‘Remember when we sold our first bottle of wine? Do you remember when this happened, or this happened?’” reflected Cindy. “All these milestones. It’s been pretty cool.”

This weekend, the Marquette-based winery will celebrate its 20th anniversary, marking another milestone the couple said was accomplished through a sweet combination of hard work, good wine and staff members who are more like family.

Tue
16
Jun

Landis brings music to change the soul


Elkader native Sophia Landis finds inspiration for her original music through a variety of genres and life experiences. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

What makes a musician? Is it passion? Practice? Or the performing? Or, are they simply born that way? For local artist and Elkader native, Sophia Landis, in her own words, “I did not choose music. Music chose me. I basically came out of the womb singing.” 

She was born in the Elkader hospital back when it still delivered babies, and she began taking piano lessons at age three and has no memory of a time when music wasn’t an integral part of her life. She was inspired by her parents, who she admitted were not “heavily involved in music,” but they “sensed” the musical urge and talent in their daughter and provided every opportunity they could to nurture that talent. 

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