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30
Nov

McGregor Public Library marks 100 years


The McGregor Public Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Dec. 4. For much of the past century, it's been located at 334 Main St., in a building that opened on Aug. 17, 1963.

The first McGregor Public Library was located in the community rooms of the Masonic Building. In 1938, it moved to the former Cooper Shop/Town Laundry building (pictured here) on Second Street, which was remodeled by the WPA.

The current McGregor Public Library staff includes director Michelle Pettit (left), assistant Pam Smalley and children’s librarian Luana Stiemke.

According to Michelle Pettit, who’s been director since November 1999, McGregor has only had 14 librarians in the last 80 years. “Four of us were here 20 years or more, and there were others at 15 years,” she said. “We’re not great in number, but I think everybody cared about the library who’s worked here.” Librarians, such as Charlotte Franz pictured here, can leave a lasting impact. “I remember she loved kids. You just felt special, like she noticed you and took the time to talk with you," said Pettit, who grew up with Franz as her childhood librarian. "It’s like a legacy, and we hope we can keep living up to it.”

The current library building opened in 1963. The cost of the building and equipment was $85,000—made possible by a sizable bequest from former McGregor resident Elizabeth Updegraff, whose photo is on display.

Although the McGregor Public Library has undergone some cosmetic changes in the following decades, most notably new carpeting, sheet rock walls and a circulation desk remodel in 2003 and the addition of an historical timeline mural in 2006, director Michelle Pettit said the furniture and shelving is largely original to the building.

Since its inception, the McGregor Public Library has been a community gathering spot, especially through its children's and adult programming. In this older photo, Angel Bahnsen of McGregor and Brianna Kinley of Marquette enjoy "Marie's rocking chair," which was purchased around 20 years ago through memorials given in honor of Marie Collins.

“There are not many other things you can think of that serve people from toddler through the rest of their lives,” reflected McGregor Public Library Director Michelle Pettit. “Once you come to the library, it never really leaves you—there will always be fond memories.” The library's summer reading carnival (shown here) is always a memorable time for local kids.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Paving errors continue to plague Carter Street

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Festival of Trees in McGregor


The Festival of Trees illuminated winter wonderland will be back in person this year, from Dec. 2-4, at Backwoods Bar and Grill and Event Center in McGregor. The event will also include holiday music, a craft and bake sale, pub crawl and children’s activities. (Times-Register file photo)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Defense and timely shooting propel Warriors to 2-0 start


Kaitlyn Wiley sends a pass to a teammate in the Nov. 23 game against the Pirates. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Grace Kuehl defends an inbounds pass in the Warriors’ 54-28 victory over Postville.

Haley Frieden heads up the court against Postville. She and teammate Delaney Scherf combined for 26 points and shot 9-20 from the floor.

Ashlyn Scherf eyes the ball in the Postville game. The defense had eight steals and caused an impressive 40 turnovers.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Bulldogs beat NFV 58-42 in opener

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Central boys basketball returns with new lineup, but same positive approach


Members of the Central boys basketball team are (front, left to right) Caden Erickson, Dan McGreal, Gabe Erickson, Jordan Everitt, Vaughn Zittergruen, Korey Schantz, Ethan Palas, Elliot Kelly; (back) coach Brady Stramer, Seth Bena, Tate Berns, Ashton Burroughs, Parker Vaughan, Charlie Wiedner, Corey Weber and coaches Andy Seeland and Blake Rodenberg.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Central wrestling team has more experience and new goals


The Central wrestling team includes (front, left to right) manager Regan Rosol, Daniel Royer, Kimberly Suhr, Reese Berns, Tori Sylvester, Joel Thiese, manager Tessa Sylvester; (back) assistant coach Tim Rupard, Nick Deitchler, Brandy Beatty, Sean Wilwert, Rebecca Suhr, Nate Shirbroun and head coach Joe Koehn. Not pictured is Sam Fettkether.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Bulldog wrestling team will blend battle tested core with newcomers


The MFL MarMac wrestling team includes (front, left to right) cheerleader Kira Krueger, manager Savannah Schaller, Bryce Radloff, TJ Coleman, Audrey Ruff, Mackenzie Bachman, Kadence Pape, Rylee Kugel, Keith Anderson, manager Rose Koehn, cheerleader Amara Buchheit; (middle) cheerleader Jordyn Jones, manager Morgan Jacobson, Averey Thornton, Jack Vorwald, Collin Henkels, Tristen Koehn, Holden Mathis, Quinn McGeough, Austin Schlee, Andrew Heins, cheerleader Lexi Ross; (back) head coach Chet Bachman, assistant coach Tracy Decker, Nolan Lerch, Austin Schaller, Karter Decker, Gabe McGeough, Kashton Mathis, Taylor Herzmann, Mason Overton and assistant coaches Chip McGeough, Collin Stubbs and Travis Johnson. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Speed and athleticism will be keys to success for MFL MarMac


Members of the MFL MarMac boys basketball team are (seated) Parker Kuehl, Sawyer Keehner; (middle) assistant coach Cory Donlon, Zach Driscoll, Bryce Diehl, Carver Blietz-Bentien, Sam Frailey, Wyatt Powell, Brock Hackett, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) assistant coach Mark Kautman, manager Josh Reichard, Hunter Meyer, Chauncy Drahn, Kaden Stocker, manager Hunter Kugel, Cullen McShane, Caleb Mezera, Mason Kishman, assistant coach Brandon Burke and head coach Eric Dettbarn. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
30
Nov

Warrior girls basketball team will lean on experience, defense


Members of the Central varsity girls basketball team include (front, left to right) Hannah Asche, Grace Kuehl; (middle) Carly Kluesner, Lexi Loan, Delaney Scherf, Gracie Cummer; (back) coach Molly Scherf, Aly Feickert, Haley Frieden, Kaitlyn Wiley, Ashlyn Scherf, Eva Embretson and coach Mark Wiley.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

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