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Tue
22
Jan

Marquette will continue to budget, research options for Pleasant Ridge drainage issues

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette residents who live along Pleasant Ridge Road will have to wait a little longer for a resolution to drainage issues in the neighborhood. At its Jan. 15 meeting, the city council decided to hold off on engaging engineering services for the project, instead opting to review the topic along with capital projects at an upcoming budget workshop. 

The council first discussed drainage issues in the area in September, after several inches of rain fell in a short time, washing debris and rivers of water onto properties, causing damage. 

Tue
22
Jan

Gene Klinge

Bring your best memories and stories to share as the family of Gene Klinge celebrates his life on Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m., in a place very special to him, the gymnasium which bears his name at West Central Community School in Maynard. The family is looking forward to visiting with everyone prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

In the spirit of the occasion, the family requests those attending wear their favorite school apparel, be it Blue Devil blue, Indian orange, Hawkeye black and gold or even Minnesota Viking purple, or camouflage would be appropriate. If you’d rather, feel free to wear his signature red or orange socks in his honor.

Tue
15
Jan

Writers group offers attendees a supportive place to share work


Dan Lorenz, Jeannine Schreck and Anna Moody listen as Michelle Pettit reads a poem during the McGregor Public Library’s writers group. The program is held each Wednesday, at 1 p.m., and welcomes all area writers. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

A LOOK AT LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Over the next few weeks, the North Iowa Times will highlight some of the unique programs and activities offered regularly at the McGregor Public Library. Our first feature focuses on the weekly writers group.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Writing is often a private endeavor, with journal entries, poems and stories serving as a means of personal catharsis for their creators—never to be shared with others. But sometimes sharing can be freeing too.

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.

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