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21
Jun

Steve Beaumont

Steve Beaumont, 81, formerly of Garber and Iowa City, died Friday, June 16, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home, where he had been a resident since 2019.

 

Tue
14
Jun

On the road again: Cowell semis return to local parades


Mechanic Danny Torkelson, of Farmersburg, worked throughout May to get Jim Cowell’s famous scale-model semis and jeep running again. The vehicles have been at Froelich since 2009. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Cowell, pictured in 1978 with the grain truck that served as inspiration, created his vehicles between 1971 and 1981. They were a staple in local parades for decades, running until around 2006 when Cowell's health declined. (Photo provided)

Monona Hay Days parade-goers witnessed the return of Cowell’s collection on Saturday—the first time the miniatures have been on the road in over 15 years. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Danny Torkelson’s kids, Veda and Wyatt, are driving the quarter-scale semi and jeep—living out their dad’s childhood dream. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

According to Torkelson, the hardest vehicle to get running was the jeep. “I thought that was going to be the easy one because it had most recently been restored. But I don’t know if he had touched much of the mechanical stuff,” he shared. “The easiest was the quarter scale. I simply got fuel to go through it, hooked a battery to it, and it took off.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The job required some late nights into early mornings, especially to get the two smaller vehicles ready for a Memorial Day weekend test run at Froelich. “It’s totally worth it to me, just the fact they are going to get back out there,” Torkelson said. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
14
Jun

Primary election yields few surprises, fewer contested races


Doug Reimer (left) and Steve Doeppke came out on top in the Republican primary for the Clayton County Board of Supervisors. It was the most contested race for local voters.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
14
Jun

Find popcorn, bath products and more at Joliette’s Trading Company


Joliette's Trading Company recently celebrated its grand opening in McGregor. Owners Mark and Andrea Oppermann, pictured with son Logan and employee Jessica Deckert, were joined for the occasion by McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jessica Goltz and Board President Katie Ruff and McGregor Mayor Lyle Troester. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
14
Jun

Wild is new curator at McGregor Historical Museum


Brandon Wild is the new McGregor Historical Museum curator. He encourages others to check out the unique collection. “If you haven’t been in here, you’ll be surprised at the scope and interesting variety that’s brought together in this one little place,” he said. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
14
Jun

Local adherents explain Constitutional Sheriff movement

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
14
Jun

Take advantage of summer programs at the McGregor Public Library


Summer reading programs at the McGregor Public Library are centered around the theme “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” and “Camp iRead.” On June 13, children’s librarian Luana Stiemke helped attendees create camp nametags and led them through the interactive story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” shown here. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Monday’s campfire cooking program also focused on a camping staple: s’mores. Stiemke read a book about marshmallows, then attendees got to create “walking s’mores,” baggies filled with marshmallows, chocolate chips and graham cracker cereal.

Kids were even challenged to use marshmallows and pretzel sticks to create shapes and towers.

The McGregor Public Library’s summer reading program, under the theme  “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” is underway. Families are invited to join special Monday and Wednesday programs. 

 

Tue
14
Jun

Magician performs tricks, provides laughs at Elkader library show


Magician Mikayla Oz performs one of her vanishing and reappearing flower tricks at the Elkader Public Library show on June 7. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
14
Jun

Warrior softball picks up first wins


Chelsia Larson drops down a bunt in Central’s doubleheader sweep of Clayton Ridge. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Warrior outfielder Reese Berns makes a catch in the June 10 game versus Springville.

Fern Diersen connects with a pitch against the Orioles. The Warriors lost the game 14-2.

Warrior third baseman Kaitlyn Wiley throw to first in the team's loss versus the Orioles.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
14
Jun

Unearned runs hurt MFL MarMac softball team in busy week


Bulldog Savannah Schaller snags a pick-off throw to first base in the game one loss to visiting Midland. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Katelyn Gerndt books it home in game one of MFL MarMac’s June 6 doubleheader against Turkey Valley. The Trojans won both games.

Lauren Haberichter delivers a pitch home in MFL MarMac's doubleheader versus Midland.

Morgan Jacobson throws a ball to the infield in game one of last week's doubleheader versus Midland.

Autumn Shaw attempts to out-run a throw to first base.

Devon Meyer got some time on the mound in MFL MarMac's June 10 doubleheader against Midland.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

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