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18
Mar

Coronavirus Community Updates from the North Iowa Times

At the North Iowa Times, we take our duty to keep the public informed seriously, and have created a comprehensive list of local coronavirus-related closures and resources—a one-stop shop for the information you need. This document will change as we receive additional updates. If you have information you would like to share, please contact the North Iowa Times at (563) 873-2210, niteditor@mhtc.net or on Facebook messenger.

Fri
27
Mar

June Mariel Kuefler

June Mariel (Goergen) Kuefler died of Alzheimer’s on March 23, 2020, in Bedford, Texas. Her daughter, Julie Dougherty, was at her side as she passed peacefully to her eternal reward. June was born May 27, 1926, in McGregor, daughter of William Goergen and Margery (Claudy) Goergen. She graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1947, with a B.S. in physical education and a minor in music. Athletics and music would be among her lifelong loves.

In college she met her future husband, Raymond Bernard Kuefler (Ray). They were married Aug. 1, 1949, and had four children, John, Jane, Julie (Dougherty) and Joseph. June was preceded in death by Ray (d. 2000) and daughter Jane (d. 1976), and is survived by John (Lawrence, Kan.), Julie (Irving, Texas) and Joseph (Stow, Mass.), 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Fri
27
Mar

March 29 marks Marquette's 100th anniversary


This postcard image, courtesy of the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center, shows the Milwaukee Railroad Pontoon bridge allowing a barge to go through heading south. North McGregor was incorporated in May 1874, just a month after the pontoon bridge opened. Nearly 50 years later, the town changed its name to Marquette.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Marquette will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday, March 29. The date marks an historic 1920 vote when residents cast ballots on the question of changing the name of the town from North McGregor to Marquette, in honor of the priest/explorer Father Jacques Marquette who discovered the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers with Louis Joliet in 1693.

Of roughly 850 residents at the time, 98 voted “yes” and 34 opposed it.

Tue
24
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She has done it all


Joanne Strutt

Jo Strutt was a church choir director for 60 years. She still sings every day.

In a lifetime of learning and experiences, Jo said the family she and Don raised is what she’s most proud of. The couple is pictured with children Charles, David, Dawson, Craig and Darci.

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times is again publishing a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Many women strive to “do it all,” balancing raising kids with working, volunteering and enjoying hobbies. For one of McGregor’s beloved icons, Joanne Strutt, she’s actually done it.

Tue
24
Mar

Seven-month-long bridge project underway


Work on the Marquette-Joliet Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien began on March 23. The $6.2 million project is expected to be completed in late October. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Work on the Marquette-Joliet Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien began on March 23. The $6.2 million project is expected to be completed in late October.

According to a project proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), work will include deck and parapet (bridge wall) repairs, new pavement and guardrail replacement. 

Tue
24
Mar

MFL MarMac will roll out ‘educational opportunities’ for students this week


Last week, MFL MarMac began offering free grab and go breakfast and lunch for children 18 and younger at all communities in the district, assuring students remain fed while school is closed. Here, staff members Jackie McGeough (left) and Nancy Moses hand out meals in Marquette’s bench neighborhood. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac and other school districts across Iowa will not have to make up the instructional hours they have—and will—miss while closed until April 13 due to COVID-19.

Whether that closure is extended is yet to be known, said superintendent Dale Crozier, “but that’s the time frame we’re looking at now.”

Over the past week, Crozier said he’s met regularly with the state’s department of education, Keystone Area Education Agency and other local superintendents to navigate the district through these uncharted waters.

“We have to be able to move right and left and adapt constantly,” he noted. “I haven’t had a chance to stop, or to think about stopping.”

Tue
24
Mar

Food Shelf remains open, with precautions in place

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Many local entities have closed or limited their hours over the past week due to the spread of COVID-19, but the Clayton County Food Shelf isn’t one of them. The social service remains open its regular hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

But director Utoni Ruff is taking social distancing precautions to protect both herself and the food shelf’s patrons.

Tue
24
Mar

Cities make adjustments in response to COVID-19

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette and McGregor city offices remain closed to the public until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Personnel will continue to be on site, performing regular duties, though. If a McGregor resident has business that requires contact, they are welcome to call (563) 873-3795 or email citymcgr@mchsi.com, and business will still be handled in a proficient manner.

Tue
24
Mar

Mar-Mac Police taking protective measures

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mar-Mac Police Department has implemented temporary procedures—and officers are doing everything they can—to keep the public, their fellow officers and themselves healthy and safe.

Last week, Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin announced that, in non-emergency incidents, officers will be handling reports by phone. If residents call for assistance, please be aware you may be contacted by an officer to determine if the situation can be handled by phone.

Mon
23
Mar

Jean Lenore Wiedenmann

Jean Lenore Wiedenmann, 88, of Monona, died Monday, March 16, 2020, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Jean was born Nov. 1, 1931, on the family farm near Waterville, to Ben and Hulda Kolsrud. She was baptized and confirmed at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in Waterville. Jean was a member of Faith Lutheran N.A.L.C. Church in Monona.

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