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Fri
17
Jan

Shirley Guyer

Shirley Jean Guyer, 79, of Luana, passed Jan. 14, 2020. She was born Sept. 29, 1940, to Henry Paul William Mueller and Viola Clarice (Thompson) Mueller. Shirley went to a one-room country school near St. Olaf for kindergarten through sixth grade. She attended seventh through 12th grades at the Luana High School and graduated in the class of 1959. 

Shirley married Harold LeRoy Guyer on Oct. 5, 1963. After marriage, she lived on a farm near West Union as a farm wife, then moved back to her home farm by Luana in 1971. She worked a summer at the Elgin Corn Factory, and also loved working at the McGregor Ceramic Shop for 17 years before retiring in 1995. 

Tue
14
Jan

School board sets March 3 special election for facilities project bond vote

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Voters in the MFL MarMac Community School District will head to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, to decide if $7.8 million in general obligation bonds should be issued to fund an extensive facilities improvement project.

The school board authorized the special election at its Jan. 13 regular meeting, after recognizing a petition submitted by 191 eligible electors.

“That was way more signatures than we needed to bring it to vote,” said MFL MarMac Superintendent Dale Crozier. Based on the last school election, just 144 would have sufficed.

Tue
14
Jan

Trivia night provides a use for ‘useless’ knowledge


Throughout the winter, community members gather at McGregor’s Backwoods Bar and Grill every Thursday, at 7 p.m., for trivia night. It’s a chance to “socialize and try something new for an hour and a half,” said Janet Hallberg (standing), who compiles and reads the questions each week.

Finding the wonder in winter: Part 2

Who said there’s nothing to do in northeast Iowa during the winter? Well, we’re not buying it. Over the coming weeks, the North Iowa Times will feature some of the fun, healthy and educational activities area residents can enjoy during the colder months.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A group gathered at one table collectively groans, individuals muttering “I should have known that” under their breaths. Another contingent celebrates, cheering and high fiving after an educated guess turns out to be correct. It’s a common scene at Backwoods Bar and Grill each Thursday night throughout the winter, as community members compete in the McGregor establishment’s trivia night.

Tue
14
Jan

Wetlands Centre officially goes solar


Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Director Alicia Mullarkey flips the switch on the site’s solar project, which is the second the city of Marquette has undertaken over the past year. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The Wetlands Centre’s solar arrays were installed by Eagle Point Solar in November. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre has flipped the switch on its $16,500 solar project, making the site the second in the city of Marquette to be powered with renewable energy.

The city council approved the project in September, spurred on by the success of the first system at well number four in the Timber Ridge Subdivision, which began operating around this time last year. The Wetlands Centre’s roof array was installed by Dubuque-based Eagle Point Solar in November. 

Mon
13
Jan

Jacquelyn Lamb

Jacquelyn June Lamb, 93, of Farmersburg, passed away in her home on Jan. 6, 2020.  

Jackie was born Jan. 10, 1926, to Fred and Olga (Becker) Ferguson.

She attended Pleasant Ridge School and graduated from McGregor High School in 1943. She went to Chicago to work, and met and married Kenneth Lamb in April of 1947. They lived in Chicago until 1950 when they moved back to the McGregor-Marquette area. In 1956, she began working at Effigy Mounds National Monument, retiring in 1986. Jackie was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She served as the president and sang in the choir. She was also a member of Pocket City American Legion Auxiliary for over 60 years. She loved to knit for everyone. She and Kenny especially enjoyed their retirement years camping in Texas. 

Fri
10
Jan

Judith Ann Rodenberg

Judith Ann Rodenberg, 80, of Marquette, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis. Judith Ann was born Nov. 13, 1939, to Alfred and Alice (Carlson) Siegele in McGregor. She graduated from McGregor High School.

Judith was united in marriage with Frank Rodenberg on June 1, 1957, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor. Five children were born to this union. Judy worked at McGregor Electronics for many years.

Tue
07
Jan

At Pikes Peak, recreational activities take on new look in winter


From photography and camping to snowshoeing and cross country skiing, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of activities at Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor. Park manager Matt Tschirgi even utilized the trails for skijoring with dog Yukon. (Photo by Jeremy Halverson)

The Pikes Peak campground stays surprisingly busy during the colder months. It’s not uncommon to find travel trailers, motor homes or tents occupying spaces. (Photo by Matt Tschirgi)

In the winter, park visitors can really see how Bridal Veil Falls got its name. (Photo by Matt Tschirgi)

Finding the wonder in winter: Part 1

Who said there’s nothing to do in northeast Iowa during the winter? Well, we’re not buying it. Over the coming weeks, the North Iowa Times will feature some of the fun, healthy and educational activities area residents can enjoy during the colder months.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Thousands of people stream into Pikes Peak State Park each year, drawn to the area’s natural beauty, trails and camping opportunities. Although the warmer months are often more popular seasons to visit, Pikes Peak (like Iowa’s other state parks) remains open throughout the winter. And it’s a perfect time to enjoy many of the same activities—just from a different perspective.

Tue
07
Jan

Train blocking a crossing? Officials say best bet is to call it in

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

In Marquette and McGregor, train stories are common: A blocked crossing by Casino Queen Marquette has made more than one individual late for work, while railcars on the tracks near McGregor’s Beer and Bratz Garden have trapped boaters and diners on the riverfront. Wait times vary from just a few minutes to a reported 20, 40, even 50. Drivers worry not only about the inconvenience, but the potential impact on emergency response services. 

The situation has actually improved over the past two years, said Marquette Mayor Steve Weipert.

Tue
07
Jan

New year brings change


The North Iowa Times unveiled its new masthead this week.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Did you do a double-take when you picked up this week’s North Iowa Times? For the first time in my 6.5-year tenure as editor—and even several years before that—the newspaper has a new masthead. We’ve also updated our fonts and added a sixth column in the interior of the paper, the latter a move to better mesh with our sister publications in the Morris Newspapers of Wisconsin group.

Tue
07
Jan

Local stories to watch for in 2020


After several years of fundraising, ground should be broken on McGregor’s Turner Park splash pad this spring. It’s one of the North Iowa Times’ top stories to watch for in the first half of 2020.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The news is anything but predictable, but as we leave 2019 behind and venture into a new year, the North Iowa Times has pinpointed five stories to watch for in the first half of 2020.

1) MFL MarMac bond referendum

In March, voters in the MFL MarMac School District are expected to consider a $7.8 million bond referendum measure for a facilities improvement project. The proposed project would include an elementary addition and new fieldhouse to the building in Monona, as well as repairs and improvements at the McGregor Center. 

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