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Apr

Beth Abel

Beth took orders from no one. Except God. Her physical work here is done and her journey as an angel watching over us has begun.

Beth Abel, 35, of Marquette,  died on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Beth was born on Sept. 20, 1983, to Roger and Janette (Brown) Carlson in Prairie du Chien, Wis. She graduated from MFL MarMac in Monona in 2002.

Beth received her AAS in accounting from NICC Calmar in 2004 and, in September of 2005, Beth began her career at Peoples State Bank where she held many positions, including her last as a bookkeeper in the operations department at the main office. It wasn’t long before her co-workers knew Beth was family.

Tue
02
Apr

A grandmother remembered


Monica Tiffany (right), pictured with her mom, Sandy Weller, is working to infuse more homemade items into McGregor Mercantile, the store she owns with husband Paul. Her grandmother, whose kitchen hutch they’re standing in front of, is the inspiration for this goal. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Monica is pictured with her late grandma, Elizabeth Moore, whom she described as a natural crafter.

Many items at McGregor Mercantile, including Sandy’s crocheted wash cloths, have been labeled with a tag bearing the letters “MM,” for “Mercantile Made.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

As you peruse the items available at McGregor Mercantile, you’ll find an increasing number have been labeled with a tag bearing the letters “MM,” for “Mercantile Made.”

“Our focus this year is on handmade items,” said Monica Tiffany, who opened the downtown McGregor store with husband Paul in 2016. “We want as little ‘made in China’ as possible and more ‘made in McGregor, Iowa.’ That makes it more special to me.”

The inspiration for this goal is Monica’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Moore. 

Tue
02
Apr

Wetlands Centre hosts screenings of ‘Decoding the Driftless’


George Howe, producer of “Decoding the Driftless,” spoke with audience members who attended screenings of the award-winning film at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette, on March 30. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in Marquette, hosted two packed screenings of the new award-winning film “Decoding the Driftless” on March 30, as part of a spring fundraiser to support programs at the site.

A follow-up to the documentary “Mysteries of the Driftless,” “Decoding the Driftless” captures unique footage of the Driftless Region and weaves it into a compelling story. It was recently honored for “Best Picture” and “Best Cinematography” at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Tue
02
Apr

Richards shares childcare knowledge with providers around the country


Rosie Richards (pictured front, center) is the lead preschool teacher at Dr. Smith Childcare Center, and also teaches online courses for early educators through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Her students, some of whom are pictured here, are Spanish-speaking childcare providers, living from New York to California, and Richards can work with them all from the comfort of her home in Marquette. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

By day, Rosaura “Rosie” Richards is the lead preschool teacher at Dr. Smith Childcare Center, in McGregor, helping local children grow and learn. 

By night, she shares that knowledge with others, teaching online courses for early educators through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Her students are Spanish-speaking childcare providers, living from New York to California, and Richards can work with them all from the comfort of her home in Marquette.

“It’s been fun,” she shared, “and I’m still doing my job through the day, which I love.”

Wed
27
Mar

Arlene Crider

Arlene Crider, 87, of Eldorado, died Friday, March 22, 2019 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette. 

She was born July 9, 1931 to Lewis and Amanda (Stray) Ruroden at home on the farm in Fayette County. Arlene was baptized and confirmed at East Clermont Church in Clermont. She attended country school at Marion Township #3 Groth and graduated from Elgin High in 1950. Arlene was united in marriage with James Crider on Jan. 5, 1951, in Caledonia, Minn. Two children were born to this union. Arlene worked as a bookkeeper at Big Gain Feed for 25 years, Schwans, Landis Fertilizer and Carpenter and Craft, all in West Union. She also babysat in many homes for years and they called her “Grandma” and “Ene.”

Tue
26
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She helps community members connect with God


Pastor Deb Parkison

Pastor Erika Kielstrup

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times is again publishing a series of article 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

“It is a call.”

Pastor Erika Kielstrup was a kid when she first heard God beckoning her to ministry. At 14, the Wisconsin native read scripture at one of her cousin’s weddings, and throughout high school, she became heavily involved in her home church, doing everything from reading to singing in the choir. She also enjoyed attending synod activities. Something held her back, though.

Tue
26
Mar

Record six students earn all-state nominations in individual speech


MFL MarMac students Emma Ammons (left), Max Koeller, Hannah Rose, Lizzie Herzmann, Haylee Guyer and Keagan Smerud (not pictured) received all-state nominations in individual speech. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Six MFL MarMac high school students have received all-state nominations for individual speech this year—a record for the district.

“It’s a huge honor,” said teacher and coach Angie Killian. “There’s just a small percentage—8 percent—when you start off at districts that make it to All-State statewide.” 

After earning straight ones at the state contest, seniors Emma Ammons, Lizzie Herzmann (in two categories) and Hannah Rose, along with juniors Max Koeller and Keagan Smerud and freshman Haylee Guyer, all picked up nominations. 

Tue
26
Mar

MFL MarMac PPEL vote is April 2

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

On Tuesday, April 2, voters in the MFL MarMac School District will be asked if they would like to continue the district’s physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL). Polls for this special election will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the Monona Community Center and Marquette Community Center. 

Superintendent Dale Crozier said the levy is simply a continuation of an existing revenue source the district has had for the past 16 years. 

“We’re not adding anything,” he stressed. 

Tue
26
Mar

Proposed underground transmission line would cut through Clayton County

Direct Connect Development Company (DC DevCo) has announced plans to construct the SOO Green Renewable Rail project (SOO Green), a proposed 349-mile, 2,100 mega-watt, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that will run underground along an existing railroad. 

The majority of the project’s route will be located along rail owned by Canadian Pacific, and a portion of it will cut through northern Clayton County. Once completed, SOO Green will run from Mason City to the Chicago area. 

Tue
19
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She breaks wrestling stereotypes


MFL MarMac wrestlers Morgan Jacobson, Emily Hendrickson-Troester, Hannah Bogdonovich, Isabella Bogdonovich, Breklyn Schutte, Lauren Kishman, Kadence Pape and Mackenzie Bachman

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.


“When you go somewhere and say you’re a wrestler, people don’t expect it.”

But as girls like Emily Hendrickson-Troester—and many others across the country—are proving, wrestling isn’t a sport reserved solely for boys anymore.

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