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Fri
24
Jan

Warren Wetherill

Warren Eugene Wetherill, 94, of McGregor, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at his home.  

Fri
24
Jan

Shirley Ellis

Shirley E. Ellis, age 78, of Patch Grove, Wis., passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on April 12, 1941, the daughter of Roy and Edna (Jarms) Haberichter. Shirley, her father and her grandmother were all born in the same farmhouse located southeast of Monona. Shirley spent her early childhood in Clayton County, moved to the Patch Grove area in 1952 and graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1958. She married Jerry Ellis on Oct. 24, 1959, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley, Wis. Shirley and Jerry raised their family in the home that he built in 1960. Shirley was Patch Grove Village Clerk for 18 years and secretary/treasurer for the Patch Grove Fire Department for 31 years. Shirley enjoyed time spent with her family, reading, sewing, gardening and dancing with Jerry.  

Tue
21
Jan

Iowa Caucuses less than two weeks away

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After months of anticipation, the Iowa Caucuses are now less than two weeks away. Both Democratic and Republican voters from across the state will venture to their respective local precincts on Monday, Feb. 3, to participate in an event that, since 1972, has been the first primary season test for presidential candidates seeking their party’s nomination.

“It’s a time to gather and show your support for a candidate,” said Brian Bruening, chair of the Clayton County Democrats.

Tue
21
Jan

Fitness classes help seniors stay active


Garden View Place, in Monona, offers free Live 2 B Healthy senior fitness classes three times per week. Both Garden View residents and other community members are welcome to join. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Live 2 B Healthy attendees like Esther Werges utilize bands, balls and other methods to stretch, lift and bend their way to better health. The goal is to improve balance, flexibility and strength.

Finding the wonder in winter: Part 3

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 continue to feature some of the fun, healthy and educational activities area residents can enjoy during the colder months.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When people make their New Year’s resolutions, being more physically active is often at the top of the list. Garden View Place in Monona wants to help local seniors reach that goal through weekly Live 2 B Healthy fitness classes.

Tue
21
Jan

Have a Heart Day brightens smiles for 30 years


Family Dentistry Associates of Monona will hold its annual Have a Heart Day on Saturday, Feb. 8, giving local kids ages 4 to 18 who haven’t recently seen a dentist an opportunity to receive free dental care. “We saw a need,” said Dr. Mark Fohey of how the event started 30 years ago. “It was something we could provide to the area to give back.” (Submitted photo)

On Have a Heart Day, Jessica Wilke and her fellow doctors each see 15 to 20 patients. Procedures include exams and cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions and sealants. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Family Dentistry Associates of Monona will hold its annual Have a Heart Day on Saturday, Feb. 8, giving local kids ages 4 to 18 who haven’t recently seen a dentist an opportunity to receive free dental care. 

The event, inspired by an idea Family Chiropractic Associates brought to Waukon, dates back to 1990. Both Family Dentistry and its sister clinic, Waukon Dental, have offered the service for 30 years, while Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien has taken part since opening 25 years ago.

“We saw a need,” said Dr. Mark Fohey. “It was something we could provide to the area to give back.”

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. 

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