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Dinner theater will share tragic story of 1896 Flood of North McGregor


This photo, taken from the bench, reveals the devastation in North McGregor (now Marquette) following the 1896 flood. A dinner theater performance at the Marquette Community Center on Friday, March 27, will share the tragic history of the flood, which killed 28 people.

The 1896 flood was one of the area’s most devastating natural disasters. Five inches of rain fell in one hour in late May, sending a 20-foot-high wall of water down the Bloody Run valley from Beulah (which was destroyed) into North McGregor, washing away bridges, railroad tracks and homes.

March 27 event is part of Marquette 100th anniversary celebration

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A March 27 dinner theater performance at the Marquette Community Center will share the tragic history of the 1896 Flood of North McGregor. A cast of eight members—decked out in period costume—will tell the story, while the audience enjoys a prime rib meal with all the fixings provided by the Marquette Cafe.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., kicks off a two-day celebration recognizing the city of Marquette’s 100th anniversary (name change from North McGregor to Marquette).

Tue
10
Mar

Fundraising underway to pave original portions of Butterfly Trail

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Monona City Council would like to see more fundraising underway before contributing to efforts to pave the two original sections of Monona’s Butterfly Trail.

Council members made the decision March 2, after considering a request from Butterfly Garden and Trail Committee volunteer Jim Langhus to purchase a piece of equipment called a TRAILrider, which could be pulled behind a truck or other vehicle to pave the trail.

Langhus hoped the city would be willing to foot the $16,000 cost for the TRAILrider, leaving it up to the committee to seek donations to pave the 5,100-foot stretch with concrete. 

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09
Mar

Reva Ellen Radloff

Reva Ellen Radloff, 91, died Monday, March 2, 2020, at St. Mary Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Reva was born Oct. 27, 1928, to Ross and Hazel (Blackwell) Dull in McGregor. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith. Reva graduated from McGregor High School.

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09
Mar

Dr. Donald Frost Strutt

Dr. Donald Frost Strutt, 88, passed away in his home with his family by his side.  He was born in Dodgeville, Wis., on Aug. 16,1931. The family home was in Ridgeway until after his father’s death, when Donald was 10 years old. They then moved to Dodgeville, where he felt a responsibility to his mother, younger sister and brother and went to work early in life. He graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1949.  Don married the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, Joanne Lucille Reese, on March 19, 1951. They worked and loved their way to his life’s finish line during their 69 years of marriage.

Fri
06
Mar

Penny Pfeiffer

Penny Sue Pfeiffer, 57, of Marquette, died Monday, March 2, 2020, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Penny was born Feb. 4, 1963, to Raymond and Delva (Clausman) Huntbach in Waterloo. She graduated from Central High School in Waterloo and attended one year of college at North Western Missouri State in Maryville, Mo.

Penny was united in marriage with Kent Pfeiffer on April 28, 1990, at St. Mary Catholic Church in McGregor. Two sons were born to this union. Penny was a sergeant at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Facility since 2001. Previously she was the owner and operator of Black Hawk Dry Cleaners for nine years. She loved going to the Tropics with her husband, Kent, and spending time on the Mississippi River, boating and water skiing. Penny’s greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Thu
05
Mar

Henry "Pete" Kautman

Dr. Henry Joseph “Pete” Kautman, Jr., 72, of McGregor, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Henry Joseph was born Feb. 27, 1947, to Henry J. and Helen M. (Cowell) in McGregor. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School and attended eight years of college at Iowa State University, graduating in 1972 to become a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Pete worked as an inspector for the USDA for many years. He loved traveling and the Mississippi River, which he lived by. Pete enjoyed investments and spending time with Mary and his dog, Dusty, and cat, Sergeant Henry.

Pete is survived by his loving companion, Mary Greener of McGregor; three siblings, Thomas Kautman of McGregor, Kathryn Kautman of New Hope, Minn., and Kris Kautman of Mason City; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Tue
03
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She gives her time to McGregor

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will again publish 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

“McGregor’s always been home.”

Even as a kid, growing up outside the community, Janet Hallberg said she’d sometimes purposely miss the bus to her house, just so she could walk around town with her friends after school.  When her family moved into McGregor her freshman year of high school, Janet loved it.

Tue
03
Mar

Liver transplant provides second chance at life


McGregor native Austin Bernhard received a second chance at life last month, thanks to a liver transplant.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“I feel like the most blessed person on earth,” said Austin Bernhard, joy evident in his voice as he chatted via phone from Iowa City last week.

He has reason to celebrate: In February, the 21-year-old McGregor native received a second chance at life thanks to a liver transplant.

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Bernhard first noticed something was wrong nearly five years ago, while still in high school at MFL MarMac. 

“I was hanging out with friends, and they pointed out that my skin looked yellow,” he recalled.

Tue
03
Mar

Preliminary report for proposed 2021 McGregor Main Street sewer project presented

Work would include utility upgrades and full street restoration

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor City Council and McGregor Municipal Utilities Board, at a joint meeting Feb. 26, approved a preliminary engineering report for the city’s proposed 2021 Main Street sewer project. The work, which could stretch from roughly St. Mary’s Catholic Church all the way to the riverfront, would encompass water and sanitary and storm sewer utility upgrades, as well as a complete street restoration, including new curb and gutter and sidewalks.

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03
Mar

Marquette native offering Acting 101 classes


Marquette native Avalon Dziak, whose acting career has taken her from South Dakota to Vermont to Chicago, will teach a series of “Acting 101” classes at the McGregor Public Library this month.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Whether you’ve always had an interest in acting but don’t know where to start, or simply hope to enhance your skills after a few local performances, a series of “Acting 101” classes offered this month in McGregor could be just the opportunity you’re looking for.

“There’s no age or experience limit. I just want to see who’s out there and who wants to learn,” said Avalon Dziak, who will lead Acting 101 at the McGregor Public Library on March 8, 15 and 22. Each Sunday class will begin at 2 p.m.

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