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Fri
07
Feb

Marlys Pfeiffer

Marlys Kathleen Pfeiffer, 91, of McGregor, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, with her family at her side. Marlys was born on May 8, 1928, in Dubuque. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque in May of 1946.

Marlys was united in marriage to the love of her life, Donald W. Pfeiffer, on June 25, 1946, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque. To this union seven children were born. In her spare time, Marlys enjoyed sewing, golfing, traveling and spending lots of time with her family and friends. 

Marlys is survived by her five children, Rick (Laura) Pfeiffer of Columbia, Mo.; Kirk (Barb) Pfeiffer of Sterling, Ill.; Kymm (Lee) Hinkel of Waukon; Kent (Penny) Pfeiffer of Marquette; and Kris (Scott) Dickey of Parker, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. 

Tue
04
Feb

'Look at how she walked through the fire'


MFL MarMac junior Lexy Johnson was the featured speaker at the school’s annual cancer awareness assembly on Jan. 31. She, along with parents Ryan and Becky, spoke about her benign brain tumor diagnosis and recovery. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Many MFL MarMac students showed their support for Lexy by wearing special brain tumor awareness shirts. Lexy is pictured front, center, with parents Becky and Ryan.

Keagan Smerud, a member of the MFL MarMac High School Student Council, which organizes the cancer awareness assembly each year, kicked off the event. “Contributing your support is greatly appreciated, and does not go unnoticed,” by those battling cancer, he said. “But your support doesn’t always have to come in the form of money. It can be spread through the giving of your resources and your time, such as lending an ear to listen or a hand to help.”

Over the past week, third graders held a fundraiser for MFL MarMac Friends Helping Friends. As of Friday morning’s assembly, they announced that nearly $3,400 had been raised.

Following the assembly, high school students like Ashley Weaver each tied a ribbon on their lockers. The ribbon color signified the type of cancer the student wanted to raise awareness for. Some students attached names to the ribbons, honoring friends or family member who have battled cancer.

Members of the MFL MarMac choir shared a touching performance during the Jan. 31 assembly.

At event, Johnson reflects on brain tumor diagnosis, recovery

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Lexy Johnson’s favorite quote is “Positive thinking, positive outcome.” That sentiment was put to the ultimate test over the summer, when the MFL MarMac junior was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.

“I was reminded that you should be thankful for all your blessings because life changes instantly,” said Lexy, who with parents Ryan and Becky, shared her story with fellow students and staff at the school’s annual cancer awareness assembly on Jan. 31.

Tue
04
Feb

Cooking classes grow confidence in the kitchen


By the Spoonful owner Katie Ruff (back) provides instruction at one of her cooking classes. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Finding the wonder in winter: Part 5

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

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“Growing up, I was lucky to have a grandma and mom who did a lot of home cooking,” said Katie Ruff. But as she ventured off to college, and into a career field centered around food, she found many people didn’t share the experience.

That’s why, when Ruff opened her downtown McGregor store, By the Spoonful, offering cooking classes was one of her ultimate goals.

Tue
04
Feb

Locals play role in Iowa Caucuses


Volunteer Jim Klosterboer counts caucus-goers at the Mendon Democratic precinct at the Marquette Community Center Monday night, determining the viability of groups. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After months of anticipation, Democratic and Republican voters gathered at each of the state’s 1,681 precincts Monday night to participate in the Iowa Caucuses, an event that, since 1972, has been the first primary season test for presidential candidates seeking their party’s nomination.

“It’s neat to be the first one,” said Democrat Tammy Hamann, who caucused for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the Mendon precinct at the Marquette Community Center. “It’s a big thing.”

Thu
30
Jan

Moejo Kautman

Moejo Kautman, 73, of McGregor, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Moejo was born March 8, 1946, to Henry J. and Helen M. (Cowell) Kautman, Sr. in Dubuque. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1965. Moejo joined and proudly served in the United States Army as a military policeman (MP).

Moejo was a self-employed painter. He is survived by his three children, Kevin (Rose) Dull of Marquette, Jeff Dull of Humbird, Wis., and Christina (John) Holtkamp of Mt. Rose; three grandchildren, Ryder, Jackson and Kyler; siblings, Thomas Kautman of McGregor, Kathryn Kautman of New Hope, Minn., Henry “Pete” Kautman of McGregor, and Kris Kautman of Mason City; and several nieces and nephews.

Tue
28
Jan

Art workshops bring out creativity


Scott Boylen recently took advantage of a clay workshop at McGregor’s Left Bank Shop and Gallery. Additional classes will be offered nearly every Saturday from now until early March. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Finding the wonder in winter: Part 4

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

Unleash creativity you may not have exercised since childhood at one of the winter art workshops offered by the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA). The classes will be held at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, in McGregor, nearly every Saturday from now until early March.

Tue
28
Jan

New, old friends bond over good food at Progressive Dinner

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Enjoy an evening of hospitality, good food and fun at the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce’s annual Progressive Dinner. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and include five stops in Marquette and McGregor. 

“Each stop has a different course,” prepared by a local business or home owner, explained Anne Kruse, who’s attended the Progressive Dinner for the past five years.

Despite the name, she joked, “it has nothing to do with politics.”

Tue
28
Jan

Mar-Mac Police Department shares 2019 annual report

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin recently presented the law enforcement district’s 2019 annual report to both the Marquette and McGregor city councils, sharing the “behind the scenes” of the department, its personnel, daily activities, comparisons to previous years and more.

The latest U.S. Census records place McGregor’s and Marquette’s combined population at 1,295 people. However, said Millin, due to the police district’s geographic location, in close proximity to Prairie du Chien, local employers, tourist attractions and a state and federal highway, that population swells each day.

Tue
28
Jan

Corps of Engineers monitors high water on Upper Mississippi River


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River. According to the National Weather Service at La Crosse, as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Mississippi was at 13.5 feet at the McGregor gauge. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Flows at levels normally observed in late spring

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa as a result of historic flows this winter.

The Corps urges the public to remain vigilant for river flooding. Cities from Winona, Minn., to Guttenberg have an increased chance of localized flooding due to ice dams. 

According to the National Weather Service at La Crosse, as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Mississippi was at 13.5 feet at McGregor. The current river flows are at levels normally observed in late spring. 

Tue
28
Jan

Plan proposed to pave original sections of Monona’s Butterfly Trail

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A plan has been proposed to pave the two original sections of Monona’s Butterfly Trail. 

People like the ease of traveling on the newer paved portion that stretches from the Butterfly Garden to Gateway Park, volunteer Jim Langhus told the city council at its Jan. 20 meeting, so the Butterfly Garden and Trail Committee hopes to improve accessibility on the older stretch.

Langhus said the first portion of the Butterfly Trail was put in 20 years ago and the second part 10 years ago. They’re a combined 5,100 feet in length—nearly one mile. 

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