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Fri
14
Sep

Darlene Ann Westemeier

Darlene Ann Westemeier (Hallberg), 76, of Blue Eye, Mo., formally of Platteville/Cuba City, Wis., passed away on Sept. 3,  after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 6, 1941 in McGregor, to Otto and Merriel Hallberg (Johnson).

She leaves three children, Dave Westemeier, Janet (Mick) Pinkham and Bob (Erika)Westemeier, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Darlene is survived by her brothers Don (Cherie) Hallberg and Dean Hallberg and sister Elaine Phelps.

Tue
11
Sep

Collaborative program monitors bats at Effigy Mounds


University of Dubuque professor Gerald Zuercher shows people the bat calls he’s picked up during a recent presentation at Effigy Mounds National Monument. Acoustic monitoring is one of the ways Effigy Mounds staff, along with Zuercher and his students, have monitored the bat species in the park. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Effigy Mounds bio tech Tyler Self has helped with the collaborative bat monitoring effort which, since 2014, has detected seven different bat species in the park, some of which are now being decimated by white-nose syndrome.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A four-year monitoring effort between Effigy Mounds National Monument and the University of Dubuque has helped Effigy Mounds learn more about the park’s bats, some of which are being decimated by the spread of white-nose syndrome. 

When the collaborative program began in 2014, Effigy Mounds had never extensively studied the kinds of bat species in the park, said Tyler Self, an Effigy Mounds bio tech who spoke at a recent public event on bat monitoring. 

Tue
11
Sep

McGregor outlines goals for infrastructure, economic development, more


Representatives from the city of McGregor outlined goals in the areas of infrastructure, housing, economic development, culture and recreation, and services at a special meeting. One infrastructure priority includes restoring the historic brick street around Triangle Park. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Council gathered with new mayor Lyle Troester at a Sept. 5 special meeting to outline the city’s goals in the areas of infrastructure, housing, economic development, culture and recreation, and services.

“I’d like to talk about where we want to go, our priorities,” Troester said. “Let’s list some things we want to get on the radar to improve, fix or do away with.”

Infrastructure was one of the areas the group discussed most. Some goals city administrator Lynette Sander listed included storm sewer repairs and updates at the sewer plant.

Tue
11
Sep

McGregor and Monona Cub Scout packs combine

Girls can join for the first time

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Sept. 6 was “Join Night” for local Cub Scouts, and nearly 40 MFL MarMac students in kindergarten through fifth grade showed interest in joining the program.

“This is the biggest turnout we’ve had in years,” noted Larry Geisler, chair for Monona’s Pack 38.

Participation was boosted by transfers from Marquette-McGregor Pack 32, which, this year, will combine with Monona.

Tue
11
Sep

Railroad Days will celebrate railroad history


Visitors can learn about Marquette’s extensive railroad history at the annual Railroad Days, held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center. (NIT file photo)

Celebrate and learn about Marquette’s railroad history at the annual Railroad Days, held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center.

Little barrel rides for the kids, as well as caricature drawings by local artist John Mundt, will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. Both activities will run through 2 p.m.

At 11 a.m., members of the Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s street theater group will perform. See who will rob the train this year.

From 1 to 2 p.m., attendees can enjoy stories and remembrances by former railroad employees. At 2 p.m., a steam locomotive movie will be shown.

Mon
10
Sep

Harlan F. Hass

Harlan F. Hass, 93, of rural McGregor, died Saturday, Sept. 8,  at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Harlan was born Oct. 29, 1924, on the family farm near McGregor. He was the son of Fred and Pearl (Thompson) Hass. He was baptized at the EUB church in Monona. Harlan graduated with the class of 1941 in Monona. In August of 1945, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served until September of 1946. On Oct. 25, 1947, he was united in marriage to Dolores Jean Peters in Monona. 

Mon
10
Sep

Arlyn Arthur Schroeder

Arlyn Arthur Schroeder, 69, of Monona, died Monday, Sept. 3, in the home he grew up in, built by his parents in 1959, following a two-year-long battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born May 25, 1949, to Loren and Arleen (Maker) Schroeder in Oelwein. Arlyn was baptized on July 10, 1949, and confirmed June 14, 1964, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona. He graduated from MFL High School in 1968. Arlyn proudly served in the United States Army from April 3, 1969 to April 2, 1971, during the Vietnam War.

Tue
04
Sep

New staff join MFL MarMac


New staff joining the MFL MarMac School District this year are (front, left to right) Kathy Ruhser, Pat Wille, Samantha Baumgartner; (back) Nikki Brevig, Carissa Otto, Brett Jackson, Melisa Jones, Brandon Burke and Cheryl Drowns. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Aug. 23 didn’t just mark the first day of school at MFL MarMac for some students. For nine staff members, it was also their first official day of classes with the district. Joining the staff this year are Carissa Otto, Kathy Ruhser, Brett Jackson, Brandon Burke, Cheryl Drowns, Melisa Jones, Pat Wille, Samantha Baumgartner and Nikki Brevig.

Carissa Otto

Tue
04
Sep

Effigy Mounds seeks volunteers


Effigy Mounds National Monument is looking for volunteers to help man its visitor center. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Effigy Mounds National Monument is looking for volunteers to help man its visitor center. 

“It’s a fun job,” said Jessica Pope, chief of interpretation at Effigy Mounds. “Volunteers will greet visitors when they arrive and help them plan activities while they’re here.” 

Other duties will include helping with the cash register and creating floor displays. Volunteers can also help kids learn more about the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program, and present them with their patch and certificate when they’ve completed the necessary activities. 

Tue
04
Sep

Birdnow honors long-time employee


Birdnow Chevrolet, in Monona, recently unveiled a bench honoring long-time employee Bob Melcher, who passed away earlier this year. Pictured with the bench (front, left to right) are Bob’s wife Joyce Melcher; daughter Carla Pester; (back) grandson Cayden Pester, Justin, June and Mark Birdnow; and Bob’s grandson Carsten Pester. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

This plaque is affixed to the bench honoring Bob Melcher.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Respectful, a perfectionist—a legend. Those were just a few of the words used to describe long-time Birdnow Chevrolet employee Bob Melcher, whose service was recently honored with the unveiling of a bench at the Monona dealership.

Bob, who passed away earlier year, was a fixture in the Monona automotive community for 57 years, first at Huinker Chevrolet and later at Birdnow. Even after retiring from full-time duties as a service tech in 2011, he continued part-time at Birdnow, picking up parts and delivering vehicles. 

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