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Tue
31
Oct

Scarff returns to doing what she loves


Three months after a tornado destroyed her business, INKspiration Tattoo owner Crystal Scarff is up and running at a new location, in downtown McGregor. Here, Scarff preps Brenda Mohs for a tattoo. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

INKspiration Tattoo now open

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Crystal Scarff plainly remembered her cell phone going off Wednesday evening, July 19. There was a tornado warning for the area.

At similar warnings, Scarff said she usually headed to the basement of the building at 330 Main St., in McGregor, that served as the home of her business, INKspiration Tattoo. However, that night was different.

“Tornadoes don’t come down here. Let’s chill,” she recalled telling her client and others gathered in the shop at the time.

Soon, the lights began to flicker.

Tue
31
Oct

City elections are Nov. 7

Both the cities of Marquette and McGregor will have contested races in the city elections held Tuesday, Nov. 7.

In Marquette, six people are running for city council, which has just three seats up for grabs. 

All three incumbents—Steve Eagle, John Ries and Cindy Sharp Halvorson—are seeking re-election. Also running are David Schneider, Rinda Ferguson and Ryan P. Young. 

Marquette’s mayoral race will be contested, as well, with incumbent Larry Breuer challenged by Stephen J. Weipert.

Polls will be open at the Marquette Community Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tue
31
Oct

Sharing memories of growing up in McGregor


Bob Eggen

Alice Staples

Arlys Denning

Jim Hendrickson

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Four McGregor residents shared their fond memories of growing up in the community at the McGregor Historical Museum’s fall event on Oct. 27.

Alice Staples, Arlys Denning, Jim Hendrickson and Bob Eggen reflected on “Growing Up McGregor Strong: 1940-1960,” to an audience of around 30 people.

Not surprisingly, school was one of the topics the speakers referenced the most.

Staples attended the Moody Ridge one-room country school. Water had to be carried from the neighbor’s well, and the building was heated by an old wood stove.

Tue
31
Oct

Grant will support concept design for McGregor community center

Just a few short months after a destructive storm, the community of McGregor is starting to rebuild.

Restore McGregor recently received a $10,000 grant from The Native Fund to support a concept design for a community center. The potential building would be located at the former site of the INKspiration Tattoo property, at 330 Main St., which was reduced to a pile of debris when an EF-1 tornado ripped through McGregor on July 19. The property was donated to the city of McGregor by former owners Fred Petrie and Melanie San Fillippo.  

Tue
31
Oct

Members of undefeated eighth grade football team honored


The MFL MarMac eighth grade football team, which went undefeated both this year and last year, was honored during halftime of the high school game against BCLUW Oct. 20. Members included Gabe McGeough, Cullen McShane, Kashton Mathis, Colin Henkels, Caleb Mezera, Jaxton Schroeder, Callum Johnson, Chauncy Drahn, Kaden Stocker, Andrew Heins, Jack Vorwald, Hunter Goltz, Aiden Grove and Dusty Berns. The coaches were Dan Anderson and Chet Bachman, while the manager was Jonah Wille. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Members of the MFL MarMac eighth grade football team, which went undefeated both this year and last year, were honored during halftime of the high school game against BCLUW Oct. 20. 

The team went 6-0 this year, capping off their undefeated season with 52-14 and 51-0 victories over Prairie du Chien and Oelwein, respectively.

The Bulldogs’ victories all came in dominating fashion, as the eighth grade team out-scored its opponents by a combined score of 259-32. The offense averaged over 43 points per game, in addition to over 350 rushing yards per contest. They did not punt once. Interestingly, the team also kicked three field goals in its final game against Oelwein, a feat that’s rare in the junior high game, noted coach Chet Bachman.

Fri
27
Oct

Lyle E. Johannsen

 

Lyle E. Johannsen, 87, of Monona, died Friday, Oct. 20, at Good Samaritan Society, Postville. 

 

He was born on Oct. 14, 1930, in Drammen Township near Lake Benton, Minn., to Julius and Emma Johannsen. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1948 and attended South Dakota State College. He then joined his father and brother in the farming operation. 

Fri
27
Oct

Bertha (Becky) Jones

Bertha (Becky) Jones, 90, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Great River Care Center, McGregor. 

Bertha Mae was born on Sept. 9, 1927, to James and Sylvia (Barnhart) Harry in Osterdock. She attended country school.

 

Bertha was united in marriage with Harley C. Jones in 1943. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary. What made her smile were friends, family, hugs and sharing Christ. She enjoyed music, dancing, outdoors, fishing, hunting and family getting together playing cards and jenga.

Tue
24
Oct

Candidate Profiles: Marquette Council

Marquette voters will have to decide between six candidates to fill three open seats on the Marquette City Council when they head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7. Included on the ballot are Steve Eagle, Cindy Sharp Halvorson and John Ries, who are all incumbents, as well as Rinda Ferguson, David Schneider and Ryan P. Young. The three highest vote-getters will serve four-year terms on the council. The candidates recently shared their thoughts on some of the issues that are important to Marquette.

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Steve Eagle

Due to a family illness, Steve Eagle was unable to answer the questions posed by the North Iowa Times

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Tue
24
Oct

Over $36,000 in Restore McGregor funds awarded

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A five-member committee met earlier this month to award a total of $36,376.50 from the Restore McGregor 2017 Tornado Fund.

The fund was started through the Clayton County Foundation for the Future immediately following the July 19 tornado, and, as of Oct. 12, had accumulated $52,921.34 in contributions.

“The money came from all over the nation, from New York to California,” noted McGregor Deputy Clerk Duane Boelman.

The committee considered 50 applications, eventually approving 42. 

Tue
24
Oct

Monona Historical Society has kept community’s history alive for 50 years


This photo was taken on May 29, 1971, at the opening of the Monona Historical Museum on South Egbert Street. In November, the Monona Historical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Monona Historical Society was organized in November 1967, after a group of community members felt the need to preserve the area’s history and artifacts for future generations. 

The group’s first elected officers included Miss Willa Helwig as president, Miss Ploma Blaha as vice president and Mrs. Elmer Marting Jr. as secretary-treasurer. Donald Gray, Mrs. LeRoy Darby, Mrs. Melvin Beimfohr, Otmar Bruns, Mrs. Roger A. Halvorson, Miss Elsie Possehl and Mrs. LeRoy Thompson served as directors.

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