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Tue
24
Oct

Growing Up McGregor Strong: 1940-1960


Photo from Dan Nugent collection

Life-long residents to share memories at museum event

Those at the McGregor Historical Museum meet so many people from all over the world and become acquainted with new neighbors who have decided to adopt McGregor as their new hometown. But for the guest speakers at the museum’s annual event, McGregor has been their hometown for decades. 

Visit the museum on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m., for an opportunity to listen to and share stories of McGregor life from the decades 1940 to 1960. The evening will begin with stories and memories from Bob Eggen, Alice Staples, Arlys Denning and Jim Hendrickson. The second part of the evening will allow audience members to contribute something special from their personal biographies.

Tue
24
Oct

Mark Eugene Abildtrup

 

Mark Eugene Abildtrup, 56, of Marquette, died Saturday, Oct. 21, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

 

Mark was born Oct. 11, 1961, to Myron and Judy Marie (Spenler) Abildtrup in Des Moines. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1980. 

Thu
19
Oct

Lee Allen Johanningmeier

 

Lee Allen Johanningmeier, 93, of McGregor, died Monday, Oct. 16, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader. 

 

Lee Allen was born March 3, 1924, to Arlo H. and Lucy (Mueller) Johanningmeier in McGregor. He graduated from Monona High School in 1941. After graduation Lee Allen joined and proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps.

Thu
19
Oct

Eileen A. Ruff

 

Eileen A. Ruff, 86, of McGregor, died Monday, Oct. 16, at her home in McGregor, in the care of her family. 

 

Eileen Agnes was born on April 7, 1931, to Lester and Ronilla (Schoulte) Connor in Elkader. She attended Country School, St. Joseph Catholic School, Elkader High School, and graduated from Monona High School in 1948.

Tue
17
Oct

Candidate Profiles: Marquette Mayor

Marquette voters will have a choice between two mayoral candidates when they head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7, for this year’s city election. Incumbent Larry Breuer, who’s served since early 2016, will face challenger Stephen J. Weipert for a two-year term. Here, the two candidates share their thoughts on some of the issues important to Marquette residents.

 

Larry Breuer

Larry Breuer has two children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was born and raised in Grant County, Wis., and has been a Marquette resident for 25 years. He’s been employed at Cabela’s for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he had his own building, rehab and rental business in Marquette.

Tue
17
Oct

Candidate Profiles: McGregor Council

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the McGregor Council in this year’s city election, held Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those on the ballot include incumbents Charles Carroll, Janet Hallberg and Rogeta Halvorson, as well as newcomer Sally K. Schneider. The three candidates with the most votes will serve four-year terms. They recently shared their thoughts on McGregor with the North Iowa Times.

 

Charles Carroll

Charles Carroll grew up on a family farm outside McGregor and graduated from Mar-Mac. He worked for IBM, as a software engineer, for 26 years, before moving back to McGregor in 2004.

Why did you choose to run for council? 

Tue
17
Oct

Newly-restored Monona city park bandstand to be re-dedicated Oct. 21


Celebrate the restoration of Monona’s 101-year-old city park bandstand at a re-dedication event this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Celebrate the restoration of Monona’s 101-year-old city park bandstand at a re-dedication event this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The bandstand has served as the center of the community since 1916, when it was constructed in the center of the park by Frank Montgomery, at a cost of $140.

Construction was the culmination of a several-year fundraising push.

Tue
17
Oct

DNR planning public hearing in November regarding Walz Energy facility


An Oct. 11 public meeting to discuss a stormwater construction permit for the Walz Energy facility east of Monona was canceled last week after an influx of comments from the public. The DNR will now hold a public hearing near the end of November. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

An Oct. 11 public meeting to discuss a stormwater construction permit for the Walz Energy facility east of Monona was canceled last week, just a day before the meeting was set to take place in Elkader.

“We decided, given the level of comments, that we were legally obligated to have a public hearing instead,” said Iowa DNR Stormwater Coordinator Joe Griffin as to why the meeting was canceled. 

Griffin said his office received around a dozen comments from the public.

Tue
17
Oct

Overland Group requests annexation of land for Dollar General store

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Overland Group hasn’t given up on bringing a Dollar General store to Monona.

The Monona Council, at its Oct. 16 meeting, considered a request by the group for voluntary annexation of land at the intersection of Highway 18/52 and 125th Street, for construction of a Dollar General store.

The parcel is currently privately owned.

“Overland intends to purchase it, but they don’t own it yet,” said city administrator Dan Canton.

Tue
17
Oct

Vavra taking over Marquette marina

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Robert Vavra has agreed to purchase the Marquette marina from Casino Queen Marquette.

“We’re pretty excited,” remarked Vavra of himself and his wife, Deb, at Marquette’s Oct. 10 council meeting.

The move will give Vavra’s Maiden Voyage tour boat a new home, something he’s sought for the past few years.

Vavra said he plans to run the marina just as it’s been operating, but with a few improvements.

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