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Tue
05
Feb

Marquette flips switch on solar project


Dubuque-based Eagle Point Solar installed the Marquette solar project this fall. The system cost $76,000 and is expected to offset 83 percent of the city’s energy consumption at the site. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Well number four not only provides water to residents at Timber Ridge, but to other parts of Marquette, as well.

City Clerk Bonnie Basemann turns on Marquette’s first solar project—a 36.2-kilowatt system that will help power the city’s well number four, located at Timber Ridge Estates.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette recently flipped on its first solar project—a 36.2-kilowatt system that will help power the city’s well number four at Timber Ridge Estates. 

City clerk Bonnie Basemann was the first to consider utilizing solar power for a public building after attending a May 2018 Clayton County Energy District workshop that highlighted the renewable energy’s potential uses and benefits. 

Tue
05
Feb

McGregor Museum’s North Iowa Times digitization project is complete


The McGregor Historical Museum’s North Iowa Times digitization project was largely funded by a $7,000 grant from the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC). Pictured accepting the grant from UMGC President Nancy McClellan (center) are museum board member Jim Klosterboer and director Diane Malcom. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Researching local history just got a whole lot easier. The McGregor Historical Museum’s North Iowa Times digitization project was recently completed, making archives of the state’s third oldest weekly newspaper available online.

By visiting claytoncounty.advantage-preservation.com, people can find editions of the newspaper dating back to its inception in October 1856—all from their computer, tablet or smartphone. Editions of the McGregor News from 1893 to 1913 have also been digitized. The link will soon be accessible from the McGregor Historical Museum’s updated website, mcgregormuseum.org.

Tue
05
Feb

Pikes Peak hunt wraps up, with 12 deer harvested

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Pikes Peak State Park’s first managed archery deer hunt since 2011 concluded on Jan. 10. Twenty-six hunters participated in the three-month-long antlerless hunt, harvesting 12 deer.

Although 100 tags were available, Pikes Peak Park Manager Matt Tschirgi said, “It’s a good start. Everything went well.”

Tschirgi worked with the Iowa DNR’s wildlife bureau and wildlife depredation biologist Ross Ellingson to organize the hunt, which they hoped would cull the growing herd in both the park and the city of McGregor.

Mon
04
Feb

Marjorie Mae Cook

Marjorie Mae Cook, 91, of Marquette, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Marjorie was born June 22, 1927 to Raymond Henry and Winifred (Boyle) Fields. When Marjorie was a child, she rode a sled downhill in Marquette, off the bench and walked to school. She graduated from Marquette High School in 1945.

Tue
29
Jan

Book club opens attendees’ minds to new titles and thoughts


Created this summer, the McGregor Public Library’s book club is now meeting bi-monthly. Meeting times are set for the fourth Tuesday of those months, at 5:30 p.m., and copies of the books are available at the library. The group has largely focused on the classics, but is open to suggestions. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

A LOOK AT LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Over the past few weeks, the North Iowa Times has highlighted some of the unique programs and activities offered regularly at the McGregor Public Library. Our third feature focuses on the new book club.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“People are still so invested in [Jane Eyre]. She’s a great heroin because she’s an ‘every woman,’” reflected Michelle Pettit.

“It’s almost archetypal,” agreed Liza Ehlers Paizis.

Tue
29
Jan

School board sets April election for vote on PPEL levy

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

On April 2, voters in the MFL MarMac Community School District will be asked if they would like to continue the district’s physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL). The MFL MarMac School Board unanimously approved the resolution setting the election date at its Jan. 21 meeting.

Tue
29
Jan

City-owned residential property back on the market in Monona

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city-owned property at 605 S. Main St., in Monona, is back on the market. At its Jan. 21 meeting, the council approved revised purchase agreement provisions for the sale of the property, and interested buyers are now welcome to stop by city hall to pick up an “offer to buy real estate and acceptance agreement” form.

The property was originally posted for sale late last year, and the city thought it had a buyer, but the offer fell through, prompting the council to reconsider options for the space.

Tue
22
Jan

At craft group, members ‘show and tell’


Michelle Pettit (left), Carolyn Scott and Marcia Clark gather by the McGregor Public Library’s fireplace, where the craft group meets each Thursday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

A LOOK AT LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Over the next few weeks, the North Iowa Times will highlight some of the unique programs and activities offered regularly at the McGregor Public Library. Our second feature focuses on the weekly craft group.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Gathered around the cozy fireplace at the McGregor Public Library, director Michelle Pettit and patrons Carolyn Scott and Marcia Clark reminisce about some of the beautiful items past and present members of the library’s weekly craft group have created over the years.

“Carolyn has brought in many beautiful quilts,” Pettit noted.

Tue
22
Jan

Mar-Mac police chief shares 2018 statistics

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin presented the law enforcement district’s 2018 annual report at the Jan. 16 McGregor city council meeting. On the job since October, he admitted compiling the details was a bit difficult.

“I experienced many challenges to provide the most accurate representation of the police district’s activity in 2018,” he stated. “Some of those challenges were insufficient data and an outdated filing/record system.”

So far, Millin said he’s worked hard to implement “various duties, responsibilities and procedures to transition this agency into a transparent, accurate and effective police agency for the cities of Marquette and McGregor.”

Tue
22
Jan

McGregor groups provide annual updates

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Several groups who receive funding from the city of McGregor provided their annual updates to the McGregor Council at its Jan. 16 meeting. 

Rebuilding year for city’s parks 

“2018 was a rebuilding year for our parks,” much as it was for the rest of the community following the 2017 tornado, said McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel. 

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