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Tue
12
Mar

Old Man River slated to open March 13


Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery will re-open at 123 A St., in downtown McGregor, on Wednesday, March 13. New owners Duane and Diana Vorwald purchased the historic building last fall and have spent the past few months adding their own touches and developing the menu. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After sitting empty for several years, Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery is slated to re-open its doors in downtown McGregor on Wednesday, March 13.

It was the restaurant’s location in the historic Diamond Jo building that caught the eye of new owners Duane and Diana Vorwald. 

“We saw the sign that it was for sale,” Diana remarked. “My husband kept sending me pictures until I gave in.”

“It’s such a beautiful building,” she added, “and we’re happy to get it open again.”

Tue
12
Mar

Bachman resigns from Monona Council

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Monona is now searching for a new council member, following the surprise resignation of Doug Bachman last week. Bachman announced his decision via a letter that was dropped off at city hall on Monday, March 4, just hours before the council’s first regular meeting of the month. No explanation for the resignation was provided.

Bachman replaced Jason Schubert on the council in 2016, and was re-elected in 2017. His current four-year term runs through 2021.

Bids accepted for city projects

Tue
12
Mar

SODA members attend ‘Live Above the Influence Day’ at state capitol


Eight members from MFL MarMac’s SODA club attended “Live Above the Influence Day” at the Iowa State Capitol on Feb. 28. While there, attendees Saysha Schoulte (left), Ashley Weaver, Anna Stoddard, Breanna Knickerbocker, Mackenzy Ruff, Abby Schellhorn, Riley Whitney and Lauren Gillitzer met with legislators Michael Bergan and Anne Osmundson. (Submitted photos)

SODA president and MFL MarMac senior Lauren Gillitzer was a keynote speaker at the press conference held that day.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Alliance Coalitions for Change (AC4C) hosted a “Live Above the Influence Day” for youth at the Iowa State Capitol on Feb. 28. Eight members from MFL MarMac’s high school SODA (Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol) club attended the event, along with advisor Jackie McGeough and student council advisor Megan Schellhorn. Julie Doeppke and Tracy Yelden, from the Clayton County 5C Coalition, also accompanied the group.

During the event, McGeough said students from across the state were educated on legal issues in regard to substance abuse and learned how to speak to their legislators about concerns they have in their communities. 

Tue
12
Mar

North Iowa Times receives four awards


Audrey Posten received three awards for her writing and photography. The North Iowa Times was also honored for its social media presence.

The photograph “Colors from the sky” earned third place for “Best News Feature Photo.”

The North Iowa Times earned four awards in the 2019 Iowa Better Newspaper Contests, marking the fifth straight year the newspaper has been honored. Winners were announced Feb. 8, at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual awards banquet held during the INA 2019 Convention and Trade Show.

Members of the Indiana Press Association judged approximately 3,654 entries in dozens of categories by class, based on circulation. The North Iowa Times falls in the Weekly Class I category, for newspapers published weekly with 1,001 circulation and less.

Tue
12
Mar

School finalizes plan to make up days

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Thanks to a combination of make-up days, extended school days and no more Wednesday early dismissals, MFL MarMac students will still be able to avoid attending class in June this year.

The district has cancelled 12 days due to snow or extreme cold—four more than all of last year. Over the past month, superintendent Dale Crozier has worked with staff and school board members to come up with a solution to recoup that lost time.

Tue
05
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She makes others stronger

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will again publish a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Tera Mathis has strived to be physically strong from a young age.

“I lifted in the weight room as a girl, in high school,” she recalled. “At the time, it was not a friendly female atmosphere, but I learned a lot from watching the boys.”

Tue
05
Mar

Above-normal flood risk this spring

Marquette, McGregor and other nearby towns along the Mississippi River should brace for the potential of above- or well-above-normal flooding this spring, according to the preliminary hydrologic outlook issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in La Crosse on Feb. 21. 

In addition to the main-stem Mississippi River, the flooding risk is similar for many tributaries in Wisconsin that feed into it. Western tributaries in southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, on the other hand, have a near- to below-normal risk of spring flooding. 

The NWS predicts a greater than 95 percent chance the Mississippi will reach the minor flood stage of 16 feet at McGregor this year. Normally, the river has a 52 percent chance of reaching that level in the spring. 

Tue
05
Mar

Friends Helping Friends: Giving back


Linda Jones, of McGregor, sits with her dog, Toby, who was a gift from her family after her cancer diagnosis 10 years ago. Displayed with her are T-shirts from many years of the Friends Helping Friends fall cancer walk that Linda helps organize. The group’s Winter Triathlon and Benefit is March 8 and 9, in McGregor.

Jones shares experiences with personal health crisis and the group she’s passionate about

By Becky Ruff

Like many efforts of so many people in communities, both small and large, the group that began what is now known as Friends Helping Friends just started planting seeds where they were needed. 

Linda Jones of McGregor was involved when it started. 

“I believe it was 1989,” she said. Linda remembers there were also a number of people from the community and from local businesses, including the Chamber of Commerce, that started doing fundraisers for various needs.  

Mon
04
Mar

Edward Carl Davies

Edward Carl Davies, 70, of McGregor, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Davenport. 

He was born on Sept. 19, 1948, in McGregor, to Earl and Elsie (Reinhardt) Davies and attended Mar-Mac High School, graduating in 1966. A life-long lover of water, Ed enjoyed spending as much time as possible on the Mississippi River during his childhood. The majestic power of the river would be an influence on Ed for the rest of his life. 

Fri
01
Mar

Paul Fiddler

Paul Fiddler, 97, of McGregor, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Prairie Maison under hospice care in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

He was the son of Michael and Jennie (Albright) Fiddler. Paul was baptized and confirmed Catholic. He attended school in Blue Earth, Minn..

Paul was united in marriage with Delores Radermaker on Aug. 2, 1950, in Butler, Kan. He farmed before being drafted into the United States Army on Dec. 18, 1944. Paul served six months in the South Pacific, before being discharged on Jan. 31, 1946. He was at the signing of Japan Peace Treaty.

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