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Tue
01
Aug

New swine/sheep complex in the works for Clayton County Fairgrounds


The new swine and sheep complex at the Clayton County Fairgrounds is expected to be more functional and versatile.

By Rachel Mergen, North Iowa Times Intern

“This is an exciting time for the Clayton County Fair,” the Clayton County Fair Board stated in a letter to residents of the county. “After a year of planning and knowing something had to be done to replace the old swine barn that was built in the 1930s, the fair board has decided to construct a new swine and sheep complex before the 2018 fair, if we receive enough funding.” 

Tue
01
Aug

Three Bulldog softball players receive all-conference recognition


Kyleigh Picha (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Jordan Schubert (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Hannah Schutte (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Three MFL MarMac softball players have received Upper Iowa Conference all-conference honors. Sophomore Kyleigh Picha was named to the first team, while freshman Jordan Schubert and sophomore Hannah Schutte earned honorable mention status.

Picha, an outfielder, played in 29 games this season, amassing a .337 batting average and .392 on-base percentage. She picked up 30 hits and walked 5 times, scored 33 runs and had 9 RBIs. Picha also tore up the base paths, swiping 43 bags in 44 attempts.

Schubert played in 29 games for MFL MarMac, starting 18 of those on the mound, where she had a 9-11 record with a 3.78 ERA. She held opponents to a .232 batting average, racking up 91 strikeouts and allowing 47 walks. 

Tue
01
Aug

Johanningmeier, Drahn earn honorable mention nods


Nathan Johanningmeier (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Cedrick Drahn (Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac baseball players Nathan Johanningmeier and Cedrick Drahn have earned Upper Iowa Conference all-conference honors, with both receiving honorable mention nods.

Johanningmeier, a sophomore, had a .299 batting average and .405 on-base percentage in 28 games this season. He racked up 20 hits and walked 9 times, while driving in 10 runs and scoring 11 times. He also stole five bases. In the outfield, Johanningmeier had a .922 fielding percentage.

Drahn, a freshman infielder, also played in 28 games for the Bulldogs, hitting .288 with a .366 on-base percentage. He accumulated 21 hits and 8 walks, scored 12 runs, picked up 5 RBIs and stole 8 bases.

Mon
31
Jul

Roger Dale Witter

 

Roger Dale Witter, 72, of McGregor, Iowa died Friday, July 21, at his home. 

 

Roger was born May 17, 1945, to Herman and Mae (Voegeding) Witter in McGregor. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School and attended trade school for heavy equipment operating for one year in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Tue
25
Jul

Spirit of McGregor’s people on full display

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The clock said 6:18. My windshield wipers beat furiously, no match for the sheets of rain blowing sideways against my car as I drove across the Marquette/Joliet Bridge, toward Iowa, last Wednesday, July 19. Everything around me was white, my only bearings the taillights of the truck in front of me and my memory of the road, having driven over it nearly daily for the past four years.

Tue
25
Jul

'Dented, but not broken'


The top level of the building that housed INKspiration Tattoo was completely obliterated, as was much of the level below it, which was INKspiration owner Crystal Scarff’s apartment. Scarff was working in the tattoo shop at the time the tornado hit, but no one was injured.

The Main Street Mall Antiques building, once the Goedert Meat Market, collapsed as a result of the EF-1 tornado that swept through McGregor on July 19.

McGregor’s Main Street was hardest hit by the tornado. Countless trees were down and many buildings and homes were severely damaged or destroyed.

This large tree toppled onto the Lamp Post Inn and Gallery.

Cannon Park (shown here) and Gazebo Park lost several trees between the two.

McGregor’s city hall had noticeable damage to its roof. One of the columns framing the front door fell atop a car next door.

The tornado left behind mangled trees and damaged homes and buildings at the corner of A and Ann Streets.

The iconic tooth from Jim Arvidson’s dental office hung precariously following the tornado.

McGregor Pharmacy owner Dennis Alcorn (right) and Larry Brummel (left, middle), the former pharmacist who still owns the building, were among those who examined the pharmacy’s iconic mortar and pestle last Thursday morning, the day after an EF-1 tornado tore through McGregor.

This graphic from the National Weather Service’s La Crosse office shows the EF-1 tornado’s path, from Highway 18, through McGregor, to the riverfront.

McGregor recovering from strong EF-1 tornado

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

It was something mayor Harold Brooks admitted he’d never seen the likes of in his 50 years of living in McGregor—something many residents said they never thought could happen. 

A tornado.

Yet, just after 6:15 p.m., on Wednesday, July 19, that’s exactly what occurred, as an upper-end EF-1 tornado, with winds of 110 miles per hour, ripped through the historic river community. No one was injured, but the twister left a path of destruction in fallen trees and damaged or destroyed homes and buildings that will forever be felt in McGregor.

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Tue
25
Jul

Pikes Peak and Effigy Mounds now open, but some trails remain closed


Point Ann Trail, in the north part of Pikes Peak State Park, was heavily damaged July 19. Park manager Matt Tschirgi said it’s unlikely the trail will be open the rest of the year.

The Effigy Mounds visitor center, as well as some of the park’s main hiking trails, reopened to the public on Friday. Until further notice, the entire Hanging Rock trail and all trails in the South Unit are closed to public access.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Two of northeast Iowa’s most well-known natural and recreational sites—Pikes Peak State Park and Effigy Mounds National Monument—are open again after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday, July 19, but some trails remain closed.

Pikes Peak sustained considerable tree damage from the storm, said park manager Matt Tschirgi.

“We got everyone into the shower building before the storm and there were no injuries,” he said, “but some trees fell on vehicles and lots of trees were down in the picnic areas and trails.”

Tue
25
Jul

Mindset training a key component in youth program


Tera Mathis works with Jacob Schellhorn, one of the kids she coaches through her 365 Strong Youth Program. Through the program, Mathis helps kids become stronger and better conditioned for sports, learn proper movement mechanics and create foundational movement patterns, develop a dynamic growth mindset and practice better nutritional habits. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Here, Abby Schellhorn works on some conditioning exercises. The program is offered three days each week, with Mondays focusing on strength, Wednesdays on conditioning and Fridays on speed, agility and hand-eye coordination. At the start of each class, participants also devote 10 minutes to mindset training and nutrition work.

Jacob Schellhorn said his time training with Tera Mathis has improved his mindset, especially in baseball, where he is a pitcher.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Everyone has encountered a Negative Nancy or Debbie Downer in their life—someone whose pessimism hinders positive thinking. But what do you do when that negativity, anger or even frustration resides inside yourself, threatening to impact sports, school or other aspects of your daily life?

For the past year, Tera Mathis, a personal trainer who leads mindset, movement and nutrition coaching sessions each week in a space at the school, in Monona, has helped area kids try to figure that out.

Mathis, who predominantly coaches adults, said she’s worked with kids on and off over the years, but never formed a specific youth coaching program until last summer. The idea had always been at the back of her mind, however.

Tue
25
Jul

163rd annual Clayton County Fair runs Aug. 2-7 in National


The kiddie calf shows are always a highlight at the Clayton County Fair, held this year Aug. 2-7. (NIT file photo)

From live entertainment and carnival rides to livestock showing and good food, the 163rd annual Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 2-7 in National, offers something for the whole family.

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered nearly 3,000 exhibits this year, according to Tammy Muller, county 4-H and youth program coordinator. Entries are up in the market beef, bucket bottle calves, clothing event and Clover Kids divisions.

The 4-H exhibit hall, featuring projects ranging from art to engineering, will be open to viewers Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m., then Thursday through Sunday starting at noon.

Tue
18
Jul

Business roundtable focuses on current projects, ways to promote McGregor

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Around a dozen McGregor business owners, city officials and residents gathered for a roundtable discussion at the McGregor Public Library July 13, focusing on current projects in the community, as well as ways to promote all that McGregor has to offer.

Duane Boelman, McGregor’s deputy clerk and economic development lead, spearheaded the discussion. Business owners’ input is a valuable resource, he noted.

“One of the main things is to work with existing businesses, to help them thrive, prosper and grow,” he said. “That’s the best way to attract new businesses, if they see you’re doing well.”

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