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Tue
30
May

MFL MarMac to participate in Summer Food Service Program

MFL MarMac Community School is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first-come, first-serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

• McGregor Middle School Playground, 11-11:15 a.m.

• Farmersburg City Park, 11:30-11:45 a.m.

• Luana City Park, 11:30-11:45 a.m.

• Monona Gateway Park, 12-12:45 p.m.

Meals will be offered from Monday, June 5 through Friday, July 14.

Tue
23
May

Wicked weather wreaks havoc in area


This RV and building didn’t fare well east of Monona. (Photo provided by Steve Hanson)

Cleanup was underway soon after the machine shed on the Leon and Kim Trappe farm, east of Monona, was destroyed on May 17. (Photo provided by Kim Trappe)

“There was tin hanging all over the place,” said Kim Trappe of her property near Monona. “Most of the shed hit the house.” Kim said, when the adjustor came to her home, “with the way the damage looked, he said there was probably some rotation to it.” (Photo provided by Kim Trappe)

This shed near Farmersburg sits precariously after straight-line wind and rain whipped through the area late Wednesday afternoon, May 17. (Photo provided by Laci Meng)

This 60-foot hackberry tree came down in Richard and Dianne Pettit’s yard, near the Great River Care Center in McGregor, on May 17. It fell onto a wood shed and into a fenced enclosure where Richard has Muscovy ducks and other birds. (Photo provided by Michelle Pettit)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Wicked weather swept across the area early last week, leaving uprooted trees, damaged buildings and soggy ground in its wake.

The first bout hit Monday evening, May 15, producing large hail, damaging wind and even a short-lived EF0 tornado near Calmar, according to the National Weather Service in La Crosse. 

In Monona, 1.25-inch-sized hail was reported, along with winds of 65 mph. A farmer near Luana said the wind lifted his barn and deposited it several feet away, trapping some cattle inside.

Tue
23
May

Maiden Voyage looking for a home in Marquette


Captain Robert Vavra is hoping his Maiden Voyage tour boat can find a home on the Marquette riverfront. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“I’m looking for a home.”

Those were the words of Robert Vavra at Marquette’s regular council meeting May 16, as he sought input from the city about operating his Mississippi River tour boat out of the community.

“I’m the last working eco-tourism boat from St. Louis to Winona,” shared Vavra, who’s been providing river boat tours in the area for 11 years. “I’m looking for a place to expand, a place to work. I’d like to come to Marquette to improve what I have now.”

Tue
23
May

Electronic drop-off goes awry


Two weeks after a free electronic drop-off event for McGregor and Marquette residents, piles of TVs and computer monitors were still piled outside the Marquette city shop. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A May 6 electronic drop-off event that began as a service to McGregor and Marquette residents has turned into a headache.

Marquette City Manager Denise Schneider began working with Thede Computer Repair, from Manchester, several months ago about holding an event for the communities. The posters and other literature provided about the event—which were then publicized—all stated the electronic drop-off was free to residents. All items were to be recycled, at no cost, with the help of Quick Pickins Consumer Recycling Services, also of Manchester.

“They said no charges, no fees,” Schneider said.

Tue
23
May

Local farmers markets start this week


Kymar Acres will be one of the vendors featured at the Marquette farmers market at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Flowers aren’t the only things blooming in the area. Weekly farmers markets in both Marquette and Monona are set to burst forth with a variety of homegrown and homemade items.

Monona’s farmers market will begin Wednesday, May 24, in the shelter at Gateway Park. It will continue each Wednesday, from 3 to 6 p.m., until Oct. 4. Everything from produce, plants and jams to baked goods, wood crafts and homemade jewelry will be available, said organizer Sonya Stagman. 

“We will have more produce later on in the season,” she added.

Tue
23
May

Orphan train history shared at McGregor Public Library


Elaine Eadie shares a family memento during her presentation on the orphan train at the McGregor Public Library on May 18. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

“I can’t imagine sending a 10-year-old on a train, not knowing where they’re going to end up.”

But that was, in fact, the reality for thousands of orphaned, homeless  and abandoned children who were transported to new lives via the orphan train, explained Elaine Eadie, in a presentation at the McGregor Public Library May 18.

Eadie, who’s from Waukon, is an orphan train historian. Much of her knowledge was gleaned first-hand, through her father, Gilbert, who, along with his brother, arrived in Waukon on the orphan train over 100 years ago.

Tue
23
May

Marquette reviews bench evacuation route options

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Mark Doyle, with Delta 3 Engineering, went before the Marquette Council at its May 16 regular meeting, providing several preliminary design options for an emergency evacuation route off the bench.

The route, which Doyle said will provide access to McGregor should bench residents need to evacuate due to a train derailment or other emergency, will be 3,800 feet in length, with bends and curves.

Mon
22
May

Steven L. Valley

 

Steven L. Valley, 68, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away Friday, May 19, at his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness. 

 

Tue
16
May

Completing the family


In February, Geri Prew (front, center) was finally able to meet her son, Eric Baumgarten (front, right), who was given up for adoption over 40 years ago. Also joining in the reunion were Geri’s other children and Eric’s siblings, Dayton Jones, Sophie Landt (back, left) and Tonya Meyer. (Submitted photo)

“It was better than I ever hoped for,” said Marlon “Scrooge” Jones (left) of reuniting with his son, Eric Baumgarten. (Submitted photo)

Family reconnects with son, brother adopted over 40 years ago

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Growing up in the McGregor-Marquette area, Sophie Jones (now Landt) and her siblings, Tonya (now Meyer) and Dayton, always recognized their brother, Eric’s, birthday. There was just one thing: they’d never met him. They didn’t even know his name was Eric or even where he lived. 

When May 11 rolled around this year, however, that had all changed. Just months before, the siblings finally reconnected with the brother who was adopted before they were born.

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Tue
16
May

MFL MarMac valedictorian and salutatorian named

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Carl Davis has been named the valedictorian and Kelsi Davis the salutatorian of the MFL MarMac High School Class of 2017.

Carl, who is the son of Robert and Mary Davis, said receiving the honor was a nice surprise.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” he shared.

Kelsi is the daughter of Chad and Annette Davis and Steve and Jamie Schlee. Being named salutatorian means a lot after four years of hard work, she said.

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