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Tue
22
Aug

McGregor’s Determination Park to be dedicated in honor of Breitbach


Long-time McGregor resident Dave Breitbach, who also served on the city’s park board for roughly 15 years, was instrumental in creating Determination Park. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Aug. 16 meeting, the McGregor Council unanimously approved a request by Maria Brummel, on behalf of the city’s park board, to dedicate Determination Park in memory of long-time resident Dave Breitbach.

Breitbach, who passed away in June as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, served on the park board for roughly 15 years.

When he joined, said Brummel, one of his goals was to help develop a park that had been promised to the lot owners in the Ridgewood West Subdivision, by Eagle Drive. “He was very forthright about it,” she noted with a smile.

Mon
21
Aug

Cynthia “Cyndi” Moberg

 

Cynthia “Cyndi” Moberg, 64 of McGregor, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

 

She was born May 25, 1953, to Joseph and Helen Blahut in Pittsburgh, Penn. Cynthia graduated from St. Michaels Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Mon
21
Aug

Ardyth “Ardie” Ellen (Stee) Weller

 

Ardyth “Ardie” Ellen (Stee) Weller, 84, of McGregor, died Monday, Aug. 14, in Pittsburgh, Penn. 

 

Ardie was born on Nov. 27, 1932, in Castalia, to Clifford and Mayme (Jones) Stee. She graduated from Postville High School in Postville, with the class of 1951.

Tue
15
Aug

McGregor woman drives car into Mississippi River

A McGregor woman escaped injury after driving her vehicle into the Mississippi River, by Lansing, Monday evening.

On Aug. 14, at 5:25 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person that had driven into the Mississippi River, off of Front Street, in Lansing.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the driver, Michelle Rose Timmons, 51, of McGregor, was able to escape from the vehicle and swim toward the shoreline. Bystanders helped her out of the water, but she then left the scene. 

Bystanders went to the Lansing Fire Station, notifying firemen that Timmons had driven her vehicle into the water.

Tue
15
Aug

Crozier nominated for 2017 Superintendent of the Year


MFL MarMac Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier (second from right) was nominated for the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) 2017 Superintendent of the Year award. He’s pictured here, at the Aug. 2 ceremony, with SAI President Dr. Roark Horn; Superintendent of the Year winner Gary Zittergruen, from Benton Community; and Rob Cordes, from the Carroll Community School District.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier was recognized as a nominee for the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) 2017 Superintendent of the Year award at a ceremony Aug. 2.

“Each AEA nominates a superintendent,” said Crozier, who was the representative from the Keystone Area Education Agency. “Your peers nominate you, so that’s always cool.”

Crozier, who’s also the superintendent at Eastern Allamakee, has served at MFL MarMac for 17 years. This is the second time he’s been nominated for the award.

Tue
15
Aug

Hager advocating for lease of Luster Heights as faith-based, nonprofit, transitional living center

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Six months after budget cuts forced the closure of Luster Heights Correctional Facility, located outside Harpers Ferry, District 56 State Rep. Kristi Hager is hoping to put the dormant facility to use.

Hager, as part of “Citizens for Luster Heights,” has authored a petition asking the state of Iowa to lease the facility for use as a faith-based, nonprofit, transitional living center for individuals coming out of jail/prison or struggling with homelessness or substance abuse issues.

“I am one who believes, when one door closes, another opens,” Hager noted in the petition narrative. 

Tue
15
Aug

Nationally-known motivational speaker coming to MFL MarMac

Community members encouraged to attend

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On Wednesday, Aug. 23—the first day of school—MFL MarMac students, staff and even community members won’t just embark on a new year. They’ll hopefully gain a new mindset and perspective on life, too.

Nationally-recognized motivational speaker Trevor Ragan will lead several sessions at the district that day, including an evening session for the community, highlighting the importance of growth mindset.

People all too often have a fixed mindset, said Brent Pape, a middle school teacher and also one of MFL MarMac’s TLC instructional coaches.

Tue
08
Aug

Benzings share stories from Cuban adventure


Ila and Ric Benzing in front of the harbor at Cienfuegos, wearing hats purchased from the local street market.

The Malecon (sea wall) in Havana protects the city from the sea and provides a walkway for residents and tourists.

A view of the coast of Cuba from San Pedro de la Rocco Castle, near Santiago de Cuba.

A view of the Cuban capitol building, which is modeled after the U.S. capitol building. It is currently being renovated.

The view from the 30th floor of Restaurante la Torre, looking out across Havana, with the Hotel Nacional, visited by movie stars and celebrities in the 1940s and 1950s, in the foreground.

The second course of the meal at the Restaurante la Torre, which consisted of lobster, rice, yams and root vegetables. This is pretty typical of the meals the Benzings were served in Cuba.

Classic cars waiting to be hired by tourists.

A mural at Havana's Casa Cultural Comunitaria, a community center which provides classes in art, dance and music to children and adults in the neighborhood. It was previously a water tank filled with junk.

The Tropicana Night Club was the model for show rooms of Las Vegas. The open air club has a fast-paced, two-hour show filled with singers, dancers and acrobatic acts in dazzling costumes.

Spanish cathedral in one of the four main plazas in Havana

Christ of Havana stands guard across the harbor from old Havana. It was completed shortly before Castro took power.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Ila Benzing describes Cuba as a land of contrast.

“You would walk past a dilapidated building, then come to a beautiful mosaic,” she said of the island nation located just south of Florida. “You never knew what you were going to see around the next corner.”

Cuba, Ila admitted, was never a travel destination on she and husband, Ric’s, radar. But, in February, the Monona couple joined around 26 others from the area on a trip to the country, which they said was both historically and culturally interesting.

Tue
08
Aug

Committee forming to determine best use for Restore McGregor funds


Standing in front of the McGregor Public Library, McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander and Duane Boelman, the city’s deputy clerk and economic development lead, review a stack of checks recently received from donors to the Restore McGregor charitable fund. (Submitted photo)

Just a few weeks after an EF-1 tornado tore through the historic McGregor, the community is rebuilding. Antique and gift shops are open. Bricks and rubble from the most heavily damaged buildings are cleared away.

“We were very lucky,” said McGregor’s City Administrator, Lynette Sander. “No one was injured. Within hours, citizens had pulled their trees and brush to the curb and volunteers with chainsaws were there to help. Currently, our residents are all in safe housing and have food and basic needs fully met. Those immediate most-concerning needs of our people are met.”

In the days immediately after the storm, the community received direct support from Clayton County Emergency Services, the Salvation Army, volunteers and a crew of campers from an outdoor ministry in Minnesota. 

Tue
08
Aug

Free or reduced school meals are an option for local families

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The new school year will begin at MFL MarMac on Wednesday, Aug. 23, bringing with it new schedules, new teachers and new supplies. But for some parents, it also brings a sense of worry, as they consider whether they’ll be able to afford their child’s school meals.

Fortunately, through the district’s participation in the National School Lunch Program, eligible families who are unable to pay the full price of meals can sign up for free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches.

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