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05
Mar

Henry "Pete" Kautman

Dr. Henry Joseph “Pete” Kautman, Jr., 72, of McGregor, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Henry Joseph was born Feb. 27, 1947, to Henry J. and Helen M. (Cowell) in McGregor. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School and attended eight years of college at Iowa State University, graduating in 1972 to become a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Pete worked as an inspector for the USDA for many years. He loved traveling and the Mississippi River, which he lived by. Pete enjoyed investments and spending time with Mary and his dog, Dusty, and cat, Sergeant Henry.

Pete is survived by his loving companion, Mary Greener of McGregor; three siblings, Thomas Kautman of McGregor, Kathryn Kautman of New Hope, Minn., and Kris Kautman of Mason City; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Tue
03
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She gives her time to McGregor

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

“McGregor’s always been home.”

Even as a kid, growing up outside the community, Janet Hallberg said she’d sometimes purposely miss the bus to her house, just so she could walk around town with her friends after school.  When her family moved into McGregor her freshman year of high school, Janet loved it.

Tue
03
Mar

Liver transplant provides second chance at life


McGregor native Austin Bernhard received a second chance at life last month, thanks to a liver transplant.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“I feel like the most blessed person on earth,” said Austin Bernhard, joy evident in his voice as he chatted via phone from Iowa City last week.

He has reason to celebrate: In February, the 21-year-old McGregor native received a second chance at life thanks to a liver transplant.

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Bernhard first noticed something was wrong nearly five years ago, while still in high school at MFL MarMac. 

“I was hanging out with friends, and they pointed out that my skin looked yellow,” he recalled.

Tue
03
Mar

Preliminary report for proposed 2021 McGregor Main Street sewer project presented

Work would include utility upgrades and full street restoration

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor City Council and McGregor Municipal Utilities Board, at a joint meeting Feb. 26, approved a preliminary engineering report for the city’s proposed 2021 Main Street sewer project. The work, which could stretch from roughly St. Mary’s Catholic Church all the way to the riverfront, would encompass water and sanitary and storm sewer utility upgrades, as well as a complete street restoration, including new curb and gutter and sidewalks.

Tue
03
Mar

Marquette native offering Acting 101 classes


Marquette native Avalon Dziak, whose acting career has taken her from South Dakota to Vermont to Chicago, will teach a series of “Acting 101” classes at the McGregor Public Library this month.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Whether you’ve always had an interest in acting but don’t know where to start, or simply hope to enhance your skills after a few local performances, a series of “Acting 101” classes offered this month in McGregor could be just the opportunity you’re looking for.

“There’s no age or experience limit. I just want to see who’s out there and who wants to learn,” said Avalon Dziak, who will lead Acting 101 at the McGregor Public Library on March 8, 15 and 22. Each Sunday class will begin at 2 p.m.

Tue
25
Feb

Bond vote for MFL MarMac facilities improvement project is March 3


This architectural rendering shows what the exterior of the proposed fieldhouse would look like.

This image shows improvements to the circle drive and entrance at the elementary school.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Voters in the MFL MarMac Community School District will head to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, to decide if $7.8 million in general obligation bonds should be issued to fund an extensive facilities improvement project.

The largest addition will be a 31,000-square-foot fieldhouse on the west side of the high school building in Monona, which will encase two full-sized basketball courts that can be converted to one competition-sized gym to host tournaments. Indoor bleachers will seat up to 1,200 people.

Tue
25
Feb

Turner Park splash pad contractor selected


Vorwald Enterprises, of Monona, has been awarded the contract for McGregor’s Turner Park splash pad. Construction on phase one of the project is expected to begin in late spring. It will likely be completed in August.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Vorwald Enterprises, of Monona, has been awarded the contract for McGregor’s Turner Park splash pad. The city council selected the lowest of three bidders at its Feb. 19 regular meeting, after approving the plans, specifications, opinion of cost and form of contract for the project.

Vorwald came in at $221,852, which is around 5 percent less than the $230,438 estimated by the engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, Inc. 

Tue
25
Feb

Clayton County has new social host ordinance

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Clayton County has a new social host ordinance that proponents hope will further deter adults from allowing underage alcohol and drug use at social gatherings.

The measure, approved by the Clayton County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 6, builds on a state law that’s been enacted since 2014.

“The state law applies to youth under the age of 18 and is alcohol-specific,” explained Merry French, program director of Substance Abuse Services of Clayton County (SASCC). The county ordinance expanded that to include “anyone under the age of 21 and also includes controlled substances.”

Tue
25
Feb

Murphy Helwig Library hopes Teen Council will engage local youth

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Murphy Helwig Library in Monona is forming a Teen Council to help local youth engage more with the library.

“We have a long-standing children’s craft and story hour, but we haven’t done a lot with young adults,” said library assistant Susan Trappe. “We want to bring more teens into the library.”

What better way to do that, she thought, than letting teens develop their own programming. 

Tue
25
Feb

MFL MarMac wrestlers cap off successful individual seasons at state


MFL MarMac wrestlers Karter Decker (126 pounds), Gabe McGeough (145 pounds), Jacob Trudo (heavyweight) and Zach Howe (195 pounds) capped off successful seasons at the state tournament in Des Moines Feb. 20-22.

MFL MarMac state qualifiers Karter Decker (126 pounds), Zach Howe (195 pounds), Jacob Trudo (heavyweight) and Gabe McGeough (145 pounds) are pictured with coaches Travis Johnson (left), Mike Meyer, Chet Bachman, Collin Stubbs and Tracy Decker.

126-pound Karter Decker finished his freshman year with a stellar 44-3 record.

Bulldog heavyweight Jacob Trudo, a junior, flew under the radar for much of the season, but turned up the intensity in January and February.

The tournament got off to a good start for 195-pound senior Zach Howe, who had a first-round fall over Kale Pevestorf of Coon Rapids-Bayard.

Sophomore Gabe McGeough won the fifth-place medal at 145 pounds in Class 1A. It was the best finish for an MFL MarMac underclassman in over a decade and a half.

“One thing I think I do well is rise to the occasion,” said Gabe McGeough. “I didn’t probably wrestle the best I could my first match, but as the tournament went on, I kept wrestling better and better. By the end, I was wrestling the best I had all year.”

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac wrestlers Zach Howe, Jacob Trudo, Gabe McGeough and Karter Decker competed at the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines Feb. 20-22, capping off successful individual seasons. McGeough, a sophomore, won the fifth-place medal at 145 pounds in Class 1A—the best placement for a Bulldog underclassman since Kyle Pedretti a decade and a half ago.

“They’ve put in a lot of work, a lot of weekends, getting ready,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “I’m proud of these guys for making it to the state tournament. They represented us very well.”

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