McGregor Looking Forward to Fall Tourism Season

Most businesses in McGregor’s historic downtown have recovered since a tornado struck in July, and merchants are looking forward to the fall tourism season.

Kristie Austin, executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce, says visitors typically flock to the region to see the changing colors of the autumn leaves.

Immediately after the twister hit, she says the McGregor was closed off to non-residents and some businesses were closed for up to a week, but that was well over a month ago.

The tornado destroyed two downtown buildings that housed an antiques shop and a tattoo parlor. The tattoo artist will reopen in a different building, while repairs are ongoing for other businesses and homes. One building that was destroyed was on the National Register of Historic Places.

A fundraiser dinner and silent auction will be held Sunday night in Monona, with proceeds going to the Restore McGregor Tornado Fund. You can find more details on our Community Message Board on


(story contribution from Radio Iowa/Iowa Public Radio)