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Fri
11
Sep

Kathleen M. Neylan

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Kathleen Mary Neylan, loving sister and aunt, passed away at the age of 75.

 

Tue
08
Sep

Unique approach to cover crop seeding takes flight


Tom Leitgen (left) is developing the Aeroseeder, a drone that can carry out cover crop seeding, on the family farm in rural Garnavillo. He said the effort will make cover crop seeding more efficient and affordable. He’s pictured with Spencer Gull, who’s helped with the project. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Although Leitgen can operate the Aeroseeder with a controller, the “robotic flying disc spreader,” as he calls it, can also fly autonomously. “I have a tablet and it’s got a map on it, and you get a satellite image of your area and click a few dots around your map. It automatically lays out a grid for you. You tell it what your spread width is, how fast you want it to fly, how high you want it to fly, when it’s going to start dumping, when it stops dumping, then you push a button and away it goes,” he remarked. This year, he hopes to seed 18 acres per hour.

The Aeroseeder prototype is near what Leitgen said could be a production model drone. The Iowa Economic Development Authority agreed, this summer awarding the company a $25,000 proof of commercial relevance (POCR) loan for product refinement, equipment and key personnel. 2020 will include final development tests and research, perfecting what he described as a cost-effective, robust and easy to use commercial ready drone to hopefully sell on the market for around $10,000 next year.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A Clayton County company is working to build the country’s first drone seeders to carry out cover crop seeding, an effort developer Tom Leitgen said will make the practice more efficient and affordable—while potentially revolutionizing the drone industry.

“It isn’t really a drone we slap some kind of thing on so we can drop seed out of it,” Leitgen explained of the Aeroseeder. “I like to call it a robotic flying disc spreader because it’s totally automated.  Basically, it’s a disc spreader we put together and made fly.”

Tue
08
Sep

Pronto convenience store sees change in ownership


The Elkader Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Sylvester CJ’s Convenience. Board Members Ron Kuehl and Sara Hertrampf are pictured with new owner Joe Sylvester (center). (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As one journey ends, another begins, and that’s how it went for Elkader native Joe Sylvester. The born and raised Central graduate has deep roots and a deep affection for the community, having never left and proudly choosing, along with his wife, Tammy, to raise their children here. 

“We love this community and how everyone comes together when things get tough,” Joe said. 

Tue
08
Sep

DNR holds virtual public meeting on Supreme Beef, LLC nutrient management plan


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hosted a virtual public meeting on Aug. 31, to gather public comments on the nutrient management plan (NMP) recently filed by Supreme Beef, LLC. The facility is located along U.S. Highway 18, outside Monona, and construction is currently underway on a lagoon to store manure. (Photo courtesy of Larry Stone)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hosted a virtual public meeting on Aug. 31, to gather public comments on the nutrient management plan (NMP) recently filed by Supreme Beef, LLC.

The Supreme Beef, LLC facility is located along U.S. Highway 18, outside Monona. It’s the same site as the once-proposed Walz Energy facility, a cattle feedlot and biogas operation that, with the use of anaerobic digesters, planned to turn manure from 10,000 cattle into natural gas.

Tue
08
Sep

Central has need for substitutes

By Pam Reinig, Times-Register

Gov. Kim Reynolds earlier this summer relaxed qualifications for substitute teachers, but even that might not be enough to offset the need. Locally, for example, Central will start the year with only nine substitutes. This time last year, they had 19.

“The drop is, in large part, due to COVID-19,” said Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp. “Many of our subs are in the age range most affected by the virus, and are worried about returning and exposure.”

Tue
08
Sep

GRRRR goes virtual this year

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Great River Road - Road Race (GRRRR), held at Pikes Peak State Park for the first time in 17 years in 2019, will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Even if it’s held outdoors, runners still tend to run in packs,” said organizer Duane Boelman. “We want this to be a yearly event, so we decided to make it a virtual event to keep the spirit alive.”

With the virtual race, runners or walkers can complete the 10K, 5K or kids fun run on their own time, without the large-scale crowd. The race can be completed any time in September or October, not just on the planned race day, Saturday, Oct. 3. 

Tue
08
Sep

CAMPAIGNING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Matt Tapscott (D), Senate District 28

In the midst of an election year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted how political candidates typically connect with voters. Over the next few weeks, the Times-Register will share how some local candidates have adapted—how they’re “meeting” constituents and continuing to share their ideas.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

A life in politics was never a farfetched idea for Matt Tapscott, who grew up in a politically active family. So when the former Marine and current owner-operator of Almost HOME Learning Naturally Childcare Center announced his candidacy for Iowa Senate District 28, it came as no surprise. 

Tue
08
Sep

Warriors begin cross country season


Delaney Scherf (left) and Hannah Asche led the lady Warriors on Sept. 3, at MFL MarMac. Asche achieved a personal course best 22:09 and finished third, while Scherf placed ninth. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

At the Sept. 3 meet at MFL MarMac, McKenna Jaster was 13th in the JV standings.

Taylor Moser finished in the top 25 at the Sept. 3 meet at Tri-City Golf Course, in Luana.

Central's JV girls had three runners finish in the top 10 out of 21 runners at MFL MarMac, including Madylen Gregerson, who was seventh.

Brayden Finley ran a personal and career best time of 19:01 at Oelwein on Sept. 1.

Parker Vaughn maneuvers through a group of Decorah runners at Oelwein on Sept. 1.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors cross country season got underway on Sept. 1, at the Oelwein Huskies Invitational, where Delaney Scherf battled for the victory, defeating 178 other runners. It was a personal best for both the course and her cross country career, with a final time of 20:30. 

Several other runners on the girls JV squad also finished with personal course records, including Hannah Asche, who was fourth, and Allie Mussman, who finished 10th, as well as Haley Mueller, Maria Medberry, Miley Wingert and McKenna Jaster. As a team, they ended the meet with a score of 72, finishing second behind Decorah, who scored a 26. 

Tue
08
Sep

Missed tackles, limited offense lead to Central loss


Defensive lineman Joel Thiese (60) makes a tackle with help from his teammates during Central’s Sept. 4 game against Springville. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Warrior wide receiver Hazen Loan (33) takes the pitch from quarterback Evan Schroeder.

Fullback Sean Wilwert (9) goes in motion as quarterback Evan Schroeder waits for the ball to be hiked.

Evan Pensel, James Eberhardt, Hazen Loan and CJ Polkinghorn celebrated Senior Night on Sept. 4.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Going into last Friday’s football game against the Springville Orioles, Central Head Coach Joe Koehn felt good about the match-up.

“Both teams have speed and some athletes who know how to use it. I am very excited to see how things play out…we have been focusing on staying low in all aspects of the game,” he said. 

However, as the final whistle blew, the score showed a one-sided affair, as Springville defeated the Warriors 81-0. 

Tue
08
Sep

Bulldog football team cruises to 2-0 record

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team upped its record to 2-0 Sept. 4, with a convincing 35-13 victory at Alburnett.

Like the previous week, where the Bulldogs’ special teams tallied two touchdowns before the offense even took the field, Friday night’s game got off to a fast start. Just 13 seconds in, sophomore Karter Decker returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, and MFL MarMac went up 7-0. 

Around a minute later, after a huge completion from senior quarterback Max Havlicek to senior receiver Cayden Ball, junior running back Cullen McShane scored from five yards out, giving the Bulldogs a 13-0 advantage.

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