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Tue
08
Sep

Moser runs to fifth-place finish as MFL MarMac cross country season gets underway


Sydney Moser placed fifth with a time of 22:18, and was the top Bulldog finisher. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kaylee Walch (left), Rose Grau and Ayla Gerndt ran together during MFL MarMac’s season-opening meet at Tri-City Golf Course.

In her first high school meet, Clare Grau finished 12th.

Caleb Nordheim led the MFL MarMac boys with a 13th-place finish on Sept. 3.

Sophomore Will Koether ran the course in 19:39.60, which was good for 16th place.

At last week’s meet, J.J. Lynd came in 32nd.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team kicked off its season Sept. 3, in the lone home meet at Tri-City Golf Course outside Luana.

The team was led by junior Sydney Moser, who raced to a fifth-place finish with a time of 22:18.00. Freshman Clare Grau earned a time of 23:42.50, placing her 12th. Fellow freshmen Kaylee Walch and Ayla Gerndt finished 20th and 21st, respectively, with marks of 25:53.70 and 26:02.50. Ruby Koeller, another freshman, came in 26th at 28:43.60, while freshman Kaylee Nuehring took the 31st spot with a 30:04.70 time.

Tue
08
Sep

Central volleyball falls to 0-7

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors volleyball team wrapped up the Midland Tournament on Sept. 5. They entered the tournament 0-3 on the season, and the struggles continued. 

In match one, they took on the Cascade Cougars, dropping both sets, 21-5 and 21-11. 

The team had five kills on 41 attempts, and was led by Kaitlyn Wiley with three. Ava Pensel earned the team’s four assists. In total, Central netted one ace serve on 17 serve attempts, with an 88.2 percent serve efficiency. 

On defense, they scored 15 digs, seven of which went to Maddie Wille. 

Tue
08
Sep

New Hampton, Turkey Valley too much for Bulldogs

The MFL MarMac volleyball team dropped to 0-3 last week, following losses to New Hampton and host Turkey Valley at a triangular on Sept. 1

The Bulldogs were swept by New Hampton, 2-0, in the first game, with set scores of 25-19 and 25-17.

In the second game, MFL MarMac fell to Turkey valley 2-1. The match-up started off well for the Bulldogs, who won the first set 25-17—their first set victory this season. They struggled to keep the momentum going in the final two, though, losing 25-14 and 15-12.

MFL MarMac will participate in another triangular this week, taking on West Central and host Maquoketa Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

Tue
01
Sep

From wood and resin: Artist uses lathe to create beautiful pieces


With wood and resin as a base, Monona artist Ryan Chambers uses a lathe to form the materials into beautiful, curved objects like bowls, vases and pots. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Creativity manifests itself differently for each person—just ask Ryan Chambers.

“I can’t draw a stick person,” he joked, “but I can make something out of wood or resin.”

With the materials as a base, the Monona artist, who began exhibiting at McGregor’s Left Bank Shop and Gallery earlier this year, uses a lathe to form them into beautiful, curved objects like bowls, vases and pots. He’s even developed custom items like duck calls and rings.

It all started around five years ago, with a woodturning interest and some instructional YouTube videos.

Tue
01
Sep

Main Street Elkader takes community pulse poll

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As the community will at some point attempt to navigate the world post-COVID-19, Main Street Elkader, in conjunction with Main Street Iowa, recently conducted a pulse poll survey as a way to “gauge community readiness, aid recovery efforts, and guide business and organizations with next steps,” according to Kate Lower, executive director of Main Street Elkader. 

The feedback from the poll, which was sent out via email and on social media platforms, providing a random sampling of participants, will also be used by the Main Street Economic Vitality Committee to assist in making decisions “regarding events, business recruitment, and marketing efforts,” Lower added. 

Tue
01
Sep

Census enumerators traveling Clayton County to assure residents are counted


Joan Burns, who’s based in McGregor, is one of at least a dozen Census enumerators traveling around Clayton County to assure residents are counted. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

If you haven’t responded to the 2020 U.S. Census, you’ll soon have a visitor knocking at your door—if you haven’t already. 

Joan Burns, who’s based in McGregor, is one of at least a dozen enumerators traveling around Clayton County to assure residents are counted.

“It’s easy and doesn’t take much time,” she stressed. “And it’s so important. The trade-off is increased federal funding at the local, county and state levels for roads, social services, hospitals and schools. It also reallocates members of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Tue
01
Sep

Elkader Council overrides mayoral veto on Carter Street, talks chickens

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The recent Elkader City Council meeting had a touch of déjà vu as Carter Street was back on the agenda after having seemingly cleared the necessary hurdle of approval at the previous meeting, when the council approved the street width of 28 feet and the sidewalk width of four-feet. 

However, a surprise veto by Mayor Josh Pope created a new round of debate and questions, though none of them from residents, who were no longer allowed to make comments on the issue, because, as Pope said, “They’d already been made.”

Tue
01
Sep

CAMPAIGNING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Kayla Koether (D), House District 55


Kayla Koether

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

It was never the logical progression for the northeast Iowa native—politics and running for office, that is. But Kayla Koether, after losing by nine votes in a controversial defeat in 2018 that saw absentee ballots go uncounted, is once again challenging for the Iowa House, District 55. 

Tue
01
Sep

Marquette, McGregor will host slate of activities Labor Day weekend

Events will include boat parade Saturday evening

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

McGregor and Marquette will host a slate of activities this weekend, in celebration of the Labor Day holiday.

It will include the return of Marquette’s Flea Market under the Bridge. Peruse the unique selection of arts, crafts and collectibles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Sept. 5-7.

Tue
01
Sep

MFL MarMac rolls to record-breaking 65-28 win over Maquoketa Valley


Whether it was offense, defense or special teams, Cullen McShane did it all for the Bulldogs in the 65-28 win over Maquoketa Valley Friday night. The junior scored two rushing touchdowns for MFL MarMac, in addition to blocking a punt and recovering a fumble that were both taken to the end zone. Here, he gets a block from lineman Josh Reichard. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Wing back Karter Decker carried the ball five times for the Bulldogs, accumulating 43 yards and a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 68 yards for a touchdown.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team rolled to a 65-28 victory over visiting Maquoketa Valley in the season opener Aug. 28—a school record for points scored in a game.

“I believed in my guys, believed we were going to win,” acknowledged head coach Dan Anderson. “But if you would’ve said we were going to put 65 points on the board in the first one of the year, I would’ve said, ‘Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to happen.’”

“We didn’t make the mistakes,” he said. “That team we played is a better football team than that. They made some mistakes and we capitalized on them.”

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