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Tue
01
Sep

Bulldogs drop first game to Cascade


Riley Moreland denied a Cougar attack at the net during MFL MarMac’s season opener on Aug. 25. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

With 16 digs, libero Lexy Johnson was a strong back row presence for the Bulldogs in the 3-0 loss.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team lost its season-opening game to Cascade, 3-0, on Aug. 25. The first set was the closest of the match, with the Bulldogs falling 25-21. However, haunted by service errors and some strong serving on the Cougars’ part, MFL MarMac dropped the following two sets 25-18 and 25-8, respectively.

Junior Riley Moreland had two kills and two blocks for the Bulldogs, in addition to eight digs. Senior Kayden Gillitzer was also key at the net, with two kills and one block. Senior Lexy Johnson led the team with 16 digs, while Abby Schellhorn and Miranda Lang each picked up eight.

The Bulldogs will look to earn their first win of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in a triangular at Turkey Valley.

Tue
01
Sep

Warriors fall in season opener


The Cenral football team gathered in a pre-game huddle around new head coach Joe Koehn. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Central quarterback Evan Schroeder rolled out of the pocket, looking downfield, during the game against Kee on Aug. 28.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was a rough start to the Central Warriors’ football season Friday night, as the team lost its home opener against the Kee Hawks, 54-14. 

From the start, the Warriors had trouble moving and protecting the ball. 

Quarterback Evan Schroeder completed four of 13 passes for 11 yards, while throwing four interceptions, one of which was a pick-six. The rushing attack totaled 38 attempts for 89 yards, an average of 2.8 yards per carry. 

Tue
01
Sep

Central volleyball starts season at tourney

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors volleyball team started the season on Aug. 29, losing all three games at  a tournament at Cascade.

In the first game against the Springville Orioles, the Warriors lost in straight sets by the scores of 21-12 and 21-6. The team ended up with a kill efficiency of just 40.9 percent and totaled one block. The Warriors managed two ace serves and a 70 percent serve efficiency, while recording four assists and 12 digs. 

Ava Pensel led the way with three assists and Chelsia Larson was responsible for the team’s only block. Maddy Wille totaled four of the team’s 12 digs. 

Tue
01
Sep

Central volleyball coach is driven by love of sports


Members of the Central volleyball team include (front, left to right) Alivia Keppler, Kaitlyn Wiley, Chelsia Larson; (middle) Carly Kluesner, Isabelle Groth, Alyson Feickert, Miranda Larson; (back) coach Mike Smith, Peyton Finley, Brandy Beatty, Alexis Loan, Ava Pensel, Madeline Wille, Katelyn Scherf, Ashlyn Scherf and coach Stephanie Burke. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

In his second season as head coach of Central’s volleyball program, the 20-year coaching veteran Mike Smith is looking to slow things down, get the team to play more consistently and understand the psychology of the players more, in order to improve relations and maximize potential. 

Part of this is spurred by a coaching philosophy that focuses on constantly improving and getting better. 

“You may not win them all, but as long as the team keeps getting better, then you are coaching them,” Smith said. 

Tue
01
Sep

Earl F. 'Spike' Olson

Earl F. “Spike” Olson, 97, of Ottumwa, passed away at 8:07 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2020, at Centerville Specialty Care  in Centerville.

He was born Aug. 9, 1923, in McGregor, to Severn and Frances Flatt Gutheil Olson. Spike moved to Ottumwa his senior year of high school and graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1942. He entered the Army Air Corps, where he learned to fly and became a flight instructor.

He married Deloris Kathryn Gustaveson on Dec. 25, 1945, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 2018.

Spike worked for Neiderhauser Airway and the Ottumwa Municipal Airport as a flight instructor. He joined his father-in-law at Gustaveson Insurance, where he was an insurance agent. He sold the company to Noel Insurance, where he worked until his retirement.

Mon
31
Aug

Dale E. Dettman

Dale Edwin Dettman, 81, died at his home in St. Olaf on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. He was born Nov. 13, 1938, on the family farm near National, to Edwin “Eddie” and Lois Schmidt Dettman. Dale attended Pioneer Country School, then transferred to Monona High School, where he graduated with the Class of 1956. After high school, he joined the National Guard, where he served for a time. He was then transferred to the United States Army, serving his country for four years in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Fort Riley, Kan.

He was united in marriage to Mary Vorwald on July 6, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Dale and Mary farmed together near St. Olaf. He loved grandchildren, farming for over 60 years, animals, especially his cats, daily routine visiting and keeping a notebook in his pocket.

Mon
31
Aug

Thomas J. 'Joe' Bergan

Thomas Joseph “Joe” Bergan, 85, of Elkader, passed away Aug. 28, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born March 6, 1935, in Fayette County, the son of Thomas Sr. and Nelly (Kelly) Bergan. He grew up in rural Elkader, graduating from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, reaching the rank of Specialist Third Class before discharging.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis Marilyn Walz on Sept. 17, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Volga. Together, they raised six children: Cindy, Jerry, Craig, Brad, Julie and Mary. Joe and Marilyn lived on their farm on Chicken Ridge, where they farmed for 40 years before retiring to a home in Elkader. Along with farming, he was a long-time Elkader Cooperative board member and a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Fri
28
Aug

Suzanne J. Dahling

Suzanne Jeanette Dahling, 60, of Elkader, departed on her final journey Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. She spent her final days in the hands of the caring and supportive staff at Elkader Care Center.

Sue was born Oct. 5, 1959, at University Hospital in Iowa City, and is the daughter of Marvin and Annette (McKay) Dahling. She attended Central Community Schools (Elkader) and Garnavillo Special Education.  Sue was a resident in the RISE group home for over 30 years and worked at their sheltered workshop. Sue was a lifetime member of Hope Lutheran Church of Littleport.

Tue
25
Aug

DNR plans virtual public meeting for Supreme Beef, LLC nutrient management plan

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a virtual public meeting on Monday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., to gather public comment on the nutrient management plan (NMP) recently filed by Supreme Beef, LLC.

The Supreme Beef, LLC facility will be located along U.S. Highway 18, in Giard Township, in Clayton County. 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
25
Aug

Elkader Cinema reopens


After being closed five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elkader Cinema reopened Friday night, under health and safety guidelines from the National Association of Theater Owners. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“Closing our doors was a shock,” Lee and Diane Akin said. The owners of Elkader Cinema since 2003, when they purchased it during a career change in the pursuit of “something new, fun, and more fulfilling,” have withstood some hard times before, like the flood of 2008, but this was something different entirely. 

Instead of preparing for movie nights and bringing entertainment to the small town they love, they spent the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic “communicating with banks and applying for state and federal programs designed to help businesses during the pandemic.” 

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