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Thu
20
Aug

Harlan Backhaus

Harlan Lester Harvey Backhaus was born April 19, 1930, on the family farm in Clayton County, near Garnavillo, to Ernie and Georgene (Mohning) Backhaus. His mother died when he was only three years old, and his father married Evangeline (Mohning), his stepmother. Harlan passed away on Aug. 18, 2020, at the Good Neighbor Home, in Manchester, at the age of 90.

He received his education (grades 1-8) in country school, then later graduated from Garnavillo High School in the class of 1947. He would brag to his children and grandchildren that he was the top of his class through the eighth grade (because he was the only one in the class).

Tue
18
Aug

Splashing into reality: Splash pad officially opens at McGregor’s Turner Park


Adam Jacobsen was one of the first kids to enjoy the Turner Park Splash Pad when it opened last Wednesday. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Henry Mullarkey and Evelyn Fettkether marveled at the water shooting out of the splash pad features.

The city of Marquette donated $20,000 toward the Turner Park Splash Pad. Last week, city clerk Bonnie Basemann and mayor Steve Weipert (left) presented the check to McGregor mayor Lyle Troester and Turner Park committee members Janet Hallberg, Megan Beisker and Maria Brummel.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

After several years of fundraising and two months of construction, the splash pad at McGregor’s Turner Park finally opened to the public on Aug. 12. Local kids were on-hand for the event, shrieking with glee as water began shooting out of the fun, colorful features. Turner Park, which is located off West Main Street next to the Great River Care Center, has been busy every day since, with families eager to cool off during the last days of summer. 

Tue
18
Aug

Elkader police officer’s career brings him back home

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It doesn’t matter where you go or what greener grass you hope to find, the presence of home, of where you grew up, is always calling. No road traveled makes the heart grow fonder than the road back home. So it was with officer Adam DeShaw, the well-decorated member of the Elkader Police Department and Elkader native. 

Tue
18
Aug

City of Marquette’s latest solar project nears completion


The city of Marquette’s latest solar project is nearing completion. Dubuque-based Eagle Point Solar has been working for several weeks to install ground arrays along U.S. Highway 18, near the “Welcome to Marquette” sign, that will power the city’s sewer plant. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The city council approved the $300,000 project in April following six months of discussion. While members were supportive of solar powering the site, the biggest hold-up was concern over the location of the ground arrays, which are built into Iowa DOT hillside property between U.S. Highway 18 and the sewer plant. Some didn’t like the idea of the panels being so visible to visitors entering town from the west.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The city of Marquette’s latest solar project is nearing completion. Dubuque-based Eagle Point Solar has been working for several weeks to install ground arrays along U.S. Highway 18, near the “Welcome to Marquette” sign, that will power the city’s sewer plant.

The city council approved the $300,000 project in April following six months of discussion. While members were supportive of solar powering the site, the biggest hold-up was concern over the location of the ground arrays, which are built into Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) hillside property between U.S. Highway 18 and the sewer plant. Some didn’t like the idea of the panels being so visible to visitors entering town from the west.

Tue
18
Aug

Central athletic director talks COVID-19 impact on fall sports

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

A new school year dawns, and so does a season of sports against the backdrop of COVID-19. Students will return to the halls, the courts and the fields chasing victory, not just against opponents, but also against an unfamiliar and ever-changing set of challenges—challenges that, according to Central Principal and Athletic Director Aaron Reinhart, have made it difficult to plan because every plan hinges on an untold number of outside factors. 

“We’re making a plan and then making a new plan before the original plan was used,” Reinhart commented. “It’s just so many changes and most with short notice.” 

Tue
18
Aug

With school set to start, MFL MarMac provides more Return to Learn details

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac School Board met Aug. 10, taking a final opportunity to answer questions about the district’s Return to Learn plan before school starts on Monday, Aug. 24.

MFL MarMac intends to begin the year with on-site learning for all students who are able to attend in-person, while also incorporating a hybrid component. That includes four days per week of on-site instruction on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, then continuous learning, where students learn from home, on Wednesdays. This will last through at least the month of September.

Tue
18
Aug

Central students head back to school next week

By Pam Reinig, Times-Register

In less than a week, Central students will head back to school, where things will be quite different than they were when the building was abruptly closed in mid-March to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Face coverings will be required on buses and expected in buildings, especially in classes where social distancing is difficult. Stairwell traffic will be one-direction; lunch will be served to elementary students by class, not grade; and before-school gatherings in the foyer area will be discouraged. 

Tue
18
Aug

Osborne expands disc golf course


The disc golf course at Osborne Park, near Elkader, was expanded from nine to 18 holes this summer, giving players a fun, new challenge. (Submitted photo)

The “front nine” of the disc golf course was put in two years ago, through the hunter education course prairie area. The new “back nine” picks up where the first section leaves off, wandering through the woods north of Osborne Pond.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The disc golf course at Osborne Park, near Elkader, was expanded to 18 holes this summer, giving players a fun, new challenge.

The course was spearheaded by Clayton County Conservation Resource Manager/Naturalist Kenny Slocum, who discovered the idea in an Osborne master plan from 2001.

The “front nine” was put in two years ago, through the hunter education course prairie area. The new “back nine” picks up where the first section leaves off, wandering through the woods north of Osborne Pond.

Tue
18
Aug

Marquette takes steps to deal with dog issues

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The city of Marquette took steps at its Aug. 11 meeting to deal with an increasing number of dog issues in the community—whether threatening behavior toward humans or other pets, or running at large without a leash.

“We’re trying to eliminate dog issues and make dog owners aware that, if their dogs get out, there will be repercussions,” said mayor Steve Weipert.

The council approved first readings of two different ordinance amendments, one regarding animal protection and control and another about a dangerous or vicious animal.

Fri
14
Aug

Ivon H. Ihlenfeldt

Ivon was born May 29, 1923, in rural Clayton Center, to Ernst and Alma (Heuer) Ihlenfeldt. He lived all his life in the Clayton County area and attended rural Wagner Township grade school and graduated from Farmersburg High School. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg.

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