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Tue
26
Mar

Boys track team has depth in long distances


Members of the MFL MarMac boys track team include (front, left to right) Dusty Berns, Victor Breuer, manager Brittney Kober, Caleb Nordheim, Hunter Kugel, Koal Klenk, Jesse Breuer, Aidan Grove; (back) head coach Kyle Kirkestue, Logan Brown, Kutter Anderson, Jacob Trudo, Dylan Corlett, Colin Moses, Wyatt Steven, Austin Nickolai, Zach Trudo, Cayden Ball, Logan Klenk and Kale Miene. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac boys track team has new leadership this season, with the addition of head coach Kyle Kirkestue. A Bulldog alum, Kirkestue has served as an assistant for both track and football, but this will be his first time in charge. He looks forward to gaining experience through this opportunity, as well as helping his athletes grow. 

“I feel I have a simple coaching philosophy, and that is to develop young student athletes into outstanding individuals by using the sport to teach valuable life lessons,” Kirkestue said. “The athlete will learn the principles that make up a strong and reliable work ethic.” 

Tue
19
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She breaks wrestling stereotypes


MFL MarMac wrestlers Morgan Jacobson, Emily Hendrickson-Troester, Hannah Bogdonovich, Isabella Bogdonovich, Breklyn Schutte, Lauren Kishman, Kadence Pape and Mackenzie Bachman

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times is again publishing a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


“When you go somewhere and say you’re a wrestler, people don’t expect it.”

But as girls like Emily Hendrickson-Troester—and many others across the country—are proving, wrestling isn’t a sport reserved solely for boys anymore.

Tue
19
Mar

Marquette, McGregor prepare for flooding


Marquette mayor Steve Weipert (left) and McGregor street supervisor Ren Pape were already hard at work filling sandbags Tuesday morning. (Photo by Gary Howe)

Jerry Thornton, chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder, has a system down for filling sandbags. (Photo by Gary Howe)

As of Monday, the Mississippi River had already hit minor flood stage—16 feet—at McGregor, and was expected to reach 17.7 feet by mid-week. Marquette and McGregor are now preparing for what the National Weather Service Office (NWS) at La Crosse predicts could be above- or well-above-normal flooding. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Volunteers needed to fill sandbags

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette and McGregor are now in preparation mode for what the National Weather Service Office (NWS) at La Crosse predicts could be above- or well-above-normal flooding this spring. 

The Mississippi River hit minor flood stage—16 feet—at McGregor on Monday, and was expected to reach 17.7 feet by mid-week. The hydrograph showed it holding steady at that level through the coming weekend.

Tue
19
Mar

Middle schoolers planning play audience won’t forget


Ruby Koeller (left) takes on the lead role of the princess in the MFL MarMac Middle School play “Princess Who?” which will be performed in the high school auditorium, in Monona, on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Showings will be held at 7 p.m. each night. Here, the princess seeks help from Snow White (Hailee Corlett) in order to recover her memory. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Hansel (Abe Hanson) and Gretel (Hannah Bogdonovich) are among the fairy tale characters the princess encounters during “Princess Who?”

Jonah Wille (left) and Holden Mathis portray two of the seven dwarves in this fun fairy tale adventure.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Although the story line is based around amnesia, audiences will find it hard to forget this year’s MFL MarMac Middle School play. Students will present the fun-filled mystery “Princess Who?” this Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, with 7 p.m. showings each night in the high school auditorium in Monona. 

Written by Brian D. Taylor, “Princess Who?” is about a princess who loses her memory, explained seventh grader Ruby Koeller, who plays the lead role. 

After waking up alone, in a forest, “she goes through different fairy tales to find it again,” Koeller said. 

Tue
19
Mar

McGregor’s Sixth Street bridge to be replaced this year

By Audrey Posten, Noth Iowa Times

The McGregor Council, at its March 13 meeting, approved an engineering contract with H.R. Green for replacement of the Sixth Street bridge.

Grant funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation will pay for the project, which H.R. Green senior project manager Tim Cutsforth said will include removing the current bridge and replacing it with a box culvert. 

“A few years ago, it was patched up,” Cutsforth noted, “but the abutments are starting to go. It’s met its lifespan.” 

Tue
19
Mar

Marquette Council approves utility rate increase

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its March 12 meeting, the Marquette Council approved an ordinance that will slightly up the city’s sanitary sewer rate. 

The 1 percent monthly increase for residential properties is based on a recommendation from the auditor, to get the fund operating in the positive, stated city clerk Bonnie Basemann at a previous meeting. It is slated to add $4,000 in revenue. 

The council has been discussing the proposed rate change since December, but held off on passing the ordinance right away, so residents would have an opportunity to share their thoughts. 

Tue
19
Mar

MFL MarMac girls track team brings back three state qualifiers


Members of the MFL MarMac girls track team include (front, left to right) Kira Rieck, Maya Butikofer, Isabella Bogdonovich, Sadie Ewing, Ariella Kann-Caceres, Aleyna Rodriguez; (back) Avery Ihde, Mackenzy Ruff, Summer Schutte, Emily Knickerbocker, Emma Ammons, Hannah Schutte, Kayleen Fels and head coach Kylie Sandstrom. Not pictured is assistant coach Eliza Philpott. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Kylie Sandstrom had one goal when she took over as head coach of the MFL MarMac girls track team this year: to increase the number of participants. With 12 girls currently on the roster, a handful more than last year, she can already cross that off the list. 

Now, it’s time for another goal. That one, she said, is to simply be there for the kids. 

“I’m not here to benefit myself,” Sandstrom shared. “I’m here to benefit the kids—however I can push them to be better in the event they want to be in.” 

Tue
12
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She lives for the hunt


Hunter Ellie Kinley

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will again publish a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When asked where her love of hunting comes from, the answer is an easy one for Ellie Kinley.

“It’s all my dad,” she responded, smiling.

Tue
12
Mar

Old Man River slated to open March 13


Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery will re-open at 123 A St., in downtown McGregor, on Wednesday, March 13. New owners Duane and Diana Vorwald purchased the historic building last fall and have spent the past few months adding their own touches and developing the menu. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After sitting empty for several years, Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery is slated to re-open its doors in downtown McGregor on Wednesday, March 13.

It was the restaurant’s location in the historic Diamond Jo building that caught the eye of new owners Duane and Diana Vorwald. 

“We saw the sign that it was for sale,” Diana remarked. “My husband kept sending me pictures until I gave in.”

“It’s such a beautiful building,” she added, “and we’re happy to get it open again.”

Tue
12
Mar

Bachman resigns from Monona Council

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Monona is now searching for a new council member, following the surprise resignation of Doug Bachman last week. Bachman announced his decision via a letter that was dropped off at city hall on Monday, March 4, just hours before the council’s first regular meeting of the month. No explanation for the resignation was provided.

Bachman replaced Jason Schubert on the council in 2016, and was re-elected in 2017. His current four-year term runs through 2021.

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