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Tue
22
Sep

Contractor selected for Ash and A street improvements in McGregor

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The McGregor Council, at its Sept. 16 meeting, awarded a contract to Midwest Concrete, Inc., of Peosta, for the FEMA Alternate Project, which will involve improvements to Ash and A streets.

Midwest Concrete’s bid came in at $305,279.62—16 percent below the engineer’s estimated probable cost.

The council also approved plans, specifications, form of contract and opinion of cost for the work.

Tue
22
Sep

McShane shatters single game rushing record as Bulldogs defeat Eagles


MFL MarMac running back Cullen McShane evaded the Clayton Ridge defense throughout Friday night, rushing for a school record 355 yards on 15 carries. He totaled 211 of those on just three plays of 75, 63 and 73 yards—all for touchdowns. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Max Havlicek (7) netted 7.5 tackles in MFL MarMac’s 34-14 victory over Clayton Ridge.

Bulldog offensive lineman Tyler Wille blocks for his teammates against the Eagles.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team improved to 3-1 on Sept. 18, with a 34-14 victory at winless Clayton Ridge. 

“3-1, you’ve got to be happy about that,” said head coach Dan Anderson, but he admitted the game was rough at times. “We have a lot of cleaning up to do, especially up front.”

Tue
22
Sep

MFL MarMac cross country team runs at Starmont, Central


Ruby Koeller finished 43rd at the meet in Elkader. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Will Koether finished the Sept. 17 race in 31st place, and had MFL MarMac’s second-best boys time

Bulldogs Kaylee Nuehring (left) and Cadence Weber ran together at the Central meet.

Koal Klenk (left) and Cody Moses participated in the cross country meet at the Elkader Golf and Country Club on Sept. 17.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team was busy last week, competing in meets hosted by Starmont and Central.

The girls finished 14th as a team at the large Starmont Invitational on Sept. 15, accruing 330 points. Sydney Moser was the Bulldogs’ top finisher, coming in 20th with a time of 22:20.95. Clare Grau wasn’t far behind, placing 22nd at 22:22.54. Kaylee Walch and Ayla Gerndt finished 98th and 99th, respectively, with times of 25:46.03 and 25:46.19. Rose Grau completed the course in 27:55.42, to place 126th, while Alexis Ross ran it in 28:01.09 and came in 129th. 

Tue
22
Sep

Warriors set season best times, junior high team wins meet


Central’s junior high boys team starts the race at the Elkader Golf Course on Sept. 17. The Warriors placed first overall and eighth grader Gavin Holst (second Central runner from right) was the individual junior high champion. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

With a 28:06, Mylee Wingert had a season best time last week, as well as a personal record for the Elkader course.

Central had two varsity boys participants, Parker Vaughn and Corey Weber.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central cross-country program hosted its only home meet of the season this past week at the Elkader golf course, and the varsity girls provided the excitement, all running season best times. 

They were once again led by medalists Hannah Asche, who finished seventh with a 21:28, and Delaney Scherf, who ran a 22:20 time to finish in 13th in a field of 54 runners. 

The other team members that performed season best times included Taylor Moser (27th - 24:27), Jaydin Dettman (34th - 25:18), Haley Mueller (39th - 25:43),  Carly Kluesner (48th - 27:40), Eva Embretson (52nd - 28:35), Maci Kluesner (53rd - 28:45) and Mylee Wingert, who finished 51st with a time of 28:06 and ran a personal record for the course. 

Tue
22
Sep

Bulldogs secure first victory


Kayden Gillitzer sets a ball over the net against the Indians. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Bulldogs Karli Tilson (left) and Grace Anderson defend a Waukon attack.

Miranda Lang dug out seven balls in MFL MarMac's loss to Waukon.

Lakota Morrissey serves against Waukon on Sept. 15.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team upped its record to 1-6 last week, following up a loss to Waukon with a win over Postville.

The Bulldogs hosted the Indians on Sept. 15, dropping the first two sets 25-16 and 25-15. They mounted a comeback in set three, but fell just short, 25-23.

Tue
22
Sep

Central loses 3-1 to TigerHawks

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central volleyball team returned to single game action this past week, as they took on the North Fayette Valley TigerHawks (3-7) at home on Sept. 17, losing the match 3-1. 

The girls came out strong, pulling off a 25-22 victory in the first set, but lost the next three sets 25-14, 25-17 and 25-19, dropping their season record to 1-11. 

On offense, Ava Pensel was the only player to record an assist, adding eight more to her team leading 55. As for kills, Central was led by Isabelle Groth with five, Chelsia Larson with four and Lexi Loan with three. The team totaled 16 on 74 attempts, with 26 errors for an efficiency rating of -.135 percent. 

Tue
15
Sep

Trail improvements make Pikes Peak even more accessible to visitors


Many of Pikes Peak’s 11.5 miles of trails have received extensive improvements in the past two years, including the Deer Ridge Trail shown here. To make the trail safer, workers chopped off roots and used tools to shave out the trail where it was leaning, making it flat. (Submitted photos)

For the bridge on the Deer Ridge Trail, Pikes Peak State Park Manager Matt Tschirgi said workers “got some long, 16-foot railroad ties to use as bridge beams and trusses and did decking out of treated lumber so the bridge is solid now.”

These images show the before and after of the Deer Ridge Trail Bridge. The little wooden bridge was constructed in the 1980s or 1990s and had badly deteriorated.

The bridge railings in the park will be made of black locust logs with the bark shaved off. Jack and Lori Tibbs are shown here completing that task. The trees, which park manager Matt Tschirgi said are non-native invasives planted by the CCC in the 1930s to help with soil erosion, were harvested in Pikes Peak State Park. They have a natural resistance to rot, so the railing will be almost like a treated log.

A bridge on Horn Hollow was also replaced this summer. The park's crew included Carl Davis, Vincent Schmelzer and Jerrett Euans.

This image shows the before and after of the Horn Hollow Bridge.

Railroad tie steps on the Myotis Trail that goes from the park shelter to Bridal Veil Falls and on the Bridal Veil Trail going up to Hickory Ridge were also replaced this year. “There were several railroad tie steps that rotted or washed out. The guys dug out or cut out the old ties, replaced them with a new tie and pinned it in with rerod. They hauled a generator down there and a large, half-inch drill, then drilled a hole into the tie and took a 12-inch piece of rerod and sledge hammered it in,” Tschirgi detailed. Now, the boxes are being filled with crushed lime with help from a local Eagle Scout project.

Other 2019 updates included work to spread and pack rock on Point Ann Trail, the east Hickory Ridge Trail and some of the Weeping Rock Trail, which had portions washed out from heavy rain. Local contractor Bob Thornton completed the work thanks to FEMA funds. He’ll do more on Weeping Rock and the Chinquapin Trail this fall, said Tschirgi, but with funds from the park’s budget.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

In his 22 years as manager at Pikes Peak State Park, Matt Tschirgi has realized the importance of trails to the park located just south of McGregor.

“What a lot of people come here to do is hike on our trails,” he said.

That’s been especially true in 2020, when Pikes Peak has seen a record-breaking number of day visitors, as well as revenue at its campground and concession stand. While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited many social activities, people can still visit parks and other natural areas.

“That’s one of the positives that’s come out of the pandemic,” said Tschirgi. “There’s more appreciation for outdoor spaces and shows a need for parks.”

Tue
15
Sep

Central homecoming activities come together amid change

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As school recommences, all the best efforts are made to return to normal, including maintaining school traditions like homecoming. 

For Central, this year comes with a Hawaiian beach theme for the dance, a speech via Zoom and a truncated schedule of events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While the student council is largely responsible for making the decisions regarding the events, advisor Christie Burlingame, who is entering her fourth year in the role, assists them. 

Tue
15
Sep

MFL MarMac celebrates homecoming with abbreviated schedule


Image courtesy of MFL MarMac Community School District

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac will celebrate homecoming next week, Sept. 21-25, with the theme “Can’t Hide Our Bulldog Pride.” The annual school tradition will look a bit different this year, though, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“First and foremost for us is what’s best and safest for our students, to keep them in a face-to-face educational setting and the athletes on the field, on the court and running,” said Megan Schellhorn, teacher and advisor of the MFL MarMac High School Student Council, which typically organizes homecoming activities each year. “But we also want to provide the community with something.”

Tue
15
Sep

Voters raise question about absentee ballot request form

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Last week, all Iowa registered voters received an absentee ballot request form from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. The mailing confused some voters who have already applied directly to their county auditor for an absentee ballot. Should they complete the form sent by the Secretary of State or wait for a mailing from the local auditor’s office?

“We have been receiving numerous inquiries as to whether or not a voter has to submit an additional absentee ballot request form if they have already done so,” said Clayton County Auditor Jennifer Garms. “The answer is no.”

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