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Tue
16
Jun

Buses—the queen in schools’ Return to Learn chess game

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

As Iowa school districts prepare their “Return to Learn” plans for submittal to the state by July 1, MFL MarMac Superintendent Dale Crozier said infrastructure—particularly transportation—will likely play one of the biggest roles in whether kids can safely return to school this fall.

Speaking to the school board at its June 8 meeting, he likened the scenario to a game of chess: “You start out with pawns and then you get to the bishops and then the queen. The big pieces don’t move until the end of the game. The queen in this chess game is the buses.”

Tue
16
Jun

Carter Street project finds approval

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

An Elkader City Council-approved infrastructure project on Carter Street beginning next spring will see changes, some welcomed for their environmental impact and some not so welcomed for the impact on the scenery and front lawn aesthetics. 

Tue
16
Jun

Marquette attractions reopening

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Several city of Marquette-operated attractions or venues are opening for the season. The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre and Marquette Community Center were open to people last week, and the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Center will welcome visitors starting Thursday, June 18.

The Wetlands Centre will operate its regular hours, said director Alicia Mullarkey, but there will be guidelines to help protect people from COVID-19.

“We’re roping off areas we can’t disinfect as easily, and we’ll try to keep people outside as much as possible,” she said.

Tue
16
Jun

Charles R. Bries

Charles Robert Bries, 76, slipped peacefully from this world at Kavanagh (Hospice) House on June 12, 2020, a mere 10 months after the passing of his dear wife. He abandoned his earthly existence with her ashes beside him, his eldest daughter’s hand in his, while listening to the lyrics he often sang to his children: “I want to go home. I want to go home. Lord, how I want to go home.”

Charlie, ever the firecracker, was born as the 11th of 16 children on July 4, 1943, into the family of Arnold and Regina (Ulbrich) Bries near Luxemburg. He was joined in marriage to Mary Jean (Berns) on Feb. 17, 1968. Over the course of their 51 years of marriage, Charlie and Mary raised four children who blessed them with 12 grandchildren.

Mon
15
Jun

Janet E. Meyers

Janet Elaine Meyers, 76, of McGregor, died Friday, June 12, 2020, at her home in McGregor. She was born on June 13, 1943, to Elmer and Arlene (Larson) Erb in Postville, where she spent her childhood. Janet attended the Bailey Country School until seventh grade, then transferred to Luana School, where she graduated with the class of 1960.

Janet was united in marriage with Earl Bothel Jr. on Sept. 14, 1963, and four children were born to this union. Janet enjoyed going to auctions, painting, cooking and playing euchre and canasta with her sister and mom. She was an avid softball player and she loved her faith and family. Janet liked to “putz” around.

Fri
12
Jun

Lester L. Groth

Lester Lee Groth, 78, of Garber, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at his residence. He was born on April 11, 1942, in Oelwein, the son of Ernest and Velma (Willie) Groth. Lester was raised and educated in the Elkport area, attending the Dannenbring Country School until the third grade. He then attended the Elkport schools and graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1961. After graduation, Lester farmed and worked at Farley and Letcher for a short period of time. 

On Jan. 15, 1972, Lester was united in marriage to Una Horstman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. Three sons were born to this union. The couple farmed together on the family farm, raising a variety of animals as well as grain farming. 

Thu
11
Jun

Norma J. Erickson

Norma Jean Erickson, 92, of Farmersburg, died Monday, June 1, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Delhi. Norma was born May 17, 1928, to Herman and Florence (Homan) Plummer in La Crosse, Wis. She attended school in Waukon.

Norma was united in marriage with Charles A. Erickson on June 10, 1946, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua. Three children were born to this union. Norma was a wonderful homemaker and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and games, fishing in Minnesota, dancing and seeing old cars. She found great joy in visiting with neighbors and loved having the grandchildren over. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Tue
09
Jun

MFL MarMac softball will rely on pitching, defense

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

With five offensively-productive seniors lost to graduation, the MFL MarMac softball team will rely on its pitching and defense to carry the load this season.

“But even though we lost the seniors, we have youngsters that got tested last year,” said head coach Jerald Kleve, who’s entering his fifth season at MFL MarMac. Pat Wille is in her second season as assistant coach.

“Lauren Haberichter and Mackenzy Ruff have been throwing [leading up to the season],” Kleve added, “and our infielders have a lot of experience, with senior Keri Picha back after missing last season with knee surgery.”

Tue
09
Jun

Bulldogs have sights set on conference title

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team boasts one of its most experienced lineups in years, a strength head coach Brandon Burke hopes will have the Bulldogs competing for an Upper Iowa Conference title.

“Many of our starters are returning for their fourth or fifth year as a starter,” said Burke, who’s entering year five at the helm. Collin Stubbs is assisting the Bulldogs for a third season. 

Among the returning players are seniors Cedrick Drahn, Ethan Stubbs, Kaleb Tilson and Trevor Jones, along with junior Max Havlicek.

Tue
09
Jun

‘Play ball:' High school baseball, softball games start next week


Practice for Iowa high school baseball and softball teams started June 1, and games will begin next week, for what one local coach said will be a “fast and furious” season. (NIT-CCR file photo)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Practice for Iowa high school baseball and softball teams started June 1, and games will begin next week, for what one local coach said will be a “fast and furious” season.

It’s one many didn’t think would even happen.

“I was shocked, in a good way, at first. As time went on, I thought there was like a 10 percent chance we would have a season,” acknowledged Brandon Burke, MFL MarMac’s head baseball coach.

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