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Tue
08
Dec

Goltz is new Mar-Mac Chamber Director


Jessica Goltz is the new executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. She’ll start the position next week. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Jessica Goltz is the new executive director of the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce. She’ll start the position next week.

“I’m excited,” said Goltz, who now lives in Monona with her family, but grew up in Marquette.

“I remember shooting pool in the Marquette Cafe with the other local kids,” she recalled. “I worked at the New Frontier Hotel for years.”

Tue
08
Dec

Lesson to go bags make virtual learning days fun for MFL MarMac second graders


MFL MarMac second grade teachers Katie Kregel (left), Dacia Jacobsen and Eva Swatek are pictured with some of the STEM lesson to go bags that have gone home with students. During some of their Wednesday virtual learning days, the teachers and students complete the hands-on activities together, over Zoom. (Submitted photos)

Second graders in Mrs. Swatek’s class show off the geo domes they created. Peggy Schilling, who handles school-based and summer youth development programming for Clayton County Extension, finds, plans and prepares the activities. They are often related to second grade science and math standards.

For one activity, students sorted seeds into fliers, rollers and hitchhikers. Teachers said the projects have been a hit.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac’s second grade teachers have partnered with Clayton County’s ISU Extension and Outreach Office to offer hands-on, educational activities for students on the district’s Wednesday virtual learning days.

“Over the summer, I was doing lesson to go bags,” said Peggy Schilling, who handles school-based and summer youth development programming for Clayton County Extension. “I was looking at MFL MarMac’s school schedule and saw they were not going on Wednesdays. I’ve worked with [teacher] Katie Kregel, who checks out our STEM Lit-Go kits every year, and asked if there were some little activities they wanted to try.”

Tue
08
Dec

Central senior earns prestigious All-State Choir honor


Central senior Brenna Buckman has been selected as a member of the 2020 All-State Chorus, the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school vocal musicians.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

When she was selected as a member of the 2020 All-State Chorus, Brenna Buckman was “so beyond excited!” The Central senior, having achieved the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school vocal musicians, understood the gravity of the accolade and felt the pride that comes with it. Pride in the prestigious nature of what occurred, and the exclusivity of the honor bestowed upon her, as being selected is no easy feat. 

In fact, it’s a rarity for Central and 1A schools in general, as only 6 to 7 percent of those selected were from 1A schools, and Buckman was the only student who made the cut from 1A schools in northeast Iowa. She is Central’s first selection since 2012. 

Tue
08
Dec

Six COVID-19 related deaths in Clayton County over past week

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Clayton County more than doubled over the past week, rising from five to 11, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

All other area counties reported additional COVID-19 fatalities as well, including 10 in Dubuque County, two each in Allamakee and Fayette counties and one each in Delaware and Winneshiek counties.

There have been 2,718 total deaths in Iowa, including 35 reported on Monday. According to IDPH, 315 Iowans have died as a result of COVID-19 in the past week. 

Tue
08
Dec

Yelden retires, leaving hole to fill at Clayton County VNA


Nancy Yelden (left), pictured with fellow retiree Tina Nieland, is closing out a 43-year career with the Clayton County VNA. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Clayton County is losing a fixture in its healthcare community, as longtime nurse Nancy Yelden is set to retire after devoting 43 years to furthering public health. 

The decision was a difficult one, but a new chapter beckons that includes more time with grandchildren and traveling after COVID-19.  

Tue
08
Dec

Central girls basketball has 2-1 week, but team is still a work in progress


Ashlyn Scherf scored nine points off the bench in Central’s win over West Central last week. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Lexi Loan looks to make a pass against West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central girls basketball team headed into the season looking to repeat last year’s success and, early on, it’s gone well. Going into this past week, the Warriors were looking to test themselves against some stiff competition and finished the week 2-1, defeating West Central and Kee, before dropping their first game of the year against Springville. 

After the week of play, coach Mark Wiley remarked “We still need to finish better around the rim. As coaches, we have to implement time in practice to work on these fundamental things of shooting and footwork, even in the paint.” 

Tue
08
Dec

Central boys finish week 1-2


In the win over West Central, Parker Vaughn had 10 points, two assists and two rebounds for the Warriors. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Corey Weber scores an uncontested lay up against West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball season got off to a big start against the West Central Blue Devils on Dec. 1, as the Warriors dominated in a 57-32 victory, holding the Blue Devils to less than 10 points in each of the first three periods. 

As a team, the Warriors shot 39.7 percent from the field, making 23 of 58 shots, and from long range they went 10 for 26. More than half of the team’s 57 points came from three pointers. 

Aside from the shooting, the Warriors played a complete game, overwhelming the Blue Devils on the boards with a 34-21 rebound advantage, to go along with 16 assists and eight steals. 

Tue
08
Dec

Bulldogs cap dominant week by taking top spot at Cascade Dual Tournament


MFL MarMac junior Gabe McGeough is off to a strong start this season, winning all seven of his matches so far—six of them by fall. Here, he pinned Starmont’s Keegan McTaggart in the home dual meet Dec. 3. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Several Bulldog freshmen, including Konnor Barat-Klimesh, were big contributors in last week’s success. Barat-Klimesh earned a fall over Riceville’s Will Felper in his first match Dec. 3.

Senior heavyweight Jacob Trudo worked out of the grasp of Riceville's Mitchel Marr on his way to hard-fought pin early in the dual last Thursday night.

132-pound freshman Bryce Radloff won his first high school match by fall.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

It was a dominant first week of action for the MFL MarMac wrestling team, which won two duals in a Dec. 3 home meet, then cruised to a first-place finish in the Cascade Dual Tournament the following night.

“You couldn’t ask for a better week,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “The kids wrestled well and took care of their matches. When they won, they usually won by fall.”

With COVID-19 making every day of wrestling an uncertainty, he was even more excited. 

Tue
08
Dec

Warrior wrestling team is winless in opening week


Nick Deitchler won all but one match in the five duals Central wrestled in last week. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Brandon Whittle wrestled hard in a home dual meet on Dec. 3, in which the Warriors hosted Ed-Co, Postville and West Delaware.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling season got off to a rough start last week, with the Warriors dropping all five of their duals. 

“We are a young team trying to find ourselves. Our struggles are just fixing the simple things right now…[we] just need to do one thing at a time and don’t worry about getting the cart ahead of the horse,” said coach Joe Koehn.

The week began with a meet at Hudson on Dec. 1, where Central faced the Hudson Pirates and Wapsie Valley Warriors. Against the Pirates, the Warriors lost 72-9, with Nick Deitchler securing the only victory via fall, while teammate Spencer Heer won an 8-7 decision. 

Tue
08
Dec

MFL MarMac snags win over Turkey Valley

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac girls basketball team kicked off its season Dec. 1, snagging a 46-38 victory at Turkey Valley. 

The Bulldogs led the Trojans 8-5 through the first quarter, then broke it open in the second, going on an 18-4 run to claim a 26-9 halftime advantage. Turkey Valley cut into the lead in the third quarter, though, making it 35-25. The Trojans also out-scored the Bulldogs 13-11 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit, losing by eight points.

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