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Warrior girls basketball relies on defense and team shooting in wins


Ashlyn Scherf looks for a shot in the Warriors’ win over West Central. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Delaney Scherf was Central’s leading scorer in all three games last week—putting up double digits each time.

Hannah Asche and Central’s stifling defense helped lead the team to conference wins over West Central and Kee.

Lexi Loan takes the ball up the court in Central's match-up with Kee.

Grace Kuehl defends a West Central player.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

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Dec

Turnover struggles leave Central boys basketball team 1-2


Ashton Burroughs finished with a game-high 23 points in Central’s win over West Central. He drained five of 13 shots from three-point range and nine of 18 from the floor, while adding seven rebounds, a block and two steals. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Corey Weber defends a Kee player in Central’s 66-57 loss to the Hawks.

Parker Vaughn skirts around a Kee defender in last week’s home game.

Dan McGreal contributed seven points in the Warriors' win over West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

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Dec

Mary Jo Wilke

Mary JoAnn (Iverson) Wilke, of Monona, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 24, 2021, at the age of 88. Mary Jo was born on Oct. 19, 1933, in Calmar, to Justin Clarence (JC) and Ina (Weselmann) Iverson. She was the second oldest of six children and attended Calmar High School. Mary Jo was the valedictorian of her high school class in 1951 and furthered her education at Luther College in Decorah, following in the footsteps of many family members before her. While at Luther, she earned her B.A.

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Dec

Lorraine H. Taake

Lorraine Henry Taake, age 79, of Clayton Center, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Lorraine was born on Jan. 31, 1942, to Leroy and Helen (Kregel) Taake. 

 

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Dec

Thomas J. Moses

Thomas Joseph Moses, 72, of Monona, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wis. Thomas was born Sept. 15, 1949, to William Jr. and Isabel (Ferguson) Moses in McGregor. He graduated from MFL High School in 1968.

 

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Dec

Ilo M. Moser

Ilo May Moser, 101, passed away on Nov. 30, 2021, in her home in Edgewood, after a short illness. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. John’s Church in Garber.

 

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Dec

Walter E. Lutz

Walter Eben Lutz gained his angel wings Nov. 22, 2021.

 

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Nov

McGregor Public Library marks 100 years


The McGregor Public Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Dec. 4. For much of the past century, it's been located at 334 Main St., in a building that opened on Aug. 17, 1963.

The first McGregor Public Library was located in the community rooms of the Masonic Building. In 1938, it moved to the former Cooper Shop/Town Laundry building (pictured here) on Second Street, which was remodeled by the WPA.

The current McGregor Public Library staff includes director Michelle Pettit (left), assistant Pam Smalley and children’s librarian Luana Stiemke.

According to Michelle Pettit, who’s been director since November 1999, McGregor has only had 14 librarians in the last 80 years. “Four of us were here 20 years or more, and there were others at 15 years,” she said. “We’re not great in number, but I think everybody cared about the library who’s worked here.” Librarians, such as Charlotte Franz pictured here, can leave a lasting impact. “I remember she loved kids. You just felt special, like she noticed you and took the time to talk with you," said Pettit, who grew up with Franz as her childhood librarian. "It’s like a legacy, and we hope we can keep living up to it.”

The current library building opened in 1963. The cost of the building and equipment was $85,000—made possible by a sizable bequest from former McGregor resident Elizabeth Updegraff, whose photo is on display.

Although the McGregor Public Library has undergone some cosmetic changes in the following decades, most notably new carpeting, sheet rock walls and a circulation desk remodel in 2003 and the addition of an historical timeline mural in 2006, director Michelle Pettit said the furniture and shelving is largely original to the building.

Since its inception, the McGregor Public Library has been a community gathering spot, especially through its children's and adult programming. In this older photo, Angel Bahnsen of McGregor and Brianna Kinley of Marquette enjoy "Marie's rocking chair," which was purchased around 20 years ago through memorials given in honor of Marie Collins.

“There are not many other things you can think of that serve people from toddler through the rest of their lives,” reflected McGregor Public Library Director Michelle Pettit. “Once you come to the library, it never really leaves you—there will always be fond memories.” The library's summer reading carnival (shown here) is always a memorable time for local kids.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

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Nov

Paving errors continue to plague Carter Street

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

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Nov

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Festival of Trees in McGregor


The Festival of Trees illuminated winter wonderland will be back in person this year, from Dec. 2-4, at Backwoods Bar and Grill and Event Center in McGregor. The event will also include holiday music, a craft and bake sale, pub crawl and children’s activities. (Times-Register file photo)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

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