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Tue
22
Sep

Nelson celebrates 50 years as bus driver


When asked what’s kept him going for 50 years, Eddie Nelson said it’s a sense of responsibility to the community. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“Wow! I got old. Has it really been 50 years? It doesn’t seem like that long. It seems like it was just yesterday,” Eddie Nelson said, reflecting on the last 50 years of dedicated service as a bus driver at Central School. 

It’s been 50 years of changes, experiences and memories that have shaped him into the city eschewing, small community bound person that he is today. It’s 50 years that also includes working on the family farm, as a fuel delivery driver and as owner of “The Store,” a local convenience store on Bridge Street. 

Tue
22
Sep

COVID-19 in Clayton County: What happens when there are cases at local schools?

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

It was inevitable. Now a month into the school year, districts in Clayton County have had reported cases of COVID-19.

“Central had its first confirmed case of COVID two weeks ago last Thursday,” said Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp last week. “We followed the guidance set forth from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in regard to contact tracing. Students found to be in close contact were sent home for a 14-day quarantine. It is important that the community knows that this is not a local decision. The 14-day quarantine is a mandate from the IDPH and all school districts are required to follow it.”

Tue
22
Sep

Sediment removed from Motor Mill reveals turbines that powered gristmill


Motor Mill volunteer Chris Schoen and C. J. Moyna employee Andy Koehn admire a turbine removed from sediment in Motor Mill basement. (Photo by Larry Stone)

C. J. Moyna employees use a mini-excavator and skid loader inside the Motor Mill basement to remove sediment. (Photo by Larry Stone)

C. J. Moyna employee Bryan Willson digging into mud to allow removal of a turbine from Motor Mill basement. (Photo by Larry Stone)

Retired archeologist Chris Schoen measures the sediment profile and the stone footings in the Motor Mill basement. Note exposed turbine shaft on right. (Photo by Larry Stone)

Chris Schoen watches C. J. Moyna employees enter the basement arches to begin removing sediment from the Motor Mill Basement. (Photo by Larry Stone)

Former Motor Mill intern Kiley Johansen examines the newly exposed bedrock in the Motor Mill basement. (Photo by David Beck)

By Larry Stone, Special to the Times-Register

Visitors to Motor Mill, southeast of Elkader along the Turkey River, this fall will get a whole new perspective on the 150-year-old landmark. For the first time in a century, you can look into the cavernous basement to see the massive stone footings and wooden posts and beams that support the seven-story, limestone structure.

Workers from C. J. Moyna and Sons Construction, assisted by volunteers, recently toiled more than two weeks removing 50-plus truckloads of sediment that had accumulated in the building from years of Turkey River flooding. In the process, they discovered the original four turbines that powered the gristmill from 1870 to 1883. 

Tue
22
Sep

U.S. Highway 18 Bridge construction won’t be completed this year


Work on the U.S. Highway 18 Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien will not be completed this year as originally expected. 2020 construction will wrap up in early October, then continue for three months in 2021, starting in late March/early April. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Contractor will likely need three months in 2021 to finish

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Work on the U.S. Highway 18 Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien will not be completed this year as originally expected.

Tue
22
Sep

A month into school year, MFL MarMac board discusses concerns, solutions

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac will continue with its hybrid learning model—on-site instruction on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday and virtual learning on Wednesdays—through at least winter break. Superintendent Dale Crozier made the recommendation at the school board’s Sept. 14 meeting.

Virtual Wednesdays “are working now,” he stated. “Ironically, we thought we were going to have issues, that the virtual day was going to be the toughest part, but our students and teachers have been able to manage.”

The first month of school, according to administrators, has been about working together through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tue
22
Sep

City council talks Keystone Bridge, decorative lights and art in Elkader


The Elkader Council was recently provided with mock-ups of the Keystone Bridge project, and learned about project changes, including added safety features, design elements and cost.

The bridge railings have been updated to meet current design standards, and enhanced crosswalk signage is meant to increase pedestrian welfare. The sidewalk will also be widened, more interior supports will be added, the metal brackets that hold the sidewalk up will be replaced, curb and gutter will be added to the street with a moisture barrier under the street surface and tuck pointing and stone repair will be completed.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Elkader City Council met on Sept. 14 to discuss several issues, including an update on the Keystone Bridge project, while Main Street Elkader brought two items before the group: decorative streetlights down Main Street and the upcoming Art in the Alley event. 

The Keystone Bridge project dates back to 2015. The update was provided by project engineer Julie Needle, who presented the council with the most recent mock-ups of the bridge and discussed project changes, including added safety features, design elements and cost. 

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. 

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