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Tue
18
Dec

Programming class relies on failure, trial and error to help students learn


MFL MarMac freshman Jaxon Lenth programs the S3 Scribbler Robot with a series of code he’s created on his laptop to dictate the robot’s movements. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Lenth watches as the Scribbler etches out the letter “G” on a piece of paper. “I have so many tests on that paper,” he said, noting that trial and error is how he learns best.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac student Jaxon Lenth watches as the S3 Scribbler Robot rolls across a piece of paper. A blue Sharpie marker inserted into the middle of its small, green frame, Scribbler navigates and turns on its own, etching out the letter “G.”

The robot doesn’t really move on its own, though. Lenth has told it exactly what to do using a series of code he’s programmed into Scribbler. Built through a program on his laptop computer, then downloaded onto Scribbler with a USB cord, the code dictates how far Scribbler should move, when it should move and in which direction. The “G” is the second to last letter in the phrase “Go Bulldogs,” which Lenth has worked throughout the semester to write using the robot.

Tue
18
Dec

School board weighs change to Wednesday early outs

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac School Board held a preliminary discussion on the 2019-2020 calendar at its Dec. 10 meeting, largely focusing on whether to rethink the district’s Wednesday early outs. 

For the past five years, school has dismissed an hour early, at 2:20 p.m., most Wednesdays, and staff members use that time for professional development, committee meetings and other activities. 

Tue
18
Dec

Marquette Council considers sewer rate adjustment

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its Dec. 11 meeting, the Marquette Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would up the city’s sanitary sewer rate. 

City clerk Bonnie Basemann said the auditor recommended the city make the move in order to “help bring things back to operating in the positive.” 

If approved, the change would mean a 1 percent monthly increase for residential properties. 

Fri
14
Dec

Shirley K. Weller

Shirley Kujawa Weller, 94, of Glen Burnie, Md., passed away on Dec. 5, 2018. 

Shirley was born on May 24, 1924, in Marquette, to the late Frank and Gladys Kujawa. 

She graduated from Marquette High School Class of 1941. In 1946, she married Everett Weller, of McGregor.  Because of Everett’s Army career, they lived in six states and two foreign countries. She enjoyed sewing, playing the piano, reading and playing cards. Shirley was a member of Glen Burnie Baptist Church.  

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Everett H. Weller, and her sister, Elma Reetz.

Tue
11
Dec

MFL MarMac dance team receives fourth-place honors at state


Members of the MFL MarMac High School dance team include (front, left to right) Jayde Schubert, Megan Lang, Lexy Johnson, Kaylee Bachman, Brookelyn Radloff; (back) Destiny Berns, Taylor Berns, Chloe Diehl, Kaitlyn Berns, Lizzie Herzmann and coach Kelli Saxe. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When Kelli Saxe took over as coach of the MFL MarMac High School dance team this year, she knew her group had a lot of potential. She’s friends with former coaches Angie Killian and Michelle Hontz and had helped judge team tryouts. 

When the girls gathered in August for team camp, to work on their skills, all the good things she’d seen and heard were only reinforced.

“They catch on really well. And they work really well as a team,” she found. “They take each other under their wings. They’re kind and thoughtful.”

But even then, there was no intention of taking the dancers’ abilities beyond performances on the football field or basketball court.

Tue
11
Dec

Investigator offers advice on scams, identity theft


Brent Ostrander, investigator with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, spoke about identity theft and scams at the Dec. 4 coffee house at Murphy Helwig Library, Monona. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Scams and identity theft—these fraudulent schemes claim over 11.5 million victims in the U.S. each year, with an average loss just shy of $5,000.

“It’s a big business,” reported Brent Ostrander, investigator with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, who spoke about the practice at the Dec. 4 coffee house at Monona’s Murphy Helwig Library. “If I dealt with every time a credit card was compromised, I wouldn’t have time to do anything else. I should screenshot all the fraud calls Clayton County gets. It’s amazing to know how many times in a week somebody is trying to steal your money.”

Tue
11
Dec

Mayor proud of goals Monona has accomplished

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

With 2018 coming to a close, Monona mayor Lynn Martinson took time at the Dec. 3 council meeting to address the goals the city accomplished this year.

One of the biggest was the voluntary annexation of 13 properties adjacent to Monona’s southeast boundary. A sanitary sewer extension from Oak Street to South Main Street was also part of that endeavor.

Tue
04
Dec

Seeing through the vapor


SODA members Saysha Schoulte, Macie Weigand, Hope Guyer and Tyler Trappe recently shared their thoughts on the e-cigarette trend. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

The most popular e-cigarettes, JUULs, closely resemble flash drives and can be charged in USB ports. (Stock photo)

Local teens offer insight into e-cigarette trend

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

“They’re here, they’re easy to hide, people are using them and kids are addicted to them.”

They are e-cigarettes. And, as prevention coordinator for Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County, Adam Sadewasser has seen them become the latest substance abuse trend among area teens.

Tue
04
Dec

Decorating trees is as fun as viewing them


The ninth annual Festival of Trees will be held this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at Backwoods Bar and Grill, in McGregor. (NIT file photo)

Michelle Pettit and Jane Lundquist, from the McGregor Public Library, are among those who lovingly decorate the trees each year. They always create something uniquely homemade, like these silver hearts from last year’s tree. (NIT file photo)

McGregor's ninth annual Festival of Trees is Dec. 7-8

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

From the twinkling lights and detailed ornaments to the fresh scent of pine, walking among the 45 decorated trees on display at McGregor’s Festival of Trees is always an awe-inspiring experience.

“You go down there and everyone has all these ideas. The trees are all so different,” remarked Jane Lundquist, children’s librarian at the McGregor Public Library. When the event is held this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at Backwoods Bar and Grill, it will mark the seventh year she and library director Michelle Pettit have been among those who bring the trees to life.

Tue
04
Dec

KWWL’s Ron Steele visits MFL MarMac High School


KWWL news anchor Ron Steele spoke at MFL MarMac High School on Nov. 27.

Steele shares a laugh with high school principal Larry Meyer and PE teacher Pat Wille.

After the presentation, Steele posed for photos with students. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

KWWL’s Ron Steele visited MFL MarMac High School Nov. 27, speaking to students about his over-40-year journalism career, and also encouraging them to exercise, work hard and dream big.

Physical education teacher Pat Wille coordinated the event, which she hoped would add to the activities students perform in class.

“I want to change how you look at PE,” she told those gathered. “I want you to hear from others who are physically active in the workforce. The goal is for you to learn something and take it with you when you go.”

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