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Highlighting Inspiring Women: She breaks wrestling stereotypes


MFL MarMac wrestlers Morgan Jacobson, Emily Hendrickson-Troester, Hannah Bogdonovich, Isabella Bogdonovich, Breklyn Schutte, Lauren Kishman, Kadence Pape and Mackenzie Bachman

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times is again publishing a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


“When you go somewhere and say you’re a wrestler, people don’t expect it.”

But as girls like Emily Hendrickson-Troester—and many others across the country—are proving, wrestling isn’t a sport reserved solely for boys anymore.

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19
Mar

Marquette, McGregor prepare for flooding


Marquette mayor Steve Weipert (left) and McGregor street supervisor Ren Pape were already hard at work filling sandbags Tuesday morning. (Photo by Gary Howe)

Jerry Thornton, chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder, has a system down for filling sandbags. (Photo by Gary Howe)

As of Monday, the Mississippi River had already hit minor flood stage—16 feet—at McGregor, and was expected to reach 17.7 feet by mid-week. Marquette and McGregor are now preparing for what the National Weather Service Office (NWS) at La Crosse predicts could be above- or well-above-normal flooding. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Volunteers needed to fill sandbags

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Marquette and McGregor are now in preparation mode for what the National Weather Service Office (NWS) at La Crosse predicts could be above- or well-above-normal flooding this spring. 

The Mississippi River hit minor flood stage—16 feet—at McGregor on Monday, and was expected to reach 17.7 feet by mid-week. The hydrograph showed it holding steady at that level through the coming weekend.

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Mar

Middle schoolers planning play audience won’t forget


Ruby Koeller (left) takes on the lead role of the princess in the MFL MarMac Middle School play “Princess Who?” which will be performed in the high school auditorium, in Monona, on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Showings will be held at 7 p.m. each night. Here, the princess seeks help from Snow White (Hailee Corlett) in order to recover her memory. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Hansel (Abe Hanson) and Gretel (Hannah Bogdonovich) are among the fairy tale characters the princess encounters during “Princess Who?”

Jonah Wille (left) and Holden Mathis portray two of the seven dwarves in this fun fairy tale adventure.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Although the story line is based around amnesia, audiences will find it hard to forget this year’s MFL MarMac Middle School play. Students will present the fun-filled mystery “Princess Who?” this Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, with 7 p.m. showings each night in the high school auditorium in Monona. 

Written by Brian D. Taylor, “Princess Who?” is about a princess who loses her memory, explained seventh grader Ruby Koeller, who plays the lead role. 

After waking up alone, in a forest, “she goes through different fairy tales to find it again,” Koeller said. 

Tue
19
Mar

McGregor’s Sixth Street bridge to be replaced this year

By Audrey Posten, Noth Iowa Times

The McGregor Council, at its March 13 meeting, approved an engineering contract with H.R. Green for replacement of the Sixth Street bridge.

Grant funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation will pay for the project, which H.R. Green senior project manager Tim Cutsforth said will include removing the current bridge and replacing it with a box culvert. 

“A few years ago, it was patched up,” Cutsforth noted, “but the abutments are starting to go. It’s met its lifespan.” 

Tue
19
Mar

Marquette Council approves utility rate increase

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its March 12 meeting, the Marquette Council approved an ordinance that will slightly up the city’s sanitary sewer rate. 

The 1 percent monthly increase for residential properties is based on a recommendation from the auditor, to get the fund operating in the positive, stated city clerk Bonnie Basemann at a previous meeting. It is slated to add $4,000 in revenue. 

The council has been discussing the proposed rate change since December, but held off on passing the ordinance right away, so residents would have an opportunity to share their thoughts. 

Tue
19
Mar

MFL MarMac girls track team brings back three state qualifiers


Members of the MFL MarMac girls track team include (front, left to right) Kira Rieck, Maya Butikofer, Isabella Bogdonovich, Sadie Ewing, Ariella Kann-Caceres, Aleyna Rodriguez; (back) Avery Ihde, Mackenzy Ruff, Summer Schutte, Emily Knickerbocker, Emma Ammons, Hannah Schutte, Kayleen Fels and head coach Kylie Sandstrom. Not pictured is assistant coach Eliza Philpott. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Kylie Sandstrom had one goal when she took over as head coach of the MFL MarMac girls track team this year: to increase the number of participants. With 12 girls currently on the roster, a handful more than last year, she can already cross that off the list. 

Now, it’s time for another goal. That one, she said, is to simply be there for the kids. 

“I’m not here to benefit myself,” Sandstrom shared. “I’m here to benefit the kids—however I can push them to be better in the event they want to be in.” 

Tue
12
Mar

Highlighting Inspiring Women: She lives for the hunt


Hunter Ellie Kinley

Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, the North Iowa Times will again publish a series of articles highlighting local women. Whether it’s through their careers, hobbies, volunteer efforts or unique personalities, these women have become an inspiration to others.


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

When asked where her love of hunting comes from, the answer is an easy one for Ellie Kinley.

“It’s all my dad,” she responded, smiling.

Tue
12
Mar

Old Man River slated to open March 13


Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery will re-open at 123 A St., in downtown McGregor, on Wednesday, March 13. New owners Duane and Diana Vorwald purchased the historic building last fall and have spent the past few months adding their own touches and developing the menu. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After sitting empty for several years, Old Man River Restaurant and Brewery is slated to re-open its doors in downtown McGregor on Wednesday, March 13.

It was the restaurant’s location in the historic Diamond Jo building that caught the eye of new owners Duane and Diana Vorwald. 

“We saw the sign that it was for sale,” Diana remarked. “My husband kept sending me pictures until I gave in.”

“It’s such a beautiful building,” she added, “and we’re happy to get it open again.”

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12
Mar

Bachman resigns from Monona Council

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Monona is now searching for a new council member, following the surprise resignation of Doug Bachman last week. Bachman announced his decision via a letter that was dropped off at city hall on Monday, March 4, just hours before the council’s first regular meeting of the month. No explanation for the resignation was provided.

Bachman replaced Jason Schubert on the council in 2016, and was re-elected in 2017. His current four-year term runs through 2021.

Bids accepted for city projects

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12
Mar

SODA members attend ‘Live Above the Influence Day’ at state capitol


Eight members from MFL MarMac’s SODA club attended “Live Above the Influence Day” at the Iowa State Capitol on Feb. 28. While there, attendees Saysha Schoulte (left), Ashley Weaver, Anna Stoddard, Breanna Knickerbocker, Mackenzy Ruff, Abby Schellhorn, Riley Whitney and Lauren Gillitzer met with legislators Michael Bergan and Anne Osmundson. (Submitted photos)

SODA president and MFL MarMac senior Lauren Gillitzer was a keynote speaker at the press conference held that day.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Alliance Coalitions for Change (AC4C) hosted a “Live Above the Influence Day” for youth at the Iowa State Capitol on Feb. 28. Eight members from MFL MarMac’s high school SODA (Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol) club attended the event, along with advisor Jackie McGeough and student council advisor Megan Schellhorn. Julie Doeppke and Tracy Yelden, from the Clayton County 5C Coalition, also accompanied the group.

During the event, McGeough said students from across the state were educated on legal issues in regard to substance abuse and learned how to speak to their legislators about concerns they have in their communities. 

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