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Fri
28
Dec

Middle school wrestling program sees growth, including interest among girls


Members of the middle school wrestling team included (front, left to right) manager Amara Buchheit, Chylie Feurerhelm, Elias Hatt, Konner Barat-Klimesh, Holden Mathis, Kole Pape, Bryce Radloff, Dalton Krause, manager Trista Eggers; (middle) manager Savannah Schaller, Karter Decker, Austin Schlee, Noah Bond, Tyler Zuercher, Taylor Herzmann, Landon Johnson, Alek Roys, manager Franci Mezera; (back) coach Brent Pape, Kadence Pape, Emily Hendrickson-Troester, Tristen Koehn, Mason Overton, Michael Knickerbocker, Tyler Slaughter and coach Travis Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Twenty MFL MarMac seventh and eighth graders went out for middle school wrestling this year, the most participants the program has seen in five or six years, estimated head coach Brent Pape.

Of those 20 wrestlers, 13 amassed 10 wins or more, and 14 had winning records.

“In the middle school season, you’re lucky if you get 20 matches,” said Pape, which makes the results even more remarkable. “We had a really good year.”

But for the wrestlers, a season means more than just wins and losses. It’s an opportunity to gain key life skills, while also trying something new.

Fri
28
Dec

My Early Learning Adventures offers child care option in Marquette


Debra Mason, with Paisley and Beckman, opened My Early Learning Adventures in Marquette in November. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Debra Mason has helped children and families most of her adult life, as a child care provider, teacher and employee at facilities like Prairie du Chien’s Family Resource Center and the Parenting Place and Healthy Families in La Crosse. 

In November, she got back to her roots, opening My Early Learning Adventures child care center in Marquette. 

The business not only gives her an opportunity to return to the McGregor-Marquette area, close to family, but to do something she loves. 

Fri
28
Dec

Clayton SWCD honors outstanding conservation efforts of local farm families


Rick and Laurie Blietz and Meyer Family Farms were selected for recognition in the Landlord/Tenant division of the 2018 Clayton SWCD Awards program. Pictured (left to right) are Phillip, Amanda and Jessa Meyer, Laurie and Rick Blietz and SWCD Chairman Ron Kaiser. (Submitted photos)

The Izaak Walton League Windbreak Award was presented to Clark Wikner. Pictured (left to right) are Kristine and Clark Wikner and SWCD Commissioner Owen Sylvester.

The Clayton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) honored the outstanding conservation efforts of local farm families during the annual awards banquet held Dec. 6, at the Central State Bank Community Room in Elkader. This year’s award winners showcase a variety of conservation efforts and each recipient provides an outstanding example of what can be done to protect the natural resources people enjoy in northeast Iowa. The awards program is co-sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau.  

Tom and John Berns

Mon
24
Dec

Enjoy new art experiences at art center’s winter workshops


The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts' winter workshops, held at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor, will kick off Saturday, Jan. 12, with the first of three pottery sessions. (NIT file photo)

Enjoy new art experiences this winter at one of the workshops offered by the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts. 

Held on Saturdays from mid-January through early-March, all workshops will be taught by local artists at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, in McGregor. Beginners are welcome at these classes, which are suitable for both teens and adults. All materials will be included in the class fee. Classes offered this year include: 

Pottery (Session One), Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to noon—Mike Kabele will lead participants in making wheel thrown candle holders. 

Mon
24
Dec

Monona Visioning Committee proposes playground for Gateway Park

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

With six designs selected for the new downtown steel street banners and ready to be cut out this winter by MFL MarMac industrial technology students for spring installation, members of Monona’s community visioning committee have turned their attention toward the next project: a playground at Gateway Park. 

Following the extension of the city’s popular Butterfly Trail from the Butterfly Garden to Gateway Park this summer, the idea was natural, said Monona Chamber and Economic Development Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, who was among the visioning committee members who spoke at the Dec. 17 council meeting. 

Mon
24
Dec

Bulldog wrestlers surprise injured teammate with gift


The MFL MarMac high school wrestlers surprised injured teammate Collin Henkels (center) with a gift before Christmas. Pictured with Henkels are (kneeling, left to right) Ethan Stubbs, Caleb Nordheim, Nathan Johanningmeier, Austin Nickolai, Andrew Heins; (back) Hunter Miller, Zach Trudo, Michael Egan, Garret Keehner, Gabe McGeough, Max Havlicek, Korby Keehner, Jacob Trudo, Zach Howe, Dylan Corlett, Jack Vorwald and Kashton Mathis. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The wrestling season didn’t get off to the best start for Collin Henkels. On the opening night of practice, the freshman broke his leg. 

“It was a freak accident,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “He just landed wrong.” 

The wrestling coaches, as well as some of the girls basketball coaches who were at practice nearby, rushed to help while Bachman called 911. 

“It kind of scared the kids in the wrestling room,” he noted. 

Henkels ended up hospitalized and missed two weeks of school. He’s now getting around on crutches. 

Tue
18
Dec

DNR cites Walz Energy with another violation

Infraction is fourth since July EPC meeting

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) last week issued another notice of violation to Walz Energy, LLC, for failure to comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit. 

The notice says Walz has also not met the requirements of the administrative consent order it entered into with the DNR in August to address previous violations at the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation under construction outside Monona.

Tue
18
Dec

For Stu Crew, the best gift is giving back


Last week, MFL MarMac Middle School Stu Crew members Carter Stoddard (left), Holden Mathis, Amelya Weigand, Kaylee Nuehring, Ava Kishman, Lauren Kishman and Hailee Corlett purchased $300 in donations for the Shepherd of the Hills holiday shop. The money to purchase the gifts was collected through several Stu crew-sponsored holiday fundraisers. (Submitted photo)

After purchasing the gifts, Stu Crew members delivered them to Shepherd of the Hills, where they also helped organize other donations. (Submitted photo)

Lauren Kishman (left) and Ava Kishman prepare to distribute candy canes—one of the fundraisers Stu Crew developed this year. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Shepherd of the Hills, in St. Olaf, held its annual Christmas Just 4 Kids Giveaway last week, an annual event that, through the generous donations of individuals, churches and organizations, stocks a holiday shop with a variety of gifts for local families in need. In addition to items like toys, games and books, all children were slated to receive pajamas, new pillows and pillow cases and a quilt or blanket.

This year, over 200 families and 450 children in Clayton County will benefit from Christmas Just 4 Kids. And the MFL MarMac Middle School Student Council, or “Stu Crew,” has once again played a part in making the season brighter for them all.

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. 

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