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Fri
15
Jan

John W. 'Jack' Schultz

John “Jack” Walter Schultz, 91, of McGregor, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Mayo Health in La Crosse, Wis. John was born June 1, 1929, to Benjamin Albert and Meda Marie (Zahn) Schultz in McGregor. He was baptized on June 8, 1930, and attended McGregor Public School.

Thu
14
Jan

Deloris C. Morris

Deloris Catherine (Gusta) Morris, 92, of Strawberry Point, formerly of Oelwein, passed away on Jan. 9, 2021, at the Guttenberg Care Center due to COVID-19. She was born on April 13, 1928, in Elkader, and was the only daughter of Elmer and Florence (Seeland) Gusta. Deloris graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1946 and attended Pitzies Cosmetology School in Waterloo in 1947. On April 26, 1947, Deloris was married to William C. Morris at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo.

Tue
12
Jan

Pandemic pushes MFL MarMac to increase its digital presence


Since the start of the pandemic, MFL MarMac has increased its digital presence. Cheri Moser, shown here with her home office setup, has helped with marketing and promotion. (Submitted photos)

A video highlighting student Keaton Warrington, who did a virtual presentation to his class about his dad’s service in the Navy, is one example of the engaging posts shared on the MFL MarMac Facebook page.

Live stream events have been one of the district’s biggest and most popular undertakings. This screengrab shows the camera set up in the auditorium for the high school winter concert.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close last spring, districts around the country began devising ways to stay connected with students, parents and their communities. 

MFL MarMac was no different. A committee planned teacher car parades, socially distanced window scavenger hunts and weekly spirit activities.

“There were so many ideas floating around,” recalled the district’s teacher librarian, Melissa Haberichter, who was part of the group.

Tue
12
Jan

Monona sets 2021 goals

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Trail updates, sewer maintenance and property annexation are among the goals the city of Monona has for 2021. City administrator Barb Collins proposed the objectives—some of which are holdovers from previous years—at the city council’s Jan. 4 meeting.

This year, thanks in large part to a REAP grant, Monona will extend its Butterfly Trail from Gateway Park to the intersection of Main and Spruce streets. The extension will improve access to and from Gateway Park’s campsites and new playground. Once the recreational trail plans are completed, Collins said the city will know how much it will have to contribute toward the project.

Tue
12
Jan

Elkader City Council discusses department budgets

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Jan. 11 Elkader City Council meeting focused chiefly on budget updates concerning public works, water works, the police department and the library. 

Before deep diving into the weeds of financial matters, there has been a surprise departure, as Ashley Althoff, just a month after taking over as economic development and Main Street Iowa director, has left the position. The departure was confirmed by city administrator Jennifer Cowsert, who could not offer any specific details, instead simply stating that she has “met with the Main Street Board and [they] are moving ahead to re-advertise the position and hopefully have someone on board by the end of February.”

Tue
12
Jan

County’s 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate goes over 19 percent

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Clayton County saw an increase of 68 new COVID-19 cases over the past week—the largest one-week jump in a month. According to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the county’s total grew from 1,410 on Jan. 4 to 1,478 as of Jan. 11.

Over two weeks, the total has risen by 132 cases. 

Of Clayton County’s 1,478 confirmed cases, 176 are currently active. 

The county’s 14-day positivity rate, which measures the percentage of positive tests in that span, also continues to rise. It currently sits at 19.3 percent, up a point from last week. Over seven days, the positivity rate is 13 percent.

Tue
12
Jan

MFL MarMac's winning streak snapped


Carver Blietz-Bentien contributed four points and a team-high seven rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 48-44 loss to Clayton Ridge on Jan. 5. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Max Havlicek puts up a contested shot in last week’s match-up with the Eagles.

Cayden Ball assesses the Clayton Ridge defense in last week’s loss. He had a team-high 17 points in the game.

Wyatt Powell attempts a three-pointer.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team entered play last week on a three-game winning streak, but failed to keep the momentum alive in losses to Clayton Ridge and North Fayette Valley.

The 48-44 loss to Clayton Ridge on Jan. 5 was especially tough. The Bulldogs raced ahead 17-4 in the first quarter and maintained a 25-13 lead into halftime. But the Eagles came roaring back in the third period, using a 20-6 run to edge ahead 33-31. They continued to hold the Bulldogs off in the fourth, winning by four points.

Tue
12
Jan

Bulldogs remain perfect in duals

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac wrestling team remains perfect in duals this season with four more wins at the Upper Iowa Conference Duals at Riceville on Jan. 7. 

The night started with a 72-10 win over Clayton Ridge, which included 12 Bulldog victories due to forfeit. Koal Klenk lost his 106-pound match by 12-3 major decision and Nolan Lerch was pinned at 195 pounds.

Tue
12
Jan

Warrior wrestling is still a work in progress

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was a busy week for the Central wrestling program, with a girls meet at Anamosa, a dual at Riceville and hosting the Central Invitational. 

The girls took center stage at Anamosa, as Maria Medberry and Rebecca Suhr represented the school well. Medberry placed second in the 139-pound bracket, going 2-1 with two falls, and Suhr placed third at 147 pounds, going 1-2 with one fall. 

One of Medberry’s falls took only 12 seconds over Addison Juhl from Waverly-Shell Rock and Suhr’s lone fall came in a swift 20 seconds over Corrigan Wilson from Marion.

Tue
12
Jan

Central girls basketball team back to its winning ways


Haley Frieden dribbles around an Ed-Co defender in Central’s 58-52 victory last week.

Delaney Scherf shoots a free throw against Ed-Co. She had 14 points in the Central win.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central girls basketball team returned to its winning ways after the holiday break, defeating Edgewood-Colesburg 58-52 and routing Postville 55-27 this past week. 

The team showed a little vacation rust in the first half against Ed-Co, trailing 28-21 before cutting into the lead coming out of halftime. The Warriors eventually took the lead in the fourth period and never let it go. 

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