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Tue
17
Nov

Despite high COVID rates in county, no all-virtual learning plans for MFL MarMac

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Despite high COVID-19 positivity rates in Clayton County, MFL MarMac currently has no plans to move to all-virtual learning.

“The county rates are a lot higher than our school rates. Our actual number of students who are sick is still very manageable. The quarantine kids don’t count—it’s just kids who are actually sick,” said superintendent Dale Crozier at the district’s Nov. 9 school board meeting. “If the county rate of people testing positive is above 15 percent, which it is, and then if the actual absence rate is above 10 percent of people who are actually sick, then we’d have to look at a temporary closure. We’re not there yet.”

Tue
17
Nov

Marquette projects over $110k revenue loss due to pandemic

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The city of Marquette is looking at potential cost-saving measures in anticipation of a revenue loss of just over $110,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City clerk Bonnie Basemann updated the city council at its Nov. 10 meeting, noting that hotel/motel tax projections are 50 percent of what was budgeted.

“Instead of $80,000 at the end of the fiscal year, we may have just over $40,000,” she said. “Gaming revenue [from Casino Queen Marquette] is not as bad as I thought it would be. It’s only been running about 20 percent. I think, at the end of the year, we’ll only be about $50,000 short of what we projected.”

Tue
17
Nov

Elkader Council talks campground fire wood, approves street closure request

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Elkader City Council discussed several items at its Nov. 9 meeting, including the issue of firewood at the campground and a street closure request by Moyna & Sons for next year’s Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club (ACMOC) show. 

Beginning with the first item, it appears part of the issue has to do with billing, donations and how the fire wood at the campground is being paid for, which became more of a matter back in 2005/2006 during the spike in gas prices. 

Tue
17
Nov

Elkader issues proclamation encouraging use of face coverings

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Last week, the Elkader City Council discussed the possibility of issuing an ordinance to enforce a COVID-19 mask mandate or simply issuing another proclamation  encouraging residents to wear masks. 

The discussion was prompted by a letter from the Clayton County Health Board that encouraged masks to be worn to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Neighboring cities such as Decorah and Guttenberg have also passed resolutions for an ordinance, where failure to wear a mask would result in first a verbal warning, then a written warning, and finally a $10 fine. 

Tue
17
Nov

MFL MarMac coach, 10 players receive all-district football honors


Cullen McShane

Max Havlicek

Gabe McGeough

Karter Decker

Cayden Ball

Chauncy Drahn

Kaden Stocker

Austin Schlee

Josh Reichard

Wyatt Powell

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Ten MFL MarMac football players, along with head coach Dan Anderson, have received all-district honors.

Anderson led the Bulldogs to a 9-2 record this season, and the team earned its second-straight district title after tying with Wapsie Valley and South Winneshiek atop the Class A, District 4 standings.

Fri
13
Nov

Gerald L. Perrinjaquet

Gerald Louis Perrinjaquet, 94, of Edgewood, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home. Known affectionately as “Perry,” Gerald was born on Aug. 12, 1926, in Edgewood, the only child of Louie and Glennie (Porter) Perrinjaquet. A life-long resident of Edgewood, Gerald graduated from Edgewood High School in 1943 and served his country honorably in WWII for the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Japan. From the time he was a small boy working with his father to owning the business until his retirement, he dedicated his working career to building and growing the, now fourth generation, Edgewood Feed Mill. Gerald was a committed businessman and community contributor. 

Fri
13
Nov

Betty C. Rentschler

Betty Carol Rentschler, 82, of St. Olaf, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.      

Survivors include her husband, Curtis; five children, Rick (Beth) Rentschler of St. Olaf, Cindie (Lonny) Kuehl of Garnavillo, Brenda (Troy) Haberichter of Bagley, Wis., Julie (Steven) Fette of Coggon and Roxanne (Terry) Puelz of Garnavillo; 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; one brother, Carl (Dottie) Syverson of El Monte, Calif.; and one sister, Connie (Ervin) Jones of Swisher. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Randy Rentschler.    

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Tue
10
Nov

Sounding Taps for heroes


Jerry Mays is part of a network of 4,000 Bugles Across America volunteers from around the country who play Taps at military funerals and other memorial and veterans ceremonies. (Photo by Joe Moses, The Standard Newspaper, Waukon)

As bugler, Mays honors veterans and their families at military funerals

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

“Taps is 21 notes. About 55 seconds if you time it out,” said Jerry Mays. “But it’s how you play it—reverently.”

Mays would know. The rural McGregor resident has played the country’s most revered call on a bugle or trumpet at well over 500 military funerals and memorial and veterans ceremonies in the tri-state area since 2007.

Tue
10
Nov

Veteran Joel Bankes reflects on service


Veteran Joel Bankes joined the Air Force at age 17, in 1967, and continued serving his country until retiring in 1990. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

“It’s a day to remember and thank a veteran for the freedoms we have,” Joel Bankes said of Veteran’s Day.

Here, Joel Bankes is pictured at his First Sergeant graduation.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“It’s a day to remember and thank a veteran for the freedoms we have,” Joel Bankes said about the Veteran’s Day holiday. The retired Air Force master sergeant reflected fondly on his time in the military, service to the country and of the places it took him. 

A Central graduate in 1967, Bankes joined the military at 17, turning 18 while attending basic training at Lackland Air Force base in Texas. Service and life kept him from northeast Iowa until 2011, when, at the urging of his third wife, Karen, they moved back to the area. It was an unexpected decision, but Bankes is glad they did it because it reminds Karen of home back in upstate New York and it’s a safe place to live. 

Tue
10
Nov

Nearly 83% of Clayton County registered voters cast ballots in Nov. 3 general election

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Nearly 83 percent of registered voters in Clayton County cast ballots in the Nov. 3 general election, according to unofficial results released by the Clayton County Auditor’s Office. Of the 9,636 voters, nearly half (4,750) voted absentee, while 4,886 cast their ballots on Election Day.

The turnout was a little higher than anticipated, but not much, said Clayton County Auditor Jennifer Garms.

“The last two presidential elections had approximately 80 percent turnout and 9,200 voters each,” she said.

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