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Tue
01
Sep

Main Street Elkader takes community pulse poll

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As the community will at some point attempt to navigate the world post-COVID-19, Main Street Elkader, in conjunction with Main Street Iowa, recently conducted a pulse poll survey as a way to “gauge community readiness, aid recovery efforts, and guide business and organizations with next steps,” according to Kate Lower, executive director of Main Street Elkader. 

The feedback from the poll, which was sent out via email and on social media platforms, providing a random sampling of participants, will also be used by the Main Street Economic Vitality Committee to assist in making decisions “regarding events, business recruitment, and marketing efforts,” Lower added. 

Tue
01
Sep

Census enumerators traveling Clayton County to assure residents are counted


Joan Burns, who’s based in McGregor, is one of at least a dozen Census enumerators traveling around Clayton County to assure residents are counted. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

If you haven’t responded to the 2020 U.S. Census, you’ll soon have a visitor knocking at your door—if you haven’t already. 

Joan Burns, who’s based in McGregor, is one of at least a dozen enumerators traveling around Clayton County to assure residents are counted.

“It’s easy and doesn’t take much time,” she stressed. “And it’s so important. The trade-off is increased federal funding at the local, county and state levels for roads, social services, hospitals and schools. It also reallocates members of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Tue
01
Sep

Elkader Council overrides mayoral veto on Carter Street, talks chickens

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The recent Elkader City Council meeting had a touch of déjà vu as Carter Street was back on the agenda after having seemingly cleared the necessary hurdle of approval at the previous meeting, when the council approved the street width of 28 feet and the sidewalk width of four-feet. 

However, a surprise veto by Mayor Josh Pope created a new round of debate and questions, though none of them from residents, who were no longer allowed to make comments on the issue, because, as Pope said, “They’d already been made.”

Tue
01
Sep

CAMPAIGNING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Kayla Koether (D), House District 55


Kayla Koether

In the midst of an election year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted how political candidates typically connect with voters. Over the next few weeks, the Times-Register will share how some local candidates have adapted—how they’re “meeting” constituents and continuing to share their ideas.


By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was never the logical progression for the northeast Iowa native—politics and running for office, that is. But Kayla Koether, after losing by nine votes in a controversial defeat in 2018 that saw absentee ballots go uncounted, is once again challenging for the Iowa House, District 55. 

Tue
01
Sep

Marquette, McGregor will host slate of activities Labor Day weekend

Events will include boat parade Saturday evening

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

McGregor and Marquette will host a slate of activities this weekend, in celebration of the Labor Day holiday.

It will include the return of Marquette’s Flea Market under the Bridge. Peruse the unique selection of arts, crafts and collectibles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Sept. 5-7.

Tue
01
Sep

MFL MarMac rolls to record-breaking 65-28 win over Maquoketa Valley


Whether it was offense, defense or special teams, Cullen McShane did it all for the Bulldogs in the 65-28 win over Maquoketa Valley Friday night. The junior scored two rushing touchdowns for MFL MarMac, in addition to blocking a punt and recovering a fumble that were both taken to the end zone. Here, he gets a block from lineman Josh Reichard. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Wing back Karter Decker carried the ball five times for the Bulldogs, accumulating 43 yards and a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 68 yards for a touchdown.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team rolled to a 65-28 victory over visiting Maquoketa Valley in the season opener Aug. 28—a school record for points scored in a game.

“I believed in my guys, believed we were going to win,” acknowledged head coach Dan Anderson. “But if you would’ve said we were going to put 65 points on the board in the first one of the year, I would’ve said, ‘Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to happen.’”

“We didn’t make the mistakes,” he said. “That team we played is a better football team than that. They made some mistakes and we capitalized on them.”

Tue
01
Sep

Bulldogs drop first game to Cascade


Riley Moreland denied a Cougar attack at the net during MFL MarMac’s season opener on Aug. 25. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

With 16 digs, libero Lexy Johnson was a strong back row presence for the Bulldogs in the 3-0 loss.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team lost its season-opening game to Cascade, 3-0, on Aug. 25. The first set was the closest of the match, with the Bulldogs falling 25-21. However, haunted by service errors and some strong serving on the Cougars’ part, MFL MarMac dropped the following two sets 25-18 and 25-8, respectively.

Junior Riley Moreland had two kills and two blocks for the Bulldogs, in addition to eight digs. Senior Kayden Gillitzer was also key at the net, with two kills and one block. Senior Lexy Johnson led the team with 16 digs, while Abby Schellhorn and Miranda Lang each picked up eight.

The Bulldogs will look to earn their first win of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in a triangular at Turkey Valley.

Tue
01
Sep

Warriors fall in season opener


The Cenral football team gathered in a pre-game huddle around new head coach Joe Koehn. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Central quarterback Evan Schroeder rolled out of the pocket, looking downfield, during the game against Kee on Aug. 28.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was a rough start to the Central Warriors’ football season Friday night, as the team lost its home opener against the Kee Hawks, 54-14. 

From the start, the Warriors had trouble moving and protecting the ball. 

Quarterback Evan Schroeder completed four of 13 passes for 11 yards, while throwing four interceptions, one of which was a pick-six. The rushing attack totaled 38 attempts for 89 yards, an average of 2.8 yards per carry. 

Tue
01
Sep

Central volleyball starts season at tourney

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors volleyball team started the season on Aug. 29, losing all three games at  a tournament at Cascade.

In the first game against the Springville Orioles, the Warriors lost in straight sets by the scores of 21-12 and 21-6. The team ended up with a kill efficiency of just 40.9 percent and totaled one block. The Warriors managed two ace serves and a 70 percent serve efficiency, while recording four assists and 12 digs. 

Ava Pensel led the way with three assists and Chelsia Larson was responsible for the team’s only block. Maddy Wille totaled four of the team’s 12 digs. 

Tue
01
Sep

Central volleyball coach is driven by love of sports


Members of the Central volleyball team include (front, left to right) Alivia Keppler, Kaitlyn Wiley, Chelsia Larson; (middle) Carly Kluesner, Isabelle Groth, Alyson Feickert, Miranda Larson; (back) coach Mike Smith, Peyton Finley, Brandy Beatty, Alexis Loan, Ava Pensel, Madeline Wille, Katelyn Scherf, Ashlyn Scherf and coach Stephanie Burke. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

In his second season as head coach of Central’s volleyball program, the 20-year coaching veteran Mike Smith is looking to slow things down, get the team to play more consistently and understand the psychology of the players more, in order to improve relations and maximize potential. 

Part of this is spurred by a coaching philosophy that focuses on constantly improving and getting better. 

“You may not win them all, but as long as the team keeps getting better, then you are coaching them,” Smith said. 

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