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Tue
27
Oct

Bulldogs outlast East Buchanan 37-24 to advance to third round


MFL MarMac senior Cayden Ball helps break up a pass in the Bulldogs’ 37-24 win over East Buchanan on Oct. 23. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Cullen McShane continued to power the MFL MarMac offense, picking up 166 yards on the ground and 45 through the air, and scoring four touchdowns.

Gabe McGeough carries the ball—and two Buccaneer players—for extra yardage.

Bulldog quarterback completed just four passes against East Buchanan, but he made them count, throwing two touchdowns.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

It’s on to the round of 16 for the MFL MarMac football team, which outlasted East Buchanan 37-24 in a second-round playoff match-up Oct. 23.

“Every week it’s going to get tougher,” said head coach Dan Anderson. “We knew these guys would be tougher than some of our last opponents. They were big, physical kids—even more physical than our guys gave them credit for at first.”

“We did enough to win,” he added. “It wasn’t always pretty, but you don’t have to be pretty.”

Tue
27
Oct

Warrior cross country season comes to heartbreaking conclusion


Jaydin Dettman came in 21st at the district meet on Oct. 23. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Parker Vaughn turned in a 57th-place finish at the district meet at the Guttenberg Golf Course. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Members of the Central junior high cross country team recently competed in the Washburn Classic middle school state meet. Pictured (left to right) are Bryce Heller, Collin Jaster, Gavin Holst, Alexis Thiese, Brooke Tieden, Reese Berns, Layla Embretson, Caden Fette, Michael White and Braxton Bormann. Unable to attend was Keeley Curran. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central cross country season is over, and for the first time in 21 years, the school will not be represented at the state meet. The outcome is a by-product of changes to state qualifying, COVID-19 and the loss of the team’s top two runners due to contact tracing, a development that marred the season finale. 

The runners who were at the district meet at Clayton Ridge on Oct. 23 performed, enduring through the situation and epitomizing the “Warrior Strong” ethos. 

On the girls side, decimated by the loss of two stars and six other runners, the Warriors had no chance to qualify for state as a team.

Tue
27
Oct

Sumner-Fred cuts MFL MarMac’s playoff run short


Senior Kayden Gillitzer tallied seven kills in MFL MarMac’s 3-0 win over South Winn in the playoff opener. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Miranda Lang made all 11 of her serves against South Winn, including two of MFL MarMac’s seven aces.

Karli Tilson goes up for a block against the Warriors.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team’s playoff run was cut short last week, as the Bulldogs were beaten by Sumner-Fredericksburg just two days after an opening round victory over South Winneshiek.

The Bulldogs hosted South Winn on Oct. 19, sweeping the fellow Upper Iowa Conference team 3-0.  They dominated the game, winning the opening set 25-18 and the final two by scores of 25-14.

Riley Moreland led MFL MarMac at the net, with nine kills and one of the team’s two blocks. Kayden Gillitzer tallied seven kills, while Aleyna Rodriguez contributed five, and Karli Tilson added one kill and one block.

Tue
27
Oct

Central's season ends with playoff loss


Isabelle Groth had four kills in Central’s Oct. 19 playoff loss at Tripoli. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central volleyball season came to an end Oct. 19, as the Warriors lost their playoff opener against the Tripoli Panthers in straight sets, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-17. They finished the 2020 season with a record of 3-20. 

Against the Panthers, the offense was productive, but ultimately outplayed. Ava Pensel, like clockwork, led the team in assists with 14, while Chelsia Larson added one. 

When it came to kills, the Warriors had one of their best games of the year, with 19 kills on 62 attempts and only 14 kill errors. Brandy Beatty led the team with eight kills, while Isabelle Groth had four, Pensel and Lexi Loan each had two and Kaitlyn Wiley, Larson and Maddy Wille each scored one.

Thu
22
Oct

Steven L. Schlitter

Steven Lynn Schlitter was born Dec. 29, 1959, in Dubuque, to Alice and Leo Schlitter. 

Steve grew up farming, was a welder at Double L and Bituma, and later was an owner of Schlitter’s Whitewashing. 

Steve passed away Oct. 14, 2020, at his home in Viroqua, Wis., at the age of 60. 

Survivors include his mother, Alice Schlitter of Waterville; siblings Luanne Miller (Steve) of McGregor, Stan Schlitter of Waterville and Linda White of Smith Station, Ala.; and son, Shane Fox (Schlitter) of Ardmore, Okla.

Steve was preceded in death by his father Leo Schlitter and grandparents Lester and DELillia Schlitter and Julius and Mabel Johnson. 

Thu
22
Oct

Cheryll Scherf

Cheryll Scherf, 85, of Farmersburg, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Wagner Township Cemetery in Farmersburg. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Manchester is assisting the family.

Tue
20
Oct

Three years after discovery, mysterious car pulled from Mississippi River at Marquette


A car recovered from the west channel of the Mississippi River near the Marquette city boat ramp on Oct. 14 contained no suspicious items, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, which led the effort with the Mar-Mac Police Department. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Discovered by fishermen three years ago, the vehicle turned out to be a 1985 Lincoln Town Car last registered in 2007 through Wisconsin. Earlier this week, the police department in Muscoda, Wis., reported the vehicle was stolen from the 100 block of South Ohio Street in the village of Muscoda on or about Sept. 19, 2006.

The Delhi Fire Department Dive Team located the vehicle and hooked it up to a wrecker from Tegeler Wrecker and Crane of Dyersville, which then slowly pulled it from the muck on the Mississippi River bottom. Diver Keith Pitts said, luckily, the car was close to shore—15 feet off the corner of the gas dock (pictured here). The river depth was around 16 feet at that point, and divers relied on a communications line and referenced sonar images to traverse the pitch black water.

Pulling the car from the muck of the Mississippi River bottom took time. A Tegeler employee said removing a freshly submerged vehicle is fairly easy, but one that’s been under water for awhile—covered and filled with sediment deposited by changing water levels and conditions—is difficult.

It was over two hours before the car was pulled from the river and onto the boat ramp under the bridge.

Volunteers from McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 went to work immediately, prying open the car doors and trunk, then shoveling out gobs of mud, so the sheriff’s office could inspect the interior.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A car recovered from the west channel of the Mississippi River near the Marquette city boat ramp on Oct. 14 contained no suspicious items, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, which led the effort with the Mar-Mac Police Department.

The vehicle was first discovered by fishermen in 2017 and initially examined by the La Crosse County, Wis., dive unit in November of that year. But river conditions prevented the car from being removed until now, said Sgt. Brent Ostrander, investigator with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

“The water level finally stabilized—it’s clear and low,” he said. “Boat traffic is also down right now.”

Tue
20
Oct

Elkader Council approves proposal to fix Turkey River dam


The Elkader City Council has approved a proposal from Mobile Track Solutions to replace a broken gate on the Turkey River dam. The gate, which is one of three (the other two were replaced with concrete in the 1990s and are still structurally sound), was damaged during flooding. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“A big dam project!”

That’s how Parker Klingman’s presentation began at the most recent Elkader City Council meeting regarding how to fix the broken dam above the Keystone Bridge. 

The dam has a storied history, having been built by one of the town’s founders, and should be a source of pride and a scenic highlight for the community. But, currently, it stands in a sort of shabby disrepute. 

Tue
20
Oct

Masks now expected at MFL MarMac when social distancing isn’t possible

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac now has the expectation that students will wear face coverings when they cannot social distance—meaning within six feet of anyone else for more than 15 minutes. The school board approved the new policy at its Oct. 12 meeting.

The change comes with the recent recommendation by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that states close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days if a face covering was consistently worn by both people during the exposure.

In addition, face coverings will continue to be worn on school buses, and the district expects masks to be worn during sporting events when social distancing cannot be done.

Tue
20
Oct

New book shares White Springs history


Doris Barrette has written a book about White Springs Supper Club that also highlights her mother, Ethel Mann, and touches on some of her own life story. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The history of White Springs Supper Club is coming to life through a new book penned by Doris Barrette, who grew up at the iconic McGregor establishment, washing dishes and peeling potatoes as a girl, then later waiting tables and serving drinks. Her mother, Ethel Mann, helped run the Springs from 1949 until her death in 2004.

Barrette decided to write the book at the urging of her niece and the ladies at the Hair Hut, in Marquette, where she gets her hair done.

“I never expected to write a book,” she admitted, “but wherever I went, people would talk about the Springs. And I’m the only one who knows the real history.”

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