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Fri
22
Jan

Jean D. Ruegnitz

Jean Dorene Ruegnitz, age 89, of Garber, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital in Dubuque. She was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Greeley, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Lillibridge) Tinkey. 

Jean was raised and educated in the area, graduating from Edgewood High School in 1950. On Nov. 26, 1954, Jean was united in marriage with Gene Ruegnitz at Trinity Methodist Church in Edgewood, and two children were born to this union.

Jean was a homemaker, but made quilts for church missions and volunteered for many other jobs for the community. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg.  

Tue
19
Jan

MFL MarMac virtual Wednesdays will continue through February

District will transition to full in-person learning in March

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac will continue its hybrid learning model—in-person classes Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday with virtual learning on Wednesdays—through the end of February, before slowly transitioning to in-person instruction five days per week. The school board gave the go-ahead at its Jan. 11 meeting, based on the recommendation of superintendent Dale Crozier.

“What I’ve noticed is what we’re doing is working,” Crozier told the board. “Or something we’re doing is working.”

Tue
19
Jan

Mar-Mac Police Department releases 2020 annual report

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Mar-Mac Police Chief Robert Millin recently shared the law enforcement district’s 2020 annual report, giving a “behind the scenes” look at the department, its personnel, daily activities, comparisons to previous years and more.

Over the past year, Millin said the department has experienced a significant upgrade and improvements to achieve the agency’s original values, goal and mission.

Tue
19
Jan

Woodland Eye Clinic says goodbye to Dr. Landis, welcomes Dr. Stebel

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Bruce Stebel to Elkader and to the Woodland Eye Clinic. In some ways, he is a younger version of me.” 

With that, Dr. Bruce Landis ends his 39-year career as Elkader’s go-to optometrist. It was a career filled with fond memories of patients and people who will be missed, as well as one that survived the 1980s farm crisis, the flood of 2008, the selling of the office to the Woodland Eye Clinic and the modernization and computerization of the medical practice of eye care. 

Tue
19
Jan

Matelski joins Monona Police Department


Mayor Eric Koenig (right) swore in the Monona Police Department’s newest officer, Nicholas Matelski, last month. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Monona Police Department is back at full strength, with the addition late last month of officer Nicholas Matelski. He joins police chief Jo Amsden and officer Riley Doeppke.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Matelski has lived in Monona for the past three years. Although he has no prior law enforcement experience, he jumped at the opportunity to enter a career field that’s always interested him.

Tue
19
Jan

Local COVID-19 patient discharged from GMHC after 65 days


COVID-19 patient Royce Hansel, pictured with wife Janan, was released from GMHC on Jan. 15, after 65 days on the patient care unit. (Submitted photo)

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics (GMHC) celebrated the discharge of COVID patient Royce Hansel on Jan. 15, after 65 days on the patient care unit.

Royce tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 8, at GMHC. His symptoms worsened at home, causing his wife, Janan, to call the GMHC COVID-19 Line. It was determined that Royce should be brought to the emergency department, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia due to active COVID-19. He was admitted on Nov. 12.

Royce was critically ill for his first six weeks at GMHC, taking a turn for the better in mid-December. After 65 days, Royce is now able to return home.

Tue
19
Jan

Bulldogs breeze past Postville before losing thriller to Turkey Valley


Senior Cayden Ball had a game-high 15 points in the loss to Turkey Valley. Twelve of those came from behind the arc. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kaden Stocker was a big contributor off the bench last week, tallying seven points at Postville and eight against Turkey Valley.

Gavin Meana skirts around a Turkey Valley defender during the Jan. 12 loss. The Bulldogs started the game down 14-0 before unleashing a second-quarter comeback. They couldn’t hold off the Trojans in the final period, though, losing 59-55.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team went 1-1 last week, breezing past Postville before losing a hard-fought thriller to Turkey Valley.

The Bulldogs faced the winless Pirates Jan. 11, taking the game easily, 62-31. They jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the first quarter alone, and only increased the advantage to 32-17 at halftime. The MFL MarMac defense then held Postville to just 14 combined points in the third and fourth periods, en route to the 31-point victory.

MFL MarMac shot nearly 44 percent in the game and drained 10 of 26 attempts from behind the arc. The Bulldogs also got to the free throw line nearly twice as often as Postville and won the rebounding and turnover battles.

Tue
19
Jan

Season lows in scoring and shooting plague Warriors in loss at West Central

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was a game of statistical lows Jan. 12, as the Central girls basketball team suffered a stunning 39-18 defeat against West Central. 

The Warriors put up a season-low 18 points against a team they defeated 65-33 earlier in the season. They scored fewer than six points in all four periods. 

The team converted just six of 56 field goal opportunities, shooting 10.7 percent from the floor—25 percent lower than West Central. 

It was even worse from three-point distance, where the Warriors made just one shot out of 24 attempts. 

Tue
19
Jan

McGeough, Mathis lead MFL MarMac to second place at Bulldog Invite


Junior Kashton Mathis wrestled his way to first place in the 145-pound weight class at the Jan. 16 MFL MarMac Invitational. He was one of the team’s two individual champions. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Sophomore Karter Decker (138 pounds) continued to wrestle well on Saturday, earning second place at the MFL MarMac Invitational.

The Bulldogs have gotten a lift—sometimes literally—from a strong group of freshmen, including 132-pound Bryce Radloff. He finished third at Saturday’s tournament.

Holden Mathis, wrestling at 120 pounds, was another freshman who placed third.

Tristen Koehn, seen here pinning a Waterloo West wrestler, got redemption in Saturday's third-place match, winning by fall over Saint Ansgar’s Derek Peterson, who’d pinned him to start the day.

Gabe McGeough was the 160-pound champion. The junior has dominated throughout the season, losing just once.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac wrestling team continued its string of strong tournament performances on Jan. 16, placing second in the MFL MarMac Invitational. The Bulldogs scored 193 total points, trailing only Crestwood, which finished the day with 285. Wapsie Valley scored 149 points, placing third in the eight-team field.

Leading the Bulldogs were juniors Gabe McGeough and Kashton Mathis, who were tournament champions in their respective 160-pound and 145-pound classes.

“Gabe dominated,” said head coach Chet Bachman, while Mathis bounced back from a tough previous week. “He didn’t do well the week before, but it just shows that, if you have a good mind set and a good week of practice, you can flip the page.”

Tue
19
Jan

Warrior defense, Seeland star in 46-31 win over West Central

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball team put together a solid performance in a 46-31 victory over West Central (1-10) on Jan. 12. 

The game was tied at halftime, before the Warriors pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Blue Devils 29-14. 

Central shot an impressive 43.2 percent from the field and had a surprise offensive explosion from senior Tommy Seeland, who returned from a rib injury and went 6-6, finishing with a team-high 14 points off the bench. Teammates Hazen Loan and Evan Pensel both scored nine points, while Parker Vaughn had six. 

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