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Tue
19
May

MFL MarMac board ponders what next school year could look like

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac’s prom has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday, July 24, but no date has been set yet for a physical graduation ceremony.

“We have every intention of having a physical graduation later,” in addition to the virtual event held May 17, said superintendent Dale Crozier at the May 11 school board meeting.

If the governor eases social gathering restrictions to allow for groups of 200 or more people, it would be doable, Crozier said. He hopes that will be the case by mid-July. 

Tue
19
May

Marquette farmers market moving downtown


The Marquette Farmers Market is moving from the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre to the city park downtown this season. It will open this Friday, May 22, and continue every Friday evening, from 4 to 7 p.m., through the first week of October. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

When the Marquette Farmers Market opens for the season this Friday, May 22, it will be in a new location. The Marquette Council, at its May 12 meeting, approved a move from the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre to the city park downtown, at the intersection of First and Edgar streets.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the vendor roster for at least the first part of the market season. Current state restrictions for farmers markets limit vendors to selling only farm and produce products—no arts and crafts or food to be eaten on-site. The market is not allowed to provide common seating or entertainment at this time, although that may change as the season progresses.

Tue
19
May

Legions adjust Memorial Day activities

Local American Legion posts have either canceled or adjusted their annual Memorial Day activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elkader

The Elkader Lemke-Stendel American Legion Post #106 has traditionally remembered veterans by rendering a traditional military salute, firing rifles and playing taps publicly, at the Elkader St. Joseph and East Side Cemeteries. In addition, the American Legion Auxiliary honors all who have served by sending a wreath down the river, which ultimately flows to the sea, and places a wreath at the memorial at the Clayton County Courthouse.

Mon
18
May

Brian Lee Nading

Brian Lee Nading, 58, of McGregor, died May 2, 2020. Brian was born on Feb. 13, 1962, to Dwain and Joyce (Bovee) Nading in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Throughout the years, Brian worked for the railroad, as a logger for 19 years and currently was employed at Bungi Agri for the last 10 years. Brian was a member of First Lutheran Church in McGregor. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, trapping and riding his motorcycle. Brian always was there to help friends and family.

Surviving Brian are his two children, Cory (Jeanna) Nading of McGregor and Lee (Kayla) Nading of Strawberry Point; three grandchildren, Derek and Lucas Nading and Clayton Nading; one brother, Kim Nading of McGregor; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwain and Joyce Nading; and one grandson, Braydyn.

Thu
14
May

Donna Mae Starkey

Donna Mae Starkey, 79, of Luana, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Donna was born Sept. 20, 1940, to Clayton and Lucille (Glawe) O’Neal in St. Olaf. She graduated from Elkader High School and then trained for nursing.

Donna was united in marriage with Clifford Starkey on Feb. 18, 1978, in Monona.

Tue
12
May

Berns, Johnson earn MFL MarMac’s top academic honors

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Destiny Berns has earned the title of valedictorian of MFL MarMac’s class of 2020, and Eli Johnson is the salutatorian.

Destiny, who is the daughter of Sally and the late Bob Berns, of Monona, said the honor is one she’s worked toward throughout high school. She follows in the footsteps of sister Kasey, a previous Bulldog valedictorian.

“My freshman year, I had the mindset I would work toward it. I wanted to make my parents proud,” she said. “So I tried my best, and hoped it would land that way.”

Tue
12
May

MFL MarMac virtual awards ceremony comes together with group effort


With school closed due to COVID-19, MFL MarMac held its annual senior awards night virtually this year. The district used live streaming via Zoom YouTube so the awards could be viewed in real time by all seniors, their families and other community members. This image offers a look at the empty auditorium with the camera set up and principal Larry Meyer at the podium. Producer Cheri Moser can be viewed on the video screen to the left.

Twenty community members handed out scholarships live from their homes during MFL MarMac’s virtual senior awards ceremony on May 6. This screenshot shows the presenters gathered via Zoom.

Dr. Mark Fohey gets ready to present the Family Dentistry Associates of Monona Scholarship from his home office.

MFL MarMac’s annual senior awards night is always one of the key events leading up to commencement, as community members and school staff present scholarships and academic honors to the soon-to-be graduates.

Even with school closed due to COVID-19, it was still important to continue the tradition for the class of 2020, said Cheri Moser, a McGregor resident and member of the district’s “CommUNITY Committee.” 

“They missed out on a lot this last semester,” she said, “so we want to do everything we can to celebrate them.”

“We want to keep our seniors on schedule and on time—no matter what—for their special days, which they’ve been waiting for for a long time,” added high school principal Larry Meyer.

Tue
12
May

Counselors help students navigate social, emotional impacts of COVID-19

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

For MFL MarMac staff like Samantha Baumgartner, working through the COVID-19 pandemic has been a roller coaster of emotions.

“It’s been both heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time,” reflected the middle school guidance counselor. “It has been heartbreaking to watch as students, staff and families grieve for the loss of the expectations and plans they had. It has personally been difficult to not be able to be greeted by the laughter and smiles in the hallway each day, or to be physically with students when they start to make progress on a goal or overcome a challenge. Yet, my heart has overflowed from the outpouring of support and creativity in our Bulldog community.”

Tue
05
May

Meet the Times-Register editor


Audrey Posten is the editor of the newly-merged North Iowa Times-Clayton County Register.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” This quote from science educator and TV personality Bill Nye is one that’s shaped my career as a journalist. Whether I’m speaking with someone about their hobby, asking a farmer how he raises pigs, interviewing a student athlete about the game-winning touchdown or getting a public official to explain how an ordinance change might impact residents, I know everyone has a story to tell. Each person can provide a unique perspective that spurs discussion and community action, makes people think, brings them a smile or even a tear. Whether we’ve lived in a town for two months or five decades, it shows us there’s always something left to learn—something new to discover about our home and the people around us.

Tue
05
May

Local businesses ‘optimistic but cautious’ in choosing whether to re-open


With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Clayton County on May 1, some local restaurants and retail shops (like Navy Rose and Co., pictured here) chose to allow customers inside on a limited basis, with precautions in place, while others opted to stick with carry outs and curbside pick-up.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

“Optimistic but cautious.” According to McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ashley Kishman, that’s how most local restaurants and retail shops approached the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Clayton County beginning May 1.

“This is a new way of doing things,” Kishman said, “and businesses are putting in a lot of new practices to keep people safe.”

That includes limiting occupancy to 50 percent of capacity and implementing reasonable measures to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

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