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Tue
14
Jul

Barbara L. Baker

Barbara Laverne Baker, 82, of Elgin, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at St. Mary Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She was born Jan. 5, 1938, to John and Alberta (Koester) Jarm in Chicago, Ill. Barbara grew up in Des Plaines, Ill. She earned her associate degree in biology.

Barbara was united in marriage with Thomas Baker on Aug. 18, 1956, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Des Plaines, Ill. Three children were born to this union.

Barbara is survived by her three children, Kathleen (Kenneth) Butzen of Minong, Wis., Mark (Nora Short) Baker of Dayton, Minn., and Michael (Stephanie) Baker of Trophy Club, Texas; five grandchildren, Nicole Fisher (Mitch), Matthew (Bethany) Butzen, Lauren Reagan (Scott), Robbie Slay and Stephanie Baker (Jake Miller); and seven great-grandchildren.

Tue
14
Jul

Labor of love: Home restoration creates another lodging option in Monona


Owner Rachel Thurn and her family spent nine months restoring the Driftless Manor Getaway, a historic brick home on South Egbert Street in Monona. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

“The response from the community has been great,” shared Rachel. “People have already contacted us about renting it for anniversaries or weddings. They’re excited to stay here.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Renovations included gutting and changing the layout of the kitchen, raising the ceilings and enlarging the full bathroom. Paint and flooring were also updated. (Submitted photo)

Not everything required modernization. The home’s original woodwork, which includes beautiful pocket doors and trim, was in good shape. The other updates merely enhanced those unique qualities. (Submitted photo)

The Driftless Manor Getaway has four bedrooms: two with a king-sized bed in each, one with two queen-sized beds and a “bunk bed room” with space for five people. In all, the home can comfortably sleep 15 guests.

Picking the colors and selecting furniture and decor were among the easiest items on the to-do list. Rachel said she regularly browsed Facebook Marketplace for pieces. “The community sort of helped furnish the home,” she joked.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Monona has added its second lodging establishment in less than a year. The Driftless Manor Getaway, a historic brick home on South Egbert Street, began welcoming guests through the vacation rental website Airbnb in June.

Visitors aren’t the only ones happy about the new accommodations. Owner Rachel Thurn said Monona residents are just as excited about the home’s potential.

“The response from the community has been great,” she shared. “People have already contacted us about renting it for anniversaries or weddings. They’re excited to stay here.”

Tue
14
Jul

Elkader Council vote puts Sweet Corn Days in question

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Even after numerous committee meetings, city council votes and contentious public debate, the fate of Elkader’s Sweet Corn Days, much like everything else during the COVID-19 pandemic, is uncertain—even two weeks after it was announced the annual celebration would move forward. The event, which is currently scheduled to take place on July 24 and 25, went back to the city council Monday evening to obtain approval for street closures, noise permits and a fireworks permit. The same council previously approved the liquor license for Sweet Corn Days, so approval seemed like a forgone conclusion…until it wasn’t. 

Tue
14
Jul

Monona holds off on putting airport up for sale

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Monona Council, at its July 6 regular meeting, agreed to give the Monona Airport Board until Oct. 1 to develop options to increase funding at the airport before determining if the property should be put up for sale.

A potential buyer approached the city about purchasing the airport property, which is located three miles southeast of Monona, over a month ago. Declining revenue and a drop in use has forced the council to seriously consider the idea.

Tue
14
Jul

Mayor talks Carter Street project, Elkader’s future

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As Elkader gets set for potential facelifts via multiple construction and improvement projects, specifically the Carter Street Project and future plans developed by the Elkader Visioning Committee, Mayor Josh Pope kindly participated in a candid interview to give his thoughts and insight into some of the plans that are intended to improve the infrastructure of the town and allow the community to grow and flourish. 

Can you tell me where the Carter Street Project is currently at in the approval process?

Tue
14
Jul

Bulldogs hit double-digit win total


Kaleb Tilson gets an out at first base during game one of the Bulldogs’ doubleheader sweep of the War Eagles. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team closed out its regular season schedule with a record of 10-5, following a doubleheader sweep of Clayton Ridge/Central and loss to South Winneshiek last week.

The Bulldogs took on the War Eagles July 6, winning the first game of the doubleheader 9-4. MFL MarMac trailed 2-1 heading into the sixth, but cranked out five runs in the top of the inning, followed by three more in the seventh. The team collected just six hits, but took advantage of six walks, two hit by pitches and 11 steals to earn the victory.

Tue
14
Jul

Four more victories for MFL MarMac softball team


Abby Koslowski had one hit and an RBI in game one of a doubleheader sweep of Postville on July 8. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac softball team went 4-2 last week, in the final stretch of the regular season, with doubleheader sweeps of Kee and Postville and two losses at Turkey Valley.

The Bulldogs started the week July 6, at Kee, winning game one 6-5. The team held just a narrow 5-4 edge over the Hawks going into the top of the seventh, but pushed one run across to make it 6-4. Kee tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning, but failed to add more.

Tue
14
Jul

War Eagles wrap regular season with win


Oakley Harbaugh doubled, drove in a run and scored once in game one of the War Eagles’ July 6 doubleheader with MFL MarMac. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Sean Wilwert takes a strong cut against Sumner-Fred on July 7. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Clayton Ridge/Central (CR/C) War Eagles wrapped up their regular season last week with an overall record of 4-14. 

The final week before the playoffs started on July 6, with a doubleheader against the MFL Mar-Mac Bulldogs. In game one, the War Eagles were winning 2-1 heading into the sixth inning when the Bulldog bats exploded for five runs, putting the game out of reach. The War Eagles eventually lost the game 9-4. 

While CR/C actually totaled more hits than the Bulldogs, it was the amount of walks (six), hit batters (two) and stolen bases allowed (five) that were the team’s undoing.

Tue
14
Jul

Central softball ends regular season


Katelyn Scherf pitched the second game against the TigerHawks. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors softball team had another tough week, losing the final four games of the regular season to end with an overall record of 3-13. 

It all started with a doubleheader on July 6, against the conference-leading Turkey Valley Trojans, who won game one 12-2. 

Warrior pitcher Chelsia Larson continued her valiant effort as the team’s main pitcher, but could not overcome the onslaught of the Trojan bats.

Freshman Delaney Scherf performed well offensively for Central, amassing two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. 

Thu
09
Jul

Maureen K. Scott-Bading

Maureen Bading passed away peacefully at home after a long illness and went to be with our Lord.  On that day, we had a flock of her hummingbirds and were blessed with heaven’s kisses. We had 47 butterflies that landed on everyone standing on the porch. They would allow you to hold them and wouldn’t fly away.

Maureen attended Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. She had many friends but developed a strong friendship with Tom Bading, for they were both free spirits. They were married on Feb. 23, 1980. Together they were not just the best of friends, but also soulmates, and they found true love in one another.  

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