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David B. Reichter

David Bruce Reichter, 77, of Elkader, passed away on Dec. 22, 2020, at MercyOne Elkader Medical Center. Dave was born on Sept. 18, 1943, in Fort Dodge, the son of Wendell and Bernice (Keen) Reichter of Goldfield.  

Tue
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Dec

Elkader Council hears Turkey River Recreational Corridor report


The Turkey River Recreational Corridor is primarily focused on land and trail development, expansion and improvement, while also leading and supporting marketing and promotional projects, historic preservation, water quality improvement, public facility improvements and art and cultural expansion. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) presented its annual report at a recent Elkader City Council meeting, detailing the accomplishments of the board over the past year. 

The formal 28E government entity, which is comprised of the Elkader, Clermont and Elgin communities, is tasked with developing and enhancing the existing natural resource base through the creation of land and water trails to serve as the catalyst for economic growth and development. 

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29
Dec

Bulldog dance team performs well at state competition


Members of the MFL MarMac Bulldog Dance Team are (front, left to right) Scotlyn Coenen, Lexy Johnson, Avery Ihde; (middle) Rose Grau, Kadence Pape, Kaylee Bachman, Isabella Bogdonovich; (back) Mallory Lang, Savannah Schaller, Hailee Corlett, Kaylee Nuehring and Mikayla Morrissey. (Submitted photos)

Seniors Avery Ihde (left), Lexy Johnson, Rose Grau and Scotlyn Coenen show off the fun, colorful hoops the dance team used for the Hoopla routine.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

2020 has been a successful year for the MFL MarMac Bulldog Dance Team. The group earned third place in the Small Hoopla category at this fall’s Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association State Dance Competition, in addition to a Division 1 rating in Class IV Pom, missing placing by just one point. Junior Kaylee Bachman earned a Division 1 rating in Class II Solos, and the team also received a distinguished academic award for having a combined grade point average over 3.5.

Coach Kelli Saxe is proud of the achievements, especially considering practice time for the team is limited.

Tue
29
Dec

Central celebrates Christmas, bringing joy during a difficult year


Brady Stramer’s fifth grade class won the door decorating contest with the theme “Christmas Is Among Us.” (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” so says Buddy from the movie Elf. Nowhere was this embodied quite like at Central, where the teachers literally, and figuratively, sung for all to hear through decking the halls, decorating the doors and delighting the students with carols. 

According to student council advisor Christie Burlingame, it was all done with an emphasis on trying to get everyone in the spirit in a different and very difficult school year. 

“We wanted some cheer where some kids have none,” she said. 

Tue
29
Dec

McGregor Library plans activities centered around The Polar Express


From now until Jan. 15, the McGregor Public Library is offering a series of activities centered around the classic children’s book The Polar Express. Here, children’s librarian Luana Stiemke shows off the props kids can use to take Polar Express photos. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kids can participate in a Polar Express book walk and check out the books at the library. They can also take home an activity to make their own train treat.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Hop aboard the Polar Express! From now until Jan. 15, the McGregor Public Library is offering a series of activities centered around the classic children’s book that, in 2004, was also made into an animated film.

Children’s librarian Luana Stiemke said the idea started when staff decorated the library’s tree for McGregor’s annual Festival of Trees in a Polar Express theme. She was also encouraged by the success of Halloween week activities, where, instead of a large group event, kids could visit the library on their own time to play games and win treats.

“So I wanted to do something similar over the holiday break,” she said.

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29
Dec

Fourth quarter rally propels Bulldog girls past Central


Junior Miranda Lang scored 10 points, including two key shots from behind the arc, during the Bulldogs’ 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter. Lang tallied 20 points overall for MFL MarMac in the 35-32 win over Central on Dec. 22. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Lakota Morrissey and the MFL MarMac defense held Central to 32 points in the Dec. 22 win.

Carlie Jones rises above the Central defender for a shot attempt.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A fourth quarter rally propelled the MFL MarMac girls basketball team to a 35-32 win over visiting Central on Dec. 22. 

The Warriors had control of the game early, allowing just two Bulldog points in the first quarter and taking an 18-15 lead into halftime. By the end of the third quarter, they were up 25-21. MFL MarMac stormed back in the final period, though, going on a 12-0 run to start the frame. Junior Miranda Lang scored 10 of those points, including two key shots from behind the arc, as the Bulldogs eked out a three-point victory.

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29
Dec

Central girls lose defensive battle at MFL MarMac


Delaney Scherf leads the fast break against MFL MarMac. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was another close loss for the Central girls basketball team on Dec. 22, as the MFL MarMac Bulldogs held on to win 35-32. Central was not without its chances to win the game, however. 

In fact, the Warriors led 25-21 heading into the fourth quarter, but were out-scored by the Bulldogs 14-7 in the final period, leading to the defeat. 

The defensive battle had the Warriors shooting just 24.3 percent from the field and a season-low 13.3 percent from the three-point line. They also shot 54.5 percent from the free throw line, making just 12 of 22 shots. 

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29
Dec

MFL MarMac boys win big over Warriors


In the 64-41 win over Central on Dec. 22, Gavin Meana led the Bulldogs with 13 points. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kaden Stocker showed off his dribbling skills against the Warriors.

Colin Moses finished the game against Central with 10 points, five rebounds and an assist.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team cruised past Central 64-41 in a Dec. 22 Upper Iowa Conference match-up. It gave the Bulldogs their third straight win.

The game was lop-sided from the start, as MFL MarMac jumped ahead 13-5 in the first quarter, then pushed the margin to 37-21 in the second. Central failed to mount a comeback in the final periods, losing by 23 points.

The Bulldogs took 16 fewer shots than the Warriors, but were more productive in their attempts, with a 41.7 completion percentage.

Tue
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Dec

Central boys endure loss, but learn in the process


Ashton Burroughs once again led all of Central’s bench players with three points, two assists and one steal. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

CJ Polkinghorn edges past MFL MarMac’s Carver Blietz-Bentien in the Warriors’ 64-41 loss to the Bulldogs. Polkinghorn had seven points, seven rebounds and one steal in the game.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball team suffered another defeat last week, losing 64-41 to MFL MarMac on Dec. 22. The game came down to the Bulldog defense and missed opportunities for the Warriors. 

“MFL played solid man defense throughout the game. While they made our job difficult by taking away easy shots, there were also shots that we missed that frankly were quality looks,” coach Brady Stramer said. 

Central’s offense was stifled, shooting only 23.4 percent from the field and 17.2 percent on three pointers, which comes out to making only five of 29 attempts. Conversely, MFL MarMac shot over 40 percent in both categories. 

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Dec

Richard M. Russell

Richard Milton Russell, 67, of Marquette, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at Gundersen Health in La Crosse, Wis. He was born Aug. 13, 1953, to Milton and Ethel (Haerer) Russell in Waukon. Richard graduated from Waukon High School in 1971.

Richard was united in marriage with Renee Cummings on Feb. 19, 1972, at East Paint Creek Synod Church, Waterville. Three children were born to this union. Richard was employed at 3M in Prairie du Chien, Wis., for over 30 years. In his spare time, Richard enjoyed league softball, golfing, watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes, playing cards, browsing flea markets and reading newspapers and magazines.  His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

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