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Fri
12
Jun

Lester L. Groth

Lester Lee Groth, 78, of Garber, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at his residence. He was born on April 11, 1942, in Oelwein, the son of Ernest and Velma (Willie) Groth. Lester was raised and educated in the Elkport area, attending the Dannenbring Country School until the third grade. He then attended the Elkport schools and graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1961. After graduation, Lester farmed and worked at Farley and Letcher for a short period of time. 

On Jan. 15, 1972, Lester was united in marriage to Una Horstman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. Three sons were born to this union. The couple farmed together on the family farm, raising a variety of animals as well as grain farming. 

Thu
11
Jun

Norma J. Erickson

Norma Jean Erickson, 92, of Farmersburg, died Monday, June 1, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Delhi. Norma was born May 17, 1928, to Herman and Florence (Homan) Plummer in La Crosse, Wis. She attended school in Waukon.

Norma was united in marriage with Charles A. Erickson on June 10, 1946, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua. Three children were born to this union. Norma was a wonderful homemaker and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and games, fishing in Minnesota, dancing and seeing old cars. She found great joy in visiting with neighbors and loved having the grandchildren over. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Tue
09
Jun

MFL MarMac softball will rely on pitching, defense

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

With five offensively-productive seniors lost to graduation, the MFL MarMac softball team will rely on its pitching and defense to carry the load this season.

“But even though we lost the seniors, we have youngsters that got tested last year,” said head coach Jerald Kleve, who’s entering his fifth season at MFL MarMac. Pat Wille is in her second season as assistant coach.

“Lauren Haberichter and Mackenzy Ruff have been throwing [leading up to the season],” Kleve added, “and our infielders have a lot of experience, with senior Keri Picha back after missing last season with knee surgery.”

Tue
09
Jun

Bulldogs have sights set on conference title

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team boasts one of its most experienced lineups in years, a strength head coach Brandon Burke hopes will have the Bulldogs competing for an Upper Iowa Conference title.

“Many of our starters are returning for their fourth or fifth year as a starter,” said Burke, who’s entering year five at the helm. Collin Stubbs is assisting the Bulldogs for a third season. 

Among the returning players are seniors Cedrick Drahn, Ethan Stubbs, Kaleb Tilson and Trevor Jones, along with junior Max Havlicek.

Tue
09
Jun

‘Play ball:' High school baseball, softball games start next week


Practice for Iowa high school baseball and softball teams started June 1, and games will begin next week, for what one local coach said will be a “fast and furious” season. (NIT-CCR file photo)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Practice for Iowa high school baseball and softball teams started June 1, and games will begin next week, for what one local coach said will be a “fast and furious” season.

It’s one many didn’t think would even happen.

“I was shocked, in a good way, at first. As time went on, I thought there was like a 10 percent chance we would have a season,” acknowledged Brandon Burke, MFL MarMac’s head baseball coach.

Tue
09
Jun

Tentative reopening scheduled for Monona pool, pending state decision

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Monona Family Aquatic Center is tentatively scheduled to open for the summer on Thursday, June 18, as long as state pool closures, which currently allow for swimming lessons and lap swim but not open swim, are not extended.

Although the decision was made by the pool board, the Monona Council weighed in on potential pros and cons at its June 1 meeting.

“We want to make it work, but there’s trial and error too,” said councilwoman Heather Lange, who was most concerned about the responsibility placed on teenage lifeguards to enforce social distancing and other health measures.

Tue
09
Jun

Libraries modify summer reading programs


Local libraries are still offering summer reading programs this year, but in-person gatherings have been exchanged for “grab and go” activity kits and at-home reading. This photo shows one of the book kits available at the McGregor Public Library. (Submitted photo)

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped local libraries from offering their annual summer reading programs. The events will look a bit different, though, with in-person gatherings exchanged for “grab and go” activity kits and at-home reading.

Elkader Public Library

In an effort to keep everyone safe, the Elkader Public Library will not have any programs or performers. Instead, patrons are asked to call the library at (563) 245-1446 or email elkader
library@elkader.lib.ia.us to request a summer reading registration form. 

Tue
02
Jun

Third time is not the charm for Pattison water request

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

For a third time, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has turned down a request by Pattison Sand Co. to withdraw millions of gallons of water from its Clayton property and ship it to western states suffering from drought.

In the most recent application to the DNR, dated April 22, Pattison proposed drilling a well to extract 448.8 million gallons of water each year to export. 

The company is currently permitted to pump a combined 2.1 billion gallons of water each year from its wells and the Mississippi River. Another well, noted Pattison, would help them supply the water without going over that limit.

Tue
02
Jun

‘An adventure every day’ for new Spook Cave and Campground owners


Russ and Tabbi Bries (left) and Annette and Chad Davis took ownership of iconic Spook Cave and Campground earlier this year. (Submitted photo)

The biggest change at Spook Cave and Campground during the offseason was the renovation and reorganization of the store—the hub at the campground where people can register for cave tours and purchase souvenirs and camping supplies. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Spook Cave turns 65 this year, but the store pre-dates even that. “Two old school houses were pushed together to make it,” said Annette Davis, “so we wanted to restore it. We gave it a rustic look and maintained as much as we could.”

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

For many, camping is an adventure in itself. Now, imagine owning a campground.

“It’s been an adventure every day for us,” said Annette Davis, who with husband Chad and their friends Russ and Tabbi Bries, purchased iconic Spook Cave and Campground, located between McGregor and Monona, earlier this year.

“I’d always joked around about owning a campground,” Davis noted. But it wasn’t until Spook Cave’s previous owners, Paul and Paula Rasmussen, proposed the sale that she and her husband took the idea seriously. “We asked Russ and Tabbi to go 50/50, and they took the bait.”

Between a string of construction projects and a global pandemic, it’s been a whirlwind ever since.

Tue
02
Jun

MFL MarMac third grader is a winner in statewide writing contest


MFL MarMac student Brooklyn Landt has been selected as the statewide first-place winner for third graders in the Iowa Reading Association’s short story creative writing contest. She’s pictured with her dogs, who were the inspiration for her story “The Two Dogs and the Black Hole.” (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac student Brooklyn Landt has been selected as the statewide first-place winner for third graders in the Iowa Reading Association’s short story creative writing contest.

“It’s quite an honor,” said Landt’s teacher, Jennifer Wilwert. “This is the first student I’ve ever submitted, and I can’t tell you the last time [an MFL MarMac student was selected].”

Landt was recognized for the short story “The Two Dogs and the Black Hole,” which was a writing assignment in Wilwert’s class. Each student had to create a fictional narrative that presented a problem, then solved it.

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