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Dec

Trees just make me happy: Holst finds a meaningful way to decorate for Christmas


Amy Holst loves Christmas trees. In fact, there are nearly 30—in varying sizes and styles—in the farmhouse she and her husband and two sons live in outside Elkader. This tree is one of her favorites. Located in the kitchen, it features ornaments her husband Steve has given her every year since 1996. (Submitted photos)

The ornaments aren’t the only meaningful aspects behind the Holsts’ trees. Most sit in older containers, such as a wooden crate, crock or galvanized pail. Old quilts are often tucked around the tree bases. “I love mixing the old with the new,” Amy said, “so when I get a new tree, I try to find a way to incorporate something old on the bottom.” See more on her Fawn Hollow Farmhouse Facebook and Instagram pages.

The home’s second living room contains a flocked balsam fir. “It was so breathtaking,” noted Amy, “that I didn’t even put any ornaments on it.”

“I decorated like Nov. 14 and 15,” Amy said. “I would’ve done it in October if I could have, but I don’t know if my family would allow that.” “I just want to enjoy the trees as long as I can,” she added.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who loves Christmas trees more than Amy Holst. 

“Trees just make me happy,” Amy said.

In fact, there are nearly 30—in varying sizes and styles—in the farmhouse she and her husband and two sons live in outside Elkader.

The best part, Amy said: “They all have meaning.”

One of the most sentimental is the tree in her kitchen. It was Amy’s first tree and features ornaments her husband Steve has given her every year since 1996.

Tue
22
Dec

Central State Bank closes McGregor branch


Central State Bank recently announced that it is permanently closing its McGregor branch, located at 214 Main St., and merging it with the nearby Marquette branch.

City officials courting other banks to fill the void

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Health, safety and security concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the temporary closure of Central State Bank’s (CSB) location in downtown McGregor since this spring, but now the closure has been made permanent. In a letter to the McGregor community and CSB customers, bank president and CEO Greg Johnson said the McGregor and Marquette branches are merging—a move CSB believes is in the best interest of customers.

Tue
22
Dec

County health care workers will start receiving COVID-19 vaccine this week

News comes as 11 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Clayton County in the past week

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Clayton County health care workers were expected to start receiving COVID-19 vaccinations this week, according to a press release from the Clayton County Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). 

“The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has made initial allocations of COVID-19 vaccine available to local public health agencies across the state. The Clayton County Visiting Nurse Association has placed the county’s initial order for 600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for those in priority groups identified in phase 1-A,” the release stated. 

Tue
22
Dec

McGregor street a lights destination

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

“That’s what you drive down Ann Street for, to see the lights.”

Janet Hallberg is one of several McGregor home owners on the street’s 600 block who goes all out for Christmas. There are bright, colorful strands covering everything from porches and windows to trees, while holiday figurines dot yards. You’ll even spot Santa and his reindeer on a rooftop. 

“For being little McGregor, we’re kind of a destination block to drive by and see them,” Hallberg said.

She’s lived at her home for 16 years and has put up lights annually. 

Tue
22
Dec

TD's brings holiday cheer with Giving Tree


The Giving Tree at TD’s Sports Bar in Elkader sits surrounded by presents for those in need.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“Hopefully, this brings warmth and joy to everyone this holiday year,” Chelsea Armstrong, owner of TD’s Sports Bar in Elkader, said of the idea behind the establishment’s Giving Tree, currently surrounded by gifts for those in need from a community that thrives on supporting each other. 

It was an idea Armstrong had even before owning TD’s, when a Facebook post caught her attention. The thought stuck with her, so this year, for the first time, she put the idea into action. 

Tue
22
Dec

McGregor Council discusses riverfront zoning matters

By Audrey Posten, Times Register

The city of McGregor is taking steps to create a new W-3 waterfront - manufactured homes zoning district. The move, which comes at the recommendation of the city’s planning and zoning commission, is in reference to the four park model trailer homes at the north end of the Boatels property along the riverfront.

“[The owners] are trying to purchase the property and would like to be able to, if they need to at some point, replace the trailers. Currently, they’re non-conforming,” city administrator Lynette McManus told the council at its Dec. 16 meeting.

Tue
22
Dec

Roys re-elected as MFL MarMac school board president

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Gina Roys will continue in her role as president of the MFL MarMac School Board. Fellow board members re-elected Roys during the organizational meeting Dec. 14. Roberta Hass will serve as vice president.

The other MFL MarMac school board members include Collin Stubbs, Joshua Grau, Jonathon Moser, Brian Meyer and Tonya Meyer.

In the future, the board might have some additional company at its table. Superintendent Dale Crozier proposed the idea of having a student participate in the monthly meetings.

“They couldn’t vote, but they would give input,” he shared. “It was just an idea to get more involvement.”

Tue
22
Dec

Bulldogs tally two more victories

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac girls basketball team is now 6-2, following wins against Kee and Postville and a non-conference loss at Waukon last week.

The Bulldogs took on Kee Dec. 15, coming away with a 53-48 victory. The Hawks had an early edge, up 13-12 after the first quarter and 28-25 at halftime. MFL MarMac went on a 15-11 run in the third quarter, though, to take a one-point lead heading into the fourth period. The Bulldogs then out-scored the Hawks 13-8 in the final minutes to claim the narrow victory.

Riley Moreland had yet another big night for MFL MarMac, turning in 25 points and eight rebounds, along with three assists, three steals and a block.

Tue
22
Dec

Central wrestling scores several victories at recent meets

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling program made strides this past week, winning match-ups at the Tripoli meet and the Northwood-Kensett tournament. 

Starting with the meet at Tripoli on Dec. 15, the team won two of three match-ups, defeating Central City and Tripoli, while losing to Starmont. Against Central City, the Warriors won 36-18, with 126-pound Nick Deitchler providing the lone wrestling victory with a pin over Central City’s Lexi Henncik in 1:54. The other victories all came via forfeit. The team also suffered two defeats, when Brand Beatty (132 pounds) and Sam Fettkether (160 pounds) both lost via pin. 

Tue
22
Dec

Central boys win one game, then suffer two competitive losses


Hazen Loan protects down low on defense against Turkey Valley. He finished the game with two steals. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

New addition Abenet Lammers goes for the layup in the loss against South Winneshiek. Lammers came off the bench for a season-high nine points.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball team started last week with an impressive hard-fought win against Central City, 48-45, but unfortunately dropped the next two contests: a close loss against Turkey Valley, 57-47, followed by a lopsided one against South Winneshiek, 77-44. 

Coming off a week where the undersized team practiced rebounding and communication and minimizing turnovers, the Warriors made it all work against Central City. While the team came out a little flat, in the words of Coach Brady Stramer, they turned it on in the second quarter, taking a one-point lead into halftime. 

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