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Tue
18
Feb

Chemistry propels friends to all-state speech nomination


MFL MarMac speech participants Max Koeller (left), Jaxton Schroeder and Nick Stavroplus have been nominated to perform at the Large Group All-State Festival on Feb. 22. The three, who are all close friends, excelled in the group improvisation category. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A rare nomination in the group improvisation category has the MFL MarMac trio of Max Koeller, Nick Stavroplus and Jaxton Schroeder headed to the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group All-State Festival this Saturday at Iowa State University. The group is just one of five in the northeast district that received straight ones at state and was chosen by judges to perform.

One of the most popular group speech categories, improv differs from others in that the skit is not pre-recorded or repeatedly practiced and performed at each level of competition. Rather, the story line differs each time—forcing participants to spontaneously craft a unique tale for the judges and audience.

Tue
18
Feb

Four MFL MarMac wrestlers are state bound


MFL MarMac wrestlers Gabe McGeough (left), Zach Howe, Jacob Trudo and Karter Decker have qualified for the state tournament. The wrestlers are pictured with coaches Chip McGeough, Travis Johnson, Tracy Decker, Mike Meyer, Chet Bachman and Collin Stubbs. (Photo courtesy of MFL MarMac Wrestling)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Four MFL MarMac wrestlers have punched tickets to the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines this week. Zach Howe was the 195-pound champion at Saturday’s Class 1A District 6 Tournament at Starmont, while Jacob Trudo, Gabe McGeough and Karter Decker qualified after placing second in their respective weight classes.

Sophomore Kashton Mathis placed fourth at 120 pounds, and fell short of advancing.

Tue
18
Feb

Driver injured when snow plow was struck by train


A city of Monona employee was seriously injured Feb. 13, when the snow plow he was operating was struck by a train. (Photo courtesy of Clayton County Sheriff’s Office)

A city of Monona employee was seriously injured Feb. 13, when the snow plow he was operating was struck by a train. 

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a dump truck versus train accident on West North Street, in Monona, at 11:54 a.m. According to a press release, deputies determined the driver was conducting snow removal operations when the vehicle was struck by an eastbound train containing five railcars. The city of Monona said the rail crossing was unmarked.

The driver of the dump truck was transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and later transferred to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., for treatment of serious injuries. 

Fri
14
Feb

Harold Junior Krambeer

Harold Junior Krambeer, 77, of Farmersburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at his home in Farmersburg. Harold was born Nov. 15, 1942, in Farmersburg, the fourth child of Harold John Krambeer and Leona Fascher Krambeer. He was baptized Dec. 13, 1942, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and confirmed there on March 25, 1956. He graduated from Monona Farmersburg Community High School in 1960 and served his country in the United States Air Force as a photo interpretation specialist during the Vietnam War. 

On Dec. 4, 1965, Harold married Deanna Schlitter. One child, Ross, was born to this union. He worked for a number of years installing and repairing rural and domestic water systems for Duane Lubbers. He found this work his most rewarding. He finished his working career as manager of the Swiss Valley Farms Packaging Plant at St. Olaf. 

Thu
13
Feb

Royce Ferguson

Royce Victor Ferguson, 71, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, after succumbing to long-term health complications. 

Tue
11
Feb

Couple has plans to reopen iconic White Springs Supper Club


Fifteen years after White Springs Supper Club served its last meal, the iconic McGregor establishment has a new lease on life. Jennifer Yager—great granddaughter of White Springs’ long-time owner, Ethel Mann—and her husband Robert are working to rehab the site on Klein Brewery Road and reopen the restaurant in its former glory. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Fifteen years after White Springs Supper Club served its last meal, the iconic McGregor establishment has a new lease on life. Jennifer Yager—great granddaughter of White Springs’ long-time owner, Ethel Mann—and her husband Robert are working to rehab the site on Klein Brewery Road and reopen the restaurant in its former glory.

Robert, who has 20 years of experience in the restaurant business, said he’s contemplated the idea for awhile.

Tue
11
Feb

Bond vote for facilities improvement project is less than a month away

Voters in the MFL MarMac Community School District will head to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, to decide if $7.8 million in general obligation bonds should be issued to fund an extensive facilities improvement project.

The largest addition will be a fieldhouse to the west side of the high school building in Monona, which will encase two full-sized courts with a walking track.

“The two-court complex will convert into one full-sized competition court with bleachers that will extend from both sides,” said MFL MarMac Superintendent Dale Crozier in his latest “Crozier’s Comments” column. “The complex will include an entrance with a commons, locker rooms, a training room and a hallway to the main schoolhouse.”

Tue
11
Feb

DNR denies Pattison request to send 2 billion gallons of water out west annually

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) intends to deny a request from Pattison Sand Co. to withdraw approximately 2 billion gallons of water each year from two Jordan aquifer wells on its Clayton property and sell it to western states suffering from drought.

In a letter sent to Pattison on Feb. 4, the DNR said “removing such a large volume of water permanently from the basin does not meet statutory and regulatory permitting requirements. More specifically, this proposal does not meet the legal standard that Iowa’s public water ‘be put to beneficial use...in the interest of the people,’ which requires that public waters be conserved and protected in the name of ‘public health and welfare.’”

Tue
11
Feb

Anderson will play college football


Last week, MFL MarMac senior Kutter Anderson signed a letter of intent to play football at Morningside College, in Sioux City. He’s pictured with sister Grace and parents Tiffany and Corey. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac’s star running back, Kutter Anderson, has committed to play football at Morningside College, in Sioux City. The senior, surrounded by his family and teammates, signed a letter of intent last week.

Anderson became the school’s first 1,000-yard rusher this past season and earned both all-district and all-state accolades. That, paired with his leadership abilities, piqued Morningside’s interest, he said.

“They really liked my speed and my bursts and really liked my vision, being able to see cuts and make those cuts,” he commented.

Mon
10
Feb

Patricia Schlueter

Patricia Ann Ottaway, 76, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Stonehill Care Center following a long battle with cancer.

Patricia (Pat) was born on Sept. 1, 1943, in Sabula, the daughter of Eugene and Edith (McMahan) Ottaway. She was married in 1962 and later divorced. She then married Edward Schlueter Jr. in 1988 and was happily married until his death in 2016. They enjoyed traveling together, gambling and spending time with family and friends.  

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