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Tue
03
Sep

Senior experience, teammate familiarity will propel MFL MarMac volleyball team


Members of MFL MarMac’s varsity volleyball team include (front, left to right) Miranda Lang, Lakota Morrissey, RoseMary McGeough, Megan Lang, Dika Putri; (middle) Aleyna Rodriguez, Lexy Johnson, Zoee Gerndt, Mackenzy Ruff, Rachel Davis, Anna Stoddard; (back) manager Saysha Schoulte, Riley Moreland, Brinan Berger and Bailey Winter. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac volleyball team will rely on four returning seniors to propel its success this season.

“They have seen three years of varsity and are used to playing with each other,” said head coach Kelly Winter of the core group, which includes Bailey Winter, Brinan Berger, RoseMary McGeough and Rachel Davis. “These seniors have played enough volleyball together to know each other’s tendencies, and that is going to help us in close games. They just all mesh together and are not selfish about how we get the win, as long as we get it.”

Tue
03
Sep

Strong numbers have Bulldogs fielding full boys, girls cross country teams


Members of the MFL MarMac cross country team include (front, left to right) Sydney Moser, JJ Lynd, Koal Klenk, Reilly Franzen, Isabella Bogdonovich; (middle) Hunter Kugel, Joe Grau, Keri Picha, Kayleigh White, Rose Grau, Kashton Mathis, Will Koether; (back) assistant coach Monica Schwartzhoff, Colin Moses, Dusty Berns, Keagan Smerud, Jordan Schubert, Kayden Gillitzer, Caleb Nordheim, Jesse Breuer, Logan Brown and head coach Eric Koenig. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

This season, for the first time in recent years, MFL MarMac will field full boys and girls cross country teams.

“And what’s better,” said head coach Eric Koenig, “we’ve got a solid five boys and five girls who have the potential to score well as a team at every meet.”

Koenig said the team is full of kids who enjoy running and pushing themselves to get better. A great group of seniors has emerged as real leaders, and they’re setting good examples for the younger athletes, he added. The underclassmen also have a lot of talent, and they aren’t afraid to work.

Tue
27
Aug

MFL MarMac welcomes new staff members


New staff members joining the MFL MarMac School District this year are (front, left to right) Stacie Cooper (guidance support), Jillian Burke (elementary special education); (back) Casey Evanson (paraprofessional), Brock Sorensen (industrial tech student teacher at high school), Tiffany Torkelson (paraprofessional), Monica Schwartzhoff (seventh grade ELA), Amber Hendricks (middle school special education) and Sara Kelly (nurse). (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Aug. 23 didn’t just mark the first day of school at MFL MarMac for some students. For several staff members, it was also their first official day of classes with the district. Joining MFL MarMac this year are teachers Jillian Burke, Amber Hendricks and Monica Schwartzhoff; nurse Sara Kelly; guidance support staff member Stacie Cooper; paraprofessionals Casey Evanson and Tiffany Torkelson; and student teacher Brock Sorensen, who will work with high school industrial technology teacher Joe Milewsky. Information on some of the new staff members is included below.

Jillian Burke

Tue
27
Aug

Concern mounts over state of McGregor riverfront

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Concern is mounting on McGregor’s riverfront. Mayor Lyle Troester, speaking at the Aug. 21 council meeting, said McGregor Marina tenants are leaving, citing poor dock conditions and inability to get into their slips, even long after flooding abated earlier this summer.

“So many people come up to me wondering when the marina is going to fold. They’re so upset,” Troester said. “Houseboats have left. No one wants to park there. It’s to the point where it’s serious. And we’re held hostage.”

People prefer the location to other communities, he added, but don’t like the lack of maintenance.

Tue
27
Aug

McGregor sewer woes: nearly collapsed section of main one of the major culprits

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of McGregor has discovered one of the culprits of its Main Street sewer woes: a section of the sewer main near Kwik Star has almost completely collapsed.

“It’s totally trashed at this point,” Mark Davy, with Davy Engineering, told the city council at its Aug. 21 meeting. “When the river’s high, there’s significant infiltration and inflow [to the sewer main]. The water’s flowing through there as fast as it can go. It’s one of the reasons why you’ve had problems at the sewer plant and with the pump on Main Street.”

Tue
27
Aug

Monona taking steps to assure solar use in all zoning districts

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of Monona is taking steps to assure solar power can be utilized in all its zoning districts.

Solar collectors are currently allowed as an accessory use—meaning they meet setback and distance requirements like any other accessory building or structure—in Monona’s residential and agricultural districts. Now, the city is looking to amend its code of ordinances to permit solar collectors in all commercial and industrial districts as well. 

Tue
27
Aug

Bulldogs are overall stronger, faster and return 13 seniors


Members of the MFL MarMac football team include (front, left to right) manager Jonah Wille, Gavin Meana, Cole Allert, Hunter Meyer, Collin Henkels, Aidan Grove, Andrew Heins, Kaden Stocker, Austin Schlee; (second row) Kale Miene, Logan Engelhardt, Chauncy Drahn, Karter Decker, Michael Knickerbocker, Alek Roys, Tyler Zuercher, Corbin McElwain, Hunter Goltz, Levi Walz; (third row) assistant coaches Nelson Converse, Luke Arenz and Brandon Becker, Braden Landt, Jordan Harnack, Max Havlicek, Cayden Ball, Cullen McShane, Tyler Wille, Gabe McGeough, Jack Vorwald, Josh Reichard, head coach Dan Anderson, assistant coach Kyle Kirkestue; (back row) Logan Klenk, Chaise Ziegler, Spencer Larson, Zach Howe, Gavin Hertrampf, Kaleb Tilson, Jackson Landt, Kutter Anderson, JT Stocker, Cedrick Drahn, Eli Johnson, Ethan Stubbs and Trevor Jones. Not pictured are Jacob Trudo and managers Marlene Franzen and Storm Huinker.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac football team boasts a 44-man roster this year, growing nine players from a squad that went 4-5 a year ago and had the school’s best season in a decade. Those players also worked hard in the offseason, making the overall team stronger and faster, noted head coach Dan Anderson.

“We’ve really started getting things turned around here,” he said, “and we do have a lot of those kids back.”

Among the returners are 13 seniors, which Anderson said is key.

Mon
26
Aug

Meda Weller

Meda Weller, 96, of McGregor, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Cascade.

Meda Charlene Weller was born in McGregor on Oct. 2, 1922, to parents Carl and Margaret (Zahn) Miller. Meda graduated from Rockford Memorial School of Nursing in Rockford, Ill, 1944.  She served in the Philippines with the Army Nurse Corps from late 1944 to early 1946. Meda then worked as a registered nurse in Alaska when it was still a territory. In March 1947, while in Alaska, she married Walter Allan DeLamater. They had two daughters, Marie and Virginia (Ginny).

Tue
20
Aug

'Ghosts of McGregor's Past:' Guided tours will bring legendary characters to life


“Ghosts of McGregor’s Past” guided historical walking tours will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, then again from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1. The tours will leave from Triangle Park roughly every half hour and take attendees to locations in downtown McGregor, where community members will act out short vignettes highlighting seven of the town’s most legendary characters. Emma “Virgin Em” Eastman (right) is pictured here getting close to her brother-in-law, Jacob Klotzbach, while sister Louisa is seated on the left. (Photo courtesy of McGregor Historical Museum)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

McGregor’s unique history will soon come to life through “Ghosts of McGregor’s Past,” a guided walking tour based around seven of the town’s most legendary characters.

Offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, then again from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, the tours will leave from Triangle Park roughly every half hour and take attendees to locations in downtown McGregor, where community members will act out short vignettes.

Tue
20
Aug

Pikes Peak featured in byway art project


An original painting depicting a birds eye view of Pikes Peak State Park was unveiled at McGregor City Hall last week. It was created by well-known Decorah artist Mary Ann Gloe as part of an art project to capture and promote the beauty of the parks and natural areas in Iowa scenic byway corridors. Pictured with the painting are (left to right) McGregor councilman Charlie Carroll, mayor Lyle Troester, city administrator Lynette Sander, Jared Nielsen with Northeast Iowa RC&D, McGregor deputy city clerk Duane Boelman and McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ashley Kishman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

An original painting depicting a birds eye view of Pikes Peak State Park was unveiled at McGregor City Hall last week. It was created by well-known Decorah artist Mary Ann Gloe as part of a promotional project called “Capturing the Beauty of Iowa’s Natural Areas Through Art.” 

The Pikes Peak painting is one of seven new pieces of art that were commissioned by Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development, local scenic byway boards and other local sponsors, including the city of McGregor, as a way to capture and promote the beauty of the parks and natural areas in Iowa scenic byway corridors. Marquette and McGregor are located along the River Bluffs Scenic Byway, with Pikes Peak being one of visitors’ favorite stops.

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