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Tue
03
Dec

Holiday Train will chug into Marquette Dec. 8


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make a stop in Marquette this Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:45 p.m. (North Iowa Times file photo)

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again bring its festive display of lights and live music to Marquette next weekend, when it stops at the marina parking lot on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:45 p.m. 

Now in its 21st year, the Holiday Train is decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights depicting holiday scenes on 14 rail cars, one of which turns into a stage for musical performances.

Entertainment will include Canadian country artists Meghan Patrick and Kelly Prescott, as well as R&B singer Tanika Charles, who will all perform a mix of classic and modern holiday tunes. Santa Claus will also make an appearance. The show will last approximately a half hour, from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Tue
03
Dec

With seven seniors, experience is key for MFL MarMac boys basketball


Members of the 2019-2020 MFL MarMac varsity boys basketball team include (sitting, left to right) Kale Miene, Gavin Meana, Colin Moses; (middle) assistant coaches Cory Donlon and Adam Simon, Ben Miene, Cayden Ball, Cullen McShane, Jordan Harnack, Braden Landt, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) head coach Eric Dettbarn, Kaleb Tilson, Spencer Larson, Gavin Hertrampf, Cedrick Drahn, Tyler Kurth, Beau Benzing, Caden Stuckman and assistant coach Mark Kautman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team will boast one of its most experienced squads in recent years when it hits the court this week. 

That includes four returning starters in seniors Cedrick Drahn, Tyler Kurth and Gavin Hertrampf, plus junior Cayden Ball.

“I have eight returners overall, and a couple of those other guys actually started games here and there in the past couple years,” said head coach Eric Dettbarn, referring to seniors Caden Stuckman and Spencer Larson. Seniors Beau Benzing and Kaleb Tilson, as well as sophomore Cullen McShane, should also see an increase in playing time, he added.

Tue
03
Dec

Bulldog wrestling team is ‘putting a new engine in the car’


Members of the 2019-2020 MFL MarMac wrestling team include (front, left to right) cheerleaders Taylor Berns, Maya Butikofer, Kira Krueger, Avery Ihde, Jordyn Jones, Alexis Ross and Destiny Berns; (middle) manager Savannah Schaller, Isabella Bogdonovich, Caleb Nordheim, Austin Schlee, Kashton Mathis, Andrew Heins, Tyler Zuercher, Logan Brown, Collin Henkels, Kadence Pape, manager Rose Koehn; (back) head coach Chet Bachman, Koal Klenk, Karter Decker, Austin Nickolai, Zach Howe, Jacob Trudo, Gabe McGeough, Michael Knickerbocker, assistant coach Tracy Decker and manager Emma Keehner. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After graduating seven seniors—four of whom were state qualifiers at some point in their high school careers—MFL MarMac head wrestling coach Chet Bachman admits this year is a bit of a re-vamp for the team.

“Our theme for this year is actually ‘putting a new engine in the car.’ That’s kind of what we’re doing,” he explained.

The 2019-2020 Bulldogs feature a mix of wrestlers, he said.

Tue
26
Nov

Middle school students share their take on topics through new school newspaper, podcast


MFL MarMac eighth graders are sharing their unique perspectives on district events through a new digital newspaper and regular “Dawg Cast” podcasts. Pictured with teacher Brandon Burke are group members Tristen Koehn (front, left to right), Chylie Feuerhelm; (back) Aedan Whitney, Mason Kishman, Amelya Weigand, Mindy Keehner and Ruby Koeller. Not pictured is Abe Hanson. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac middle school students are sharing their unique perspectives on district events through a new digital newspaper and regular podcasts.

Teacher Brandon Burke organized the extra curricular activity this fall, hoping to spark student interest in the journalism field.

Tue
26
Nov

Show support for Mar-Mac, PdC businesses through Santa Shops Small promotion

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Small businesses in Marquette, McGregor and Prairie du Chien are once again collaborating this holiday season for a special promotion called Santa Shops Small.

Now in its second year, the event will reward shoppers who make purchases at participating small businesses from Nov. 30 to Dec. 24. Simply pick up a Santa Shops Small punch card and get a punch for every $10 you spend at a business. Once your card is full, drop it at the business where you’d like the opportunity to win a prize. Each participating business will have a $25 prize to give away.

Tue
26
Nov

Martinson declines second term as Monona mayor

Koenig has agreed to accept role

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

There will be no second term as Monona’s mayor for Lynn “Marty” Martinson. Despite receiving the most write-in votes (54) in the Nov. 5 city election, Martinson, who opted not to run again, has declined the position.

“I’m honored to be elected for a second term, however, my time and energy need to be devoted to my immediate family,” said Martinson, reading from a letter at the Nov. 18 city council meeting.

Tue
26
Nov

McGregor willing to donate lot for Lease Purchase Program

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The city of McGregor has agreed to donate a lot in its Ohmer Ridge Subdivision for use in the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation’s (NEICAC) Lease Purchase Program. Similar to a Habitat for Humanity project, the program would allow a selected individual or family to “rent to own” a new home.

“We do construction, then rent a unit out for a period of two to three years before they buy the home,” explained NEICAC Housing Director Jeremy Jostand, who spoke at McGregor’s Nov. 20 council meeting.

Tue
26
Nov

Bulldogs will rely on senior leadership and length to challenge for conference title


Members of the 2019-2020 MFL MarMac varsity girls basketball team are (front, left to right) Miranda Lang, Mackenzy Ruff, Lakota Morrissey; (middle) manager Abby Schellhorn, Riley Moreland, Kayden Gillitzer, Carlie Jones, Emily Knickerbocker, manager Aleyna Rodriguez; (back) assistant coaches Jeremy Schellhorn and Stephanie Michel, manager Saysha Schoulte, Ashley Weaver, Rachel Davis, Jordan Schubert, Bailey Winter, RoseMary McGeough, Keri Picha, Dika Putri, head coach Jason Winter and assistant coaches Jess Schubert and Brian Bugenhagen. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac head coach Jason Winter is feeling both optimistic and excited heading into the 2019-2020 girls basketball season.

“I think this is a chance to have as good a year, if not better, than last year,” he said.

That’s saying a lot, considering the Bulldogs went 20-2 a season ago, winning the Upper Iowa Conference championship. The season ended abruptly, though, with an unexpected loss to conference foe South Winneshiek in the opening playoff game.

Tue
26
Nov

Bulldogs pick up slew of all-district honors


Bulldogs who earned all-district honors this season included head coach Dan Anderson as well as players Spencer Larson (left to right), Jacob Trudo, Jackson Landt, Cayden Ball, Tyler Wille, Cedrick Drahn, Eli Johnson, Cullen McShane, Gavin Hertrampf, Karter Decker, Zach Howe, Ethan Stubbs, Max Havlicek and JT Stocker. Not pictured are Kutter Anderson and Gabe McGeough.(Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac was well represented on this year’s Class A District 5 all-district football teams. Dan Anderson was named coach of the year, and 16 players were recognized for their efforts.

Four Bulldogs were first team offense selections, including senior lineman Eli Johnson, who was deemed offensive MVP. The line was one of the team’s strongest suits this season, paving the way for the fifth ranked total offense in Class A. Also receiving honors were senior quarterback Cedrick Drahn, senior running back Kutter Anderson and senior kicker Jackson Landt.

Fri
22
Nov

Neil Hallberg

Neil Hallberg, 73, of Center Point, formerly of McGregor, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Iowa City. He was born April 3, 1946, in McGregor, to Henry and Marie (Bachtell) Hallberg. Neil was baptized July 14, 1946 and confirmed Aug. 26, 1962. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School in 1963. Neil served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967. He served in Viet Nam.

Neil moved to Center Point, and was employed by Downing Box, later known as Longview Fiber, where he retired after many years. He was an avid bowler for years. He enjoyed watching sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and football teams and his St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Neil loved playing cards.

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