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Thu
29
Oct

Kay M. Troester

Kay Melinda Troester, 71, of Elkader, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, surrounded by her family due to complications from cancer. She was born on April 21, 1949, in rural Edgewood, to Kenneth and Maxine (Otterbeck) Weyant.  

On April 20, 1968, Kay was united in marriage to Richard Troester of Elkader. For over 40 years, they farmed together and raised registered Guernsey cattle. After retiring and moving to town, Kay enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling to Virginia, going to her grandchildren’s ball games, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and tending to her flowers.

Thu
29
Oct

Marjorie E. 'Marge' Hamann

Marjorie E. (Burlingame) Hamann (Marge) died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at 98 years of age.

Marge was born May 7, 1922, to Edward Burlingame Sr. and Elisabeth (Deringer) Burlingame in Elkader. She was one of seven children, raised by a serious shopkeeper and a hard-working mother. As a child living through the economic depression, she enjoyed the simple pleasure of play especially with her younger sister Ruth. Life centered on the support of friends and family through Catholic school and church activities.

Tue
27
Oct

At MFL MarMac, there's still music behind the mask


Even during a pandemic, the show must go on. That’s the case at MFL MarMac, where music students are continuing to showcase their talents while practicing health and safety measures. For band members like Marlene Franzen, that includes wearing playing masks and equipping their instruments with bell covers. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Choral members are required to wear face coverings. Middle school students are shown here wearing shields, which had mixed reviews. “They really bounce the sound right back at you,” said teacher Jaydeane Berns. Now, students have transitioned to masks. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Even during a pandemic, the show must go on. That’s the case at MFL MarMac, where music students are continuing to showcase their talents while practicing health and safety measures.

At the start of the school year, choral director Jaydeane Berns and band director Kaitlyn Strock weren’t certain they’d even get to do that much. COVID-19 is primarily transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets—posing a challenge for activities like singing and playing an instrument.

Tue
27
Oct

Ahead of election, Garms talks voting, safety measures

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

With the Nov. 3 general election less than a week away, the Times-Register interviewed Clayton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Jennifer Garms about voting, ballots and election integrity. 

Q: What methods of voting are available in Clayton County other than in-person? (Due to the timing of the article, Garms) did not speak to absentee by mail. 

Tue
27
Oct

Clayton County Election Day Voters Guide

The Times-Register has put together an Election Day Voters Guide, informing Clayton County voters on the who, when, where and why of voting for the Nov. 3 general election.


When do I vote?

In-person voting for the general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Pre-registered voters are required to provide identification at the polling place. Voters who are not pre-registered must also provide proof of residence. 

Tue
27
Oct

Elkader police officer receives Meritorious Service Medal


Elkader police officer Adam DeShaw (center) recently accepted a Meritorious Service Medal for actions he took on the night of Aug. 20, 2018, while a deputy with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado. Capt. Steven Rolen (left) from the Detention Services Bureau in Centennial, Colo., presented the medal to DeShaw. Sgt. Matthew Davis also made the trip from Colorado to honor DeShaw. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Elkader police officer Adam DeShaw recently accepted a Meritorious Service Medal at a small ceremony at city hall for actions he took on the night of Aug. 20, 2018, while a deputy with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado. 

On that night, DeShaw, along with other law enforcement agencies and personnel, responded to a “shots fired” call in which officer Cory Sack of the Cherry Hills Village Police Department had been wounded, shot in the left leg and right foot after responding to a home invasion robbery. 

Tue
27
Oct

City of Monona proceeding with plans to annex property in Kwik Star area

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The city of Monona is proceeding with plans to annex property south of Highway 18/52 and west of Falcon Avenue into the city limits. The council, at its Oct. 19 regular meeting, approved publishing a public notice regarding its intent.

Three property owners—representing six parcels—have requested voluntary annexation. That includes Kwik Star, which originally prompted the conversation due to plans to expand at its location just off Highway 18/52.

The notice was published last week, and the council plans to take further action on annexing the property at a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m.

Tue
27
Oct

MCED holds virtual celebration


The 2020 Community Service Award was presented to Fran and the late Gary Passmore in recognition of their contributions to Monona. Pictured (left to right) are MCED President Linda Knockel, MCED Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, Fran Passmore holding a photo of her late husband Gary, MCED Director Jessica Wilke and MCED Director Linda Landt. (Submitted photos)

MCED Director Chanice Larson presented a 75-year anniversary plaque to Dan Havlicek, owner of Havlicek Trucking, Inc.

A 70th anniversary plaque was presented to Bruns and James Insurance. Pictured (left to right) are MCED Director Chanice Larson, Bruns and James Insurance Owner Kelly Bulman, MCED President Linda Knockel and MCED Directors Linda Landt and Isaac Brehmer.

Also celebrating its 70th anniversary is Veterans Memorial Hospital, in Waukon. MCED Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson (center) presented a plaque to VMH CEO Michael Coyle and VMH Director of Nursing Karen Mathis.

Vorwald Enterprises Inc., is marking its 40th year in business. MCED Director Isaac Brehmer recognized the accomplishment by presenting a plaque to co-owner Kay Vorwald. Dan "Bud" Vorwald was unavailable for the photo, as he was working at an out-of-state job site.

Owner Kay Vorwald accepted a 25-year plaque for Sincerely Yours - Interiors by Kay. The award was given by MCED Director Isaac Brehmer.

This year, in lieu of its “in-person” second annual dinner, Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc. (MCED) hosted a “virtual” celebration and silent auction.  

The event included recognition of several long-standing businesses. Havlicek Trucking, Inc. was awarded a plaque for its 75th anniversary, while Bruns and James Insurance and Veterans Memorial Hospital both received 70-year plaques. MCED also celebrated 40 years for Vorwald Enterprises, Inc., and 25 years for Sincerely Yours - Interiors by Kay.

Tue
27
Oct

Grau punches ticket to state cross country


MFL MarMac freshman Clare Grau placed seventh at the state qualifying meet in Guttenberg on Oct. 23, advancing her on to state cross country. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Cadence Weber ran the district course in 25:48.3, putting her in 43rd place.

Kylee Bries and Cody Moses came in 74th and 75th, respectively.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Clare Grau picked a good time to turn in her top finish of the cross country season, placing seventh at the district meet in Guttenberg on Oct. 23, and advancing on to the state contest. 

The MFL MarMac freshman posted a time of 21:17.4, 10 seconds faster than her previous season best. She’s the first Bulldog to punch a ticket to state since Hannah Schutte in 2015.

Race conditions on Friday were less than ideal. After being delayed a day due to rain, the meet packed a cold and windy punch for runners. 

Tue
27
Oct

Bulldogs outlast East Buchanan 37-24 to advance to third round


MFL MarMac senior Cayden Ball helps break up a pass in the Bulldogs’ 37-24 win over East Buchanan on Oct. 23. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Cullen McShane continued to power the MFL MarMac offense, picking up 166 yards on the ground and 45 through the air, and scoring four touchdowns.

Gabe McGeough carries the ball—and two Buccaneer players—for extra yardage.

Bulldog quarterback completed just four passes against East Buchanan, but he made them count, throwing two touchdowns.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

It’s on to the round of 16 for the MFL MarMac football team, which outlasted East Buchanan 37-24 in a second-round playoff match-up Oct. 23.

“Every week it’s going to get tougher,” said head coach Dan Anderson. “We knew these guys would be tougher than some of our last opponents. They were big, physical kids—even more physical than our guys gave them credit for at first.”

“We did enough to win,” he added. “It wasn’t always pretty, but you don’t have to be pretty.”

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