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Tue
10
Nov

Monona Council approves annexation of property in Kwik Star area

Plans also in works to extend sewer, water

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

At a Nov. 5 special meeting, the Monona City Council officially approved the annexation of six parcels of real estate adjacent to the city’s southwest boundary, on the south side of Highway 18/52 and west of Falcon Avenue, into the city limits. All necessary paperwork will now head to the Iowa Secretary of State’s office for final confirmation.

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

Tue
10
Nov

The show must go on: Central Drama Department’s fall production is Nov. 13-15


Juniors Brayden Finley and Brandy Beatty rehearse a scene titled “A Honolulu of a Honeymoon,” which is part of the Central Drama Department’s fall production, “Funny Little Thing Called Love.” (Submitted photo)

Despite the restrictions of COVID-19, the Central Drama Department is entering the final phase of preparation for the fall production—a comedy that will be performed in the LoRene Lenth Auditorium of the school on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.

The comedy “Funny Little Thing Called Love” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten is actually a series of five different love stories connected only by the same magical, romantic full moon. This deliriously funny show is all about that four-letter word: “L-O-V-E.” Under a full moon on this unpredictable night of romance, these rollicking tales take you on an around-the-globe journey of unexpected and hilarious twists and turns.

Tue
10
Nov

Bulldog dance team will perform at state competition next week


MFL MarMac Bulldog Dance Team members include (front, left to right) Avery Ihde, Rose Grau, coach Kelli Saxe, Lexy Johnson, Scotlyn Coenen; (middle) Isabella Bogdonovich, Kadence Pape, Kaylee Bachman, Savannah Schaller; (back) Kaylee Neuhring, Mallory Lang, Mikayla Morrissey and Hailee Corlett. (Photo by Micah Lynn Photography)

New dates and format changes have not changed the fact that Iowa is home to the largest high school dance team competition in the country. Normally taking place in early December, the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association’s (ISDTA) Iowa High School and College State Dance Team Championship has been moved up to Nov. 17-19. The 45th annual competition will see the team and solo championships combined and increased from two days of dancing to three. 

“This spring it became clear many aspects of a typical dance season would need to be reimagined; practice, competition and routine choreography would need to be different,” said ISDTA Executive Director Andrea Dana. “ISDTA is focused on preserving the state experience, while ensuring teams and soloists and ISDTA staff and the association remained safe, and creating opportunity out of the challenges COVID-19 has presented.” 

Tue
10
Nov

UMGC awards over $387k in grants to area non-profits organizations


Bonnie Pruett (left) and Anne Kruse, with the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts, recently accepted a $3,675 grant from the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) for The Left Bank Revival remodeling project. The art center was one of over 30 non-profits or Dollars for Scholars schools that received UMGC funding this year. (Submitted photo)

The Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) did not host its annual grant awards ceremony this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, UMGC Executive Director Sindee Gohde said UMGC still granted $380,411.82 this fall to 32 area non-profit organizations and five Dollars for Scholars schools in and around Clayton County. There were also three grants committed this spring, for a grand total of $387,411.82 in grants this year. 

Gohde was happy to report these numbers despite the lower revenue received from the Casino Queen Marquette due to its shut down earlier this spring because of COVID-19. Gohde stated this was the year UMGC was supposed to receive the full 3.25 percent of gaming revenue for the first time and had high hopes for a high return. COVID-19 changed those plans. 

Tue
10
Nov

A tale of two halves: St. Ansgar rallies past Bulldogs in quarterfinal game


Following MFL MarMac’s Class A quarterfinal loss at St. Ansgar on Nov. 6, senior Max Havlicek hoisted the team’s state participant trophy for fans to see. The Bulldogs finished the season 9-2. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Just like he did throughout the season, running back Cullen McShane made Saints defenders miss Friday night. The junior ran the ball 10 times for 184 yards and a touchdown. The total pushed him to 1,477 yards on the season, surpassing the 1,312 by Brad Mohs in 1980 that was the single season school record.

Karter Decker streaked to the end zone after catching a pass from quarterback Max Havlicek in the first quarter of the Nov. 6 loss to St. Ansgar.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team lost its Nov. 6 Class A quarterfinal game at undefeated St. Ansgar 49-14, closing the book on an unforgettable season.

“I’m extremely proud of these guys,” said head coach Dan Anderson. “Who would’ve thought, at the beginning of the season, we’d be sitting here in the quarterfinals—281 schools in the state of Iowa didn’t get the opportunity we had to play in the quarterfinals. That’s pretty special for the guys to make it that far with only one or two guys who were starters last year on offense. To start this game, we had 10 underclassmen starting on defense against a senior-laden team.”

Tue
10
Nov

Setting goals, keeping positive mindset helped Grau reach state level


MFL MarMac’s Clare Grau capped off a stellar freshman season by running in the state cross country meet on Oct. 31. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac freshman Clare Grau has been a lifelong runner. In seventh grade, she joined the middle cross country team, then kept with the sport as she entered high school this fall.

“I enjoy running a lot,” she said. “It takes your mind off things.”

“And,” she added, “you can set goals for yourself.”

When the season started, Grau admitted running in the state cross country meet wasn’t necessarily on her mind.

Thu
05
Nov

LaVonne A. "Bonnie" Meyer

LaVonne “Bonnie” Adell Meyer, 88, of Giard, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. Bonnie was born Dec. 28, 1931, to Kenneth and Alberta (Huff) Cahoon on the family farm, rural McGregor. She attended the country school at Smokey Hollow near Effigy Mounds, then the school in Marquette and graduated from Monona High School in 1950.

Wed
04
Nov

Kenneth E. Kramer

Kenneth Edwin Kramer, 96, Manchester (formerly of Strawberry Point), passed away Oct. 28, 2020, surrounded by his children—Bruce Alan (and Sarah Ruth), Jan Kenneth and Karla Mary Grauberger—at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Wed
04
Nov

Lavon Martins

Lavon Martins, 92, of Postville, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Lavon was born Sept. 4, 1928, to Larry and Bessie (Segrist) Ewing in Franklin Township. She was baptized on April 17, 1938, and confirmed on Oct. 2, 1955. She attended Forest Mills Country School and graduated from Waukon High School.

Lavon was united in marriage with Virgil Walter Martins on Feb. 13, 1955, at Community Presbyterian Church in Postville. Lavon worked at Douglas Drug Store and was a farm wife. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, having coffee with her sister, Lola, going to sales and doing ceramics. 

Surviving Lavon are many family members on both the Ewing and Martins side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; her parents, Larry and Bessie Ewing; and one sister, Lola Mork.

Tue
03
Nov

Record increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations in Clayton County

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Clayton County saw 156 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past week, jumping from 421 on Oct. 26 to 577 by Nov. 2. That total has increased by 226 cases in the past two weeks, pushing the county’s 14-day positivity rate, which measures the percentage of positive tests in that span, to 22.9 percent—sixth worst in the state of Iowa.

The increase prompted the CEOs of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC) and MercyOne Elkader Medical Center, Tim Ahlers and Brooke Kensinger, to release a joint statement on Friday.

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