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25
Nov

Don R. Schmidt

Don R. Schmidt passed away peacefully on Nov. 21, 2020. Don was born in Elkader to Agnes Eleanor (Johnson) Schmidt and George Harold Schmidt Sr. on June 26, 1925. In his early years, the family business was a hometown pharmacy, where George Sr. was the proprietor and pharmacist and Agnes worked the books. Many of Don’s longest, strongest and dearest friendships were formed from his years growing up in Elkader and working with his father. 

Wed
25
Nov

Eldean Wilke

Eldean August William Wilke, 86, of Elkader, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born Aug. 22, 1934, in Read Township, rural Elkader, the son of Eldo and Marie (Staack) Wilke. He received his education at a country school. Eldean served in the United States Army for two years, stationed at Bitburg, Germany.

He was married Feb. 2, 1960, to Ivanelle Boehm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader by Pastor Harold Heupel. To this union, two daughters were born, Linette (James) Langhus and Lisa (David) Pope.

Eldean worked for Grau Logs and Lumber for 40 years; following his retirement, he worked 12 years for the city of Elkader. Eldean enjoyed camping, wood carving, ginseng hunting, listening to music and spending time with his family.

Tue
24
Nov

Now more than ever, it’s important to shop local for the holiday season

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the nation’s economy—a sting that’s been particularly felt by small businesses.

“Across the country, so many small businesses are not surviving,” said Monica Tiffany, who owns McGregor Mercantile with husband Paul. While it’s always been important to shop local, its especially important now, during the pandemic and during the holiday season, she stressed.“Now, it will help all of us survive this year and thrive into the coming years.”

Tue
24
Nov

New Monona business hopes to fill tech services need in area


A new business in downtown Monona is hoping to fill a need for technological services in northeast Iowa. HB Davies opened SA Computer Solutions at 116 W. Center St. this fall, after moving to the area from Des Moines with his family. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

HB Davies, owner of SA Computer Solutions, is shown cutting the ribbon at an Oct. 26 ribbon cutting ceremony with Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc. (MCED). Also pictured (left to right) are MCED Director Rogeta Halvorson, daughter Melody “Mel” Davies, Monona City Administrator Barb Collins, son Finn Davies, wife Ande Davies, daughter Kryss Davies and Ali Werger, with KCTN Radio and Exit Realty, and her daughter Kira Kurth. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A new business in downtown Monona is hoping to fill a need for technological services in northeast Iowa. HB Davies recently opened SA Computer Solutions at 116 W. Center St., after moving to the area from Des Moines with his family.

His wife, Ande, has ties to Waukon, and the Davies, searching for a slower pace of life, chose Monona for its size and proximity to outdoor recreation opportunities.

Tue
24
Nov

Schmitt is Central’s Feature Artist of the Month


Feature Artist of the Month, Kahlei Schmitt, stands in front of some of her artwork on display at Central School. She was chosen for her dedication to the craft and ability to use art as an expressive medium.

Kahlei Schmitt’s favorite piece represents her family’s two Labrador dogs, Klaus and Hank.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“It was shocking to my family and me.” That’s how Central sophomore Kahlei Schmitt described being named the school’s Feature Artist of the Month for November. 

The stress relieving hobby has turned into “an amazing opportunity” to share with the community her art, her thoughts and, most of all, her feelings. “I put most of my feelings into my art pieces, and it’s where most of my ideas come from,” she said. 

Those feelings tend to range the spectrum, but happiness and sadness, above all, drive her expressive nature, “drive her ideas to the max,” and push her creativity to the next level. 

Tue
24
Nov

Mar-Mac Chamber recognizes business and community members


Jakob Regal was the recipient of the James King Award for volunteerism and devotion to supporting community efforts.

David Martin, owner of the Marquette Cafe and Bar, was given the Alexander MacGregor Award for progressive leadership.

Rick and Brenda Trudo, pictured with McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce board member/treasurer Anne Kruse, received the Longevity Award for 39 years of owning and operating the Riverview Inn.

Brandon and Emily Schaefer and Jennifer and Robert Yager, with White Springs Supper Club, earned the Lena D. Myers Award for conserving the historical heritage of Marquette and McGregor.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce opted not to hold an in-person annual dinner and celebration this year. However, the board still wanted to recognize this year's award winners for their contributions.

Jakob Regal was the recipient of the James King Award for volunteerism and devotion to supporting community efforts. The chamber honors his leadership with McGregor’s Pocket City American Legion Post #267 and Clayton County’s Veterans Affairs Commission, as well as service in the Army National Guard. Jakob is tirelessly supportive of area veterans and has worked to engage fellow service members and the community with the Legion’s fundraisers and activities. 

Tue
24
Nov

New group of leaders hopes to keep Bulldogs at top of the conference


Members of the MFL MarMac girls basketball team include (front, left to right) Kaitlin Picha, Riley Moreland, Mallory Lang; (middle) Ashley Shaw, Miranda Lang, Lakota Morrissey, Makayla Morrissey; (back) manager Shelby Mielke, Carlie Jones, Caydence Moon, Brooke Gillitzer, Kayden Gillitzer, Mackenzy Ruff, Grace Anderson, Brooklynn Moon, Hannah Bogdonovich and manager Abby Schellhorn. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

After losing seven seniors—most of whom started or saw significant playing time a year ago—the back-to-back Upper Iowa Conference champion MFL MarMac girls basketball team is looking to reload.

“We’ve got a lot of girls who have gotten some quality minutes at the varsity level,” said head coach Jason Winter. “This year, they’re just going to have to play more minutes and be relied upon a lot more than last year.”

That includes senior Kayden Gillitzer and juniors Miranda Lang, Lakota Morrissey and Riley Moreland. The last two are coming off injuries.

Tue
24
Nov

MFL MarMac will rely on athleticism, good attitude to offset inexperience


Members of the MFL MarMac boys basketball team include (front, left to right) Carver Blietz-Bentien, Chauncy Drahn, Wyatt Powell, Kaden Stocker, Cullen McShane, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) head coach Eric Dettbarn, assistant coach Cory Donlon, Gavin Meana, Kale Miene, Colin Moses, Ben Miene, Braden Landt, Cayden Ball, Max Havlicek and assistant coaches Mark Kautman and Brandon Burke. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

This year’s MFL MarMac boys basketball team is admittedly inexperienced, but head coach Eric Dettbarn hopes the Bulldogs can make up for that with athleticism and good attitude.

Although the team is senior-heavy again, with seven, due to a strong 12th-grade class last season that helped propelled the Bulldogs to the top spot in the conference, only Cayden Ball has seen considerable varsity playing time. The guard was honorable mention all-conference a year ago, and will be relied upon to do much of the scoring with junior Cullen McShane, who also brings valuable experience to the group.

Tue
24
Nov

Donald D. Blaker

Donald Dean Blaker, age 89, entered into his eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at his home near Arlington. He was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in mid-October. 

Don was born in Colesburg on July 12, 1931, the son of Dale and Vera (Shaw) Blaker. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1949 and served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army. Following his military service, he attended Upper Iowa University and later received his master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. On June 4, 1960, he married Anita Van Horn at the Fayette Methodist Church.

Tue
24
Nov

JoAnn R. Whittle

JoAnn R. Whittle, 87, of Elkader, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born Dec. 25, 1932, in rural Geddes, S.D., to Andrew and Adela (Bartekoske) Shea. The family moved to Iowa when JoAnn was very young.

She was united in marriage with Malcolm Whittle on Nov. 8, 1952, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader. The couple was blessed with five children. Throughout the years, JoAnn worked as a telephone operator, did babysitting in her own home, worked at the Elkader Wire Factory and, lastly, was a cook at Scenic Acres. She was a very hard worker, always putting family first. She enjoyed family gatherings, especially getting to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered by all as someone with a quick smile. JoAnn was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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