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Tue
16
Dec

Live stream broadcast offers MFL MarMac students a fun learning experience


Brandon Martin (left), Chris Larson and Kelsi Davis were a few of the 20 MFL MarMac middle and high school students who got the opportunity to write scripts, handle the cameras and equipment, produce play-by-play analysis and commentary and conduct sideline interviews Dec. 2 during a live stream broadcast of the basketball games against Clayton Ridge. (Submitted photos)

Dakota Weaver interviews MFL MarMac basketball player Tristen Kautman before the Bulldogs took on Clayton Ridge.

MFL MarMac student Austin Bernhard works a camera during the Dec. 2. Knight Vision live stream broadcast.

Fresh off playing the Clayton Ridge girls, Chaun'te Drahn (left) and Hayley Vogt took the commentary reins during the boys game.

Tyson Dolan (left) and Peyton Meisner share a laugh as they prepare to cover the girls game.

Students learn how to operate one of the Knight Vision Cameras.

Dillon Pitzer operates one of the cameras.

MFL MarMac students (pictured with the Wartburg Knight Vision team, instructors Angie Killian and Melissa Haberichter and Clayton Ridge students) participating in the live stream event Dec. 2 included (front, left to right) Emma Ammons, Hayley Vogt, Chaun’te Drahn, Amy Pagaza, Chloe Diehl, Brenna Boland; (middle) Victoria Van Wey, Dakota Weaver, Kelsi Davis, Bailey Boland, Dillon Pitzer, Isaac Greener; (back) Peyton Meisner, Tyson Dolan, Bryce Burke, Chris Larson, Austin Bernhard, Jordan Weaver and Brandon Martin.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On Dec. 2, 20 MFL MarMac middle and high school students got the opportunity to learn in one day what some students in Wartburg College’s Department of Journalism and Communications learn in four years of undergraduate work. That opportunity involved live streaming that evening’s basketball games against Clayton Ridge through Wartburg’s Knight Vision online sports streaming network.

With the help of Wartburg instructor Travis Bockenstedt and several of his students, who provided both knowledge and $60,000 worth of equipment, the MFL MarMac students, along with three from Clayton Ridge, got the opportunity to write scripts, handle the cameras and equipment, produce play-by-play analysis and commentary and conduct sideline interviews.

Tue
16
Dec

Monona Chamber and Economic Development lays out plans


New Monona Chamber and Economic Development director Rogeta Halvorson recently laid out plans to promote the community and encourage economic and business growth. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Now a few months into her position as Monona’s Chamber and Economic Development (MCED) director, Rogeta Halvorson said she and the MCED Board have laid out a variety of plans to promote the community and encourage economic and business growth.

“Chambers are a funnel of information,” Halvorson said, noting that, through an updated website, along with email and Facebook, she can get the word out about community events, business promotions or even job listings. “I’m here to help Monona grow and support its social and civic aspects.”

Tue
16
Dec

Marquette Council opts to re-bid overlook project

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Marquette Council chose at its Dec. 10 meeting to send the city’s overlook project back to bid after the one bid received came back 79 percent over the engineer’s opinion of probable cost, which was just over $600,000.

The bid, admitted engineer Tim Cutsforth with HR Green, was not completely unsurprising. All season long, contractors have been busy, he explained, noting that prices were rising by at least 50 or 60 percent.

“We’ve seen this in other projects,” he said. “That’s the climate we’re dealing with.”

However, by bidding out the project this fall through a DOT letting, Cutsforth said he hoped there would have been fewer issues, so they proceeded with the originally-anticipated cost, rather than upping it.

Tue
09
Dec

Gaylor a runner-up for Excellence in Education Award


MFL MarMac Elementary guidance counselor Kurt Gaylor (front, center) was recently recognized as a runner-up for the 2014 Excellence in Education Award. Gaylor is pictured with (front, left) MFL MarMac Elementary Principal Kathy Koether, elementary teacher and MFL MarMac Education Association President Roberta Hass; (back) Superintendent Dale Crozier, Classified Association President Janelle Smith and MFL MarMac School Board President Patty Burkle. (Submitted photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

MFL MarMac Elementary guidance counselor Kurt Gaylor was recently recognized as a runner-up for the 2014 Excellence in Education Award, which is sponsored by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA).

Tue
09
Dec

New crop of eighth graders writes novels for NaNoWriMo


Laney Gardner (left), Mikayla Roys and Shane Bowen each wrote novels in November through NaNoWriMo, an online creative project. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Emily Watson (left) reached 18,000 words with her novel, while Amber Hickman had exactly 22,443 words, the highest amount in the grade. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
09
Dec

ALiCE training teaches students what to do in case of violent intruder

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
09
Dec

SIAC committee targets goals for next five-year plan

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Monday night, MFL MarMac’s School Improvement Advisory Committee met for the second time, discussing issues that could be addressed in the district’s next five-year plan.

Tue
02
Dec

Bullpup Wrestling prepares youth for future both on and off the mat


MFL MarMac’s Bullpup Wrestling Program helps the young participants become good wrestlers and good people. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

When the dozens of young boys and girls who participate in MFL MarMac’s Bullpup Wrestling Program take the mat each year, they learn the fundamentals—the right technique, hard work, dedication, respect, discipline, good sportsmanship, character.

Tue
02
Dec

Holiday Train rolls into Marquette Dec. 6


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again stop in Marquette at the marina parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. All attendees are asked to make a monetary donation or bring non-perishable food items, paper products or toiletries, which will go to the Clayton County Food Shelf. (NIT file photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Tue
02
Dec

Swiss Valley plans expansion of Luana plant

 

Swiss Valley Farms has announced a $20.6 million expansion of its cheese manufacturing facility based in Luana. The expansion centers around the improvement of the cheese manufacturing operating equipment, including a replacement of current press vats with a molding system solution, installation of additional system automation, updated press tunnels and new buffer tanks. The project also includes a 12,000 square foot expansion that will allow room for this new equipment and additional warehousing space.

 

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