Clayton County Register

Wed
11
Feb

Monarch butterfly decline signals need for landscape ethic


Starmont elementary students display a monarch butterfly they captured and tagged in the school’s milkweed prairie as part of a Clayton County Conservation program.

 

By Gary Siegwarth

In the autumn of 1813, American ornithologist John James Audubon watched a flock of passenger pigeons fly over the Ohio countryside.  He described the numbers as so numerous it darkened the sky and took more than three days for the entire flock to pass overhead.  It’s estimated that three to five billion passenger pigeons were in the United States when Europeans arrived in North America.  In nearly the blink of an eye, the species went from being one of the most abundant birds in the world to complete extinction in 1914.  This astonishing elimination of a seemingly bountiful species was attributed to overhunting and loss of habitat.  

Wed
11
Feb

SEEKING FUNDS

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Central Science Teacher Ann Gritzner would like to breeze into the Windy City with a couple of busloads of students but making that happen will take some help from members of the Elkader community.

Wed
11
Feb

Janice “Jan” Frommelt

 

Janice “Jan” Lorraine Frommelt, 93, of Guttenberg, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Guttenberg Care Center.   

Jan was born February 10, 1921 in Guttenberg to Horace “Jack” and Josephine (Wenkstern) Dubbels. Jan enjoyed playing the tuba and basketball in her years at Guttenberg High School. She graduated as valedictorian in 1938. Shortly after graduation Jan started working three days a week at the Guttenberg Press, a place that became her second home for almost 37 years.  She retired from the Press in 2005 due to ill health.  

Wed
11
Feb

Fern Schievelbein

 

Fern Alvina (Marting) Schievelbein, 85, of Farmersburg, Iowa, died Monday, February 2, 2015, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. She was the daughter of Vern and Hilda (Dettman) Marting and was born January 21, 1930, in Farmersburg township, Clayton County. She was baptized on April 13, 1930, at St. Peters Lutheran Church, National, Iowa by Pastor G. Bunge and was confirmed on June 18, 1944, at St. John Lutheran Church, Farmerburg, by Pastor H. Adix. Fern attended Pioneer Country School near Farmersburg through the eighth grade and graduated from Monona High School in 1947. After graduation she was a waitress in Postville and a self-employed seamstress.

Wed
11
Feb

Kenneth “Scotty” Scott

 

Kenneth James “Scotty” Scott, 82, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, (formerly of  Volga) died on Sunday, February 1, 2015, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. He was born on June 14, 1932, in Highland Township near Volga, the son of Robert and Ruth (Duff) Scott. He was raised in the area and was an Arlington High School graduate. Scotty served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Scotty was united in marriage to Joyce Oldfather; they later divorced. Three children were born to this union. Scotty was a self-employed carpenter.

Wed
04
Feb

Town is Convenient, Inspiring


Artist and author Arthur Geisert is shown with is copper press in his newly renovated studio and living space in Elkader.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Elkader’s newest resident is an award-winning artist and writer with a unique claim to fame.

 “I can read one of my books in four languages, simultaneously,” says Arthur Geisert, a mischievous smile tugging at the corners of his mouth. “No other author in the world can say that.”

Wed
04
Feb

Stunning Transformation


Greg Anderson renovated the former Elkader Dry Cleaners for artist- Arthur Geisert.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

One of the most stunning transformations of a downtown property is a building not included in Elkader’s façade restoration project.

The former Elkader Dry Cleaners, located at 116 North Main Street, was painstakingly restored over the course of several months. New owner Arthur Geisert hired local contractor Greg Anderson, owner of Anderson Construction Company, to do the work.

Wed
28
Jan

Elkader still leads county in sales


A recent Iowa State University study puts Elkader at the top of the list for total taxable sales, well ahead of surrounding communities.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

According to an Iowa State University study, Elkader remains the retail mecca of Clayton County. That comes as little surprise to established business owners or newcomers like Dawn Medberry, owner of JEM Salon and Spa.

Wed
28
Jan

Central updates under discussion

 

 

By Pat McTaggart

 

Freelance Writer

 

Wed
21
Jan

7 ways to tell a story


Nathan Fitzgerald, Luke Orr, Laren Lenth and Keaton Lane look at the Titanic “artifacts” created by Kayla Kramer.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

 

 A group of Central students last week showed just how creative they could get when told to select a research topic and then use seven genre, 1,500 words and 10 sources to explain it. 

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