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Tue
01
Sep

Meet the Candidates. 4 vying for school board seats

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, September 8, to elect Central school board members. Four candidates are running for three seats. They are NiCole Dennler, Kristin Fitzgerald, Suzy Hilgerson and Michael Whittle. There are three vacancies; Fitzgerald is running for re-election; Todd Lenth and Joleen Jansen chose not to run again.

Tue
01
Sep

Kirk Shearer

Kirk Rockne Shearer, 69, of Elkader, went to heaven Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha. A Celebration of Life service was held from 6 to 7p.m. Saturday, August 29, at Palisades-Kepler Park in Mount Vernon. Burial will take place at a later date.

 Kirk was born April 3, 1946, and is survived by his children, Ki (Erin) Shearer, Kristian (Brodie) Shearer; one grandson, Liam Shearer; sister Jacqueline (Bill) Paeth; brother, Kim (Dixie) Shearer; and many nieces and nephews.

Tue
01
Sep

Keith Thoma

Keith Thoma, 89, of Garnavillo, IA, died Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born on September 9, 1925, in Garnavillo, the son of Willis and Nettie (Schlake) Thoma. 

Tue
01
Sep

John Briggs

John Jason Briggs, 83, of Volga, Iowa, passed away at his residence in Volga on Thursday, August 27. He was born on September 22, 1931, at his grandma’s house in Mechanicsville, the son of George G. and Lucy L. (Ford) Briggs.

John attended country school near Lisbon and was a 1949 Lisbon High School graduate.  After school he worked at Eddy Paper in Cedar Rapids.  He also sheared sheep for local farmers and the Dubuque Packing Company.

Tue
25
Aug

Standards-Based Grading, Numbers replace letters in two classes


Central High School is testing a new grading method this year. Freshmen students will receive numbers instead of letter grades in two classes.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Central High School is joining a nationwide movement that’s redefining how student performance is evaluated. 

Tue
25
Aug

TOP HONOR FOR ELKADER

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The Iowa League of Cities has named Elkader a 2015 All-Star Community. The designation honors the town’s riverfront revitalization and Founders Park project. 

This is the first time Elkader has received the award.

Tue
25
Aug

David Dennler

David Paul Dennler, 62, of Elkader died on August 19, 2015, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI. 

He was born August 11, 1953, in Postville, to William and Barbara (Rainey) Dennler. He grew up on the family farm near Elgin. After graduating from Valley High School in 1971, he worked for Walch Ford in Elkader. From there he went to work driving truck for the Elkader Wire. Prior to his retirement on August 3, 2015, he worked for the local Co-op through various name changes.

Tue
25
Aug

George Kuehl

George Kuehl, 70, died Thursday, August 20, 2015, at his home. He was born March 12, 1945, in Elkader to Edward Vernon and Phyllis E. (Wikan) Kuehl. George was baptized March 16, 1947, and confirmed October 30, 1960, both at Highland Lutheran Church. He attended Elkader High School; then stayed at home to help his parents with the milking and other farm chores. He was a lifetime member of Highland Lutheran Church. 

Tue
18
Aug

Judging at the Clayton County Fair. A novel way to get involved with 4-H


Samuel Nemechek listens to Arnella Siggelkow as she critiques his entry in the Food & Nutrition class at the Clayton County Fair.

Megan Nemechek listens intently as a judge asks questions about her Clayton County Fair entry.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Livestock judging tends to dominate the Clayton County Fair so you might be surprised to learn that these entries are actually smaller in number than non-livestock entries. This year, more than 1,080 dogs, horses, sheep, cattle, swine and rabbits were judged. That’s an impressive figure but non-livestock entries topped that number by several hundred with judges receiving more than 1,700 submissions in categories ranging from photography to food to clothing. 

Tue
18
Aug

TOP EDUCATOR


Dale Dennler is pictured with his wife, Stephanie, at the conservation district’s awards program this past July.

Northeast Iowa native Dale Dennler is starting his 20th year as an educator at the Crestwood Campus in the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District.

He began his career at Howard-Winn shortly after graduating from Central College. 

“This was my first job. It fit well, and I’ve enjoyed it here,” he said. “This is home.”

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