Clayton County Register

Wed
18
Feb

“A Day in the Life” Legislator thrives on 16-17 hour days


Representative Patti Ruff was joined by her husband, Dan and youngest son, Tucker, in the House Chambers on the first day of the 2015 Legislative Session.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

For State Representative Patti Ruff, balancing work and family is a matter of setting priorities, managing time wisely and taking full advantage of technology. 

Wed
18
Feb

BUDGET READY

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The tax levy for Clayton County residents will decrease for 2015-2016 under a proposed budget that will be presented at a public hearing March 9. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the county government building, 600 Gunder Road, Elkader.

Wed
18
Feb

Robert Roethler

Robert Joseph Roethler, Sr., 69, of Emmetsburg, IA died on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg of complications due to pneumonia.

Wed
18
Feb

Jean Kennett

 

Jean Helen Eckford Kennett, 96, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died peacefully on December 19, 2014. Born on August 6, 1918, in Choteau, Montana, Jean was the daughter of John Eckford and Amy Crary.

Jean’s father, a dentist, had practiced in Mexico for 10 years before he moved to Choteau where he met Jean’s mother. Jean described her mother as a strong, independent woman whom she greatly admired.

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.”

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