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Tue
25
Jul

Betty Lou McGee

Betty Lou (Witte) McGee, age 95, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those who loved her on Saturday, July 8, 2017. She was born on November 25, 1921, in Elkader, Iowa, to parents Harvey and Florence (Tieden) Witte and grew up on the family’s dairy farm. She graduated from cosmetology school and throughout her life loved her clients and pursuing her work. 

Betty was an avid gardener, a hobby she enjoyed with her late husband, Jack. Her flower garden was always blooming with colorful flowers, which were admired by many people. Betty loved playing bridge with her friends and husband, and playing golf at Atlas Valley Country Club. She was also a talented painter and watercolorist. 

Tue
25
Jul

Ron Hubbard

Ron Hubbard, 60, of Winterset died unexpectedly Friday, June 30, 2017, at his home. 

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 27, at Ochiltree Funeral Service, Winterset, with the family present to receive friends during this time. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m., Friday, July 28, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation and online condolences may be made to the family at www.ochiltree.com.

Tue
18
Jul

“It’s all about the money” Officials defend DNR budget cuts


DNR officials Bruce Trautman, center, and Chuck Gipp, right, talk with one of more than 150 people who turned out for a recent meeting on the department’s budget cut decisions.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

More than 150 people packed the Edgewood Events Center last Monday night to hear from two DNR officials responsible for recent unpopular budget cuts.

Tue
18
Jul

WELCOME BACK, DAROL DESOTEL

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

If Elkader’s new postmaster looks a bit familiar it’s because he’s a Clayton County native.

Tue
18
Jul

Richard Smith

Dr. Richard A. Smith, 79, of Sumner, died on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the American Legion Hall in Sumner with Michael Schemmel officiating. Family inurnment will be held at Lima Cemetery, rural Wadena, with military rites by Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22nd at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the Legion Hall on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Cedar Valley Hospice.

Tue
18
Jul

Harold Frick

Harold Albert Frick, 96, of Elkader, died peacefully at his sons’ home, Monday, July 3, 2017, in Manchester, Iowa. He was born August 27, 1920 in Plain, WI to Alfred and Rose (Nachreiner) Frick.

Harold was united in marriage to Letha Marie McManus on May 18, 1946, in Pontiac, MI. The couple was married for 62 years and blessed with four children. They spent their winters in Winter Haven, FL. for over 25 years.

Tue
18
Jul

Walter Whittle

Walter Whittle, age 89, passed over to the father on Monday, July 10, 2017, at Madonna Towers in Rochester, MN. He lived at Shorewood Senior Living in Rochester for the past eight years where he enjoyed many new friends. He was the eldest child of nine children born to Margaret (Holtz) and Ambrose Whittle. He was born near Littleport, Iowa, on May 26, 1928, where he lived with his family on a number of farms in the area. He attended country school and St. Joseph’s high school. He enjoyed working on the farm helping his Dad and brothers.

Tue
11
Jul

Building fences Area farmers help with wildfire losses


A replacement post standing next to a burned one gives perspective to the damage done by recent wildfires.

These three past presidents of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, pictured left to right, are Ron McCartney, Gunder; Doran Zumbach, Coggon (organizer of trip); and Tim Burrack, Arlington, recently traveled to Kansas to do fence-repair work.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

“Farmers help farmers.”

With just three words, Clayton County Supervisor Ron McCartney summed up the motivation behind an Iowa-based humanitarian effort to help an Oklahoma rancher devastated by spring wildfires.

Tue
11
Jul

FATHER PETERS ENDS CHURCH CAREER


Father Peters is shown with the Sisters of the Presentation who were instrumental in developing his love of music.

Editor’s note: Father Paul Peters celebrated his final mass on June 25, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elkader, capping off a career that covered nearly six decades. Lori Keppler shared his story.

Father Paul Peters was born October 18, 1936, in Fairbank, Iowa to Leo and Vera (Preble) Peters. If you have been to Elkader for St. Patrick’s Day in recent years you may have been able to enjoy his musical talent during the annual celebration. That is just one event that he has blessed us with his musical flair. 

Tue
11
Jul

Marion “Swede” Hjelmeng

Marion “Swede” Dale Hjelmeng, 90, of Elkader, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. Swede was born June 10, 1927, in West Union, to Sverre and Elva (Oleson) Hjelmeng. He attended school in West Union and Elkader and, after a year in the United States Navy, he went to Elkader Junior College for one year. On November 6, 1948, he was married to Lois Larson at Norway Lutheran Church.

Swede was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 37 years. He then worked for AT&T for one year, retiring in 1984. Following his retirement, he was self-employed with his own telephone service company until April 1, 2003.

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