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Wed
02
Jan

Merlynn Johnson

Merlynn Johnson
November 23, 1949-December 17, 2018

Merlynn John Johnson, 69, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals from complications after open heart surgery. Merlynn was born on November 23, 1949, in Richmond Center, Wisconsin, to the late Ronald and Wihelmina (Grabanski) Johnson.  He grew up in the small town of Mt. Sterling, WI, with two older sisters, Marlene and Bonnie, and a younger sister, Karen. His father, Ronald owned a cheese factory in Mt. Sterling. Merlynn graduated from Gays Mills High School and later received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Wisconsin University at Lacrosse.  

Wed
26
Dec

Looking back at 2018 Local events, people dominate headlines

Christopher Reimer
Christopher Reimer, owner of Pedretti’s Bakery, is the third generation of his family to own the popular Elkader business.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Natural disasters, political scandals, a royal wedding, mid-term election surprises and the refugee crisis are some of the stories have dominated the national and international news landscape this year. Much closer to home, we celebrated the people who live here, local events, school improvements and community projects. Here’s a look back at some of those stories.

January
The Elkader City Council approved an Art on the Byways Project for Founders Park. Three Bells is the title of a metal sculpture created by Marion artist Cara Briggs Farmer. The artwork has been designed to “reflect the rolling hills of the countryside and to echo the bells of the Clayton County Courthouse and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Tue
18
Dec

All I Want for Christmas Second, third graders share Santa letters

For several years, the Register’s holiday tradition has been to share letters to Santa Claus written by Central students. This year, students in one second grade and two third grade classes participated. Their letter are published here, just as we received them. We’ve made no attempt to edit or censor.

We hope you enjoy these letters as much as we did. And many thanks to the students and teachers for helping us continue this tradition.

Mrs. Kuehl’s class
Dear Santa Claus,
What are your reindeers name? I am so excited for Christmas day! For Christmas I want to give Weston Stannard a Nintendo Switch for him. What I want is a I pod and a phone and an I phone with a rally sparkly case with water with the sparklys. Please Santa Claus.
Love Claire Orr

Dear Santa Claus,
How are your elves and reindeer? I am excited for Christmas! Can you give my mom stuff for her back and can I have a Xbox one please?
Love, Brenden Russell

Tue
18
Dec

Don Reece

Don Reece
March 25, 1932 to December 8, 2018

Don Reece, 86, of Elkader passed away Saturday December 8, 2018, in his home with his loving family by his side.

Don was the son of Carl and Bertha (Bock) Reece of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Don was born in Iowa City, Iowa on March 25th, 1932. Don lived in Iowa City and graduated from City High School in Iowa City. After high school Don Joined the Air Force in March 1951 where he served as a Staff Sargent of preventative medicine during the Korean War. Don was honorably discharged.

Tue
18
Dec

Thomas Koehn

Thomas Koehn

Thomas Ray Koehn, 68, of Elkader, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018, at Central Community Hospital following a long illness. Tom was born in McGregor, on December 12, 1950, to Alvin and Ruby (Kurth) Koehn. He graduated from Central Community School.

Over the years, Tom worked at Hilton Homes, Guttenberg, Trademark Homes, Dyersville and Iowa Turkey Producers, Postville. Most recently, he enjoyed delivering the Cedar Rapids Gazette to subscribers on his route.
Tom was very dedicated to his family. He enjoyed taking his mom and Connie for car rides whenever he could. He was so proud that he and Connie were able to bring mom home for Sunday meals when she was a resident in the care center. He also enjoyed trail rides—watching them gather and seeing the group leave for the big ride. Tom enjoyed visiting with people and it was not unusual to see him visiting with someone.

Tue
11
Dec

Learning life lessons Preschool launches kindness project

Blake Hunt
Central fourth grader Blake Hunt ties a message to a sucker that was given to a fifth grader as part of the Kindness Project.
Alexis Ingles
Alexis Ingles shows the candy canes and notes Central preschoolers placed on vehicles last week.
Drake Moser, Emersyn Wiley, and Alexis Ingles
Central students Drake Moser, Emersyn Wiley, and Alexis Ingles enjoy decorating Christmas cookies during a preschool-kindergarten get-together to launch the preschool Kindness Project.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

There’s truth to the old adage, “Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.” And if you need proof, look no further than Central Schools where the very youngest students last week launched a month-long kindness project that they hope will ultimately embrace all students, faculty and staff.

“During the month of December, the students will participate in one ‘kindness’ activity daily,” explained Central preschool teacher Caroline Erickson. “We are making goodies for the school board, bus drivers, janitors, cooks, nurses, police department and fire department. And we’re filling mugs for the teachers.”

Tue
11
Dec

David F. Wilson, M.D.

David F. Wilson, M.D.
December 7, 1936 to November 13, 2018

David Franklin Wilson was born in Millville, Iowa, to Beulah (Grimes) and Richard “Bob” Wilson. Born December 7, 1936, he was delivered by his physician grandfather, who traveled 12 miles through snow by a horse-drawn sleigh.

David grew up in Colesburg, played on the Colesburg baseball team when the Trojans won the Iowa State Championship in 1952. He attended the University of Iowa for undergraduate and medical school. His residency program in otolaryngology occurred at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. During his residency, David was selected to serve in the U.S. Navy and assigned to Navy Medical Services in Washington, D.C. In 1971, he was appointed a fellowship at the House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, where he specialized in neurotology.

Tue
04
Dec

Meet Hollee McCormick Allamakee-Clayton REC names next GM

Meet Hollee McCormick Allamakee-Clayton REC names next GM
Hollee McCormick was recently named to succeed Paul Foxwell as General Manager at the Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative when Foxwell retires next year.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A familiar face will take over as general manager at Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative when current GM and Executive Vice President Paul Foxwell retires. The ACREC Board named Hollee McCormick to the post earlier this fall. She has been with the REC for four years as its manager of economic development and community relations.

Foxwell had high praise for the board’s decision, noting that during McCormick’s time with the REC, staff, members and Northeast Iowans in general have all benefited from McCormick’s efforts.

Tue
04
Dec

Douglas Larson

Douglas Larson
May 6, 1962 to November 26, 2018

Douglas Donald Larson, 56, of Elkader passed away on Monday November 26, 2018, at his residence. Doug was born on May 6, 1962, at Central Community Hospital of Elkader, Iowa, to Donnie and Rita (Farmer) Larson. Doug was baptized at Highland Lutheran Church and was confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ.  He attended Central Community Schools in Elkader.

Doug was married to Sue Ann Boots and to this union one daughter, Alison, was born. They were later divorced.

After high school, Doug was employed by Korte Implement in Elkader. He later started working at Auto Collision Specialists for Bud Miller and was still enjoying his work at the time of his death.

At family gatherings, Doug was considered the instigator. He loved getting all the little great nieces and nephews wound up by telling his crazy stories. They all loved him so dearly.

Wed
28
Nov

Courthouse clock tower Restored vane caps off project

Courthouse clock tower Restored vane caps off project
Present for the installation of the restored weather vane at the Clayton County Courthouse were, left to right, Roger Thomas (CCHPC), Supervisor Gary Bowden, courthouse custodian Myron Phelps, Lee Lenth (CCHPC), Betty Buchholz (CCHPC), Gary Goyette (CCHPC), Art Geisert, and John Nikolai (CCHPC).

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

It took six long years, but the final phase of the clock tower restoration project at the Clayton County Courthouse has been completed with the placing of a fully restored weather vane.

The courthouse was built in 1867-68 with an addition added in 1877-78. In 1896 a wooden clock tower was added to the structure and an E. Howard #1 striker tower clock was installed. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Preliminary studies for the restoration project began in 2012. The goal was to restore the clock and the tower to the way they were in 1896. The clock was removed for repair and restoration in 2014. Wooden hands and new numerals were put on the clock’s four faces and the original dark background was restored.

Balustrades around the widow’s walk on the tower were restored in 2016 and new wiring was installed in the tower in 2017.

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