Clayton County Register

Wed
27
Jan

Sons & Daughters - 7,000-mile trek for deer—and family


Joel Helgerson, a 1995 Central graduate, is currently posted in Kuwait where, as free time allows, he participates in competitive races.

Major Joel Helgerson will return later this year from a deployment in Kuwait. He’ll then relocate to Alaska where he will likely finish his military career.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Some people will travel great distances to go deer hunting in Northeast Iowa. Few, however, can top the trip made by Joel Helgerson, who recently trekked nearly 7,000 miles from his post in Kuwait to his hometown of Elkader just to bag a trophy buck—and see his family and friends, of course.

Wed
27
Jan

GRANT REQUEST APPROVED FOR IMPACT STUDY

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

Wed
27
Jan

Arlene Rude

Arlene Harriet Rude, 90, of St. Olaf, died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Arlene was born April 27, 1925, at home in rural Ridgeway, to Hans and Anna (Haga) Engen. She grew up on a farm near Ridgeway.

As an only child, she loved playing with her cousins whenever she could and enjoyed riding her horses. 

She attended country school, transferred to Decorah and graduated from Decorah High School in 1943.

Wed
27
Jan

Eldon Severson

Eldon Lee Severson, 85, of Clermont, Iowa died Friday, January 22, 2016, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center, West Union, Iowa. Eldon was born on August 16, 1930, in Topeka, Jewel County, Kansas, to Otto and Lulu (Larson) Severson. He was baptized at his parent’s home on November 2, 1930, in Jewel County, Kansas, and confirmed on June 10, 1944 at the Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf, Iowa. Eldon attended rural grade school in Clayton County and graduated from Elkader High School in 1948. Eldon farmed with his dad a few years. He joined the United States Coast Guard on November 21, 1951 and was honorably discharged on November 22, 1954. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Metal. When Eldon came home from the Coast Guard, he attended Iowa State University and farmed with his family.

Tue
19
Jan

Sons & Daughters - Central grads are home from Hong Kong


Kirby, Xavier and Ryan Jipp have recently returned from an extended period of living in Hong Kong.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

The American novelist Thomas Wolfe was wrong when he famously wrote, “You can’t go home again.” Of course, you can. No matter how far you journey you can always return to the community that helped raise you and to the people who are waiting to hear about your travels.

Tue
19
Jan

IOWA CAUCUS PRIMER


U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

By Chuck Grassley

U.S. Senator

 

Q: Why are the Iowa caucuses so significant?

Tue
19
Jan

Olivia “Ollie” Bruns

Olivia “Ollie” Kay Bruns, 70, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, following a sudden illness. 

Tue
19
Jan

Katherine McCormick

Katherine Marie McCormick, 100, of Elkader, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Elkader Care Center. Katherine was born on August 25, 1915, in Manchester, to Arthur Sr. and Effie (Boots) Kramer.

Her early years were spent with her parents and brother, Arthur Kramer, homesteading in Colorado. The Kramer family returned to Iowa, eventually settling in Elkader. Katherine married Cecil Moyna in 1932. They raised four children, Patricia, John, Jerry and Michael. Katherine was very proud of the family business they created, C.J. Moyna and Sons, which continues to prosper today.

Tue
19
Jan

Wayne Baumgartner

Wayne E. Baumgartner, 84, of rural St. Olaf, died suddenly on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at his home. He was born February 27, 1931, at home on the family farm, rural West Union, to Elmer and Gladys (Olson) Baumgartner. He attended country school through the eighth grade, and then farmed with his parents for a time.

Tue
12
Jan

County Auditor Update - Safe for now but removal is “looming”


Clayton County Auditor Dennis Freitag, left, confers with his attorney Peter Riley, Cedar Rapids, during an October meeting called by the Board of Supervisors to review Freitag’s job performance.

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance writer

His position is safe for the time being but Clayton County Auditor Dennis Freitag could still be removed from office if his job performance does not improve significantly in several key areas.

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