Clayton County Register

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Looking back - Top local news stories of 2015


One of the top local news stories of 2015 was the first-place finish at the state cross country meet for Coach Mark Bauder and the Central girls’ cross country team. Pictured at left are, front row (l-r), Ciera Deitchler, Desi Weber, Ashley Funk, Ellie Kuehl and Cassie Larson; and back row (l-r), Coach Bauder, Emily Asche, Anna Tuecke, Haley Schroeder and Hannah Kuehl. Also in sports news was another perfect season of regular play for Central’s football team.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

News organizations across the U.S. have already compiled their lists of “top news stories for 2016” and, for the most part, tragedies like terrorist attacks, mass shootings, climate change and Europe’s immigrant crisis top their lists. Much closer to home, however, the news was decidedly more upbeat with a state high school cross-country championship and a successful first-ever Art in the Park event.

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Dec

Ruth Meyers

Ruth M. Meyers, 94, of Elkader, died Sunday, December 20, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center. Ruth M. (Bauer) (Hrubes) Meyers was born on February 19, 1921, in Bismarck, North Dakota to Ralph and Clara (Uhlenhake) Bauer. She was the oldest of seven children. She attended elementary and high school in Wesley, Iowa, graduating in 1939. 

After her formal schooling she worked as a bookkeeper for her father in the implement business in Wesley, Iowa. She followed her love of music by playing piano in a local band called “Silver Moon” that played throughout North Central Iowa. Her love of music especially (polka and waltzes) continued throughout her life. 

Tue
22
Dec

Letters to Santa - All I want for Christmas. . . .


There were many Santa sightings in Elkader throughout the holiday season. One of the most recent was Santa’s visit to FreedomBank, which is where Sadey Arnold, daughter of Trevor and Rachel Arnold, Elkader, found him.

 

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

We hope you enjoy these letters as much as we did. Many thanks to the students and their teachers for continuing this tradition.

Tue
22
Dec

Charles “Chuck” Kelly

Charles Clyde ”Chuck” Kelly, 81, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born on June 2, 1934, in Littleport, the son of Gaye and Lois (Morarend) Kelly. Charles attended country school near Waterville and high school in Elkader. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1960.

Tue
22
Dec

Elvin Leroy Johnson

Elvin Lerow Johnson of Strawberry Point, formerly of Garnavillo, Iowa, died at his home after a sudden illness on Saturday morning, December 19, 2015, his 84th birthday.  

Friends and relatives are invited to attend any of the following on Saturday, December 26:  graveside service at 10:15 a.m. at the Garnavillo Community Cemetery; funeral service at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Garnavillo; visitation with the family from 1–3 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Garnavillo.

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Dec

James “Jim” Hopp

A private family service for James “Jim” Hopp will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin, MN with Pastor Dean Gunn officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2015, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow, MN and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

James “Jim” Hopp, 69, of Grand Meadow, MN passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Tue
15
Dec

Family business continues to thrive


Mary Lee Witt helps her customer, Deb Brown, with a matting and framing order. Witt’s Custom Framing and Gallery has been an Elkader business fixture since the late 1800s.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Picture this: In 1895, when Elkader was still a young town with just a handful of retail shops, a well-known cabinetmaker relocated here from Garnavillo. He and his partner built a structure on Main Street, which locals called the Regan and Witt Building after the two men who built it—William E. Witt, the cabinetmaker, and Mr. Regan, his partner. 

Tue
15
Dec

PATTISON SAND REQUEST TABLED

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Press

 

Well over 60 people gathered in Elkader for a Clayton County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Tuesday, December 8. The commission heard comments from Pattison employees and concerned property owners over the potential rezoning of land along Great River Road from agricultural to heavy industrial for the purpose of underground mining, processing, storing and shipment of silica sand and its byproducts. 

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15
Dec

Joyce Engelhardt

Joyce Lynn Engelhardt, 59, of Elkader, died December 5, 2015, at University Hospital in Iowa City. She was born in McGregor, on December 15, 1955, to Alan and Betty (Livingston) Engelhardt.

Joyce liked going to Rise and being with all of her friends there. She enjoyed music, listening to her records, going to the county fair, Johnson’s Restaurant and the shopping trips to Prairie du Chien, WI.

She is survived by her niece, Christine (Mark) Berns, her nephew, James Grocholski and sons, numerous aunts, cousins and friends.

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Stanley Debes

Stanley Clair Debes, 73, of rural Mederville, died Monday, December 7, 2015, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. He was born February 14, 1942, in rural Mederville to Clair and Madeline (Coonfare) Debes.

He was a dairy farmer who spent his entire life on the farm where he was born. Stanley farmed since he was 14 years old.

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