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Tue
14
Nov

Best birthday ever! Woman receives honorary diploma


Central superintendent Nick Trenkamp and school board member NiCole Dennler present an honorary diploma to Sofie Davis on her 103rd birthday.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Though she was born in St. Olaf and raised near there, Sofie Davis has always had a soft spot for Elkader.

Tue
14
Nov

LIFELONG LEADER IS HONORED


Betty Lord-Dinan

Jann Ricklefs, left, president of the Iowa Nurses Association, presents Betty Lord-Dinan, Elkader, with a plaque during her Hall of Fame induction.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Tue
07
Nov

Student projects - Harnessing wind; saving birds, trees


Caleb Jones works to build a wind turbine out of an old school treadmill motor and fan blade donated by Clayton County Recycling.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

With winter just around the corner, five Central students are working feverishly to complete a couple of projects designed to lessen the impact of cold weather on birds and trees. Two others are looking into green roofs and wind turbines. All are students in Ann Gritzner’s Global Science class, which requires a hands-on project that addresses an environmental issue. Here’s a look at their projects.

Tue
07
Nov

ARMY SERVICE CHANGES LIFE


Vietnam veteran Dave Tschantz is now employed by the Clayton County Sherrif’s Department.

 By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

At the end of December 1965, Dave Tschantz made a decision that would change his life.  He enlisted in the Army. “I decided to volunteer because I knew that I would be drafted anyway,” he recalled.”

Tue
31
Oct

Global Science - Students pursue “green” projects


Central students Jonathan Whittle and Cayden Hansel sift through last year’s compost from the school cafeteria. They are sorting out the plastic and silverware accidentally put in the pile and creating one large pile so it is ready for use in the school garden.

Noah Reinhart and Matt Whittle water plants they started from seeds harvested from the school prairie in the science department greenhouse.

Weston Helgerson checks the temperature on the school roof with a thermal imaging camera purchased with a McElroy grant last year. He is researching how weather and sunlight can change the temperature of a roof as a part of his project on green roofs.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Anthropologist Margaret Mead once famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” The 14 students in Ann Gritzner’s Global Science class at Central have taken Mead’s words to heart. Working in small groups of one, two or four students, they’re pursuing small projects—composting, can collection and redemption, green roofing, improved tree growth and other ideas—that have the potential for great change. 

Tue
24
Oct

Career has gone to the dogs. . .and cats


Jill Herman shampoos a canine client at her business, Pampered Pets Grooming based in Elkader and Guttenberg.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Jill Herman’s career has gone to the dogs—and she couldn’t be happier about it.

Tue
17
Oct

St. Olaf Tavern receives honor


St. Olaf Tavern owners Randy and Lisa Lenth, shown with 2017 County Pork Queen Megan Glawe, were the recipients of the 2017 Restaurant Award.

By Melissa Spielbauer Combs

Guttenberg Press

 

The St. Olaf Tavern was the recipient of this year’s Restaurant Award presented by the Clayton County Pork Producers at their banquet held September 30 in Elkader..

Tue
17
Oct

Hurricane Irma: aftermath Area crews return from storm work


Josh Abbott, left, and Blair Everman, lineman with Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative, were two of 146 Iowa workers who helped restore electrical service along the Florida-Georgia line following Hurricane Irma.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Elkader Lions’ Club - Revived group has a grand vision


Rich Witt, Meghan Bergan and Howard Mayer prepare to do vision screening with three local youngsters. Witt is with the Oelwein Lions’ Club; Bergan is the Central School nurse; and Mayer is a member of the newly reinstated Elkader Lions’ Club.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A Northeast Iowa couple last summer took steps to help ensure continued vision-screening services for area youngsters. At the time, they had no way of knowing the personal turn their journey would take.

Tue
10
Oct

COUNCIL HEARS HOTEL PROPOSAL

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The Elkader City Council met last Thursday night for a presentation that could mean a new hotel for the town. 

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