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Tue
26
Aug

Unpaid lunch bills causing problems


School districts locally and nationwide are dealing with the growing problem of unpaid school lunch accounts.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Starting the school year with many lunch accounts in the red has become increasingly common in recent years, according to the School Nutrition Association. The local picture isn’t as bleak as it is in some parts of the Midwest like Madison, WI, where the district is burdened with nearly $100,000 in unpaid fees. But it is still a growing problem in Northeast Iowa.

Tue
19
Aug

Changes in store for truck cruise

 

By Kim Hurley

Register Freelance Writer

 

“Powerful trucks, an old opera house, and a small town that lives for August 29 – 31!”’

This is the catch-all phrase for the sixth annual Volga City Truck Cruise (VCTC).

Tue
19
Aug

Promoting Fitness


Kate Lower, Volga, spent her summer promoting food and fitness to young students.

 

By Kim Hurley

Register Freelance Writer

 

“I have always taken a high priority of my health, and hope to use my knowledge and skills to improve the health and wellness of our nation. I hope to make an impact on children, their parents, and even the elderly.” This describes Kate Lower’s passion for healthy food and fitness promotion in her own words.

Mon
28
Jul

TONS OF FUN!

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Two local men have collaborated on a project designed to highlight the tourism opportunities in Clayton County.

Mon
07
Jul

Bike the U.S. team rolls back into Elkader


Catherine Hafdahl, Duluth, MN, was one of 19 cyclists who passed through Elkader last week as part of Bike the U.S. for MS. The group’s support crew included intern Young Jeong, Fairfax, VA, center, and Duncan Moore, Berkley, CA, team leader.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Nineteen road-weary bicyclists ranging in age from 18 to 74 wheeled into Elkader last week for an overnight stay before continuing on their 4,400-mile fund-raising journey.

Mon
30
Jun

Family coping with rare disease


Sam and Andy Fangman are shown with their 11-month-old daughter, Josie, who suffers from a rare disease that severely restricts the kinds of foods she can eat without serious side effect. Currently, all she can process is applesauce, carrots and beef.

 

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

It’s a rare disease but for parents with children who have FPIES (Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome) it’s a harrowing roller coaster ride that can take their child from their home to the emergency room at any time. Samantha (Sam) and Andy Fangman are one such couple. Their 11 month-old daughter, Josie, was diagnosed 

Wed
25
Jun

No major damage in Elkader from flash flooding

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Elkader firefighters and a handful of local residents spent the waning hours of Thursday evening filling and stacking 1,500 sandbags along the riverfront at lower Main Street. For some, it was a sad case of deja vu: They worked in the same spot six years ago building a wall to hold back the rising Turkey River.

Mon
16
Jun

Welcome back to Volga


The Fettkether family recently relocated to Volga. The family members are, left to right, Rebecca, Melissa, Nick, Jacqueline, Ben and Alex.

 

By Kim Hurley

Volga Correspondent

 

When Nick and Melissa (Horns) Fettkether got married in 1992 and moved out of Clayton County, they probably would have never fathomed returning to the Volga area to raise their family. This is true for several families who have started out their early years in larger metropolises, only to find themselves drawn back to Volga.

Mon
09
Jun

Bugged by pesky gnats?

 

By Kim Hurley

Register Freelance Writer

 

“Shoo fly, shoo fly, don’t bother me!” has been a common refrain heard this spring. This is not in reference to the typical pesky fly buzzing around inside and outside all through summer but, rather, the biting gnats also known as black flies, buffalo gnats, or turkey gnats.

Mon
02
Jun

Tschirgi receives Masonic scholarship

 

For 43 years, Iowa Masons have presented scholarships to graduates of Iowa’s public high schools. Scholarships are based on leadership, community activities and involvement, academic record and need. Thanks to the support and generosity of Iowa Masons, one of this year’s recipients from over 650 applicants was Samantha Tschirgi, a 2014 Central High School graduate. She will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 from the Grand Lodge of Iowa. Presenting the award to Samantha are Jay Moser and Kurt Dennler, officers from Elkader Lodge #72. Samantha, daughter of Mark and Julie Tschirigi, Elkader, will attend Loras College this fall.

 

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