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Tue
12
Mar

Taking a stand NE Iowans make their opinions known

Hundreds showed up in Des Moines last week to share their opinions on a bill that would prevent state funds from being used for land acquisitions.
Hundreds showed up in Des Moines last week to share their opinions on a bill that would prevent state funds from being used for land acquisitions.

Dozens of Northeast Iowans were among the hundreds of conservation-minded people who last week descended on Des Moines to voice their disapproval of proposed changes to policies overseeing public land acquisition. Specifically, they were there to oppose two bills calling for changes in the way local conservation boards and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources acquire and use land.

Representatives from Allamakee, Winneshiek, Fayette and Clayton counties traveled together by bus to the Iowa State Capitol Building. According to Clayton County Conservation Board Director Jenna Pollock, who made the trip, there were comments from participants that the only time they get up that early is to go hunting or fishing or check on the cows calving.  
The two bills that motivated the trip were House File 542 and Senate Study Bill 1221.

Tue
05
Mar

Making a difference Mom helps son—and others—find jobs

Taylor Dahlquist
Taylor Dahlquist now works in a company his family launched to help find jobs for people who need employment support.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Despite a strong desire to hold down a job, Taylor Dahlquist had difficulties finding work. Prospective employers were reluctant to give him a chance to prove that a young man like him—a young man with disabilities—would be reliable, productive and capable of working without constant supervision.

Realizing that many disabled people faced a similar challenge, Taylor’s mom, Carrie, set out on a mission to find jobs for them. Taylor’s dad, Patrick, and other family members assisted her. The result was CHOICE Employment Services, a family-owned agency based in Decorah since its inception in 2012. The agency has served over 100 people, including Taylor.

Tue
26
Feb

Central project Learning to make healthier choices

Kendra Crooks, an ISU Youth Outreach employee, helps Central students Caitlin Mussman and Blake Hunt plan a balanced meal and snack.
Kendra Crooks, an ISU Youth Outreach employee, helps Central students Caitlin Mussman and Blake Hunt plan a balanced meal and snack.
Caitlin Mussman samples a tangelo
Central 4th grader Caitlin Mussman samples a tangelo. She later gave the fruit a “thumbs up.”

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Here’s something to chew on: Studies have shown that relying on fast food and “junk” food can hurt how well children do in the classroom.

Researchers at Ohio State University and the University of Texas, Austin, report a 20 percent difference in the test scores of kids with healthy diets and those with a heavy reliance on processed, salty and deep-fried foods.

That’s of significant concern to educators. So to help students make healthier decisions about meals and snacks, Central school nurse Meghan Bergan applied for and received a grant that has enabled her to do nutrition education with 4th graders.

Tue
19
Feb

Cold realities of winter Missed school days, budget impacts

Makenzie Thorson making a snow angel
Snow days don’t seem to bother area youngsters. Makenzie Thorson, Elkader. took time last Tuesday to enjoy the near 8-inch snowfall. Makenzie’s parents are Dustin and Jaimie Thorson. Jaimie submitted the photo.
Kelly Tyer, measuring snow
According to this measurement and photo by Kelly Tyer, it snowed nearly 8 inches last Tuesday and 8 more over the weekend.
Elkader Bridge
Angie Marovets shared this photo taken at the entrance to the white water feature with the Clayton County Courthouse visible in the background.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Next year, I’m paying closer attention to the Farmer’s Almanac. I don’t know how often their long-range weather predictions have been correct since they started publishing in 1818 but they certainly nailed it this winter.

The almanac’s forecast for the current season was released August 21, 2018. It predicted “teeth chattering cold and plentiful snow” for the Midwestern states. When we made it through November, December and into early January without experiencing either, I was ready to thumb my nose at the venerable publication.

And then, January 11, 2019, happened. That’s the date of the first significant snowfall across the state—and once it started snowing, it hasn’t stopped. And as far as “teeth chattering cold” goes, well, new records were set January 29-31 when wind chills reached -62 degrees in Elkader. That shattered the old record of -47 set in January 1996.

Wed
13
Feb

Abbie’s art Rarely viewed treasures to be exhibited

Painting of a Lady
Yellow Roses
Yellow Rose with Blue Pot (top) and Jeptha’s Daughter (bottom, left) are two of several works by the late Abbie Granni Griffth that will be displayed at an event later this month.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A public look at a private art collection is set for later this month when pieces by Abbie Griffith Grannis go on display for the first time in 15 years.

Abbie’s impressive body of work includes many still life watercolors but there are also numerous oils on canvas, charcoal drawings and painted china pieces. Most of the art was created before 1915 when Abbie was a young woman. The pieces were last seen in 2004 at an Elkader Opera House exhibit.

“Grammie’s artwork was part of our lives—it was in her home and in our homes, and it was always treasured,” said her grandson, Bob Griffith of Elkader. Griffith and his sister, Nancy Griffith Kuehl, also of Elkader, as well as other members of their extended family own most of the pieces.

Tue
05
Feb

Central school upgrade Sports can be viewed in concessions area

A new camera system streams the action across the Internet so it can be enjoyed on this 55-inch TV.
With help from Alpine Communications, Central has been able to solve the issue of missing the action in the gym while enjoying a snack in the new concessions area. A new camera system streams the action across the Internet so it can be enjoyed on this 55-inch TV.
Mounted near the ceiling of the gym
Mounted near the ceiling of the gym, the camera gives a panoramic view of the action on the floor.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

If you’re a parent, relative, friend or classmate of a Central athlete, you’ve probably had this happen: You’re sitting in the stands watching the game and you decide you need something to eat. You want to avoid the rush so with time on the clock you ease out of your seat, make your way down the bleachers and out the gym door. Just as you’re digging into your snack, a loud roar erupts from the crowd and you know you’ve missed something big.

Thanks to collaboration between Central Schools and Alpine Communications, fans will never miss another big sports moment. The school recently unveiled a system that enables fans to see real-time action from the gym on an LED smart TV located in the new concession area. The equipment, which was researched and installed by Alpine, is part of the school’s nearly $7 million capital improvements project.

Tue
29
Jan

Central teacher honored Gritzner named NE Iowa Teacher of Year

Ann Gritzner’s Teacher of the Year honor
On hand to celebrate Ann Gritzner’s Teacher of the Year honor were former students Kate Lower, Jacob Jansen and Andrey Shirbroun.
Ann Grtizner is surrounded by the current members of her Global Science class
Central science teacher Ann Grtizner is surrounded by the current members of her Global Science class, which was interrupted Friday for a special announcement: Gritzner has been selected as the 2019 Northeast Iowa STEM Teacher of the Year.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Central science teacher Ann Gritzner was caught off guard last Friday afternoon when High School Principal Noah Reinhart knocked on her door during her last class of the day and asked if he could come in for a minute.
She was even more surprised when Reinhart entered her room with an entourage of parents, former students, a colleague or two, school board members and several photographers, camera men and reporters.

The reason for the interruption was to inform Gritzner that she had been selected as the 2019 Northeast Iowa STEM Teacher of the Year. The honor recognizes educators who take extraordinary steps to enhance their students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Only six Iowa teachers, one per region, receive the honor.

Speechless when the presentation began, Gritzner eventually found her voice and in characteristic style deflected the attention from her to others in the room.

Wed
23
Jan

Outdoor fun Event addresses joining, starting clubs

 Outdoor fun Event addresses joining, starting clubs
Outdoor rock climbing was one of several recreation topics discussed last week at a special event at Osborne Conservation Center. Participants were given information on joining and starting clubs along with reminders of recretional opporunties in area parks.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Two local groups last week teamed up to share information on enjoying the great outdoors year-round.

Clayton County Conservation and Turkey River Recreational Corridor hosted an event at Osborne Conservation Center that gave representatives of several outdoor recreation clubs a chance to recruit members and to share suggestions for starting new clubs. Participating groups included Dubuque Paddlers, Tri-State Mountain Bikers, Mississippi Valley Running Association and Climb On (a climbing group).

An overwhelming response to other presentations was one reason for hosting the event.

Wed
16
Jan

Good Neighbor Award Honor goes to Betty and Roger Buchholz

Betty Buchholz
Betty Buchholz has been a long-time Carter House Board member. Her husband, Roger (green jacket) has worked on many community projects, including installation of the playground equipment in Founders Park. Both will be honored at Elkader’s Annual Awards Banquet.
Her husband, Roger

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

An Elkader couple whose involvement in the community has touched everything from the Founders Park playground to the Carter House Museum will be the latest recipients of the Register’s Clayton County Good Neighbor Award.

Roger and Betty Buchholz will be honored Monday, January 21, as part of the annual Elkader Community Awards banquet. The Register award was launched four years ago as a way to recognize people in the community for their “untiring, selfless acts of compassion, generosity and caring spirit.”

Elkader residents for 50 years, Betty and Roger moved to the area when Roger was offered a teaching job at Central.

Tue
08
Jan

Medical mission Bormann shares skills with Guatemalans

Jackie Bormann, an NIT physical therapist based in Elkader, works with a Guatemalan woman whose prosthetic leg doesn’t fit. Bormann spent a week in the country on a medical misson.
Jackie Bormann, an NIT physical therapist based in Elkader, works with a Guatemalan woman whose prosthetic leg doesn’t fit. Bormann spent a week in the country on a medical misson.
Medical mission Bormann shares skills with Guatemalans
Bormann does an assessment on a 14-year-old girl with spina bifida and severe scoliosis. She is hoping that a medical team will come and do surgeries to straighten out her back, but Bormann is unsure it will happen at this time.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The desire to help others that drew Tipton native Jackie Bormann to a career in physical therapy is also the reason she applied for a medical mission to Guatemala.

Bormann, who lives in Elkader with her husband, Jarod, and their three children, works at Central Community Hospital. She recently returned from a weeklong work trip to Latin America sponsored by her employer, Northern Iowa Therapy (NIT). NIT is the company that provides therapy services to the hospital. Bormann was one of three employees who made the trip. The spouse of one woman also participated. He helped villages figure out how to monitor chlorine levels in the new pipes of their water system.

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