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Wed
25
Feb

Hydroponics at Central, Growing tomatoes, lettuce year-round


Josie Fettkether, Central FFA president, holds a tray of the growing medium used to raise lettuce and tomatoes indoors at the school.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Long before area gardeners set the first tender vegetable plants into the ground, Central students will be enjoying fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes and leafy lettuce grown in a basement-level classroom. And they’ll continue harvesting and eating the veggies until the school year ends.

Wed
25
Feb

Grassley Responds


Senator Chuck Grassley

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The Register last week used social media to gather questions to ask Senator Chuck Grassley during a brief media event in Elkader. We reached out on our Facebook page and email to find out what topics were on our readers’ minds. We had time to present only three questions to the senator, who was in Elkader for a stop at Mobile Track Solutions.

Wed
25
Feb

Bells ring out at Peace

 

By Kim Hurley

Register Freelance Writer

 

Throughout almost any town you can hear church bells ring from their towers each Sunday.  However, on the third of each month, September through May, you can hear 1 1 sets of hand bells ringing from within Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader at the 9 a.m. worship service.

Wed
18
Feb

“A Day in the Life” Legislator thrives on 16-17 hour days


Representative Patti Ruff was joined by her husband, Dan and youngest son, Tucker, in the House Chambers on the first day of the 2015 Legislative Session.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

For State Representative Patti Ruff, balancing work and family is a matter of setting priorities, managing time wisely and taking full advantage of technology. 

Wed
18
Feb

BUDGET READY

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The tax levy for Clayton County residents will decrease for 2015-2016 under a proposed budget that will be presented at a public hearing March 9. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the county government building, 600 Gunder Road, Elkader.

Wed
11
Feb

Monarch butterfly decline signals need for landscape ethic


Starmont elementary students display a monarch butterfly they captured and tagged in the school’s milkweed prairie as part of a Clayton County Conservation program.

 

By Gary Siegwarth

In the autumn of 1813, American ornithologist John James Audubon watched a flock of passenger pigeons fly over the Ohio countryside.  He described the numbers as so numerous it darkened the sky and took more than three days for the entire flock to pass overhead.  It’s estimated that three to five billion passenger pigeons were in the United States when Europeans arrived in North America.  In nearly the blink of an eye, the species went from being one of the most abundant birds in the world to complete extinction in 1914.  This astonishing elimination of a seemingly bountiful species was attributed to overhunting and loss of habitat.  

Wed
11
Feb

SEEKING FUNDS

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Central Science Teacher Ann Gritzner would like to breeze into the Windy City with a couple of busloads of students but making that happen will take some help from members of the Elkader community.

Wed
04
Feb

Town is Convenient, Inspiring


Artist and author Arthur Geisert is shown with is copper press in his newly renovated studio and living space in Elkader.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Elkader’s newest resident is an award-winning artist and writer with a unique claim to fame.

 “I can read one of my books in four languages, simultaneously,” says Arthur Geisert, a mischievous smile tugging at the corners of his mouth. “No other author in the world can say that.”

Wed
04
Feb

Stunning Transformation


Greg Anderson renovated the former Elkader Dry Cleaners for artist- Arthur Geisert.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

One of the most stunning transformations of a downtown property is a building not included in Elkader’s façade restoration project.

The former Elkader Dry Cleaners, located at 116 North Main Street, was painstakingly restored over the course of several months. New owner Arthur Geisert hired local contractor Greg Anderson, owner of Anderson Construction Company, to do the work.

Wed
28
Jan

Elkader still leads county in sales


A recent Iowa State University study puts Elkader at the top of the list for total taxable sales, well ahead of surrounding communities.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

According to an Iowa State University study, Elkader remains the retail mecca of Clayton County. That comes as little surprise to established business owners or newcomers like Dawn Medberry, owner of JEM Salon and Spa.

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