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Tue
03
Oct

Big Spring Hatchery - Waterline replacement underway


The pipeline that brings spring water to the raceways at Big Spring Trout Hatchery is being replaced. The hatchery remains open though access is a bit trickier.

By Gary Siegwarth

Tue
03
Oct

RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH WRITING


Author Kristen Halverson has drawn inspiration for two children’s books from horses she and her husband, Larry, own.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A Northeast Iowa woman with a genuine flair for storytelling, a deep love of horses and an unwavering commitment to literacy has shared her talents and values in two children’s books, including a new holiday release.

Wed
20
Sep

Milestone for store - Wilke’s celebrates 150 years!


The original Wilke’s Store, pictured above, opened in Clayton Center near the end of the Civil War.

Here’s an inside view of the St. Olaf store taken around 1915. On the left is Elmer (Dave’s grandfather), and on the right is Henry (Elmer’s father). The woman is Mrs. Fred Wilke.

Exterior view

By Becky Wilke

Near the entryway of Wilke’s grocery store in Elkader is a registration box where customers write their names and phone numbers on their receipts in hopes of winning the monthly drawing for a $150 Wilke’s gift certificate. This is just one of many promotions that Wilke’s is running in honor their 150th year serving the residents of Clayton County.  

Wed
20
Sep

DESKS REMOVED FROM CLASSROOM


Central students in Kelly Erickson’s Spanish class have quickly adapted to the room’s non-traditional arrangement.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The most notable thing about Kelly Erickson’s classroom is not what’s in it but what’s not in it: desks. Before the school year started, Erickson removed the desks from her foreign language classroom at Central. She’s filled the space with other, more comfortable furniture including a sofa, loveseat, chairs and pillows.

Tue
12
Sep

Pumpkin Island - Geisert’s latest book set in Elkader


Arthur Geisert has completed a new book that prominently features Elkader.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The first official day of fall is still more than a week away but elements of autumn—specifically, pumpkins—have been on Art Geisert’s mind for a long, long time.

Tue
12
Sep

PEACE CHURCH: 25 YEARS OF BELLS


Peace Church members Janet Off, Ruth Goings, and Amie Moser polish bells prior to a recent rehearsal.

Members of the Peace Church bell choir are, front row, left to right: Sue Gnagy, Helen Leavenworth, Susan Johnson, Kristina Miller, and Donna Anderson; back row, right to left: Michelle Moser, Hila Garms, Director Brittany Barnard, Laura Moser, Penni Leonard, and Sue Stott.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The 25th anniversary of the Peace United Church of Christ bell ringers will be celebrated this weekend. In addition to a dinner gathering Saturday at Schera’s Restaurant in Elkader, there will be a special worship Sunday, September 17, beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. The current bell choir will play four numbers. The service is open to the general public.

Tue
05
Sep

Class of 2030 - What kindergartners want to learn

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Meet the Class of 2030.

 

These 21 lively and inquisitive youngsters started their academic journeys on August 23 as kindergartners. Their adventure ends in 12 years with their high school graduations.

Tue
29
Aug

Business changes Look for new owners, partners


Drew and Kara Armstrong are selling their Elkader business, Drew’s Sports Bar and Grill. It will open under new management on October 1.

Dr. Bruce Landis is entering into a new partnership that will ensure full-time eye care services for his patients as he enters semi-retirement.

Beth Rentschler, pictured above with her daughter, Stacey, is closing the doors of her business, Elkader Carpet and Design.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Change is coming to the south end of Elkader’s business district as one business changes hands, another closes and a third takes on a new partner.

Tue
29
Aug

FIVE CHURCHES, ONE PRIEST


Father John Haugen

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

When Father Paul Peters retired earlier this year, the task of shepherding the parishes of St. Joe’s, Elkader, St. Mary’s, Strawberry Point, and Sacred Heart, Volga, became the responsibility of Father John Haugen, who was already pastor of St. Mark’s, Edgewood, and St. Patrick’s in Colesburg. Due to a shortage of priests, Fr. Haugen now finds himself in the position of several priests in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, who are pastors to multiple parishes.

Tue
22
Aug

Welcome faculty and staff - Six new faces at Central Schools

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Classes being today at Central Community Schools and in addition to new room assignments, new classes and new routines, students will find a few new faces, as well. The district has hired four teachers, a school nurse and a social worker.

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