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Wed
18
Mar

Senator Ernst addresses ag issues


During the 2014 campaign season, Joni Ernst traveled to all 99 Iowa counties as part of her “Iowa Knows Best” tour, talking to dozens of farmers during her stops.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

When plans were being made for our annual Farm and Field special section, I contacted U.S. Senator Joni Ernst through her press office with a list of ag-related questions. I’m pleased to share her answers here instead of the special section. Our Farm and Field section is inserted in this week’s Trader. Copies are also available at the Register office.
 

Register: The Iowa Legislature just passed legislation to help with revenue for needed road and bridge repairs in rural Iowa. Do you see any additional federal funding help coming as well?
 

Tue
17
Mar

BLOOD DRIVE

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A few years ago, blood donations nationwide were so low that serious shortages were predicted. While the supply is steadier today, donating blood remains an important cause, which is one of the reasons that Central students are backing a local blood donation effort.

Tue
10
Mar

School upgrades, $6 million needed for improvements


Central superintendent and elementary principal Nick Trenkamp stands between two aging boilers that need to be replaced soon.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register editor

A $6 million bond referendum for improvements to the Central School building could go before voters as early as June 30. If it passes, work at the school could start in 2016 with completion of the project following in about 36 months.

Tue
10
Mar

VOLUNTEERS TO THE RESCUE!

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

How many leprechauns does it take to plan a St. Patrick’s Day celebration?

For Jean Marie Hall, who heads Elkader’s annual March 17th festivities, the answer is “as many as I can get!”

Fri
06
Mar

Rivals Custom Gear- Local company outfits the bachelor


Shanna Hamann, co-owner of Rivals Custom Gear in Strawberry Point, stands in front of a very oversized t-shirt used by the business as a promotional item.

 

By Kim Hurley

 

Register Freelance Writer

 

Fri
06
Mar

KIDS HELPING KIDS

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Three Central students are reaching 7,900 miles across the globe to help youngsters in Uganda.

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. 

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