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Wed
30
Mar

Hunger banquet - Learning what it’s like to go without


Danielle Whittle, right, takes a slip of paper from a basket held by Joleen Jansen at a poverty simulation event last week at St. Joseph’s Church, Elkader.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

More than 100 people showed up for dinner last week at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elkader; most of them went home hungry.

Wed
30
Mar

“HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT”

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Signs that your teen might be using drugs could be staring you right in the face.

Wed
23
Mar

Technology on the Farm - New tools increase efficiency, reduce losses


Joe Shirbroun, Farmersburg, left, uses an iPad to verify seed delivery information.

Editor’s note: Look for more agriculture-related articles in our Farm & Field section, which is distributed with this week’s Trader. The section is a collaborative effort of the Register, North Iowa Times and the Courier Press.

The pioneering spirit that brought Suzanne Shirbroun’s family to Clayton County six generations ago continues today as Suzanne, her husband, Joe, and their three sons—Nate, Andrey and Tom—blaze new trails in the field of precision technology. It’s an effort that requires an investment in and extensive use of technological tools.

Wed
23
Mar

3 VIE FOR HOUSE SEAT


Lowell Engle

Kristi Hager

Patti Ruff

There will be a Republican primary to decide which of two candidates will face Patti Ruff for the Iowa House of Representatives, District 56 seat.

Voters will go to the polls June 7 to determine whether Kristi Hager, Waukon, or Lowell Engle, Harper’s Ferry, will face Ruff, who is seeking re-election to the position she’s held since 2012. District 56 encompasses Allamakee County and much of Clayton County. 

Here’s a look at all three candidates.

Wed
16
Mar

Club celebrates centennial


Members of the Grand Meadow Country Club celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the group earlier this month. They are: top row—Lillian Schutte and Gwen Rekow; middle—Nancy Engelhardt, Karla Miene and Marge Stansberry; and front—Brenda Rekow. Not pictured: Emily Heying and Tina Meyer.

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Grand Meadow Country Club (GMCC). However, the Country Club is not what one would normally associate with the name.

Wed
16
Mar

Central Green Team: Students digging into compost effort


Central senior Jacob Jansen dumps food waste from the cafeteria into a bucket that will be later hauled to the school’s composting pile.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Believing that actions speak louder than words, a group of Central students is making much-needed changes to the school’s composting project.

Wed
09
Mar

Sons and Daughters - Tara Follon building on the future


Central graduate Tara Follon has been admitted to Iowa State University’s elite and prestigious architecture program.

Kim Hurley

Register Freelance Writer

Dreams do come true…with scrutiny and hard work. Not only being invited to step into almost any house, but actually being welcome to explore the whole edifice, has always been a dream come true for Tara Follon. As more and more people observed this vivid interest in the daughter of Craig and Tracy Follon of Volga, someone suggested that she should become an architect. “I remember only being in fourth grade at the time,” Tara recalls, “but that was when I decided I wanted to be an architect.”

Wed
09
Mar

ON A MISSION


Mylee Wingert

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Jamie Wingert made a solo trip to Africa last August but she hopes to have a traveling companion when she returns there in July. Wingert’s 12-year-old daughter, Mylee, might accompany her mom if the Central sixth grader can raise the necessary funds.

Tue
01
Mar

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities - Still time to get involved in parade


The late Pat Finley, far left, and Pat Keleher, far right, organized Elkader’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Also pictured are Joan Wangen, Gerry Gundacker and Bob Mangen.

FreedomBank employees dressed as leprechauns for the 2015 parade.

Events for youngsters, including the coloring contest pictured above, were added by Jean Marie Hall when she took over as organizer of Elkader’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

There will be a hint of somberness to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Elkader as the event moves forward without its remaining co-founder. Pat Keleher, who launched the parade in 1992 with his good friend, Pat Finley, died February 19 at the age of 77. 

Wed
24
Feb

On a Mission - Lee family is serving in Guatemala


Mark and Kelly Lee are pictured with their three children, Christian, Katelyn and Ethan, who is moving to Guatemala with his parents.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Though it’s been two years since Pastor Mark Lee left Grace Evangelical Free Church for full-time mission work, his connection to the congregation and the people of Elkader is as strong as ever. In fact, they’re the biggest supporters—spiritually and financially—of his present effort. In just eight days, the people of Grace E-Free and folks from three other Elkader-area churches last year raised $20,000 to help purchase land for a church and school in Guatemala.

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