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Tue
17
Nov

MAKING HOLIDAYS MERRIER FOR KIDS

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Though it’s currently empty, the cavernous main room of the old St. Olaf auditorium soon will be packed with volunteers busily stacking tables with towering piles of homemade quilts, new pajamas, cushy pillows, warm mittens, gloves, coats and, of course, new toys and gift items. All of the activity supports the Shepherd of the Hills annual “Christmas Just 4 Kids” project.

Tue
10
Nov

Women in the military - Two share stories of their service


Tammy Sylvester

Gerri Torkelson

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

As a senior in high school, Tammy (Peake) Sylvester had already decided to join the Navy by enrolling their delayed entry program. Her father, Ronald, had served in the Navy for four years while her oldest brother, Jeff, enlisted right out of high school and served for 16 years in submarines. Another brother, Craig, served for six years in the Navy as a cryptologist technician.

Tue
10
Nov

Senator Ernst thanks veterans

Editor’s note: Several weeks ago, the Clayton County Register reached out to Senator Joni Ernst. We asked her if she would be willing to share some thoughts for our Veterans’ Day issue. It seemed an appropriate request, given her years of military service and her commitment to veterans. We are pleased to share her thoughts, written exclusively for our family of newspapers.

 

Tue
03
Nov

STATE CHAMPS!

Congratulations Coach Mark Bauder and the Central girls’ cross country team on earning a first-place finish at the state meet Saturday. Pictured at left are, front row (l-r), Ciera Deitchler, Desi Weber, Ashley Funk, Ellie Healy and Cassie Larson; and back row (l-r), Coach Bauder, Emily Asche, Anna Tuecke, Haley Schroeder and Hannah Kuehl.

 
Tue
03
Nov

Holiday Food Drive - Demand is up in Clayton County

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just a few weeks away. And while many of us soon will get busy planning holiday dinners, others in our community remain worried about their next meal.

Tue
03
Nov

ATTORNEY GENERAL TO DECIDE AUDITOR’S FATE

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller will have final say on whether or not Clayton County Auditor Dennis Freitag remains in office.

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors met October 28 to discuss possible action against Freitag, and ultimately decided to refer the matter to Miller’s office to determine whether a Chapter 66 petition is appropriate. Chapter 66 of the Iowa Code covers removing an elected official from his or her office.  Only the Attorney General can file a removal petition.

Tue
27
Oct

2015 Elkader Elections - Garms, Pope running for mayor


Bob Garms

Josh Pope

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Municipal elections will be held throughout Clayton County on Tuesday, November 3. In Elkader, voters will choose between two candidates for the mayor’s job. Bob Garms is running for re-election; his opponent is Josh Pope. Both took time to answer some questions from the Register.

Tue
27
Oct

COUNTY AUDITOR RESPONDS

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors met Monday with County Auditor Dennis Freitag, who was placed under oath and asked several questions about his job performance. Although Freitag’s attorney Peter Riley of Cedar Rapids indicated that Freitag had provided a written report to the Supervisors last Friday, Chairman Gary Bowden said that the report did not address the concerns outlined in a document earlier given to the auditor.

Tue
20
Oct

Elkader Floral Shop, Store is perfect reflection of its owner


Janis Lerch’s shop, Elkader Floral, offers a mix of flowers, home decor and unique gifts.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

If there was ever a shop that perfectly mirrored its owner’s personality, Elkader Floral is that shop. The store’s inventory is a creative blend of fresh and silk floral arrangements, plants, home decor, and unique gift items, including many with spiritual themes. Each business day, there’s a cheery, humorous or thought-provoking message chalked onto a board in the shop’s front window.

Tue
20
Oct

CARRYING ON FAMILY TRADITION


Leon, Paul and Tom Berns have all achieved Master Pork Producers honors.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

It’s become a tradition for a member of the Berns family to achieve “Master Pork Producer” distinction. The newest recipient is Paul Berns, who was honored at the recent Clayton County Pork Producers banquet. He follows in the footsteps of his dad, Tom, and his uncle, John, who were jointly honored in 2003. Paul’s grandparents, Leon and Phyllis Berns, received the award in 1993.

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