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Mon
28
Oct

Plenty of spirits in surrounding area


Becky Dietzler is pictured in a second-floor room at Turkey River Mall that may be occasionally inhabited by spirits.

The old hotel that now houses Turkey River Mall was empty for several years before Tim and Becky Dietzler bought it in 2004. A thin film of dust had settled on flat surfaces of the Elkader landmark, and former guest rooms had acquired a musty, stale odor. That’s exactly what Tim and Becky expected from a building long shuttered and unused. What they didn’t expect was something they discovered in a second-floor guest room--something that continues to this day.

Wed
04
Sep

Central School Board Candidates Meet Ed, Rachel and Peter


Ed Hertrampf

Rachel Jaster

Peter Purman

School board elections will be held Tuesday, September 10, across most of the state. Locally, four newcomers and an incumbent are vying for four open seats on the Central School Board. The following five names will appear on the ballot: Jered Finley, Rob Frieden, Ed Hertrampf, Rachel Jaster (incumbent) and Peter Purman.

Absentee ballots for this election are now available and can be requested up to 11 a.m. the day of the election, according to County Auditor Dennis Freitag.

Mon
12
Aug

A look at facade project

More than a dozen local property owners and residents got their first look at the complete Elkader façade project during a public meeting last week at Elkader City Hall. Sixteen properties are participating. Nearly $489,000 in exterior improvements will be made. Seventy percent of the cost (more than $343,000) will be covered by a state grant. The remaining amount (about $145,396) will be the responsibility of individual property owners.

Mon
01
Jul

Flag essays: Kids speak out


Haley Rentschler

Isabelle Grant

Luke Buchholz

Luke Tuecke

Selecting winning essays from a strong field of 26 submissions was a tough task for Hila Garms and Mary Harstad, who judged the recent annual Fifth Grade Flag Essay Contest. The contest was sponsored by Elkader’s American Legion Post 106.

The purpose of the contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. flag. One objective is to gain knowledge of flag etiquette and respect for the flag.

Mon
24
Jun

Turkey River Safari


Erin Dittmer, left, Conner Casper, center, and Brooklyn Casper, right, do a crayon rubbing at a post in the butterfly garden at Founders Park, Elkader. The garden is one of 20 stops in the Turkey River Safari.

Here’s a cure for the “I’m bored—there’s nothing to do” summertime blues. The folks at the Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) along with a long list of sponsors is offering their second annual self-paced outdoor adventure that encourages families to explore 20 different stops along the Turkey River.

Wed
29
May

Supervisors set second clean-up day

By Pam Reinig, Register Editor

If your spring cleaning plans include clearing your basement, garage, barn or shed of hazardous materials, the Clayton County Supervisors would like to help. They’ve scheduled their second annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for Saturday, June 8. Area residents will have an opportunity to make drop-off appointments for items on a lengthy list of materials; collection site details will be provided with the call.

Wed
29
May

Area students participate in soil contest

 

Students from four local high schools recently participated in an annual soil judging contest.

Wed
29
May

Samantha Tschirgi, Renee Gibney are headed to Girls State

 

Samantha Tschirgi, left, and Renee Gibney are looking forward to learning more about state government at Girls State.

 

Central students Samantha Tschirgi and Renee Gibney, both of Elkader, have been selected to participate in the Girls State program, which will be held on the Iowa State campus in Ames June 16 through June 23. 

Wed
29
May

Buchholz receives top volunteer award

Roger Buchholz, second from left, was honored at a program attended by, from left: Debi Durham, IEDA; Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynold.

 

A local man was among 47 individuals or couples honored for their work in their local Main Street program.

Wed
29
May

Garden helpers needed

By Pam Reinig, Register Editor

School gardens are sprouting up all over the U.S. and Elkader is no exception. For the third straight season, a spacious plot of land adjacent to the school will be tilled, planted, watered, weeded and harvested by a troupe of volunteer gardeners. Produce will be available to those who help with the project and, when the new academic year begins in August, it will be incorporated into the school lunch program.

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