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Teens need immunizations


By Pam Reinig

Register Editor


Clayton County is a leader in childhood immunizations but is falling below the state average in adolescent vaccinations.


Seeing green: Couple makes regular trips to Ireland


By Kim Hurley

Volga Correspondent


Ireland claims its landscape boasts 40 shades of green. If so, Jack and Patti Dillon, from rural Strawberry Point, have seen them all. The couple returned from their 10th trip to Ireland on February 25, their 47th wedding anniversary.


Girls raise $$ with bracelets

Above: Delaney Scherf, left, Ashlyn Scherf, Kennedy Beck and Grace Kuehl raised nearly $90 for cancer research with their handmade plastic bracelets, which they model in the photo below.

By Pam Reinig, Register Editor

Four Central elementary students have turned the latest kids’ craze into a fund-raiser for cancer research. They’re creating and selling colorful, stretchy bracelets made from small rainbow-hued plastic loops. The proceeds are being donated to Clayton County Relay for Life, a local fund-raising effort for the American Cancer Society.


Dorothy ends 40 years at Wilke’s

Dorothy Bushkofsky has retired after 40 years behind the meat counter at Wilke’s grocery store. Register photo by Pam Reinig

An open house was held last Friday at Wilke’s Grocery Store, Elkader, for Dorothy Bushkofsky.  A sign on the door said it all. It was an invitation for all to attend the event, and it included the words “Celebrate the End of the Era” of Dorothy‘s employment there. The sign was right on the mark.

Dorothy has been a fixture at Wilke’s for decades. She started working at the store in the early 1970s when it was still located in the building now owned by Joe and Deborah Stender.


Housing grant to help local families

A non-profit agency formed in 2009 to address area housing needs has once again received a substantial The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is the recipient of over $285,000 from the Iowa Finance Authority. The money will be used to assist 42 housing units in Allamakee, Clayton, Howard and Winneshiek counties. Assistance programs include subsidizing down payments, preserving aging housing stock, providing low interest loans or grants for renovations, and financing construction of new single-family homes for low-income Iowans.


Don’t get snowed by scammers

With the holiday shopping season underway, consumer groups say scammers are ready and waiting to exploit the chaos and take advantage of our desire to get the hottest gifts at the best prices. 

“The holidays bring out the best in people and the worst in scammers. Like the Grinch who stole Christmas, scammers don’t care if they ruin your holiday plans,” said Carrie Hurt, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB).


Women takes hobby to new level

Barb Arthur, Osterdock, is shown with the roaster she uses to create her Big Muddy coffee line.

souvenir bag of coffee from Seattle inspired an Osterdock woman to start a new hobby and that hobby has now grown into a full-fledged enterprise.


Men share Honor Flight memories


September 17 was a special day for several area veterans who participated in an ‘Honor Flight” that took them from Dubuque to Washington D.C. The purpose of the flight was to honor their service during World War II and the Korean War.


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.


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.


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