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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.


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.


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.


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.


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