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Mon
10
Feb

Election app snafu was avoidable

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Ten minutes into the February 3 caucus, Brian Bruening got the first inkling that he was in for a long night. Bruening, who is a precinct chair and also chair of the Clayton County Democrats, opened a newly created election app on his smartphone to enter the number of participants who turned out at his precinct.

He was kicked out of the app seconds after logging in.

“I got a ‘restart app’ message but when I tried to do that, nothing happened,” Bruening said.

Bruening’s experience played out across most of Iowa’s 1,700 precincts. It seems nobody was able to get the app to work. In the days leading up to the caucus, instantaneous results were promised but in the end, results trickled in. Nearly four days would pass before an official tally was announced.

Mon
10
Feb

Meet "Mark Twain" on February 20

Mark Twain "the father of American literature" will be at the Elkader Public Library on Thursday, February 20 at 6 pm! Michael Scott, a storyteller and actor from La Crosse, Wisconsin, will bring Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn to life during his performance. This program is co-hosted by the Motor Mill Foundation of Clayton County, the Clayton County Conservation Board, and the Friends of the Elkader Public Library.

Wed
05
Feb

Census Bureau Counting On Volunteers

Several years ago, Iowan Kelly Campbell found himself in a classic good news-bad news situation. The good news: Through her work, his wife had earned a free vacation. The bad news: Campbell wasn’t sure they had extra funds for the additional expenses they might accrue on their trip.

In hopes of earning some extra cash, Campbell, who was a stay-home dad, applied for a temporary job with the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau was ramping up for its 2000 count and needed thousands of “enumerators” nationwide. Paid training, a flexible schedule and great pay appealed to Campbell. The experience was so positive that he stayed with the bureau and today works with them as a partnership specialist.

Wed
05
Feb

Pete Buttigieg takes Clayton County


Aaron Gibney, center, was the youngest caucus-goer at the Boardman/Highland precinct Monday night. The Central Senior came to support Pete Buttigieg.

By Pam Reinig

The Iowa Democratic Party late Monday night cited “quality checks” and new reporting rules for a significant delay in results from the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus. That may be only part of the story, however.

According to Clayton County Democratic Chair Brian Bruening, the program or “app” used to report numbers from each precinct statewide presented some challenges. In fact, during his opening comments at Keystone AEA in Elkader where his own precinct met, Bruening encountered issues with the app the first time he tried to use it.

“I’m not sure what happened but I do know that we were still receiving updates to the app yesterday afternoon,” he said in a call to the Register just before midnight Monday.

Results were expected by late Monday evening. The official count was pushed to Tuesday after the Register deadline. Whatever the real issue, party officials are insistent that the delay was not the result of “a hack or intrusion.”

Tue
28
Jan

Sheriff's office receives honor


John Hauschild with the National Child Safety Council recently presented Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi and his department with an award honoring 35 years of child safety and drug education.

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for 35 years of appreciation from the National Child Safety Council.  The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will once again be providing child safety and drug education materials for all children, preschool and older, as well as their parents. 

Tue
28
Jan

Clayton County Register readers share favorite winter photos


Carol Swenson submitted this photo of Marion Lutheran Church, Gunder, just visible through snow-covered trees.
Tue
28
Jan

No place like home for entrepreneurs


Stephanie and Ryan Burke returned to Northeast Iowa to open a new business, thINK Custom Apparel. The business is located on Main Street Elkader in space formerly occupied by Garments and Goods.

By Willis Patenaude

Freelance Writer

Tue
21
Jan

Central wrestlers bring home trophy


The Central Little Warriors took home top honors in the recent Little Vikes wrestling tournament held at Ed-Co High School. Six teams participated in the event. The team had 20 athletes competing in the January 12 invitational at Clayton Ridge. They placed third in that event.
Tue
21
Jan

Longtime freelance writer Pat McTaggart has died.

Longtime Register freelance writer Pat McTaggart has died. The cause of death has not yet been released pending an autopsy. It is believed he died at his home Sunday, January 19.

  McTaggart, who was 70, had worked for the Register for several decades, most recently as a sports writer. He was a freelance writer for a number of other newspapers and magazines, as well. He has a keen interest in World War II and contributed several articles to specialty publications focused on that topic.

Wed
15
Jan

New Production at Opera House

Del Reimer, Elkader, places some of the final boards on the Elkader Opera House stage.  More than 1,500 volumteer hours were invested in the project.  See the Clayton County Register-January 22 issue for more photos and details. 

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