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Tue
22
Oct

Lylina Dittmer February 22, 1975-October18, 2019

Lylina Ann (Robbins) Dittmer, 44, of Elkader, IA, died Friday, October 18, 2019, at MercyOne, in Elkader.  She was born February 22, 1975, to Lyle R. Robbins, Sr. of Anita, IA, and Gloria A. Robbins of Elkader.

Lylina attended school at Central Community School of Elkader and graduated in 1993. Lylina attended and graduated Kirkwood Community College 1995, with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Media.

 She was united in marriage to Douglas John Dittmer on September 23, 1995, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. They have one daughter, Erin Jo Dittmer, an 8th grader at Central Community School.

 Lylina worked at Elkader Care Center for 10 years and RISE Group Home for 10 years along with being an EMT for MercyOne for 15 years. Lylina was dedicated to her EMT service, helping at extra times whenever needed, and many extra hours working on the nursing floor of the hospital.

Mon
14
Oct

2019 City Election

No candidates for two open seats
As the November 5 city election approaches, Elkader finds itself in a unique position: No one has filed to run for two open positions.

 

Tue
01
Oct

Update given on Keystone Bridge project

Keystone Bridge Project
The City of Elkader has received two grants to cover the cost of rehabilitating the historic Keystone Bridge.

 

Wed
04
Sep

Mabel M. Pettlon-Elvers

Mabel M. Pettlon-Elvers, 83, died Sunday, August 25, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was born June 27, 1935, at home, in Hazleton, Iowa, to Leslie E. and Eleanor M. (Satterlee) Davis. Mabel was baptized on April 12, 1936.
Mabel was a 1952 graduate of Stanley Consolidated High School at the age of 16. She was united in marriage to John Strawn in June 1956. John Jr. and Janell were born to this union. She married LeRoy Pettlon in November 1980. Growing up she worked hard on family farms and eventually moved to Cedar Rapids. She worked as an accountant for many years at Maurice T. Breen Co, CPA, in Cedar Rapids, Bezdek’s Floral–Garden Center in Marion, Parker Hannifin Corporation in Hiawatha. She found joy in working with numbers.

Wed
04
Sep

Minerva Adeline Leonard

Minerva Adeline Leonard, 97, of Sycamore Illinois, formerly of Farmersburg, Iowa died Sunday, August 25, 2019, at her home in the presence of family members. Minerva was born August 3, 1922, to Oscar and Nellie (Olson) Torkelson in Farmersburg, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf, Iowa. Minerva graduated from Farmersburg High School and was valedictorian of her class.

Fri
23
Aug

Clair Tschirgi

Clair Francis Tschirgi, 76, of rural Elkader, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Mercy One Elkader Medical Center. Clair attended school at St. Joseph’s through 8th grade, then transferred to and graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1962.
He was a farmer and mechanic – farming the family farm south of Elkader. He had the title of the “Neighborhood Mechanic.” If he did not have time to fix a vehicle for you, he would tell you how to do it. He loved tractors and attending the annual Plagman Barn event. Clair loved all Fords and Ford Tractors; he especially enjoyed his Ford pickup.

Clair was an avid animal lover who enjoyed feeding the birds and turkeys. He dearly loved his farm cats. His greatest joy was the time spent with family and friends chatting at the kitchen table over cookies and a Pepsi.
Clair was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a Board Member of the George Maier Rural Heritage Center and Museum.

Fri
23
Aug

Nyal Clinton

Nyal Clinton, 75, of Strawberry Point, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. Nyal Richard, son of Vernon and Ruth (Baars) Clinton, was born on May 23, 1944, in Littleport, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport.

Nyal attended school in Littleport and graduated from Central in Elkader in 1962. He then joined the United States Navy in June 1962. He served two tours of duty in Viet Nam and also served on the USS Kitty Hawk. Nyal earned several awards while serving his country – which he was proud to serve. He was presented a quilt at a Quilt of Valor Ceremony in August of 2017. Nyal was honorably discharged from active duty June 5, 1968.

Tue
13
Aug

Art in the Park Area artists collaborate on unique work

Retired art teacher Ken Balk created this tree using cattle markers, rope and other medium. Eighteen members of Clayton County Artists contributed the smaller canvases. The piece will be auctioned off as part of the Art in the Park festivities this weekend in Elkader.
Retired art teacher Ken Balk created this tree using cattle markers, rope and other medium. Eighteen members of Clayton County Artists contributed the smaller canvases. The piece will be auctioned off as part of the Art in the Park festivities this weekend in Elkader.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A product often found in barns was integral a painting that will be auctioned off this weekend during Art in the Park.

Retired art teacher Ken Balk of West Union formed the painting’s central element—a large, dramatic, 3-dimensional tree—using cattle markers. These oversized paint sticks were originally made to mark animals for identification purposes. Artists have been using the medium for years, citing the inexpensive cost, array of colors, consistency and fast drying times as their reasons for turning to this unusual product. One artist likened it to painting with a large tube of lipstick.
Cattle markers are also the reason Balk became involved with Clayton County Artists, who are sponsoring the work.

Tue
13
Aug

Mary Bries

Mary Bries
December 14, 1946-August 4, 2019

Mary J. Bries, 72, of Elkader, died peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019. As was her wish, she passed away in her own home surrounded by her children.

 
A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Mary’s children received visitors from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9, at the St. Joseph’s Church Hall in Garnavillo.

Mary Jean Berns was born in Guttenberg December 14, 1946, to Peter and Marie Langel Berns. She was joined in marriage to Charles Bries on February 17, 1968 (25 years and one day after her parents were wed) at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Over the course of their 51 years of marriage, Mary and Charlie raised four children who blessed them with 12 grandchildren.

Tue
06
Aug

Reworked program Planting seeds of conservation in NE Iowa

A new cooperative program will look at a number of conservation topics, including tallgrass prairies. The program combines on-line sessions with field experiences.
A new cooperative program will look at a number of conservation topics, including tallgrass prairies. The program combines on-line sessions with field experiences.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A 20-year-old program for people who want to be more connected to the land has been redesigned to leverage state and local specialists on topics ranging from tallgrass prairies to aquatic ecosystems.

The Iowa Master Conservationist program for Northeast Iowa begins Thursday, August 22, and continues through October 3. It combines online lessons led by Iowa State University researchers with with local conservation leaders and citizens.

“There will be a number of a-ha moments,” promises Jenna Pollock, Clayton County Conservation Director. “And everyone involved will learn from the program. Those with an interest in nature, water quality, soil health, forestry and eco-systems will gain skills that can be applied to their own property, workplace and volunteer opportunities. The knowledge shared by a diverse group of specialists will help participants make educated decisions in their everyday life.”

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