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Tue
18
Jul

“It’s all about the money” Officials defend DNR budget cuts


DNR officials Bruce Trautman, center, and Chuck Gipp, right, talk with one of more than 150 people who turned out for a recent meeting on the department’s budget cut decisions.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

More than 150 people packed the Edgewood Events Center last Monday night to hear from two DNR officials responsible for recent unpopular budget cuts.

Tue
18
Jul

WELCOME BACK, DAROL DESOTEL

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

If Elkader’s new postmaster looks a bit familiar it’s because he’s a Clayton County native.

Tue
11
Jul

Building fences Area farmers help with wildfire losses


A replacement post standing next to a burned one gives perspective to the damage done by recent wildfires.

These three past presidents of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, pictured left to right, are Ron McCartney, Gunder; Doran Zumbach, Coggon (organizer of trip); and Tim Burrack, Arlington, recently traveled to Kansas to do fence-repair work.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

“Farmers help farmers.”

With just three words, Clayton County Supervisor Ron McCartney summed up the motivation behind an Iowa-based humanitarian effort to help an Oklahoma rancher devastated by spring wildfires.

Tue
11
Jul

FATHER PETERS ENDS CHURCH CAREER


Father Peters is shown with the Sisters of the Presentation who were instrumental in developing his love of music.

Editor’s note: Father Paul Peters celebrated his final mass on June 25, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elkader, capping off a career that covered nearly six decades. Lori Keppler shared his story.

Father Paul Peters was born October 18, 1936, in Fairbank, Iowa to Leo and Vera (Preble) Peters. If you have been to Elkader for St. Patrick’s Day in recent years you may have been able to enjoy his musical talent during the annual celebration. That is just one event that he has blessed us with his musical flair. 

Wed
05
Jul

Doll restoration Resident brings business to Elkader


Doll restorer Cathryn Chancellor is pictured with one of her favorites, a sassy Gibson Girl-style doll.

These two projects are at various stages of restoration. Cathryn, who recently relocated to Elkader, works on everything from antiques to American Girl Dolls.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

There are several restoration projects underway at the stately Victorian house at 102 High Street, Elkader. There’s work on the house itself to return it to its 1913 splendor and then there’s work on the dozens of dolls entrusted to the care one of the property’s new owners, Cathryn Chancellor.

Wed
05
Jul

SWEET CORN DAYS HAS NEW LEADERSHIP

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

With July 4 behind us, it’s time to look forward to Elkader’s next big event: Sweet Corn Days.

Tue
27
Jun

Local officials weigh in - Area towns say “no” to fireworks

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

If you’re thinking about using fireworks to add some extra spark to your July 4th celebration, think again.

Tue
27
Jun

HOSPITALS AT RISK?

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The closely held Republican healthcare plan, released last week, could have a devastating impact on the future of rural hospitals like Central Community Hospital in Elkader and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg. That’s because the plan proposed deep cuts to Medicaid, which threatens the ability of smaller hospitals to provide care to rural residents.

Wed
21
Jun

Blueberry Hill - Sibling rivalry leads to business venture


Keith Ashline, Littleport, stands amidst more than 700 blueberry bushes he’s planted since 2012. Each bush yields about five pounds of fruit.

Ashline’s blueberries are still green and hard but lush, ripened fruit will be available for picking in early July. Ashline is one of the state’s few blueberry farmers.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

You’re never too old to engage in some good-natured sibling rivalry. Just ask Keith Ashline. 

Wed
21
Jun

SOME STUDENTS NEED IMMUNIZATION

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Though the last day of school is still fresh in most parents’ minds, here’s something to remember before the first day of classes rolls around in August: Students entering 7th and 12th grades need a meningococcal vaccine. 

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