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Tue
12
Dec

ZICHAL DELIVERS ENERGY MESSAGE


Former Elkader resident Heather Zichal last week spoke at a Clayton County Energy District event.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Elkader native Heather Zichal has something in common with former First Lady Michelle Obama: Both turned down proposals from the man who became the nation’s 44th president. Michelle refused Barack Obama’s first two marriage offers; Zichal turned down his first two job offers.

Tue
28
Nov

Osborne Conservation Center - Wildlife exhibit will get facelift


Clayton County Conservation Director Jenna Pollock and Naturalist Kenny Slocum discuss some of the upcoming changes to the Native Wildlife Exhibit at the center.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

A popular Clayton County tourism draw is getting a much-needed makeover.

Tue
28
Nov

NO “STAR WARS” FOR ELKADER

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

“Star Wars’ fans living in Northeast Iowa will need to take a short road trip to see the latest installment in this wildly popular series. “The Last Jedi,” which opens December 15, will not be shown at the Elkader Cinema but it will play in Prairie du Chien.

Tue
21
Nov

Parent Centers - Program gets moms, dads involved


Central students Ty Berns, Grant Burns and Kiya Moser-Weber play a game of BINGO at the November Parent Center last week.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A program launched a few years ago by Central teachers Katie Wiley and Andrea Zittergruen continues to get high marks from local parents and grandparents. Called “Parent Centers,” it opens to the doors to elementary classrooms on a regular basis to moms and dads—and sometimes, grandparents—who want to volunteer in their youngster’s room.

Tue
21
Nov

SCHOOL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

By Nick Trenkamp

 

One of the many areas Central has been working on improving is community involvement. I feel education can be strengthened through partnerships in our community. “It takes a village to raise a child” is a proverb Wikipedia defines as, “A child has the best ability to become a healthy adult if the entire community takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of the child.”

Tue
14
Nov

Best birthday ever! Woman receives honorary diploma


Central superintendent Nick Trenkamp and school board member NiCole Dennler present an honorary diploma to Sofie Davis on her 103rd birthday.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Though she was born in St. Olaf and raised near there, Sofie Davis has always had a soft spot for Elkader.

Tue
14
Nov

LIFELONG LEADER IS HONORED


Betty Lord-Dinan

Jann Ricklefs, left, president of the Iowa Nurses Association, presents Betty Lord-Dinan, Elkader, with a plaque during her Hall of Fame induction.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Tue
07
Nov

Student projects - Harnessing wind; saving birds, trees


Caleb Jones works to build a wind turbine out of an old school treadmill motor and fan blade donated by Clayton County Recycling.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

With winter just around the corner, five Central students are working feverishly to complete a couple of projects designed to lessen the impact of cold weather on birds and trees. Two others are looking into green roofs and wind turbines. All are students in Ann Gritzner’s Global Science class, which requires a hands-on project that addresses an environmental issue. Here’s a look at their projects.

Tue
07
Nov

ARMY SERVICE CHANGES LIFE


Vietnam veteran Dave Tschantz is now employed by the Clayton County Sherrif’s Department.

 By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

At the end of December 1965, Dave Tschantz made a decision that would change his life.  He enlisted in the Army. “I decided to volunteer because I knew that I would be drafted anyway,” he recalled.”

Tue
31
Oct

Global Science - Students pursue “green” projects


Central students Jonathan Whittle and Cayden Hansel sift through last year’s compost from the school cafeteria. They are sorting out the plastic and silverware accidentally put in the pile and creating one large pile so it is ready for use in the school garden.

Noah Reinhart and Matt Whittle water plants they started from seeds harvested from the school prairie in the science department greenhouse.

Weston Helgerson checks the temperature on the school roof with a thermal imaging camera purchased with a McElroy grant last year. He is researching how weather and sunlight can change the temperature of a roof as a part of his project on green roofs.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Anthropologist Margaret Mead once famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” The 14 students in Ann Gritzner’s Global Science class at Central have taken Mead’s words to heart. Working in small groups of one, two or four students, they’re pursuing small projects—composting, can collection and redemption, green roofing, improved tree growth and other ideas—that have the potential for great change. 

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