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Wed
11
Dec

Prairie students learning a lot in pursuing rain garden project


This is the area near the Performing Arts Center that will become the first rain garden at Prairie du Chien High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gavin Knapp and Collin Kober stand next to the ebb and flow tank in the high school greenhouse that will be used to grow some of the plants for the rain garden.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Teacher Diane Colburn gave a presentation to the Prairie du Chien School Board Monday night saying that the rain garden project at the high school is proceeding nicely and she continues to seek funding.

Tue
10
Dec

Biden makes Elkader Stop


Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden was accompanied on his Elkader stop by former Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently endorsed BIden.

     About 200 people turned out last Friday to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden at Johnson’s Reception Hall, Elkader. The rally, which started more than an hour late, began with a big surprise: Accompanying Biden on his No Mularkey Tour was former Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently endorsed Biden to the nation’s top job.

            Sounding like a candidate himself, Kerry took 20 minutes to introduce Biden. Kerry talked about the time he spent in Iowa during his own bid for the presidency and also mentioned that he carried the state in the 2004 primary. He then touted his long working relationship with Biden, even using it as a punchline for a stab at Donald Trump.

            “The only team that’s worked more closely than us, is Trump and Putin,” he said.

            Kerry went on to say that he wasn’t endorsing Biden because he’s known him so long but because he knows him so well.

Tue
10
Dec

Elkader woman Celebrates 100 years

     1919 was a very good year.

      The Treaty of Versailles was signed, bringing World War I to an end. Congress passed the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Babe Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time.

      And just as importantly but a lot closer to home, Marjorie “Marge” Witt was born in Elkader to William and Virginia Witt, descendants of one of the town’s pioneering families.

     Last Saturday, Marge, who became Marge Costigan following her marriage to Clark Costigan in 1945, celebrated her 100th birthday. Her four children—Heidi, John, Colleen and Dan—threw a party in her honor. Dozens of other family members and friends attended.

     “I’m not sure what the fuss is about,” Marge said in an interview in her home a few days before the event. “I sort of expected to make it to 100. After I passed 95, it was pretty easy.”

Tue
10
Dec

Anna Mae Donlon

Anna Mae (Thole) Donlon, 86, of Elkader, died November 22, 2019, at home in Haines City, Florida. She was born at Petersburg, IA, to Joseph Frank and Anna Mary Thole.

She is survived by her husband Luke of Elkader; her children Jeff Donlon, Laure (Marc) Trenkamp and Mike (Rhonda) Donlon of Elkader; grandchildren, Jennifer Donlon, Jill (Brandon) Stannard, Mathew Donlon (Jessica Werger & daughter Jayda) Lexie (Austin) Ceaglske, Kelly Donlon (Bryce Sivesind), April Donlon and six great-grandchildren, Payton, Weston and JoJo Stannard, Grace, Grant and Grahm Ceaglske, sister, Sr. Amelia Thole and brother Ernie Thole

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Elkader assisted the family. Online condolences may be left with www.graufuneralhomes.com

Tue
10
Dec

Herbert Howard Frisch

Herbert Howard Frisch, 70, of Elkader, formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, December 1st at MercyOne Elkader Medical Center after a short battle with cancer.

Herb was born on December 12, 1948, in Waterloo, son of Howard and Ruth Frisch. He married Beverly A. Neitzel on June 21, 1969, in Waterloo.

Herb was an electrician and instrumentation technician at John Deere PEC in Waterloo for 41 years. He was a veteran who served with the US Air Force from 1969-1973.

A memorial service will be held on December 12, 2019, at the American Legion Post 138 in Waterloo, IA. Public visitation will be from 4-6 p.m.

 

Tue
03
Dec

Holiday show at Elkader Opera House features young cast


The Elkader Opera House's holiday production, "Fruitcakes," features a young cast. Of the 23 performers in the show, 15 are kids. See the full story in the Clayton County Register.

The next production of the Elkader Opera House Players is a holiday comedy titled Fruitcakes. This family-friendly play is just the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. It’s the story of Jamie, a kid who has run away from home, who at first thinks the town's inhabitants are nuttier than fruitcakes. However, he he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this quirky little town. It's a moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation.

The cast of 23 people is made up of eight adults and 15 kids. Eight of the youngsters—who come from Edgewood, McGregor, Garnavillo, Elkader, Prairie du Chien and Strawberry Point—are making their Opera House Player debut. The kids range from age 5 to 15. 

The show features Cary Kann as Mack, a grandfather who befriends Jamie, played by Ed-Co 6th grader Christopher Lange.

Tue
03
Dec

Milo Edward Doerring

Milo Edward Doerring, 84, of Luana, Iowa died Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. Milo Edward was born February 2, 1935, to Lester and Alice (Pruess) Doerring in rural Luana, Iowa. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church. Milo attended Eno Country School through the eighth grade. He served in the National Guard from 1957 to 1963.

Milo was united in marriage with Diane O’Neal on July 16, 1960, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He enjoyed playing cards and yahtzee, with Diane being his best competitor. Milo’s greatest joy was being a grandpa and later a great-grandpa. He never missed a game or activity that they were involved in and was always their biggest fan. His life was farming and his John Deere tractors. Milo was known far and wide for his homemade sausage and took great pride in sharing it with friends and neighbors.

Tue
26
Nov

Support local busnesses: shop "small"


An Archive gift certificate is perfect for a hard-to-shop-for person. While you pick one up, let Michelle Gifford show you the store's large selection of clothing, decor items and wine.

As one of the busiest shopping weekends of the season approaches, consumers are again asked to “shop small” and support their local community by patronizing small, locally owned businesses.

Small Business Saturday November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The national initiative began in 2010 with a single effort in Roslindale Village, MA. It has since grown into a massive nationwide movement to support small businesses.  In 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day.

Tue
26
Nov

Junior High girls' wrestling meet


Central's Noel Steenhard went 1-1 for the day, including a major decision over a Waverly-Shellrock opponent.

Olivia Stevenson won her first match by fall.

November 19 saw Central host one of the first, if not the first, junior high girls’ wrestling meets in the state. A total of eight girls are out for junior high wrestling at Central. Besides Central, teams from Postville, Fennimore, Waverly-Shellrock Waukon, East Buchanan and MFL-Mar-Mac participated.  The Central girls’ finished with these results:

    Reese Berns went 2-1. She lost by major decision to Destiny Krum, East Buchanan, 16-8; won by decision against Kalysta Kerner, Waukon 6-4, and won by decision over Ayda Cook, East Buchanan, 8-5.

    Alyssa Schmitt went 1-1, winning by fall over Ayda Cook, East Buchanan, in 0:47 seconds but later losing by major decision to Destiny Krum, East Buchanan, 17-7.

    Kimberly Suhr went 0-3. She lost by fall to Olivia Marti, Waukon, in 1:30; lost by fall to Kysa Klein, Waverly Shellrock, in 1:59; and lost by fall to Emily Hendrickson-Troester, MFL, in 1:16.

Tue
26
Nov

Dorene Larson


Dorene Dorothy Larson, 81, of McGregor, Iowa died Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Dorene was born April 5, 1938 to Frederick and Florence (Meier) Becker on the family farm in McGregor, Iowa. Visitation was held from 3 to 7 pm on Monday, November 25, 2019, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa. There was a one-hour visitation before services at the church on Tuesday. Funeral services were at 10:30 am on Tuesday, November 26, at Living Faith United Methodist Parish, Giard, Iowa. Burial followed at Giard Cemetery, Giard, Iowa. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa assisted the family with arrangements.

 

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