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Tue
03
Jul

Francis has found her ‘happy place’

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Jenni Francis, owner of a new Elkader salon called A Little Off the Top, finishes a fancy braid for client Jamie Parish.

After nearly 30 years as a stylist, Jenni Francis has found her happy place. The Northeast Iowa native recently opened a hair salon on Mulberry Street, across from the Elkader Post Office. As part of refreshing the space, she turned one wall into the story of her life’s journey covering it with sayings that represent her irrepressible optimism and an “everything will be OK” attitude. One of her favorites is a Maya Angelou quote that also serves as her professional motto: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“I truly believe that,” Jenni said, “and part of feeling good is looking good. That’s where I come in.”

Tue
26
Jun

Elkader women honored

Marilyn Nielsen and Janice Possehl, both of Elkader, have received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for their 35 years of dedication to the Central Community Hospital’s auxiliary rummage sale. Thank you to these special women for all they have done for our hospital and our community!

 
Tue
26
Jun

First auto returns to Clayton County


Dave Beck, Tom Chandler and Delbert Reimer are restoing a 1903 Crestmobile.

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

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Tue
19
Jun

Elkader Public Library: Grout Museum returns Thursday


Branch Kobliska touches an alligator brought to the Elkader Public Library by Blank Park Zoo workers while his mom, Melissa, and sister, Meadow, look on.

By Lisa Wilke Pope

Library Director

 

There’s still time to sign up children for the Summer Reading Program. Don’t let them suffer from the “summer slide” when their reading skills decline. Research shows that reading keeps those brains engaged, unlike some computer games. 

Coming up: Thursday, June 28, Grout Museum staff will present “Sound Science” at 1 p.m.

Tue
19
Jun

Elkader Pizzeria: New owner expands hours, menus


Bryton Rentschler recently purchased the former JNJ’s Pizza, which he had renamed Elkader Pizzeria.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

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hen Elkader businessman and mayor Josh Pope was ready to sell JNJ pizza, he didn’t have to look far for a new owner. His longtime manager, Bryton Rentschler, was ready to take on the restaurant where he’d worked for more than seven years.

Tue
12
Jun

Dairy banquet honors


Front Row: 2018-2019 Alt. Junior Dairyman: Kody Moeller, 2018-2019 Junior Dairyman: Blake Hunt, 2018-2019 Little Miss Squirt: Crystal Goodrich, 2018-2019 Alt. Little Miss Squirt: Jennifer Smith. Back Row: 2017-2018 Alt. Iowa Dairy Princess: Josie Buddenburg, 2018-2019 Alt. Clayton County Dairy Princess: Tess Hilgerson, 2017-2018 Clayton County Dairy Princess: Brianna Lucey

The 2018 Clayton County Dairy Banquet was held April 6 in Elkader. Following is a list of special honors and awards presented that evening.

Scholarship Winners:

This is the second year the Clayton Co. Dairy Promotion Committee has offered scholarships to support our county’s youth education beyond high school. 

Brianna Lucey and Cody Mueller each received a $500 scholarship:

Tue
12
Jun

Elkader clinic adds new veterinarian


Dr. Sarah Balik is the newest addition to the Elkader Veterinary Clinic staff. She is an Iowa State graduate who recently practiced in Fredricksburg.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Sarah Balik had her sights set on medical school when it occurred to her that working with four-legged patients was really what she wanted to do. 

Tue
12
Jun

Kuehls honored for dairy promotion


Treats owners Ron and Mary Kuehl received a Dairy Best award for their use of dairy products.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

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rowing up in Northeast Iowa, Ron Kuehl dreamed of owning an ice cream shop. No particular reason—he just thought scooping cold treats for customers would be great fun.

Tue
05
Jun

Looking back 10 years since historic Elkader flood


Several businesses were heavily damaged by the flood of 2008, including Wilke’s (left), and Central Heating and Air Conditioning. The Elkader Fire Station also sustained heavy damage and was eventually demolished. Not pictured is FreedomBank, which was also a total loss. Other businesses along Main Street had significant water damage.

With the exception of the circled house, all of the other homes in this photo—and more—were destroyed by the 2008 flood.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A decade has passed since a historical flood swept across the south end of Main Street significantly damaging dozens of Elkader homes and businesses. Though the town has recovered, the memories of those anxious hours remain fresh in the minds of those most seriously impacted by the disaster.

Tue
29
May

Central students make presentation on water


Central students Haley Frieden, Karleigh Thorson, Carly Kluesner, and Katelyn Scherf shared their research on the amount of water people use when showering.

As part of a 7th grade English class assignment, Central students read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. According to teacher Amy Bergan, the book is two stories told in alternating sections. The first is current day dealing with the fact that women and children in Africa spend their days walking to get the family’s daily water. This part of the narrative discusses the problems that arise from using unclean water as well as the fact that girls receiving no education because they spend all of there time collecting water.
.The second part of the book is from the Sudan Crisis and the Sudanese Lost Boys. It’s focus is the will to survive.
Students were also involved with projects for this unit in social studies, science, and math. They created presentations (poster, PowerPoints, brochures and so on) to informs the public on issues from civil wars, water in Clayton County and local watershed, water usage practices

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