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Tue
25
Aug

TOP HONOR FOR ELKADER

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The Iowa League of Cities has named Elkader a 2015 All-Star Community. The designation honors the town’s riverfront revitalization and Founders Park project. 

This is the first time Elkader has received the award.

Tue
18
Aug

Judging at the Clayton County Fair. A novel way to get involved with 4-H


Samuel Nemechek listens to Arnella Siggelkow as she critiques his entry in the Food & Nutrition class at the Clayton County Fair.

Megan Nemechek listens intently as a judge asks questions about her Clayton County Fair entry.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Livestock judging tends to dominate the Clayton County Fair so you might be surprised to learn that these entries are actually smaller in number than non-livestock entries. This year, more than 1,080 dogs, horses, sheep, cattle, swine and rabbits were judged. That’s an impressive figure but non-livestock entries topped that number by several hundred with judges receiving more than 1,700 submissions in categories ranging from photography to food to clothing. 

Tue
18
Aug

TOP EDUCATOR


Dale Dennler is pictured with his wife, Stephanie, at the conservation district’s awards program this past July.

Northeast Iowa native Dale Dennler is starting his 20th year as an educator at the Crestwood Campus in the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District.

He began his career at Howard-Winn shortly after graduating from Central College. 

“This was my first job. It fit well, and I’ve enjoyed it here,” he said. “This is home.”

Tue
11
Aug

Art in the Park, Get ready to roll out the welcome mat


Jewelry by local artist Leslie Gibbons is modeled above.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

The Art in the Park committee has done their part to ensure that the town’s first arts festival is a fun, memorable event, and now they’re looking to residents to do what they do so well: provide outstanding hospitality.

Tue
11
Aug

GENERAL STORE AND MUCH MORE

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

It’s called The General Store and More, and it certainly lives up to its name.  Located at 107 N. Main Street in Elkader, the business sits on the site of a building that was constructed in 1869.  It originally housed Kramer’s Meat Market from 1869 to 1923.  Sold to Alfred Frick, who also ran a meat market, the business continued to thrive until a 1959 fire gutted the building.

Tue
04
Aug

New enterprise hits all the right notes

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Offering an eclectic mix of professional services has already paid off for new business owners Naomi Tegeler Hulteng and Casey Hulteng. In addition to building a client base looking for music, photography and graphic design assistance, the couple has cleared the first hurdle to a possible $20,000 grant. They recently edged out five other companies for a regional Main Street Open 4 Business award worth $8,000. They’ll compete for the bigger prize later this month.

Tue
04
Aug

GODSON RETIRES

By Kim Hurley

Register Freelance Writer

 

Duncombe, IA; Vincent, IA; Ogema, WI; Westboro, WI. To many folks, these are unknown specks on the map. Yet, as a Lutheran minister, Jerome Godson has impacted the lives of many folks in these communities and six others: Hudson, Readlyn, Dysart, Strawberry Point, Volga, Elgin, and Elkader (Highland).

Wed
29
Jul

Cold Cases, Woman focused on unsolved murders


Jody Ewing receives dozens of letters about murder cases.

Mike Kilen

Des Moines Register

She was writing book reviews for a Sioux City newspaper, which even 10 years ago wasn’t considered eye-grabbing material for the masses. An editor asked her to take on a series of cold cases — unsolved murders — the kind you see on TV shows. People love that stuff.

Wed
29
Jul

SAYING GOODBYE


In a symbolic passing of the torch, Ruth Hilgerson gives a shepherd’s hook to Jeff Krambeer. Ruth is the outgoing director at Shepherd of the Hills; Jeff is taking her place.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Nobody has to tell Jeff Krambeer that he has big shoes to fill. The Luana man is taking over as director of Shepherd of the Hills (SOH), a position that’s been held for a dozen years by Ruth Hilgerson. Ruth has been the agency’s leader since 2003 and during that time the petite wife, mother and grandmother has earned a larger-than-life reputation as a tireless crusader for people in need.

Tue
21
Jul

Africa bound, Project creating international ties

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Though nearly a dozen people were hard at work in St. Joseph’s Hall on a recent Wednesday afternoon, the only sounds breaking the silence were the soft whirr of two sewing machines and the gentle hiss of a steam iron. The group—three adults and a handful of youth—were intently (and quietly) focused on their tasks: ironing, cutting and stitching together fabric to make drawstring bags for youngsters living 8,000 miles away in eastern Africa.

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