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Tue
18
Aug

Central students head back to school next week

By Pam Reinig, Times-Register

In less than a week, Central students will head back to school, where things will be quite different than they were when the building was abruptly closed in mid-March to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Face coverings will be required on buses and expected in buildings, especially in classes where social distancing is difficult. Stairwell traffic will be one-direction; lunch will be served to elementary students by class, not grade; and before-school gatherings in the foyer area will be discouraged. 

Tue
18
Aug

Osborne expands disc golf course


The disc golf course at Osborne Park, near Elkader, was expanded from nine to 18 holes this summer, giving players a fun, new challenge. (Submitted photo)

The “front nine” of the disc golf course was put in two years ago, through the hunter education course prairie area. The new “back nine” picks up where the first section leaves off, wandering through the woods north of Osborne Pond.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The disc golf course at Osborne Park, near Elkader, was expanded to 18 holes this summer, giving players a fun, new challenge.

The course was spearheaded by Clayton County Conservation Resource Manager/Naturalist Kenny Slocum, who discovered the idea in an Osborne master plan from 2001.

The “front nine” was put in two years ago, through the hunter education course prairie area. The new “back nine” picks up where the first section leaves off, wandering through the woods north of Osborne Pond.

Tue
18
Aug

Marquette takes steps to deal with dog issues

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The city of Marquette took steps at its Aug. 11 meeting to deal with an increasing number of dog issues in the community—whether threatening behavior toward humans or other pets, or running at large without a leash.

“We’re trying to eliminate dog issues and make dog owners aware that, if their dogs get out, there will be repercussions,” said mayor Steve Weipert.

The council approved first readings of two different ordinance amendments, one regarding animal protection and control and another about a dangerous or vicious animal.

Fri
14
Aug

Ivon H. Ihlenfeldt

Ivon was born May 29, 1923, in rural Clayton Center, to Ernst and Alma (Heuer) Ihlenfeldt. He lived all his life in the Clayton County area and attended rural Wagner Township grade school and graduated from Farmersburg High School. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg.

Tue
11
Aug

A legend lives on: Iconic White Springs Supper Club reopens


Iconic White Springs Supper Club reopened to the public for the first time in 15 years in June. Giving the McGregor restaurant a new lease on life is Jennifer Yager—great granddaughter of White Springs’ long-time owner Ethel Mann—and her husband Robert (right). The couple is joined in the venture by their friends, Brandon and Emily Schaefer. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Iconic White Springs Supper Club reopened to the public for the first time in 15 years in June. Giving the McGregor restaurant a new lease on life is Jennifer Yager—great granddaughter of White Springs’ long-time owner Ethel Mann—and her husband Robert. The couple is joined in the venture by their friends, Brandon and Emily Schaefer.

Now two months in, they’re all still trying to catch their breath.

“We thought it would be busy,” confided Robert, “but we didn’t expect this support.”

Tue
11
Aug

Jansen talks about battle with COVID-19


Joleen Jansen (center), of Elkader, discussed her recent experience with COVID-19. She’s pictured with children Jenna, Jacob and Jessica and husband Jim. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

In “God’s Country” is where Joleen Jansen and her family have resided for the better part of two decades, out of a love for the rural “hill country,” the river that runs through it and an Elkader community where friendships flourish and open-arms support is never far behind. 

“We are very fortunate to be in the community,” Joleen said. 

Such fortune has become vital as the COVID-19 pandemic continues marching through cities, suburbs and rural areas that thought they were immune. 

Tue
11
Aug

Clayton County digital map, race tap into growing gravel biking trend


A new digital map highlights gravel bike routes in Clayton County—capitalizing on a growing trend among outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Routes are mapped throughout the county, including by Motor Mill. In October, riders can participate in the county’s first organized gravel biking event, the Volga City Gravel Race. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A new digital map prepared by Clayton County Conservation highlights gravel bike routes in the county—capitalizing on a growing trend among outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

“It’s this burgeoning thing throughout Iowa, this gravel biking. We have more roads per capita than any other state, so we’ve got a lot of resources there and now there are bikes developed to be specific to gravel,” said Kenny Slocum, resource manager/naturalist with Clayton County Conservation, who worked on the project with director Jenna Pollock.

Tue
11
Aug

After compromise, Elkader’s Carter Street Project approved

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It’s been a long, complicated and sometimes, controversial few years for Elkader’s Carter Street project, but the issue appears to have come to a conclusion. During a spirited city council meeting Monday night, all sides discussed and defended their stances regarding the remaining concerns about street width, tree loss, public safety, parking and the devaluation of property. 

On the table for discussion was a resolution that would reduce the width of the road from 31 feet to 26 feet and the sidewalk from five feet to four feet. 

Tue
11
Aug

Central welcomes new educators


New staff at Central Community School include football coaches Blake Rodenberg, Isaiah Hopp, Joe Koehn and Colten Ledbeter. (Submitted photos)

The Central Community School District has hired several new team members to begin the 2020-2021 school year.

Tue
11
Aug

Monona looking for new council member

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The city of Monona is on the hunt for a new council member. 

Heather Lange, who was re-elected to a four-year term last November, has resigned because her family is moving. The city has 60 days to fill her seat by appointment—a decision the council plans to make in late-September.

Anyone who is interested in joining the council is encouraged to submit a letter of interest to the city.

City will plan to “close” trails in off season

At its Aug. 3 meeting, the Monona Council approved a resolution to “close” city trails to the public in the off season, from Nov. 15 to April 1.

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