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Bruce C. Bushkofsky

Bruce C. Bushkofsky, 66, of St. Cloud, Minn., died July 16, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

Bruce was born Nov. 24, 1953, in McGregor, to Robert and Dorothy (Baade) Bushkofsky. He attended and graduated from Central Community High School in 1972, where he was on the state champion basketball team. After high school, Bruce worked as a meat cutter at the local grocery store and served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Elkader Volunteer Fire Department. Bruce was married to LaVonne Thorson on May 1, 1982, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader. They later moved to Lincoln, Neb., where Bruce began working as a meat counselor for Nash Finch. Their family moved to St. Cloud, Minn., in 1991, where he still worked as a meat counselor with Spartan Nash, a career he held for over 30 years.

Fri
07
Aug

Clair 'Bub' Kruger

Clair “Bub” Kruger, 74, of Strawberry Point, formerly of Littleport, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 9, 1946, in Greeley, the son of Calvin and Etna (Fierstine) Kruger. Clair was raised in Greeley and Edgewood and was a 1964 graduate of Edgewood-Colesburg High School. In 1965, he was drafted into the United States Army and served honorably until his discharge in 1967. 

On Feb. 11, 1967, Clair was united in marriage to Maxine Kruse at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. Two sons were born to this union. Over the years, Clair worked as a parts manager for several implement dealers and retired from the Bodensteiner Implement Company in Elkader.

Fri
07
Aug

Lyle D. Klingman

Lyle Dean Klingman, 77, of Volga, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Lyle was born Nov. 1, 1942, to Lee Emerald and Mildred (Hansel) Klingman. He graduated from Volga High School at the age of 16.

Lyle was united in marriage with Karon Buhr on Sept. 21, 1963, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Garrison. Karon passed away on Aug. 10, 2009. Lyle was then united in marriage with LaTeresa Music on Aug. 21, 2010. She passed away Nov. 17, 2012. 

Thu
06
Aug

Raymond Siegele

Raymond Siegele, 90, of Marquette, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at his home in Marquette. Ray was born on Oct. 9, 1929, the eldest son to Harry Elmer and Ann Marie (Carlson) Siegele in McGregor. He graduated from McGregor High School. Ray served in the National Guard as a drill sergeant and later joined the United States Army.

Thu
06
Aug

Leta L. Schroeder

Leta Louise Schroeder, 31, passed away on July 29, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics after a long and courageous battle with Crohn’s disease.

Leta was born on June 13, 1989, in Manchester, the youngest of four daughters born to James and Linda Oelrich. She was raised in Strawberry Point, where she attended Starmont Community School District before graduating from West Delaware High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University.

She was united in marriage to her best friend and beloved companion, Zachary Vernon Schroeder, on July 9, 2016. Her life dream of becoming a mother was fulfilled when Nadia Wren was born on Nov. 26, 2019. Nadia was the brightest light during such a difficult time in Leta’s health journey.

Thu
06
Aug

Diane M. Kohlstedt

Diane Marie (Meyer) Kohlstedt, 67, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at her home in McGregor, after a battle with cancer. 

Diane was born on May 16, 1953, to Cletus and Marie (Cook) Meyer. She graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross in 1971 and took courses at NICC in Peosta and Southwest Tech in Fennimore, Wis.

Diane married the love of her life, John Kohlstedt, on Aug. 12, 1978, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross. Shortly thereafter, they started their family in Dyersville, where she provided in-home childcare. After moving to McGregor in 1991, she started as a line worker at MPC (Miniature Precision Components) in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and was later promoted to assistant supervisor before retiring in May 2019 after 27 years there. 

Tue
04
Aug

Rooftop garden is vibrant oasis in downtown McGregor


“Cowboy Jim” Reneau has an extensive rooftop garden in downtown McGregor. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Cowboy Jim started his rooftop garden 13 years ago.It was inspired by memories of his grandmother. “Back when I lived in Texas,” he said, “she grew tomatoes. There’s nothing like home-grown tomatoes.”

Cowboy Jim samples one of the tomatoes grown in a five-gallon bucket on his rooftop. His garden includes 40 buckets, as well as many planter boxes, growing not only tomatoes, but beans, cucumbers, lettuce, herbs, sunflowers and more. All the plants are watered by a homemade irrigation system.

Cowboy Jim enjoys growing new plants each year. Here, he shows off some atomic grape tomatoes.

Cowboy Jim harvested nearly 300 of these bite-size tomatoes in one day. “Each bucket has at least two plants. This one has four,” he explained. “That’s 100-some plants.”

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

“Those vines going up here are cucumbers. They’re just starting to go crazy,” said Jim Reneau as he wades through his garden, pulling back one plant to reveal another.

“Over there’s lettuce. You can see a chipmunk is trying to help me do some irrigation,” he joked, pointing to a telltale path through the dirt.

“Cowboy Jim,” as Reneau’s affectionately known, thanks to his trademark cowboy hat and southern drawl, has had a garden for 13 years. It was inspired by memories of his grandmother.

Tue
04
Aug

Central Community School’s Return to Learn plan approved, but remains fluid

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Against the backdrop of over 150,000 nationwide COVID-19 related deaths, increased cases across the country and within the county and growing public concern, the Central Community School Board has undertaken the unenviable task of crafting a Return to Learn Plan. The effort was led by board president Jered Finley and superintendent Nick Trenkamp, who attempted to put the public’s mind at ease, but continuously added that the plan, which was approved July 30, remains, in the words of Finley, “fluid” to make any necessary amendments. 

Tue
04
Aug

Carter Street Project faces backlash, goes back to engineer

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

In what was once thought a foregone conclusion, Elkader’s Carter Street Project is facing growing public backlash and has gone back to the engineer. It’s no longer just about the loss of some trees, but instead centered on the actual widening of the street itself and the inequity of where that widening will come from. 

As it currently stands, the north side of the street is slated to incur all the widening, a fact that residents of the street, according to council member Bob Hendrickson, are not happy about. In speaking with residents, Out of the eight people he spoke with, Hendrickson found only two were in favor of widening the street. 

Tue
04
Aug

With safety measures in place, Monona pool has offered positive outlet for staff, patrons


Attendance at the Monona Family Aquatic Center has remained steady throughout the pandemic, according to staff. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Peyton Meisner, Times-Register

For many families and children, spending hot summer days at the swimming pool is a must. While some pools in the area did not open their doors, the Monona Family Aquatic Center opted to open up for the summer. 

“The pool season has been running as close to normal as possible. We want the pool to remain to be an enjoyable summer place for families to utilize,” said Julie Lenth, Monona Family Aquatic Center manager. 

Lenth said the aquatic center’s staff is doing their best to make sure they keep  patrons safe from COVID-19. 

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