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Tue
04
Aug

Absentee ballot request forms will soon go out to Iowa registered voters

Voters can send in forms now if they'd like

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Iowa Legislative Council voted on July 17 to allow the Secretary of State’s office to send absentee ballot request forms to all of the state’s registered voters ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

Secretary of State Paul Pate did the same prior to Iowa’s June primary election, which broke state records for turnout, but the legislative council initially denied his request for another statewide mailing.

Tue
04
Aug

Stop by Elkader’s downtown market during National Farmers Market Week


Georgia and Blair Scherf, with Blair’s Heart and Soil Produce, are among the vendors at the Elkader Farmers Market, held Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. at Founders Park. (Photos by Willis Patenaude)

Jack, Hayden and Greta Scherf are selling sweet corn to support their fair pigs.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It’s National Farmers Market Week, so what better way to spend a Friday evening than taking a trip down Main Street and stopping just short of Founders Park for some sweet corn, baked bread, farm fresh eggs, vegetables, handmade crafts and everything else the Elkader Farmers Market has to offer. 

Tue
04
Aug

Iowa among best in country for Census response rate, but Clayton County lags

Over 68 percent of Iowans have completed the 2020 U.S. Census, giving the state one of the best response rates in the country. Minnesota and Wisconsin have the top spots at 72.2 percent and 69.4 percent, respectively. The national self response rate is 62.8 percent.

Statewide, though, Clayton County has one of the lower response rates, at just 60.7 percent. That trails Winneshiek County at 72.6 percent, Dubuque County at 71.6, Delaware County at 70.4, Buchanan County at 69.8 and Fayette County at 63.4. Allamakee County has the second-lowest response rate in Iowa, at 55.6 percent.

In Clayton County, the city of Garnavillo has the highest self response rate, at 69.7 percent. Other city results include:

Fri
31
Jul

Delbert C. Baars

Delbert Charles Baars, 87, of El Mirage, Ariz., went to be with Jesus, July 28, 2020, while in hospice care. A stroke and pneumonia occurred a week prior to his death. Delbert was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Communia-Volga Township, the son of Henry and Katherine (Kuehl) Baars. 

Del served in the army during the Korean War. He spent the majority of his professional career as a production engineer. Woodworking was his passion, along with helping others. He gifted family and friends with his beautiful woodworking art. Listening and dancing to country western music brought much joy to Del, as well as traveling in the motor home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Clinton; and nephew, Nyal Clinton.

Fri
31
Jul

Charles E. 'Chuck' Peterman

Charles “Chuck” Eugene Peterman, 71, of Elkader, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the Guttenberg Hospital. He was born June 27, 1949, on the family farm, rural Volga, to Forrest “Pete” and Mary Murray Peterman. He attended Central Community Schools and graduated with the Class of 1967. 

Chuck served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, from May 7, 1969, to March 5, 1972. He was trained to be a Redeye Gunner, receiving a National Defense Service Medal and sharpshooter commendations.

Wed
29
Jul

Elkader Fire Department gets temporary rescue boat launch site


The Elkader Fire Department recently conducted a Turkey River rescue drill at the new temporary access landing behind the school.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Over the previous two years, since obtaining a rescue boat from the government, the Elkader Fire Department (EFD) has conducted between four and five river rescues. But it was a recent Turkey River rescue conducted by the EFD that revealed some logistical troubles for the department’s rescue boat operations, namely the ability to put the rescue boat in the water in a timely manner under the constraints of the current launch access points. 

Wed
29
Jul

Over 1,700 4-H, FFA exhibits entered in next week's Achievement Show


A Clayton County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show will take place next week, as an alternative for the county fair. The event will give local youth an opportunity to showcase the hard work they’ve put into their projects. (File photo)

The Clayton County Extension Council, Youth Development Committee and Extension staff have put together a Clayton County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show that will take place next week at the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National. 

The event is an alternative for the Clayton County Fair, which was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, and will give local youth an alternative to showcase the hard work they’ve put into their projects.

Spectators for the event will be limited. To protect the health and safety of those in attendance, the Achievement Show will follow Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC recommendations for social distancing, handwashing and sanitization.

Wed
29
Jul

Bridge work a bit behind schedule due to increased amount of deteriorated concrete


The U.S. Highway 18 Bridge project consists of milling approximately two and one-fourth inches of concrete from the bridge deck. Areas of deterioration are then marked out on the remaining deck surface and workers remove these areas with jackhammers, explained project leader Ralph Liegel. The deteriorated concrete is caught on barges below the bridge (as shown here), then workers form a false deck bottom and pour concrete to replace the removed sections. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Work on the eastbound lane of the western portion of the U.S. Highway 18 Bridge connecting Marquette and Prairie du Chien is nearing completion.

“The prime contractor, Zenith Tech, Inc., still has to finish up a few things under the eastern bridge, but most of the work is concentrated on the western bridge now,” by Marquette, said Ralph Liegel with Jewell Associates Engineers, Inc., the project leader who is overseeing construction work on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 

Wed
29
Jul

MFL MarMac will start school year with ‘hybrid’ learning component

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac intends to start the school year on Aug. 24 with on-site learning for all students who are able to attend in-person, while also incorporating a hybrid component. 

According to the district’s Return to Learn plan, which was released last week, that means MFL MarMac will provide four days per week of on-site instruction on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, then continuous learning, where students learn from home, on Wednesdays. This will last through at least the month of September.

Wed
29
Jul

Fair Weather Riders enjoy sociability, northeast Iowa views on weekly bike ride


Bob Hendrickson and Adam Niewoehner, members of the “Fair Weather Riders,” prepare to leave from Elkader’s Fast Trak convenience store on a weekly bike ride. The group heads out every Thursday, at 6 p.m., weather permitting, and leisurely traverses the beautiful landscape of northeast Iowa to destinations like St. Olaf and Farmersburg. Other riders are welcome to join.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

In a tradition dating back to April 2019, a group of bicycle riders, unofficially called the “Fair Weather Riders,” leave from the Fast Trak convenience store in Elkader every Thursday at 6 p.m.—weather permitting of course, hence the name—and leisurely traverse the beautiful landscape of northeast Iowa to destinations like St. Olaf, Farmersburg or wherever the group decides before departing. 

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