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Tue
03
Dec

Holiday show at Elkader Opera House features young cast


The Elkader Opera House's holiday production, "Fruitcakes," features a young cast. Of the 23 performers in the show, 15 are kids. See the full story in the Clayton County Register.

The next production of the Elkader Opera House Players is a holiday comedy titled Fruitcakes. This family-friendly play is just the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. It’s the story of Jamie, a kid who has run away from home, who at first thinks the town's inhabitants are nuttier than fruitcakes. However, he he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this quirky little town. It's a moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation.

The cast of 23 people is made up of eight adults and 15 kids. Eight of the youngsters—who come from Edgewood, McGregor, Garnavillo, Elkader, Prairie du Chien and Strawberry Point—are making their Opera House Player debut. The kids range from age 5 to 15. 

The show features Cary Kann as Mack, a grandfather who befriends Jamie, played by Ed-Co 6th grader Christopher Lange.

Tue
03
Dec

Milo Edward Doerring

Milo Edward Doerring, 84, of Luana, Iowa died Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. Milo Edward was born February 2, 1935, to Lester and Alice (Pruess) Doerring in rural Luana, Iowa. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church. Milo attended Eno Country School through the eighth grade. He served in the National Guard from 1957 to 1963.

Milo was united in marriage with Diane O’Neal on July 16, 1960, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He enjoyed playing cards and yahtzee, with Diane being his best competitor. Milo’s greatest joy was being a grandpa and later a great-grandpa. He never missed a game or activity that they were involved in and was always their biggest fan. His life was farming and his John Deere tractors. Milo was known far and wide for his homemade sausage and took great pride in sharing it with friends and neighbors.

Tue
26
Nov

Support local busnesses: shop "small"


An Archive gift certificate is perfect for a hard-to-shop-for person. While you pick one up, let Michelle Gifford show you the store's large selection of clothing, decor items and wine.

As one of the busiest shopping weekends of the season approaches, consumers are again asked to “shop small” and support their local community by patronizing small, locally owned businesses.

Small Business Saturday November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The national initiative began in 2010 with a single effort in Roslindale Village, MA. It has since grown into a massive nationwide movement to support small businesses.  In 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day.

Tue
26
Nov

Junior High girls' wrestling meet


Central's Noel Steenhard went 1-1 for the day, including a major decision over a Waverly-Shellrock opponent.

Olivia Stevenson won her first match by fall.

November 19 saw Central host one of the first, if not the first, junior high girls’ wrestling meets in the state. A total of eight girls are out for junior high wrestling at Central. Besides Central, teams from Postville, Fennimore, Waverly-Shellrock Waukon, East Buchanan and MFL-Mar-Mac participated.  The Central girls’ finished with these results:

    Reese Berns went 2-1. She lost by major decision to Destiny Krum, East Buchanan, 16-8; won by decision against Kalysta Kerner, Waukon 6-4, and won by decision over Ayda Cook, East Buchanan, 8-5.

    Alyssa Schmitt went 1-1, winning by fall over Ayda Cook, East Buchanan, in 0:47 seconds but later losing by major decision to Destiny Krum, East Buchanan, 17-7.

    Kimberly Suhr went 0-3. She lost by fall to Olivia Marti, Waukon, in 1:30; lost by fall to Kysa Klein, Waverly Shellrock, in 1:59; and lost by fall to Emily Hendrickson-Troester, MFL, in 1:16.

Tue
26
Nov

Dorene Larson


Dorene Dorothy Larson, 81, of McGregor, Iowa died Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Dorene was born April 5, 1938 to Frederick and Florence (Meier) Becker on the family farm in McGregor, Iowa. Visitation was held from 3 to 7 pm on Monday, November 25, 2019, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa. There was a one-hour visitation before services at the church on Tuesday. Funeral services were at 10:30 am on Tuesday, November 26, at Living Faith United Methodist Parish, Giard, Iowa. Burial followed at Giard Cemetery, Giard, Iowa. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa assisted the family with arrangements.

 

Tue
26
Nov

Noreen (Berns) Rowland


Noreen (Berns) Rowland, age 96, of Garnavillo, IA, passed away Friday, November 22, 2019, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg, IA. Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, IA where the family received friends from 2 pm to 7 pm, Monday, November 25, 2019, and one hour before service at church. Funeral service was at St. Joseph Catholic Church Garnavillo, at 10 am, Tuesday, November 26, with Rev. Marvin Bries officiating. Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo, IA.

 

Mon
18
Nov

Making holidays brighter for kids

There’s a lot more than stretching and stepping going on at a local fitness class. Several members are also involved in service project designed to brighten the holiday season for kids in need.

The Fit and Flex group, which meets weekday mornings at the Elkader Fitness Center, has embraced projects launched by two of its members. The first is an effort led by Debbie Crane to make kids’ pajamas.

“I went to a garage sale in Cedar Rapids and there was a table with a stack of new flannel on it, probably 15 or 20 yards,” Debbie said. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I knew I had to buy it.”

Mon
18
Nov

Renovation project is completed


The kitchen and cafeteria - now known as the Commons - have been moved to the main floor. The former kitchen is now a fitness area. Pictured is Central superintendent Nick Trenkamp.

The middle and high school media center moved from the main floor to the second floor. Prior to the $6 million capital project, this part of the school didn't exist.

The $6.8 million renovation project at Central Schools, Elkader, is complete.

Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp did a final walk-through with contractors last week noting some minor cosmetic work that needed to be addressed. The really “big stuff,” however—like the new middle/high school media center, science classroom, fitness area, commons and other spaces—have been finished for some time.

“We haven’t seen much of a crew in here for a while,” said Trenkamp. “It’s been a long, exhausting process—and I can’t say enough about how the staff and students dealt with the reality of the construction work—but everyone is in agreement that the end results are worth it.”

And it’s not just students and staff who are impressed with the results. Trenkamp has heard from parents, Central alumni and visitors. An open house in late September drew a large crowd and many took time at the end of the tour to share their favorable impressions.

Mon
18
Nov

Museum gets ready for holiday season


Cathryn Chancellor hangs ornaments created by area artists on one of several trees at the Carter House Museum.

The calendar might say November 20th but inside the Carter House Museum, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The museum is being readied for the annual holiday open house Friday, November 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., and each room—plus the Annex—will reflect this year’s theme: Gifts.

“This year’s theme has come together beautifully, and I think our guests will enjoy the house and how each room celebrates a gift—from music to nature, food, friendship, poetry, pets, humor, and community service,” said Carter House board member LaVonne Augustson.

Mon
18
Nov

Duane Bruening


Duane Brueing

Duane Kenneth Bruening, died peacefully at Barthell O.E.S Home in Decorah, Iowa, on November 3, 2019, at the age of 90.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2019, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah with Rev. Donald Hertges and Rev. Msgr. Edward Lechtenberg officiating. Burial was in St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah with military honors. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at St. Benedict Catholic Church and on Friday beginning at 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at the church.

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