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Tue
16
Jul

Looking back First moonwalk left lasting impression

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Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph on the lunar surface taken by fellow astronaut Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong. The Lunar Module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the moon. The 50th anniversary of the moonwalk is July 20.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

There are a handful of historically significant experiences that stand above all other events in our shared identity as Americans. These are the moments we always remember. Despite the passage of time, we still respond in great detail when someone asks “Do you remember where you were when. . . .”
This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of one such defining moment: The first moonwalk, which took place on July 20, 1969. At 9:30 p.m. CDT, astronauts Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin put on their bulky moon suits, wriggled out of a square opening in the lunar module, and backed down a ladder onto the moon’s surface. Back home, 600 million people watched as Armstrong took those first steps and spoke these memorable words: “That’s one small step for man. . .one giant leap for mankind.”

Tue
09
Jul

New projects at Osborne Grants benefit schoolhouse, Nature Center

One of two grants recently received by Clayton County Conservation will be used to create interpretive panels for the 1908 schoolhouse in Pioneer Village.
One of two grants recently received by Clayton County Conservation will be used to create interpretive panels for the 1908 schoolhouse in Pioneer Village.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The Clayton County Conservation Board has been awarded two grants totaling more than $9,300 from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Funds will be used to research, design, print, and install interpretive panels near the schoolhouse in Pioneer Village and to create murals for the Nature Center.

Tue
09
Jul

James Olinger

James Olinger
August 19, 1930-July 7, 2019

James Lewis Olinger, 88, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at his home. He was born on August 19, 1930, in Strawberry Point, the son of Paul and Nellie (Farmer) Olinger. James received his education in the Strawberry Point Schools.  

On December 26, 1957, James was united in marriage to Mary Marlene Avis at St. John Catholic Church in Coggon. Four children were born to this union.  James was a lifelong farmer.  

James was also a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Strawberry Point. He enjoyed square dancing, as well as playing cards and games.

Tue
09
Jul

Delvin “Del” Tieden

Delvin “Del” Tieden
July 2, 2019

Delvin “Del” Dale Tieden, Sr., 64, of rural Elkader, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at MercyOne Health System in Elkader. He was born in McGregor, to Duane and Margaret “Darlene” Entwisle Tieden. Del was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader.

Del attended Central Community School, Elkader. He was united in marriage to Karen Roeder on December 15, 1979, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Del worked many years as a hired man for Richard Troester, Alto Kelly, and George Leonard. He also worked on the family farm until his parents retired from farming. Del was employed as a construction worker running heavy equipment for Carlsons, Tesar, and Moynas. He was especially happy driving semi trucks for Ray’s Excavating until he finally retired.

Tue
09
Jul

Florence Bruns

Florence Bruns
May 1, 1919-July 1, 2019

Florence Pauline Amelia Bruns, 100, of Monona, Iowa, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, Iowa. Florence was born May 1, 1919 to Emil and Amelia (Schultz) Aulerich on the family farm two miles west of Monona. She was baptized May 18, 1919, by Rev. Albert Daugs and also confirmed by him August 27, 1933, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona. Florence graduated from Luana High School in 1936, and attended Iowa State Teachers College.

Florence was united in marriage with Otmar H. Bruns on November 25, 1937, at St. Paul Lutheran Church by Rev. H.W. Siefkes. Two sons were born to this union: Gary Otmar and Brent Louis. The couple farmed southwest of Monona, along with having an insurance business. They moved to Monona in August 1964.

Tue
02
Jul

Public art takes root Flower garden blossoms on building exterior

Upper Iowa University art student Jordyn Brennan puts the final touches an a large mural on the south side of the Fire Farm building. Her work has caught the attention of Elkader residents and visitors, many of who stopped to chat with her during the weeks-long project.
Upper Iowa University art student Jordyn Brennan puts the final touches an a large mural on the south side of the Fire Farm building. Her work has caught the attention of Elkader residents and visitors, many of who stopped to chat with her during the weeks-long project.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

In a move as innovative as the products his company designs and sells, Fire Farm owner Adam Pollock has commissioned a mural for one side of his downtown Elkader office building. Upper Iowa University art student Jordyn Brennan has spent the past few weeks transforming the concrete “canvas” into a colorful, larger-than-life flower garden. She’s even added a nod to one of the town’s special festivals: Her garden includes several giant milkweeds.

“This is my first really big project,” said Jordyn, a native of Hortonville, WI. Usually I can carry around the pieces I do but, of course, there’s no doing that with this one. I’ve been taking lots of pictures, though. My mom’s pretty excited about it.”

Tue
02
Jul

Evan Drew Coobs

Evan Drew Coobs
November 11, 1963-June 24, 2019

Evan Drew Coobs passed away on June 24, 2019, in Champaign, Illinois. He was 55 years old.

Evan was born on November 11, 1963, in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Edward W. Coobs and Doris A. (Rodenberg) Coobs.  He graduated from Central High School, Elkader, Iowa, (1982), the University of Iowa College of Business (Accounting) and the University of Iowa College of Law (1989).

He was married to Karen Marie (McGann) Coobs in Peoria, Illinois on July 4, 1987.  He is survived by Karen and their children, Evan Drew (Marie) Coobs II; Abigail Marie (Kale) Brinkoetter; and Katherine Anne (Jacob) Chesnut, and grandchildren Kayla Jo Coobs and Evan Drew Coobs III; siblings Earl Coobs, Donna Strange, Eric Coobs, and Cory Coobs; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tue
02
Jul

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein
July 22, 1947-June 25, 2019

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein, 71, of Elkader, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at The Bird House – Hospice Home of Johnson County in Iowa City. She was born July 22, 1947, in Elkader to Horace “H.K.” and Helen (Lenth) Roggensack.

Betsy graduated from Elkader High School in 1965. Following high school, she attended Wartburg College, graduating with degrees in English and Biology. She was united in marriage to Elias Zein and lived in the Los Angeles and Phoenix areas for a time before he passed away.

Tue
02
Jul

Vadena Knoke

Vadena Knoke
April 2, 1935-June 23, 2019

Vadena Knoke, age 84, of Willmar, MN, and formerly of Oelwein, IA and Elkader, IA died Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Carris Health Rice Hospital in Willmar, MN. Funeral services were Friday, June 28th at 11 a.m. at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, IA.  Burial followed in the East Side Cemetery at Elkader. Visitation for Vadena was Friday at the church from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Tue
25
Jun

Central School update Construction project is moving along

Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp stands in the still-to-be-completed high school media center to show the expansive view students will have from the new area.
Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp stands in the still-to-be-completed high school media center to show the expansive view students will have from the new area.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Students and teachers might be gone but work continues at Central Schools, where a $6 million capital improvements project is ahead of schedule and right on budget.

“Hopefully, the whole project will be done by the beginning of the school year,” said Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp. “There’s a lot of work to accomplish this summer but if it can be done it puts a three-year project done in two—and as of today, right on budget!”

Trenkamp gives all of the credit to Larson Construction, who he says has worked diligently to find cost-effective solutions to unforeseen problems like walls hidden behind other walls, which has happened more that a few times.
“With a building that has been pieced together over a long period of time, we have run into many unexpected circumstances,” Trenkamp added.

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