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Tue
31
Jul

Cubs players, fans honor Buckner

Bob arriving
Bob Buckner, Elkader, was honored at a recent Chicago Cubs game for his service during WWII.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Editor’s note: Elkader resident and World War II veteran Robert Buckner is a life-long Cubs fan. Last week, his team honored him for something that happened decades before any of them was born. His story follows.
In November 1943, future Central Community School District Superintendent Robert Buckner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 after graduating from Marion High School. About 15 months after his enlistment, he found himself embroiled in the costliest battle in Marine Corps history—battle for Iwo Jima.

Tue
24
Jul

John Miehe

John Edward Miehe
May 18, 1929 to July 16, 2018

John Edward Miehe, 89, of Elkader, died Monday, July 16, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader, Iowa.

John was born May 18, 1929, at Mercy Hospital, Oelwein, Iowa to parents Elmer J. and Marie M. (Kelleher) Miehe. He graduated from St. Joseph’s School, Elkader, Iowa, in 1948.
John entered the US Army on January 15, 1951, serving in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged on January 15, 1953.
On February 14, 1953, John married Vernelda L. Fehlhafer at St. Joseph’s Church in Elkader.

Upon returning from his military service, he joined his father in the family John Deere business for 31 years until the business was sold. In May 1977, he started a new business, Elkader Diesel & Electric. The business was sold in 1988, at which time John retired.

Tue
24
Jul

Clayton County Courthouse Time for more clock restoration work

Clayton County Courthouse
A recently awarded $50,000 grant will enabled restoration work to continue on historic the Clayton County Courthouse clock tower.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Clayton County has received a $50,000 Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP) state grant for continuing restoration work on the County Courthouse clock tower. The grant will be used for the upper areas of the tower. Since this is the highest part of the project, the costs escalate due to the use of tall cranes needed to get to the upper areas.
The areas in need of restoration are basically from the top of the windows on all four sides upwards, including all the roofing, wood decorative pieces, the wooden louvers, metal work and weather vane. This area has significant deterioration. Kendrick Lumber in Edgewood is donating all of the wood that will be used for this phase of the project. This donation was obtained through the efforts of Clayton County Supervisor Ray Peterson.

Tue
17
Jul

New pharmacy owners are settled in

Jennifer and Chris Clayton
Jennifer and Chris Clayton own three Northeast Iowa pharmacies, including Clayton Drug in Elkader, formerly Moser Pharmacy.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Long before Jay and Kay Moser retired last spring, companies interested in purchasing the pharmacy they’d owned and operated in Elkader for nearly 30 years approached them. But they turned down each offer preferring to wait for the right time and the right owners.

Tue
17
Jul

Clark J. Pahlas

Clark Pahlas
June 4, 1929 to July 10, 2018

Clark J. Pahlas, age 89, of Ripon, WI, came to the end of his journey on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Barrett House in Ripon.
Born on June 4, 1929, Clark was raised in Elkader, IA by his loving parents Julius and Clara Pahlas. He liked to share many fond memories of growing up in this small rural town. Upon graduating from high school, Clark spent four years in the Navy. He then married his high school sweetheart, Grace Crider. Together they moved to Yankton, SD where Clark attended Yankton College. He went on to earn a Masters of History and a Masters of Education from the University of South Dakota in Vermilion. Next stop was Rochester, MN where Clark became the Director of the Olmsted County Historical Society. The next challenge he took on was becoming the General Manager of Palmer Method Handwriting in Chicago, IL.

Tue
17
Jul

Bradley Bergan

Brad Bergan
April 11, 1964 to July 3, 2018

Bradley Francis Bergan, 54, of rural Volga, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Brad was born April 11, 1964, in Elkader to Thomas Joseph “Joe” and Phyllis Marilyn (Walz) Bergan.

Tue
17
Jul

Miya Isabella Erickson

Miya Isabella Erickson
December 29, 2003 to July 8, 2018

Miya Isabella Erickson, 14, daughter of Michael and Caroline Erickson and Amy and Walt Zehr was called home to her heavenly father on Sunday, July 8th, 2018.
Miya was born on December 29, 2003, in West Union, Iowa.  She was baptized into St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on February 1, 2004, and received her first holy communion on April 22, 2012. Miya was an incoming freshman and had attended Central Community Schools. She was active in both concert band and pep band where she played the flute and piccolo and was selected for Honor Band. Miya also participated in track, enjoyed gymnastics, was a member of the supreme honor roll and was football manager. She attended many Central sporting events supporting her brothers and cousins.  

Tue
10
Jul

Central students make contribution

Quilts of Valor
Central students created enough blocks to make three Quilts of Valor, which will be presented later this year. Central instructor Deb Walz, second of the left, got a chance to see the finished work when members of the Breezy Ridge QOV group brought the quilts to The Backstitch in Elkader. Pictured above are, from left: Sharon Harmon, Walz, Cyndy Billmeyer and Bonnie Heiberger.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Once again, Central students have proven they’re in a class by themselves by cutting and stitching together enough fabric blocks to make three Quilts of Valor, which will be presented later this year to a trio of deserving veterans.
“We felt so blessed to receive these blocks,” said Cyndy Billmeyer, Northeast Iowa QOV coordinator and a member of the Breezy Ridge QOV quilters. “Anytime we can get ready-made blocks, it makes it easier and faster to design a quilt top.”
Billmeyer added that Central is the only area school that’s participated in the effort she manages.

Tue
03
Jul

Francis has found her ‘happy place’

Jenni
Jenni Francis, owner of a new Elkader salon called A Little Off the Top, finishes a fancy braid for client Jamie Parish.

After nearly 30 years as a stylist, Jenni Francis has found her happy place. The Northeast Iowa native recently opened a hair salon on Mulberry Street, across from the Elkader Post Office. As part of refreshing the space, she turned one wall into the story of her life’s journey covering it with sayings that represent her irrepressible optimism and an “everything will be OK” attitude. One of her favorites is a Maya Angelou quote that also serves as her professional motto: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“I truly believe that,” Jenni said, “and part of feeling good is looking good. That’s where I come in.”

Tue
03
Jul

Christine Lerch

Christine Lerch
August 29, 1964 to June 22, 2018

Christine Ladawn Lerch, 53, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Through it all, she kept her faith, positive attitude, and always put her family and friends first. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, at New City Church, 5335 Midway Drive NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. A memorial service will be held there at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 9.
Christine was born August 29, 1964, the daughter of Donald and Donna (Ellis) Winn, in Tuscan, AZ. She graduated from Prairie High School in 1982, where she played softball and basketball. She continued to serve on her class reunion committee throughout the years. On May 2, 1992, she was married to Lonny Lerch in Cedar Rapids. Christine worked as a logistics manager for West Side Transport in Cedar Rapids. She was a member of New City Church in Cedar Rapids where she spent a great deal of her time volunteering.

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