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Tue
19
May

Legions adjust Memorial Day activities

Local American Legion posts have either canceled or adjusted their annual Memorial Day activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elkader

The Elkader Lemke-Stendel American Legion Post #106 has traditionally remembered veterans by rendering a traditional military salute, firing rifles and playing taps publicly, at the Elkader St. Joseph and East Side Cemeteries. In addition, the American Legion Auxiliary honors all who have served by sending a wreath down the river, which ultimately flows to the sea, and places a wreath at the memorial at the Clayton County Courthouse.

Tue
19
May

Central students honored—virtually

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

In what doubled as an awards ceremony and game day, Central Community School once again hosted a virtual assembly on May 4, this time for the high school students who have braved the uncertainty of their COVID-19 futures with an admirable reverence. Led by high school principal Aaron Reinhart, it started with a message about prom. The coming of age ritual that once passed as just another night has regained significance. It’s become more than a night of teenage hi-jinx, awkward slow dancing and intrusive chaperones, but a symbol of resilience and pride in the face of coronavirus adversity. The graduating class will not be denied, so prom is tentatively scheduled for June 13 at Old School Celebrations. 

Thu
14
May

Donna Mae Starkey

Donna Mae Starkey, 79, of Luana, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Donna was born Sept. 20, 1940, to Clayton and Lucille (Glawe) O’Neal in St. Olaf. She graduated from Elkader High School and then trained for nursing.

Donna was united in marriage with Clifford Starkey on Feb. 18, 1978, in Monona.

Thu
14
May

Eunice J. Nading

Eunice J. Nading, 102, of West Union, died peacefully in her home with family by her side on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Eunice, the daughter of Arthur and Hilda (Lemke) Staack, was born on June 17, 1917, in Guttenberg. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Clayton Center. At the age of 2 years, Eunice moved with her parents to a farm near Clayton Center, where she was raised in a German community and attended Denmark Country School. During her childhood, Eunice spoke only German in her Clayton Center home and in church.

Thu
14
May

Jean Ann Dougherty

Jean Ann (nee Gavin) Dougherty of Elkader passed away peacefully at her home on May 11, 2020. She was 87 years old.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Dougherty, who passed away in December. They were married a lifetime, 66 years, having wed on Valentine’s Day in 1953. Jean was also preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Francis Gavin, sisters Dorothy Collins and Jule Hermanson, brothers Joe Gavin and William Gavin, as well as an infant son, Gerald.

Thu
14
May

Betty Larson Seitz

Betty Larson Seitz, 87, of West Union, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in West Union. Betty Elaine Larson was born in Elgin on Nov. 19, 1932, to Gladys and Ernest Larson. She received her education and graduated from the Elgin Public School. Betty was united in marriage with Earl Seitz on March 18, 1951, and lived in Elgin most of her life, moving to West Union after her husband died.  

Tue
12
May

Barker is Central's top graduate

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

For Zoe Barker, being valedictorian began as a small goal—a bucket list achievement worth striving for—but one Zoe didn’t feel was real, given the intelligence among her “amazing peers.” Having accomplished the feat through a combination of determination, hard work, resilience and family support, Zoe exuded humility in victory, accepting the honor as Central Community School’s top student of the 2020 graduating class. 

Tue
12
May

National Police Week: Seitz follows ‘community first’ approach


Elkader Police Chief Mitch Seitz, who joined the department in 2017, is fostering a community first approach. He helped build that trust at Halloween, handing out candy to local kids. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As National Police Week descends across the nation, Elkader Police Chief, the affable Mitch Seitz, sat down for an interview to discuss his journey, the state of policing and what this week means to him. 

The problem solving, community driven Seitz started his career in 2004 in New Albin, before heading off to Postville as a part of the tactical unit and a K9 handler. In 2017, he made his way to Elkader after accepting the position of police chief, a move he described as being “the best decision I ever made.” 

Fri
08
May

Leon Carl Emil Hoth

Leon Carl Emil Hoth, 84, of St. Olaf, died Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at MercyOne in Elkader. Leon was born Feb. 6, 1936, on a farm in Clayton County to Willis and Emma (Bahls) Hoth. He was baptized June 7, 1936, and confirmed on April 10, 1949, by Rev. Kitterer, at E&R Church in Elkader. Leon attended Denmark Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Elkader High School in 1954. He lived and worked all his life on the family farm at 22248 Highway 13, near St. Olaf.

Fri
08
May

Elaine Kathryn Syverson

Elaine Kathryn Syverson, 97, of Elkader, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Elkader. Elaine was born Sept. 22, 1922, to Archie and Elsie (Roeder) Martin in Clayton County. She graduated from Elkader High School and attended Elkader Junior College. She proudly joined and served in the United States Marines Women’s Reserve from July 15, 1943 to Aug. 22, 1946, being honorably discharged at the rank of technical sergeant.   

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