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Tue
11
Jul

Building fences Area farmers help with wildfire losses


A replacement post standing next to a burned one gives perspective to the damage done by recent wildfires.

These three past presidents of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, pictured left to right, are Ron McCartney, Gunder; Doran Zumbach, Coggon (organizer of trip); and Tim Burrack, Arlington, recently traveled to Kansas to do fence-repair work.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

“Farmers help farmers.”

With just three words, Clayton County Supervisor Ron McCartney summed up the motivation behind an Iowa-based humanitarian effort to help an Oklahoma rancher devastated by spring wildfires.

Tue
11
Jul

FATHER PETERS ENDS CHURCH CAREER


Father Peters is shown with the Sisters of the Presentation who were instrumental in developing his love of music.

Editor’s note: Father Paul Peters celebrated his final mass on June 25, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elkader, capping off a career that covered nearly six decades. Lori Keppler shared his story.

Father Paul Peters was born October 18, 1936, in Fairbank, Iowa to Leo and Vera (Preble) Peters. If you have been to Elkader for St. Patrick’s Day in recent years you may have been able to enjoy his musical talent during the annual celebration. That is just one event that he has blessed us with his musical flair. 

Tue
11
Jul

Marion “Swede” Hjelmeng

Marion “Swede” Dale Hjelmeng, 90, of Elkader, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. Swede was born June 10, 1927, in West Union, to Sverre and Elva (Oleson) Hjelmeng. He attended school in West Union and Elkader and, after a year in the United States Navy, he went to Elkader Junior College for one year. On November 6, 1948, he was married to Lois Larson at Norway Lutheran Church.

Swede was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 37 years. He then worked for AT&T for one year, retiring in 1984. Following his retirement, he was self-employed with his own telephone service company until April 1, 2003.

Wed
05
Jul

Doll restoration Resident brings business to Elkader


Doll restorer Cathryn Chancellor is pictured with one of her favorites, a sassy Gibson Girl-style doll.

These two projects are at various stages of restoration. Cathryn, who recently relocated to Elkader, works on everything from antiques to American Girl Dolls.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

There are several restoration projects underway at the stately Victorian house at 102 High Street, Elkader. There’s work on the house itself to return it to its 1913 splendor and then there’s work on the dozens of dolls entrusted to the care one of the property’s new owners, Cathryn Chancellor.

Wed
05
Jul

SWEET CORN DAYS HAS NEW LEADERSHIP

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

With July 4 behind us, it’s time to look forward to Elkader’s next big event: Sweet Corn Days.

Tue
27
Jun

Local officials weigh in - Area towns say “no” to fireworks

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

If you’re thinking about using fireworks to add some extra spark to your July 4th celebration, think again.

Tue
27
Jun

HOSPITALS AT RISK?

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The closely held Republican healthcare plan, released last week, could have a devastating impact on the future of rural hospitals like Central Community Hospital in Elkader and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg. That’s because the plan proposed deep cuts to Medicaid, which threatens the ability of smaller hospitals to provide care to rural residents.

Tue
27
Jun

LaVern Kuehl

LaVern Joseph “Mac” Kuehl, 95, Elkport, Iowa died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Regional Medical Center, Manchester, Iowa. Mac was born on October 7, 1921, rural Elkport, Iowa to John and Clara (Horstman) Kuehl Sr. He graduated from Elkport High School with the class of 1938.

Mac was united in marriage to Cora Mae Stocks on December 20, 1944, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Elkport, Iowa. Two children were born to this union. Mac farmed for many years until his retirement at which time he did carpentry work. 

Wed
21
Jun

Blueberry Hill - Sibling rivalry leads to business venture


Keith Ashline, Littleport, stands amidst more than 700 blueberry bushes he’s planted since 2012. Each bush yields about five pounds of fruit.

Ashline’s blueberries are still green and hard but lush, ripened fruit will be available for picking in early July. Ashline is one of the state’s few blueberry farmers.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

You’re never too old to engage in some good-natured sibling rivalry. Just ask Keith Ashline. 

Wed
21
Jun

SOME STUDENTS NEED IMMUNIZATION

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Though the last day of school is still fresh in most parents’ minds, here’s something to remember before the first day of classes rolls around in August: Students entering 7th and 12th grades need a meningococcal vaccine. 

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