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Tue
02
Apr

Berniece Johnson

Berniece Johnson
October 16, 1923-March 25, 2019

Berniece Irene Wilhelmina (Glawe) Johnson, 95, of Elkader passed away Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. She was the daughter of Herman and Louisa (Polkow) Glawe, born on October 16, 1923, in Boardman Township in rural Elkader, Iowa. She was born and raised in Clayton County.

She was united in marriage to Orville N.T. Johnson on September 4th, 1941. Besides raising 10 children and farming with her husband, she used her love of cooking to establish two restaurants, which she owned and operated, first in Monona and then Elkader. The Cedar Rapids Gazette ranked Johnson’s Restaurant in Elkader as one of the 10 best restaurants in Eastern Iowa. In 2004, she sold it to two of her sons, and continued to help out until she was 92-years-old.

Tue
02
Apr

Kenneth Nading

Kenneth Nading
August 6, 1925-March 28, 2019

Kenneth R. (“Kenny”) Nading, 93, of rural Elkader, died Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. He was born in Littleport, IA, on August 6, 1925, to Merritt and Martha (Reick) Nading. Kenneth graduated from Littleport High School in 1943, at the age of 17. A few months later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Oakland California and Mare Island where he served as a Pharmacist Mate Second Class. Following his Honorable Discharge on August 5, 1946, he started working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he worked as a lineman. He then married Celia Robbins. They had six children. The couple later divorced.

In 1968, he married Marjorie Gentz. The couple lived in Mederville. Marjorie passed away in 2010. In 2013 he moved into the Swales Assisted Living apartments in Strawberry Point. When his health began to fail, he moved into the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home where he remained.   

Tue
02
Apr

Jerry Spykerman

Jerry Spykerman
November 1, 1942-March 24, 2019

Jerry John Spykerman, 76, Elgin, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, Iowa, following a short illness. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. at the Highland Lutheran Church, Elkader, Iowa on April 8, 2019.  

Jerry was born November 1, 1942 in Hull, Iowa, to Garret and Mable (Schlicht) Spykerman. He graduated from Sanborn High School in 1961 and in 1974 received his degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. He served in the Army National Guard from 1964-970. He spent his life in Iowa, living in Sanborn, Storm Lake, Humboldt, Ames, Muscatine, Elkader and Elgin. He worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for 34 years as a fisheries biologist, retiring in 2004. His last duty station was at Big Spring Hatchery, Elkader,.

Tue
02
Apr

Ray Williams

Ray Williams
February 21, 1939-March 27, 2019

Ray Alfred Williams, 80 of Elkader, died March 27th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center after a two-week stay. He was born February 21, 1939, to Floyd and Bertha (Willie) Williams.  

He was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Handke on December 12, 1959. Four children were born to this union. Together they made their home near Motor Mill where they farmed for many years. Ray also served in the Army before he enjoyed a lifelong career working at John Deere until his retirement. Ray loved to spend his days fishing, coon hunting, and cooking maple syrup.  He also enjoyed bluegrass festivals and traveling to National Parks to see the mountains. Above all he valued spending time in the outdoors surrounded by his family.

Tue
26
Mar

Conversations with Your Congresswoman Finkenauer makes infrastructure tour

Congresswoman Abby Finkenhauer

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Northeast Iowans last week had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer during an infrastructure-focused tour that also included small group meetings with constituents. In addition to a stop in her hometown of Dubuque and a tour of a storm-damaged school in Waterloo, Congresswoman Finkenauer spent an hour at the Guttenberg Public Library listening to concerns of residents there.

Finkenauer, who represents Iowa’s first congressional district, serves on the committee of transportation and infrastructure. Her “Conversations with Your Congresswoman” events are designed to highlight the important work being done and still needing to be done with flood mitigation and aging infrastructure.

Tue
26
Mar

Diana Kitterman

Diana Kitterman

Diana Dee (Ivey) Kitterman, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away March 17, 2019 at her home in Sioux Falls, SD with her family by her side. She was 69 years old.

Diana was born October 4, 1949 in Wichita Falls, TX to Bobby and Betty Ivey. She graduated from Burkburnett High School before going on to attend Draughon’s Business College and Alladin Beauty College.

Tue
26
Mar

Donald Storms

Donald Storms
June 16, 1942-March 19, 2019

Donald Charles Storms, Jr., 76, of Clayton Center, IA, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals surrounded by his family. He was born on June 16, 1942 in Richland Center, WI, the son of Donald Sr. and Norma Storms. Don grew up in the Richland Center area where he attended the Pleasant Hill Country School through 8th grade and graduated from the Muscoda Public High School in 1960. On January 18, 1975, Don was united in marriage with Jean Stroschein in Richland Center.  
For many years Don worked in the agriculture industry in the area of genetic engineering for Tri-State Breeders and Select Sires. He also worked for Dairy Herd Improvement Association as DHIA supervisor. He enjoyed helping farmers with their dairy herd production needs but even more than that he loved and considered all his herd owners/families an extension of his own family.

Tue
19
Mar

MEET CENTRAL’S GEOGRAPHY WHIZ

MEET CENTRAL’S GEOGRAPHY WHIZ
Central 8th grader Olivia White has qualified for the next level of competition in National Geographic’s annual GeoBee.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

It’s not unusual for Olivia White to stop mid-paragraph when reading a novel and turn to a map to locate a village or country mentioned in her book. Neither is it unusual for her to research the traditions and lifestyles of people she’s reading about.

“Did you know there are people who drink curdled horse milk?” she asked. “I read about it so I checked it out just to be sure. Yup, there are people in Central Asia who really like that sort of thing.

A bright, articulate and engaging 8th grader at Central Middle School, Olivia’s vast knowledge of all things related to geography is paying off. She and her parents, Bernie and Melodie White of Volga, recently learned that Olivia is a semi-finalist in the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which will be held at the University of Northern Iowa on March 29.

Tue
19
Mar

John Hoth

John Hoth
January 21, 1935-March 9, 2019

John E. Hoth, 84, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Garnavillo, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019, at his residence. He was born January 21, 1935, in Read Township, to Edward and Viola (Schlitzer) Hoth. He was owner of a transportation trucking business that began in Garnavillo and then Cedar Rapids for many years. John lived for working and trucking.

He is survived by his daughter, Robyn (Mark Huston) Michael of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Tina (Jeremy) Powers, Angie Happel and Brad Hoth; 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaNida Landt and Ivanelle Henning; sister-in-law, Ivanelle Hoth; many nieces, nephews and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Bobbie Joseph; brothers, Harry, Duane (JoAnn) Hoth and Harold (Rachel) Hoth.

Tue
12
Mar

Taking a stand NE Iowans make their opinions known

Hundreds showed up in Des Moines last week to share their opinions on a bill that would prevent state funds from being used for land acquisitions.
Hundreds showed up in Des Moines last week to share their opinions on a bill that would prevent state funds from being used for land acquisitions.

Dozens of Northeast Iowans were among the hundreds of conservation-minded people who last week descended on Des Moines to voice their disapproval of proposed changes to policies overseeing public land acquisition. Specifically, they were there to oppose two bills calling for changes in the way local conservation boards and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources acquire and use land.

Representatives from Allamakee, Winneshiek, Fayette and Clayton counties traveled together by bus to the Iowa State Capitol Building. According to Clayton County Conservation Board Director Jenna Pollock, who made the trip, there were comments from participants that the only time they get up that early is to go hunting or fishing or check on the cows calving.  
The two bills that motivated the trip were House File 542 and Senate Study Bill 1221.

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