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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.

Tue
12
Mar

Gustav Lutz

Gustav Lutz

Gustav R. Lutz, 85 of Elkader, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his daughter’s house under hospice care.

Gustav was born April 16, 1933, in Elkader, Iowa, to Gustav A. and Caroline A. Lutz. He received his education at Central Community School. Gustav was a golden glove boxer from the age of 12 to 14. Gustav was united in marriage to Marjorie Peterson in June 1953, and later divorced. He was united in marriage to Louise E. Phelps on June 16, 1956. He worked at the Lutz Locker and later owned the Locker until it closed in 2010.

Tue
05
Mar

Making a difference Mom helps son—and others—find jobs

Taylor Dahlquist
Taylor Dahlquist now works in a company his family launched to help find jobs for people who need employment support.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Despite a strong desire to hold down a job, Taylor Dahlquist had difficulties finding work. Prospective employers were reluctant to give him a chance to prove that a young man like him—a young man with disabilities—would be reliable, productive and capable of working without constant supervision.

Realizing that many disabled people faced a similar challenge, Taylor’s mom, Carrie, set out on a mission to find jobs for them. Taylor’s dad, Patrick, and other family members assisted her. The result was CHOICE Employment Services, a family-owned agency based in Decorah since its inception in 2012. The agency has served over 100 people, including Taylor.

Tue
26
Feb

Central project Learning to make healthier choices

Kendra Crooks, an ISU Youth Outreach employee, helps Central students Caitlin Mussman and Blake Hunt plan a balanced meal and snack.
Kendra Crooks, an ISU Youth Outreach employee, helps Central students Caitlin Mussman and Blake Hunt plan a balanced meal and snack.
Caitlin Mussman samples a tangelo
Central 4th grader Caitlin Mussman samples a tangelo. She later gave the fruit a “thumbs up.”

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Here’s something to chew on: Studies have shown that relying on fast food and “junk” food can hurt how well children do in the classroom.

Researchers at Ohio State University and the University of Texas, Austin, report a 20 percent difference in the test scores of kids with healthy diets and those with a heavy reliance on processed, salty and deep-fried foods.

That’s of significant concern to educators. So to help students make healthier decisions about meals and snacks, Central school nurse Meghan Bergan applied for and received a grant that has enabled her to do nutrition education with 4th graders.

Tue
26
Feb

Ida Mae Schultz

Ida Mae Schultz
January 20, 1925 to February 21, 2019

Ida Mae Schultz, 94, of Elkader, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Tower Living Center in Garnavillo. She was born January 20, 1925, eight miles south of Waukon in Allamakee County, Franklin Township, to Sankey and Minnie (Homan) Van Gorder. She was baptized and confirmed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. Ida Mae attended all rural schools.

She was united in marriage to Wilbur Schultz on April 19, 1944.  They had three daughters, Patsy (Mrs. Russ Belden), Shirley (Mrs. Wes Vanderiede) and Dianne (deceased.) They farmed part of their lives then she worked 8½ years as a waitress at the Pastime Café, then as checker at Dean’s and Kline’s Super Market for almost 15 years.

Ida Mae loved to dance, read and be with family, especially her grandchildren.

Tue
26
Feb

Linda Horns Kaspar

Linda Horns Kaspar
November 23, 1951 to February 13, 2019

Linda Irene Horns Kasper, 67, of Des Moines was born on November 23, 1951, in McGregor, Iowa, to William and Marianne (Ruff) Horns. She grew up in Clayton County and graduated from Central Community High School in Elkader in 1970 before moving to Des Moines to attend the American Institute of Business, where she earned a business administration degree. After an almost-20-year career with AT&T, she opened the UPS Store (originally Mail Boxes Etc.) in Beaverdale. In 2015, after 20 years as a successful small business owner, she sold the store and retired.

Tue
19
Feb

Cold realities of winter Missed school days, budget impacts

Makenzie Thorson making a snow angel
Snow days don’t seem to bother area youngsters. Makenzie Thorson, Elkader. took time last Tuesday to enjoy the near 8-inch snowfall. Makenzie’s parents are Dustin and Jaimie Thorson. Jaimie submitted the photo.
Kelly Tyer, measuring snow
According to this measurement and photo by Kelly Tyer, it snowed nearly 8 inches last Tuesday and 8 more over the weekend.
Elkader Bridge
Angie Marovets shared this photo taken at the entrance to the white water feature with the Clayton County Courthouse visible in the background.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Next year, I’m paying closer attention to the Farmer’s Almanac. I don’t know how often their long-range weather predictions have been correct since they started publishing in 1818 but they certainly nailed it this winter.

The almanac’s forecast for the current season was released August 21, 2018. It predicted “teeth chattering cold and plentiful snow” for the Midwestern states. When we made it through November, December and into early January without experiencing either, I was ready to thumb my nose at the venerable publication.

And then, January 11, 2019, happened. That’s the date of the first significant snowfall across the state—and once it started snowing, it hasn’t stopped. And as far as “teeth chattering cold” goes, well, new records were set January 29-31 when wind chills reached -62 degrees in Elkader. That shattered the old record of -47 set in January 1996.

Tue
19
Feb

Keith Kobliska

Keith Kobliska
October 11, 1931 to February 10, 2019

Keith William Kobliska, 87, of Elkader, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids surrounded by his family. He was born October 11, 1931, to John Bernard and Camilla Mae (Timmerman) Kobliska in New Hampton, Iowa. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Charles City, Iowa.

Keith married his high school sweetheart, Anita Joan “Billie” Wagner, on July 14, 1952, in Charles City. Four children were born to this union, Kathy, Cindy, Joni and David.

He worked as a cook in the family business, the Hilltop Café in Waverly, Iowa. Keith was drafted from Army Reserves and served his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. in 1955.

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