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Tue
08
Jan

Medical mission Bormann shares skills with Guatemalans

Jackie Bormann, an NIT physical therapist based in Elkader, works with a Guatemalan woman whose prosthetic leg doesn’t fit. Bormann spent a week in the country on a medical misson.
Jackie Bormann, an NIT physical therapist based in Elkader, works with a Guatemalan woman whose prosthetic leg doesn’t fit. Bormann spent a week in the country on a medical misson.
Medical mission Bormann shares skills with Guatemalans
Bormann does an assessment on a 14-year-old girl with spina bifida and severe scoliosis. She is hoping that a medical team will come and do surgeries to straighten out her back, but Bormann is unsure it will happen at this time.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The desire to help others that drew Tipton native Jackie Bormann to a career in physical therapy is also the reason she applied for a medical mission to Guatemala.

Bormann, who lives in Elkader with her husband, Jarod, and their three children, works at Central Community Hospital. She recently returned from a weeklong work trip to Latin America sponsored by her employer, Northern Iowa Therapy (NIT). NIT is the company that provides therapy services to the hospital. Bormann was one of three employees who made the trip. The spouse of one woman also participated. He helped villages figure out how to monitor chlorine levels in the new pipes of their water system.

Wed
02
Jan

Clayton County Conservation 2019 will be a year of major milestones

A rainfall simulator was one of several updates to the Nature Center displays and exhibit area at the Obsorne Conservation Center.
A rainfall simulator was one of several updates to the Nature Center displays and exhibit area at the Obsorne Conservation Center.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Clayton County Conservation will celebrate a number of milestones in 2019, including 30 years as an Iowa welcome Center (May 2) and 60 years as a conservation board (July 12). The 45th annual Heritage Days will be celebrated in October and as 2019 closes, the annual Motor Mill Bridge Lighting ceremony will honor the 150th year of the structure.

And while 2019 will be a remarkable year, the one that’s ending has been equally successful. Here’s a look at Clayton County Conservation achievements shared by Director Jenna Pollock.

Wed
26
Dec

Looking back at 2018 Local events, people dominate headlines

Christopher Reimer
Christopher Reimer, owner of Pedretti’s Bakery, is the third generation of his family to own the popular Elkader business.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Natural disasters, political scandals, a royal wedding, mid-term election surprises and the refugee crisis are some of the stories have dominated the national and international news landscape this year. Much closer to home, we celebrated the people who live here, local events, school improvements and community projects. Here’s a look back at some of those stories.

January
The Elkader City Council approved an Art on the Byways Project for Founders Park. Three Bells is the title of a metal sculpture created by Marion artist Cara Briggs Farmer. The artwork has been designed to “reflect the rolling hills of the countryside and to echo the bells of the Clayton County Courthouse and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Tue
18
Dec

All I Want for Christmas Second, third graders share Santa letters

For several years, the Register’s holiday tradition has been to share letters to Santa Claus written by Central students. This year, students in one second grade and two third grade classes participated. Their letter are published here, just as we received them. We’ve made no attempt to edit or censor.

We hope you enjoy these letters as much as we did. And many thanks to the students and teachers for helping us continue this tradition.

Mrs. Kuehl’s class
Dear Santa Claus,
What are your reindeers name? I am so excited for Christmas day! For Christmas I want to give Weston Stannard a Nintendo Switch for him. What I want is a I pod and a phone and an I phone with a rally sparkly case with water with the sparklys. Please Santa Claus.
Love Claire Orr

Dear Santa Claus,
How are your elves and reindeer? I am excited for Christmas! Can you give my mom stuff for her back and can I have a Xbox one please?
Love, Brenden Russell

Tue
11
Dec

Learning life lessons Preschool launches kindness project

Blake Hunt
Central fourth grader Blake Hunt ties a message to a sucker that was given to a fifth grader as part of the Kindness Project.
Alexis Ingles
Alexis Ingles shows the candy canes and notes Central preschoolers placed on vehicles last week.
Drake Moser, Emersyn Wiley, and Alexis Ingles
Central students Drake Moser, Emersyn Wiley, and Alexis Ingles enjoy decorating Christmas cookies during a preschool-kindergarten get-together to launch the preschool Kindness Project.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

There’s truth to the old adage, “Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.” And if you need proof, look no further than Central Schools where the very youngest students last week launched a month-long kindness project that they hope will ultimately embrace all students, faculty and staff.

“During the month of December, the students will participate in one ‘kindness’ activity daily,” explained Central preschool teacher Caroline Erickson. “We are making goodies for the school board, bus drivers, janitors, cooks, nurses, police department and fire department. And we’re filling mugs for the teachers.”

Tue
04
Dec

Meet Hollee McCormick Allamakee-Clayton REC names next GM

Meet Hollee McCormick Allamakee-Clayton REC names next GM
Hollee McCormick was recently named to succeed Paul Foxwell as General Manager at the Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative when Foxwell retires next year.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A familiar face will take over as general manager at Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative when current GM and Executive Vice President Paul Foxwell retires. The ACREC Board named Hollee McCormick to the post earlier this fall. She has been with the REC for four years as its manager of economic development and community relations.

Foxwell had high praise for the board’s decision, noting that during McCormick’s time with the REC, staff, members and Northeast Iowans in general have all benefited from McCormick’s efforts.

Wed
28
Nov

Courthouse clock tower Restored vane caps off project

Courthouse clock tower Restored vane caps off project
Present for the installation of the restored weather vane at the Clayton County Courthouse were, left to right, Roger Thomas (CCHPC), Supervisor Gary Bowden, courthouse custodian Myron Phelps, Lee Lenth (CCHPC), Betty Buchholz (CCHPC), Gary Goyette (CCHPC), Art Geisert, and John Nikolai (CCHPC).

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

It took six long years, but the final phase of the clock tower restoration project at the Clayton County Courthouse has been completed with the placing of a fully restored weather vane.

The courthouse was built in 1867-68 with an addition added in 1877-78. In 1896 a wooden clock tower was added to the structure and an E. Howard #1 striker tower clock was installed. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Preliminary studies for the restoration project began in 2012. The goal was to restore the clock and the tower to the way they were in 1896. The clock was removed for repair and restoration in 2014. Wooden hands and new numerals were put on the clock’s four faces and the original dark background was restored.

Balustrades around the widow’s walk on the tower were restored in 2016 and new wiring was installed in the tower in 2017.

Tue
20
Nov

An early Thanksgiving Teamwork results in perfect meal

Central Food Service students
Central Food Service students made an early Thanksgiving meal for themselves and a few special guests.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The holidays came early to Central School when students in Deb Walz’ Food Science class last week prepared a festive meal for themselves and a few special guests.

The menu, which was negotiated by the 21 students, included glazed ham, sour cream mashed potatoes, corn casserole, dinner rolls, salad and two kinds of pie. After determining the menu, three students walked to Wilkes to purchase the ingredients using, in part, funds from their October fundraiser.

“The students really enjoyed getting to choose the menu, as well as the recipes,” said Walz. “And, of course, they enjoyed eating the delicious food they prepared!”
And in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, they invited a few community members who were in the building for other reasons to join them.

Walz is quick to note that the meal was about more than fixing a delicious entrée and side dishes.

Wed
14
Nov

Central Community Schools First enrollment increase in 20 years

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The halls at Central are a bit more crowded this year and not just because students and staff are sharing space with construction workers. For the first time in 20-plus years, Central is able to report an increase in its student population. And though the upward tick is a modest one, Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp sees it as a harbinger of things to come.

While it was not a major increase (+5.5 students), any increase is a positive for the long term financial outlook of the school district,” Trenkamp said. “We still have a lot of work to do but these are exciting times to be a Central Warrior!”

Central’s certified enrollment now sits at 424.1 students, up from 418.6 the year before.

Wed
07
Nov

A salute to veterans Henry Lembke: A long voyage home

A salute to veterans Henry Lembke: A long voyage home

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Like thousands of other Iowa boys, Northeast Iowa native Henry Lembke registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, the date that all males between the ages of 21 and 30 were required to do so. World War I was raging in Europe, with America entering into the conflict on April 6. The Army was undergoing a massive transformation from a peacetime force to a force that would be needed to confront the enemy, and that force needed men. 

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