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Tue
09
May

“Connecting Communities” Area schools collaborate on book


This old house near Elgin is one of several contributions to a collaborative project. The photo was taken by Central student Megan Glawe.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Picture this: A collaborative project that uses the work of student photojournalists to unite the communities served by five Northeast Iowa schools. 

Tue
09
May

FIRE DEPARTMENT GETS DONATION FOR NEW RESCUE SUIT


Elkader Fire Chief Scott Marmann, third from left, accepts a donation from PeopleService. Three employees of the company were on hand at the presentation: Kim Werger, Dennis White, and Jared Burkle. The money will be used to help purchase a new water rescue suit.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

There’s an ironic twist to a donation given last week to the Elkader Fire Department in honor of a recent daring rescue: The gift came from a company that employs two of the people involved in the heroic effort.

Tue
02
May

“Drill Sergeant” Finley - Keeping fitness class on their toes

They call her the “drill sergeant.”

While this certainly gives you a bold first impression, Diane Finley doesn’t consider herself much of an expert in combat training or any other strenuous activity.

Finley leads a workout class called Fit & Flex at the Elkader Fitness Center. The class has a loyal following of about 30 women, ages 60 to 87.

Tue
02
May

COUPLE “SOLD” ON REALTY CAREER


Tom and Michelle Gifford have recently re-entered the real estate field.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Tom and Michelle Gifford have brought their careers full circle.

Tue
25
Apr

“UPS Bill” retiring Popular delivery man signing off


Popular UPS driver Bill Theisen is retiring this week.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Some people are so recognizable that all you need to mention is a single name and everyone knows whom you’re talking about. 

Adele. Gandhi. Oprah. Michelangelo—you get the idea.

Tue
25
Apr

MEET POLICE CHIEF MITCH SEITZ


Elkader’s new police chief Mitch Seitz spent time last week getting to know some of the town’s youngest residents.

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

Mitch Seitz, who was hired last month as Elkader’s new police chief, is now on the job. Seitz assumed his new duties April 17.

Born in West Union, Seitz currently lives in Postville with his wife, Brittni, and the couple’s nine-year-old son, Carter. The family plans to move to Elkader soon.

Tue
18
Apr

New ordinance for off-road

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance that allows off-road utility vehicles to operate on county gravel roads, except level C roadways.  A person can also operate a vehicle on a paved county road only so far as to reach a permissable county gravel road. The ordinance does not apply to all-terrain vehicles.

Tue
18
Apr

Gift of sight - Donation benefits Algerian resident


Jeff Werger, who died last June, lived in Garnavillo with his daughter, Jayda, and wife, Jessica. Jeff was an organ donor; one of his corneas went to an Algerian citizen.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Nearly 5,000 miles from Elkader in the North African sovereign state of Algeria lives someone with a unique connection to Northeast Iowa. All that is known about the person is this: He or she has received a priceless gift from a Clayton County husband and father. It was a gift the man had hoped to delay giving for several years but was nonetheless prepared to offer when the time came.

Tue
11
Apr

Volga is first in county to have junior firefighters


Members of the Volga Junior Firefighters are, from left: Joe Whittle, William Christeleit, Cole Deitchler, Jon Whittle, and Tom Whittle

By Kim Hurley

Freelance Writer

 

Many little boys play firemen, mimicking their grandfathers, dads, and uncles who are “real-life” firefighters. . .true heroes who do not hesitate to put themselves in danger to save the lives of others. The Volga Community Fire Department (VCFD) has made it possible for local teenagers to get an early start in following their heroes’ footsteps.

Tue
11
Apr

Firefighters save two from sinking truck


An exhausted Caleb Shea stands on shore while Robby Wemark secures a boat used in last week’s rescue. Both are members of Elkader’s all-volunteer Fire Department.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

T

he heroic actions of area law enforcement and local rescue personnel last week saved the lives of two Northeast Iowans.

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