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Tue
21
Apr

Deputy Leaving

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

There will soon be a new deputy sheriff in town.

Clayton County Deputy Sheriff Michael Aschinger has resigned his position effective April 25.  He and his family, which includes his wife, April, and their children Autumn, 5, Bria, 3, and James, 1, are moving to Utah. Aschinger will continue his law enforcement career there.

Wed
15
Apr

School start date. New law: No classes before August 23

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

The school start date debate is over.

Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill Friday afternoon setting August 23 as the earliest date that school can start in Iowa. Branstad described the bill as a compromise that will resolve the issue for the long term.

Wed
15
Apr

MEET FATHER ALBERT HOCK

 

By Jean Marie Hall

Freelance Writer

 

When I was first asked to do a story on Pastor Albert L. Hock, I thought it would be a fun and easy story to do. On a notepad I wrote inane questions like “when did you become a pastor? Where? Name some of the places to which you’ve been assigned. What was the funniest incident you can recall as a preacher?”

Tue
07
Apr

Art in the Park Festival planning is underway


Showing their bling are Art in the Park organizers. Kris Grover, Kate Chandler, Jillian Herrmann and Leslie Gibbons.

Art in the Park planning committee members are, from left: Kris Grover, Kate Chandler, Leslie Gibbons, Jillian Herrmann and Shannon Durbin.

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Five local artists have been working since last August on something they hope will become a signature event for Elkader. The women are planning an “Art in the Park” weekend August 22 and 23 in Founders Park. 

Tue
07
Apr

25 years of fishing fun

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

An event that started several years ago as a joke has become an Elkader fixture. 

The Redhorse Fisheree, which celebrates its 25th year in May, was lightheartedly suggested by a small group of local people in response to a big bass fishing tournament.

Tue
31
Mar

Acting out, Couple share professional experience

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

For Nika Tipsword, returning to Northeast Iowa has been a double homecoming: She’s living again in her hometown, Guttenberg, and she’s re-engaged with the Opera House Players, the theater group that years ago sparked an interest in the stage, an interest that’s become her life’s work.

Tue
31
Mar

JUST FOR FUN

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The custom of setting aside a day for playing harmless pranks on family, friends and co-workers stretches back to the Middle Ages. References to it can be found in most cultures. Since the mid-20th century, elaborate practical jokes have be printed in newspapers and broadcast on TV and radio. Computer technology, especially the Internet, has made it possible to fool and embarrass a wider audience than ever before.

Tue
24
Mar

A day in the life: Representative relishes new role

 

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Editor’s note: This is the second in a new “day in the life of” series. We launched the series in February with Representative Patti Ruff who shared a specific day with readers. Today, Representative Darrel Branhagen takes a broader look at his time.

Tue
24
Mar

FAMILY AFFAIR

 

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

The day-to-day operation of Drew’s Sports Bar & Grille is definitely a family affair.  Owner Andrew “Drew” Armstrong, his wife, Kara, sister, Chelsea, and mother, Annie, all work at the popular bar and restaurant, located at 203 South Main Street in Elkader.

Wed
18
Mar

Senator Ernst addresses ag issues


During the 2014 campaign season, Joni Ernst traveled to all 99 Iowa counties as part of her “Iowa Knows Best” tour, talking to dozens of farmers during her stops.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

When plans were being made for our annual Farm and Field special section, I contacted U.S. Senator Joni Ernst through her press office with a list of ag-related questions. I’m pleased to share her answers here instead of the special section. Our Farm and Field section is inserted in this week’s Trader. Copies are also available at the Register office.
 

Register: The Iowa Legislature just passed legislation to help with revenue for needed road and bridge repairs in rural Iowa. Do you see any additional federal funding help coming as well?
 

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