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Tue
08
Sep

First Impressions Survey. Elkader gets high marks from visitors


Deb Stroschein, Copper Frog

Kathy Josten, Bridge Street Boutique & Gift

Janet Pries, Willow Creek

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression—and apparently Elkader’s downtown merchants don’t need one. 

According to the results of a recent survey, rolling out the welcome mat is just business as usual for shop owners and businesses located here.

Tue
08
Sep

HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Harvey Sollberger has hit another high note in a storied career as a flutist, composer and conductor. The Strawberry Point resident was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association. Given sparingly and thoughtfully since it was established in 1991, the award honors fruitful and distinguished careers like Harvey’s.

Tue
01
Sep

Meet the Candidates. 4 vying for school board seats

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, September 8, to elect Central school board members. Four candidates are running for three seats. They are NiCole Dennler, Kristin Fitzgerald, Suzy Hilgerson and Michael Whittle. There are three vacancies; Fitzgerald is running for re-election; Todd Lenth and Joleen Jansen chose not to run again.

Tue
25
Aug

Standards-Based Grading, Numbers replace letters in two classes


Central High School is testing a new grading method this year. Freshmen students will receive numbers instead of letter grades in two classes.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Central High School is joining a nationwide movement that’s redefining how student performance is evaluated. 

Tue
25
Aug

TOP HONOR FOR ELKADER

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The Iowa League of Cities has named Elkader a 2015 All-Star Community. The designation honors the town’s riverfront revitalization and Founders Park project. 

This is the first time Elkader has received the award.

Tue
18
Aug

Judging at the Clayton County Fair. A novel way to get involved with 4-H


Samuel Nemechek listens to Arnella Siggelkow as she critiques his entry in the Food & Nutrition class at the Clayton County Fair.

Megan Nemechek listens intently as a judge asks questions about her Clayton County Fair entry.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Livestock judging tends to dominate the Clayton County Fair so you might be surprised to learn that these entries are actually smaller in number than non-livestock entries. This year, more than 1,080 dogs, horses, sheep, cattle, swine and rabbits were judged. That’s an impressive figure but non-livestock entries topped that number by several hundred with judges receiving more than 1,700 submissions in categories ranging from photography to food to clothing. 

Tue
18
Aug

TOP EDUCATOR


Dale Dennler is pictured with his wife, Stephanie, at the conservation district’s awards program this past July.

Northeast Iowa native Dale Dennler is starting his 20th year as an educator at the Crestwood Campus in the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District.

He began his career at Howard-Winn shortly after graduating from Central College. 

“This was my first job. It fit well, and I’ve enjoyed it here,” he said. “This is home.”

Tue
11
Aug

Art in the Park, Get ready to roll out the welcome mat


Jewelry by local artist Leslie Gibbons is modeled above.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

The Art in the Park committee has done their part to ensure that the town’s first arts festival is a fun, memorable event, and now they’re looking to residents to do what they do so well: provide outstanding hospitality.

Tue
11
Aug

GENERAL STORE AND MUCH MORE

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

It’s called The General Store and More, and it certainly lives up to its name.  Located at 107 N. Main Street in Elkader, the business sits on the site of a building that was constructed in 1869.  It originally housed Kramer’s Meat Market from 1869 to 1923.  Sold to Alfred Frick, who also ran a meat market, the business continued to thrive until a 1959 fire gutted the building.

Tue
04
Aug

New enterprise hits all the right notes

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Offering an eclectic mix of professional services has already paid off for new business owners Naomi Tegeler Hulteng and Casey Hulteng. In addition to building a client base looking for music, photography and graphic design assistance, the couple has cleared the first hurdle to a possible $20,000 grant. They recently edged out five other companies for a regional Main Street Open 4 Business award worth $8,000. They’ll compete for the bigger prize later this month.

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