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Tue
25
Jun

Central School update Construction project is moving along

Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp stands in the still-to-be-completed high school media center to show the expansive view students will have from the new area.
Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp stands in the still-to-be-completed high school media center to show the expansive view students will have from the new area.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Students and teachers might be gone but work continues at Central Schools, where a $6 million capital improvements project is ahead of schedule and right on budget.

“Hopefully, the whole project will be done by the beginning of the school year,” said Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp. “There’s a lot of work to accomplish this summer but if it can be done it puts a three-year project done in two—and as of today, right on budget!”

Trenkamp gives all of the credit to Larson Construction, who he says has worked diligently to find cost-effective solutions to unforeseen problems like walls hidden behind other walls, which has happened more that a few times.
“With a building that has been pieced together over a long period of time, we have run into many unexpected circumstances,” Trenkamp added.

Tue
25
Jun

Charlene Culbertson

Charlene Culbertson
April 28, 1938-June 15, 2019

Charlene Culbertson, 81, of Elkader, Iowa formerly of Vinton, Iowa died Saturday, June 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. Charlene was born April 28, 1938, to Leon and Vera Meredith in Vinton, Iowa.

Charlene was united in marriage with Cletus Schoeberl in 1958. To this union two children were born, Lynne and Kent. After Cletus passed away, she married Glenn “Mick” Culbertson in 1970. They later divorced.  Charlene was employed at State Bank of Vinton for 30 years. After retirement, she worked at Wal-Mart. In 2002, Charlene moved to Elkader and continued working part-time. On April 3, 2019, she moved into Edgewood Convalescent Home. Charlene enjoyed helping people and loved to watch her grandson, Lane show horses and play football.

Charlene is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lynne (Schoeberl) and John McGreal of Strawberry Point, Iowa; grandson, Lane McGreal of Strawberry Point, Iowa; and one brother, Charles Meredith of Vinton, Iowa.

Tue
25
Jun

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp
July 6, 1933-June 17, 2019

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp, 85, of Independence, IA died Monday, June 17, 2019 at Lexington Estates in Independence, IA.

Tue
25
Jun

Robert “Bob” Walke

Robert “Bob” Walke
January 6, 1942-June 19, 2019

Robert “Bob” Walke, 77, of Guttenberg, IA, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019. He was born on January 6, 1942, in Communia, IA, the son of Kenneth and Eunice (Zittergruen) Walke. 

Bob was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. He graduated from the Guttenberg High School and furthered his education at Wartburg College. For many years Bob tilled the land on his family’s farm outside of Guttenberg until his retirement. 

Tue
18
Jun

Elkader’s Farmers’ Market Two locations grow from disagreement

Dawn Amundson has decided to stay with the city-supported Farmers’ Market that moved this spring to Founders Park, Elkader.
Angela Keppler moved from downtown to a spot on Highway 13 at the Fast Tak gas station and convenience store.
Angela Keppler moved from downtown to a spot on Highway 13 at the Fast Tak gas station and convenience store.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Growing concern over changes to the Elkader Farmers’ Market has resulted in a second location for purchasing produce, baked goods and other items. And while it may not be ideal, vendors and customers alike say they are making the best of the situation.
“I miss being on the corner and all of the activity we had there,” said Dawn Amundson, who is selling farm fresh eggs and crafts from the new city-supported location in Founders Park. “I think people, especially visitors to town, saw us on their way to the bakery and stopped for that reason.”

Amanda Keppler, a long-time Farmers’ Market vendor, also had concerns about the new location. She decided to start a second market located north of Elkader on Highway 13 in a wide grassy patch off the Fast Trak parking lot.

Tue
18
Jun

Viola Mae Dennler

Viola Mae Dennler
October 17, 1938-June 6, 2019

Viola Mae Dennler, 80 of Volga, died Thursday June 6th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center.

Viola was born October 17, 1938, at Coggan, Iowa. She was the daughter of Raymond and Lela (Grapes) Schanbeck. She received her education graduating from the Dundee High School. On January 11, 1959, she was united in marriage to Virgil Dennler at the United Methodist Church at Masonville, Iowa. After raising her family, Viola worked at the filling station in Volga, Norby’s and volunteered at the Elkader elementary school and Osborne Visitors Center. She was a member of the Chit-Chat Club and a member of the Ladies Circle at Peace Church.

Tue
18
Jun

Angela Elaine Gyorko

Angela Elaine Gyorko
February 24, 1959-June 4, 2019

Angela Elaine Gyorko, 60, of Hawkeye, passed away, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at her home in Hawkeye.

A Celebration of Life was held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Tue
18
Jun

Betty Ione Puffett

Betty Ione Puffett
October 24, 1930-June 5, 2019

Betty Ione Puffett, 88, of Volga , Iowa, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on October 24, 1930, in Oelwein, the daughter of Glen and Beulah (Sloan) Oldfather, Betty attended country school and went to Volga School until she graduated with the Class of 1948. She received her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa.

Betty was united in marriage to Melvyn Wayne Puffett on December 30, 1950. They adopted a daughter, Artella, on July 21, 1955. Together they made their home in Volga.

Betty was an active member of the Volga United Methodist Church. She was president of the United Methodist Women, taught adult Sunday school, and children’s Sunday school. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 55 years.
Betty owned Puffett and Scotty Upholstery shop for many years, clerked many sales for her husband and worked at the Volga Opera House until May 1999.

Tue
18
Jun

Kevin Robert Dennler

Kevin Robert Dennler
April 24, 1959-June 5, 2019

Kevin Robert Dennler, 60, of Elkader, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Elkader. He was born April 24, 1959, in West Union, Iowa to Robert (Bob) and Jane (Neylan) Dennler.  Kevin attended Central Community High School and graduated in 1978. He was baptized, received his first communion, and was confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader.

Kevin lived his entire life on the family farm and was a part of the land. As soon as Kevin was old enough to help, he was out working on the farm alongside his best friend and mentor; his father. Kevin would rather be on a tractor doing field work than anywhere else. When he was not farming, he could often be found working on equipment and numerous projects. Even though Kevin did not attend any type of training, his mechanical and carpentry skills were exceptional along with a deep pride in his work and the quality with which it was completed.

Tue
11
Jun

Business Spotlight Restaurant owner nabs two top awards

Business Spotlight Restaurant owner nabs two top awards
Matt McClane, owner of the Clayton Lighthouse, received this award from the Clayton County Dairy Promotion Board as well as another top award from the Clayton County Cattlemen.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

It’s been a banner 16 months for Matt McClane. The Guttenberg man opened the Clayton Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar in March 2018. Since then he has earned top awards from two commodity groups: Last fall, he received the Golden Steak Knife Award from the Clayton County Cattlemen and in April, he was the recipient of the Dairy Best Award from the Clayton County Dairy Promotion Board.

Though the Lighthouse is McClane’s first restaurant, he’s no stranger to the hospitality business.

“My parents ran the Stadium Bar and Grill for 15 years while I was in school, and that’s what sparked the interest in opening a restaurant of my own,” McClane said. “I had been looking for an opportunity for a few years and when the Lighthouse came up for sale I knew it was the perfect project for me.”

The restaurant had been closed for a number of years so the first order of business was general clean

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