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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.

Tue
04
Dec

Douglas Larson

Douglas Larson
May 6, 1962 to November 26, 2018

Douglas Donald Larson, 56, of Elkader passed away on Monday November 26, 2018, at his residence. Doug was born on May 6, 1962, at Central Community Hospital of Elkader, Iowa, to Donnie and Rita (Farmer) Larson. Doug was baptized at Highland Lutheran Church and was confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ.  He attended Central Community Schools in Elkader.

Doug was married to Sue Ann Boots and to this union one daughter, Alison, was born. They were later divorced.

After high school, Doug was employed by Korte Implement in Elkader. He later started working at Auto Collision Specialists for Bud Miller and was still enjoying his work at the time of his death.

At family gatherings, Doug was considered the instigator. He loved getting all the little great nieces and nephews wound up by telling his crazy stories. They all loved him so dearly.

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.

Wed
28
Nov

LaNida Eberhardt

LaNida Eberhardt
October 15, 1924 to November 19, 2018

LaNida Minnie (Glawe) Eberhardt, 94, of Elkader, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was born October 15, 1924, at home, near Clayton Center, to Lucy (Lembke) and Lawrence Glawe. LaNida was also baptized at home on the day of her birth. Her godparents were Minnie Lembke, Lena Glawe and Elmer Glawe. She was confirmed in March of 1936, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, by Rev. Harder from St. Paul’s in Garnavillo. LaNida attended Denmark Country School and Elkader High School, graduating with the class of 1942.

She was united in marriage to LeRoy Louis Eberhardt on November 25, 1942, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clayton Center by Rev. D.A. Flesner. Three children were born to this union. Together the couple farmed, and LaNida very much enjoyed working beside LeRoy and being a farm wife. The couple moved to town on Thanksgiving, 1985.

Wed
28
Nov

John Johnstone

John Johnstone
John Johnstone

John Johnstone passed away November 23, 2018, at Elkader Care Center after a long illness. John was known for loving photography, having a dry wit and always wearing loafers. John majored in piano at Chicago Music College in the 1940’s, where he met his first wife, Joan. John had six children and two stepchildren, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During his younger years John enjoyed throwing parties for his work friends at A.C. Nielsen, smoking cigars, drinking martinis and correcting his children’s grammar. He is preceded in death by his second wife of 35 year, Yvonne (Swedo) Johnstone.  

His family would like to thank the exceptional nurses at Crossing Rivers Hospice, the caring and attentive staff at Elkader Care Center, the staff at Central Community Hospital during respite stays, and the friends he made at Kingston Court Assisted Living for caring and asking about him.

Per Mr. Johnstone’s wishes there will not be a service.

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.

Tue
20
Nov

Jacob Beeh

Jacob Beeh
June 16, 1954 to November 13, 2018

Jacob Omer Beeh passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on November 13, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospital. Jake was born in Manchester, Iowa, on June 16, 1954, to Philip and Cora Nita Beeh. On September 27, 1980, he was married to his wife of 38 years, Connie Marie (Bolsinger). Together they had three sons, Joshua (Jinna), Jason and Jared (Brandie). He also had two granddaughters who adored him, Ari and Zoe.

Jake graduated from Central Community High School in 1972. He enjoyed learning and fixing things. That helped him to be able to do a variety of work.  He spent many years working hard on the farm. He was also an exceptional welder. But he was most proud of his years as an EMT. He loved being able to help people in any way.

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
14
Nov

Susan Wilke

Susan Wilke
August 26, 1956 to October 30, 2018

Susan JoAnn Wilke, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Monona, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018, surrounded by family. Susan was born August 26, 1956, to Thomas and Mary Jo (Iverson) Wilke in Decorah, Iowa. She graduated from MFL High School with the class of 1974 and attended Luther College earning her B.A. in 1978. Throughout the years, Susan was an art teacher, owned and operated five Hallmark Stores, and currently owned and operated Ink & Stamp with Sue in Galena, Illinois.

From an early age, Susan took great pride in her role as a big sister. The four siblings shared a love of their grandma’s caramel suckers and cranberry cake, and could be brought to tears laughing over Susan’s infamous Chippewa Flowage spill on water skis.

Wed
14
Nov

Mary Reece

Mary Reece
October 3, 1933 to November 4, 2018

Mrs. Mary Rae (Don) Reece of Elkader Iowa, passed away Sunday November 4th, 2018, in her home with her loving husband of 62 years and family at her side at the age of 85. Mary Rae was the only child of Raymond George Dauber and Mary Grace (Smith) Dauber of Iowa City. Mary Rae was born on October 3rd of 1933, in New Orleans, Louisiana, where her father was a teacher and coach at Tulane University. Mary Rae and her parents moved back to Iowa City in 1945. Mary Rae studied at the University of Iowa in Liberal Arts.

Mary Rae had a passion for horses and showing that she passed on to her three daughters.

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