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Tue
23
Oct

Meet the candidates Area voters watching two House races

Anne Osmundson (R)
Anne Osmundson (R)
Lori Egan (D)
Kayla Koether (D)
Michael Bergan (R)
Michael Bergan (R)

Clayton County voters will be paying close attention to two hotly contested Iowa State House races in the November 6 general election. In District 55, which includes the town of Elkader and a few surrounding townships, Democrat Kayla Koether is challenging Republican incumbent Michael Bergan. Democrat Lori Egan and Republican Anne Osmundson will vie for the opportunity to represent District 56, which includes most of Clayton County.
Register Editor Pam Reinig and North Iowa Times Editor Audrey Posten had an opportunity to present questions to all four candidates. Their answers follow.

Iowa House District 55

Tue
23
Oct

Maxine Johnson

Maxine Johnson
June 24, 1938 to October 10, 2018

Maxine Leah Johnson, 80, of New Hampton, Iowa, died Wednesday,  October 10, 2018 at her home in New Hampton,. Maxine was born June 24, 1938, to Donald and Marcella (Sabbann) Tayek in Linton Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. She graduated from Monona High School in 1956 and earned her degree from Upper Iowa University.

Maxine was united in marriage with John Johnson. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced. Throughout the years, Maxine was a special education teacher in Farmersburg, Iowa; secretary for Dr. Pfeiffer in McGregor, Iowa; and also worked at Community Action for many years. She was also the first woman tour guide at Spook Cave. She enjoyed making crafts, knitting and crocheting. Maxine tended a large garden and would preserve her harvests. In her spare time, she relaxed by reading and doing word search puzzles. Maxine was a 4-H member and helped with many 4-H projects.

Tue
23
Oct

Dorothy Poull

October 30,1914 to October 1, 201

 

Dorothy M. Poull, 103, of Grant’s Pass, Oregon, died Monday, October 1, 2018, at Ashley Manor in Grant’s Pass. Dorothy was born on October 30, 1914, to Edward and Ruby (Peterman) Star in Volga City, Iowa. She grew up in Volga and attended the country school in Highland Township and graduated high school in Volga in 1932. Dorothy attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, graduating in 1936. She taught school in Gaza and Greely, Iowa from 1936-39.

Tue
16
Oct

Four-way race for two Board of Supervisors seats

Dick Dinan (D)
Steve Doeppke (R)
Joleen Jansen (D)
Sharon Keehner (R)

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The upcoming retirements of Clayton County Supervisors Gary Bowden and Ron McCartney leave two open seats on that board. Four candidates are vying for the vacancies, Democrats Dick Dinan and Joleen Jansen, and Republicans Steve Doeppke and Sharon Keehner.

The two candidates with the most votes following the November 6 election will win, regardless of political affiliation. In other words, two people from the same party or one person from each party can fill the positions. Again, it all depends the final number of votes.

The Register recently contacted all four candidates with a list of questions. Their responses appear below.
Briefly tell readers about yourself (for example, where you live, family, education, career, and previous government or volunteer experience, leadership qualities including budget management and supervision of employees, and so on.)

Tue
16
Oct

Billy Butikofer

Billy Butikofer
December 31, 1940-September 30, 2018

Billy Gene Butikofer, 77, of Elkader passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. He was born December 31, 1940, in Elkader, to Walter and Lydia (Dennler) Butikofer. Bill was confirmed at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Elgin. He graduated from Elkader High School with the Class of 1958.  He served in the United States Army in Germany.

He was united in marriage to Marcia C. Metzger on October 10, 1964. They had three children.

Bill was a devoted farmer, milking dairy cows until the fall of 2001. During his early years, he enjoyed being a member of 4-H and FFA. For a time, he worked at Walch Ford; then Bill and brother Norbert operated the Sinclair gas station, both in Elkader. Bill was a loyal member of Bethany Church, American Legion, and the Farm Bureau.

Tue
16
Oct

MaryAnn Gray

MaryAnn Gray
February 12, 1932 to October 2, 2018

MaryAnn Gray, 86, of Elkader, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Elkader Care Center. MaryAnn Seeland Gray, daughter of Louis and Florence (Drallmeier) Seeland, was born February 12, 1932, in Boardman Township at her family home. She was baptized May 15, 1932, at Lutheran Lions Lutheran Church at Clayton Center, Iowa.

She went to Boardman country school through junior high and then Elkader High School where she graduated on May 21, 1950. She met Arlyn Gerald Gray through mutual friends, Merlin and Lenora Mae Anderson, and they married on December 7, 1950 at Peace Evangelical Church of Christ, Elkader. She was confirmed March 18, 1951, by Rev. Paul Kitterer, Peace Evangelical Church of Christ, Elkader.

Four children were born to this marriage, Cheryl, Jay (Lynn), Dean and Duane. MaryAnn and Arlyn raised and provided for their children on her home farm, that now is 140 years in the Seeland/Gray family.    

Tue
16
Oct

George Oliver Miller

George Oliver Miller
October 27, 1921- October 4, 2018

George Oliver Miller, 96, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.

He was born October 27, 1921, in Wadena to Adrian Lewis and Eva (Spore) Miller.

He was united in marriage to Marjorie Ann Berse on November 26, 1940. One son was born to this union. He served in the United States Army. George was the barber in Volga from 1948, retiring in 1999. He also drove school bus for Central Community Schools, Elkader from 1956-1989.

He was a member of the American Legion, enjoyed playing blackjack, pool, bowling and dancing. Making wine was a favorite pastime.

Tue
09
Oct

Betty Reeg

Betty Reeg
November 11, 1930 to October 5, 2018

Betty Reeg, 87, of Monona, Iowa, went to be with her Lord on October 5, 2018. Betty Jean was born November 11, 1930, at the McGregor Hospital to Alfred Flexman and Alice Henrietta (Carlson) Siegele. She was baptized (sponsors were Betty’s grandparents, Carl and Emma Carlson) on January 18, 1931 and confirmed September 9, 1945 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural McGregor, Iowa.
Betty attended rural McGregor schools through the eighth grade, graduating from McGregor High School in 1949. Betty then moved to Cedar Rapids to attend the Hunter Business School, after which she secured employment in Savannah, Illinois as a clerk-typist in the Ordnance Depot office. There she met her love, Carlyle Vincent Reeg, being united in marriage December 24, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Steven Carlyle and Sandra Jean.

Tue
09
Oct

Carl Wessel

Carl Wessel
June 30, 1931 to September 26, 2018

Carl Irving Wessel, 87, of Elkader passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. He was born June 30, 1931, in Wood, Iowa, to Irving John and Mildred (Brockmeyer) Wessel. He graduated from Edgewood High School in 1950.

Carl served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He received the Korean Service Medal W/1 Bronze Service Star, a Combat Infantry Badge and a United Nations Service Medal.

Tue
09
Oct

Meet Utoni Ruff Feeding Clayton County for 30 years

Utoni Ruff
Utoni Ruff, supervisor at the Clayton County Food Shelf, was recently honored for her service by the members of St. John’s Ministry, Luana and Farmersburg.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Utoni Ruff sits behind a well-worn desk that most days she’s too busy to use and surveys her modest office. Located in the basement of a church that ceased holding worship services decades ago, the rented space is clean and cluttered, cozy and cramped. The office extends into a larger room with a scarred meeting table covered with stacks of mandated paperwork. The area also has a new in-floor scale (more on that later).
Behind the office are two equally crowded rooms, the largest of which is lined with shelves where like items stacked together for ease of gathering and distributing. A few carts and piles of large grocery bags complete the décor.

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