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Tue
28
May

Mysteries at the museum Carter House focus is murder, mayhem

Mary Lammers, LaVonne Auguston and David Burns are three Carter House Board Members responsible for this year’s Mysteries at the Museum theme. Burns is holding one of the props, a fake bloody knife.
Mary Lammers, LaVonne Auguston and David Burns are three Carter House Board Members responsible for this year’s Mysteries at the Museum theme. Burns is holding one of the props, a fake bloody knife.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

If you’re in the mood for a good mystery, the Carter House Museum in Elkader is the place to be. This year’s theme is “Mysteries at the Museum,” and it covers everything from unsolved murders to UFO sightings to a Wells Fargo heist
Board members credit their colleague Marge Costigan for inspiring this year’s special exibits. “She always has the most intriguing stories about Clayton County,” said Mary Lammers. “It just sort of grew from that.”

LaVonne Auguston gives a nod to Lammers, Barb Chandler and others for doing much of the research that was used to create storyboards about each mystery. The cards and a few props are placed in rooms throughout the 18-room Greek Revival mansion. Moving through the museum is both fun and informational.

An open house to celebrate the new season and the new theme will be held Friday, May 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served; there is a $10 admission fee.

Tue
28
May

Cletus Bissell

Cletus Bissell
June 12, 1945-May 15, 2019

Cletus Bissell was born on June 12, 1945, in Edgewood, Iowa and fell asleep in death on May 15, 2019, in Aurora, CO as a result of injuries incurred by a car accident in Meeker.

Throughout his life, Clete was an entrepreneur, making a success out of combining his personal interests with hard work, ranging from flipping homes in his 20s in Iowa, to raising a variety of birds and livestock in Colorado into his 70s. He never knew a stranger; everyone he met became and remained his friend.

Clete is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margret Bissell, his brother, Curtis Bissell and his daughter, Shawn. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, children, Kim (Cook) of Iowa, Chris (and Kristi) Dye of Oregon, Stacy (and Stuart) Grauberger of Eckert, Kody Reader, Kasey Bissell and Jade (and Taylor) Bissell of Delta, Colorado along with 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, a sister, Jane Glawe and a brother Chris Bissell of Iowa.

Tue
21
May

New gallery Works of Elkader native going on display

“Golden Fields” is one of many works by American artist Gene Sharp to be featured in a new gallery opening this weekend in Elkader. Sharp was raised in Elkader but later lived and worked in Chicago.
“Golden Fields” is one of many works by American artist Gene Sharp to be featured in a new gallery opening this weekend in Elkader. Sharp was raised in Elkader but later lived and worked in Chicago.
Lucy Sharp and her son, Alan Szech, have renovated a space in downtown Elkader into a gallery for the works of Gene Sharp, Lucy’s father and Alan’s grandfather.
Lucy Sharp and her son, Alan Szech, have renovated a space in downtown Elkader into a gallery for the works of Gene Sharp, Lucy’s father and Alan’s grandfather.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The works of an artist with ties to Clayton County have found a home here.

Gene Sharp, who was raised in Elkader and later lived and worked in Chicago, was a prolific artist who created an impressive body of work, especially watercolors. His works hang in Central State Bank, the Carter House Museum, and the Elkader Opera House.

Many of Gene’s pieces have been in storage since his death at age 79 in 2002. His daughter, Lucy, and grandson, Alan Szech, felt it was time to share Gene’s talent with others and have chosen to do so with a new gallery in downtown Elkader.

“This is really my mom’s passion,” Alan explained. “I just lit the fire and pushed it into her yard.”

The catalyzing event was Alan’s discovery in August 2018 of two watercolors sitting in his mother’s basement where they were getting damaged.

Tue
21
May

Donna Lucille Sloan

Donna Lucille Sloan
June 6, 1933—May 13, 2019

Dr. Donna Lucille Sloan died May 13, 2019 at Macomb, Illinois. She was born June 6, 1933 to W. Leroy Sloan and Leta Sloan. She graduated from Volga High School and worked several years in Elkader before attending Iowa State University where she earned her undergraduate degree.

She taught home economics in Clear Lake and Marengo, IA. Donna returned to ISU to get her master’s degree. After obtaining it, she got a position teaching textiles and clothing at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL where she taught until her retirement. During her tenure she earned a PHD from Ohio State University.

Donna was an active member of Wesley United Church and also a member of AARP, PEO and University Women. She was an avid bridge player and played Mexican dominoes. Donna had many fiends especially her best friend, her cat Oreo.

Tue
14
May

Top scholar Jenna Jansen is Central’s valedictorian

Top scholar Jenna Jansen is Central’s valedictorian
Jenna Jansen is the top graduate for Central’s Class of 2019. She will speak at commencement Sunday at 2 p.m.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The valedictorian for the Central Class of 2019 is Jenna Jansen, daughter of Jim and Joleen Jansen, rural Elkader. Jenna has attended Central since kindergarten, following in the footsteps of her two older siblings, Jessica and Jacob. Her family lives near Moto Mill on an acreage they share with their dog, Jill, and eight chickens.

It has been a Register tradition to feature Central’s top graduate. Here are answers Jenna gave to our questions.

What does it mean to you to have achieved the distinction of being named the top graduate of the Class of 2019?

It is a pretty special and rewarding feeling. My sister and brother are awesome academic role models. From them, I learned, success comes through motivation and hard work. I made it a plan to work as hard as I could throughout high school by putting the necessary work to achieve my goals.

What are your outside interests/hobbies?

Tue
14
May

Roger Fuelling

Roger Fuelling
December 17, 1935—May 7, 2019

Roger Elmer Louis Fuelling, 83, of Monona, IA, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at his home in Monona. Roger was born on December 17, 1935, near Farmersburg, to Carlton and Gretchen (Lenth) Fuelling. He was a member of the last graduating class at Farmersburg High School in 1953. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and was currently a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona.

Roger was united in marriage to Beverly Kluss on July 31, 1955 at St. Paul, Monona. To this union four children were born. The couple divorced but remained good friends until Beverly’s death in 2016.

Tue
07
May

New owners for Register Wisconsin group buys newspaper, shopper

New owners for Register Wisconsin group buys newspaper, shopper
John Ingebritsen, left, MNC of Wisconin Regional Publisher is pictured with Gary Howe, left, who last week sold his papers, including the Clayton County Register, to the Wisconsin Media Group.

The Clayton County Register is one of four newspapers purchased last week by the Morris Newspaper Corporation (MNC) of Wisconsin.

The group also purchased The Trader and the Register’s three sister papers, the Courier Press in Prairie du Chien, North Iowa Times in McGregor, and the Guttenberg Press in Guttenberg.

The acquisition was finalized Tuesday, April 30, with Gary Howe, longtime owner of Mississippi Valley Printers and publisher of the four papers. MNC, a division of Morris Multimedia, Inc. headquartered in Savannah, GA took over operations Wednesday, May 1. Howe will remain at the company as general manager of the five publications for one year until his retirement.

Tue
07
May

Mary Ann Andersen

Mary Ann Andersen

Mary Ann Andersen died Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the age of 79 at the Westview Care Center in Britt, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of her soul at St. James Catholic Church, Forest City, IA, on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:30 am. A memorial visitation will be held in Cigrand Hall, St James Church from 4:30 to 7 pm, Thursday, May 9, 2019, preceded by recitation of the Rosary led by the Knights of Columbus at 4:30 pm, with a Scripture Wake Service to follow. Visitation continues at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass.

Tue
07
May

Mary Patricia “Pat” Nus

Mary Patricia “Pat” Nus
April 13, 1927-January 13, 2019

Mary Patricia (Pat) Nus passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019. She died peacefully in her home in Cedar Park, Texas.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Taylorsville Cemetery, rural Arlington, Iowa. Family and friends will gather at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington following the graveside service for a time of fellowship. Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Arlington is assisting the family.

Pat was born April 13, 1927, in Volga, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Hazel Candee. Pat graduated from Volga High School in 1944 and went on to earn her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University in 1946. She held several teaching positions in Iowa, including Arlington and Iowa City.

Pat married Vern Nus in 1949. They were married for 62 years, until his death in 2011. She is survived by a son Jon, daughter-in-law, Judi, and step-granddaughter, Michele all of Tucson, Arizona.

Tue
30
Apr

Open season on art Students create scavenger hunt for public

This is one of the pieces that will be included in Central’s community-wide art scavenger hunt.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Central art educator Cathy Recker has re-purposed a past event into a learning opportunity for her students that has a unique community component attached to it.

Many years ago, Recker participated in a scavenger hunt at an art museum. The event stayed with her and last fall, she started thinking about a similar experience in Elkader.

“I’m very keen on both getting my student work seen outside the school and creating business partnerships,” she said. “I pitched the idea (of a scavenger hunt) to my administrators and they loved it! The Elkader community has a strong interest in hunting, so I played off that for the theme ‘Elkader Art Hunt,’”

Hunting season is May 8 through May 19. For more on the project and how the community can participate, read on.

How are my students involved?

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