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Mon
27
Apr

Craig Alan Ruegnitz

Craig Alan Ruegnitz, 64, of Elkport, IA, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on August 24, 1955, in Edgewood IA, the son of Gene and Jean (Tinkey) Ruegnitz.

Tue
21
Apr

Lifting spirits with inspiring messages


Norah Harbaugh, 4, daughter of Andrea and Eric Harbaugh, Edgewood, shows one of the signs made by Kendrick Products to boost spirits during the current pandemic.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

What do you get when you cross a graphic designer with a production manager both of whom committed to making people smile during this uncertain time? You get a series of creative yard signs with messages reminding people to stay strong, wash their hands and think positive thoughts.

The signs are the brainchild of Kerra Boriskey, production manager at Kendrick Home and Shimleee, both located in Edgewood.

“I wanted to do something that would encourage people to feel hopeful and make them laugh at a time when many are feeling scared or uncertain,” explained Boriskey. “Morgan Dams, a member of our Kendrick Home design and sales team, had an idea of printing designs on yard signs and putting them up throughout the community.”

Tue
21
Apr

Positive COVID-19 cases at 3,159

As the Register went to press, the Iowa Department of Public Health was reporting 3,159 positive cases of COVID-19.  Almost 22,600 people have tested negative.  The total number of deaths attributed to the virus is 79.  IDPH updates their figures daily on their website  Clayton County has reported 7 positive cases and 1 death.  The Clayton County figures have not changed since April 11.  214 Iowans were hospitalized as of press time, 91 in an ICU unit and 58 on ventilatiors.  The state has 4,402 hospital beds, 552 ICU beds, and 691 ventilators.

Tue
21
Apr

Pews are full at Elgin Church


The pews at Illyria Community Church, Elgin are filled with self-portraits of congregation members. Photo by Mark Reinig

 

By Pam Reinig

Although churches have been closed since late March I have “seen” the members of my congregation weekly—and not once have we defied the governor’s order prohibiting large gatherings.

            I am pastor of Illyria Community Church in Elgin, which is home to some of the area’s most caring and clever people. I’ve been live streaming our Sunday services and mid-week Christian Ed class for four weeks as part of our commitment to stay connected even as COVID-19 keeps us apart.

Tue
21
Apr

Beverly J. Kelly

     Beverly J. Kelly, 86, of Prairie du Chien, WI, formerly of Elkader, IA died Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa.

     Surviving Beverly is her grandson, Scott (Becky) Kelly of Guttenberg, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Alisha, Trevor, Dustin and Kayla. Bev was preceded in death by her husband, Alto Kelly; her two children, Deborah Kelly and Randy Kelly; her parents, Earl and Mildred Sterling and her special aunt Esther Goering.

Mon
13
Apr

A sign for the times


A sign for the times

Ketaki Poyekar, Elkader, created a colorful yard sign to acknowledge the efforts of healthcare workers, postal carriers, law enforcement personnel, grocery store employees and others working on the frontlines during the COVID pandemic.  The initial run of 40 yard signs sold out immediately.  Coffee mugs are also available.

Register Photo by Pam Reinig

 

 

Mon
13
Apr

Central gears up for continuous learning

By Pam Reinig, Register Editor

With Central Schools closed through April 30 and its students hunkered down at home, reading specialist Liz Tuecke has turned to video clips to keep kindergartners and first graders from falling behind. The energetic and creative Tuecke has already posted several videos using a fence line, an office chair, and even her collection of reading glasses as props. Assisting in her productions are her husband, Joe, who uses his smart phone to film the videos, and her Central colleague Jarod Bormann, who’s done some editing.

“In the time we’ve been out of school, I’ve taped 12 videos and have plans to tape 12 more,” said Tuecke. “They’ve intentionally been kept short so students can view them for quick review and move on, or visit them over and over.”

Mon
13
Apr

Helen Margaret Jennings


Helen Jennings

Helen Margaret Jennings, 88, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Garber, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Manchester.

She was born on September 16, 1931, in Colesburg,  Helen was raised in rural Colesburg and was a graduate of Colesburg High School.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 67 years, Clyde.

Survivors include her two children, Edwin (Tina) Jennings of Strawberry Point and Jean Vorwald of Manchester; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Jean Vorwald, 612 Tanglewood Drive, Manchester, Iowa 52057, to be donated to the many organizations that Helen worked with over the years.

Thu
09
Apr

Marvin Vernon Kuehl


Marvin Vernon Kuehl

 

Marvin Vernon Kuehl, 77, of McGregor, Iowa. passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Marvin was born March 28, 1943 to Edward & Phyllis (Wikan) Kuehl on the family farm, Highland Township, Clayton County, rural Elkader Iowa. Marvin attended Boland County School and graduated from Central Community High School in 1960.

Memorials may be made to Mc Gregor E.M.T. Service, Prairie du Chien Ambulance and Roger Kuehl P.O. Box 273 Garnavillo, Iowa 52049-0273.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time. There will be a private celebration of Marvin's life at a later date.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor, Iowa is assisting the family.

Tue
07
Apr

Retooling to make protective devices


Fire Farm owner Adam Pollock wears the face shield he has designed for mass production.

By Pam Reinig, Register Editor

An Elkader business is shifting gears to make equipment to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Fire Farm Lighting, a custom lighting design and manufacturing company, is ramping up to make intubation boxes and face shields for use by frontline healthcare workers and others who are at high risk for exposure to the virus. The design, development and approval process took less than a week to accomplish.

“For the intubation boxes, we’ve formed a partnership with Cope Plastics out of Cedar Rapids,” said Fire Farm owner Adam Pollock. “They’ll take orders and provide materials, and we’ll deliver the finished product.”

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