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Tue
05
Jan

Elkader Council discusses ongoing bridge, Carter Street projects

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Elkader City Council had money on its mind at its Dec. 28 meeting, as ongoing projects and a request from public works added to the financial stress of improving Elkader. 

First, the council received an update on the Keystone Bridge Rehabilitation, a project that currently costs over $295,000—an overall cost that is far higher than initial estimates. There are numerous explanations for why this has occurred. 

Tue
05
Jan

Justin Birdnow taking over ownership of Monona dealership


Justin Birdnow, who came to Monona four years ago in order to work at Birdnow Chevrolet full time, is now buying the store from his family. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Birdnow Chevrolet has been a Monona staple for nearly two decades, since the Birdnow family bought out Huinker’s Chevrolet in 2003. Four years ago, Justin Birdnow moved to Monona with his wife and three daughters in order to work at the dealership full time.

“We knew we needed to do that because we wanted to be a bigger part of the community,” he said. “And we’re very glad to be here. I’ll never forget how open and friendly people have been, from church to the business, just everywhere. People here have always welcomed us.”

Now, Justin is cementing that commitment to the community, and buying the store from his family.

Tue
05
Jan

Reinhart's art inspired by nature


Central freshman Leah Reinhart is the school’s Feature Artist of the Month. The young artist is often inspired by nature, like with the big fish, which is her favorite piece. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“I thought everyone was joking.” 

That’s what freshman Leah Reinhart said when she found out she’d been selected as Central’s Featured Artist of the Month. 

The young artist is often inspired by music, feelings and her surroundings, especially nature. Or just whatever feels right in the moment. 

It’s a creative process that doesn’t necessarily have a plan, but produces soulful results—like the big fish, which is her favorite piece. A time-consuming piece of work, it required innumerable attention to detail during the cutting process because Reinhart wanted to make sure everything was precise. It also taught her a valuable life lesson.

Tue
05
Jan

Central board discusses logistics of wrestling meet

By Pam Reinig, Times-Register

The Central Community School Board covered a number of housekeeping items at the last meeting of the calendar year. The meeting was held Dec. 21, with both in-person and Zoom participation.

Following unanimous approval of the consent agenda, there was a presentation by members of the seventh and eighth grade classes on a possible lock-in for March 19 and 20. The event, if approved, will be funded with some of the proceeds from the ongoing can redemption effort coordinated by Central students.

Tue
05
Jan

Warriors win matches, but lose duals at Central tournament


Nate Shirbroun (170 pounds) took on Isaac Taylor of Waterloo, winning the match via 9-7 decision and earning three of the nine Central points in the dual. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

At 120 pounds, Daniel Royer (top) pinned Sam Cook from East Buchanan in 1:55.

Nick Deitchler took on Reese Talaska of Waterloo in the 126-pound match, losing by a 6-2 decision.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Despite winning a fair amount of wrestling matches, it was forfeits that sent the Warriors to a 1-4 record at the Central Round Robin Dual Tournament this past weekend. 

Although the team showed great progress and competitive resolve, it started out flat footed against Cascade, losing 66-12. It was the only lopsided match-up for the Warriors, as they lost all four wrestling matches via pin, and only secured 12 points from Cascade forfeits.

Tue
05
Jan

Bruce A. 'Wyatt' Richardson

Bruce A. “Wyatt” Richardson, 55, Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. He was born on Jan. 11, 1965, in Prairie du Chien, Wis., to William and Mary Elgens Ames Richardson. 

On Aug. 23, 1986, Bruce was united in marriage with Teresa Marie Eilers at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Bruce was an avid family man and a great outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a NASCAR enthusiast. Bruce was a member of the Bridgeport Fire Department for 32 years and the Eastman Fire Department for five years. He worked at Gencor Bituma for 30 years as a welder and supervisor. Bruce had excellent work ethics and was always there to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors. Bruce will be sadly missed by family and his best friend, Jim Lessard.

Tue
05
Jan

Rosemary T. Engelhardt

Rosemary Teresa Engelhardt, 72, Elkader, died of COVID-19, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at MercyOne Dubuque. Private graveside services will be held with a public memorial service to be held at a later date.

She was born Jan. 14, 1948, in Independence, to Francis and Clara (DePaepe) Toale.

She graduated from St. John High School, Independence, and later Gates Business College, Waterloo. She worked for a time at the Waterloo Public Library.

Tue
05
Jan

Marion E. Moses

Marion Elizabeth Moses, age 84, of Garnavillo, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at MercyOne Elkader Medical Center after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma (brain cancer). She was born on Dec. 25, 1936, the daughter of Leander (Tommy) and Anna (Berns) Stroschein.

Marion received her education and graduated from the St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Garnavillo. On Sept. 5, 1957, Marion was united in marriage with Darwin Moses at St. Joseph’s Church in Garnavillo. Together, the couple owned and operated the Kist Bottling Company where Marion was known as the Pop Lady. Marion also worked as a line server at the casino in Marquette. 

Thu
31
Dec

Donna L. Tenhoff

Donna Lee (Behrends) Tenhoff, 72, left her earthly home on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, due to complications from COPD. She was born on July 21, 1948, in Monticello, the daughter of Glenn and Bernice (Wenger) Behrends. Donna worked for several area Manchester businesses and retired from Rockwell Collins in Manchester after 23 years of employment. 

Tue
29
Dec

Eldon F. Rahmiller

Eldon Frank Rahmiller, 77, of Iowa Falls, passed away peacefully on Dec. 25, 2020, surrounded by family while under hospice care. Eldon, son of Howard and Vera Oldfather Rahmiller, was born on Oct. 18, 1943, in Oelwein. He spent his childhood in Volga, and graduated from Volga High School in 1961. On Dec. 26, 1966, Eldon and Gayle Peterson were married at the First Baptist Church in Cresco. They had two sons, Ryan and Brad.

Eldon earned a Purple Heart while serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Later, he graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree in education. He joined the Ellsworth Community College faculty in Iowa Falls as the media specialist until retirement in 2001.

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