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Tue
28
Jan

Clayton County Register readers share favorite winter photos


Carol Swenson submitted this photo of Marion Lutheran Church, Gunder, just visible through snow-covered trees.
Tue
28
Jan

No place like home for entrepreneurs


Stephanie and Ryan Burke returned to Northeast Iowa to open a new business, thINK Custom Apparel. The business is located on Main Street Elkader in space formerly occupied by Garments and Goods.

By Willis Patenaude

Freelance Writer

Tue
21
Jan

Central wrestlers bring home trophy


The Central Little Warriors took home top honors in the recent Little Vikes wrestling tournament held at Ed-Co High School. Six teams participated in the event. The team had 20 athletes competing in the January 12 invitational at Clayton Ridge. They placed third in that event.
Tue
21
Jan

Longtime freelance writer Pat McTaggart has died.

Longtime Register freelance writer Pat McTaggart has died. The cause of death has not yet been released pending an autopsy. It is believed he died at his home Sunday, January 19.

  McTaggart, who was 70, had worked for the Register for several decades, most recently as a sports writer. He was a freelance writer for a number of other newspapers and magazines, as well. He has a keen interest in World War II and contributed several articles to specialty publications focused on that topic.

Wed
15
Jan

New Production at Opera House

Del Reimer, Elkader, places some of the final boards on the Elkader Opera House stage.  More than 1,500 volumteer hours were invested in the project.  See the Clayton County Register-January 22 issue for more photos and details. 

Tue
07
Jan

Beauty Bar soon to have new home

It was a combination of the smells. The creativity. The social nature. Helping people attain hair happiness. The atmosphere, ambiance, and after school visits to her aunt’s salon that laid the inspirational foundations of a future Elkader success story: that of Caitlin Kuehl and the Beauty Bar. Well, that and a little bit of fluck. So, in 2008, armed with a 10-year plan and some self-professed reliance on “winging it,” Caitlin’s entrepreneurial journey first took real shape in one of Iowa’s most idyllic places.

She arrived from Strawberry Point, with an “education in hair” she’d received from Capri College in Cedar Rapids, and most importantly, she came with a vision. A vision encompassed by professionalism, affordability, and a “people first” philosophy that underpins her humble beginnings at A Hair Bit Better. From there she moved to Mere Images, which she purchased in 2014, having achieved her 10-year goal in just six.

Tue
07
Jan

Keystone Bridge Closed Three Days

      

                Elkader’s historic Keystone Bridge will be closed to traffic for three days later this month. The bridge will be shut down January 20, 21 and 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate large equipment that will be doing some testing on the structure. The tests are needed before the rehabilitation project can begin.

Pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalk during the time the structure is closed. Emergency vehicles will use Highway 13 and enter the city from Highway 56/Strawberry Point Road. 

 The Keystone Bridge Rehabilitation Project is schedule to begin in 2021. The work will take several months to complete and during that time, the structure will completely closed to traffic. However, the City will work with the engineers and contractors to try to keep the bridge open as much as possible.

Mon
23
Dec

Clayton County Register coloring contest winners!

Congratulations to Marcia Kuempel, Garnavillo, for finishing in first place in our annual adult coloring contest. Other winners were: Bev Hamann, Ganavillo, second place; and Amanda Wagner, Prairie du Chien, and Debbie Wilke, Elkader, tied for third. Look for photos of the winning entrees in our January 1 issue.

Wed
11
Dec

Prairie students learning a lot in pursuing rain garden project


This is the area near the Performing Arts Center that will become the first rain garden at Prairie du Chien High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Gavin Knapp and Collin Kober stand next to the ebb and flow tank in the high school greenhouse that will be used to grow some of the plants for the rain garden.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Teacher Diane Colburn gave a presentation to the Prairie du Chien School Board Monday night saying that the rain garden project at the high school is proceeding nicely and she continues to seek funding.

Tue
10
Dec

Biden makes Elkader Stop


Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden was accompanied on his Elkader stop by former Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently endorsed BIden.

     About 200 people turned out last Friday to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden at Johnson’s Reception Hall, Elkader. The rally, which started more than an hour late, began with a big surprise: Accompanying Biden on his No Mularkey Tour was former Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently endorsed Biden to the nation’s top job.

            Sounding like a candidate himself, Kerry took 20 minutes to introduce Biden. Kerry talked about the time he spent in Iowa during his own bid for the presidency and also mentioned that he carried the state in the 2004 primary. He then touted his long working relationship with Biden, even using it as a punchline for a stab at Donald Trump.

            “The only team that’s worked more closely than us, is Trump and Putin,” he said.

            Kerry went on to say that he wasn’t endorsing Biden because he’s known him so long but because he knows him so well.

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