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06
Aug

Raymond Siegele

Raymond Siegele, 90, of Marquette, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at his home in Marquette. Ray was born on Oct. 9, 1929, the eldest son to Harry Elmer and Ann Marie (Carlson) Siegele in McGregor. He graduated from McGregor High School. Ray served in the National Guard as a drill sergeant and later joined the United States Army.

Thu
06
Aug

Leta L. Schroeder

Leta Louise Schroeder, 31, passed away on July 29, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics after a long and courageous battle with Crohn’s disease.

Leta was born on June 13, 1989, in Manchester, the youngest of four daughters born to James and Linda Oelrich. She was raised in Strawberry Point, where she attended Starmont Community School District before graduating from West Delaware High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University.

She was united in marriage to her best friend and beloved companion, Zachary Vernon Schroeder, on July 9, 2016. Her life dream of becoming a mother was fulfilled when Nadia Wren was born on Nov. 26, 2019. Nadia was the brightest light during such a difficult time in Leta’s health journey.

Thu
06
Aug

Diane M. Kohlstedt

Diane Marie (Meyer) Kohlstedt, 67, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at her home in McGregor, after a battle with cancer. 

Diane was born on May 16, 1953, to Cletus and Marie (Cook) Meyer. She graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross in 1971 and took courses at NICC in Peosta and Southwest Tech in Fennimore, Wis.

Diane married the love of her life, John Kohlstedt, on Aug. 12, 1978, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross. Shortly thereafter, they started their family in Dyersville, where she provided in-home childcare. After moving to McGregor in 1991, she started as a line worker at MPC (Miniature Precision Components) in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and was later promoted to assistant supervisor before retiring in May 2019 after 27 years there. 

Tue
04
Aug

Rooftop garden is vibrant oasis in downtown McGregor


“Cowboy Jim” Reneau has an extensive rooftop garden in downtown McGregor. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Cowboy Jim started his rooftop garden 13 years ago.It was inspired by memories of his grandmother. “Back when I lived in Texas,” he said, “she grew tomatoes. There’s nothing like home-grown tomatoes.”

Cowboy Jim samples one of the tomatoes grown in a five-gallon bucket on his rooftop. His garden includes 40 buckets, as well as many planter boxes, growing not only tomatoes, but beans, cucumbers, lettuce, herbs, sunflowers and more. All the plants are watered by a homemade irrigation system.

Cowboy Jim enjoys growing new plants each year. Here, he shows off some atomic grape tomatoes.

Cowboy Jim harvested nearly 300 of these bite-size tomatoes in one day. “Each bucket has at least two plants. This one has four,” he explained. “That’s 100-some plants.”

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

“Those vines going up here are cucumbers. They’re just starting to go crazy,” said Jim Reneau as he wades through his garden, pulling back one plant to reveal another.

“Over there’s lettuce. You can see a chipmunk is trying to help me do some irrigation,” he joked, pointing to a telltale path through the dirt.

“Cowboy Jim,” as Reneau’s affectionately known, thanks to his trademark cowboy hat and southern drawl, has had a garden for 13 years. It was inspired by memories of his grandmother.

Tue
04
Aug

Central Community School’s Return to Learn plan approved, but remains fluid

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Against the backdrop of over 150,000 nationwide COVID-19 related deaths, increased cases across the country and within the county and growing public concern, the Central Community School Board has undertaken the unenviable task of crafting a Return to Learn Plan. The effort was led by board president Jered Finley and superintendent Nick Trenkamp, who attempted to put the public’s mind at ease, but continuously added that the plan, which was approved July 30, remains, in the words of Finley, “fluid” to make any necessary amendments. 

Tue
04
Aug

Carter Street Project faces backlash, goes back to engineer

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

In what was once thought a foregone conclusion, Elkader’s Carter Street Project is facing growing public backlash and has gone back to the engineer. It’s no longer just about the loss of some trees, but instead centered on the actual widening of the street itself and the inequity of where that widening will come from. 

As it currently stands, the north side of the street is slated to incur all the widening, a fact that residents of the street, according to council member Bob Hendrickson, are not happy about. In speaking with residents, Out of the eight people he spoke with, Hendrickson found only two were in favor of widening the street. 

Tue
04
Aug

With safety measures in place, Monona pool has offered positive outlet for staff, patrons


Attendance at the Monona Family Aquatic Center has remained steady throughout the pandemic, according to staff. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Peyton Meisner, Times-Register

For many families and children, spending hot summer days at the swimming pool is a must. While some pools in the area did not open their doors, the Monona Family Aquatic Center opted to open up for the summer. 

“The pool season has been running as close to normal as possible. We want the pool to remain to be an enjoyable summer place for families to utilize,” said Julie Lenth, Monona Family Aquatic Center manager. 

Lenth said the aquatic center’s staff is doing their best to make sure they keep  patrons safe from COVID-19. 

Tue
04
Aug

Absentee ballot request forms will soon go out to Iowa registered voters

Voters can send in forms now if they'd like

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Iowa Legislative Council voted on July 17 to allow the Secretary of State’s office to send absentee ballot request forms to all of the state’s registered voters ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

Secretary of State Paul Pate did the same prior to Iowa’s June primary election, which broke state records for turnout, but the legislative council initially denied his request for another statewide mailing.

Tue
04
Aug

Stop by Elkader’s downtown market during National Farmers Market Week


Georgia and Blair Scherf, with Blair’s Heart and Soil Produce, are among the vendors at the Elkader Farmers Market, held Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. at Founders Park. (Photos by Willis Patenaude)

Jack, Hayden and Greta Scherf are selling sweet corn to support their fair pigs.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It’s National Farmers Market Week, so what better way to spend a Friday evening than taking a trip down Main Street and stopping just short of Founders Park for some sweet corn, baked bread, farm fresh eggs, vegetables, handmade crafts and everything else the Elkader Farmers Market has to offer. 

Tue
04
Aug

Iowa among best in country for Census response rate, but Clayton County lags

Over 68 percent of Iowans have completed the 2020 U.S. Census, giving the state one of the best response rates in the country. Minnesota and Wisconsin have the top spots at 72.2 percent and 69.4 percent, respectively. The national self response rate is 62.8 percent.

Statewide, though, Clayton County has one of the lower response rates, at just 60.7 percent. That trails Winneshiek County at 72.6 percent, Dubuque County at 71.6, Delaware County at 70.4, Buchanan County at 69.8 and Fayette County at 63.4. Allamakee County has the second-lowest response rate in Iowa, at 55.6 percent.

In Clayton County, the city of Garnavillo has the highest self response rate, at 69.7 percent. Other city results include:

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