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16
Oct

Geraldine A. French

Geraldine (Gerry) Adeline French left her earthly home to join the love of her life and her lord on Oct. 12, 2020. Gerry was born March 23, 1928, outside Geddes, S.D., to Andrew and Adela (Bartekoske) Shea, the oldest of 14 children.  

Gerry was united in marriage to Kenneth (Kenny) Gene French on March 17, 1955, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Together, they had seven children: Terry (Dan) Sullivan, Dodgeville, Wis.; Sharon Taylor, Arlington; Jeanne (Mark) Mellon, Guttenberg; Cindy (Steve) Wendl, Anamosa; Jayme French, Manchester; Gary (Jennifer) French, Sydney, Australia; and Merry French, Aurora.

Thu
15
Oct

Robert D. Buckner

Robert Dean Buckner, 94, of Elkader, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader. He was born in Marion on Jan. 19, 1926, to Mike “MJ” and Neola (Staman) Buckner. Robert (Bob) was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.  

Thu
15
Oct

Daniel A. Nugent

Daniel “Dan” Allen Nugent, age 78, of rural Madelia, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Private services will be held. Lake Crystal Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Dan was born on Nov. 28, 1941, to Clarence and Laura (Drahn) Nugent in McGregor. 

Dan served individuals in the mental health field for many years. He was forever compassionate and a calming presence. Dan loved baseball—playing in his younger years and attending games and going on baseball tours in his later years. He enjoyed writing poetry and “words of wisdom.”

Tue
13
Oct

DNR approves Supreme Beef nutrient management plan


This photo from earlier this fall shows construction of the lagoon at the Supreme Beef feedlot site outside Monona. (Photo courtesy of Larry Stone)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has approved a revised nutrient management plan (NMP) for the Supreme Beef, LLC open feedlot operation near Monona, but with a reduction in the number of animals at the site and removal of multiple manure application fields.

The decision from the DNR’s Field Office 1 in Manchester came Oct. 5, more than a month after the DNR held a virtual public meeting to gather input on the plan.

Tue
13
Oct

With merging of Elkader and Elgin vet clinics, owners ready for the challenge


Elkader Vet Clinic owners Michelle Christianson and Ryan Royer recently purchased the Valley Veterinary Clinic in Elgin, a decision Valley’s former owner, Steven Carlson, said was mutual and has been beneficial for all involved.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Elkader Vet Clinic owners Michelle Christianson and Ryan Royer recently purchased the Valley Veterinary Clinic in Elgin, a decision Valley’s former owner, Steven Carlson, said was mutual and has been beneficial for all involved. 

It all started when Valley, a two-doctor practice, saw one of its doctors retire, leaving Carlson pulling double duty. In May 2020, he approached Royer about the option to buy the clinic in Elgin and, by August, Royer and Christianson were the new owners. 

Tue
13
Oct

Meet the Candidates: Clayton County Sheriff


Mike Tschirgi (R)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

“I’ve always liked helping people.”

For Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi, that’s why he entered the law enforcement profession 30 years ago, and why he’s seeking a fourth term as the county’s top cop.

This year’s consideration to run admittedly came with a new challenge.

“When I took out my papers, we had just heard about COVID-19, and I thought, ‘What am I getting into?’” noted Tschirgi, a Republican who’s running unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election.

Tue
13
Oct

Support The Left Bank and get opportunity to win piece of art through raffle


Seven pieces of art, each donated by one of The Left Bank Shop and Gallery’s regional artists, are available through the raffle. Funds from the effort will help insure the continued operation of The Left Bank, located in McGregor, through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

There’s less than one week left to purchase “Save the Bank” raffle tickets in support of The Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor. For a small fee, the raffle tickets give buyers an opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind piece of art created by one of The Left Bank’s regional artists.

In addition to a small business government loan and appeals to friends of the art center, the raffle is one way the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA) Board of Directors is seeking financial help to insure the continued operation of The Left Bank through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tue
13
Oct

Monona Airport Board gets more time to improve airport’s financial situation

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Monona Airport Board has been given more time to improve the airport’s financial situation. The city council had originally given the board until Oct. 1 to submit a funding proposal before determining if the property should be put up for sale.

A potential buyer approached the city about purchasing the airport property, which is located three miles southeast of Monona, earlier in the summer. Declining revenue and a drop in use forced the council to seriously consider the idea.

Tue
13
Oct

Mayor has big plans for Volga, the community she loves


Volga’s mayor, Carrie Taylor, pictured with her husband Jay and sons Braden and Bryson, has a big agenda for the community she loves. (Photo courtesy of Gingersnap by Catherine)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The child of civil service oriented parents, Volga Mayor Carrie Taylor said politics were always “ingrained” within her, as was the love of small town Americana. The Manchester native chose to stay, rather than leave, because she wanted to be close to family and loved the community. While she had the opportunity to travel, opening doors and broadening horizons, none of those places ever felt like home. 

“Home was in Iowa,” Taylor said. In her words, “you can always travel, but there’s no place like home,” so she chose “family over luxury,” and settled in Volga with husband Jay and their two boys. 

Tue
13
Oct

Meet the Candidates: State House District 56

Republican Anne Osmundson and Democrat Angela Reed will face off in the Nov. 3 general election for the opportunity to represent District 56 in the Iowa State House. Osmundson has held the seat for the past two years. District 56 includes all of Allamakee County and most of Clayton County, excluding Marion, Highland and Boardman townships. Osmundson and Reed recently shared their thoughts on key issues with Times-Register editor Audrey Posten.


Anne Osmundson

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