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Mon
18
Nov

Making holidays brighter for kids

There’s a lot more than stretching and stepping going on at a local fitness class. Several members are also involved in service project designed to brighten the holiday season for kids in need.

The Fit and Flex group, which meets weekday mornings at the Elkader Fitness Center, has embraced projects launched by two of its members. The first is an effort led by Debbie Crane to make kids’ pajamas.

“I went to a garage sale in Cedar Rapids and there was a table with a stack of new flannel on it, probably 15 or 20 yards,” Debbie said. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I knew I had to buy it.”

Mon
18
Nov

Renovation project is completed


The kitchen and cafeteria - now known as the Commons - have been moved to the main floor. The former kitchen is now a fitness area. Pictured is Central superintendent Nick Trenkamp.

The middle and high school media center moved from the main floor to the second floor. Prior to the $6 million capital project, this part of the school didn't exist.

The $6.8 million renovation project at Central Schools, Elkader, is complete.

Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp did a final walk-through with contractors last week noting some minor cosmetic work that needed to be addressed. The really “big stuff,” however—like the new middle/high school media center, science classroom, fitness area, commons and other spaces—have been finished for some time.

“We haven’t seen much of a crew in here for a while,” said Trenkamp. “It’s been a long, exhausting process—and I can’t say enough about how the staff and students dealt with the reality of the construction work—but everyone is in agreement that the end results are worth it.”

And it’s not just students and staff who are impressed with the results. Trenkamp has heard from parents, Central alumni and visitors. An open house in late September drew a large crowd and many took time at the end of the tour to share their favorable impressions.

Mon
18
Nov

Museum gets ready for holiday season


Cathryn Chancellor hangs ornaments created by area artists on one of several trees at the Carter House Museum.

The calendar might say November 20th but inside the Carter House Museum, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The museum is being readied for the annual holiday open house Friday, November 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., and each room—plus the Annex—will reflect this year’s theme: Gifts.

“This year’s theme has come together beautifully, and I think our guests will enjoy the house and how each room celebrates a gift—from music to nature, food, friendship, poetry, pets, humor, and community service,” said Carter House board member LaVonne Augustson.

Mon
18
Nov

Duane Bruening


Duane Brueing

Duane Kenneth Bruening, died peacefully at Barthell O.E.S Home in Decorah, Iowa, on November 3, 2019, at the age of 90.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2019, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah with Rev. Donald Hertges and Rev. Msgr. Edward Lechtenberg officiating. Burial was in St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah with military honors. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at St. Benedict Catholic Church and on Friday beginning at 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at the church.

Tue
12
Nov

Chef offers extra serving of gratitude


Michael Ellison, far right, owner of Dotzy’s Restaurant and Saloon, Elgin, is shown with some of the veterans who attended his appreciation breakfast last week. They are, back row, left to right: Ralph Clausen, Bob Rothlisberger, Dave Christen, Mark Benson, and Ron Soppe; and front row: Duane Strong and Don Sutter

No immediate member of Michael Ellison’s family has served in the armed forces and yet as Veterans Day approached, Ellison felt compelled to do something to say “thanks” to those who have served. Since feeding people is what he’s does best, Chef Mike, as he’s better known, decided to offer breakfast at his Elgin business, Dotzy’s Restaurant and Saloon. Veterans and their spouses enjoyed a free buffet Monday morning, a time when Chef Mike and his staff are usually recovering from a hectic weekend. Non-veterans were welcomed, as well. They could make a freewill offering, which was given to the Elgin American Legion. “I’ve had friends in the military and I really appreciate those who serve,” Chef Mike said. “I feel a debt to them, and this seemed like a good what to repay a bit of that.” Chef Mike admitted he wanted to do an appreciation breakfast last year, but the thought occurred to him too late. This year, planning started earlier, and he got some help.

Mon
04
Nov

New Snow Ordinance for Elkader Residents

Last week’s snowfalls were moderate but we all know bigger storms are coming. And when they do, Elkader residents will have a new snow ordinance to follow.

Approved last April by City Council, the ordinance prohibits parking between 2 and 6 a.m. on public streets whenever snow has accumulated on the paved portion of the road. This part of the ordinance covers snowfalls that are not significant enough for a snow emergency declaration. Motorists will be fined $20 per violation.

A snow emergency adds another layer to the ordinance: For up to 24 hours after an emergency has been declared, parking is prohibited on all streets. If snow removal efforts take less time than that, the parking ban will be lifted. Downtown parking lots will be cleared early so anyone who needs to be downtown will still have a place to park.

The ordinance does not say how much snow must fall before an emergency is declared but “generally this will be reserved for six inches or more.”

Mon
04
Nov

John "Jack" Moyna

John “Jack” Moyna, 85, of Elkader, was born on April 21, 1934, in Strawberry Point, Iowa, to the parents Katherine “McCormick” Moyna and Cecile Moyna. After an amazing 85 years of life, he passed away on October 24, 2019.

Throughout John’s 85 years of life, he has left us with a legacy that will live on forever. John was the President of C.J. Moyna & Sons, Inc. for over 50 years. He denied that he was retired, and his ritual was to go out to the shop daily and share his wisdom with everyone. The only difficulty he had was in most years of “retirement” he would run out of vacation time because of all his travels.

Wed
30
Oct

Training dogs to serve others


A local kennel is training dogs to work with veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder as well as youngsters with autism. Read their remarkable story in next week's issue of the Clayton County Register.
Fri
25
Oct

Lylina Dittmer

Lylina Ann (Robbins) Dittmer, 44, of Elkader, IA, died Friday, October 18, 2019, at MercyOne, in Elkader. She was born February 22, 1975, to Lyle R. Robbins, Sr. of Anita, IA, and Gloria A. Robbins of Elkader.

Lylina attended school at Central Community School of Elkader and graduated in 1993. Lylina attended and graduated Kirkwood Community College 1995, with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Media.

She was united in marriage to Douglas John Dittmer on September 23, 1995, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. They have one daughter, Erin Jo Dittmer, an 8th grader at Central Community School.

Lylina worked at Elkader Care Center for 10 years and RISE Group Home for 10 years along with being an EMT for MercyOne for 15 years. Lylina was dedicated to her EMT service, helping at extra times whenever needed, and many extra hours working on the nursing floor of the hospital.

Fri
25
Oct

Carl Hackert

Carl Duane Hakert, 75, of Elkader, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born April 2, 1944, in Wadena, to George M. and Esther C. (Fritz) Hakert. Carl attended Central Community School, graduating with the Class of 1962. He served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Europe.

He was united in marriage to Sandra Kay Burlingame on April 14, 1984, in Calmar, IA. Carl was Parts Manager at Red Country and Windridge for many years and also farmed. He enjoyed playing softball, hunting, fishing and playing cards. In the fall Carl would love to go squirrel hunting and was very good at it. For several years he had an annual squirrel fry for several men.

Carl was an instigator—he loved to “stir up” people—then walk away and laugh!

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