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Thu
22
Oct

Steven L. Schlitter

Steven Lynn Schlitter was born Dec. 29, 1959, in Dubuque, to Alice and Leo Schlitter. 

Steve grew up farming, was a welder at Double L and Bituma, and later was an owner of Schlitter’s Whitewashing. 

Steve passed away Oct. 14, 2020, at his home in Viroqua, Wis., at the age of 60. 

Survivors include his mother, Alice Schlitter of Waterville; siblings Luanne Miller (Steve) of McGregor, Stan Schlitter of Waterville and Linda White of Smith Station, Ala.; and son, Shane Fox (Schlitter) of Ardmore, Okla.

Steve was preceded in death by his father Leo Schlitter and grandparents Lester and DELillia Schlitter and Julius and Mabel Johnson. 

Thu
22
Oct

Cheryll Scherf

Cheryll Scherf, 85, of Farmersburg, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Elkader Care Center in Elkader. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Wagner Township Cemetery in Farmersburg. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Manchester is assisting the family.

Tue
20
Oct

Three years after discovery, mysterious car pulled from Mississippi River at Marquette


A car recovered from the west channel of the Mississippi River near the Marquette city boat ramp on Oct. 14 contained no suspicious items, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, which led the effort with the Mar-Mac Police Department. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Discovered by fishermen three years ago, the vehicle turned out to be a 1985 Lincoln Town Car last registered in 2007 through Wisconsin. Earlier this week, the police department in Muscoda, Wis., reported the vehicle was stolen from the 100 block of South Ohio Street in the village of Muscoda on or about Sept. 19, 2006.

The Delhi Fire Department Dive Team located the vehicle and hooked it up to a wrecker from Tegeler Wrecker and Crane of Dyersville, which then slowly pulled it from the muck on the Mississippi River bottom. Diver Keith Pitts said, luckily, the car was close to shore—15 feet off the corner of the gas dock (pictured here). The river depth was around 16 feet at that point, and divers relied on a communications line and referenced sonar images to traverse the pitch black water.

Pulling the car from the muck of the Mississippi River bottom took time. A Tegeler employee said removing a freshly submerged vehicle is fairly easy, but one that’s been under water for awhile—covered and filled with sediment deposited by changing water levels and conditions—is difficult.

It was over two hours before the car was pulled from the river and onto the boat ramp under the bridge.

Volunteers from McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 went to work immediately, prying open the car doors and trunk, then shoveling out gobs of mud, so the sheriff’s office could inspect the interior.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A car recovered from the west channel of the Mississippi River near the Marquette city boat ramp on Oct. 14 contained no suspicious items, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, which led the effort with the Mar-Mac Police Department.

The vehicle was first discovered by fishermen in 2017 and initially examined by the La Crosse County, Wis., dive unit in November of that year. But river conditions prevented the car from being removed until now, said Sgt. Brent Ostrander, investigator with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

“The water level finally stabilized—it’s clear and low,” he said. “Boat traffic is also down right now.”

Tue
20
Oct

Elkader Council approves proposal to fix Turkey River dam


The Elkader City Council has approved a proposal from Mobile Track Solutions to replace a broken gate on the Turkey River dam. The gate, which is one of three (the other two were replaced with concrete in the 1990s and are still structurally sound), was damaged during flooding. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

“A big dam project!”

That’s how Parker Klingman’s presentation began at the most recent Elkader City Council meeting regarding how to fix the broken dam above the Keystone Bridge. 

The dam has a storied history, having been built by one of the town’s founders, and should be a source of pride and a scenic highlight for the community. But, currently, it stands in a sort of shabby disrepute. 

Tue
20
Oct

Masks now expected at MFL MarMac when social distancing isn’t possible

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac now has the expectation that students will wear face coverings when they cannot social distance—meaning within six feet of anyone else for more than 15 minutes. The school board approved the new policy at its Oct. 12 meeting.

The change comes with the recent recommendation by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that states close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days if a face covering was consistently worn by both people during the exposure.

In addition, face coverings will continue to be worn on school buses, and the district expects masks to be worn during sporting events when social distancing cannot be done.

Tue
20
Oct

New book shares White Springs history


Doris Barrette has written a book about White Springs Supper Club that also highlights her mother, Ethel Mann, and touches on some of her own life story. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The history of White Springs Supper Club is coming to life through a new book penned by Doris Barrette, who grew up at the iconic McGregor establishment, washing dishes and peeling potatoes as a girl, then later waiting tables and serving drinks. Her mother, Ethel Mann, helped run the Springs from 1949 until her death in 2004.

Barrette decided to write the book at the urging of her niece and the ladies at the Hair Hut, in Marquette, where she gets her hair done.

“I never expected to write a book,” she admitted, “but wherever I went, people would talk about the Springs. And I’m the only one who knows the real history.”

Tue
20
Oct

Meet the Candidates: State Senate District 28

Republican Mike Klimesh and Democrat Matt Tapscott will face off in the Nov. 3 general election for the opportunity to represent District 28 in the Iowa State Senate. Michael Breitbach, who has held the seat since 2013, is retiring. District 28 includes all of Allamakee and Clayton counties, as well as most of Winneshiek County and northern Fayette County. Klimesh and Tapscott recently shared their thoughts on key issues with Times-Register reporter Willis Patenaude.


Mike Klimesh

Tue
20
Oct

Marquette considers stiffening fines for parking violations

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The Marquette Council is considering stiffening fines for parking violations in the city—particularly when people park on the dike.

“This came up because, during a busy holiday, if you go down to the marina, the dike is parked full of vehicles and trailers. They’re parked right in front of the sign that says ‘no parking on the dike,’” said mayor Steve Weipert at the council’s Oct. 13 meeting. “They’re not allowed to park there because it protects the city, and you can’t be digging it up.”

Tue
20
Oct

Meet the Candidates: Clayton County Board of Supervisors

In the Nov. 3 general election, Republican incumbent Ray Peterson and Democratic challenger Lester Simons will battle to fill one open seat on the Clayton County Board of Supervisors. The winner will serve a four-year term. Times-Register reporter Willis Patenaude recently contacted the candidates to gauge their thoughts on key county issues.


Ray Peterson

Ray Peterson was first elected to the Clayton County Board of Supervisors in 2016, and currently serves as the board’s chairperson. 

Despite numerous requests for an interview or written comments over the past month, Peterson provided no responses to questions posed by the Times-Register.

Tue
20
Oct

Energy District lunch and learn event talks climate change in Elkader, Midwest

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

A recent virtual lunch and learn event organized by the Clayton County Energy District featured a discussion with Howard County Energy District Director and Cresco City Councilperson Amy Bouska on weather patterns and climate change locally and in the Midwest in general. The event was meant to educate attendees on the impact climate change is currently having and the future ramifications if left unchecked. 

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