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Tue
02
Jul

Public art takes root Flower garden blossoms on building exterior

Upper Iowa University art student Jordyn Brennan puts the final touches an a large mural on the south side of the Fire Farm building. Her work has caught the attention of Elkader residents and visitors, many of who stopped to chat with her during the weeks-long project.
Upper Iowa University art student Jordyn Brennan puts the final touches an a large mural on the south side of the Fire Farm building. Her work has caught the attention of Elkader residents and visitors, many of who stopped to chat with her during the weeks-long project.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

In a move as innovative as the products his company designs and sells, Fire Farm owner Adam Pollock has commissioned a mural for one side of his downtown Elkader office building. Upper Iowa University art student Jordyn Brennan has spent the past few weeks transforming the concrete “canvas” into a colorful, larger-than-life flower garden. She’s even added a nod to one of the town’s special festivals: Her garden includes several giant milkweeds.

“This is my first really big project,” said Jordyn, a native of Hortonville, WI. Usually I can carry around the pieces I do but, of course, there’s no doing that with this one. I’ve been taking lots of pictures, though. My mom’s pretty excited about it.”

Tue
02
Jul

Evan Drew Coobs

Evan Drew Coobs
November 11, 1963-June 24, 2019

Evan Drew Coobs passed away on June 24, 2019, in Champaign, Illinois. He was 55 years old.

Evan was born on November 11, 1963, in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Edward W. Coobs and Doris A. (Rodenberg) Coobs.  He graduated from Central High School, Elkader, Iowa, (1982), the University of Iowa College of Business (Accounting) and the University of Iowa College of Law (1989).

He was married to Karen Marie (McGann) Coobs in Peoria, Illinois on July 4, 1987.  He is survived by Karen and their children, Evan Drew (Marie) Coobs II; Abigail Marie (Kale) Brinkoetter; and Katherine Anne (Jacob) Chesnut, and grandchildren Kayla Jo Coobs and Evan Drew Coobs III; siblings Earl Coobs, Donna Strange, Eric Coobs, and Cory Coobs; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tue
02
Jul

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein
July 22, 1947-June 25, 2019

Amalie Beth “Betsy” Zein, 71, of Elkader, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at The Bird House – Hospice Home of Johnson County in Iowa City. She was born July 22, 1947, in Elkader to Horace “H.K.” and Helen (Lenth) Roggensack.

Betsy graduated from Elkader High School in 1965. Following high school, she attended Wartburg College, graduating with degrees in English and Biology. She was united in marriage to Elias Zein and lived in the Los Angeles and Phoenix areas for a time before he passed away.

Tue
02
Jul

Vadena Knoke

Vadena Knoke
April 2, 1935-June 23, 2019

Vadena Knoke, age 84, of Willmar, MN, and formerly of Oelwein, IA and Elkader, IA died Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Carris Health Rice Hospital in Willmar, MN. Funeral services were Friday, June 28th at 11 a.m. at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, IA.  Burial followed in the East Side Cemetery at Elkader. Visitation for Vadena was Friday at the church from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Tue
25
Jun

Central School update Construction project is moving along

Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp stands in the still-to-be-completed high school media center to show the expansive view students will have from the new area.
Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp stands in the still-to-be-completed high school media center to show the expansive view students will have from the new area.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Students and teachers might be gone but work continues at Central Schools, where a $6 million capital improvements project is ahead of schedule and right on budget.

“Hopefully, the whole project will be done by the beginning of the school year,” said Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp. “There’s a lot of work to accomplish this summer but if it can be done it puts a three-year project done in two—and as of today, right on budget!”

Trenkamp gives all of the credit to Larson Construction, who he says has worked diligently to find cost-effective solutions to unforeseen problems like walls hidden behind other walls, which has happened more that a few times.
“With a building that has been pieced together over a long period of time, we have run into many unexpected circumstances,” Trenkamp added.

Tue
25
Jun

Charlene Culbertson

Charlene Culbertson
April 28, 1938-June 15, 2019

Charlene Culbertson, 81, of Elkader, Iowa formerly of Vinton, Iowa died Saturday, June 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. Charlene was born April 28, 1938, to Leon and Vera Meredith in Vinton, Iowa.

Charlene was united in marriage with Cletus Schoeberl in 1958. To this union two children were born, Lynne and Kent. After Cletus passed away, she married Glenn “Mick” Culbertson in 1970. They later divorced.  Charlene was employed at State Bank of Vinton for 30 years. After retirement, she worked at Wal-Mart. In 2002, Charlene moved to Elkader and continued working part-time. On April 3, 2019, she moved into Edgewood Convalescent Home. Charlene enjoyed helping people and loved to watch her grandson, Lane show horses and play football.

Charlene is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lynne (Schoeberl) and John McGreal of Strawberry Point, Iowa; grandson, Lane McGreal of Strawberry Point, Iowa; and one brother, Charles Meredith of Vinton, Iowa.

Tue
25
Jun

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp
July 6, 1933-June 17, 2019

Muriel “Maxine” Stepp, 85, of Independence, IA died Monday, June 17, 2019 at Lexington Estates in Independence, IA.

Tue
25
Jun

Robert “Bob” Walke

Robert “Bob” Walke
January 6, 1942-June 19, 2019

Robert “Bob” Walke, 77, of Guttenberg, IA, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019. He was born on January 6, 1942, in Communia, IA, the son of Kenneth and Eunice (Zittergruen) Walke. 

Bob was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport. He graduated from the Guttenberg High School and furthered his education at Wartburg College. For many years Bob tilled the land on his family’s farm outside of Guttenberg until his retirement. 

Tue
18
Jun

Elkader’s Farmers’ Market Two locations grow from disagreement

Dawn Amundson has decided to stay with the city-supported Farmers’ Market that moved this spring to Founders Park, Elkader.
Angela Keppler moved from downtown to a spot on Highway 13 at the Fast Tak gas station and convenience store.
Angela Keppler moved from downtown to a spot on Highway 13 at the Fast Tak gas station and convenience store.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Growing concern over changes to the Elkader Farmers’ Market has resulted in a second location for purchasing produce, baked goods and other items. And while it may not be ideal, vendors and customers alike say they are making the best of the situation.
“I miss being on the corner and all of the activity we had there,” said Dawn Amundson, who is selling farm fresh eggs and crafts from the new city-supported location in Founders Park. “I think people, especially visitors to town, saw us on their way to the bakery and stopped for that reason.”

Amanda Keppler, a long-time Farmers’ Market vendor, also had concerns about the new location. She decided to start a second market located north of Elkader on Highway 13 in a wide grassy patch off the Fast Trak parking lot.

Tue
18
Jun

Viola Mae Dennler

Viola Mae Dennler
October 17, 1938-June 6, 2019

Viola Mae Dennler, 80 of Volga, died Thursday June 6th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center.

Viola was born October 17, 1938, at Coggan, Iowa. She was the daughter of Raymond and Lela (Grapes) Schanbeck. She received her education graduating from the Dundee High School. On January 11, 1959, she was united in marriage to Virgil Dennler at the United Methodist Church at Masonville, Iowa. After raising her family, Viola worked at the filling station in Volga, Norby’s and volunteered at the Elkader elementary school and Osborne Visitors Center. She was a member of the Chit-Chat Club and a member of the Ladies Circle at Peace Church.

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