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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!

Fri
25
Oct

Leila Klinkenberg

Leila Klinkenberg, 94, of Davenport, formerly of St. Olaf, died Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Kahl Home in Davenport, IA. She was born at home on the farm to Arno and Leona (Lenth) Glawe on April 29, 1925. She attended a small country school and graduated from Farmersburg High School with the Class of 1942. When not in school, Leila would work on the farm.

She was united in marriage to Richard Klinkenberg on January 19, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, IA. The couple farmed near St. Olaf until retiring in 1988. Leila and Richard became the parents of two children, Deborah and Jerry.

Mon
14
Oct

2019 City Election

No candidates for two open seats
As the November 5 city election approaches, Elkader finds itself in a unique position: No one has filed to run for two open positions.

 

Tue
01
Oct

Update given on Keystone Bridge project

Keystone Bridge Project
The City of Elkader has received two grants to cover the cost of rehabilitating the historic Keystone Bridge.

 

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