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Tue
11
Sep

Cutting Edge Archery Bow hunter opens new business

Dave Fulks
Dave Fulks, St. Olaf, stands at the end of his indoor archery range showing were he hit a deer decoy. Fulks recently opened his business in Elkader.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A St. Olaf man is one of the few lucky people who’ve been able to turn a passion into a promising business.

Dave Fulks recently opened Cutting Edge Archery in Elkader, a move that came after health issues including the need for a pacemaker made it impossible to continue his work with heavy equipment and industrial magnets.
“I started bow hunting in 2009, and I really like the exercise and solitude that go with it,” Fulks said. “And now that I live in the mecca for bow hunting, an indoor archery range plus retail space seemed liked a good idea.”
If the numbers at his grand opening are any indication, Fulks has tapped into an underserved market.

Tue
04
Sep

Geisert book to launch in Elkader

Geisert
Children’s book author Arthur Geisert is growing pumpkins at the entrance to his Main Street studio-residence to commemorate the October launch of his newest book, Pumpkin Island, which is set in Elkader.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Tue
28
Aug

Sons & Daughters Jansen continues his crusade

Jacob Jansen
Central graduate Jacob Jansen, who was one of several students who launched the school’s composting efforts, remains an activist for the environment. He now attends Loras College in Dubuque.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A 2016 Central graduate credits a high school class with sparking an interest in sustainability that he now plans to make his life’s work.

“Ms. Gritzner’s global science class really inspired me,” said Jacob Jansen. “In fact, I took the class twice; I loved it so much.”
The class exposed Jansen to a variety of environmental issues ranging from invasive species management to overpopulation to recycling. He worked on numerous projects including implementation of a composting system. Jansen and others involved in that effort received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence award for their work on the project, which was a first-of-its-kind in the state.

Tue
21
Aug

Time for a change Yelden shifting gears at VNA

Nancy Yelden
Nancy Yelden recently stepped down as director at Clayton County Visiting Nurses Association. She will continue working at the VNA where she has been employed for 41 years.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

With genuine humility, Nancy Yelden dismisses accolades about her work preferring instead to give credit to her colleagues.

“I wouldn’t have lasted as long as I have in this position without great staff and without the tremendous support of our Board of Supervisors,” she says, referring to her position at the Clayton County Visiting Nurses Association (VNA).
Her colleagues disagree: It’s Nancy’s compassion, empathy and genuine concern for her clients and their families that has set the tone for the entire office.

“She’s so good to people who come in here with all kinds of medical issues,” said Lisa Peterman, who works at the VNA front desk. “We see that every day. She’s a calming, caring presence, and she’s just so sincere.”
Celeste Strong, a dental hygienist hired by Nancy more than 11 years ago, echoes the sentiment.

Tue
14
Aug

Pedretti’s Bakery Celebrating 50 years in business!

Christopher Reimer mixes a batch of glaze for doughnuts. Christopher is the third generation to run Pedretti’s Bakery.
Christopher Reimer mixes a batch of glaze for doughnuts. Christopher is the third generation to run Pedretti’s Bakery.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Tue
07
Aug

Artist inspired by great outdoors

Rabecca Hennessy
Rabecca Hennessy was photographed by fellow artist Jillian Webb Herrmann as she painted Elkader’s Keystone Bridge. Rabecca is one of 60 artists featured at the 4th annual Art in the Park Fine Arts Festival.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor
 
Rabecca Hennessy’s artistic talent was nurtured at her Grandma Amelia’s kitchen table where as a young child she sat for hours transforming pieces of paper into fanciful works of art.
“Old calendars, wallpaper, newsprint—she kept a stack of scraps handy and taught me how to draw on them,” Rabecca recalls. “She was my first teacher.”
Rabecca is one of 60 artists whose work will be showcased at the 4th annual Art in the Park Fine Arts Festival, which will be held August 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in Founders Park, Elkader. In addition to a showcase of original art, the event will include entertainment, kids’ activities, a youth art exhibit, a silent auction, wine tastings and food.

Tue
31
Jul

Cubs players, fans honor Buckner

Bob arriving
Bob Buckner, Elkader, was honored at a recent Chicago Cubs game for his service during WWII.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Editor’s note: Elkader resident and World War II veteran Robert Buckner is a life-long Cubs fan. Last week, his team honored him for something that happened decades before any of them was born. His story follows.
In November 1943, future Central Community School District Superintendent Robert Buckner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 after graduating from Marion High School. About 15 months after his enlistment, he found himself embroiled in the costliest battle in Marine Corps history—battle for Iwo Jima.

Tue
24
Jul

Clayton County Courthouse Time for more clock restoration work

Clayton County Courthouse
A recently awarded $50,000 grant will enabled restoration work to continue on historic the Clayton County Courthouse clock tower.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Clayton County has received a $50,000 Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP) state grant for continuing restoration work on the County Courthouse clock tower. The grant will be used for the upper areas of the tower. Since this is the highest part of the project, the costs escalate due to the use of tall cranes needed to get to the upper areas.
The areas in need of restoration are basically from the top of the windows on all four sides upwards, including all the roofing, wood decorative pieces, the wooden louvers, metal work and weather vane. This area has significant deterioration. Kendrick Lumber in Edgewood is donating all of the wood that will be used for this phase of the project. This donation was obtained through the efforts of Clayton County Supervisor Ray Peterson.

Tue
17
Jul

New pharmacy owners are settled in

Jennifer and Chris Clayton
Jennifer and Chris Clayton own three Northeast Iowa pharmacies, including Clayton Drug in Elkader, formerly Moser Pharmacy.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Long before Jay and Kay Moser retired last spring, companies interested in purchasing the pharmacy they’d owned and operated in Elkader for nearly 30 years approached them. But they turned down each offer preferring to wait for the right time and the right owners.

Tue
10
Jul

Central students make contribution

Quilts of Valor
Central students created enough blocks to make three Quilts of Valor, which will be presented later this year. Central instructor Deb Walz, second of the left, got a chance to see the finished work when members of the Breezy Ridge QOV group brought the quilts to The Backstitch in Elkader. Pictured above are, from left: Sharon Harmon, Walz, Cyndy Billmeyer and Bonnie Heiberger.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Once again, Central students have proven they’re in a class by themselves by cutting and stitching together enough fabric blocks to make three Quilts of Valor, which will be presented later this year to a trio of deserving veterans.
“We felt so blessed to receive these blocks,” said Cyndy Billmeyer, Northeast Iowa QOV coordinator and a member of the Breezy Ridge QOV quilters. “Anytime we can get ready-made blocks, it makes it easier and faster to design a quilt top.”
Billmeyer added that Central is the only area school that’s participated in the effort she manages.

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