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Tue
31
Oct

Global Science - Students pursue “green” projects


Central students Jonathan Whittle and Cayden Hansel sift through last year’s compost from the school cafeteria. They are sorting out the plastic and silverware accidentally put in the pile and creating one large pile so it is ready for use in the school garden.

Noah Reinhart and Matt Whittle water plants they started from seeds harvested from the school prairie in the science department greenhouse.

Weston Helgerson checks the temperature on the school roof with a thermal imaging camera purchased with a McElroy grant last year. He is researching how weather and sunlight can change the temperature of a roof as a part of his project on green roofs.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Anthropologist Margaret Mead once famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” The 14 students in Ann Gritzner’s Global Science class at Central have taken Mead’s words to heart. Working in small groups of one, two or four students, they’re pursuing small projects—composting, can collection and redemption, green roofing, improved tree growth and other ideas—that have the potential for great change. 

Tue
24
Oct

Career has gone to the dogs. . .and cats


Jill Herman shampoos a canine client at her business, Pampered Pets Grooming based in Elkader and Guttenberg.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Jill Herman’s career has gone to the dogs—and she couldn’t be happier about it.

Tue
17
Oct

St. Olaf Tavern receives honor


St. Olaf Tavern owners Randy and Lisa Lenth, shown with 2017 County Pork Queen Megan Glawe, were the recipients of the 2017 Restaurant Award.

By Melissa Spielbauer Combs

Guttenberg Press

 

The St. Olaf Tavern was the recipient of this year’s Restaurant Award presented by the Clayton County Pork Producers at their banquet held September 30 in Elkader..

Tue
17
Oct

Hurricane Irma: aftermath Area crews return from storm work


Josh Abbott, left, and Blair Everman, lineman with Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative, were two of 146 Iowa workers who helped restore electrical service along the Florida-Georgia line following Hurricane Irma.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Elkader Lions’ Club - Revived group has a grand vision


Rich Witt, Meghan Bergan and Howard Mayer prepare to do vision screening with three local youngsters. Witt is with the Oelwein Lions’ Club; Bergan is the Central School nurse; and Mayer is a member of the newly reinstated Elkader Lions’ Club.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A Northeast Iowa couple last summer took steps to help ensure continued vision-screening services for area youngsters. At the time, they had no way of knowing the personal turn their journey would take.

Tue
10
Oct

COUNCIL HEARS HOTEL PROPOSAL

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The Elkader City Council met last Thursday night for a presentation that could mean a new hotel for the town. 

Tue
03
Oct

Big Spring Hatchery - Waterline replacement underway


The pipeline that brings spring water to the raceways at Big Spring Trout Hatchery is being replaced. The hatchery remains open though access is a bit trickier.

By Gary Siegwarth

Tue
03
Oct

RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH WRITING


Author Kristen Halverson has drawn inspiration for two children’s books from horses she and her husband, Larry, own.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A Northeast Iowa woman with a genuine flair for storytelling, a deep love of horses and an unwavering commitment to literacy has shared her talents and values in two children’s books, including a new holiday release.

Wed
20
Sep

Milestone for store - Wilke’s celebrates 150 years!


The original Wilke’s Store, pictured above, opened in Clayton Center near the end of the Civil War.

Here’s an inside view of the St. Olaf store taken around 1915. On the left is Elmer (Dave’s grandfather), and on the right is Henry (Elmer’s father). The woman is Mrs. Fred Wilke.

Exterior view

By Becky Wilke

Near the entryway of Wilke’s grocery store in Elkader is a registration box where customers write their names and phone numbers on their receipts in hopes of winning the monthly drawing for a $150 Wilke’s gift certificate. This is just one of many promotions that Wilke’s is running in honor their 150th year serving the residents of Clayton County.  

Wed
20
Sep

DESKS REMOVED FROM CLASSROOM


Central students in Kelly Erickson’s Spanish class have quickly adapted to the room’s non-traditional arrangement.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The most notable thing about Kelly Erickson’s classroom is not what’s in it but what’s not in it: desks. Before the school year started, Erickson removed the desks from her foreign language classroom at Central. She’s filled the space with other, more comfortable furniture including a sofa, loveseat, chairs and pillows.

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