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Tue
18
Feb

Clayton County Register editor to retire

Longtime Register editor Pam Reinig is retiring. Reinig, who has led the paper for 10 years, is leaving to focus full-time on ministry. She has been pastor at Illyria Community Church, Elgin, for six years.

Reinig began her journalism career nearly 45 years ago at the Cedar Rapids Gazette where she worked in several capacities including assistant managing editor. After a brief time in marketing, she returned to journalism when she and her husband, Mark, relocated to Northeast Iowa in 2007. She joined the Register in 2009 as an ad salesperson and writer. She was named editor in 2010, after the paper was purchased by Gary Howe.

Tue
18
Feb

Harold Krambeer

Harold Junior Krambeer, 77, of Farmersburg, Iowa,died Tuesday, February 11, 2020. at his home in Farmersburg. Harold was born November 15, 1942, in Farmersburg, the fourth child of Harold John Krambeer and Leona Fascher Krambeer. He was baptized December 13, 1942, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and confirmed there on March 25, 1956. He graduated from Monona Farmersburg Community High School in 1960 and served his country in the United States Air Force as a photo interpretation specialist during the Vietnam War.

On December 4, 1965, Harold married Deanna Schlitter. One child, Ross, was born to this union. Harold worked for a number of years installing and repairing rural and domestic water systems for Duane Lubbers. He found this work his most rewarding. He finished his working career as manager of the Swiss Valley Farms Packaging Plant at St. Olaf, Iowa.

Tue
18
Feb

Dorothy Irene Seybert

Dorothy Irene Seybert was born March 19, 1928, in Wadena, IA, the daughter of William and Alice (Barth) Nydegger. In 1946, she graduated from Volga City High School in Clayton County, IA. Dorothy married Robert “Chick” Joseph Seybert on June 26, 1950, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader, IA. The couple lived in various towns in Northeast Iowa before moving to Waukon in 1954.

A member at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, she was active in the St. Martins Study Club and was a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Society. She and Chick also loved volunteering for the Adopt-a-Grandparent program at the Waukon elementary school. Dorothy also enjoyed dancing and going to flea markets to look for Red Wing Pottery. Mostly, she loved visiting with family and friends.

Tue
18
Feb

Patrick W. McTaggart

Patrick William McTaggart, 70, of Elkader, died Sunday, January 19, 2020, at his home. He was born in Mason City on June 6, 1949, to William Neal and Mary Virginia (Looney) McTaggart. As a young man, he worked for his dad, Bill, and his uncle, Don, who were co-owners of McTaggart’s Furniture in Elkader. He graduated from Central Community High School and attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette where he earned a degree in history. He proudly served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged on September 26, 1977.

Wed
12
Feb

Prairie du Chien matmen are SWC-SWAL Clash champions


Senior Tyler Hannah ties up with his Lancaster opponent in the finals of the Clash at 195#. Hannah would dominate and win by technical fall 17-2. In doing so, Hannah became a four-time conference champion.

Great effort sets numerous records

The Prairie du Chien wrestling Blackhawks made history on Saturday at Mineral Point by winning their first-ever SWC/SWAL Clash title. 

Mon
10
Feb

Election app snafu was avoidable

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Ten minutes into the February 3 caucus, Brian Bruening got the first inkling that he was in for a long night. Bruening, who is a precinct chair and also chair of the Clayton County Democrats, opened a newly created election app on his smartphone to enter the number of participants who turned out at his precinct.

He was kicked out of the app seconds after logging in.

“I got a ‘restart app’ message but when I tried to do that, nothing happened,” Bruening said.

Bruening’s experience played out across most of Iowa’s 1,700 precincts. It seems nobody was able to get the app to work. In the days leading up to the caucus, instantaneous results were promised but in the end, results trickled in. Nearly four days would pass before an official tally was announced.

Mon
10
Feb

Meet "Mark Twain" on February 20

Mark Twain "the father of American literature" will be at the Elkader Public Library on Thursday, February 20 at 6 pm! Michael Scott, a storyteller and actor from La Crosse, Wisconsin, will bring Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn to life during his performance. This program is co-hosted by the Motor Mill Foundation of Clayton County, the Clayton County Conservation Board, and the Friends of the Elkader Public Library.

Mon
10
Feb

Dawn D. Fox

Dawn D. Fox, 71, of St. Olaf, died Saturday, February 1, 2020. She was born on January 9, 1949, in Volga, Iowa, to Homer and Dorothy (Langford) Walter. She graduated from Elkader High School.

Wed
05
Feb

Census Bureau Counting On Volunteers

Several years ago, Iowan Kelly Campbell found himself in a classic good news-bad news situation. The good news: Through her work, his wife had earned a free vacation. The bad news: Campbell wasn’t sure they had extra funds for the additional expenses they might accrue on their trip.

In hopes of earning some extra cash, Campbell, who was a stay-home dad, applied for a temporary job with the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau was ramping up for its 2000 count and needed thousands of “enumerators” nationwide. Paid training, a flexible schedule and great pay appealed to Campbell. The experience was so positive that he stayed with the bureau and today works with them as a partnership specialist.

Wed
05
Feb

Pete Buttigieg takes Clayton County


Aaron Gibney, center, was the youngest caucus-goer at the Boardman/Highland precinct Monday night. The Central Senior came to support Pete Buttigieg.

By Pam Reinig

The Iowa Democratic Party late Monday night cited “quality checks” and new reporting rules for a significant delay in results from the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus. That may be only part of the story, however.

According to Clayton County Democratic Chair Brian Bruening, the program or “app” used to report numbers from each precinct statewide presented some challenges. In fact, during his opening comments at Keystone AEA in Elkader where his own precinct met, Bruening encountered issues with the app the first time he tried to use it.

“I’m not sure what happened but I do know that we were still receiving updates to the app yesterday afternoon,” he said in a call to the Register just before midnight Monday.

Results were expected by late Monday evening. The official count was pushed to Tuesday after the Register deadline. Whatever the real issue, party officials are insistent that the delay was not the result of “a hack or intrusion.”

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