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Tue
18
Oct

James M. Miller

James Masen Miller, 66, of Volga, passed away peacefully after an enduring illness in his home of 54 years. He was born Feb. 14, 1956, to William Lowell and Arlys (Norcross) Miller, the youngest of three siblings. He spent a portion of his youth in Cedar Falls until 1968, when the family moved to Volga to plant their roots at Spring Valley Ranch. It was there he discovered his love of mechanics, ranching and photography. He graduated from Central High School in 1975. From there, he pursued his diesel mechanics certification and began to take part in the daily operations of the ranch.

Tue
18
Oct

Delores Wagner

Delores Mary Ellen Wagner, 92, of Monona, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Great River Care Center, McGregor. Delores was born Sept. 13, 1930, to Alexander and Cecila (Fassbinder) Berns at their rural Monona home. She was the youngest of seven children whom were very close. Family gatherings at the farm were always a highlight while growing up. She attended St. Patrick Catholic Grade School and Monona High School, graduating in 1948.

Tue
11
Oct

‘Pickin’ on the Prairies’ seed harvests will aid restoration efforts at county properties


A series of “Pickin’ on the Prairies” seed harvest events led by Clayton County Conservation will aid future restoration projects at county properties. Clayton County Conservation Naturalist/Resource Manager Kenny Slocum is pictured with attendee Laurie Klosterboer during last week’s harvest at Bloody Run County Park near Marquette. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Whorled milkweed was one of the seeds collected at Bloody Run. Prior to last week’s event, Slocum said 35 different species had been harvested. Seeds will largely be processed by hand and replanted yet this fall.

Seeds from each county property are kept in separate bags. “We’re keeping all of those separate so we can apply them where it’s going to be appropriate for it,” Slocum explained.

Harvesting seed from county properties has become more common for Clayton County Conservation, said Slocum. For one, it’s less expensive than buying prairie seed. Having small amounts of seed on hand is also helpful for a variety of projects. Lastly, harvesting seeds directly from a park heightens the chance plants will grow in other areas of that park or natural area. Conservation staff already know it does well.

This time of year is the best to harvest, but Slocum noted there’s no real trick to seed collection. It’s better to know which seeds you don’t want.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
11
Oct

McGregor master plan open house gathers input on goals and projects


Angie Killian was among the roughly 200 people who attended a McGregor master planning open house on Oct. 6. The event continued to gather input on community goals and projects. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
11
Oct

Solar array project construction begins at Elkader water wells, treatment site


Solar arrays are being installed at the city of Elkader's water wells and treatment site. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
11
Oct

CVG to close Monona facility

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
11
Oct

Monona Council reviews recreation projects

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
11
Oct

Volga's junior firefighter program promotes youth retention

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

Tue
11
Oct

‘Keary’s Cooker’ pays homage to Luana fire department, community supporter


Justin Grove (left), Scott Torkelson, Derrick Eilers and Matt Baade stand with the refurbished “Keary’s Cooker.” The grill was made by former Luana firefighter and long-time department and community supporter Keary Keehner, who passed away in 2021, then restored by the firefighters in his honor. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

Tue
11
Oct

Being on the St. Olaf Fire Department is a Kahrs family tradition


Marcus and Dave Kahrs have served a combined 50-plus years on the St. Olaf Fire Department. Dave was chief from 1976 to 1992, and Marcus has been in the role since 2017.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

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