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Meyer shares from the heart


Meyer helped Brianna Achenbach on her way to becoming the 2011 Dairy Princess. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer-Combs)

By Molly Moser

February is a month for hearts – candy hearts, paper hearts, and human hearts. American Heart Month, federally designated in 1964, reminds us that cardiovascular diseases are still the leading global cause of death. One Guttenberg resident knows all too well the effects of a malfunctioning heart. After a decade dealing with swollen joints and doctors appointments, local dairy farmer Dan Meyer was forced to make a life-altering decision when doctors realized he would need open heart surgery.

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Local employers respond to workforce skills survey


Results of the new survey have been passed on to the school superintendent and will direct Chamber offerings of professional skills training workshops in the community. (Press photo by Jayna Felder)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg Economic and Industrial Development Committee has released the results of a skills survey created by the Chamber of Commerce and administered by GEIDC to a dozen local businesses of different types, from retail to healthcare to service and manufacturing.

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Proposed city budget calls for drop in property tax levy rate

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 6, on the annual  budget for the coming fiscal year. For the second consecutive year, the new budget calls for a small decrease in the city's tax levy rate. The budget anticipates approximate expenditures and revenues of $6.6 million.

The proposed budget covers the fiscal year from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. If approved, the proposed rate per $1000 valuation on regular property would be $14.78261. This compares to the current year's rate of $14.97794.

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John A. Johnson

John Arthur Johnson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, surrounded by his loving wife, children and many of his family members.

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 19, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg. Funeral services followed at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Marshall Hahn.

A reception was held at PromiseLand Winery, Guttenberg.

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Lawrence F. Moser

Lawrence Fredrick Moser, 86 of Edgewood, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 16, at United Methodist Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Michael Jackson.

Interment was at Bethel Cemetery, Colesburg.

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Clayton Ridge School district voters approve levy increase

By Shelia Tomkins

Voters in the Clayton Ridge Community School District on Feb. 7 approved a public measure providing for an increase in the tax levy for physical plant and equipment improvements at the Guttenberg and Garnavillo school campuses. Voters authorized a 10-year levy representing an increase of 67¢ over the current PPEL.

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City council sets budget hearing, eyes water increase, hears updates

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its monthly meeting on Feb. 6 adopted a budget for the coming fiscal year, moved forward on a water rate increase, and heard updates from the hospital task force and on the Garber Road bridge project. 

Mayor Russ Loven called the meeting to order with council members Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling present, along with Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

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Care Center earns five-star rating


John and Karen Youngblut have found a five-star place they can both call home. John lives in Eagle Ridge Independent and Assisted Living with the family dog, Lexi, and Karen lives in the adjacent care center. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Forty percent of all nursing home residents live in one- or two-star facilities (as reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation in May of 2015), and recent changes in the rating system have made reaching the top even more difficult. “According to U.S.A. Today, nearly one third of the nation’s nursing homes are getting lower scores,” said Guttenberg Care Center Administrator Dr. Janette Simon. “Only 22 percent of the 15,505 nursing homes in the U.S. are five-star rated. Iowa is among the highest rated in the country.” 

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Chamber director meets with Main Street Elkader


Janis Lerch, right, is a downtown business owner and current president of Main Street Elkader. Emily Yaddof, left, is the program's new director. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce Director Emily Sadewasser sat down with Emily Yaddof, Elkader Main Street Director, for a Q&A about the opportunites, challenges, and logistics of the Main Street Program. 

Sadewasser and chamber board members have been investigating the Main Street Program for improving Guttenberg’s downtown shopping district since a public meeting in October with Jim Engle, director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Program. 

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David Masuen

David Masuen, 77, of Des Moines died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at his home.

Iowa Cremation assisted the family. Burial service will be held at a later date.

David is survived by two sisters, Pat and Karen; two brothers, Mike and Jim and four nieces and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Theresa Masuen.

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