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School election is Tuesday, Feb. 7

Voters in the Clayton Ridge Community School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to vote on a public measure that would provide for a tax levy for physical plant and equipment purposes. Voters will be asked to authorize a 10-year levy representing an increase of 67¢ over the current PPEL.

Polling hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following sites:

Wed
25
Jan

Luella Krapfl

Luella Krapfl, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation was Friday, Jan. 20, at Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan, 21 at the church.

Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Wed
25
Jan

Ardeth M. Kirschbaum

Ardeth M. Kirschbaum, 87, of Dubuque passed from her earthly home into God’s eternal home on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her children.

Visitation was Friday, Jan. 20, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Dubuque.

Wed
25
Jan

Thor Fisko Jr.

Thor Fisko Jr., 91, of Elkader, moved on from this life on Sunday Jan. 15, 2017.

Thor was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Garber as the second of two children to Thor and Ruth (Wathen) Fisko. Following an active childhood as the ever-irritating younger brother to his sister Helen, Thor enlisted in the Army. He arrived in Europe on Aug. 11, 1944, exactly 33 years, to the day, that his father, Thor Fisko Sr., arrived in the United States from Norway. He worked as a Field Lineman in Northern France and Central Europe during the war. 

Wed
25
Jan

Clayton Ridge school board January meeting

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors met in regular session on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Members in attendance were John Heying, Michael Finnegan, Alicia Helle, Ellen Johnson and Jason Reimer. Christine Aulwes and Kathy Ihde were absent.

Wed
25
Jan

Guttenberg hospital introduces Rahma, the surgical robot


From left are O.R. and clinic nurse Sally Schumann, Bill Robinson, who was first to undergo robotic surgery at GMH, Rahma the Robot, and surgeon, Dr. Daniel Mansfield. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

There’s a capable new set of hands at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, and they’re powered by a surgical robot named Rahma. Bill Robinson, branch manager at Community Savings Bank in Garnavillo, was the first to go under the robot’s knife at GMH. The procedure, done by Dr. Daniel Mansfield, would involve just three small incisions and would allow the surgeon to repair the hernia with more precision and less postoperative pain.

Wed
25
Jan

Council hears pool update

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in special session for a budget workshop on Jan. 16, heard an update from the Guttenberg pool committee.

Jesssica Cline first presented an overview of the pool's history and the committee's work with its consultant, Burbach Aquatics, Inc.

Committee member MJ Smith then presented details on the committee's plan for a pool and pool house, and received unanimous council approval for the following seven committee recommendations:

Wed
25
Jan

Aulwes on award-winning Rose Parade team


Susan Aulwes, left, and Lisa (Hankes) Weddel made time to read The Guttenberg Press during a busy four days in Pasadena, Calif., where they were preparing a float for the Rose Parade. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The 103rd Rose Bowl was played as usual in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 2, but it wasn’t business as usual for Guttenberg resident Sue Aulwes. While football teams prepared for plays on the field, she worked with a crew of volunteers behind the scenes to prepare a float for the 128th Rose Parade. She began work on Dec. 29, and worked until the wee hours of the morning on Jan. 1, putting in approximately 60 hours in four days. 

Wed
18
Jan

Guttenberg hospital audit report

The accounting firm of Seim Johnson, LLP released an audit report for Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in September. 

The hospital's operating revenue totaled $15,324,121 for the year ended June 30, 2016, a 13% increase from the prior year. Total operating revenue included $14,491,689 in net patient service revenue, $835,293 in other operating revenue, and a $2,861 loss on disposal of capital assets. 

Wed
18
Jan

Eagle Watch & Cabin Fever Day


Ice carver Matt Meadows will once again transform a 350-pound block of ice into a work of art during the Feb. 11 Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Day in Guttenberg. A chili cook-off and live raptor experience round out the event. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

Get spectacular views of America's national bird at the Marina Visitor Center in Guttenberg on Saturday, Feb. 11, when Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Day. Live raptors, hot chili, and cool ice sculpting are among the entertainment planned. 

Dubuque photographer Gary Fagan will share his extensive body of wildlife work, including many shots of bald eagles in flight and on the hunt, diving for fish in the Mississippi.

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