Guttenberg Press

Wed
08
Jan

Finnegan farm featured in Our Iowa magazine contest


Tom Nugent took this photograph while flying by helicopter over the farm of Lynne and Michael Finnegan. The photograph became the Grand Prize Winner of 2013 in Our Iowa Magazine's "Focus on Iowa Photo Contest." The photo also includes land owned by Lowell and Cindy Moser, Paul and Kathy Krieg, Lynn and Lorna Moser, Bob and Joyce Hillers, and Jeffrey Bittner.

 

By Molly Moser

“I think I saw your farm in a magazine!” said callers to the home of Michael and Lynne Finnegan, of Colesburg. Their family farm, purchased by Michael’s grandfather in 1949, was featured in Our Iowa Magazine as it progressed through the annual “Focus on Iowa Photo Contest.”

Cedar Rapids based photographer Tom Nugent flew over the area last fall in search of the perfect shot. “I wanted to get a picture of Guttenberg, since that’s where my grandparents lived and where my mom grew up,” explained Nugent. Each summer, after a few weeks in a cabin an Abel Island, Nugent’s parents would go back to Cedar Rapids and he’d stay in Guttenberg with grandparents, Herman and Lenchen Ihm.

The winning shot, says Nugent, was one of the first he saw that day from the helicopter. “It looked like Grant Wood had painted a painting right there in the landscape,” he told The Press. He asked pilot Fred Lansing to turn the helicopter around so he could get the right angle.

“He couldn’t have taken the picture at a better time,” said Finnegan. “Because the farm was freshly mowed, the corn was just starting to mature, and there was early morning fog over the Turkey River.” This angle, he says, is one he often admires from Millville Road, as it shows both his farm and the intersection of the Turkey and Mississippi Rivers. 

Wed
08
Jan

City officials begin a new year


Guttenberg city officials who were elected in the November municipal elections took the oath of office in a ceremony held Dec. 30 at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. From left are Sue Osterhaus and Doug Reimer, hospital board; City Manager Mary Willett and Mayor Russ Loven; back, Steve Friedlein, Dave Schlueter and Fred Schaub, city council; front, Helene Kuempel and right, Austin Greve, park board. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

The year 2014 will see some new faces in Guttenberg city government when officials elected in November begin their terms. In a ceremony held Monday, Dec. 30, at the municipal building, Mayor Russ Loven thanked outgoing board members for their service, welcomed new members and administered the oath of office for members of the city council, park board and hospital board. 

Wed
08
Jan

Bernice E. Lueken

 

Bernice Elizabeth (Wedewer) Lueken, 88, of Colesburg passed away peacefully at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, where she had been a resident for the past several months.

Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 2, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood and one hour before services at the church. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 3, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Edgewood, conducted by Rev. Stephen Lundgren.

Wed
08
Jan

Jo Ann M. Young

 

Jo Ann Marie (Morarend) Young, 66, of Mayhill, N.M., formerly of Guttenberg, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at her home with her husband by her side.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Wayne Ellingson.

Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

Wed
08
Jan

Milford Mackey

 

Milford “Miff” Mackey, 83, of Guttenberg, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 5, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 6, at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.

Interment was at Bethel Cemetery in rural Osterdock.

Wed
08
Jan

Berdina M. Putzier

 

Berdina Mary (Ludovissy) Putzier, 92, a resident of The Meadows in Manchester, died on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 5, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point and one hour before the services at the church. 

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 6, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point, conducted by Rev. Lin Reichstadter and Rev. Al Hock.

Interment was at Cass Township Cemetery, Strawberry Point.

Thu
02
Jan

Number of permits to carry increases in Clayton County


Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi points to a sample photo ID used by individuals who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. (Photo submitted)

 

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

In 2003 a total of 32 Clayton County residents had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.  Today, that number has reached 1,245, or 7% of the county population.  Sheriff Mike Tschirgi said a change in the permit to carry law in June 2011 helped push the increase.

“The law made it easier for people to get permits by taking the word 'may' out of rules for issuing a permit and replacing it with the word 'shall' when it comes to our decision to issue a permit to carry,” he said. “A person has to take a handgun safety course from a qualified instructor, which can also be done over the internet, pass a test, which can also be done over the internet, and then pass a background check.  We would like to see individuals take the instruction in person from a qualified instructor, but either method can be used.”

Thu
02
Jan

Iowa farmland values increase to historic peaks

 

Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,716 per acre, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2012, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. Values increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row and achieved historic peaks. The increase is similar to results of other recent Iowa farmland value surveys, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute surveys.

Northeast District values

For the Northeast Crop Reporting District, which includes Clayton County,  the average land value was estimated at $9,161 per acre, an increase of $638 (7.5 percent) from 2012. Land values for high grade land averaged $11,423 per acre, while medium grade land averaged $8,573 per acre; low grade land averaged $5,670 per acre. Within the crop reporting district, values ranged from $11,239 in Black Hawk County to $5,910 in Allamakee County. For the district, 20 percent of respondents reported more land sales in 2013 compared to 2012; West Central and Northeast Iowa had the highest percentages reporting more land sales in the state. Thirty-seven percent of respondents reported the same number of sales and 43 percent reported less land sales in 2013.  

Thu
02
Jan

Cook named IATC Coach of the Year


Angela Cook, high school girls track and field coach, shares her passion for the sport with her team as well as with her two young sons, who love to run. (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

High school girls track and field coach Angela (Behrend) Cook was recognized by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches as a class 2A Coach of the Year.  She credits the recognition to her team’s growing list of triumphs. “We’ve had a lot of successful athletes lately,” says the coach. “We’re getting more well known.”

Cook’s 2013 track team earned numerous titles and broke eight school track and field records. They won four outdoor conference titles, and five team members were named to the Upper Iowa Conference Track and Field Team. The girls qualified for two events at Drake Relays and finished that meet with a runner-up in the 800-meter run and an athlete placing 14 of 25 in the long jump. The Telegraph Herald named Jasmine Staebler Athlete of the Week.

Clayton Ridge girls track also qualified six athletes in five events at the State Track & Field Championship Meet, bringing home State Champion titles in the open 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, and 800 meter run, as well as a fourth place finish in the sprint medley relay. The team placed 6th overall at the State Meet.

Thu
02
Jan

Riverside Wellness Center now taking appointments


Riverside Wellness Center will include services from massage therapists, a mental health counselor, and Reiki practitioner, as well as hosting a variety of events and classes. Sadie Hefel, of Guttenberg, is one such practitioner. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

The ever-evolving city of Guttenberg will become home to yet another unique business in 2014. A group of practitioners committed to holistic health have come together to form Riverside Wellness Center, which is set to open its doors this month.

The term holistic health is used to describe the concept that cultivating good health requires a perception of the individual as an integrated system rather than separate parts. Cindy Olsen, who organized the formation of Riverside Wellness Center, describes holistic health as “a balance between emotional health, mental health, and physical health.” 

Olsen is a licensed mental health practitioner. She has operated a successful practice in Guttenberg for 12 years, and Riverside Wellness Center will join her practice in its current location at 222 River Park Drive. 

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