Guttenberg Press

Wed
16
Apr

Local children start business, fundraise to foster friendship


Clayton Ridge fourth graders are selling handmade bracelets to raise money for a buddy bench. Front from left are participants Mark Mommer, Brodie Wahls, Boston Pierce, Mara Pierce, Chloe Freeman, Destiny Kemp, Callie Freeman, and Sierra Sheber; back row, Maddie Radabaugh, Madison Meyer, Emma Roth, Jillian Leliefeld, Payton Nuehring, Emma Kulper, JayLyn Moore, Emily Zimmer, Danyel Rieck, Lily Kann, Ms. Geuder and Aaron Taake. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge fourth grade is abuzz with excitement about a new piece of equipment for the playground – but it’s not a slide, a swing, or a merry-go-round. It’s a bench.

Fourth graders in Mr. Robert Sweers and Ms. Karen Geuder’s classes have been using looms to make bracelets, which they sell to raise money for a buddy bench. The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. “When someone doesn’t have anybody to play with on the playground, then they go sit on the bench and someone knows they need somebody to play with,” says fourth grader Payton Nuehring. 

Many of the students received looms for Christmas, and bracelet making quickly became a favorite pastime. Chloe Freeman asked her teacher, Ms. Geuder, if it would be possible to sell the bracelets and use the proceeds for an act of kindness. After talking with principal Shane Wahls and brainstorming possibilities, the students decided to fundraise for a buddy bench.

The students have raised over $400 since opening for business on April 1. They set up shop every morning, making colorful rubber band bracelets and selling them to other students before school. Many students give up their free time to make bracelets at home and during recess. They research new patterns and techniques online or in books, and each new design spreads like wildfire through the classroom as students teach each other. Even Ms. Geuder has a loom. “She’s getting good at it!” smiles fourth grader Emma Roth.

Wed
09
Apr

Teresa Ryan

Teresa Ryan, formerly of Guttenberg, passed away in her sleep in San Diego, Cailf., on April 1, 2014.

Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at St. Mary's Church, Guttenberg. Memorial services will follow at 10:00 a.m.

She is survived by her mother, Carol; her sisters and brother, Sandra (John) Stieghner, Denise (Steve) Silkworth, Michele (Martin) Behrend, Michael Ryan, Karen (Robin Miller) Ryan, Maureen (Bob Luger) Ryan and many nieces and nephews.

Wed
09
Apr

Kathleen C. Habel

Kathleen C. Habel, 87, of North Buena Vista, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

Visitation was Friday, April 4, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross and before services at North Buena Vista Hall.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 5, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Wed
09
Apr

Prescription drug drop-off April 26

The Guttenberg Police Department will sponsor its annual prescription drug drop-off on Saturday, April 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 

The alley behind the Guttenberg Municipal Building will be designated as the drop-off point and will be set up for one-way traffic.

Purpose of the event is to allow area residents to safely dispose of unused prescription medications.

Wed
09
Apr

Dan Berns named a 2014 Sports Media Person of the Year

Dan Berns

The Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association recently recognized Dan Berns of Garnavillo as the recipient of a 2014 IHSADA Sports Media Award.

Dan Berns is a 1987 graduate of Garnavillo High School and a 1988 graduate of Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn.  He started working at KCTN/KADR in 1986 when he was still in high school. He has been the general manager at KCTN FM/KADR AM in Elkader since 2003, where he is also the news and sports director.

Wed
09
Apr

Stakeholders plan for future of Iowa Great River Road corridor


David Dahlquist facilitated a Great River Road stakeholders meeting at the Driftless Area Wetland Centre. Five panelists from the area and members of the audience were encouraged to voice their ideas for the future of the byway, and all voted on their top six priorities before the meeting concluded. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission held a stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday, April 3, as part of the process of updating the Iowa Great River Road corridor management plan. David L. Dahlquist and Associates (DDA), of Des Moines, facilitated the meeting at the Driftless Area Wetland Centre of Marquette, during which a panel of community members presented their ideas for missions, goals, and objectives for the future of the Iowa Great River Road. 

DDA surveyed both residents and visitors along the Great River Road during 2013, gauging awareness and determining the perceptions of the byway. Results of the survey were presented to those in attendance at Thursday’s meeting, along with a menu of potential actions for the future. 

“This is Iowa’s best tourist attraction,” said Dahlquist of the byway. “800,000 people live within 10 miles of the Iowa Great River Road.” The road winds through 10 Iowa counties and follows the Mississippi River through 10 states. 

“We have a lot of loyalty and commitment to the area,” said Breann Bye, Associate at DDA. Seventy percent of those surveyed are repeat visitors, and 40% of those have been visiting the area for over 25 years. 

Wed
09
Apr

Junior Achievement guides students to economic success


St. Mary Immaculate Conception School students, from left, Sam Brimeyer, Morgan Tujetsch, and Elayna Simon navigate the risks and rewards of the various insurance options as part of the Junior Achievement program. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In a classroom at St. Mary Immaculate Conception (SMIC) in Guttenberg, seventh and eighth grade students are gathered into small groups. The room is abuzz with conversation; students alternately cheer and groan. Classroom volunteer Diane Bieber races from group to group, passing out cards that represent various cash values, and students cross items off a shopping list as they are able to make purchases. At the end of the activity, the team with the most purchases and the most remaining money wins the game.

This is Junior Achievement, a volunteer-delivered, K-12 program that fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, harnessing experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and to equip them with the skills to make their dreams reality.  

SMIC principal Steven Cornelius became familiar with the program during his 36-year career as a principal in Dubuque. “Junior Achievement (JA) is so beneficial to our kids. All of my Dubuque schools participated,” he said. Cornelius connected with Bieber, who retired to Guttenberg in 2012. “I mentioned JA and she just sparked. This was something she really wanted to do.”

“I volunteered with Junior Achievement while working for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Cedar Rapids.  After retiring to Guttenberg in 2012, I discovered that JA wasn’t available in the area so I contacted Father Bries and Mr. Cornelius, the Principal at St. Mary's, about starting the program here,” Bieber said.

Wed
02
Apr

New location for Easter egg hunt

By Shelia Tomkins

The annual Easter egg hunt traditionally held on the grounds of the Guttenberg Care Center will continue this year on Saturday, April 19,  at the fenced-in Rotary park just south of Clayton Ridge High School.

The Guttenberg Rotary Club is parternering with the Guttenberg Care Center to continue the tradition. 

Wed
02
Apr

Clayton Ridge Boys State delegates announced


Front from left are Michael Anderson, Trevor Heying and Austin Behrend; back row, Logan Domeyer, Colin Connelly, Josh Werges and Colten Rastetter. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

Colton Rastetter, son of Thor and Julie Rastetter, and Colin Connelly, son of Chad and Kathy Connelly, have been chosen by Prairie La Porte Post 373 to be delegates to the 75th American Legion Hawkeye Boys State to be held at Camp Dodge, Johnston, from June 15-20.

Logan Domeyer, son of Kim and Terri Domeyer, and Michael Anderson, son of Pastor and Mrs. Shane Anderson of Guttenberg are the alternates for Post 373 in case one or both delegates are unable to attend.

Wed
02
Apr

Young adults gather for Friday discussion at Theology On Tap


St. John's Youth Leader holds Theology on Tap, an informal discussion group, at 5:30 every Friday evening over dinner and drinks. He invites young adults of all backgrounds to attend. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Religion and politics are the two things we’re taught not to discuss at the dinner table – except at Theology On Tap, a Friday night roundtable at Guttenberg’s Stadium Bar and Grill where anything is up for discussion. Led by Kyle Jaeger, St. John’s Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Theology On Tap meets at 5:30 p.m. every Friday. 

Jaeger, 23, has been holding the open forum weekly since October, when he decided to open up the topic of religion for young adults over dinner and drinks. Jaeger studied religion and communication at Wartburg University, where he attended a series of similar discussions led by professors. 

The ecumenical gathering consists of several regular attendees as well as those who drop by occasionally. “For the most part, it’s about having relationships,” he said when describing the informal gathering of interested young people. “Many times we do end up talking about religion, but it’s always organic.” 

Jaeger grew up in Grinnell and was confirmed in the Lutheran church, but began attending a Methodist church the following year, when he became involved in their youth program. “I was an active part of the youth group there from then on,” he said.

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