Guttenberg Press

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. 

Thu
02
Jan

Violet G. Bernhardt

 

Violet Gwendolyn (Reynolds) Bernhardt, 102, of Guttenberg, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was before services at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo.

Funeral services were  Saturday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. James R. Fiete, PMA.

Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

Thu
02
Jan

Larry L. D. Gull

 

Larry Lew Dettmer Gull died peacefully from complications following a stroke at the Guttenberg Care Center, Christmas morning.

Visitation was Friday, Dec. 27, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Gospel Hall in Garnavillo.

Interment was at the Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

Tue
24
Dec

Arleen C.M. Dietrich

 

Arleen C.M. Dietrich, 90, of Dubuque, formerly of Guttenberg, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Manor Care Center in Dubuque.   

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Tue
24
Dec

Christmas memories mean more than gifts


This photo from a bygone era sparked Christmas memories for the author. (Photo submitted)

 

Note: The following reader submission, inspired by the photograph at right and based on real life events, provides a glimpse of winter life on an Iowa farm in another era.

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A middle-aged lady looks through an old photo album and reflects on a bygone era.  Her father was a full-time hired man for a farmer who had four farms within a five-mile radius. She recalls that the whole family was expected to help out at different times of the year.

When Catherine, called Kat, was three or four years of age, she had to help water and feed the baby chickens. They were kept in the house for several weeks in a big metal tub. Newspapers were put in the bottom and had to be changed often.

Her two brothers, older by 10 and 12 years, helped with the chores and other jobs. Their biggest job was pulling volunteer corn from the soybean fields and putting up the square bales of hay.

Tue
24
Dec

Kay L. Thein

 

Fay Lorraine (Decker) Thein, age 82, of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Wis.

Graveside services were Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Garnavillo Community Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Wayne Ellingson.

A luncheon followed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. 

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo.

Tue
24
Dec

Guttenberg hospital eyes affiliation with Finley

 

Submitted by

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital

UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital (Finley) and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital (GMH) announced Friday, Dec. 20, that they have agreed to enter into discussions to consider a future alignment in which UnityPoint Health would recognize GMH as an affiliate hospital under Finley Tri-states Health Group. 

As GMH is a municipal hospital, this process may take several months while it is reviewed by applicable governmental authorities. 

Tue
24
Dec

Local pastor to be featured on KFXB


LWFB Pastor Tyler Strickfaden will give a half-hour television interview followed by a half-hour message on KFXB’s weekly program, Coming Home. The program airs at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. Mediacom viewers can tune in to channel 12, and others can view the episode on Youtube. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Tyler Strickfaden never wanted to be a pastor. In fact, he says it was the last thing he wanted to do. 

“I don’t like standing in front of people. I’m very comfortable to be in the background,” he says. “In 2007, I felt the call to be a pastor from God. I didn’t want to do it, so I ran from it for a year.” Strickfaden says that year was one of the worst of his life. “I’ve never felt such a lack of peace.”

“The moment that I said okay, fine, I’ll do what you want me to do, it was like instantly, peace was restored,” says Strickfaden. “Ever since then, I’ve loved it.” 

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