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16
May

Car enthusiasts invited to 'Cruisin' to the Park' gathering


Cruisers enjoying carry-out from local restaurants at Ingleside Park, from left, are Jeff and Sue Meyer, Shelly and Randy Weeks, and Jim and Connie Niehaus. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg’s own River Park Cruisers have organized a monthly ‘cruise-in’ at Ingleside Park north of Clayton Ridge Schools on the second Wednesdays in May, June, July and August at 6 p.m. “All car enthusiasts are welcome to bring food, drink and lawn chairs and enjoy the display of cars,” said David Bahls, River Park Cruisers chairperson. 

Wed
16
May

Unlimited Services, Inc. celebrates 15 years


From left, Unlimited Services directors Amy Vonderhaar, Angi Lawson, Barry Armstrong, Michelle Armstrong and Johnna Sweers have been with the company since the beginning. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Unlimited Services of Guttenberg is celebrating 15 years in business with reflection and gratitude. The company started in 2003 with a group of owners who are still together today, continuing to evolve as needs change and striving to create a community where individuals participate and achieve their dreams, hopes and desires. The company has grown from five homes and 25 staff to 12 homes and approximately 100 staff. Unlimited Services is a certified provider under the Medicaid HCBS Waiver Programs and is CARF accredited.

Wed
02
May

Guttenberg crest predicted May 3-4

By Shelia Tomkins

A late spring in the Upper Midwest delayed the end-of-winter thaw in the watershed of the Mississippi River, and will bring a minor crest at Guttenberg this week.

On Monday, the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wis., predicted a crest of 15.3 feet at Guttenberg on May 3-4, followed by a very slow drop in river levels. 

Wed
02
May

Kramers present Our Neighbors, the Amish


Dianne Kramer and her husband Don have developed many connections with the Amish and travel around the state with an educational program called Our Neighbors, the Amish. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Dianne and Don Kramer of Dyersville brought their traveling program, Our Neighbors, the Amish, to the Colesburg library on Thursday, April 26. “We have been giving these programs throughout Iowa and have been so surprised at the interest in the Amish. You are so fortunate to live this close,” said Dianne. “Most English (people who aren’t Amish) have very little interaction with the Amish, and for that reason there is an air of mystery about them,” Dianne told the group that gathered for the presentation. 

Wed
02
May

Umbrella Arts announces theme of 2018 sculpture contest


Area artist Josh Gomez has already started working on his entry for the Umbrella Arts summer sculpture contest. When complete, this mixed-media piece which incorporates Mississippi River driftwood, stones, and shells, will be on display at Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

A much-anticipated project that started in 2016 will culminate this summer with the installation of a new sculpture on the 500 block of South River Park Drive. A group of Guttenberg residents attended meetings, helped with fundraising, and held discussion with artists and community members to bring this new piece of public artwork to the historic downtown riverfront. Guttenberg is one of 15 recipients of the Our Town grant from the National Endowment of the Arts awarded to Northeast Iowa RC&D, which is administering the project across all 15 communities.

Wed
25
Apr

Long night for Clayton Ridge school board at April 12 meeting

A public hearing for the 2018-19 Clayton Ridge School District budget was called to order at 7 p.m. in Garnavillo on Thursday, April 12.  Members in attendance were John Heying, Christine Aulwes, Kathy Ihde, Ellen Johnson, Alicia Helle and Mike Finnegan.  Jason Reimer was absent. Also in attendance were Shane Wahls, Andy Peterson, David Schlueter, Mary Seifert, Deb Henkes, Travis Geuder, Kevin Hennessey, Bill Leonhart and Matt Moser.

Schlueter presented the proposed 2018-19 Certified District Budget with total expenditures of $15,839,231. Tax rates were as follows: 

Wed
25
Apr

CRHS graduation rate explained


While the IAVA is responsible for lowering the CRHS graduation rate from 100 to 81 percent, it offers 300 students high quality educational opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them. (Press file photo)

By Molly Moser

A recent article in the Telegraph Herald raised concerns over education at Clayton Ridge when it listed the school’s graduation rate at 81.01 percent, nearly 10 percent lower than the statewide average of 91 percent. In fact, according to Superintendent Shane Wahls, in 2017 Clayton Ridge High School graduated 100 percent of its senior class. 

Wed
25
Apr

Three new providers join hospital and clinic


GMH held an open house to welcome its three new providers on Thursday, April 12. From left are Dr. Tamara Holzer and Family Nurse Practitioners Vanessa Solomon and Amber Wessels. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Three new providers have joined the staff at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics in recent months. "We are thrilled to welcome these new providers to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics and to the community at large. With the addition of these providers, we will continue to provide the highest quality in healthcare to our community but will be able to offer additional services or additional hours," said GMH Interim CEO Kelly Dybvig.

Wed
18
Apr

City council proceeds with pool project, sets budget hearing

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on April 9 moved forward on the pool project, set a hearing date to amend the budget and approved the first reading of an ordinance change that will reduce the cost of a golf cart permit.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, and Virginia Saeugling through the evening's agenda; also on hand were city manager Denise Schneider and city attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
18
Apr

Getting to know local government Recreation board hard at work


Planned updates for the Darwin Duwe little league field and surrounding area include improved parking, playground equipment, a new fence in the outfield and potentially even a skate park. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: This story concludes an 11-week series of features highlighting city boards and committees to educate readers about the workings of local government. 

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