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Wed
15
Jan

Ice fishing tourney here Jan. 18

An ice fishing tournament will be held at Bussey Lake, Guttenberg on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event is being co-sponsored by Guttenberg Development & Tourism and Murray's Outdoor Store.

There will be prizes for the biggest bluegill, crappie and perch, as well as a price for the most overall  panfish weighed-in. Prizes will include four $100 gift certificates from Murray's and four children's fishing kits from Murray (children under 12 are eligible).

Wed
15
Jan

Family Resource Center open house Jan. 22 at new location


The Family Resource Center, a branch of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, invite the public to an open house at their new location at 514 S. River Park Dr. on Jan. 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Family Resource Center will host an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at their new location, 514 S. River Park Drive, Guttenberg. This branch of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital is a hub for a variety of agencies and programs that are difficult to reach in many rural communities, and their new location allows them to provide more to the community than ever before.

The Family Resource Center was previously located in a building just two blocks north of the new location, in an office coordinator Kari Harbaugh calls “compact.” Within the small rooms, agencies had difficulty meeting with families of more than two or three. “We have space for that now,” she smiles.

The large front windows in the new location allow natural light to brighten the entire space. Tall ceilings and white walls create a feeling of freshness, and the wood flooring layered with soft, colorful rugs make the room feel like home. “The whole environment is very, very inviting, warm, and comfortable,” said Harbaugh. “Whether someone is coming to drop off a donation, attend a group, or receive services, it’s pleasing to everyone.”

The Resource Center’s old location was not handicap accessible, and Harbaugh can recall numerous incidents when first-time clients with wheelchairs simply had to wait outside. Parking was shut down daily while school busses accessed the street, making it even more difficult to enter. “It just wasn’t acceptable,” said Harbaugh.

Wed
15
Jan

City council hears update on economic prospects

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, in its first meeting of the new year, heard an update on efforts to attract and expand business in the community.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein through the evening's short agenda. Assistant City Manager Julie Zittergruen was also in attendance.

GEIDC report

Mary Beth Theis, director of Guttenberg Economic and Industrial Development Commission (GEIDC), spoke to the council about three prospects for local development. 

Wed
15
Jan

CR alumni to compete in mixed martial arts battle Jan. 24


Clayton Ridge graduates Nick Pierce (pictured) and Dalton Grinstead are on the amateur fight card for a mixed martial arts bout in Dubuque on Friday, Jan. 24. (Photo courtesy of Dubuque Photography)

By Molly Moser

Mixed martial arts (MMA) has been rising in popularity in recent years, and the sport now has a pay-per-view business that rivals boxing and professional wrestling. Pinnacle Combat, the self-proclaimed premier MMA promotion in the tri-state area, will hold their tenth event this month – an event that features two Clayton Ridge graduates.

Nick Pierce and Dalton Grinstead, both 23, are preparing for their second fight with Pinnacle to be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at Dubuque’s Five Flags Center. For those unfamiliar with the sport, Five Flags Center describes mixed martial arts as “a full contact combat sport that allows the use of striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports.” 

Grinstead, who has trained in Karate, wrestling, and Jiu Jitsu, is proficient in either a stand-up or ground scenario. “I don't mind being on my feet, but with my wrestling and Jiu Jitsu background, I feel supremely comfortable bringing a guy to the ground,” he explained.

Wed
08
Jan

Help write a book about NE Iowa

 

A publisher is seeking submissions about the "good old days" for a book about Northeast Iowa.

A submission form with all the details appears in this week's issue of The Press.

The publication is planned by Hometown Memories, a publisher of living history books with headquarters in Hickory, N.C. 

Wed
08
Jan

Local businesses collaborate to help 'uncork' your inner artist


Participants will paint a new subject each month at Canvas Uncorked. The painting pictured here is currently on display at Riverside Grind, and will be the topic of Canvas Uncorked on Saturday, Jan. 11. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Two Guttenberg businesses are joining forces on a new event they’re calling Canvas Uncorked.  The Creativity Center and Riverside Grind coffee shop will co-host the wine and painting class on the second Saturday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

“Anytime any businesses work together, it brings people together and gives both businesses more exposure; so it would be really great to see more businesses doing this kind of thing,” says Cheryll Shireman, owner of Riverside Grind.

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. 

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.  

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