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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. 

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

Guttenberg hospital eyes affiliation with Finley

 

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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.” 

Tue
24
Dec

Winterfest a unique experience for Clayton Ridge students


High school students dressed up for a formal dinner, served by faculty the day before school lets out for winter break. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge High School held their bi-annual Winterfest on Thursday, Dec. 19. The school gymnasium was transformed into an atmospheric dining room for the afternoon entertainment. Yards of white linen were draped from floor to ceiling, and snowflakes three-feet in diameter clung to the stage. 

Prior to the formal dinner, high school students watched an etiquette video made by TAG students. The video taught proper use of silverware, dinner table manners, and how to signal to wait staff when finished with a meal. Students also learned about appropriate dress and how to tie a tie. 

Faculty served dinner and dessert to the high school student body and special guests, including school board members and their spouses. Dinner began after a blessing sung by Steve Moser and recent Clayton Ridge graduates Jesse and Nicole Moser.

Wed
18
Dec

Handmade gifts warm many heads and hearts


Mary Mueller stays in the giving spirit year-round. “If there’s a charity in this town that wants booties for babies, I have about 50 pairs to give,” she says. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

“People don’t realize that it does feel really good to give,” says Mary Mueller, who is one of many Guttenberg residents sharing kindness with others this Christmas. “I’m not talking about buying stuff from a store and wrapping it up.”

Mueller is a talented crafter – knitting, crocheting, felting, and embroidery; growing and painting designer gourds, making herbal sugars and teas, and the list goes on. She brightened the holidays for many this year by donating numerous hats and scarves to Senior Santa, a drive that accepts gifts for senior citizens in Guttenberg. 

“If you have the means, whatever your talent is, use it to give back to somebody,” she encourages. 

Wed
18
Dec

Questions raised about GMH/Finley relationship

 

In recent weeks, concerned members of the community have approached The Press with questions regarding the business activities of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. The Press also received an extensive, thoughtfully composed ‘Letter to the Editor’ expressing concerns about the lack of information provided to the public on the topic of GMH entering into a purchase agreement with Finley Hospital. The letter was left unsigned, and according to Press policy could not be printed anonymously. 

When approached, Hospital Marketing Director Leigh Ann Judge declined to comment but promised a press release for the Dec. 25 issue. 

Wed
18
Dec

Stravers speaks about new book, The Raptors of Iowa


During his presentation at the Guttenberg Public Library, Jon Stravers, raptor researcher and author, recounted tales of tree climbing and wading through waist-deep water. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

“I could tell a lot of stories,” said author, raptor researcher, and musician Jon Stravers during a presentation at Guttenberg Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 12. Stravers is co-author of the recently published book The Raptors of Iowa, which includes illustrations by painter James F. Landenberger. 

Stravers has dedicated 35 years of his life to researching raptors, and is considered an expert on the red-shouldered hawk and the cerulean warbler. “That’s part of why I ended up writing a book, because my life has revolved around the nesting of raptors and the migrating of raptors,” Stravers told a captive audience of over a dozen on Thursday evening. 

After numerous rewrites and decades of struggle over a highly detailed, coffee-table style volume, Stravers was asked to use a different style of writing. “They wanted stories, which took a week and a half to write,” he laughed. 

Wed
18
Dec

Dr. Nathan Shaw to join Cornerstone Family Practice next summer


Nathan Shaw, M.D., has signed a contract to join the local medical practice. (Photo submitted)

 

Dr. Nathan Shaw, M.D. has signed a contract to join Cornerstone Family Practice as a partner of Dr. Merrick, Dr. Smith, Dr. Hoffmann, and Dr. Sadler.  

Dr. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Iowa Medical School and will be completing his residency through the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency program this spring.  Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Shaw will be Board eligible in Family Practice and will be able to treat patients of all ages.  Dr. Shaw’s residency training includes obstetrics and Dr. Shaw intends to contribute and support the Hospital's existing Obstetrics Program. 

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