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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.

Wed
02
Apr

Hundreds expected to attend Clayton County Wellness Fair


Even more activities and information about personal and family wellness will be available at this year's Clayton County Wellness Fair. A pair of tickets to a Chicago Cubs game is one of many prizes attendees can win. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Organizers have been hard at work to bring area health resources together for the third annual Clayton County Wellness Fair & Family Night, sponsored by Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, St. John's Church, and Clayton Ridge Schools. The event will take place at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg on Tuesday, April 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

“We are at capacity!” says Kari Harbaugh, who is helping to plan the event. The wellness fair will fill the high school gymnasium and multi-purpose room with an estimated 50 vendors. The organizing committee has worked hard on mapping the layout this year to improve traffic flow and efficiency. 

Numerous organizations will have interactive booths including massage, giveaways, and Xbox fitness games. Various health screenings will be offered, as well as information on area fitness, recreation, and education opportunities. The event includes information relevant to people of all ages living all across Clayton County.

Wed
26
Mar

Don't miss Richie Lee's tribute to Buddy Holly at Rock the River Road Show in Guttenberg

By Shelia Tomkins

Three bands will headline this spring's Rock the River Road Show on Saturday, April 12, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg.

The evening will feature music by the PastMasters, Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50s, and Midnite Express.

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.  with dinner specials and music available. Showtime is from 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Wed
26
Mar

Unlimited Services, Inc. awarded three-year CARF accreditation


"It's just U.S., bringing independence home!" say directors of Unlimited Services, Inc., whose business has been accredited by an independent, nonprofit accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. From left are partners Amy Vonderhaar, Angi Lawson, Barry Armstrong, Michelle Armstrong, and Johnna Sweers. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Early this month, CARF International announced that Unlimited Services, Inc., of Guttenberg, has been accredited for a period of three years for its community employment services. This accreditation is the fourth consecutive three-year accreditation that CARF has awarded to Unlimited Services.

Unlimited Services began in 2003 with five HCBS homes and 25 staff, and now serves roughly 80 consumers and supports 13 homes in Guttenberg, Dyersville, Dundee, Manchester, West Union, and Elgin. With offices in both Guttenberg and Manchester, Unlimited Services employs 100 people who work to further the company's mission, ‘Bringing Independence Home.’ Unlimited Services provides supported community living on a daily and hourly basis, and their recent CARF accreditation highlights another important aspect of their business – vocational rehabilitation.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of business at Can Do Redemption Center, Unlimited Services’ vocational program at the Manchester Vocational Center. Trainees are paid working wages while learning or regaining skills to prepare for competitive employment in the community. 

Wed
26
Mar

Guttenberg City council awards $1.1 million Acre Street contract

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in special session on March 17, awarded a $1.1 million contract for the 2014 Acre Street renovation project. Low bidder was Eastern Iowa Excavating and Concrete of Cascade.  

Steve Friedlein served as mayor pro-tem in the absence of Mayor Russ Loven. Councilmembers present were Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter and Jane Parker, along with City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster

At the public hearing that preceded the contract award, comments were received on the merits of concrete versus asphalt surfacing. Proponents of concrete said that though the initial cost of concrete would be higher, asphalt would have higher maintenance costs in the long-term. After bids were adjusted to reflect an error in bid specs regarding the cul de sac at the south end of the street, the cost of concrete was approximately $167,390  more than asphalt. The council chose concrete and accepted the EIA low bid of $1,126,230.10. Discussion followed on sewer and water main extensions and storm water run-off in the project area.

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