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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. 

Wed
11
Dec

The tradition continues

 

The Clayton Ridge Drill Team once again brought home trophies from the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Competition at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines this past weekend, earning second place in the Small School Prop Division and third place in the Small School Military Division.  Front from left are Grace Noack, Emily Glawe, Lindsey Hawkins, Elly Schroeder, Katie Fassbinder, Molly Errthum and Blake Freeland; middle row,  Kara Winch, Christine Eulberg, Abby Von Handorf, Taylor Roehlk, Anna Kahle, Leighton Aulwes and Hannah Anderegg; back row,  Coach Sharon Keehner, Calista Harbaugh, Jada Schroeder, Hailey Peterson, Noelle Hines, Sydney Hines, Kelly Hawkins, Nicole Wahls, Sierra Smith, Taylor Weidner and Coach Julie Rastetter. See story inside. (Photo submitted)

Wed
11
Dec

Guttenberg's North Pole extension


In the fashion of a real-life elf from the North Pole, Jim Eglseder repaired and rebuilt four of the six trucks he donated to Shepherd of the Hills for their Christmas gift collection. This is the second year he has donated gifts from his own hands. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Molly Moser

On Monday, Dec. 2, Jim Eglseder arrived at the office of The Press with an armful of Tonka Trucks. Like many, he offered the toys as a donation to Shepherd of the Hills Clothing Center and Crisis Fund, which is collecting Christmas gifts for children. But Eglseder’s donations are one-of-a-kind. They’re toys he’s brought back to life with his own two hands.

About three years ago, Eglseder began fixing broken or rusted Tonka Trucks. He and his wife, Kathy, just happened to stop at a garage sale in Communia, where he picked up two toy trucks, thinking he’d try to fix them. “From then on, whenever I got to a garage sale or flea market I’d look for them,” he says.

For that first dump truck, Egl-seder made a wooden piece to replace a missing part. Since then, he has replaced dozens of sets of wheels and windshields, mixing and matching from his tub of spare parts. He frequents toy shows, where he can pick up Tonka toys either for refurbishment or for parts. 

Wed
11
Dec

Holidays highlight the value of rural U.S. Post Offices


The USPS expects to deliver 420 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, an amount that's attributed to the rise of online shopping. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

With the holiday season upon us, many will find their mailboxes fuller than usual. Cards, letters, and packages containing the perfect gift for someone special pass through the hands of careful postal workers to safely reach our homes. Our dependence on the United States Postal Service begs the question – Where would we be without them?

Though closing is a very real threat for many post offices in rural areas, Guttenberg Postmaster Nancy Ungs doesn’t expect it’s something the city will have to deal with anytime soon. “We’re the largest city in the county, so I don’t see that happening as long as revenue stays up.” Guttenberg’s post office is currently a level 18 office. If it were to drop a level, window hours would be reduced but the office would remain. 

The USPS owns approximately 8,000 post offices and leases another 25,000. The building that houses Guttenberg’s post office is one of 12 in the state owned by Governor Terry Branstad. 

Wed
11
Dec

City council moves forward on Acre Street renovation project

 

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular meeting on Dec. 2 gave the green light to IIW Engineers to proceed with plans for the Acre Street renovation project set for 2014.

With bids for the  second phase of the city's federally-mandated levee accreditation program coming it at a lower-than-budgeted cost, it was noted that there would be room in the budget to  tackle the major Acre Street project. Jim Bousley of IIW Engineers asked the council for direction in drawing up plans. It was the council's consensus to go with a 26-ft. street width, and to seek bids for both asphalt and concrete surfaces.  Bids could be let for the project as early as February or March, said Bousley.

Mayor Russ Loven led the meeting with Assistant City Manager Julie Zittergruen and City Attorney Michael Schuster in attendance. It was the last regular monthly meeting for councilman Ralph Livingston, whose term expires at the end of the year. Filling out the table were council members Virginia Saeugling, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein.

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