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Wed
21
Jan

New clubhouse underway at Guttenberg golf course


This drawing by Alex Finch depicts the new clubhouse at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. (Photo submitted)

Work is progressing on the new clubhouse. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by Joe Heitman

The Guttenberg Golf and Country Club is building a new clubhouse. 

The Golf Course was founded in 1964 by purchasing the Larry Duwe farm north of Guttenberg on Highway 52. The Duwe farm house was converted to the existing clubhouse.   Over the past 50 years the clubhouse has hosted countless wedding receptions, anniversary parties and many social and golf events.

Wed
21
Jan

Clayton Ridge board to act Jan. 21 on proposed facility plan

Submitted by Allan Nelson

Clayton Ridge Superintendent

The Clayton Ridge School Board met on Jan. 14 to review and discuss school facility plans with professional planner Brian Schwartz from the Baker Group.  The Baker Group has held two full-day community school facility planning meetings and attended three board meetings since late November.  

Wed
21
Jan

Guttenberg farmers honored for heroic water rescue


Jeff Lincoln, left, discovered Tiffany Mueller's truck under a bridge on Kiln Road. He and Scott Cherne, right, received Lifesaver Awards on Jan. 9 from the Iowa State Patrol for rescuing Mueller from the submerged truck. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

When 28-year-old Tiffany Mueller’s truck flipped off a bridge on Kiln Road and fell 12 feet into icy waters, she became trapped in the front seat, upside down, at the mercy of the creek that rushed in through a broken window.  

The Elkader vet tech was on her way to deliver vaccines at the Scott Cherne farm near Osterdock on Nov. 25, and was looking forward to it. “I jumped at the opportunity to make the delivery, because I’ve always had a lot of fun doing cattle work at the Cherne farm,” Mueller admitted. 

When she didn’t arrive as expected, farmhand Jeff Lincoln went out to look for her. As he crossed the bridge he felt something wasn’t right. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw Mueller’s tracks. Knowing he’d be unable to move the submerged truck on his own, he left to call 911 and get help from Cherne. 

State Trooper Jon Stickney read Mueller’s traumatic account of that day during a ceremony to honor her heroes on Jan. 9. “The coldness of the water took my breath away. I immediately struggled, trying to unbuckle my seatbelt. With the cab quickly submerged, I pushed myself to the passenger side in search of air. The cab was now completely filled with water and darkness and I began to panic, thinking I was going to drown.” 

Wed
21
Jan

A look at the past and future at GD&T annual meeting


GD&T board members are, from left, President Tom Augustyn, Sadie Hefel, Janette Simon, Director Emily Moser, Molly Moser, newly elected Kevin Hennessey, and Jane Thein. Not pictured is Dr. Nathan Shaw. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“It was a whirlwind of a year,” said Guttenberg Development & Tourism President Tom Augustyn as he welcomed members and guests to the annual membership meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, at PromiseLand Winery. 

The evening began with an hour of socializing, followed by a top-notch meal served by Clayton Ridge Farm. When the time came to hold board elections, it appeared that the whirlwind would continue. Members were expecting to fill one opening in the board left by Andrew Reimer until long-time board member Dwight Hughes surprised those in attendance by announcing his resignation in favor of the two candidates on the ballot. “It’s been a fantastic ride,” said Hughes, who has forged partnerships between GD&T and the Pride of Cassville Car Ferry organization, as well as with IRRMA members who bring The Rock the River Road Show Dance, which brings over 400 visitors to the city each year. 

On the ballot were Kevin Hennessey and Dr. Nathan Shaw. Hennessey participated regularly in community projects for three decades while raising his children, and as the co-owner of Guttenberg’s Thrivent Financial, he said, “We have a heart and desire to serve this community.” Hennessey’s wife, Rabecca, was recently appointed to Guttenberg Economic & Industrial Development Corporation.

Wed
14
Jan

Planning underway to celebrate the river and Guttenberg in Aug.

As the weather is cold and the snow deep, it may seem premature to start making plans for Aug. 7-9.The impetus of a “Celebrate the Mississippi River” event came from Mayor Russ Loven who has participated in a number of Mississippi River Mayors' Conferences.   The Mayors' conference agendas always include encouragement for river towns to celebrate the river with music, the arts, food, fun and education.     

Mayor Loven, Emily Moser (GD&T) and Juanita Loven have been working on a preliminary schedule of events which was unveiled at the annual Guttenberg Development & Tourism meeting on Jan. 12.

Wed
14
Jan

Moxie's fundraiser marks 20 years


From left are the late mayor, Red Block, Steve Roland, and the late Pat Smith, former owner of Moxie's, enjoying a Moxie's Annual Golf Outing. This year's tournament marks the 20th anniversary of the first outing in 1995. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

There may be snow on the ground, but Gerri McGuine is thinking about golf – and not because she’s an avid player. In fact, she admits, she’s never golfed in her life. 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Moxie's Annual Golf Outing. Gerri, her husband Doug, and rest of the the McGuine family, along with long-time employee Tracey Hinzman, own and operate Moxie's Tap in Guttenberg and organize the annual golf tournament held the Friday before Memorial Day. The event is held as a fundraiser and over the years the proceeds have been given to numerous causes, both local and larger. 

The four-man best-shot tournament drew close to 90 golfers in 2014, making it the biggest tournament Moxie's has sponsored to date. “There are a lot of kind people out there who donate their prize money back to the charities,” said McGuine. Donations have been made to the Guttenberg Fire Department, the Guttenberg Police Department, the Wave of the Future swimming pool renovation project, the Combat Veteran’s Association, and for Fourth of July fireworks in past years. The tournament has also benefitted local people struggling with cancer.

Wed
14
Jan

First meeting of the year for Guttenberg city council

By Shelia Tomkins

At its first meeting of the year on Jan. 5, the Guttenberg city council gave final approval to the mailbox ordinance and also set a public hearing for later this month to borrow money for a new tractor.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein through the agenda. City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Mike Schuster were also on hand.

The council gave final approval to an ordinance that requires cluster mailboxes in the city except for Garber Road and Miners Creek Road. Prior to the vote, Bluff Street resident Charles Schindler spoke in favor of retaining individual mailboxes on that street. 

The council set Jan. 20 as the date of a hearing on a proposal to borrow money for the purchase of a 2014 John Deere tractor in an amount not to exceed $60,000.

Wed
14
Jan

Two Guttenberg physicians earn statewide awards


Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, right, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Robin Barnett, IAFP Board Chair. According to a colleague, “Dr. Hoffmann practices the full range of family practice. He does obstetrics, pediatrics, and emergency medicine and has an active clinic. He shows great empathy to his patients and is well liked by these people for whom he has cared. Despite long hours and hard work, Dr. Hoffmann exudes an attitude that is positive and encouraging.” (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Two Guttenberg physicians were honored with awards from the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) in November. Dr. Jeff Hoffmann was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dr. Nathan Shaw was chosen to receive the Farm Bureau Rural Physician Scholarship. 

Dr. Hoffmann is both a committee member and past president of IAFP, and donor to the IAFP Foundation. He was nominated and selected by his colleagues for the Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually to a family physician who serves as a role model for other family physicians, residents, or medical students and has been significantly involved in community service and civic activities. 

Dr. Hoffmann received the Iowa High School Athletic Association Sports Medicine Award during the 2013 Boys’ State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Clayton Ridge High School Principal Kris Einck nominated Dr. Hoffmann for that award because of his significant contributions to the Guttenberg and Clayton Ridge athletic programs. Dr. Hoffmann began serving on the sidelines for local athletic teams in the early 1990s, when he and his wife Carolyn moved to Guttenberg, and helped found the first local wrestling program for students in 1991. 

Wed
07
Jan

Annual GD&T membership banquet

The annual membership banquet of Guttenberg Development & Tourism will take place on Monday, Jan. 12, at PromiseLand Winery. The event will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

The program includes the introduction of board members, a breakdown of the GD&T budget, a summary of 2014, and a look at some plans for 2015. There will also be a guest speaker telling about the opportunities available through the Iowa Tourism Office and traveliowa.com. 

Wed
07
Jan

CR school board considers timeline for facility project

Submitted by

Allan Nelson, Superintendent

Clayton Ridge Schools

The Clayton Ridge school board will hear the latest facility plan from professional designers at a special board work session on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the middle school auditorium located at 502 W. Watson Street in Garnavillo.  

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