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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.

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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.  

Wed
07
Jan

Bolsinger takes on Graham News


LuAnn Bolsinger will serve as the new Graham correspondent, collecting news from the area for weekly publication in The Press. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The first time LuAnn Bolsinger visited Graham, she was sixteen years old and had just earned her driver’s license. As she struggled to find her way to her boyfriend Tom’s house, she never dreamed she would someday be collecting the news for this tiny town.

LuAnn grew up in Greeley. She met Tom through members of his family who also lived there, and in 1978 she joined him as a resident of Graham. Tom graduated from high school in 1976 and began working for Exide Technologies. The couple share four children: Tony, of Zwingle, and Amanda, Cassie, and Brittney, of Waterloo. 

Wed
07
Jan

A look at year one Comprehensive plan goals accomplished in 2014


City crew workers Dan Pierce, on ladder, and Danny Walke replace signage within city limits, just one of many goals set forth by the comprehensive plan developed and approved in 2013. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In December of 2013, after a year of collecting input from the community and extensive research about Guttenberg, the city council approved a new comprehensive plan, the first since 1970. One year later, The Press checks in with Mayor Russ Loven and City Manager Mary Willett about the first twelve months of progress on the plan.

“Overall, this is a 20-30 year plan,” said the mayor. Comprehensive plan completion was listed as one of the top accomplishments of 2013 during a strategic planning session city officials attended early in 2014. Many of the goals set for 2014 were aligned with the comprehensive plan, and many were indeed accomplished throughout the year.

The comprehensive plan is broken into nine chapters. Following is a list of the addressed chapter’s goals and corresponding 2014 undertakings. 

Mon
29
Dec

Guttenberg man wins $10,000 prize


Marc Kuempel of Guttenberg won a $10,000 prize in an Iowa Lottery scratch game. (Iowa Lottery photo)

A Guttenberg man used his lottery winnings from a scratch ticket to purchase another ticket, and ended up winning a $10,000 prize.

Marc Kuempel of Guttenberg claimed the 13th of 25 prizes of $10,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “$100,000 Mega Crossword” scratch game. He said he purchased his winning ticket Sunday at The Pit Stop, 402 S. Highway 52 in Guttenberg.

“I bought one ticket and it was a $10 winner. I said, ‘I didn’t come in here for 10 bucks, give me the other one.’ And here that one was $10,000,” Kuempel said as he claimed his prize Dec. 22 at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids

Mon
29
Dec

City council meeting news

By Shelia Tomkins

At a special meeting on Dec. 15, the Guttenberg city council moved forward on borrowing money to settle two lawsuits against the city and approved the second reading of a mailbox ordinance.

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

There were no public comments received on the proposal to borrow money (not to exceed $115,000) for legal settlements with Mary Waterman and Landing 615. (See story in Dec. 10 issue). The terms of the loan have not yet been determined.

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