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Wed
22
Jan

School board moves forward with middle school renovations

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors held a special meeting on Jan. 9 to hear presentations from Garland Roofing Company, Baker Group, and Modus Engineering regarding conditions in the middle school building.

Dennis Martin from the Garland Roofing Company was present to answer questions regarding roof replacement at the middle school above the multi-purpose room and shop areas. This project would then complete the re-roofing of the middle school building.

The board decided to move forward with the roofing project, requesting bids for the replacement of both roofs.

Wed
22
Jan

Adams is contestant in statewide business competition


Adams needs your help to win My People App-rentice: Des Moines, a competition which will jumpstart the launch of his product, the Arctic Stick. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Garnavillo resident Brandon Adams is in the middle of the adventure of a lifetime. He’s just won a video contest as part of a competition known as My People App-rentice: Des Moines, and he needs your help to continue being successful.

In early December, Adams filmed an informational video with plans to set up an online fundraising campaign for his invention, the Arctic Stick. Arctic Stick is a product that fits inside plastic beverage bottles to keep them cool. Any liquid can be frozen inside the Arctic Stick, then dropped into a drink for a flavor burst. 

Just one week after the video was filmed, Adams discovered My People App-rentice. “I signed up, and am one of 50 people in the state of Iowa that got picked,” he told The Press. Friends and fans voted for Adams’ unique video, in which he described his day-to-day life as it revolves around selling real estate, ice, and working on the Arctic Stick. “I won that video because yes, it was creative, but through social media I got my contacts to give me the most ‘likes,’” said Adams.

Wed
15
Jan

Ice fishing tourney here Jan. 18

An ice fishing tournament will be held at Bussey Lake, Guttenberg on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event is being co-sponsored by Guttenberg Development & Tourism and Murray's Outdoor Store.

There will be prizes for the biggest bluegill, crappie and perch, as well as a price for the most overall  panfish weighed-in. Prizes will include four $100 gift certificates from Murray's and four children's fishing kits from Murray (children under 12 are eligible).

Wed
15
Jan

Family Resource Center open house Jan. 22 at new location


The Family Resource Center, a branch of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, invite the public to an open house at their new location at 514 S. River Park Dr. on Jan. 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Family Resource Center will host an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at their new location, 514 S. River Park Drive, Guttenberg. This branch of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital is a hub for a variety of agencies and programs that are difficult to reach in many rural communities, and their new location allows them to provide more to the community than ever before.

The Family Resource Center was previously located in a building just two blocks north of the new location, in an office coordinator Kari Harbaugh calls “compact.” Within the small rooms, agencies had difficulty meeting with families of more than two or three. “We have space for that now,” she smiles.

The large front windows in the new location allow natural light to brighten the entire space. Tall ceilings and white walls create a feeling of freshness, and the wood flooring layered with soft, colorful rugs make the room feel like home. “The whole environment is very, very inviting, warm, and comfortable,” said Harbaugh. “Whether someone is coming to drop off a donation, attend a group, or receive services, it’s pleasing to everyone.”

The Resource Center’s old location was not handicap accessible, and Harbaugh can recall numerous incidents when first-time clients with wheelchairs simply had to wait outside. Parking was shut down daily while school busses accessed the street, making it even more difficult to enter. “It just wasn’t acceptable,” said Harbaugh.

Wed
15
Jan

City council hears update on economic prospects

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, in its first meeting of the new year, heard an update on efforts to attract and expand business in the community.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein through the evening's short agenda. Assistant City Manager Julie Zittergruen was also in attendance.

GEIDC report

Mary Beth Theis, director of Guttenberg Economic and Industrial Development Commission (GEIDC), spoke to the council about three prospects for local development. 

Wed
15
Jan

CR alumni to compete in mixed martial arts battle Jan. 24


Clayton Ridge graduates Nick Pierce (pictured) and Dalton Grinstead are on the amateur fight card for a mixed martial arts bout in Dubuque on Friday, Jan. 24. (Photo courtesy of Dubuque Photography)

By Molly Moser

Mixed martial arts (MMA) has been rising in popularity in recent years, and the sport now has a pay-per-view business that rivals boxing and professional wrestling. Pinnacle Combat, the self-proclaimed premier MMA promotion in the tri-state area, will hold their tenth event this month – an event that features two Clayton Ridge graduates.

Nick Pierce and Dalton Grinstead, both 23, are preparing for their second fight with Pinnacle to be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at Dubuque’s Five Flags Center. For those unfamiliar with the sport, Five Flags Center describes mixed martial arts as “a full contact combat sport that allows the use of striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports.” 

Grinstead, who has trained in Karate, wrestling, and Jiu Jitsu, is proficient in either a stand-up or ground scenario. “I don't mind being on my feet, but with my wrestling and Jiu Jitsu background, I feel supremely comfortable bringing a guy to the ground,” he explained.

Wed
08
Jan

Help write a book about NE Iowa

 

A publisher is seeking submissions about the "good old days" for a book about Northeast Iowa.

A submission form with all the details appears in this week's issue of The Press.

The publication is planned by Hometown Memories, a publisher of living history books with headquarters in Hickory, N.C. 

Wed
08
Jan

Local businesses collaborate to help 'uncork' your inner artist


Participants will paint a new subject each month at Canvas Uncorked. The painting pictured here is currently on display at Riverside Grind, and will be the topic of Canvas Uncorked on Saturday, Jan. 11. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Two Guttenberg businesses are joining forces on a new event they’re calling Canvas Uncorked.  The Creativity Center and Riverside Grind coffee shop will co-host the wine and painting class on the second Saturday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

“Anytime any businesses work together, it brings people together and gives both businesses more exposure; so it would be really great to see more businesses doing this kind of thing,” says Cheryll Shireman, owner of Riverside Grind.

Wed
08
Jan

Finnegan farm featured in Our Iowa magazine contest


Tom Nugent took this photograph while flying by helicopter over the farm of Lynne and Michael Finnegan. The photograph became the Grand Prize Winner of 2013 in Our Iowa Magazine's "Focus on Iowa Photo Contest." The photo also includes land owned by Lowell and Cindy Moser, Paul and Kathy Krieg, Lynn and Lorna Moser, Bob and Joyce Hillers, and Jeffrey Bittner.

 

By Molly Moser

“I think I saw your farm in a magazine!” said callers to the home of Michael and Lynne Finnegan, of Colesburg. Their family farm, purchased by Michael’s grandfather in 1949, was featured in Our Iowa Magazine as it progressed through the annual “Focus on Iowa Photo Contest.”

Cedar Rapids based photographer Tom Nugent flew over the area last fall in search of the perfect shot. “I wanted to get a picture of Guttenberg, since that’s where my grandparents lived and where my mom grew up,” explained Nugent. Each summer, after a few weeks in a cabin an Abel Island, Nugent’s parents would go back to Cedar Rapids and he’d stay in Guttenberg with grandparents, Herman and Lenchen Ihm.

The winning shot, says Nugent, was one of the first he saw that day from the helicopter. “It looked like Grant Wood had painted a painting right there in the landscape,” he told The Press. He asked pilot Fred Lansing to turn the helicopter around so he could get the right angle.

“He couldn’t have taken the picture at a better time,” said Finnegan. “Because the farm was freshly mowed, the corn was just starting to mature, and there was early morning fog over the Turkey River.” This angle, he says, is one he often admires from Millville Road, as it shows both his farm and the intersection of the Turkey and Mississippi Rivers. 

Wed
08
Jan

City officials begin a new year


Guttenberg city officials who were elected in the November municipal elections took the oath of office in a ceremony held Dec. 30 at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. From left are Sue Osterhaus and Doug Reimer, hospital board; City Manager Mary Willett and Mayor Russ Loven; back, Steve Friedlein, Dave Schlueter and Fred Schaub, city council; front, Helene Kuempel and right, Austin Greve, park board. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

The year 2014 will see some new faces in Guttenberg city government when officials elected in November begin their terms. In a ceremony held Monday, Dec. 30, at the municipal building, Mayor Russ Loven thanked outgoing board members for their service, welcomed new members and administered the oath of office for members of the city council, park board and hospital board. 

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