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Golden Oldies worship service at St. John's Lutheran Feb. 23

The public is invited to attend a "Golden Oldies" worship service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Guttenberg on Sunday, Feb. 28, starting at 10:15 a.m. The event is sponsored by St. John's and St. Paul Lutheran Churches. 

The service will feature praises sung to popular music of the 1950s and 1960s. "Everyone is welcome," invite organizers. 

Soup and sandwiches

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Tuition-free virtual school enrollment through March 1


Former Superintendent Allan Nelson was the driving force behind establishing the Iowa Virtual Academy, which opened for the 2012-2013 school year. At launch, the school initially served grades K-6, but expanded to include grades 7-12 for its second year. "We had our first graduating class in 2014, after we began offering the high school grades," said head of school Steve Hoff. Above, IAVA students enjoy a field trip. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The head of Iowa’s statewide online public school system, the Iowa Virtual Academy (or IAVA), makes his office right here at Clayton Ridge Schools. The Virtual Academy enrolled 305 students for the 2015-2016 school year, and Head of School Steve Hoff reminds parents that enrollment is now open for the 2016-17 year. 

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Active in Guttenberg: Knights of Columbus serve with charity and fraternity


From left are Matt Esser, Lee Stroschein, and Rich Davis preparing for a recent Knights of Columbus fundraiser in Brinkman Hall. The next pancake breakfast will be held in March. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series to highlight local groups and organizations that welcome members of the community and enhance our city’s culture. If you would like your group to be featured, please contact The Guttenberg Press. 

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Photographer shares memories of Buddy Holly photo


Dick Cole of Waterloo displays the photo he took of Buddy Holly in 1958, a year before the singer's untimely death. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

Dick Cole of Waterloo was in Guttenberg recently to promote an upcoming dance at Lakeside Ballroom and stopped at The Guttenberg Press to present a photograph he took of legendary rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly.

Feb. 3 marked the 57th anniversary of Holly's tragic death in a 1959 airplane crash following a show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.  

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Council mulls staffing matters


Mayor Russ Loven, right, administers the oath of office to Virginia Saeugling, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Dave Schlueter. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

At a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, the Guttenberg city council discussed personnel issues, staffing options, and continued to work on the budget for the coming fiscal year.

The council approved the appointment of Virginia Saeugling, former council member whose four-year term expired in December. She fills the unexpired term created by the resignation of councilman Dave Schlueter, Clayton Ridge School business manager,  who is now a shared-time employee of the city. 

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Kramer purchases dentistry office


Dr. Maggie Kramer, a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Dentistry, recently purchased the practice of Dr. Jim Osterhaus in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

While walking on River Park Drive with Dr. Jim Osterhaus, Guttenberg dentist, Dr. Maggie Kramer was astonished by all the greetings, waves, and jokes shared between the dentist and his community. 

Osterhaus has practiced dentistry in Guttenberg for 32 years, and recently sold his office to Kramer. He’s not yet retiring and will work alongside Kramer for the foreseeable future. “Maggie is a caring and meticulous dentist. This is clear when you first meet her,” said Osterhaus. 

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Successful Eagle Watch & Cabin Fever Day Feb. 13 in Guttenberg


Matt Meadows, an ice carver with over 25 years experience, fused two blocks of ice together to create this life-sized bald eagle. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

Luke Hart of the RARE Group shared Reggie the Great Horned Owl with over 40 enraptured audience members during a presentation last weekend. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Nearly 100 people attended Guttenberg’s annual Eagle Watch & Cabin Fever Day, held in the Marina Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb. 13. An ice carving demonstration, chili cook off, and raptor presentation were the highlights of the day, supplemented by games and environmental education for children and adults. The event was organized by Guttenberg Development and Tourism (soon to be known as Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce) and co-sponsored by Divine Current Massage and Natural Gifts.

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Beginner yoga wellness retreat

A free beginner yoga wellness retreat will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the top floor auditorium of the Guttenberg Municipal Building. The event is open to women and men of all ages.

Caroline Rosacker will lead a very basic, simple 30-minute yoga class, followed by an inspirational talk by speaker Kelly Roth. Her topic will be "Tapping into Your Natural Energy to Transform Your Life."

Participants should bring a yoga mat or beach towel, their own water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing.

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RARE raptor presentation Feb. 13


Raptors like this juvenile bald eagle have many obstacles to overcome in today's world. The RARE Group serves eastern Iowa and western Illinois, offering a place for injured raptors to go for treatment and educating the public. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

As cabin fever starts to set in during late winter months, residents and visitors to Guttenberg can look forward to a day of cold-weather fun planned for Saturday, Feb. 13. Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce has planned a chili cook-off, ice carving, and more for its annual Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Day. Whether spotted fishing on the icy Mississippi or puffing their feathers inside, winged guests are sure to be the highlight of the day.

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City council moves forward on proposed water rate increase

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 1 took the first step in raising water and sewer rates, acted on recommendations from city boards and heard questions about the new downtown parking area.

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