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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.

Mon
29
Dec

Holiday generosity reaches over 200 area families


Many Guttenberg groups collaborated with the Family Resource Center to provide food, clothing, home goods, and toys for the Shepherd of the Hills Christmas Just 4 Kids Project, which provided necessary items to over 200 families in Clayton County during a two-day giveaway. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

A large red vehicle with Delaware county license plates arrives in Guttenberg bearing a trunkful of gifts just days before Christmas. Two women unload armfuls of wrapped presents, bringing them to the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Family Resource Center for distribution.

“Caterpillar personally adopts one family every Christmas,” says Kari Harbaugh, who coordinated many giving efforts at the Family Resource Center this year. “It’s going to be awesome to help this family, because they’re going to be so appreciative.”

Through various drives, family adoptions, and volunteerism, the season of giving brought food, clothes, home goods, and toys to over 200 families in Clayton County this year. Members of the Guttenberg community contributed greatly to widespread efforts to fill bellies and warm hearts this Christmas. 

The Family Resource Center coordinated drives from GMH and the hospital auxiliary, Cornerstone Family Practice, The Guttenberg Press, Thrivent Financial, the Clayton Ridge School District, and others to provide items for Shepherd of the Hills’ Christmas Just 4 Kids Project. Brown’s Sales and Leasing also contributed to the project with a Fill the Truck promotion, matching each gift donation that was received. 

Mon
29
Dec

Guttenberg Police Department now using body cams


Guttenberg police officers sport new body cameras attached to their uniforms. From left are officers Zach Lacey, Derrick Chambers, Kari Hoyheim, Mayor Russ Loven, Chief George Morteo, and officer Eric Sullivan. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg residents continue to see the benefits of hosting RAGBRAI, as this month the police department received five new body cameras purchased with a portion of the $3,000 the department was awarded by the Guttenberg RAGBRAI committee. 

According to a yearlong study completed by Tony Farrar, executive fellow for the Police Foundation, officers wearing cameras experienced a dramatic reduction in use-of-force incidents and complaints against officers. During the study, patrol officers on the Rialto, Calif., police department wore cameras for every shift. The study concluded that body cameras decreased use-of-force incidents by more than half, and citizen complaints occurred an astounding 88% less often than during the twelve months prior to the addition of cameras.

Wed
24
Dec

Lighting contest winners named

Judging for the Christmas lighting contest sponsored by the City of Guttenberg and Guttenberg Development & Tourism took place the night of Thursday, Dec. 18. Winners are as follows. Prizes are in the form of credits on city utility bills.

Business

First place, $50 - Kuempel Hardware

Second place, $30 - Blooming Branches

Wed
24
Dec

Clayton Ridge school board considers facility plans

The Clayton Ridge Board of Director’s held a work session on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the high school library.  Members in attendance were Janice Andregg, Jason Reimer, Christine Aulwes and  Mike Finnegan. Dr. Hoffmann arrived at 8:15 p.m. Absent were Kathy Ihde and John Heying.   Also in attendance were Allan Nelson, Kris Einck, Shane Wahls, David Schlueter, Mary Seifert and Brian Schwartz.

The work session was held to study goals and priorities for the school improvement master plan.Superintendent Nelson presented election rules and offered opinions on possibly changing facility goals to match the final design.  Input from a faculty meeting held earlier in the day was also shared. 

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