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24
Jul

Clayton Ridge school board news

The Clayton Ridge School District board of directors met in an afternoon session on July 11 at the high school library in Guttenberg.

Vice-president Christine Aulwes called the meeting to order with board members Mike Finnegan, Kathy Ihde, Ellen Johnson and Alicia Helle in attendance, along with Superintendent Shane Wahls and board secretary Dave Schlueter.

Wed
24
Jul

Guttenberg swimming pool dedication and open house


Wave of the Future becomes a reality The dedication and grand opening of the new Guttenberg Swimming Pool was held Wednesday, July 17, and marked the culmination of many years of planning and fund-raising by the Wave of the Future committee. The event featured remarks by Mayor Bill Frommelt, right, as well as by other speakers. See story below. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

An open house dedication and grand opening was held on Wednesday, July 17, for the newly-built Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool. The event was held at the pool by invitation from 3-5 p.m. for funders and major donors to tour the new facility and enjoy a private swim. A public dedication was held at 5 p.m. followed by a free open swim until 8 p.m. Refreshments were served at the landmark event.  

Wed
17
Jul

Fresh blueberries available in Littleport


Blueberry Hill proprietor Keith Ashline is surrounded by his chemical-free blueberry bushes. The bushes are loaded with berries and ready to be picked. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

July is National Blueberry Month. Blueberries, often marketed as a super food, are an excellent source of vitamins, beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants. They are naturally low in calories and thought to regulate blood sugar levels and aid in heart and brain health. The berries' pleasant, sweet taste makes them perfect for snacking, baking, and preserve making.  

The tasty treats are native to North America but are also grown commercially across America and Europe. 

Wed
17
Jul

Giant Steps program to be presented at library on July 25


Stop in and visit the Guttenberg Public Library's space shuttle and attend the "Giant Steps" program on Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held in the main library and is part of the library's summer reading program. From left are Ethan and Lindi Mueller. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. 

Wed
17
Jul

City council topics include food trucks, geese, golf carts

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on July 8 revisited the food truck issue, discussed the geese population and aired complaints about golf carts and ATVs.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling and Jane Parker through the evening's agenda. Also present at the council table were City Manager Denise Schneider and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
10
Jul

Healthy Hometown meeting update and walking audit workshop


The public is invited to participate in the upcoming Walking Audit Workshop to be held on Monday, Aug. 5, from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. From left are Tim Ahlers, Amy Speed and Denise Schneider, "Champions" for the healthy hometown project. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The planning committee for Healthy Hometown Powered by Wellmark met on Monday, June 24, in the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics education room. 

The purpose of the meeting was to create a health and well-being vision for Guttenberg, discuss current community initiatives, identify and prioritize tactics leading to vision, and organize for success. 

Wed
10
Jul

School board hires new principal

Laura Bilden was hired as the principal for grades 6-12 when the Clayton Ridge School Board met in special session on Thursday, June 27. The hiring is contingent on her release by her current employer.

The action came following interviews with three candidates for the position, including Bilden, on June 24. She will replace Andy Peterson, who resigned to accept a position in Dubuque.

In other action on June 24, the board hired Lori Crum as business education teacher.

Wed
10
Jul

Nine of twelve Bries brothers serve in the military


Each of the Bries brothers have received a Quilt of Valor in honor of their military service to our country. Seated from left are Leroy, Elmer and Roger Bries; standing from left are brother-in-law David Oberbrockling, Arnold W. Jr., Virgil, Harold "Harry" and Gerald "Gerry" Bries. Not pictured are Kenneth and Virgil Bries. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

"Bustling" would be a good word to describe the home of the late Arnold and Regina Bries. The hard-working couple raised 16 children, four girls and 12 boys, on a farmstead in rural Clayton County. Nine of the 12 boys went on to serve in the military. 

Virgil Bries, the couple's son, told The Press, "We didn't have much choice. The draft was going on at the time. When you turned 18 you signed up." 

Wed
03
Jul

Maulsby shares Iowa's culinary history and ethnic heritage


Iowa author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby presented a program on Iowa's culinary history and ethnic heritage at the Guttenberg Municipal Building on June 13. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Iowa author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby has a passion for food, farming and Iowa history. Maulsby has written three books, Images of America: Calhoun County; A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites and More and Images of America: Dallas County. 

Wed
03
Jul

Scherbring family is 2019 Knights of Columbus Family of the Year


The Madonna and Donald Scherbring family were recently selected as the 2019 Iowa Knights of Columbus Family of the Year during the Knights of Columbus State Convention held in Des Moines on May 4. Front from left are grandson Alex White, daughter Cindy Koehn, daughter Crystal and Brendan Seipp, granddaughters Grace, Paige, and Morgan Koehn, Donald and Madonna Scherbring, daughter Mary, Natalia and Hector Rivera; back row, Michael Koehn, State Deputy Antonio Banuelos, Kristi and son Chad Scherbring holding grandson Austin Scherbring, Malorie Klosterman, son Adam Scherbring, son Mark Scherbring, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. Not present were daughter-in-law Becky Scherbring, son and daughter-in-law Nick and Heather Scherbring. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

"Our families are our strength and the most basic foundation for the society, for catechesis and for building God's Kingdom. Strong families bring strong communities." – Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. 

Donald and Madonna Scherbring of Guttenberg and their extended family were recently honored at the Knights of Columbus State Convention held in Des Moines.

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