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Wed
10
Feb

Clayton County Energy District recaps 2020


Joleen Jansen, Clayton County Energy District Program Manager, presented a re-cap of the CCED's efforts this past year during a Zoom meeting held on Jan. 27. The local non-profit organization is committed to strengthening our community through inclusively leading, implementing and accelerating the local clean energy transition. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Clayton County Energy District (CCED) is a local non-profit organization committed to strengthening our community through inclusively leading, implementing and accelerating the local clean energy transition. Joleen Jansen, CCED Program Manager, presented a re-cap of the group's efforts this past year during a Zoom meeting held on Jan. 27. 

Wed
10
Feb

Business recruitment survey reveals top business prospects

Last November, the City of Guttenberg’s Community Vitality Team invited community members to provide input on what businesses and/or services they would like to see open or be made available in the community.  More than 300 people responded to the survey. 

The top responses for a business that respondents would be most likely to frequent were:

• A microbrewery featuring things like a variety of brews, a food menu, live music and events pairing beer and food 

Wed
03
Feb

Dr. Barron's former practice renamed River Town Family Dentistry


Dr. Alicia Walke has taken over Dr. Barron's practice and renamed it River Town Family Dentistry. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In 1979, the late Dr. Donald Barron opened up a dental practice in Guttenberg. His son, Dr. John Barron, joined his practice one year later. "I started my career in dentistry 41 years ago," Dr. Barron commented. "My wife, Sandy, and I arrived in Guttenberg in July 1980, just in time to ride on RAGBRAI VII, which ended their ride in Guttenberg that year. My father and I were in practice together until his retirement. He had practiced over 50 years in dentistry." 

Wed
03
Feb

Food & Fitness creates access to healthy lifestyles


Pete Kerns, Turkey River Farm, encourages students to sample a homemade veggie pizza. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness initiative is on a mission to create vibrant communities where the healthy choice is the easy choice. 

The program has brought people in Clayton, Allamakee, Chickasaw, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties together to make Northeast Iowa a place where people of all ages can have access to healthy, locally-grown foods, with abundant opportunities for physical activity where they live, learn, work and play.  

Wed
03
Feb

County VNA begins phase 1B vaccinations

The Clayton County Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) announced on Jan. 26 that it had received 200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for phase 1B, targeting those who qualify based on age. Individuals aged 65 or older are eligible for the vaccine at any time during phase 1B. "Please remember that vaccine allocations are limited. The Clayton County VNA will work directly with IDPH and our local healthcare providers to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible," said a spokesperson. 

Those who qualify based on these age guidelines may call the following locations for appointment information and scheduling: 

Wed
27
Jan

Readers share how they combat winter and practice "hygge"


The Hefel family enjoys an occasional, exhilarating "Wim Hof" lap around the house during the cold winter months. From right are Stella and Coos Hefel, and the family Labradoodle. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used to acknowledge a feeling or moment, alone or with friends, at home or out and about. It can be ordinary or extraordinary, and is often described as cozy, charming or special. It was originally a Norwegian term, but made its way into Danish culture in the 1800s,

Wed
27
Jan

COVID patient discharged from GMHC after 65 days

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC)  celebrated the discharge of COVID-19 patient Royce Hansel on Friday, Jan. 15, after 66 days in the patient care unit.

Royce tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Nov. 8, at GMHC. His symptoms worsened at home, causing his wife, Janan, to call GMHC COVID-19 line. It was determined that Royce be brought to the Emergency Department, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia due to active COVID-19. He was admitted on Nov. 12, 2020.

Wed
20
Jan

Longtime employees reflect as hospital reaches 60 years


For the past 60 years GMHC has been a committed member of the Guttenberg community. The Critical Access Hospital is licensed to deliver acute, skilled, observation and hospice inpatient care. From left are Lisa Manson, Director of Ambulatory Services; Robin Esmann, RN, Director of Performance Excellence and Amy Speed, Director of Marketing and Development, and Foundation Director. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The history of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC) dates back to the mid-20th century, when doctors made house calls and cared for critically ill patients in their private hospitals. River View Hospital, located in the 400 block of South River Park Drive, was the community's first healthcare facility. Dr. C.R. Goddard founded it after World War II. He purchased the home and office from Dr. A.E. Beyer. In 1952, Dr. Goddard left the community, and the City purchased the hospital following a successful $45,000 bond issue vote. 

Wed
20
Jan

"Choose Hope" theme for art competition


The Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinic's patriotic display won first prize in the 2020 Umbrella Arts Summer Sculpture Contest. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.

Wed
20
Jan

City council hears project updates

By Shelia Tomkins

At its first monthly meeting of the new year on Jan. 11,  the Guttenberg city council heard updates on major projects and heard two funding requests from the Chamber of Commerce director. 

Mayor Bill Frommelt called the meeting to order with councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling, Jane Parker and Mick Pierce in attendance. Also on hand was City Manager Denise Schneider. 

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