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Dec

Theodore B. Roth

Theodore Bernard Roth, 91, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
09
Dec

Scott A. Toppin

Scott A. Toppin, 61, of Cedar Falls, died at his home Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, of brain cancer.

Visitation was held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 3, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Waterloo.

Scott was born July 14, 1954, in North Adams, Mass., son of James and Lois C. (Parisian) Toppin.

Wed
09
Dec

Thoma makes court appearance

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Brandon James Thoma, 25, of Pella was in the Clayton County Courthouse in Elkader for a hearing for an initial appearance on the charge of attempt to commit murder.  Judge John Bauercamper informed Thoma, who has applied for a court-appointed attorney, that his request will be forwarded to the Dubuque Public Defender’s Office.

Wed
09
Dec

Assessment provides clear look at downtown Guttenberg issues


From left are Emily Moser, GD&T Director, Lisa Oetken, a consultant from Main Street in Mount Pleasant, city manager Mary Willett, and Jim Engle, consultant and director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center. Moser and Willett worked together to help coordinate the assessment with a team of consultants. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A team of consultants gave Guttenberg a three-day downtown assessment last week, involving tours of the city, interviews with business owners and community members, and a reimagining of several downtown buildings. Jim Engle, director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Lisa Oetken, Mount Pleasant Main Street Director, and Joe Lawniczak, design specialist with the Wisconsin Main Street program gave a public presentation on their findings and recommendations during the lunch hour on Thursday. 

Wed
09
Dec

Clayton Ridge Drill Team earns state championship titles


Triple honors for Clayton Ridge Drill Team The Clayton Ridge Drill Team earned State Champion titles in Small School Prop and Small School Military, as well as the Judges Choice Award for its Prop routine at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team competition in Des Moines on Dec. 3. Front from left are Hailey Peterson, Kelly Hawkins and Noelle Hines; second row, Director Julie Rastetter, Taylor Palmer, Nicole Wahls, Calista Harbaugh, Ivy Aulwes, Nicole Schaefers and Natalie Domeyer; third row, Audi Zapf, Taylar Wiedner, Ashley Hawkins, Brianna Miller, Abrianna Moore, Chianne Behrend, Kaitlyn Kuehl-Berns and Assistant Director Sharon Keehner. (Photo courtesy of Candi Peterson)

The Clayton Ridge Drill Team returned home with three major state awards after competing on Dec. 3 at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team competition in Des Moines.

The team earned state championship titles in Small School Prop and Small School Military, as well as the Judges Choice Award for its prop routine. There were three Judges Choice Awards chosen that day out of 336 routines.

Wed
09
Dec

McElroy grants schools broadcasting equipment


"Our goal with putting any technology device into the hands of students is that they become “producers” and not just “consumers," said Superintendent Shane Wahls. "I am grateful to the staff that wrote these grants so that we can provide students with even more opportunities to develop their 21st century skills." Pictured using laptops are, from left, Alyssa Hefel, Marissa Meyers, and Amanda Auer. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge Middle and High School students will soon be broadcasting live from their classrooms thanks to a grant from the McElroy Foundation via Keystone Area Education Agency. Instructors Cheri Werges, Mindy Reimer, and Nicole Shaw worked on grant applications to provide both campuses with equipment including a videocamera, interview microphone kit, sound mixer, teleprompter, floodlights, green screen, and all the associated cables. 

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02
Dec

Fern M. Pensel

Fern Marie Pensel passed away Nov. 23, 2015, at the Guttenberg Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg.

Fern was born March 31, 1945, to Roberto and Anna (Lamphier) Hines in rural Strawberry Point. She graduated from American School. She married Carl Pensel on July 18, 1964, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg.

Wed
02
Dec

Lorraine G. Smith

Lorraine G. Smith, 90, formerly of Maynard, died Nov. 14, 2015, at EagleCrest Assisted Living in Roseville, Minn.

Wed
02
Dec

Downtown assessment visit planned for Dec. 1-2-3

By Shelia Tomkins

A three-day visit by a team from the Iowa Downtown Resource Center is underway in Guttenberg. 

The visit began Dec. 1 and will conclude Thursday, Dec. 3, with a final public presentation from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. The presentation will also be taped and live on Channel 6 so those who are working but cannot attend can benefit from the suggestions and ideas.

Wed
02
Dec

Public invited to meet and greet city officials at Dec. 7 reception

The public is invited to a "meet and greet" of the outgoing, newly-elected and re-appointed members of the Guttenberg city council, park board and hospital board on Monday, Dec. 7, from 5-6 p.m. in the dining room of the Guttenberg Municipal Building. A swearing-in ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Outgoing city officials to be honored include council member Virginia Saeugling, park board member Austin Greve and hospital trustees Mary Eulberg and Penny Hansel.

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