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Wed
28
Jan

Three Guttenberg men face felony counterfeiting charges

Three Guttenberg men were arrested last week on charges of forgery for counterfeit currency.

Ryan Joseph Murphy, 31, Levi Michael Wilker, 24, and Justice D.J. Krambeer, 20, all face two counts each of forgery for counterfeit bills, a Class D felony.

The arrests came after police say they were passing fake currency at businesses in the Dyersville area. A Dyersville police officer who responded to a call from a local business determined that the vehicle involved in the incident was from Clayton County.

Wed
28
Jan

CR elementary hosts student teacher


Morgan Hassman will spend nine weeks student teaching in Kathy Connelly's third grade classroom, helping students like Mariha Harbaugh, pictured above. "I'm really enjoying it," Hassman told The Press. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Morgan Hassman began her first term of student teaching in January, when she entered Kathy Connelly’s third grade classroom at Clayton Ridge Elementary. “The kids here are just great,” she told The Press. “I enjoy actually getting to see real life in the classroom, instead of just hearing about it.”

Although she’s just begun transitioning from learning lessons to leading them, Connelly says Hassman has a wealth of teaching tricks up her sleeve. Connelly has been guiding students at Clayton Ridge (previously Guttenberg Elementary) since 1977. In spite of her nearly 40 years of experience, Connelly volunteered to host a student teacher so that she could collect new ideas. Hassman has proved to be just what she was looking for. 

“On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Morgan introduced the kids to some MLK-themed educational hip-hop songs she found on a website her professor told her about,” Connelly said, explaining one of the many ways Hassman has infused the classroom with unique discoveries for both the students and their teachers. 

Wed
28
Jan

While others close, Guttenberg Press remains strong


Two thirds of residents in small communities across the country read local newspapers at least once a week. Jeff Shireman reads The Guttenberg Press while drinking his morning coffee. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Two weekly newspapers in Iowa closed last month after more than 130 years of local coverage. The Walnut Bureau in Walnut and the Danish Villages Voice in Elk Horn both released their final editions on Christmas Eve. Both papers were managed by Cornflower, LLC.

Chris Mudge, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, said small Iowa newspapers tend to consolidate instead of close. She did not consider the closings the beginning of a trend. "It depends on the vibrancy of the community," she said. "But community newspapers have done well."

In an era of decline for major metropolitan print media, rural journalism is still thriving. While the Walnut Bureau and the Danish Villages Voice cited decreasing subscriptions and advertising for their closures, experts say small-town papers continue to succeed because internet competition doesn’t exist for the kind of coverage local newspapers provide.  Even for a generation of online readers, there’s only one place to find your hometown news – and that’s your hometown newspaper. 

Wed
21
Jan

Clair H. “Corny” Cornwell

Clair H. “Corny” Cornwell, 79, of Greeley, died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 19, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 20, at United Methodist Church in Greeley, conducted by Pastor Paddy Druhl.

Interment was at Grant View Cemetery, Greeley. Casketbearers were Mike Cornwell, Dan Cornwell, Donnie Nelson, Mark Nelson, Bruce Nelson and Jim Gallager.

Wed
21
Jan

Opal Y. Kriesler

Opal Y.  Kriesler, 87, of Cedartown, Ga., formerly of Colesburg, died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Cedartown, Ga.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Colesburg United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will follow the visitation at the church, conducted by Pastor Joan Thomas.

Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Colesburg.

Wed
21
Jan

Betty R. Moser

Betty Ruth (Troester) Moser, 87, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 15, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 16, at the United Methodist Church, Guttenberg, conducted  by Rev. Mike Jackson. 

Interment was at Bethel Cemetery, rural Colesburg.

Wed
21
Jan

Suzanne Stoeffler

Suzanne Stoeffler, 66, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 12, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, and before services at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.  

Interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Wed
21
Jan

New clubhouse underway at Guttenberg golf course


This drawing by Alex Finch depicts the new clubhouse at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. (Photo submitted)

Work is progressing on the new clubhouse. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by Joe Heitman

The Guttenberg Golf and Country Club is building a new clubhouse. 

The Golf Course was founded in 1964 by purchasing the Larry Duwe farm north of Guttenberg on Highway 52. The Duwe farm house was converted to the existing clubhouse.   Over the past 50 years the clubhouse has hosted countless wedding receptions, anniversary parties and many social and golf events.

Wed
21
Jan

Clayton Ridge board to act Jan. 21 on proposed facility plan

Submitted by Allan Nelson

Clayton Ridge Superintendent

The Clayton Ridge School Board met on Jan. 14 to review and discuss school facility plans with professional planner Brian Schwartz from the Baker Group.  The Baker Group has held two full-day community school facility planning meetings and attended three board meetings since late November.  

Wed
21
Jan

Guttenberg farmers honored for heroic water rescue


Jeff Lincoln, left, discovered Tiffany Mueller's truck under a bridge on Kiln Road. He and Scott Cherne, right, received Lifesaver Awards on Jan. 9 from the Iowa State Patrol for rescuing Mueller from the submerged truck. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

When 28-year-old Tiffany Mueller’s truck flipped off a bridge on Kiln Road and fell 12 feet into icy waters, she became trapped in the front seat, upside down, at the mercy of the creek that rushed in through a broken window.  

The Elkader vet tech was on her way to deliver vaccines at the Scott Cherne farm near Osterdock on Nov. 25, and was looking forward to it. “I jumped at the opportunity to make the delivery, because I’ve always had a lot of fun doing cattle work at the Cherne farm,” Mueller admitted. 

When she didn’t arrive as expected, farmhand Jeff Lincoln went out to look for her. As he crossed the bridge he felt something wasn’t right. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw Mueller’s tracks. Knowing he’d be unable to move the submerged truck on his own, he left to call 911 and get help from Cherne. 

State Trooper Jon Stickney read Mueller’s traumatic account of that day during a ceremony to honor her heroes on Jan. 9. “The coldness of the water took my breath away. I immediately struggled, trying to unbuckle my seatbelt. With the cab quickly submerged, I pushed myself to the passenger side in search of air. The cab was now completely filled with water and darkness and I began to panic, thinking I was going to drown.” 

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