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02
Dec

Opportunities for charitable holiday giving


Sarah Meyer, GMHC Ambulatory Quality Manager, reminds co-workers, patients, and visitors to "Always be kind." (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The selfless, giving nature of Santa Claus is imprinted on our lives at a very early age. Our vision of a kind-hearted, jolly old soul who willingly gives gifts to individuals he has never met  plants the seeds of generosity that help us to become charitable adults. When we give thanks for all that we have, the true spirit of the holiday season awakens within us a desire to lend a helping hand to those in need. There is remarkable power in the act of generosity — for both the giver and receiver. It brings people together, helps us dissolve our differences, and acknowledges our shared humanity.

Wed
02
Dec

Rose-Maar Dairy honors Clayton Ridge Elementary


Rose-Maar Dairy of Garnavillo will hold a dairy presentation and giveaway to the teachers, staff, and students of Clayton Ridge Elementary School in Garnavillo on Friday, Dec. 4, as part of Dairy Cares, through Midwest Dairy. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Rose-Maar Dairy of Garnavillo will hold a dairy presentation and giveaway to the teachers, staff, and students of Clayton Ridge Elementary School in Garnavillo. The event is set to take place Friday, Dec. 4, and is part of Dairy Cares, through Midwest Dairy. "Also AMPI, the dairy cooperative we sell our milk to, will be giving away a free cheese stick to each person and a free pound of butter to each staff member," noted Anna Wilson, spokesperson for Rose-Maar Dairy.

Wed
02
Dec

Council awards contract, amends mask mandate

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council meeting in special session on Nov. 23, awarded a contract for the riverbank retaining wall project in downtown Guttenberg and amended the face mask resolution approved earlier in the month.

On hand for the meeting were Mayor Bill Frommelt, councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Jane Parker, Austin Greve, and Fred Schaub, and City Manager Denise Schneider.

Wed
25
Nov

Youth Ministry offers Thanksgiving dinner


Students from three local parishes participate in the Catholic Youth Ministry program. At front is Camdyn Deutmeyer; second row from left, Samantha Spielbauer, Whitley Harber, Isabel Breitbach, Molly Kann, Jenny Rodenberg, Colten Kolker; third row, Isabella Rausch, Chris Gebhardt, Owen Ludovissy, Sadie Moser, Colin Backes, Blake Ihde, William Spielbauer, Joe Schmelzer (on shoulders), Dylan Ludovissy, Elana Moore, Jake Moore, and Katy Geuder. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Globally the COVID-19 pandemic has been very stressful and isolating for many individuals. In the past, family gatherings during the holiday season have offered an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones. Unfortunately this holiday season may need to be modified to reduce the spread of the virus in an effort to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. Ongoing concerns from healthcare professionals, hospitals filled to capacity, and a worsening epidemic have generated a need to scale down holiday plans.

Wed
25
Nov

Sny Magill : A historical hidden treasure


The late Dr. Richard Clark Mallam, founder of the anthropology program at Luther College in Decorah, outlined the extremities of the Marching Bear Group in agricultural lime in 1978. (National Park Service photo)

By Caroline Rosacker

Effigy Mounds National Monument in Clayton and Allamakee counties contains the largest known concentration of  prehistoric mounds remaining in the United States.

Wed
25
Nov

School tests virtual learning plan

By Shelia Tomkins

A two-day trial run of an online learning plan took place for all grade levels on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24, at Clayton Ridge Community School. "Teachers, students and parents need to have this experience on a small scale before a possible shutdown," said Superintendent Shane Wahls. "We will gather feedback from parents, students and teachers in order to make the appropriate adjustments in the event that we would need to go fully online."

Wed
18
Nov

Ingleside Club inspires community involvement


Katherine Brown, Triangle Park project organizer, and Ingleside members, express their gratitude for the financial support and volunteer efforts from community members assisting with park renovations. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The Ingleside Club Triangle Park renovation project is well underway. The civic-minded women's group was granted approval in August by the Guttenberg Park Board for the renovation project, located at the intersection of North River Park Drive and North First Street. 

Wed
18
Nov

Garnavillo/Guttenberg women sew veteran quilts


From left, Garnavillo Freedom Stitchers Linda Kuehl and Denise Saunders stand surrounded by a selection of unique hand-pieced and stitched veteran quilts. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national organization founded in 2003 by “Blue Star” mom Catherine Roberts. The idea of comforting veterans with quilts came to her while her son was deployed in Iraq as a gunner sitting atop a Humvee. Her sense of panic 24-hours a day – every day — prompted her into action. 

Wed
18
Nov

City council enacts face mask mandate

By Shelia Tomkins

In an effort to mitigate the local spread of COVID-19, the Guttenberg city council on Nov. 9 unanimously passed a resolution mandating the use of face coverings in public places within the city limits.

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11
Nov

Scherbring brothers share decorated military careers

By Caroline Rosacker

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Scherbring and his brother, Master Sergeant Nicholas Scherbring, grew up on the family's dairy farm near Guttenberg. Their parents, Donald and Madonna Scherbring, raised seven children — four boys and three girls. They attended St. Mary's and Guttenberg High School. Nick enlisted in the Navy following high school, and Mark received a commission into the Army two years later.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Scherbring

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