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May

Hilltop Homestead offers riding lessons & more


The Hefel family, front from left ,are Brianna, Eneasha and Kaleb; back row, Christa, Ricky, Brysen, Brayden, Aiden, Austin, Samantha, William and Tango the horse. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

In 2020, Christa and Ricky Hefel launched Hilltop Homestead, located at 32817 Kale Avenue near Guttenberg. The ambitious entrepreneurs had a vision to provide northeast Iowans with a high-quality farm experience. Hilltop Homestead raises a variety of animals, including horses, goats, alpacas, llama, rabbits, dogs, cats, sheep and chickens. The State-certified homestead also provides boarding for dogs and horses, and offers horseback riding lessons and day camps.  

Wed
25
May

Junior Achievement cultivates student success


JA is dedicated to educating young people about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest and fastest-growing non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Using an age-appropriate curriculum, Junior Achievement programs begin in kindergarten and continue through the twelfth grade. The program teaches kids how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. It also inspires and prepares youth to succeed in a global economy. 

Wed
25
May

Local Memorial Day tribute set for Monday

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg area residents will pay tribute to veterans both living and dead at the community's annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at the Guttenberg Area Veterans Memorial in Ingleside Park. 

This year's observance will be similar to last year's — there will be no parade, but a short program is planned. 

Wed
18
May

Head East set to rock Lakeside's grand opening


"Head East" will take the stage on May 28 at 8:30 p.m. Band members from left are, Roger Boyd, Glen Bridger, Greg Manahan and Darren Walker. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Although St. Louis, Mo., is often considered Head East's hometown, the original members – brothers Roger and Larry Boyd, Steve Huston, John Schlitt, and Dan Piper — grew up in southern Illinois. The Band was originally called TimeAtions, but adopted the name Head East in 1969. Under their new name, Head East performed their first gig in Carbondale, Ill., about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis. 

Wed
18
May

Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool to open


Clayton Ridge High School mathematics teacher Bridget Schaufenbuel will be managing the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool for the 2022 season. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool is set to open Saturday, May 28, at 12 noon for adult laps, and 1 p.m. for public swimming.

Wed
18
May

One of top 20 in the nation GMHC named top critical access hospital


Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics is one of the top 20 critical access hospitals for Best Practice - Patient Satisfaction. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Best Practice—Patient Satisfaction in the country. 

The top 20 CAHs, including GMHC, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Patient Satisfaction. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo. 

Wed
18
May

City council purchases lot for parking, awards dredging bid

By Shelia Tomkins

At the regular monthly meeting on May 9 the Guttenberg city council moved forward on the purchase of a lot next to the municipal building, awarded a bid to remove sediment from Limbeck Pond, and okayed raises for non-union employees.

Mayor Fred Schaub led council members Mandy Ludovissy, Austin Greve, Jane Parker, Steve Bahls and Michelle Geuder through the evening's agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider was also at the council table. 

Wed
11
May

Thursday, May 26, at GMHC Retirement open house for Dr. Smith


Dr. Andrew C. Smith

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics has announced the upcoming retirement of Andrew C. Smith, M.D., in June of 2022. 

Dr. Smith has practiced medicine here in Guttenberg his entire career, spanning 39 years. "He has been a beloved member of the hospital staff and community throughout his tenure here and will be greatly missed by all," said a GMHC spokesperson.

Wed
11
May

"Rockin' the River Music Fest" slated for May 27, 28, 29 at Lakeside Ballroom


Blue60 band members, front from left, are Tim Canfield, Jan Beardsley, Steve Wendl and Kate Vink; back row, Dennie Hinrichs, Dakota McWhorter, Jade Beardsley and Kim Beardsley. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg's historic Lakeside Ballroom presents "Rockin’ the River Music Fest," a three-night event set for May 27, 28 and 29, with the main event, "Head East" (to be featured in a separate story in next weeks issue of The Press) on Saturday night. The music festival will mark the nationally recognized historic landmark's grand opening under new management. Platinum event sponsors are Brown’s Sales and Leasing, with dealerships in Guttenberg, Elkader and West Branch, and Ironhill Power Sports of Waukon. Premium sponsor is Fidelity Bank & Trust in Guttenberg. 

Wed
11
May

Guttenberg man named to UMGC post


Dan Kuempel

Dan Kuempel of Guttenberg has been appointed the new Executive Director by the board of  the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation

The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation grant giving program and operational policies adopted by the board.  This position serves as a representative for the UMGC Board by promoting the mission of the organization and gaming’s benefit to the area.

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