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Wed
15
Feb

Care Center earns five-star rating


John and Karen Youngblut have found a five-star place they can both call home. John lives in Eagle Ridge Independent and Assisted Living with the family dog, Lexi, and Karen lives in the adjacent care center. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Forty percent of all nursing home residents live in one- or two-star facilities (as reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation in May of 2015), and recent changes in the rating system have made reaching the top even more difficult. “According to U.S.A. Today, nearly one third of the nation’s nursing homes are getting lower scores,” said Guttenberg Care Center Administrator Dr. Janette Simon. “Only 22 percent of the 15,505 nursing homes in the U.S. are five-star rated. Iowa is among the highest rated in the country.” 

Wed
15
Feb

Chamber director meets with Main Street Elkader


Janis Lerch, right, is a downtown business owner and current president of Main Street Elkader. Emily Yaddof, left, is the program's new director. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce Director Emily Sadewasser sat down with Emily Yaddof, Elkader Main Street Director, for a Q&A about the opportunites, challenges, and logistics of the Main Street Program. 

Sadewasser and chamber board members have been investigating the Main Street Program for improving Guttenberg’s downtown shopping district since a public meeting in October with Jim Engle, director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Program. 

Wed
08
Feb

"Hidden in Plain Sight" exhibit coming to Guttenberg Feb. 15

“Hidden in Plain Sight” is a unique, interactive exhibit which will to open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg during parent/teacher conferences.  

The event is hosted by the 5C Coalition (Clayton County Community Collaboration Council) and will bring adults into a mock teenager bedroom. The adults will explore the exhibit, identifying indicators of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.  

Wed
08
Feb

Community unites in support of Fangmann family


Jeff Fangmann, seated at center, was recognized last weekend for his thirty years of volunteer service to the local fire department. Fangmann's commitment to serving his neighbors has led to overwhelming support from the community during the family's time of need. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

When Jeff Fangmann was diagnosed with scleroderma in 1998, his wife, Laurie, began to educate herself. She went to the library, joined an online community of families fighting the disease, and accompanied her husband to every appointment. 

Wed
08
Feb

Live raptors, artwork, chili at Guttenberg Eagle Watch Feb. 11


Wildlife watchers may catch a glimpse of magnificent Bald Eagles fishing south of Lock and Dam 10 during Saturday's event. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Witness spectacular views of America's national bird at the Marina Visitor Center in Guttenberg on Saturday, Feb. 11, when Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Day. Live raptors, hot chili, and cool ice sculpting are among the entertainment planned. 

Wed
08
Feb

Call response, community service occupy local fire volunteers in 2016

  By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg Fire Chief Jim Cunningham recently presented the annual activities report of the Guttenberg Fire Department for 2016,  highlighting calls, training and community service by the volunteer members of the department.

Calls 

Wed
01
Feb

Sheriff's Office partners with state to expand drop-off sites


From left, Deputy Matt Moser, K9 Raven, Sheriff Mike Tschirgi and Deputy Tim Engelhardt are pictured with the new prescription medication dropbox located in the Clayton County Sheriff's office. (Photo submitted)

Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi has announced the placement of a permanent medication dropbox located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office at 22680 230th Street, St. Olaf.  

Sheriff Tschirgi said the drop box is made possible through a small grant from the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy to address the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse.  The drop box will be accessible to the public during normal business hours

Wed
01
Feb

County snow plows hard at work

By Molly Moser

Heavy, blowing snow, ice, and sleet characterize a Midwestern winter and inspire many to spend the season elsewhere. For those who endure it here at home, the Clayton County Secondary Roads department keeps car travel as safe as possible by maintaining 1,050 miles of roadway – a daunting task during a snowstorm.

Wed
01
Feb

PPEL vote to be held Feb. 7, final public meeting Feb. 2


Students using the north hallway of the elementary school have noticed cooler temperatures since a recent failure in the HVAC system required heat be cut off from that portion of the building. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Superintendent Shane Wahls answered some tough questions during a series of public meetings about the Feb. 7 PPEL (physical plant and equipment levy) vote, which if approved would provide the Clayton Ridge School District with an additional of $2.5 million over the next ten years earmarked specifically for building maintenance.

Wed
01
Feb

School election is Tuesday, Feb. 7

Voters in the Clayton Ridge Community School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to vote on a public measure that would provide for a tax levy for physical plant and equipment purposes. Voters will be asked to authorize a 10-year levy representing an increase of 67¢ over the current PPEL.

Polling hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following sites:

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