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Wed
25
Apr

Long night for Clayton Ridge school board at April 12 meeting

A public hearing for the 2018-19 Clayton Ridge School District budget was called to order at 7 p.m. in Garnavillo on Thursday, April 12.  Members in attendance were John Heying, Christine Aulwes, Kathy Ihde, Ellen Johnson, Alicia Helle and Mike Finnegan.  Jason Reimer was absent. Also in attendance were Shane Wahls, Andy Peterson, David Schlueter, Mary Seifert, Deb Henkes, Travis Geuder, Kevin Hennessey, Bill Leonhart and Matt Moser.

Schlueter presented the proposed 2018-19 Certified District Budget with total expenditures of $15,839,231. Tax rates were as follows: 

Wed
25
Apr

CRHS graduation rate explained


While the IAVA is responsible for lowering the CRHS graduation rate from 100 to 81 percent, it offers 300 students high quality educational opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them. (Press file photo)

By Molly Moser

A recent article in the Telegraph Herald raised concerns over education at Clayton Ridge when it listed the school’s graduation rate at 81.01 percent, nearly 10 percent lower than the statewide average of 91 percent. In fact, according to Superintendent Shane Wahls, in 2017 Clayton Ridge High School graduated 100 percent of its senior class. 

Wed
25
Apr

Three new providers join hospital and clinic


GMH held an open house to welcome its three new providers on Thursday, April 12. From left are Dr. Tamara Holzer and Family Nurse Practitioners Vanessa Solomon and Amber Wessels. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Three new providers have joined the staff at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics in recent months. "We are thrilled to welcome these new providers to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics and to the community at large. With the addition of these providers, we will continue to provide the highest quality in healthcare to our community but will be able to offer additional services or additional hours," said GMH Interim CEO Kelly Dybvig.

Wed
18
Apr

City council proceeds with pool project, sets budget hearing

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on April 9 moved forward on the pool project, set a hearing date to amend the budget and approved the first reading of an ordinance change that will reduce the cost of a golf cart permit.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, and Virginia Saeugling through the evening's agenda; also on hand were city manager Denise Schneider and city attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
18
Apr

Getting to know local government Recreation board hard at work


Planned updates for the Darwin Duwe little league field and surrounding area include improved parking, playground equipment, a new fence in the outfield and potentially even a skate park. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: This story concludes an 11-week series of features highlighting city boards and committees to educate readers about the workings of local government. 

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Wed
18
Apr

Dean of Students reports on successful year


Wade Marlow, Dean of Students and At-Risk Coordinator

By Molly Moser

A new position was created last fall at Clayton Ridge Community School, allowing for the addition of Dean of Students and At Risk Coordinator Wade Marlow to school staff. Marlow assists with the district’s positive behavior intervention support expectations for students, which are that they be ready, respectful, responsible and safe. He models these expectations and provides positive reinforcement for the large majority of students who are meeting expectations.

Wed
11
Apr

Miner's Creek bridge replacement set to begin


Plans call for the bridge over Miner's Creek to be demolished by the end of this week, weather permitting. (Press photo)

By Shelia Tomkins

The bridge that crosses Miner's Creek in the Guttenberg city limits is scheduled to be taken down this week in the first step of a bridge replacement project. City officials expect that the bridge will be demolished by Friday, April 13, weather permitting.

The bridge is located on Garber Road just west of Highway 52 at the south Guttenberg city limits. 

Wed
11
Apr

Getting to know the local government Elected officials maintain beauty of riverside parks


New landscaping around this restroom in Ingleside Park was completed in 2017, and this year the park board plans to renovate the restroom to make it handicap accessibile. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Five community members look after Guttenberg’s two miles of park bordering the mighty Mississippi. The parks are a hallmark of the city, serving as venues for community events, family gatherings, and places for exercise or rest and relaxation. 

Wed
11
Apr

Wave of the Future committee continues pool fundraising


Wave of the Future committee members accepted a pledge for $5,000 from Black Hills Energy last week. From left are Peg Thein, Dennis McNeal of Black Hills, MJ Smith, Molly Moser and Norma Thiese. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The Wave of the Future committee has continued its hard work and bi-weekly meetings following a successful bond referendum on March 6. Grant writing efforts have intensified now that community support has been secured, communication continues with potential in-kind donors for labor and materials, and community members have planned further fundraising events for the project. 

Wed
04
Apr

Clayton County Dairy Banquet April 6

The annual Clayton County Dairy banquet will be held on Friday, April 6, at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. Tickets will be available at the door. The banquet meal will be served at 7 p.m. with the program beginning at 8 p.m.

The banquet program includes the presentation of the county’s distinguished dairy producer, outstanding young dairy producer, and senior dairy producer awards.  

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