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09
Feb

Clayton Ridge athletes sign with state universities


Ryan Moser signed a letter of intent with the University of Northern Iowa on Feb. 4. From left are Eagle Coach Chad Harbaugh, Garry, Ryan and Sandy Moser. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Colten Rastetter signed a letter of commitment as a preferred walk-on with the University of Iowa on Feb. 5. From left are Eagle Coach Chad Harbaugh, Colten and his parents, Julie and Thor Rastetter. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

Two Clayton Ridge High School seniors have been recruited into the football programs at two state universities.

Ryan Moser signed a letter of intent with the University of Northern Iowa Panthers football program on Feb. 4. On hand for the signing were his parents, Garry and Sandy Moser of St. Olaf, and football coach Chad Harbaugh. Moser will receive full tuition and books for his freshman year. 

Mon
09
Feb

Classmates gather in remembrance


Front from left are Crystal Ellis and Misty Troester, with members of the class of 2018, front from left, Amelia Berns, Sophie Berns, Eric Ihde, and Nicole Schaefers; back row, Brianna Lucey, Brooklyn Witham, Allison Troester, Brandon Wahls, and Cole Brandel. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Students in the class of 2018 are halfway through their freshman year. Most are 15 years old, and many still remember the day in May, 10 years ago, when they lost a classmate.

When Mrs. Valeria White assigned her English students a fictional story for the final project in their short story unit, Brianna Lucey started to pen a tale based on her lost classmate’s younger sister. “The story changed shape as I wrote,” she told The Press. “It became more and more about Jarren, and I wanted to include his family and classmates.”

Mon
09
Feb

Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Weekend Feb. 13 and 14


According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are currently 44 active eagle nests in Pool 10. Several pairs of binoculars for scoping out wildlife will be available at the Marina Welcome Center during this Saturday’s Eagle Watch, but viewers are encouraged to bring their own binoculars, too. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“A raptor has an intensely wild and free spirit,” say officials at the MacBride Raptor Project in Cedar Rapids. “To come to the aid of one of these birds is to give expression to a similar spirit within us.” The wild and free birds of prey in Iowa will be celebrated during GD&T’s Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Weekend. 

This year’s educational programs and entertainment will be located at the Marina Visitor Center, 715 S. River Park Drive. “The Marina Center offers a spectacular view of the river and trees across the channel for viewing eagles, and the audience can keep warm inside rather than facing the cold,” said GD&T director Emily Moser.

To help residents and visitors escape cabin fever, the event kicks off with an ice carving demonstration by Chain Reactions Carvings out of Cedar Rapids from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Carvers will transform two ice blocks into river creatures, and Moser expects the demonstration will take place in the lower parking lot of the Marina Center and recommends bringing lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the two-hour demonstration.

At 12:00 noon the scent of fresh, hot chili will begin wafting through the city streets as a chili cookoff begins in the Marina Center. The public is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to taste-test each entry and cast a vote for their favorite. A $5 charge to participate in the tasting will be used to award first prize to the winning pot of chili. Hot chocolate and apple cider, as well as homemade baked goods, will complement the chili and are available for a free will donation. 

Mon
09
Feb

City council eyes water increases

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its monthly meeting on Feb. 2 discussed increasing rates for  water and sewer and decided to consider an ordinance reflecting those increases at its next meeting on Feb. 11.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Steve Friedlein, Jane Parker, Dave Schlueter, Fred Schaub and Virginia Saeugling through the evening's agenda. City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster were also on hand. 

Wed
04
Feb

Entries sought for Guttenberg talent show set for March 8

For the past four years Guttenberg Development and Tourism has paired with G&G Living Centers to showcase young stars with its annual talent showcase. 

 

This year is no exception as the aspiring stars of all ages will step into the spotlight on Sunday, March 8, when they take the stage at the Guttenberg municipal buildling, third floor, starting at 2:00 p.m.  

 

Wed
04
Feb

Artists sought for Guttenberg show

The "Iowa Artists" is an organization of artists throughout the state, and it is divided into regions.  Clayton county is in Region III and there are five more counties.  On April 11, Region III will hold a juried art show in Guttenbeg at the Municipal Building at 502 South First Street.

Members are to bring their original art at 9:00 a.m. for registration.  Each artist may submit three pieces of original art that has been created in the last two years.  Both two and three dimensional art is allowed.  Assistance will be given while unloading. 

Wed
04
Feb

Vote to support local non-profits


Jessica Bittner bonds with son Cole at Start Art, an introduction to art program for children ages three to five held at the Creativity Center. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., has selected participants for its 2015 Community Aces Challenge, a social media contest that awards participating nonprofits a slice of $50,000. Two first-place grants of $15,000 each and two second-place grants of $10,000 each will be awarded following a voting phase that began on Feb. 1 and continues through March 20.

Wed
04
Feb

Safe routes to school program receives state funding


Iowa bus laws limit ride time to 60 minutes for elementary students and 75 minutes for high schoolers. In the Clayton Ridge school district, this also includes shuttling students between Guttenberg and Garnavillo. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 1969 42% of students in the U.S. walked or bicycled to school each day. By 2009, that group of students had shrunk to 15%. In the Clayton Ridge School district, principals Shane Wahls and Kris Einck estimate, respectively, that four students regularly walk to and from school in Garnavillo and less than a dozen high school students do so.

Wed
28
Jan

Board approves a facility plan for public consideration

Submitted by Allan Nelson

Clayton Ridge Superintendent

The Clayton Ridge School Board held a public forum and special board meeting on Jan. 21.  The public forum began with presentations from Superintendent Allan Nelson, Business Manager Dave Schlueter and Brian Schwartz representing the Baker Group from Des Moines.  

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.

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