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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:

Wed
25
Jan

Clayton Ridge school board January meeting

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors met in regular session on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Members in attendance were John Heying, Michael Finnegan, Alicia Helle, Ellen Johnson and Jason Reimer. Christine Aulwes and Kathy Ihde were absent.

Wed
25
Jan

Guttenberg hospital introduces Rahma, the surgical robot


From left are O.R. and clinic nurse Sally Schumann, Bill Robinson, who was first to undergo robotic surgery at GMH, Rahma the Robot, and surgeon, Dr. Daniel Mansfield. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

There’s a capable new set of hands at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, and they’re powered by a surgical robot named Rahma. Bill Robinson, branch manager at Community Savings Bank in Garnavillo, was the first to go under the robot’s knife at GMH. The procedure, done by Dr. Daniel Mansfield, would involve just three small incisions and would allow the surgeon to repair the hernia with more precision and less postoperative pain.

Wed
25
Jan

Council hears pool update

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in special session for a budget workshop on Jan. 16, heard an update from the Guttenberg pool committee.

Jesssica Cline first presented an overview of the pool's history and the committee's work with its consultant, Burbach Aquatics, Inc.

Committee member MJ Smith then presented details on the committee's plan for a pool and pool house, and received unanimous council approval for the following seven committee recommendations:

Wed
25
Jan

Aulwes on award-winning Rose Parade team


Susan Aulwes, left, and Lisa (Hankes) Weddel made time to read The Guttenberg Press during a busy four days in Pasadena, Calif., where they were preparing a float for the Rose Parade. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The 103rd Rose Bowl was played as usual in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 2, but it wasn’t business as usual for Guttenberg resident Sue Aulwes. While football teams prepared for plays on the field, she worked with a crew of volunteers behind the scenes to prepare a float for the 128th Rose Parade. She began work on Dec. 29, and worked until the wee hours of the morning on Jan. 1, putting in approximately 60 hours in four days. 

Wed
18
Jan

Guttenberg hospital audit report

The accounting firm of Seim Johnson, LLP released an audit report for Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in September. 

The hospital's operating revenue totaled $15,324,121 for the year ended June 30, 2016, a 13% increase from the prior year. Total operating revenue included $14,491,689 in net patient service revenue, $835,293 in other operating revenue, and a $2,861 loss on disposal of capital assets. 

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