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Year In Review 2018-April May June

January 10, 2019
Reinbeck Courier
April Grundy County Memorial Hospital Creates $13 million Economic Impact. According to the most recent figures from the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA), in the past year Grundy County Memorial Hospital provided 201 jobs that add $13,034,271 to the local economy. “Hospitals and health care are vital to the economy in all parts of the state, both urban and rural,” said IHA president and CEO Kirk Norris. “With more than 330,000 jobs, health care is one of Iowa’s largest employers, and those jobs bring income to Main Street businesses and support local government services and infrastructure through taxes.” In celebration of National County Government Month, the Grundy County Board of Supervisors has arranged for Joseph Dittmar to speak at the Grundy Center High School Auditorium on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources annual spring spotlight survey is underway with Wildlife and Law Enforcement staff conducting nighttime counts of all furbearing animals, and white-tailed deer. The survey begins in early spring an hour after sunset, preferably on a night with a clear sky, low wind and high humidity. Each county has a preselected route covering 50 miles of varying habitat. Surveyors will follow the route driving below 20 miles per hour, shining spotlights from both sides of the vehicle. Albert “Bud” Lorenz, 91, of Reinbeck, passed away at the Grundy Care Center in Grundy Center on March 30, 2018. The Grundy County Community Foundation held its annual grant awards ceremony on April 9, announcing the distribution of 30 grants totaling $113,881 to area nonprofits and government agencies. With this year’s awards, the Grundy County Community Foundation has granted a total of $1,273,973 in grants since inception in 2006. “The work these deserving organizations do to create a stronger county is critical to making our communities places where everyone can thrive,” said Erin Schildroth, Grundy County Community Foundation committee chair. “The Grundy County Community Foundation is proud to be a partner in their work, and we are thankful for the generosity of community-minded people who make this impact possible.” Grant recipients and the project the grant will fund are listed below by funding areas. Art and Culture: City of Beaman, Library - Memorial Day Weekend Programming City of Grundy Center, Center Theatre Seating Conrad Main Street, Museum on Main Street Smithsonian “Hometown Teams” Exhibit Community Betterment: City of Beaman, Betterment Club - New Christmas Decorations for City Poles City of Dike, Dike Recreation City of Grundy Center, Aquatic Center - Lily Pads Replacement City of Grundy Center, Kling Memorial Library: Signage City of Reinbeck Downtown Banner Enhancers City of Wellsburg, Library - Disc Repair Equipment Izaak Walton League/Grundy-Tama Ikes Chapter, Izaak Walton Shelter House Education: AGWSR School District, Little Cougar Playhouse Playground Relocation Project Dike-New Hartford Community Schools, Augmented Reality Stream Table Dike-New Hartford Community Schools, Creative Photography G-R Daycare dba Little Rebels Learning Center, Outside Renovation Grundy Center Community Schools, Interactive Projector for Language Arts Classroom Grundy Community Preschool and Child Care Association, Equipment Upgrades Iowa College Access Network, College Readiness and FAFSA Completion - Grundy County Unity Point at Home, Grundy County Public Health Educational Technology Health: Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Patient Safety & Mobility Human Service: Allison Area Foster Parents Support, Family Events for Area Foster Families City of Conrad, Fire Department - Bunker Gear Replacement City of Dike, Dike Fire Department - PPE Update City of Holland, Fire Department - Bunker Gear and Boots City of Stout, Fire Department - Winter 2018 Project Lutheran Services in Iowa, Families Together II in Grundy County Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Grundy Center Mobile Food Pantry Operation Threshold, Grundy County Food Pantry The Larrabee Center, Thrift Store Facility Improvement Project - Trinkets & Togs - Grundy Center Wellsburg Fire and Rescue Foundation, SCBA Project Phase 2 Continued YMCA of Grundy County, Grundy Family YMCA Building Project Phase 2 For more information on the Grundy County Community Foundation, go to www.grundyccf.org Larry G. Leyen, 70, of Reinbeck, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer. Eight area artists have been awarded Blue Ribbons in the Annual Iowa Artists Area 7 Show in Denver, Iowa on April 7, 2018. Sean C. Miller, artist and owner of Crooked Creek Publishing in Washington, Iowa, was the judge, and these artists will now be eligible to display their artwork in the juried Iowa Artists State Show in Des Moines on May 12th. The Blue Ribbons were awarded to Janet Drake of Waterloo, Bonnie Erickson of Readlyn, Sandy Rittgers of Cedar Falls, Barbara Floyd-Campbell of Vinton, Donna Hagen of Waterloo, Jan Bernhard of Waterloo, Alice Dolgener of Cedar Falls, and Marion Boyer of Reinbeck. Promoting healthy lifestyles and teamwork in a workplace environment is very important. Especially when it comes to a school. The staff of Gladbrook-Reinbeck Junior High/High School did just that in the recent past weeks. The teachers put together two teams and elected to take part in the Live Healthy Iowa Challenge. Live Healthy Iowa is a non-profit organization that promotes healthy lifestyles for Iowan. Their initiatives are often team-based challenges that get participants thinking about their dietary and exercise habits. By participating in the 10 week Challenge, the G-R teachers are doing their part to help out Iowan’s obesity numbers and create a culture of healthy choices. The two participating teams that were formed at GR were named “The Sassy 7” and “GR8”. “The Sassy 7” consisted of team members Ms. Miller, Miss Shuey, Mr. Formanek, Mr. Tessendorf, Mrs. Scarf, and Mrs. Strohbehn with their team captain Mrs. Snider. “GR8” consisted of team members Mr. McQuillen, Mr. Olson, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Aalderks, Mr. Anderson, Ms. Kuehl, Mr. Boheman, and Mrs. Rowe as their team Captain. They logged their “workout minutes and competed with each other for a higher weekly average. These minutes were focused on just getting active and nothing about weight loss. With their motivation locked in, “The Sassy 7” came out with a win, their minutes totaling 14,740, average of 2,106 minutes per member. “GR8” was not far behind with a total of 14,152, averaging, 1,769 per member. Mrs. Snider, captain of the winning team reflected on how she kept her team motivated: “I tried really hard in the beginning to just send a quick email for motivational Monday with a quote...Also, when our team was close to beating the other team, I would send updates explaining how close we were, and then reminded them that if our team wins, that is how we can get more money back.” She also expressed that she “didn’t want to let her team down” and worked hard to meet her own fitness goals. The 10 week Challenge not only pushed the GR staff to be active, but also provided a change to teachers to demonstrate their own ability to model healthy choices. Principal Andrew McQuillen believes that this challenge was beneficial for our teachers to take part in because “..It [10 Week Challenge] encourages students to live by these healthily standards as well.” The Hardy Reading Council recently held its Annual Awards Banquet at St. Marks Catholic Church in Eldora to recognize the winners of the Creative Writing and Poetry contest winners. Every year the Council sponsors the contests for students in grades K-12 in conjunction with the Iowa Reading Association.. The first place winners at all grade levels are invited to attend the Banquet, to read their winning entry, and to receive a certificate. The winners in the poetry contest that were able to attend were: first grader Brynley Weig from ENP who wrote “Soccer”; fourth grade co-authors Mary Engelson and Nora Warburton from Hubbard-Radcliffe who wrote “Why”; fifth grader Alex Schult from Hubbard-Radcliffe who wrote “Fall Fulsomeness”; and sixth grader Treston Sparks from Gladbrook-Reinbeck who wrote “Smelly Surprise”. The first place Creative Writing winners able to attend were: third grader Jonah VanderWilt from ENP who read “Persuasive Essay”; fourth grader Lauren Allen from Gladbrook-Reinbeck who read “The Ghost of Pasadena”; fifth grader Silas Schellhorn from Gladbrook-Reinbeck who read “The Race”; and sixth grader Isaac Clark from Gladbrook-Reinbeck who read “Believe Big”. All of the Hardy Reading Council’s first place poetry and creative writing winners’ entries were submitted to the Iowa Reading Association state contest. First grader Brynley Weig won second place with his poem “Soccer”. Fifth grader Alex Schult won second place with his poem “Fall Fulsomeness”. And sixth grader Treston Sparks won first place for his poem “Smelly Surprise”. There were no state winners in the Creative Short Story Writing from Hardy Reading. The Council also recognized Michelle Pearson who won the Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year award. Marlene Reece was recognized as the Iowa Service Award winner. “A Night Under the Stars” Gladbrook-Reinbeck Junior-Senior Prom 2018 To Ben and Natalia(Lewicki) Paige of Manhattan, KS, a daughter born on March 30, 2018 at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Ft. Riley, KS. Grandparents are Jeff and Kailyn Paige of Grand Island, Andrzej Lewicki and Antonina Lewicki of Lincoln. Great grandparents are Ruth Paige of Reinbeck, IA and Ron and Verneta Connely of Broken Bow, NE. G-R Elementary was well-represented at the Hardy Reading Council’s awards banquet for exceptional writing. Three students read their award-winning stories. Lauren Allen, a 4-B Kid, made her second trip to the winners’ circle. Silas Schellhorn, a student in Mrs. Hagedorn’s fifth grade class, shared his story. Isaac Clark, a three-time winner, represented the sixth graders in Mrs. Welter’s and Mrs. Wrage’s classes. Trey Sparks, a sixth grader, was not only the Hardy Reading Council’s winner for poetry, but is also the State winner and has been invited to the state reading conference where he will share his poem and be recognized for his writing. The awards’ banquet, served by Donna Cooley and crew, was held in Eldora, Iowa, on April 9, 2018. May On May 7th the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host an Open House to present preliminary floodplain maps to Grundy County citizens. Dr. Kenneth and Shirley Kuehl Storjohann were united in marriage on May 4, 1968 in Davenport, IA. They have been long-time residents of Reinbeck as Dr. Storjohann practiced here for over 40 years. They have two daughters, Kimberly (Jeff) Carter of Marion, IA and Jodi (Dr. Shannon) Clark of Reinbeck, IA. Their 10 grandchildren include Mason Carter, Alex (Moriah) Clark, and Jackson, Chase, Bryce, Colton, Katie, Naomi, Hudson and Macklin Clark. They have one great-grandson, Greyson Clark. They will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary with an Open House at the PT Grillers Event Center located at 24735 U Avenue, Reinbeck, IA, 50669 on Sunday, May 6th from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Kathy Meyer, 64, of Vinton, formerly of Reinbeck, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Keystone Care Center in Keystone, Iowa while under the care of Compassus Hospice. LaVonne Mae Jensen, 82, of Reinbeck, passed away on April 26 at the Allen Memorial Hospital while under the care of Unity Point Hospice. Gloria Louise Rickert, 90, of Reinbeck, passed away on Monday, April 23 at her home with her loving family by her side while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. The Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation makes Community Health Grants available for projects that improve health in the communities served by the hospital. Gladbrook Reinbeck counseling staff Jessica Weber, and Jill Aalderks, received close to $4,000 in grant funding for new classroom materials to help teach students coping skills and other methods meant to build resilience and improve student mental health. The Iowa Center for the Book honored 18 student readers from across Iowa as winners and honorable mentions for the 2018 Iowa Letters About Literature awards program at a ceremony on Friday, April 27 at the Urbandale Public Library. Award-winning Iowa author Michelle Edwards gave an address to the attendees about storytelling and read her first children’s picture book Chicken Man. The students received their award certificates from Edwards and Michael Scott, State Librarian of Iowa. “I am so impressed by these students and their creative ability to show how reading a special book led to a meaningful life experience,” said Scott. “We congratulate them on their accomplishment and know they are bound for great things.” Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the prestigious national literary contest has student readers write a letter to an author of a book that has changed their view of themselves or their world. For the 2018 program 1,750 Iowa students submitted letters, a 9 percent increase from 2017, with 159 passing the first round of review and returning to Iowa for further judging. First place winners in each level are submitted to the Library of Congress from each of the 52 participating states and territories to compete at the national level. In 14 years of participation, Iowa has had five national winners. Level I (Grades 4 - 6) Honorable Mention: Anthony Utterback Author/Book: Annie Thiel, Cosmos’ Mom and Dad are Moving Apart School: Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community Schools, Reinbeck -Anthony Utterback Anthony Utterback’s Letter Dear Annie Thiel, Ph. D., Cosmos’ Mom and Dad are Moving Apart reminds me of when my mom and dad got a divorce. For both the character and l, when our family seperated, a lot changed. The character and I were both scared to share how we were feeling. The character got picked on. The bullies thought divorce was funny. I was picked on, too. A lot a people felt bad for me. What hurts me the most is that my mom drinks too much and uses drugs for the wrong reason. She also smokes. The character’s mom didn’t do this, but l wanted to share this with you. My dad told me I could be glad, mad, or sad, just like the characters Mom arid Dad said. I was mostly confused. I visit my mom many times like Cosmo, but my mom is not in good health. My dad and mom both argued just like Cosmo’s mom and dad did I call my mom, so does the character of this book. My dad got me this book to explain why and what happens when someone’s parents get a divorce. I was confused why my parents moved apart just like Cosmos was. My mom lives with someone new but the Cosmos’ mom lived in apartment. I think my dad did a good thing picking out this book for my brothers and I to read. It made me feel not so confused and alone. Thank you for sharing Cosmos’ story to help me feel less confused. Sincerely, Anthony Grundy County Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners Chair Mary Schmidt has announced that hospital CEO Jennifer Havens is resigning her position to become Chief Executive Officer of new UnityPoint Health affiliate Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell. Terri Lee Richter, 62, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2018 in Sevierville, TN. She was surrounded by her loved ones. Donald “Don” Raymond Rhoades, lifelong Reinbeck resident, passed away at the age of 100 at the Parkview Manor in Reinbeck on Wednesday, May 02, 2018. Jerry F. Dufel, 84, of Hudson, Iowa, died Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Charles W. Wildman, 88, of Reinbeck, Iowa passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center, Iowa. Grundy County 100+ Women Who Care was thrilled to present $4,400 in donations to the Grundy Center Theatre. This gift was possible because of the donations by each of the Grundy County 100+ Women Who Care members. The City of Reinbeck joined cities from across the State of Iowa to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Home Rule Amendment to Iowa’s State Constitution by passing a proclamation stating, “Home Rule is essential to effective and responsive municipal governance in all cities in Iowa,” and that local control “continues to be vital to the health and prosperity of all cities in Iowa.” Happy 99th Birthday, Mary Henderson Mary was born on May 24, 1917. She married Dr. Harold V. Henderson on August 31, 1941 in Manhattan, KS; he preceded her in death on December 5, 1994. Recipients of the Top Ten Percentile Medals presented at the Gladbrook-Reinbeck 2018 Graduation Ceremony were (l-r) Sadie Brockett, Madeline Frischmeyer, Lilian Heinzel, and Audrey Leyen. G-R Sportsmanship Awards Football Mason Skovgard G Cross Country Lily Ehlers B Cross Country Max Schweppe Volleyball Paige Eiffler Basketball Girls Rachel Cooley Basketball Boys Caden Kickbush Wrestling Bronson Wrage Girls Golf Maddie Frischmeyer Boys Golf Matt Johannsen Girls Soccer Audrey Leyen Boys Soccer Walker Thede Girls Track Lily Heinzel Boys Track Josh Peterson Baseball Kyle Koppen Softball Taylor Gienger FB Cheer Sadie Cahalan BB Cheer Jasmin Terven June Getting ready in Reinbeck for Memorial Day takes a village and we sure did have the help of everyone to make it the perfect day. We need to recognize our volunteers and let them know how much we appreciate their efforts. The Brian Bunz family placed individual flags on each veteran’s grave site and the Saak family and their friends placed the Auxiliary Red Poppy at each site. We have over 450 veterans that we honor each year with a flag and poppy. John Olson and class volunteers at G-R High School assisted the American Legion and city volunteers in placing over 400 flags at the Avenue of Flags. Our cemetery looked AWESOME! The Reinbeck American Legion Post #242 held their service at the Memorial Building and then did military honors at Reinbeck Cemetery, St Gabriel’s Catholic Cemetery, Morrison Cemetery, and Amity Cemetery. We are honored to have such dedicated Legionaries. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Grundy County is now just days away. The event will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018, 5-11 p.m. in Downtown Reinbeck, the American Legion Building and Parking Lot. AMES, Iowa ) - At Iowa State University’s spring commencement ceremonies, 4,809 graduates received degrees. Iowa State awarded 4,023 undergraduate degrees, 512 master’s degrees, 144 doctor of veterinary medicine degrees and 130 doctor of philosophy degrees. Of the students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 1,390 graduated with “With Distinction” (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude). 108 students graduated both with distinction and as members of the Honors Program. Reinbeck, IA Brooke Boyle, Bachelor of Science , Biology, Cum Laude Dustin Dinsdale, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Studies George Dale Arnold passed away peacefully in Walnut Creek, California, Sunday March 18th, 2018, at age 101. Dean M. Sorensen, 89, of Grundy Center and formerly of Morrison, Iowa died Friday, May 25, 2018 at Creekside Senior Living in Grundy Center, Iowa. In celebration of its 100th year of service, the Reinbeck Public Library is hosting a Children’s Carnival on Saturday June 23. The carnival will be held in the Reinbeck Memorial Building from 11:00 – 1:00 and the games will be intended for ages 8 and younger. Classic games like “fishing”, “tissue toss”, “bobber in a tub”, and “coin drop” will be available for the children to play. Upon arrival, each child will register at the table and receive a Game Pass good for 10 games. The child can play 10 separate games or several repeatedly till 10 games are played. All games will be giving out small prizes. There will also be several photo booth opportunities for family selfies. L. George Schildroth, 76, of Reinbeck, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at UnityPoint Health Allen Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness. The staff of Gladbrook-Reinbeck School was honored at a year-end breakfast hosted by the Board of Education on June 5th. Staff members were recognized for their years of service. The honorees were: Marcia Koester - 32 years; Kim Thompson – 25 years; Helen Adair – 20 years; Sally Lennard – 20 years; Diane Staker – 20 years; Connie Wood - 20 years; Diane Stephan - 15 years; Chris Kuehl - 10 years; Kevin Andersen – 5 years; Sylvia Flutcher – 5 years; Cara Lott – 5 years; Gage Smith – 5 years; Dianne Van Heiden – 5 years; and Megan Welter – 5 years. Four staff members were recognized as Retirees: Marcia Hagedorn, 5th grade instructor is retiring after 14 years with the district; Sally Lennard, high school Spanish instructor is retiring after 20 years with the district; Cindy Luethje, 1st grade instructor is retiring after 34 ? years with the district and Betty Roberts is retiring after 14 years of service as a cook in the district. AMES, Iowa - Approximately 9,196 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2018 Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work. Gladbrook, IA Shelton Lyn Hatch, 4, Agricultural and Life Sciences Education Reinbeck, IA Kelsey Sue Schwartz, 4, Kinesiology and Health The Grundy County Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners has announced that Adam Scherling will be the hospital’s new president. He currently serves as Director of Operations for UnityPoint Clinic – Waterloo, and will succeed Jennifer Havens, who joins UnityPoint Health- Grinnell Regional Medical Center as CEO next month. Jenny Schildroth, of Reinbeck, was recently honored at Buena Vista University’s annual Student Recognition Dinner. Schildroth received the following recognition: Schildroth received an Academic Excellence Award as a fourth year student. This Academic Excellence Award is given to students on the Storm Lake campus whose cumulative GPA is 3.75 or greater, representing approximately the top 10% of each class. Schildroth received a Student Organization Leader award for her role in IMPACT, one of more than 46 organizations available on campus. These leaders provide guidance and motivation to their organizations and attend campus-wide meetings to share knowledge and build skills. BVU’s many active student organizations represent a wide variety of interests, social causes, and disciplines. Rev. Steve Hubbell will become the new Pastor of the Reinbeck United Methodist Church beginning July 4, 2018. Bishop Laurie Haller of the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church made the formal announcement during the 2018 Annual Conference session. “I celebrate the ministry of Rev. Hubbell,” Bishop Haller said. “The Conference Superintendents and I have prayed for Reinbeck United Methodist Church and believe that the future is bright for this ministry partnership.” Prior to being appointed to Reinbeck United Methodist Church, Rev. Hubbell served the Belle Plaine United Methodist Church for seven years. Pastor Hubbell, his wife, Annette and daughter Rachel will be moving to Reinbeck this week. The congregation will host a welcome reception for the family following the 9:15 worship service on July 8th. Pastor Terry Plocher and his wife Robyn, who have served the Reinbeck United Methodist Church for the past eleven years have received new appointments. Terry has been appointed to serve the First United Methodist Church in Carroll, Iowa and Robyn has received a full-time appointment to the United Methodist Church in Panora, Iowa. They have recently moved to Carroll. Zach Sherman has joined the Lincoln Savings Bank (LSB) team as Branch Manager for the Reinbeck location. Leslie William Bern, 99, of Gladbrook, died on June 19, 2018 at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice.

 
 

 

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