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Year in Review


January 6, 2013
Laura Beard , Reinbeck Courier

JANUARY 5, 2012

Celebrations-Rosie Moser will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 11. Grundy Co, Memorial Hospital holds its fifth annual Gala celebration on Saturday, Feb. 11th.

Obituaries-Linda Baumeier, 64, Gladbrook, passed away Dec. 23 at her home.

January 12, 2012

Headlines-A weightroom challenge of Messerly-Boheman is going on and getting donations for the weight room. Dan Anderson, representing Scheel's, recently presented the Grundy Co. Conservation Board with a check for $5,000 to be used for new playground equipment. Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital announces scholarship opportunities for seven-$1,000 healthcare career scholarships to be awarded for the 2012-2013 school year.

Celebrations-Annabelle Ward will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 15 with an open house at Parkview Manor.

January 19, 2012

Headlines-Paige Thompson signs letter of intent to join NIACC softball team next year. $10,000 & $25,000 grants available to rural school districts through America's Farmland through Monsanto Fund. Hospital radiology services expand.

Celebrations- Evelyn White will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 26 with a card shower. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Thede will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 26 with a card shower.

Obituaries-Debra Jean Neal, 53, Grundy Center, passed away on Jan. 9 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Reva Ladehoff, 90, Gladbrook, died Jan. 13 at Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad.

January 26, 2012

Headlines-Melissa Ohden, survivor of an abortion attempt, will give a presentation at St. John's Luth. Church on Sunday, Jan. 29. Melissa is founder and Director of "For Olivia's Sake," an organization which seeks to peacefully raise awareness of abortion. Robin Plocher, after-care specialist for Abels and French-Hand Funeral Homes, announces a 12 week grief support group class.

February 2, 2012

Headlines-Kandie Vaughn of Reinbeck, is taking up a collection of articles for the Veterans Home in Marshalltown. American Cancer Society scholarships are available based on their commitment, current financial need, leadership and community service.

No Celebrations or Obituaries

February 9, 2012

Headlines-Kindergarten class celebrate 100th day of school by collecting 100 items to send to Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Cub Scout Pack #73 of Reinbeck went to the state capitol and toured the House Chamber and sat in on the House Agriculture Committee chaired by Rep. Annette Sweeney. Wildflower, Reinbeck's new floral shop, opens for business on Main St.

Celebrations-Nicole May and Tyler Lyon exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 22, 2011 in Des Moines.

Obituaries-Gail Buskohl, 89, Lincoln, passed away on Jan. 31 at the Grundy Co, Memorial Hospital. Steward Heiken, 63, Holland, died Feb. 1 at his home in Holland.

February 16, 2012

Headlines-Andrew Meyers, G-R senior, was appointed to Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. starting in June. Dike-New Hartford music dept. presented the America's Farmers Grow donation of $2,500. Tips for knowing when it's time for joint replacement surgery were offered by Douglas Cooper, M.D. and Robert Bartelt M.D. Parade of Bands will be presented on March 5.

Obituaries-Ruth E. Kray, 93, Newhall, passed away February 11 at Heritage Nursing & Rehab in Cedar Rapids.

February 23, 2012

Headlines-United Methodist Church receives Trunck's Country Foods Save-N-Share donation. County tax levy will decrease in 2013. Bill Arndorfer named ISU Regional Extension Ed. Director effective Jan. 3, 2012.

Celebrations-Jack & Joan Fogt will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 3 in Mesa, Ariz. Melody Elmore & Shane Hathorne plan wedding for May 27 in Conroe, Texas. Maureen Reinert was the lucky winner of a gemstone necklace won at Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital gala raffle donated by Davidson Dittmer, Jewelers.

March 1, 2012

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Jason Boldt are parents of a son born Feb. 15. Chief Deputy Tim Wolthoff was presented his 30 year service award. He began service on Feb. 15, 1982. Steven Wical of Grundy Center has been recognized by the American Angus Association for having a registered Angus cow included in the Association's 2012 Pathfinder Report.

March 8, 2012

Headlines-Elementary school celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss by reading some favorite books. Grundy Co. Heritage Museum holds event with Pippa White. She is a one company performing "Voices from Ellis Island." Rhonda Deters announces nomination petition for the Republican candidate for Auditor of Grundy Co. Maddie Muhlebruck ranked number one defensive player of the Ankeny Hawkettes basketball team.

Celebrations-Benjamin Neil and Rachel Rifner of Cedar Rapids are parents of a daughter born March 1.

Obituaries-Pamela K Billerbeck, 50, Holland, died Feb. 29 at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. Doris Leora Hayes, 78, passed away Feb. 28.

March 15, 2012

Headlines-Jane Lindaman, former Reinbeck resident, writes a book "Zip It" for children. Center Theatre is having their annual membership drive.

Celebrations- Jeanette Adair will be honored on her 95th birthday with a card shower on March 21. Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Blohm are parents of a son born Feb. 16. Mr. & Mrs.Travis Thede are parents of a daughter born Feb. 29. Haley Winkowitsch and Duane Blaine were married Feb. 11 in Las Vegas, Nev. Elizabeth Muhlenbruck and Ethan Matthews were married March 10 in Logan, Utah.

Obituaries-Leo W. Barfels, 81, Cedar Falls, formerly of Reinbeck, died March 7 at the Western Home Community in Cedar Falls. LaVonne M. Schroeder, 85, passed away Feb. 26 at Covenant Medical Center. William Dirk Lorenzen, 77, Reinbeck, died March 11 at his home in Reinbeck.

March 22, 2012

Headlines-Kindergarten Welcome is scheduled for April 4 and 5th. Mike & Linda Rickert were honored for land donation of 72 acres easement in the Iowa River Greenbelt in Hardin County. Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital celebrate social work month. Pat Grassley is seeking re-election to the Iowa House. Grundy Co. cattlemen select new leaders as follows: Jon Freese, Vice-President, Eric Roberts-President and Ryan Bakker as Sec.-Treasurer.

Celebrations-Allison R. Volkens graduated Cum Laude on Dec. 17 from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. Morgan Harris has the lead role in Phantom of the Opera in Papillion-LaVista High School in Neb. John Etringer, G-R junior, has been accepted to the National Academy of Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Iowa. Sarah Draffen, Reinbeck, is one of the seven finalist at the Spotlight Series Concert Finals on March 26 at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at UNI.

Obituary-Kandice K. Stirler, 62, Reinbeck, passed away March 16 at the Hospice Unit at the Grundy Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center.

March 29, 2012

Headlines-Starting April 6 the Reinbeck Courier will have a new publication date on Friday. Rick Penning, Grundy Co. Sheriff, is seeking re-election.

Celebrations- Mr. & Mrs. Adam Heise, Reinbeck, are parents of a son born March 17.

Obituary-Robert Dean Craig, 60, Dike, died March 21 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

April 6, 2012

Headlines-Grundy County Community Foundation awards grants to area agencies. Ellsworth Community College offers a Equine Program.

Celebrations-Amy Fogt and Clayton Leonard were married Sept. 10, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Reinbeck.


April 13, 2012

Headlines-G-R senior, Kevin Trobaugh signed his letter of intent to golf next year at NIACC. G-R alum Lauren Bengen has been honored with a selection to the 3rd team Region XI team.

Celebrations-Paul Plaehn is celebrating his 90th birthday on April 21.


April 20, 2012

Headlines-Reinbeck Elementary students put on a Read Across Challenge. Each class had a different goal to achieve. If the students accomplished their goals, they were allowed to make an ice cream sundae on Principal Kuehl's head and they did it. Triplet calves were born on Jeff Billerbeck's farm and all are doing well.

Celebrations-UNI student, Sarah Draffen, will present a shared junior recital with Acacia Scott on April 24 at Davis Hall. LSB supports the troops by sending supplies to Afghanistan. Pony Express stops in Morrison on April 7 where local residents prepared breakfast for the group. Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital celebrates national medical laboratory professionals week.

On Sunday March 11th Katie Ryherd was honored in Des Moines at the Iowa History Museum for a painting that she did for youth art month.

April 27, 2012

Headlines-G-R's 2012 prom held on April 21 at Amvets in Lincoln. Two long distance hikers, Barry and Julie passed through Reinbeck on April 23. They are walking the American Discovery Trail that starts in Delaware and ends in Calif. They started walking on Feb. 1. Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital announces scholarship opportunities.

Celebrations-Naomi DeBerg will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 6. Mr. & Mrs. Vern Knaack will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 5 and will celebrate with a family vacation later this year.

Obituaries-Leroy Block, 92, Reinbeck, died April 19 at the Grundy Co. Long Term Care Center at the Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital. LuAnn Schreck, 57, Hudson, passed away at her home.

May 4, 2012

Headlines-USPS letter carrier will have their annual food drive on May 12. Reinbeck United Methodist Church plants pinwheel garden.

Obituaries-John W. Christy, 85, Davenport, died April 28, at Crest Health Care in Davenport. William J. Soska, 89, Reinbeck, died April 27, at Parkview Manor.

May, 11, 2012

Headlines-Reinbeck Park Board holds annual "Clean the Park Day" on Saturday, March 30. Gladbrook Elementary (K-2) and Gladbrook-Reinbeck Middle School (5-8) students walked for "Go the Distance Day" on May 2.

Celebrations-Dike Danish Sisterhood celebrate 50 years with a meal including some Danish foods. 4th annual Parkersburg Race of Remembrance will be held on May 26.

Obituary-Lorna L. Robertson, 94, Reinbeck, passed away on May 3 at Parkview Manor.

May 18, 2012

Headlines-Ryan Volkens was honored as 2012 Best of Class. John Sievert of St. Ansgar High School was presented the 2011 Ed Thomas Mr. Football Award. On May 10, Rising Sun Karate held a special Kamiza ceremony to promote 7 students to first Degree Black Belt and 1 student to 4th Degree Black Belt. USPS letter carriers collect food for the Reinbeck Food Pantry.

Celebrations-Grundy Co, Memorial Hospital nurse, Jennifer Havens, RN, was honored as a Great Iowa Nurse.

Obituaries-Claudia D. Hirl, 61, Chandler, AZ. passed away on May 12 at her home.

May 25, 2012

Headlines-Sunday, May 20, graduation was held for 56 graduating seniors. Reinbeck Aquatic Center will open on May 26. Former Reinbeck resident, Sharon Brubaker wins awards for her wood carvings. Braelynn Morgan donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love.

May 25, 2012

Headlines- Kim Snow, 1992 graduate of G-R school, now living in St. Petersburg, Fla., is competing in triathlons including 92 miles from Chattanooga to Nashville and a 98 mile relay from Miami to Key West, Fla. Rachel Cheeseman was named All Conference as part of Wartburg's 4x400 relay. Claire Reinhard & Austin Groth recognized by Governor Branstad for Academic Excellence.

Celebrations-Jovelyn Cacayan and Jeff Royer were married May 14 in Grundy Center.

Obituaries-Joan Dahms, 78, Reinbeck, passed away on May 16 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. Wilbur Sealman, 87, Cherokee, passed away May 20 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

June 1, 2012

Headlines-G-R students in grades 4, 5, 7 and 8th participated in the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest.

Celebrations-Julie Orris & Alex Fitzgerald plan a July 28 wedding in Perry, Iowa. Darlene "Tootie" Beenken will celebrate her 80th birthday on June 8 with a card shower. Adam Dubois graduated from Central College on May 12.

Obituary-Ray E. Boege, 93, Reinbeck, died May 23 at the Grundy Hospital.

June 8, 2012

Headlines-Barry Reese, April Acton and Jane Koele were recognized at the annual school picnic as retirees. Lincoln Savings Bank, Pioneer Hi-Bred and Heartland Coop donate to the 4th of July celebration. John Billerbeck made a hole-in-one on #6 on May 30 at Oakleaf Country Club. 15th annual American Cancer Society Relay for life is scheduled for June 8-9. Lisbon claims first place at G-R tournament.

Celebrations-Anna "Red" Beenken will observe her 80th birthday with a card shower on June 8.

June 15, 2012

Headlines-Local resident Ray Rannfeldt has been busy creating numerous signs that may be seen around Reinbeck and several pool art pieces located at the Reinbeck Aquatic Center.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Jake Cinadr are parents of a daughter born April 11.

Obituaries-Donald Stirler, 85, Reinbeck, passed away June 8 at Parkview Manor. Virgil R. Wulf, 88, Reinbeck, passed away June 10 at Parkview Manor.

June 22, 2012

Headlines- Sarah E. Ramundt, senior at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines has been awarded $2,000 scholarship from the Grand Lodge of Iowa. She is the daughter of Randy & Jennifer Ramundt and granddaughter of Virtus & Shirley Ramundt of Reinbeck. Jim Parrott made a hole-in-one on hole #6 on June 13 at Oakleaf Country Club. Casey's General Stores donates money to Reinbeck's 4th of July celebration. Ashley Sieh, 8th grade student, received 2012 Gladbrook Auxiliary Citizenship Award. G-R high school athlete, Parker Bolt, commits to Wartburg College.

Celebrations- Mr. & Mrs. Blake Shepherd are parents of a son born June 1.

Obituaries-Marian L. Ballard, 84, Reinbeck, died June 12 while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. Shirley Billerbeck, 84, Reinbeck, died June 14 at Allen Hospital.

June 29, 2012

Headlines-Reinbeck churches unite for a common cause to raise money to buy and build housing in the Village of Hope, Les Cayes, Haiti. Press box, concession stand & restrooms near completion at Elmwood Park.

Celebrations-Nicole Pippert and Joshua Ellis of Tripoli announce their engagement and approaching marriage on July 21.


July 6, 2012

Headlines-Burdick family donates bench to Reinbeck Park Board in memory of Peggy & Clayton (Slim) Burdick. Touch of Life golf tournament played at Fox Ridge.

Celebrations-Claire Reinhard has been awarded $2,000 scholarship from Iowa Masons.


July 13, 2012

Headlines-Dana Uhlenhopp Lincoln Savings Bank Executive Vice President, is named 2012 star lender.

Celebrations-Nicole Anderson & Tarrence Peterson plan wedding for August 4 at the bride's parents' farm. Mr. & Mrs. Randy Freese celebrated their 25 wedding anniversary on July 7.

Obituaries-Mary Jans, 83, Reinbeck, died July 3 at the Grundy Care Center.

Roy P. Lauer, 86, Waterloo, passed away June 27 at Allen Hospital.

July 20, 2012

Headlines-Remembering "Our Fallen" remembrance wall on display at the Reinbeck Legion Room. This was created to honor those who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Grundy Co. Hospital marks 60 years with Fair activities.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Merlin Adair will celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. They were married July 26, 1938. Al Cheeseman celebrates his 90th birthday on July 19. Jerry Wimer and Fran Davis will celebrate their 80th birthdays in July. Mr. & Mrs. Brent Schmitz are parents of a son born March 23. Jason Carter of Hudson, joins KWWL TV station on Today in Iowa Morning Show.

July 27, 2012

Headlines-G-R Dollars for Scholars has their annual run to make money. Four people are recipients of the 29th Governor's volunteer awards which include Dan Robertson of Reinbeck, Ann Crouse, John Kramer and Barb Smith, all of Grundy Center.

Celebrations-Jessika Folkerts and Paul Klaus of Aurora, Colo. are parents of a son born July 12, 2012.

Obituaries-Gene M. Ehlers, passed away on July 18 in Boca Raton, Fla.

August 3, 2012

Headlines-Michelle Mackie and Kyle Dudden were crowned Grundy Co. King & Queen at the Grundy Co. Fair. The Tri County Storm baseball team captured the 2012 Iowa Baseball League title with a record of 24-3. Gladbrook-Reinbeck School begins registration with school starting on Aug. 15. Grundy County Hospital named to top 100 best places to work. Grundy Co, Memorial Hospital proclamations marks hospital's sixty years of service.

Celebrations-Debra Saylor performs at the First Presbyterian Church on July 30. Mike Pearson, LSB agricultural manager named as IPTV new host of Market to Market. Grundy Co. Operation Threshold holds school supplies drive.

Claire Reinhard of Gladbrook was crowned as Tama County Fair Queen.

Obituaries-Jack McIntyre, 64, Kentucky, died June 21. Martha Meyer, 96, passed away July 24 at the Ellsworth Hospital in Iowa Falls.

August 10, 2012

Headlines-Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital donates more than 575 items of school supplies to Operation Threshold.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. William Bowen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on August 12 with a family dinner at the Amana Colonies.

Obituaries-Jack Needham 89, formerly of Morrison, passed away on August 3 at Allen Hospital. Paul L. Plaehn, 90, Reinbeck passed away August 1 at Parkview Manor.

August 17, 2012

Headlines-Vital diagnostic equipment benefits hospital patients at the Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital. Former DHS leader, Jan Pratt, joins Lutheran Services of Iowa as coordinator for Parent Partner program.

Obituary-Robert D. Billerbeck, 81, Reinbeck, died at his home on August 10.

August 24, 2012

Headlines-Ryan Roberts, son of Dave & Vicki Roberts, receives Chief Fire designation and Ambassador of the Year Award at the Fire Rescue International Conference in Denver, Colorado on August 2, 2012. He is 2001 graduate of G-R School.

Reinbeck is holding its first annual Arts Festival on Sept. 22 in downtown Reinbeck.


August 31, 2012

Headlines-Marci Willey is featured as a local artist for the Arts Festival to be held on Sept. 22. Breanna Schlichtmann senior at Reinbeck High School, to intern at the Reinbeck Courier for 10 weeks. Grundy Co, Memorial Hospital awards seven scholarships to Nichole Onnen, Kylee Button, Trista Metz, Andrew Ruskusky, Jessica Thompson, Cambray Penning and Brianne Nederhoff. They will each receive $1,000 towards their schooling.

Celebrations-Benjamin Coulter & Trinh Le Ngo announce their engagement and wedding to take place on Oct. 20 in Des Moines.

Obituaries-Phyllis Willer, 82, Marshalltown, passed away at Westbrook Acres in Gladbrook.

September 7, 2012

Headlines- On Thursday, Sept. 13 Al Bell's daughters will appear in person to promote the upcoming second Al Bell Film Festival in Stuart on July 16.

Patient safety recognition for Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital is working to improve patient safety.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Larry Nielsen are observing their 30th wedding anniversary on Sept. 4th with a trip to Maine in Oct. Amy Rohlfsen and Chris Linder announce their upcoming wedding on Oct. 13 at St. Edward's Church.


September 14, 2012

Headlines-Logan Koester, Jacob Smoldt, Jackson Clark, Trevor Trunck and Joseph Zimmerman were selected as Homecoming King candidates and Taylor Flamme, Emily Snider, Paige Kromas, Sidney Dilly and Madison Corwin were selected as Homecoming Queen candidates. Matthew Coulter named Bureau Chief of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Grundy County Public Health taking back unwanted prescription drugs on Sept. 29 at the hospital. Covenant Cancer Treatment Center in Waterloo to host program for cancer survivors.

Iowa woman, Shari Kirkpatrick, works to collect photos of 853 Iowans on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. New nutritional standards for school lunches. Several local artists-Amy Manship and Marion Boyer will have their art work on display at Reinbeck's First Arts Festival to be held on Sat. Sept. 22.

Celebrations-Jason Hines, Conrad, receives a trophy for his first place performance in the Antique Tractor Pull at the Iowa State Fair on August, 19. Community Foundation awards Grundy County Scholarships to Jenna Roeding of G-R and Joel Steckelberg of BCLUW,


September 21, 2012

Headlines-Emily Snider and Joseph Zimmerman were elected as Homecoming King & Queen. Jill Schildroth & Emily Stoakes are members of the Central College volleyball team. ASPIRE to hold Dances with Horses fundraiser on Sept. 22. Rebels win three, lost two in own tournament.

Celebrations-Twelve nurses complete clinical ladder program at Grundy Co, Memorial Hospital.


September 28, 2012

Headlines-Kiwanis Club of Grundy Center donates to Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Obituaries-Martha Cheeseman 81, Reinbeck, passed away Sept. 22 at the Grundy Co. Hospital. Albert Howard, 55, Morrison died Sept. 18 of injuries received in a motor vehicle/moped accident.

Obituary- Edith Willer, 84, Reinbeck, died Sept. 18.

October 5, 2012

Headlines-Colby Entriken, manager of DuPont Pioneer, presents $3,000 grant donation to Reinbeck Fire Department. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Brandi Yates, 14, ninth grader, was Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Central Michigan game. More than 250 women attended Grundy Co, Memorial Foundation Fall Fling held at St. Gabriel's Church. They raised more than $16,500 to support the Foundation.

Celebrations- Adam Larsen & Cassandra Clamabeau were married May 11 in Las Vegas, Nev..


October 12, 2012

Headlines-Grundy Center Spartan's snatch Victory Bell from G-R.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Iner Larsen celebrated 65 years of marriage on Oct. 11. Mr.& Mrs. Dean Snow will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 14. Mr. & Mrs. Mike Nelsestuen of Grundy Center, are parents of a son born Aug. 23. Mr. & Mrs. Nick Strohbehn are parents of a daughter born Sept. 20. Pvt. Brandy Bradley has graduated from basic combat training in Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Obituary-Joan L. Lenertz, Algona, died Sept. 30 at the long-term care unit in the Grundy Center Memorial Hospital.

October 19, 2012

Headlines-Oct. 7-13 was Fire Prevention Week. The fire dept. visited the kindergarten through fourth graders at the Reinbeck Elementary. Grundy Hospital is in need of more volunteers.


October 26, 2012

Headlines-Reinbeck's Fall Festival was held on Oct. 20. Reinbeck's Woman's Club is holding a fundraiser until Dec. 10th. October is Physical Therapy month.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Bill Brubaker will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 28 with an open house in New Sharon.

Obituaries-William DeWolf, 76, Waterloo, died Oct. 16 at Covenant Medical Center. Richard D. Mumm, 87, Hudson, passed away Oct. 19 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. Marvin J. Wrage, 86, died Oct. 19 in Cedar Falls.

November 2, 2012

Headlines-Veterans are offered a free meal on Veterans Day on Nov. 9

Rebels break through for first round playoff win.

Obituaries-Vondell Koger, 89, died October 23 in Grimes. Melvin D Thede, 63, Reinbeck, died October 29 at Covenant Medical Center.

November 9, 2012

Headlines- Once in a Lifetime was presented at G-R as the fall play. Jeralyn's School of Dance presented their Halloween Program. Veterans at Parkview Manor were honored on Monday, Nov. 5.

Celebrations- Parkview Manor administrator, Kathleen Niedert, Ph.D, receives Association of Nutrition & Dietetics highest honor,

Obituary-Marguerite Clausman, 90, died October 29 at The Life Center in Des Moines.

Nov. 16, 2012

Headlines-Local FFA member, Nicholas Grunklee received his American FFA Degree from the National President Ron Best at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 27. Reinbeck kindergarten students honored the Veterans with a display at the Reinbeck Memorial Bldg. A one vehicle accident on Nov. 12 when LaRae Hayes, 23, Grundy Center dropped off a shoulder on 190th Street. She was transported to the Grundy County Hospital with minor injuries.


November 23, 2012

Headlines-Wind farm project nearly completed in Gladbrook area. Twenty-one Iowans named to Iowa Corn Leadership. Three Cedar Valley Hospice volunteers: Sonja Wilhau, Alice Hansen and Mary J. Kane were honored for volunteering. Rhonda Deters took the Oath of Office as Grundy County Auditor on Nov. 13.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Justin Farley are parents of a son born Oct. 29. Mr. & Mrs. Caleb Hamer of Buckingham are parents of a daughter born on Nov. 5.

Obituary-Robert Lee Koch, 68, Reinbeck, died Nov. 16 at Covenant Medical Center.

November 30, 2012

Headlines-Vernon Johnson, Wellsburg, Dorothy Sheller of Eldora and Brandon Sowers of Parkersburg, were elected to Grundy Co. Extension Council in the Nov. 6 election. Dr. Jerrold Keith, head of the Plastic Surgery Team at the Un. of Iowa made news recently when he and his surgical team replaced the hand of Roger Batchelder of LaPorte City after his hand was severed in a chain saw accident. He is the son of Richard & Diane Keith of Preston, Minn. and the grandson of Marlys Keith of Reinbeck.

Celebrations-Pamela Delagardelle has been named president and CEO of Allen Health System eff. Jan. 1, 2013. Tom Tibbitts, will retire on Dec. 31, 2012.

Obituary-Michael J. McCarthy, 49, Waterloo, passed away Nov. 17 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

December 7, 2012

Headlines-Board of Commissioners Chairman, Brenda Davis, to lead hospital CEO search. National Patient Satisfaction Award presented to Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital Emergency Services.

Celebrations-David Hook & Amy Bennett were married on Oct. 20 at Pine Lake Lodge in Eldora. Rev. Terry & Rev. Robyn Plocher will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 12, 1982.

Obituary-Donn Lorenzen, 78, Hudson, died Dec. 2 at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

December 14, 2012

Headlines-Emily Snider is the new Editorial Assistant Intern at the Reinbeck Courier. Two sisters from Phoenix, Ariz. have a role in The Nutcracker. They are Isabella and Olivia Gregg, daughters of James & Linda Gregg and grand daughters of Buck & Marlys Petersen of Reinbeck and great granddaughters of Betty Petersen of Reinbeck. American Legion & Auxiliary honor war vets of the Korean War at the annual Christmas Party on Nov 26.

Celebrations-Jill Schildroth is honored for her stats on the volleyball team at Central College in Pella.


December 21, 2012

Headlines-Lisa Zinkula is appointed Interium CEO of Grundy County Memorial Hospital. Christmas Spectacular was held on Dec. 9th with a large crowd attending. In January the 63rd Dorian Vocal Festival will be held in Decorah.

Six students from G-R have been accepted which includes Cortney Crozier. Breanna Schlichtmann, Erin Wentzien, Aaron Shouse, Sadie Walton and Shelby Yates.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Trent Mennenga are parents of a son, Blake Charles, born on Nov. 26. Todd Wical and Kimberly Chaffin announce their upcoming wedding on May 11 in Spencer, Iowa. Merle Rittgers celebrates his 80th birthday on Dec. 27 with a card shower. Rising Sun Karate in Parkersburg will hold promotion ceremony on Dec. 15.

Obituaries-Kenneth Bern, 60, Waterloo, passed away Dec. 16 at Harmony House in Waterloo. Glenn E. (Red) Ferguson, 94, Oakland, Calif. formerly of Reinbeck, died Dec . 7 in Piedmont, Calif. Mary J. Vaughn, 58, Cedar Falls, died Dec. 16 at Allen Hospital.

December 28, 2012

Headlines-G-R students and teachers participated in a community service project for Habitat for Humanity.

Celebrations-Shelby Brumbaugh and Zachary Davis announce wedding plans for July 6, 2013 in Burlington.

Obituaries-Phyllis Ihns, 87, Lincoln, died Dec. 21 at the Grundy Co. Hospital long-term care center. James E. Miller, 93, Reinbeck, died Dec. 20 at Parkview Manor.



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