First quarter of 2019 reviewed: Gericke sworn in as County Attorney; winter returns with a vengeance, speech students shine

(Editor’s Note: As 2019 comes to a close, we once again review the year’s highlights as reported in the Herald. This week we look at the happenings of January, February and March.)


A collaboration between parents and teachers at Cora B. Darling  has been organized to bring much needed improvements to the school as well as build a school-community relationship. Replacing the current playground equipment is one of the major concerns of PEPTO which is an acronym for Postville Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

Tony Gericke, Postville, was among the Allamakee County officials sworn in at the Board of Supervisors meeting during the first meeting of the new year. Gericke was sworn in as county attorney.

The Upper Iowa Conference Wrestling meet was held in Postville on Saturday. Caleb Hughes was the 120 pound champion; Tony Marroquin placed second at 126; Riley Rankin was second at 106 and Isaac Steffans was third at 220.


During the week long polar vortex records were broken, pipes were frozen, vehicles refused to start as school was closed from Monday through Thursday.

Wrestlers Caleb Hughes, 120 and Isaac Steffans, 220, placed second at sectionals and will compete at the district meet.

Jeni Green Melcher, who lives on a dairy farm with her family in rural Castalia, captured beautiful sun dogs as they magnified the morning sky.

Isaac Steffans punched his ticket to the state tournament with a second place finish at the District Wrestling Meet. He finished behind Garrett Keehner of MFL MarMac who is undefeated.

Todd Bunch is the administrator at the Good Samaritan Society, Postville Center. A native Texan, Bunch and his wife, Jenny have four children.


Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics recently donated $100 to the Postville Food Bank for the purchase of milk.

The American Legion celebrated its 100th anniversary at Turner Hall March 9. As part of the event, three Quilts of Valor were presented to Gary Lechtenberg, Bill Christofferson and Dan Bartlein. They were presented by Betty Foels, Rita Anderson, Sandy Koenig, Cindy Berns and Linda Hughes, all member of the Quilters for Veterans Group.

Having traveled to the National Bowling Tournament every year since 1994, Mark Zieman was honored as a
25-year participant.

Read the full article in the January 1 edition of the Postville Herald.