Second quarter highlights include motel remodel, Benjegerdes Greenhouse anniversary, RAGBRAI prep and Memorial Day events

(Editor’s note: As 2017 comes to a close, we once again review the year’s highlights as reported in the Herald. Today we look at the happenings of April, May, and June.)


Shawn and Angie Rodengberg, who have been the on-site managers of the Pines Motel since 2014, have completely remodeled and renovated the entire facility including adding additional living space in the lower level.

Veterans Memorial Hospital has purchased the old Monona dental clinic building as they plan to open a local family medical clinic later this year.

Cici Mueller recently received the Friends of Extension Award at the Iowa State Extension annual conference for her work with the Food and Fitness program.


The Electric Motor Shop, Inc. was recognized by Sukup Manufacturing Co. for outstanding sales and customer service. Ted Hughes, of the Electric Motor Shop, accepted the award.

Postville Community Schools will implement a junior kindergarten program in the fall of 2017.

Rick and Renee Gunderson, who are lifelong Northeast Iowa residents, are fulfilling a bucket list dream with the completion of their cabin in south central Minnesota.

Janet Benjegerdes has been growing her business, Benjegerdes Greenhouse, for 30 years.

The Annual Career Day was held at Cora B. Darling School as children learned about a variety of careers including fire fighters, dentistry, police officers and much more.

The junior/senior prom theme was, “Night of a Thousand Lights” and the post-prom, held at the Northeast Iowa YMCA had as its theme, “A Little Bit Country.”


The Grahlman 10K was held to raise awareness for Huntington’s disease which affects several members of the family including Bob Grahlman. Brian Grahlman and his wife, Aaron and Brandi Grahlman Bachman participated in the event.

As plans continue for RAGBRAI to pass through Postville in July, sign up is being held for volunteers.

A school tech project as taken to the next level, as student Kaiden Leftwich and his mother Jessica Martinez made nearly 100 baby hats.

Former Postville officer, Mitch Seitz, has been named the Chief of Police in Elkader.

Postville band director Shauna Marie Johnsen and her husband, Randy, share their Mother’s Day story of completing their family with the adoption of their daughter, Leila Marie.

Jennifer Lubka, and Terry and Rodney Franzen were recent recipients of FreedomBank’s ‘Pay it Forward’ Program.

The Postville soccer team placed third at the Waverly tournament as Aboody Abdullahi, Eric Lopez and Willy Martinez were named to the all-tournament team.

Thirty-nine members of the Postville Class of 2017 received Dollars for Scholars Scholarships at the annual awards reception.

Postville senior Nash Reicks was recently recognized for outstanding academic achievements at the Annual Governor’s Recognition Ceremony in Des Moines.

Laurel Ohloff reflected on 43 years of teaching as she retires from Cora B. Darling School.

MAJ Kevin Schierholz will be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day Program to be held in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

The Postville Lions Club presented an Outstanding Service Award to Fred Comeau of The Brick Oven for his contribution to the Peace Poster presentations, providing meals and so much more.

With more than three decades in kindergarten, Suzanne Willey reflects on her career in the classroom.


Karen and Dale Green will be the Grand Marshals of the Castalia Tractor Day Parade.

Seventeen Quilts of Valor were presented at the Memorial Day program. Keith Kerr received a certificate at the program for 60 years of continuous membership in the American Legion.

Nash Reicks and Sierra Gonzalez were the valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduation class at Postville High School.

Winners in the Benjegerdes Coloring contest were Reed Brock, Haley Jensen and Brooklyn Wilkes. Each winner won a either a fairy garden or a cut flower garden.

Linda Monroe was honored for thirty years of service at Postville Community Schools.

Alixander Musus and Princess Mucia were chosen as Little Mr. and Little Miss Postville at the Hometown Celebration. Laurel and Dean Ohloff were the parade Grand Marshalls.

Employees of the Year at Good Sam were Tammy Harms, CNA of the Year and Susie Kuhse, Staff Member of the Year.

Major repair and resurfacing is being done on Post Street this summer. The project includes extensive work on the street from the 200 through the 500 blocks of the area near the school and the Northeast Iowa YMCA.

Zachary Corsbie has been hired to teach sixth grade and April Kruckman will replace Stephanie Vagts as the vocal music teacher.

As the community of Postville prepared for RAGBRAI riders to pass through town July 28, a community-wide clean-up day is scheduled for June 28. 

The annual Postville High School Alumni Banquet was held in the Fellowship Hall  of St. Paul Lutheran Church Saturday, June 17. The more than 170 people in attendance enjoyed a turkey dinner prepared and served by the women of St. Paul Lutheran. Following the meal, the Class of 1992 presided over the event. The class of 1967 was also honored.

A “Living Flag” ceremony was held at Soldier’s Field in Chicago fifty years ago. The purpose of the ceremony was to commemorate the first “Living Flag” which was held at the site in 1917 to honor the end of World War I. Among the thousands of Navy recruits participating in the 50 year anniversary ceremony in 1967 were four young men from Postville, brothers Larry and Morvin Peck, Frank Olson and Mike Krambeer.