Guttenberg Press

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Dec

Barge company sues Pattison

A fire last year at Pattison Sand in Clayton has led to a lawsuit filed against the company by a neighboring company seeking $500,000 in damages for contamination related to the fire.

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa. The company claims that smoke and soot from a July 2014 mine fire tainted grain, salt, fertilizer and ag chemicals that the shipping company had in storage. Following the fire, Consolidated Grain and Barge says it suffered financial losses due to damage assessment and disrupted shipments. According to the suit, the company submitted an itemized claim for damages to Pattison but has not been reimbursed.

Wed
16
Dec

City council acts on electric ordinance, sets garbage rates

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 7, moved forward  on an amendment to the city's electrical ordinance, lowered residential garbage rates, purchased a truck and plow, and reviewed the city workers’ union initial proposal for the coming year.

Mayor Russ Loven presided with councilmembers Jane Parker, Dave Schlueter, Fred Schaub and Virginia Saeugling in attendance, along with City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Mike Schuster.

Wed
16
Dec

Guttenberg Industries new home


Enjoying their new office space, located in Garnavillo are Guttenberg Industries founders Pat and John Ertl, left, with son Jim Ertl (back), daughter Deb Moser, son Tom Ertl, and president David Kreul. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Industries, Inc. officially opened a new office in Garnavillo on Nov. 23, following the July groundbreaking on the 8,000 square foot structure. All departments are now located in Garnavillo, just a few steps from the 70,000 square foot factory.

Wed
16
Dec

Pattison rezoning request tabled for further research


Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven was among many area residents who urged further research into the economic and environmental effects of additional frac sand mines at last Tuesday's planning and zoning commission meeting. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Well over 60 people gathered in Elkader for a Clayton County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The commission heard comments from Pattison employees and concerned property owners over the potential rezoning of land along Great River Road from agricultural to heavy industrial for the purpose of underground mining, processing, storing and shipment of silica sand and its byproducts. 

Wed
09
Dec

David C. Roquet

David Clarence Roquet, 79, of Elkader, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

The family will greet friends from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Elkader with a funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Wed
09
Dec

Theodore B. Roth

Theodore Bernard Roth, 91, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
09
Dec

Scott A. Toppin

Scott A. Toppin, 61, of Cedar Falls, died at his home Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, of brain cancer.

Visitation was held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 3, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Waterloo.

Scott was born July 14, 1954, in North Adams, Mass., son of James and Lois C. (Parisian) Toppin.

Wed
09
Dec

Thoma makes court appearance

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Brandon James Thoma, 25, of Pella was in the Clayton County Courthouse in Elkader for a hearing for an initial appearance on the charge of attempt to commit murder.  Judge John Bauercamper informed Thoma, who has applied for a court-appointed attorney, that his request will be forwarded to the Dubuque Public Defender’s Office.

Wed
09
Dec

Assessment provides clear look at downtown Guttenberg issues


From left are Emily Moser, GD&T Director, Lisa Oetken, a consultant from Main Street in Mount Pleasant, city manager Mary Willett, and Jim Engle, consultant and director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center. Moser and Willett worked together to help coordinate the assessment with a team of consultants. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A team of consultants gave Guttenberg a three-day downtown assessment last week, involving tours of the city, interviews with business owners and community members, and a reimagining of several downtown buildings. Jim Engle, director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Lisa Oetken, Mount Pleasant Main Street Director, and Joe Lawniczak, design specialist with the Wisconsin Main Street program gave a public presentation on their findings and recommendations during the lunch hour on Thursday. 

Wed
09
Dec

Clayton Ridge Drill Team earns state championship titles


Triple honors for Clayton Ridge Drill Team The Clayton Ridge Drill Team earned State Champion titles in Small School Prop and Small School Military, as well as the Judges Choice Award for its Prop routine at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team competition in Des Moines on Dec. 3. Front from left are Hailey Peterson, Kelly Hawkins and Noelle Hines; second row, Director Julie Rastetter, Taylor Palmer, Nicole Wahls, Calista Harbaugh, Ivy Aulwes, Nicole Schaefers and Natalie Domeyer; third row, Audi Zapf, Taylar Wiedner, Ashley Hawkins, Brianna Miller, Abrianna Moore, Chianne Behrend, Kaitlyn Kuehl-Berns and Assistant Director Sharon Keehner. (Photo courtesy of Candi Peterson)

The Clayton Ridge Drill Team returned home with three major state awards after competing on Dec. 3 at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team competition in Des Moines.

The team earned state championship titles in Small School Prop and Small School Military, as well as the Judges Choice Award for its prop routine. There were three Judges Choice Awards chosen that day out of 336 routines.

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