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19
Sep

Clayton County takes on aging bridge problem


Thirty percent of Clayton County's bridges are deemed either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

An Aug. 14th headline on the front page of the Des Moines Register stated “Iowa infrastructure makes ‘worst’ list." The article noted that, according to the U. S. Department of Transportation, about 20 percent of Iowa’s 24,215 bridges are deemed “structurally deficient.”

Wed
19
Sep

City council revisits food truck ordinance, considers pool change

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on  Monday, Sept. 10, again discussed an ordinance concerning mobile food vendors, heard a design change request for the new pool bathhouse, and approved a raise for the city manager.

Wed
12
Sep

Farming heritage featured at Plagman Barn this weekend


The white barn is the cornerstone of the Plagman Barn Show Days complex that will be filled this weekend with demonstrations, exhibits, food and music. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

The Northeast Iowa Farm Antique Association's 37th annual Plagman Barn Show Days will be held Sept 14, 15, and 16. 

The Association is dedicated to the historical preservation, as well as the education of area youth, of the area's farm and home practices and techniques. 

Steam-powered engines, single-cylinder engines, and horse-powered equipment highlight the three-day fall show. Demonstrations are held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wed
12
Sep

Freedom Rock coming to Guttenberg

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Several months ago, an application was submitted and accepted, and Clayton County was approved as a site for a Freedom Rock. A small committee has been established and is in the early stages of planning. The Freedom Rock will be located in Guttenberg; however, it will be a Clayton County landmark.

Wed
12
Sep

River Park Cruisers ready to roll at show, cruise, dance


The lead car for this Saturday's cruise is a black 1990 Pontiac Trans Am owned by James and Michelle Fassbinder of Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins

Hundreds of classic cars will converge on downtown Guttenberg this Saturday morning, Sept. 15, for the start of the 21st annual River Park Cruisers car show, cruise and dance. 

The popular event is the culmination of months of planning by the Cruisers. The day begins early as volunteers close downtown streets in time for car registration that runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The first 200 cars to register will receive a dash plaque.

Wed
05
Sep

NICC president advocates for levy continuation on Sept. 11 ballot


Dr. Liang Chee Wee, president of Northeast Iowa Community College, recently spoke to the Guttenberg Rotary Club about the upcoming levy vote and about President Trump's visit to the college. At right is Karilyn McArthur, Guttenberg Rotary president. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

  By Shelia Tomkins

On Sept. 11, voters in the Northeast Iowa Community Collelge district will be asked to decide whether to continue the current tax levy for the school.

Dr. Liang Chee Wee, president of Northeast Iowa Community College, visited the Guttenberg Rotary Club in August to talk about the school's accomplishments and ask  voters to continue their support by "investing in people through us."

Wed
05
Sep

Council awards contract for pool; discusses food trucks

By Shelia Tomkins

At a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 27, the Guttenberg city council accepted the low bid for the Guttenberg pool project and approved final plans for the project which is expected to begin this fall.

  Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling and Jane Parker through the agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider and  City Attorney Michael Schuster were also present.

Wed
05
Sep

A look at Guttenberg's municipal marina


Jim Zerbe, who manages the municipal marina south of Lock and Dam 10, believes the facility has had a positive economic impact on Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg Municipal Marina, located along the Mississippi River just south of Lock and Dam 10, has attracted boaters and visitors to the community since its dedication in 2011. 

Jim Zerbe, a seasonal city employee who has looked after the facility for the past five years, believes the marina is a great asset to the community and says its economic impact goes far beyond the rental fees collected.

Wed
22
Aug

Pool bonds are council topic

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on  Monday, Aug. 13, heard details on general obligation bond financing for the new pool, changed  park board seats from elected to appointed and heard a request to purchase vehicles from the Guttenberg Fire Department.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling and Jane Parker through the agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider was also on hand.

Wed
22
Aug

Monarchs find sanctuary with Guttenberg gardener


No, that's not a pin accenting Rosalie Kickbush's top, but a newly-hatched Monarch butterfly. The Guttenberg woman has been using a "nursery" box to protect the species as it transitions from egg to adult stage. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins 

It all began at a quilt retreat in Oelwein. Rosalie Kickbush of Guttenberg learned more than just new quilting skills, she also met a fellow quilter who arrived bearing boxes of caterpillars munching on milkweed leaves.

The woman explained how  the caterpillars would eventually emerge as Monarch butterflies after passing through the chrysalis (or pupa) stage. Meanwhile, she provided them a haven from predators and gave them a steady supply of leaves. 

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