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13
Apr

City council covers lengthy agenda

By Shelia Tomkins

At a lengthy monthly meeting on April 4, the Guttenberg city council gave final approval to utility rate increases, approved 50/50 cost share agreements with two businesses, discussed pool issues, and heard comments about railroad crossing closures. 

Mayor Russ Loven led council members Steve Friedlein, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub and Austin Greve through the evening's agenda. Also present were City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
13
Apr

Celebrating Iowa's most influential artist at Guttenberg Public Library


Actor Tom Milligan will travel to Guttenberg to perform a one-man show as Grant Wood on April 25 in celebration of the Iowa artist's 125th birthday. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Iowa artist Grant Wood famously claimed to have come up with all his best ideas while milking a cow. Sitting on a milk stool must have been quite good inspiration, because he went on to paint one of the most well known paintings in the world, second only to the Mona Lisa.

Wed
13
Apr

Produce and friendship inspire young poet


Alex Simon presents Margaret Mackey with a copy of his award winning poem, Apples to Oranges. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The story of a local student’s passion for poetry begins with a produce lady. Margaret Mackey, who co-owned Mackey’s with her husband Milford, gave Clayton Ridge senior Alex Simon a nudge in the right direction when he was just six years old – and that nudge may have pushed him all the way to the All-State Speech Festival this spring.

Wed
06
Apr

City-wide garage sales May 6-7

The Guttenberg spring city-wide garage sales will be held Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7.

Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce is no longer a sponsor of this annual event.  The Guttenberg Press has stepped up to fill the role of coordinating the sales.

Advertise your sale in the May 4 issue of The Guttenberg Press. All ads will appear grouped together, and will also appear in The Trader (23,000 circulation) as well as on The Press website: www.guttenbergpress.com.

Wed
06
Apr

Special session for city council

By Shelia Tomkins

At a special meeting on March 28, the Guttenberg city council heard a presentation on a project in the Guttenberg Industrial Park, granted a perpetual easement for access to a highway business, and hired a part-time assistant for the city office.

Wed
06
Apr

Green Ways Rally scheduled April 16


A Green Ways Rally for encouraging sustainable economic growth and protecting tourism dollars in our scenic area of the state is scheduled for April 16 at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

With environmental concerns at the core of the 2016 presidential elections, the Clayton County Democrats have organized a Green Ways Rally on Saturday, April 16, in Guttenberg.

“It’s a watershed moment in history where we’re all realizing this movement better come from the ground up, because it’s not coming from the top down,” said event chair Gina Dahlstrom-Osburn. “This is a bipartisan effort for people concerned about environmental health, our health, and the future we leave.”

Wed
06
Apr

Hatchery stands empty; staff travels to Spirit Lake


The Guttenberg aquarium usually opens each year in May, but its opening may be delayed this year because staff who normally fill the tanks with fish caught while netting northern pike will be helping with walleye netting in Spirit Lake. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

After over 40 years of hatching northern pike, the Guttenberg hatchery is empty this spring. The clear tubes and tanks that have held thousands of tiny fry are dry, and as a consequence, the aquarium in Guttenberg is too. 

“Typically we’d probably have babies on board right now,” said Kevin Hanson, DNR Fisheries Technician in Guttenberg. “We had that warm spell and the water came up, and that’s the perfect combination.”

Wed
30
Mar

Mine reserve study group to meet

The mine reserve study group for Clayton County will meet Thursday, March 31, Thursday, April 14 and Thursday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. The March 31 meeting will be held at Central State Bank, 200 N. Main St., Elkader, in the “Community Room” at the bank’s drive-up facility. Thereafter, for meetings on April 14 and 28, the committee will meet at the Clayton County Office Building, 600 Gunder Road NE, Elkader. Members of the public are welcome to attend and listen, and now will have an opportunity to comment if they wish. The committee will take public comments in writing which may be unsigned but need to be brief and limited to one per person per meeting. Comments or questions may be placed in a comments box any time during the meeting.

Wed
30
Mar

River crest passes Guttenberg

The Mississippi River crested at Guttenberg over Easter weekend, and is expected to drop approximately four feet by next weekend.

The river caused some minor flooding this past week when it crested at 15.19 feet on March 25. 

Early Monday morning, March 28, the river stood at 13.63 feet.  In Guttenberg, major flood stage is 21 feet; moderate flood stage is 18 feet, minor stage is 15 feet, and "action" stage is 12 feet.

Wed
30
Mar

Active in Guttenberg CR Eagles Athletic Booster Club


Officers and members of the Clayton Ridge Eagles Athletic Booster Club are, from left, Darcy Cline, Toni Tujetsch, Steve Staebler, Darcy Smith, Sharon Cunningham, Sandy Auer and Lana Troester. Not pictured are Jane Staebler, Grace Heitman and Terry Domeyer. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series to highlight local groups and organizations that welcome members of the community and enhance our city’s culture. If you would like your group to be featured, please contact The Guttenberg Press. 

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