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Wed
04
Oct

County Pork Producers hold banquet, present awards


Clayton County Pork Producers crowned royalty for the coming year at their annual banquet held Sept. 30 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. From left are 2018 Clayton County Pork Queen Tracy Curran; 2017 Clayton County Pork Queen Megan Glawe; 2017 Clayton County Little Miss Pigtail Emme Wikner; 2017 Clayton County Pork Princess Macie Weigand and 2018 Clayton County Little Miss Pigtail Greta Scherf. See more photos in the Oct. 18 pork salute issue. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

The Clayton County Pork Producers held their annual banquet Saturday evening, Sept. 30, at Johnson's Reception Hall in Elkader.

The evening featured a pork dinner, door prizes, and a program that opened with the welcome and introduction of guests by Kristin Oberbroeckling.

A highlight of the evening was the crowning of Tracy Curran as the 2017-2018 Clayton County Pork Queen by the current queen, Megan Glawe. The new queen is the daughter of Raymond and Rhonda Curran of St. Olaf.

Wed
04
Oct

Hospitals focusing alternatives to opioids for pain relief


Sarah Derr of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative stated that most hospitals in the organization's pilot program stated that their institution didn’t provide education and awareness about the safe and effective use of opioids in the community. “We can do that,” chorused GMH staff Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, Joan Parker and Robin Esmann, during Derr's presentation. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Each day in the U.S., 1000 people are treated in emergency rooms because they’ve misused prescription opioids. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death nationwide, and 80 percent of heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers. 

“Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic,” said Sarah Derr, PharmD, of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. Derr presented at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 19. 

Wed
04
Oct

Alumni encouraged to reflect on swimming pool days


Amy (Eglseder) Clefisch, former lifeguard, is leading almuni efforts for the Wave of the Future Campaign. Her late brother, Dustin, was also a lifeguard and is pictured here with members of a Guttenberg diving team. From left are the late Travis Bolsinger and former lifeguards Ryan Eichten, Coach John Schutz, Nick Sadewasser and the late Dustin Eglseder. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Former lifeguard and Guttenberg High School graduate Amy (Eglseder) Clefisch is leading alumni efforts for the Wave of the Future. From its opening in 1970 to 2016, the Guttenberg Swimming Pool has employed 94 youth in its basket room, concession stand and guard chairs. 

Wed
27
Sep

Update on school facilities and changes to come

Submitted by Shane Wahls,

Superintendent

Wed
27
Sep

Candidates file for city offices

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg residents will go to the polls on Nov. 7 to choose a mayor, three council members and   members of the hospital and park boards.

Those filing papers by the Sept. 21 deadline were as follows:

Wed
27
Sep

Autumn Chill offers chili, music

By Molly Moser

Umbrella Arts is sponsoring a new event known as Autumn Chill on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 3-6 p.m. at River Park Place Courtyard in Guttenberg. Live music and a chili buffet will be the focal points of the event, with proceeds benefitting the local food bank and the Wave of the Future campaign.

Wed
27
Sep

Wave of the Future receives generous donations


From left are Wave of the Future contributors Rose Eglseder, Amy Clefisch, Juanita and Mayor Russ Loven. Donations total near $330,000 to date. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Members of the Wave of the Future campaign committee for the Guttenberg swimming pool gathered at city hall on Thursday, Sept. 21. Two new donors announced their contributions to the campaign, and teams reported on their activities since the last meeting.

Wed
20
Sep

Council welcomes new city manager

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg's new city manager, Denise Schneider, attended her first monthly council meeting on Sept. 11 following her tentative hiring last month. As the first order of business, the council officially approved the terms of her contract at Monday night's meeting.

Mayor Russ Loven opened the meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11 victims and also for victims of recent hurricanes and disasters.

Wed
20
Sep

School board election results

By Shelia Tomkins

Voters in the Clayton Ridge Community School District on Sept. 12 elected incumbent candidates Michael W. Finnegan and Kathy Ihde to the school board. Unofficial totals were Ihde with 231 and Finnegan with 209 votes. A third vacancy on the board with no declared candidates saw incumbent Jason Reimer garnering the most write-in votes with 110.

Other undeclared candidates and their write-in vote tallies included Sharon Cunningham 85, Jeff Hoeger 40, Roger Balk 38, and Tracy Werges 17.

Wed
20
Sep

DNR conducts long-term study

By Molly Moser

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Aquarium and Hatchery in Guttenberg remains open until mid-October this fall, while staff conducts testing at numerous sites along the river for a long-term resource-monitoring program.

At each of 35 randomly selected sites in pool 10 and 22 in pool 11, fisheries technician Kevin Hanson supervised testing of water quality, observations of habitat and vegetation, and the collection and documentation of fish in the area.

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