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21
Dec

Mayor Loven speaks on absence of city manager


From left are Utilities Clerk Jessica Bittner, Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume and Administrative Assistant Deb Eulberg. Together with the mayor, the city office staff is keeping things running smoothly until a city manager is hired. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The City of Guttenberg has been without a city manager since July, when the council accepted the resignation of former city manager Mary Willett. In the months since, Mayor Russ Loven, Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume, and other city staff have stepped up to keep operations running smoothly.

Wed
21
Dec

Guttenberg lighting contest winners

Judging for the Christmas lighting contest sponsored by the City of Guttenberg and the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce took place the evening of Thursday, Dec. 15. Winners are as follows. Prizes will be in the form of credits on city utility bills.

Business

First place, $50 - Blooming Branches, 511 South First Street

Second place, $30 - Kuempel Hardware, 430 South River Park Drive

Wed
21
Dec

Municipal building photos sought

The City of Guttenberg is working with an architectural firm to study the municipal building and prepare a condition report identifying areas that need attention, estimated repair costs and prioritize the repairs needed. 

The firm is looking for historic photos of the building to help with their study, both interior and exterior shots.  If anyone has a photo they are willing to share, stop by the city office, and the staff will make a copy of it while you wait. Those with questions can call the city office at 252-1161.

Wed
14
Dec

Lengthy agenda for Guttenberg city council

By Shelia Tomkins

A budget amendment, cat licensing, and garbage rate increases were among the items occupying city council attention at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 5. Mayor Russ Loven presided with councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein on hand. Also at the council table were City Attorney Michael Schuster and Administrative Assistant Deb Eulberg in the absence of Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume.

Budget amendment

Wed
14
Dec

Voters reject tax levy increase proposed by Clayton Ridge School

By Shelia Tomkins

In a special election held Dec. 6, voters in the Clayton Ridge Community School  district rejected a Physical Plant and Equipment property tax levy that would have funded improvements at both the Guttenberg and Garnavillo campuses.

The failed proposition would have provided for an increase of $.67 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. 

Wed
14
Dec

‘Shop local’ for holiday sparkle


On a snowy Saturday in Guttenberg, shoppers find all they need to make the holiday season sparkle. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Wed
14
Dec

Guttenberg ballerina to perform in The Nutcracker


Chianne Behrend, daughter of Mike and Bert Behrend of Garnavillo, is performing in The Nutcracker this Christmas at the Grand Opera House in Dubuque. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Professionals are good, not because they don’t make mistakes, but because they don’t make the same mistake twice.” Chianne Behrend remembers these words, once stated by her dance instructor. Behrend, a sophomore at Clayton Ridge High School, has been practicing ballet in Dubuque at The Grand Opera House for over a decade. This Christmas will mark her sixth performance in The Nutcracker, put on every year at the Grand Opera House.

Wed
30
Nov

County visioning meeting set for Dec. 8

Over the next year Clayton County will hold several meetings to receive public input on an update to the Clayton County Comprehensive Plan.  The comprehensive plan is intended to provide a set of goals, strategies and actions to assist local officials as they make future decisions regarding the growth and management of the County.    

Members of the public are invited to a Clayton County Comprehensive Plan public input session on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Clayton County Building, located at 600 Gunder Rd, Elkader, IA 52043. 

Wed
30
Nov

Mudpuppy study yields new discoveries below the surface


Hanson baits a mudpuppy trap with minnows to attract the carnivorous salamanders for study. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

An ongoing study of Iowa's largest salamander, the mudpuppy, has revealed much higher local populations than previously thought. 

Wed
30
Nov

Community comes together for local musician


From left are Troy Thein, Scott Fischer, Bruce Bryant, Jeremy Anderson and Mick Thein, members of Uncle Sam's Band. The band will perform at a benefit to help cover Fischer's medical expenses on Dec. 3. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Eleven years ago, beloved Guttenberg musician Scott Fischer was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He had the cancer removed and continued singing, playing guitar, and performing alongside his bandmates – but on Aug. 8 of this year, Fischer and his family were told the cancer had returned. 

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