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07
Sep

Clayton County Supervisors approve Pattison zoning request

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors approved the second reading and waived the third reading of an amendment to rezone property along the Great River Road at a meeting on Monday, Aug. 29.

Wed
07
Sep

Renovations underway on 1860s downtown limestone building


The exterior of the building at 316 S. 1st St. is nearly complete, having been freed of its stucco and tuckpointed by Kuempel Masonry. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

There are dozens of stone structures in Guttenberg, and one has just gotten a facelift. Andy Reimer, who grew up in a farmhouse built in 1912, has begun restoring the building at 316 S. 1st Street that formerly housed John’s TV Service. 

“There have been some surprises,” said Reimer of the renovations, “but the best surprise was the limestone.” One photograph (see inside) shows the building, labeled W. H. Scholz, with siding, and a 1910 photograph shows the building coated with the stucco that covered its exterior until June. 

Wed
31
Aug

Supervisors hold second hearing on Pattison rezoning request

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

More than 30 people attended an Aug. 22 public hearing to discuss a request from the Pattison Sand Company to rezone about 754 acres of land around its mining operation from A1 (agricultural) to M2 (heavy industrial) to mine underground.  

Wed
31
Aug

Growth of Guttenberg Industries


A new quality measuring unit replaced a 20-year-old manual measurer. The new unit is especially useful for parts in the automotive and medical industries, which have a low tolerance for error. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The last several years have been very eventful for family-owned Guttenberg Industries, Inc. After celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014 and relocating its corporate offices in 2015, Guttenberg Industries is preparing for expansion in 2016. Construction will begin to enlarge the manufacturing plant in Garnavillo this fall.

Wed
31
Aug

IVRS trains students to succeed in the workforce


From left are Brandi Reisdorf, IVRS Rehabilitation Associate, and Lisa Bergfeld, IVRS Vocational Counselor. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

An organization known as Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) has been working with Clayton Ridge staff and students to help prepare all youth, especially those with disabilities, for success after high school. IVRS focuses on job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities, workplace readiness training and self-advocacy instruction. 

Wed
31
Aug

Turkey River flooding hits county


Sandbagging efforts were underway on Thursday evening as the Elkport-Garber area prepared for the Turkey River crest. Above, volunteers worked in the Farmer's Savings Bank parking lot in Elkport. The river crested at Garber Friday evening at approximately 6.6 feet above flood stage. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County residents fought a rapidly rising Turkey River this past week, following torrential rains in the river's watershed to the north on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Wed
24
Aug

Jaeger family celebrates ties at annual reunions


Christmas in July means winter coats, hats, scarves and a sleigh. All that was missing was the snow when the Jaeger family gathered last month for their annual reunion. (Photo submitted)

The house on Bluff Street where Albert and Lucille Jaeger lived. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins 

"The family that plays together stays together" could be the motto of the Jaeger family, whose members gather each summer for a reunion weekend featuring plenty of fun, food and fellowship.

Each summer the many descendants of  the late Albert and Lucille Jaeger of Guttenberg come together to renew acquaintances and to enjoy a themed celebration.

Wed
24
Aug

Suicide prevention presentation series planned for Sept. 9


Depression does not have to be a lonely journey. Suicide rates have been shown to decrease in communities where the suicide prevention presentations have been given. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A series of free suicide prevention presentations will be hosted by Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health on Friday, Sept. 9, to help community members act to reduce the number of suicides. 

Mayor Russ Loven invited a counselor from Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health to present at a Guttenberg Rotary Club meeting earlier this year. “It was well received and we thought this information was important enough to share with the broader public,” said Loven’s wife, Juanita.

Wed
24
Aug

Clayton County Supervisors hold public hearing on Pattison zoning

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

More than 50 people attended an Aug. 15 public hearing to discuss a request from the Pattison Sand Company to rezone some land around its mining operation from A1 (agricultural) to M2 (heavy industrial) to mine underground. Planning and Zoning Commissioner Janet Ott told the group that the P&Z has recommended that the land be rezoned.  She also said that the commission had included several restrictions and suggestions for the rezoning.

Wed
24
Aug

Guttenberg Soccer League marks 30 years of play


Over 50 youth joined the first soccer season in Guttenberg 30 years ago. Participants in that first season are wearing white, from left, Erika Steger, Travis Witham, Tueka Strong and Ryan Mick. (Photo from Press archives)

By Molly Moser

The sports page in the July 9, 1986, issue of The Guttenberg Press featured stories of youth and adult softball, golf, and baseball leagues, a swim team, and even a dance party at the Guttenberg Swimming Pool with DJ Scott Fischer. Brand new on the page, though, was an advertisement for registration in Guttenberg’s first soccer league for youth ages six through 13. 

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