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Wed
22
Jun

Gridiron Club builds ramp at Kuempel family home


Front from left are Noah Sadewasser, Bill Leonhart, Rod Schmelzer, Joseph Bebber; back row, Chad Harbaugh, Steve White, and Jeff White, who helped build the ramp. Other helpers not pictured are Paul Kregel, Bob Sweers, Kohle Helle, Darryl Keehner, Oakley Harbaugh, Phil Wille, Pat Jones, Don Schmelzer, John Finch, Jace Moore, Eric Craft, Riley Meyer, Eric Ihde, Braydn Harbaugh, Josef VonHandorf, and Ben Andregg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Tim Kuempel grew up playing football for the Guttenberg Pirates. He moved away and raised two sons, who also played football in a small school. When he returned to Guttenberg, Kuempel helped start Clayton Ridge’s Gridiron Club – and now, the Gridiron Club is helping him.

Wed
15
Jun

Clayton County primary results

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County voters joined Iowans across the state on Tuesday, June 7, when they cast their ballots in the Republican and Democratic primary elections to select candidates for the November general election. 

Voter turn-out was 12% of all eligible voters. There were 883 Democrats casting ballots, while the Republican turn-out was 495. Following are unofficial results from the office of the Clayton County Auditor. 

Wed
15
Jun

No contract offer for city manager following closed council session

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on June 6, voted 3-2 against offering a three month contract to City Manager Mary Willett, whose current contract expires June 30. Willett has served as city manager since January 2014.

Wed
15
Jun

New bank gives back in Guttenberg


From left are Rachel Heims, Hannah Von Handorf and Brandon Friedlein, employees at the new Guttenberg branch of Community Savings Bank. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Community Savings Bank merged with The Garnavillo Savings Bank in September of 2015, and this spring opened a new location on Highway 52 in Guttenberg. “We have customers stopping in every day. The word is out in Guttenberg that Community Savings Bank has opened a new office,” said Chad Kreel, vice president of marketing for Community Savings Bank. “Since our opening on April 15, we have helped many customers; some looking for loans or others looking for checking account options.”

Wed
15
Jun

Say No For Now meeting draws crowd in Garnavillo


Jane Reagan, a commissioner on the Mississippi River Parkway Commission, spoke about tourism with regard to increased frac sand mining in Clayton County. Pastor Harold McMillin, right, was the moderator. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The topic of frac sand mining in Clayton County drew yet another impassioned crowd for a June 6 meeting of the Say No For Now group at the Garnavillo Community Center. About 50 people, some from within Clayton County and some from other areas, heard from group leaders and shared their own opinions. 

Wed
08
Jun

Train fatality

On June 4 at 11:57 p.m., Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Garnavillo Fire, EMS and the Guttenberg Ambulance, responded to South Front Street near Bill’s Boat Landing in Clayton for a pedestrian who was struck by a train. Jeffery Werger, 39, of Garnavillo was struck by a Canadian Pacific train traveling south. He was transported to the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

Wed
08
Jun

Awards presented, royalty crowned at Clayton County dairy banquet


2016-17 dairy royalty crowned at the Clayton County Dairy Banquet on June 3 were, front from left, Clayton County Little Miss Squirt Rachel Eglseder, alternate Junior Dairyman Allan Schaefers and Junior Dairyman Colten Kolker; back row, State Dairy Princess Kate Stewart and Clayton Dairy Princess Emily Moses. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

The Clayton County dairy banquet was held at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader on Friday evening June 3.  A meal was served from 6:30-8:30 p.m., followed by a program that featured the presentation of awards and the naming of the 2015-2016 Clayton County dairy royalty.

Wed
08
Jun

Artisan Cafe and Courtyard opens Sunday mornings for brunch


Gina Dahlstrom, right, is in charge of the kitchen at the newly-opened Artisan Cafe and Courtyard. Breanna Meyer, left, helps with customer service. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

After years in the making, Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center has opened The Artisan Café and Courtyard.

Wed
08
Jun

Seitz family opens storage facility in Industrial Park


Anchored Storage is under construction with a variety of bay sizes and is scheduled to open mid-summer. Many local contractors have been utilized in its construction. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

For the Seitz family, the transition to living in Guttenberg started the same way as many before. In 2012, Scott Seitz and his wife, Deb, purchased a home on Abel Island with the intention of retiring to the leisurely, tranquil isle in the years to come. Four years later, they find themselves opening a family business.

Wed
01
Jun

City council amends budget, purchases phone system

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in special session on May 23, amended the budget for the current fiscal year that ends June 30 and purchased a new phone system for city offices.

Mayor Russ Loven led council members Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling, and Jane Parker through the agenda. City Manager Mary Willett was also at the council table. 

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