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Wed
02
Sep

Loyce Dumke appointed Special Chief Deputy Auditor

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance journalist

The Clayton County Auditor Dennis Freitag has appointed Loyce Dumke of Edgewood as a Special Chief Deputy Auditor.  

On Aug. 24 the Clayton County Board of Supervisors authorized Freitag to appoint someone to the position.  Dumke will be in the position for 90 days.

Wed
02
Sep

Buechel Hill Trail improvements


Pictured at the future site of the new bench purchased by the Ingleside Club are, from left, Joe Ihm, Robyn and Dorothy Tangeman. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

When two storms hit the county hard last June, Clayton County was declared a disaster area. Buechel Hill Trail, which directly connects Bluff Street with Acre Street, was severely damaged by the storms – so when FEMA funds became available, the City of Guttenberg applied for funding for trail restoration under a Category G Trails Project. The trail had been badly washed out by the storms, making it a treacherous hike for walkers like Robyn and Dorothy Tangeman. 

Wed
02
Sep

25th annual GermanFest schedule announced


The Silbertaler Trio will return to GermanFest this year, playing traditional Austrian music called Kammer Musik on Austrian Diatonic accordions, guitar, and harp. For a full schedule of events, visit www.guttenbergiowa.net. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Plans are being finalized for Guttenberg’s 25th, annual GermanFest celebration, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. With new committee members at the helm, participants can look forward to beloved traditions alongside new amusements. 

“In honor of the 25th anniversary of GermanFest, our committee has been hard at work planning some fresh activities, while continuing the spirit of the event,” says GD&T Director Emily Moser. “After many successful years, previous event organizers entrusted the festival to a group of capable volunteers, who are excited to take on the challenge.” 

Wed
26
Aug

Labor Day can collection for Youth Football League

By Bruce Thein

The Youth Football League will be conducting a can and bottle drive on Labor Day, Sept. 7. Youth League players are asking for the generous support of the community by setting out empty pop and beer cans on your doorstep for the players to pick up.   

Parents and players will be driving around the communities of Guttenberg and Garnavillo between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Labor Day to collect the bottles and cans. Trailers will also be set up for people to drop off cans in the parking lots of Guttenberg Industries and the old Double LL parking lot in Garnavillo. 

Wed
26
Aug

Public invited to hear motivational speaker at Clayton Ridge Sept. 2

By Bruce Thein

Motivational speaker Al Kerns will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Clayton Ridge High School, presenting a half-hour presentation to students on “Doing What’s Right.” The program will begin at 9 a.m. in the high school gymnasium and is free; the public is encouraged to attend. Afterwards, Kerns will give another presentation to the faculty for their in-service day at the school. 

Wed
26
Aug

Blood drive Aug. 28

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Friday, Aug. 28, from 1-6  p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 203 Pearl Street, Guttenberg. Donations are needed now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. 

 
Wed
26
Aug

Municipal election filing opens

By Shelia Tomkins

Filing is now open for candidates seeking city offices in the Nov. 3 election. In Guttenberg, two city council seats, two park board positions and three seats on the hospital board are up for election.

On the city council, the terms of Jane Parker and Virginia Saeugling are expiring at the end of the year. Also up for election are the seats of park board members Jim Johnston and Mary Streich and hospital board members Mary Eulberg, Penny Hansel and Bill Allyn.

Wed
19
Aug

Brewers invited to enter annual GermanFest Tasting Sept. 26

The Saturday Sep. 26 GermanFest celebration in Guttenberg will continue to feature a homebrew tasting. Festival goers who enjoy stout, pale ale, pilsner, and wheat beer can sip and compare local suds.

The tasting will be held from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm in the main festival tent located in the 600 south block of River Park Drive. Festival-goers are asked to make a free will donation for the people's choice ballot. 

Ballots will be collected and the winner announced at 2:30 pm in the main tent. 

Wed
19
Aug

IAC gives local after school art program a boost


Pottery instructor Steve Solomon will guide students in three separate wheel pottery workshops during the after school art program. The program is being supported this year by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, a Guttenberg nonprofit, is the proud recipient of an Art Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council to enhance the organization's free after school art program. Funding for Art Project Grants is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Arts Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (Iowa Arts Council) and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Wed
19
Aug

Five file for four seats on Clayton Ridge School Board

By Shelia Tomkins

Five candidates have declared for four vacancies on the Clayton Ridge School Board in the upcoming election on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The field includes two incumbents, Christine Aulwes and John Heying, along with Sharon Cunningham, Alicia Helle and Ellen S. Johnson.

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