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10
Jun

City awarded two major grants

By Shelia Tomkins

At the Guttenberg city council regular monthly meeting on June 1, City Manager Mary Willett announced that the city is the recipient of $300,000 in grants for water improvements. The funds came from a $150,000 USDA grant and a $150,000 grant from Iowa Economic Development to help fund the city's $380,000 water improvement project. Funding sources are being pursued for the remaining funds, and requests for proposals from engineering firms are being sought.

Wed
10
Jun

New website illustrates county limestone structures


The Friedlein-Dickson building at 310 North 3rd Street is one of many stone structures in Guttenberg that are featured on the new website. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A new website highlighting the stone structures of Clayton County rolled out last month thanks to years of work by members of the Clayton County Historic Preservation Commission. The eight-member group, with help from over a dozen volunteers from the area, drove every single road in the county to look for rock structures of any kind – be they culverts, bridges, outbuildings, houses, commercial buildings, structures in parks, or even ruins. 

Wed
10
Jun

Guttenberg bone marrow drives yield new match


Twins Lukas (left) and Oliver Larsson are the sons of Dena (Boardman) Larsson, a Guttenberg native who now makes her home in Colorado. The Larsson family continues to search for a bone marrow match for Lukas, who was diagnosed with a rare blood disease at age 16. (Photo Submitted)

By Molly Moser

The Larsson family of Castle Pines North, Colo., has been searching internationally for a bone marrow match for their son, Lukas, for nearly two years. In that time, and with the help of dedicated family and friends, they’ve held dozens of marrow donor drives. “There are thousands of people worldwide who are waiting for their donors… Every time we have a drive, I think, ‘I hope we saved a life,’” mom Dena Larsson told The Press in November of 2013.

Wed
03
Jun

Eagles claim state champion titles!


The Clayton Ridge High School track and field competitors captured state titles at the Iowa State Track and Field competition held in Des Moines, with the girls team winning the Class 2A championship and Ryan Moser taking first in Class 2A shot put and Jasmine Staebler taking first place in Class 2A 800-meter. Front from left are Coach Wes Baier, Jasmine Staebler, Hope Heitman, Nicole Breitbach, Blake Smith, Jaderial Staebler and Coach Angela Cook; standing, Coach Nick Brown, Eric Ihde, Taylor Schaefers, Haley Heitman, Ryan Moser, Erica Armstrong, Elayna Simon and Coach Tom Krall. More photo coverage inside. (Press photo by Bruce Thein)
Wed
03
Jun

View the new clubhouse June 6 at Guttenberg Golf and Country Club

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg Golf and Country Club will hold a grand opening for its new clubhouse this Saturday, June 6, from 10:00 a.m. to close. There will be food and drink specials all day, as well as new and used Harris golf cars on display for sale. Music by The After Party will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Wed
03
Jun

Rockin' on the River Friday, July 3


GD&T's annual Stars and Stripes Celebration is an event for the whole family, including games for children and entertainment for adults. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

A theme has been chosen for Guttenberg Development & Tourism’s annual Stars and Stripes Celebration. This year, parade floats and entertainment will center around the idea “Rockin’ on the River.” Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, in the park along the river and will carry on throughout the evening, concluding with Guttenberg’s traditional fireworks over the Mississippi River after the sun sets behind the bluff.

Wed
03
Jun

Purple martins fly 4000 miles to Schiller St. apartment


Five purple martins keep a watchful eye on the camera from their apartment on Schiller Street in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Long-time River Park Drive business owner Barbara (Kann) Leitgen brought a request to last month’s park board meeting. She presented plans for a purple martin house, one she’d like to see in the park across from her building on the 500 block of South River Park Drive. 

Wed
27
May

Public art display schedule

After spending time at River Park Place and two weeks at Rivers Edge Bakery in Guttenberg, on May 19 Walley, a traveling piece of public art, checked in at the Family Resource Center for the next two weeks. Walley is a 30"x80" recycled bottle cap fish mosaic that was created under the auspices of Umbrella Arts.

Next on Walley's travel agenda is Fidelity Bank and Trust, June 2-16;  Lockmaster's House Museum, June 16-30; Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, June 30-July 14, and Garments and Goods, July 14-28.  

Wed
27
May

Board approves salary increases

The Clayton Ridge School Board met in regular session on Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m.    Members in attendance were Katherine Ihde, Janice Andregg, Mike Finnegan, Jason Reimer, John Heying and Christine Aulwes.  Jeff Hoffmann was absent. Also in attendance were Allan Nelson, Shane Wahls, Steve Hoff, David Schlueter, Mary Seifert, Louis Cook, Mindy Reimer and senior Jason Rolfe.

Rolfe demonstrated his final project in the computer applications class, which consisted of a Lego Mind Storm – Rubic Cube Solver. 

Wed
27
May

Nelson retirement open house


Community members are invited to honor Superintendent Allan Nelson at an open house on Thursday, May 28. Nelson is retiring after serving as the Clayton Ridge superintendent for 13 years. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge School District will hold a public open house in honor of retiring Superintendent Allan Nelson on Thursday, May 28, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the elementary multi-purpose room. Nelson served as Clayton Ridge superintendent for 13 years, beginning July 1 of 2002 with his retirement becoming final this year on June 30. 

Nelson was born in DeKalb, Ill., and raised on a farm near the community of Sandwich. He graduated from Sandwich High School and attended Joliet Junior College while working on the family farm, then earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in agricultural education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  

After working for 15 years as an agricultural education and FFA teacher, Nelson  decided to earn administrative endorsements. For over two decades following those endorsements, he served as a principal and superintendent in three rural school districts, including Clayton Ridge.  

“During those years, my wife, Sheryl, and I raised two children, Matthew and Kimberly,” said Nelson. Sheryl is a high school English teacher in the Starmont Community School District, and both of the Nelson children graduated from Clayton Ridge High School.  “Matthew lives in Elkader and works for RISE Ltd. Kimberly completed her Bachelor of Arts in English at Buena Vista University and works for Stelter Company in Des Moines,” the superintendent told The Press. 

Challenges throughout Nelson’s tenure at Clayton Ridge include the declining enrollments and statewide budget cuts experienced by many rural Iowa schools, as well as the merger between Guttenberg and Garnavillo school districts, the closing of the Garnavillo elementary school building, and the recent defeat of a bond referendum to address the deteriorating 1903 school building and outdated facilities at the Guttenberg site.  

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