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Dec

Deadline reminder for scholarships

The grade transcript deadline for receiving Dollars for Scholars scholarship money is Jan. 7, 2015.

The letters should include a grade transcript and a completed recipient form. The recipient form (CR Dollars for Scholars Recipient Form) can be found at http://www.claytonridge.dollarsforscholars.org under the Students and Parents link.

The letters must be postmarked on or before Jan. 7, 2015. Please address letters to:

Wed
17
Dec

School board discusses financing

A special school board work session was held on Thursday, Dec. 11, and called to order by Vice-President Janice Andregg at 5:15 p.m. Board members present were Andregg, Christine Aulwes, Jeff Hoffmann, Mike Finnegan, John Heying and Jason Reimer. Also in attendance were Allan Nelson, David Schlueter, Kris Einck, Shane Wahls, Mary Seifert and Matthew Gillaspie.

Wed
17
Dec

City makes planning for train derailment a top priority


With trains becoming longer and potentially hauling increased amounts of crude oil, city officials are enhancing the existing disaster management plan to include derailment-specific training and actions. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Molly Moser

In response to the July 2008 derailment just outside of Guttenberg, the Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railroad) agreed last week to pay $625,000 to settle a civil complaint filed by the state of Iowa and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Four diesel locomotives that derailed were submerged in the river for days, leaking over 4,000 gallons of diesel oil and other petroleum products. The leak caused floating slicks of oil across a 10-mile stretch of Bluff Slough.

"This settlement covers just a portion of the losses," said DNR Fisheries Biologist Karen Osterkamp, who estimates that recreational and ecological losses are much higher. Turtles, mudpuppies, water birds, mussels, and fish were impacted immediately, and the long term effect of the petroleum still in the sediment remains unknown. The settlement is expected to go into effect after a 30-day comment period, at which point dollars would be used for Mississippi restoration.

In May of this year, another accident involving the railroad and a single vehicle caused all but two of Guttenberg’s 13 railroad crossings to be blocked by train cars for an extended period of time. “At the same time, the Marina Road was closed because of high waters –  so there was only one crossing open at the far south end of town,” said Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven. “If there was a derailment affecting the same amount of the town we would have many challenges, especially if it were some type of volatile material.”

Wed
17
Dec

Washington professor writes on paddle pilgrimage


Ashley Hess snapped this photo of her father, John, with Dr. David Ellingson (right), whose book Paddle Pilgrim recounts his experiences with the people and places along the entirety of the Mississippi River. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Many have made the journey. They get their feet wet in the headwaters at Lake Itasca, and then paddle stroke after stroke, day after day, all the way to New Orleans. For professor and Lutheran minister Dr. David Ellingson, it was a journey of two million strokes over 65 days. 

A few thousand strokes in, Ellingson’s kayak cleared turbulent waters below Lock and Dam 10 and was welcomed ashore by two people on the small sandy beach that is Guttenberg’s shanty neighborhood.

“It was a Saturday afternoon. My daughter Ashley and I were down at the shanties with a little fire, sitting around in lawn chairs listening to music,” recalls Guttenberg city councilman John Hess. They invited Ellingson to pull his kayak up on the beach and started to chat. 

Wed
10
Dec

Edgewood woman dies in crash

Shari Harbaugh, 24, of Edgewood died following a single-vehicle crash in rural Clayton County west of Guttenberg on Sunday, Nov. 30.

According to a report from the  Iowa State Patrol, the crash is believed to have happened about 11:00 p.m. on Garber Road southeast of Lynx Avenue.

Wed
10
Dec

City council acts on settlements, moves forward on cluster mailboxes

By Shelia Tomkins

    The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 1 passed the first reading of an ordinance requiring cluster mailboxes in the city, settled two long-standing lawsuits against the city, and heard a presentation from the county emergency management director.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmenbers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, and Jane Parker through the evening’s agenda. City Attorney Mike Schuster and City Manager Mary Willett were also on hand.

Wed
10
Dec

Hines cousins travel to Dubai, U.A.E.


Sydney Hines, left, and her cousin Noelle visited the 163rd floor of the Burj Khalifa during their trip to Dubai in September. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Cousins Noelle Hines (17), and Sydney Hines (16), embarked on a 13-hour journey from Chicago, Ill., to Dubai in September. Noelle, who is the daughter of Michelle and Travis Geuder and John Hines, was making her second trip to the United Arab Emirates, where her Aunt Marcia and Uncle John O’Neill have lived for the last four years. Sydney, daughter of Cathy and Stan Hines, was leaving the U.S. for the first time. 

The girls stayed with the O’Neills for eight days, filling the time by indoor skiing and skydiving, going on a desert safari, and making their way to the top of the Burj Khalifa – the tallest manmade structure in the world. Khalifa Tower stands 2,722 feet at the top of its spire. It holds records for the most floors (163), the highest occupied floor at 1,198 feet, and the world’s highest and longest elevator installation. An observation deck on the 148th floor of the tower is the highest in the world at 1800 feet, and records are also held by individuals climbing the building and those parachuting from the top.

Wed
10
Dec

High school students join Food and Fitness Initiative


CRHS Food and Fitness Initiative members Alyssa Hefel, left, and Alexis Schramel, demonstrate techniques for safely and efficiently cutting sweet potatoes and garlic. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Students at Clayton Ridge High School have formed a Food & Fitness group to help improve the health and wellness of their school and the community at large. Members of the small group will gain knowledge and skills in a variety of areas related to good nutrition, local food systems, and active living, plus processes involved in policy advocacy – and then will communicate their goals and aspirations as they educate fellow students, younger students, school staff, and community members about good nutrition, local food systems, and active living. 

At their first meeting in November, group members expressed interest in learning to cook healthy foods. So at last week's meeting, Foodcorps volunteer Katrina Underwood led students in preparing sweet potato fries. “Sweet potatoes are less starchy and more nutricious than regular potatoes,” Underwood told students. “And we’re going to bake them, which is healthier than frying them.” Students also practiced safely using kitchen knives.

Wed
03
Dec

Join the Community Christmas Chorus for Christmas Eve service

Local vocalists are invited to join the Guttenberg Community Christmas Chorus for its annual presentation of sacred Christmas music this Christmas Eve at St. John's Lutheran Church., 203 Pearl Street, Guttenberg. 

Rehearsals will be on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. and again on Dec. 24, at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s. 

The Chorus will perform on Christmas Eve at the 10:00 p.m. candlelight service at St. John’s.

Wed
03
Dec

Holiday Train here Saturday, Dec. 6

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg will be among the stops of this year's Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, scheduled to arrive here on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 6, at 1:30 p.m. The train will stop at the Schiller Street crossing for a musical show on the east side of the railroad tracks.

The purpose of the Holiday Train is to bring holiday cheer and raise awareness for food pantries and shelves across Canada and the Midwest United States. The brightly decorated train glows with thousands of brilliant lights as it collects food and money to benefit those in need during the holiday season.  

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