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Wed
22
Jun

Chamber announces plans for Stars and Stripes to be held July 2

The Stars and Stripes Celebration in Guttenberg will be held on Saturday, July 2, in the park north of Clayton Ridge Schools (131 S. River Park Dr.), unless otherwise noted. The day will begin with a 5K Walk/Run (registration at 8 a.m. in the north park gazebo, run at 9 a.m.) sponsored by the Clayton Ridge Interact Club. Guttenberg’s DNR Fish Hatchery, located at 331 S. River Park Drive, will be open at 9 a.m. on Saturday for viewing of live river animals. The Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum will be open to visitors from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The Lock and Dam #10 observation deck will be open all day.

Wed
22
Jun

Alumni football game Friday, 7 p.m.


Kickoff for Clayton Ridge's first annual alumni football game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24. A tailgate begins at 5 p.m. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Friday night lights will shine once again on Clayton Ridge and Guttenberg Pirate football alumni during a full-contact game versus Central Elkader alumni at the Stephen D. Shannon Athletic Complex this weekend. On Friday, June 24, the community is invited to enjoy Clayton Ridge’s first alumni game in support of the athletic department.

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.

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