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Wed
10
Aug

Back to school with new programs and new faces


Summer staff help unload brand new Wenger instrument storage lockers for the high school band in preparation for the new school year. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

While students have been enjoying summer vacation, staff at Clayton Ridge have been preparing for the coming school year. Custodial staff, the business manager and superintendent, and principals have been working vigorously throughout the summer months. “Summer really is all about gearing up for the upcoming year, and so we’re making sure all the requisitions are approved and ordered to have the necessary curriculum and materials that the teachers need to start on day one; we’re doing data collection on the year past, and state reporting is due,” said superintendent Shane Wahls.

Wed
10
Aug

Willett accepts settlement offer

By Shelia Tomkins

Former City Manager Mary Willett last week accepted a settlement offer approved by the city council at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 8. 

Willett resigned at a special council meeting on July 18. The motion to accept her resignation provided for six months of health insurance coverage and four months of salary, with details to be worked out between Willett's attorney and Assistant City Attorney Jim Garrett.

Wed
03
Aug

Clayton County Fair offers food, music, thrills, family fun, more

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County's annual salute to its rural heritage, the 162nd annual Clayton County Fair, opened Tuesday for a week-long run of family-focused events ranging from  livestock shows, to free midway rides, live entertainment, 4-H judging, great fair food and more.

Daily admission includes free parking and free grandstand entertainment. Parents will be pleased to learn that children under 12 are admitted free, and all carnival rides are free. 

Wed
03
Aug

Entrepreneur Brandon Adams to host reality TV show


Garnavillo native Brandon Adams, left, will co-host a reality TV show about entrepreneurs called Ambitious Adventures. To learn more about the show, visit their site on Kickstarter. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge High School 2008 graduate Brandon Adams started small, working for his father’s ice company in Garnavillo. Now, his goal is to impact one billion lives by 2029. He’ll do it by organizing events that bring people together, through public speaking to inspire and motivate, by building relationships and by using video to tell his story and the stories of other young entrepreneurs. 

Wed
03
Aug

Andersons study at world-renowned mosaic art school


Over the course of two weeks spent studying mosaics in Ravenna, Italy, the Andersons learned exactly the same techniques used by Roman and Byzantine artists. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

It took thousands of individual pieces of glass, hand-cut to size and glued upside-down in a mirror image of the final artwork, but this spring Pastor Shane Anderson of Guttenberg unveiled a stunning mosaic of Christ the Pantocrator. It took over eight months to complete, using 10,000 individual pieces, and was on display this summer at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Wed
27
Jul

Train derailment near Clayton

A rock slide north of Clayton on Saturday morning, July 23,  caused the derailment of a Canadian Pacific train when the engineer was unable to stop in time before hitting the debris.

The lead locomotive and 12 empty cars left the tracks. There were no injuries, and no liquids or hazardous materials were in the cars that derailed.

CP crews were dispatched to the scene and worked throughout the rest of the day and night to open the tracks. Trains were back in operation by Sunday morning.

Wed
27
Jul

Council accepts Willett's resignation

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council accepted the resignation of City Manager Mary Willett at a special meeting held Monday, July 18. 

The unanimous vote came after Mayor Russ Loven noted that discussion on the status of her employment has been ongoing and that he was ready to recommend that the council accept her resignation.

Wed
27
Jul

Hydrant painting winners announced


From left are third prize winners representing Fidelity Bank, Amanda Garlow and Abby White, and first prize winner Peggi Degnan with her dog, Theo. Not pictured is Rabecca Hennessey, second place winner. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Nearly 500 votes flooded in for this year’s summer sculpture project hosted by Umbrella Arts, an initiative of Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center. The group held its third annual event this summer, and it proved to be the most successful one yet.

Wed
27
Jul

Mine reserve expansion committee finalizes report


A small group of landowners, Pattison Sand employees, and community members attended Thursday night's meeting of the mine reserve expansion study committee. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A small group gathered at the Clayton County office building in Elkader for what was the final meeting of the mine reserve expansion study committee on July 21. All five committee members were present: Jack Knight, Tom Blake, Anne Osmundson, Mike Finnegan, and Roy Blair. 

Wed
20
Jul

City manager's employment unresolved after July 11 meeting

By Shelia Tomkins

The issue of City Manager Mary Willett's employment remained unresolved following a closed session at the regular monthly Guttenberg city council meeting on Monday, July 11.

Her employment has been discussed at two council meetings in June, and in both instances the council went into closed session. On June 27, the council voted 3-2 against offering her a 3-month extension of her employment agreement. 

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