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Wed
12
Oct

Active in Guttenberg: American Legion and Auxiliary


Front from left are Legion members Cheryl Urbalejo, Charlene Andregg, Barb Arthur; back row, Dennis Hanna, Jerry Peck, Rory Kempf, Frank Davis, Loris Kickbush, Joe Moser and Pete Davis. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series to highlight local groups and organizations that welcome members of the community and enhance our city’s culture. If you would like your group to be featured, please contact The Guttenberg Press. 

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Wed
12
Oct

Exchange student shares study abroad experience


Lena Thurich is a 15-year-old exchange student from Hamburg, Germany, who will study at Clayton Ridge High School this year. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

German exchange student Lena Thurich is two months into her 10-month stay in the U.S., attending high school at Clayton Ridge and living with host parents Carolyn and Neil Hofer. The 15-year-old has joined the cross country team and is enjoying her new family. “My exchange organization YFU focuses on finding a host family for you that fits to you no matter where the family lives. And they made their job good, because my host family fits perfect to me!” Thurich told The Press. She’s looking forward to a family trip to San Francisco, Calif., and traveling throughout New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. with other exchange students before heading back to Hamburg. 

Wed
05
Oct

Leap into reading — 1,000 Books before Kindergarten


Little Asher Hall is ready to listen to a reading of a Dr. Seuss book. (Photo submitted)

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Guttenberg Public Library. The  program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills. 

Wed
05
Oct

Pool committee meets with Burbach Aquatics


A series of patches have fixed immediate problems with Guttenberg's 40+ year-old pool, but it is quickly reaching the end of its life. Inset, one of many holes that have appeared in the north wall. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg pool committee met Sept. 15 with Josh Layer of Burbach Aquatics, Inc. (BAI). In attendance were committee members Mary Streich, John Barron, Deb Moser, Jane Parker, Al Ullerich, MJ Smith, and Molly Moser. 

Wed
05
Oct

Rains hamper county road work

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The heavy rains of the past few weeks have put a heavier work load on the county’s Secondary Roads Department.  “It was more in the northern part of the county, but locally, it’s bad all over,” County Engineer Rafe Koopman said.  “There are a lot more mud spots than we usually see, and we need to be hauling spot rock to handle the problem.”

Wed
05
Oct

Mayors gather in Natchez to discuss Mississippi River issues


Speaking in this session was Mayor Darryl Grennell of Natchez, Miss. Other mayors, from left, attended from Vicksburg, Miss., Bettendorf, St. Louis, Mo., St. Cloud, Minn., Mayor Grennell, Greenville, Miss., Cape Girardeau, Mo., Mayor Loven of Guttenberg and the Mayor from Red Wing, Minn. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

In mid-September, Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven joined more than two dozen river Mayors in Natchez, Miss., holding a press briefing to recommend improvements to disaster mitigation, announce a partnership with Walmart Stores, Inc., and announce U.S. Department of Transportation Marine Highway projects. These mayors are part of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a mayoral-led effort comprised of 75 River Mayors committed to creating a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River.

Wed
28
Sep

Parkinson's walk-a-thon is Saturday in Guttenberg

  The Parkinson’s Awareness Group of Clayton County is planning its first annual walk-a-thon to be held in Guttenberg on Saturday, Oct. 1,  at 10 a.m.

Registration will be at 9 a.m. in the north gazebo in Ingleside Park on River Park Drive, Guttenberg. A lunch stand will be available offering sandwiches, snacks and drinks. 

Wed
28
Sep

Flooding returns to Clayton County

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County residents once again dealt with rapidly rising rivers and streams this past week, following torrential rains in northern Iowa that hammered the area Sept. 21-22.

Hardest hit was north central Iowa, an area that drains into the Cedar River watershed, with near-record crests expected downriver this week. In Northeast Iowa, the Upper Iowa River and the Turkey River felt the effects of excessive rainfall, though not to the extent of recent August flooding. 

Wed
28
Sep

Clayton Ridge looks to improve facilities with PPEL


Demolishing the 1903 building is the first priority of the Clayton Ridge School board pending a potential increase in the physical plant and equipment levy. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Wed
28
Sep

A+ restoration on John Deere B


Mechanic Nick Hoffman starts up his 1951 two-cylinder John Deere B after spending six months restoring the tractor. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“All my life I wanted to be that guy that could do anything mechanically,” said rural Guttenberg resident Nick Hoffman, who brought his restored 1951 John Deere B tractor to Plagman Barn show days in September.  “A lot depends on how bad you want it.” 

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