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09
Mar

Jaleen L. Fassbinder

Jaleen Lillian (Geuder) Smock Fassbinder passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Friday, March 4, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Mt. Harmony Cemetery, Elkport.

Wed
09
Mar

Rock and Roll on the River April 9 at Lakeside Ballroom

By Shelia Tomkins

Tickets are now on sale for the Rock and Roll on the River Show to be held Saturday, April 9, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. The evening will feature music from the golden era of rock and roll.

This year's headliners are the Midwest Rock N Soul Revue  featuring a soup performance by Maurice Walker-Jules and an Elvis tribute by Eddie Simpson; local favorites Backwater and special guest Carl Thompson.

Wed
09
Mar

Being Mortal is book discussion topic set for April 26


Dr. Andrew Smith will be a member of the panel discussion on April 26 on the book Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gwande. Books are now available at the Guttenberg Public Library and from other sources. (Photo submitted)

A timely book discussion and panel discussion is happening in Guttenberg. Dr. Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Happens in the End, is available to the public for reading in preparation for a panel discussion of the book on  Tuesday, April 26, at Eagle Ridge Independent and Assisted Living in Guttenberg, at a time to be announced at a later date.  

Wed
09
Mar

Railroad to close crossings at Pryam and Herder Streets


Canadian Pacific Railroad plans to close Guttenberg crossings at Herder and Pryam Streets in exchange for 2016 maintenance on the Schiller Street crossing. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg city officials announced last week that two railroad crossings are scheduled for closure in 2016. Pryam Street, on the north side of the city near a lot owned by Kann Manufacturing, and Herder Street, which runs between St. Mary School and Kuempel True Value, will no longer be through streets from River Park Drive to Highway 52. 

“The crossings for closure are chosen from a list that Canadian Pacific Railroad would like to close,” said City Manager Mary Willett.  

Wed
09
Mar

Landowners comment on proposed mining rezoning


The committee for mining impact research heard from landowners at their recent meeting in Elkader. The next meeting is scheduled for March 17. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The third meeting of the group studying the impact of mine expansion in Clayton County was held Thursday, March 3, at the Clayton County Office Building in Elkader. Committee members Susi Nehls, Anne Osmondson, Tom Blake, Roy Blair, Jack Knight and Mike Finnegan were in attendance and participated in discussions with the four landowners petitioning for zoning changes to allow mining on their properties.

Wed
02
Mar

Yale Drama Award named for Guttenberg native...Christmas gift unlocks a door to the past


Charles Finch holds a framed document and photo of his late sister, Carol, that tells about the Yale School of Drama award named in her honor. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Carol Finch Dye 1930-1962

By Shelia Tomkins 

Charles Finch of Guttenberg received a gift this past Christmas that honored the acting talent of his late sister and brought her career into sharper focus for the Finch family.

A framed montage containing  a photo of Carol Finch Dye and the history of a prestigious award named in her honor was presented to Charles by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Lisa Finch of Guttenberg. The keepsake tells the story of the Carol Finch Dye Award, presented for 30 years by the Yale School of Drama. 

Wed
02
Mar

Proposed city budget calls for drop in property tax levy rate

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 7, on a budget for the coming fiscal year that calls for a small decrease in the city's tax levy rate. The budget anticipates approximate expenditures of $6.33 million and revenues of $6.32 million. 

The proposed budget covers the fiscal year from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. If approved, the proposed rate per $1000 valuation on regular property would be $14.97794. This compares to the current year's rate of $15.11220.

Wed
02
Mar

Energy builds in Clayton County


Nearly 100 people gathered for a Go Solar workshop for information on solar energy hosted by the Clayton County Energy District, a newly-formed group working in partnership with the Winneshiek Energy District. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

A free solar energy workshop hosted by the newly formed Clayton County Energy District was held Thursday, Feb. 25, at Keystone AEA in Elkader. Nearly 100 interested people signed up in advance to learn the very latest technical and financial facts about the costs and benefits of solar energy. 

Wed
02
Mar

Guttenberg Pharmacy addresses rumored concerns


Dan and Joan Shannon, owners of the Guttenberg Pharmacy, planned another informational meeting at 6 p.m. at the Guttenberg Public Library on Tuesday, March 1. Utilizing your local pharmacy means the pharmacist who knows your history personally is at your disposal for answering questions, making sure medicines are appropriate for you, and solving problems should they arise. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A curious crowd gathered at the Guttenberg Public Library on Tuesday evening, Feb. 22, overfilling the nearly 30 seats in the meeting room. “What we can do tonight, I hope, is educate you and let you know what’s actually happening – not just in Guttenberg, but in the whole country,” said Joan Shannon of the Guttenberg Pharmacy. 

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24
Feb

Mine reserve study group to meet

The mine reserve study group for Clayton County will meet Thursday, March 3, and Thursday, March 17, at 5:30 in the Clayton County Office Building, 600 Gunder Road NE, Elkader. Members of the public are welcome to attend and listen, but may not be allowed to comment.

The group was formed in response to a request from Pattison Sand to rezone over 700 acres of land along Great River Road from agricultural to commercial for underground mining, and seeks to answer a variety of questions and concerns raised by the request.

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