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Wed
21
Sep

Great weather creates successful River Park Cruisers car show, cruise and dance Saturday

The River Park Cruisers had 202 classic cars registered in the 19th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 17. Cars came from East Moline, Ill., Galena, Ill., Rochester, Minn., Clear Lake, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Sumner, Dubuque, Manchester and Des Moines, and many towns in between.

Wed
21
Sep

Eilers honored with ride for vets


Jo Nell Coates hugs Adam Eilers during the Silly String Ride's stop in Guttenberg. Coates has been organizing the ride for six years. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The roar of many engines echoed through Guttenberg last Saturday as the sixth annual Silly String ride pulled into town. The group of motorcycles and accompanying vehicles parked side-by-side, nose to tail in the street on the closed 500 block of South River Park Drive. A DJ at the Dam Bar played patriotic tunes while tickets were sold for a patriotic raffle and community members joined the group to honor local veteran Adam Eilers.

Wed
21
Sep

City bridge, RR crossing on council agenda

By Shelia Tomkins

At the regular monthly meeting on Sept. 12, the Guttenberg city council moved forward on the Garber Road bridge replacement project, closed the Pryam Street railroad closing, and discussed the possibility of licensing of cats.

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Friedlein presided in the absence of Mayor Russ Loven. Councilmembers Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, and Austin Greve were present, along with Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
21
Sep

New staff and faculty settling in at Clayton Ridge


From left are Annette Willenborg, Sarah Zahradnik and Lynette Pritchard. Not pictured is new faculty member Carole Mackey. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The start of a new school year brings new faces seated at each desk – and this year, some of those new faces are front and center. Instructors Annette Willenborg and Carole Mackey began teaching at Clayton Ridge this fall; social worker Lynette Pritchard is working closely with students, and Sarah Zahradnik returns to the district as elementary instructional leader.

Annette Willenborg, 

Wed
14
Sep

Cruisers prepare for annual car show, cruise, dance


The featured car for this year's car cruise is a '72 Oldsmobile Cutlass owned by car club members Jeff and Sue Meyer of St. Olaf. (Photo submitted)

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Bob and Donna Hinzman

The 19th annual River Park Cruisers Car Show, Cruise and Dance is coming this Saturday, Sept. 17. Come enjoy the day with us, listen to music downtown by “The Mole” during the car show and view hundreds of beautiful classic cars in  Guttenberg on six blocks of River Park Drive.

Wed
14
Sep

Royalty crowned, awards presented at annual Clayton County Pork Producers banquet


Front from left are 2015-2016 Little Miss Pigtail Amelya Weigand; 2016-2017 Pork Princess Macie Weigand; 2016-2017 Pork Queen Megan Glawe; 2016-2017 Little Miss Pigtail Emme Wikner and 2015-2016 Pork Queen Chaun'te Drahn. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

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Melissa Spielbauer-Combs

The annual Clayton County Pork Producers banquet was held Saturday, Sept. 10, at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader and featured the presentation of awards and the crowning of the new queen.

Wed
14
Sep

Family reunion of Olympic proportion


From left are the champions of the Elsinger family Olympic games representing their teams: Andrew Spickerman, silver, Cheryl Steadman, gold, and Steve Elsinger, bronze. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The festivities in Rio may have ended, but the Olympic spirit is still alive in one Guttenberg family. The Elsingers held their family reunion this summer with yet another unique, themed party that has come to characterize their gatherings. In attendance were Marge Elsinger of Guttenberg and her children, Gina Dahlstrom-Osburn, Steve Elsinger and Jody Dahlstrom of Guttenberg, Leslie Schmelzer and Angela Spickerman of Maquoketa, Renee Burns of Strawberry Point, Lonnie Dahlstrom of Dubuque, and Cheryl Steadman of Virgina, as well as honorary sibling Jenny Elsinger of Georgia and significant others, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Wed
14
Sep

Vet's Field will see new concession stand this fall


The concession stand at Vet’s Field in Guttenberg no longer serves its purpose for the youth league games played at the field. It will be replaced with volunteer labor in October. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In 1997, a used concession stand was pulled north from Dyersville to Veteran’s Field in Guttenberg. After almost two decades of use, the structure is in disrepair and no longer meets food safety standards – so a group of local volunteers have decided to take action.

Wed
07
Sep

Being Mortal discussion Sept. 13

A panel discussion on Dr. Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Happens in the End, will be held on  Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Eagle Ridge Independent and Assisted Living meeting room, 1329 Acre Street. Food will be provided.

The panel will consist of Dr. Andrew Smith, Pastor Penny Hansel, Nancy Heitman, BSN and Stephens Minister, Julie Fagner of Crossing Rivers Hospice, and Dr. Dan Mansfield, surgeon at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. 

Wed
07
Sep

School bus/motorcycle fatality on Great River Road Sept. 1

An accident involving a Clayton Ridge school bus and a motorcycle on the Great River Road north of Guttenberg on Thursday, Sept. 1, claimed the life of the motorcyclist, Ronald John Kephart, 50, of Garnavillo.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred as Kephart was travelling  south on the Great River Road on a 2010 Kawasaki and struck a school bus driven by Charlotte Scherer of Guttenberg that was turning west onto Lace Avenue from the Great River Road.

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