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Guttenberg election results

By Shelia Tomkins

In an election that saw low voter turn-out, Guttenberg voters went to the polls on Nov. 3 to choose two council members, two park board members and three hospital trustees.

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11
Nov

CR superintendent: Ninja Warrior?


Superintendent Shane Wahls does some heavy lifting in preparation for applying to be America's Ninja Warrior. With a background in bodybuilding and motivational speaking, Wahls presented to Clayton Ridge students during an assembly in October. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge superintendent Shane Wahls could be the next American Ninja Warrior. If his unique application is selected, he’ll be allowed to compete for the title on the NBC show, where he’ll have to complete a series of outrageous physical feats. 

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11
Nov

National Geographic photographer flies overhead


National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz took this photograph of the Doug and Kathy Reimer farm. His current project is a book about food and commercial agriculture, which will give readers insights into areas many people think of as 'fly-over country.' (Photo courtesy of George Steinmetz)

By Molly Moser

Renowned journalist, photographer, and explorer George Steinmetz hovered over northeast Iowa last month, documenting the fall harvest from his motorized paraglider. He used satellite images from Google Earth to pinpoint the Guttenberg farm of Doug and Kathy Reimer on Ironwood Road as the ideal location for his photos.

Wed
04
Nov

Johnny Rogers dance Nov. 22 at Lakeside

Fans of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, the Beatles and other music legends won't want to miss the "Buddy and Beyond" dance party on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. 

The show and dance begin at 2 p.m., and entertainer Johnny Rogers will feature music from the golden age of rock and roll.

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04
Nov

Groups send shelter to refugees


Pre-K Sunday School children at St. John's Lutheran Church in Guttenberg are among those who learned about the refugee crisis and explored a ShelterBox on Refugee Sunday. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the March 2011 outbreak of civil war in Syria, precipitated by anti-government protests. There are over four million refugees, three quarters of them women and children, seeking safety and shelter across neighboring countries, and a startling 7.6 million people are displaced within the borders of their own country. Many are living in flimsy, cramped makeshift shelters, like chicken coops or abandoned sheds, with no heat or running water, and many are injured from continuous bombing and shelling.  

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04
Nov

Active in Guttenberg Local veterans honor the fallen at military funerals


From left are veterans Loris Kickbush, who's been active with the volunteer group of Guttenberg veterans providing military rites at funerals for 15 years, Charlene Andregg, 25 years, and Clark Bolsinger, 35 years. Veterans willing to join the efforts of members of the American Legion, VFW, and AmVets to honor the fallen should contact Andregg at (563) 252-2824. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

This Veterans Day, you may see our nation’s heroes dressed in their finest, carrying flags and rifles and responding to commands from a comrade. Those traditions aren’t reserved for Nov. 11. A dedicated group of Guttenberg volunteer veterans provides full military rites for every veteran who dies in the area. “The military funeral is our last farewell to a comrade,” said American Legion member Charlene Andregg, who gathers the men and women for each funeral. “All honorably discharged veterans are entitled to that.”

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04
Nov

Supervisors refer Auditor issue to State Attorney General

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller will have final say on whether or not Clayton County Auditor Dennis Freitag remains in office.

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors met Oct. 28 to discuss possible action against Freitag, and ultimately decided to refer the matter to Miller’s office to determine whether a Chapter 66 petition is appropriate. Chapter 66 of the Iowa Code covers removing an elected official from his or her office.  Only the Attorney General can file a removal petition.

Wed
28
Oct

GD&T to sponsor Trunk-or-Treat

Guttenberg's first annual Trunk-or-Treat will be held during Trick-or-Treating Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. in the elementary playground. Parents and Halloween-spirited community members are invited to the Clayton Ridge Elementary School playground to participate in the first ever Trunk-or-Treat event in Guttenberg. 

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28
Oct

County municipal polling hours

By Shelia Tomkins

Residents of Clayton County municipalities will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to elect officials. Polling sites and hours of communities in The Press readership area are as follows. For information on absentee voting, see the  Sept. 30 issue of The Press.

Guttenberg: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Guttenberg Municipal Building.

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28
Oct

Amphibians under surveillance


Kevin Hansen, left, and Jeff LeClere, right, check one of several traps they've set for mudpuppies along the shore of the Mississippi River. They'll continue to capture and study the unique amphibians throughout the winter, when mudpuppies are most active. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Mighty Mississippi undoubtedly holds many mysteries within her muddy waters, and one such secret is being uncovered this fall in Guttenberg. A slimy, carnivorous creature lurks beneath the surface, evading even those who know the river best. The ellusive necturus maculosus is extremely slimy, with lidless eyes and external gills. It has a head like a dragon, the body shape of a fish, and sports four stubby legs with four toes on each tiny foot. It can grow to be nearly 20 inches long and live up to 20 years. This fully aquatic amphibian is known as the common mudpuppy.

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