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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.” 

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.

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