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RARE raptor presentation Feb. 13


Raptors like this juvenile bald eagle have many obstacles to overcome in today's world. The RARE Group serves eastern Iowa and western Illinois, offering a place for injured raptors to go for treatment and educating the public. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

As cabin fever starts to set in during late winter months, residents and visitors to Guttenberg can look forward to a day of cold-weather fun planned for Saturday, Feb. 13. Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce has planned a chili cook-off, ice carving, and more for its annual Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Day. Whether spotted fishing on the icy Mississippi or puffing their feathers inside, winged guests are sure to be the highlight of the day.

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City council moves forward on proposed water rate increase

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 1 took the first step in raising water and sewer rates, acted on recommendations from city boards and heard questions about the new downtown parking area.

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Continuing coverage of proposed mining rezoning


Areas of land along Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway, are being considered for rezoning to heavy industrial for use by Pattison Sand Company. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Discussion of frac sand mining in Clayton County began again with a meeting of over 60 area stakeholders on Dec. 8 and continues with the beginning of study committee meetings to review and discuss the possible impact of rezoning 726 acres of land from agricultural to heavy industrial for the purpose of underground mining, processing, storing and shipment of silica sand and its byproducts. County supervisors recently approved a request from Janet Ott, county health and zoning administrator, to apply for a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to set up the committee.

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Planning begins for Rock 'n' Roll on the River


From left, Dick Cole, Emily Moser and Al Huntzinger review this year's entertainment lineup for the Rock 'n' Roll on the River show April 9 at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins 

Planning is underway for the Rock 'n' Roll on the River show to be held Saturday, April 9, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg.

The event is sponsored by the MidAmerica Music Association (MAMA)  in cooperation with the River Park Cruisers, Lakeside Ballroom and Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce.

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Eagle Watch & Cabin Fever Day

Learn about America's national bird at the Marina Visitor Center in Guttenberg on Saturday, Feb. 13. An ice carving demonstration by carver Matt Meadows will take place starting at 11a.m. Stay warm inside the Marina Center, located at 715 S. River Park Drive, and watch as a block of ice is transformed into an eagle!

Warm up with the chili cook-off from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Taste a variety of chili, vote for your favorite, and enjoy hot chocolate and treats. Due to overwhelming response to last year’s call for entries, the 2016 cook-off will accept the first eight entries. Individuals may contact Emily Moser at 563-252-2323 to enter the cook-off. Deadline to enter is Feb. 10.

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Torrey shares love of woodworking


Harvey Torrey has decades of experience in woodworking, and gives away his work to family members and to the church. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

After long days working as a mechanic at Brown’s Sales and Leasing during the 1980s and 90s, Harvey Torrey would return to his Guttenberg home to spend evenings in his basement, where he continued his work on cars. In uniform he may have been working on alternators and radiators, but in his basement he worked with cherry, maple, and walnut. 

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Assessment team takes hard look at downtown


To provide ideas and spark interest in building improvements, the assessment report provided on-site renderings of four downtown properties such as the former Riverview Cafe, pictured. (Renderings by Joe Lawniczak, Design Specialist with the Wisconsin Main Street Program)

By Molly Moser

The Iowa Downtown Resource Center of Des Moines has released its report summarizing observations and recommendations for improving the city of Guttenberg. An assessment team of three downtown development professionals spent several days in the community during early December. The assessment visit and recommendations serve as a call to action and provide the community with current information for formulating strategies to address the serious issue of saving the downtown for future generations.

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Clayton County Supervisors approve zoning grant application

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors has approved a request from Health and Zoning Administrator Janet Ott to apply for a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. 

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Clayton County residents prepare to caucus on Monday, Feb. 1

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County residents will join Iowans across the state on Monday, Feb. 1, as the nation turns its attention to the results of the Iowa Presidential caucuses.

Voters from more than 1,700 voting precincts across the state will meet to select delegates to their respective county conventions. The 99 county conventions will then choose delegates for state party conventions, who in turn will subsequently head to the national conventions later this year.

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Quick action saves Bussey Lake ice fisherman


River rescue at Bussey Lake A fisherman who fell through the ice on Bussey Lake, Guttenberg, on Jan. 21 is transported by emergency personnel to a waiting ambulance. (Photo by Toni Boardman)

By Shelia Tomkins

An afternoon walk along the river on a cold January day took a dramatic turn for a Guttenberg woman when she heard cries for help and became part of a rescue effort that saved the life of a man who had fallen through the ice.

Toni Boardman was walking  on the dike along Bussey Lake in north Guttenberg on Thursday, Jan. 21, when she heard cries for help. Looking toward the river, she saw a man up to his neck in the icy waters of the backwater lake, a popular spot for ice fishing.

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