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17
Feb

Council mulls staffing matters


Mayor Russ Loven, right, administers the oath of office to Virginia Saeugling, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Dave Schlueter. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

At a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, the Guttenberg city council discussed personnel issues, staffing options, and continued to work on the budget for the coming fiscal year.

The council approved the appointment of Virginia Saeugling, former council member whose four-year term expired in December. She fills the unexpired term created by the resignation of councilman Dave Schlueter, Clayton Ridge School business manager,  who is now a shared-time employee of the city. 

Wed
17
Feb

Kramer purchases dentistry office


Dr. Maggie Kramer, a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Dentistry, recently purchased the practice of Dr. Jim Osterhaus in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

While walking on River Park Drive with Dr. Jim Osterhaus, Guttenberg dentist, Dr. Maggie Kramer was astonished by all the greetings, waves, and jokes shared between the dentist and his community. 

Osterhaus has practiced dentistry in Guttenberg for 32 years, and recently sold his office to Kramer. He’s not yet retiring and will work alongside Kramer for the foreseeable future. “Maggie is a caring and meticulous dentist. This is clear when you first meet her,” said Osterhaus. 

Wed
17
Feb

Successful Eagle Watch & Cabin Fever Day Feb. 13 in Guttenberg


Matt Meadows, an ice carver with over 25 years experience, fused two blocks of ice together to create this life-sized bald eagle. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

Luke Hart of the RARE Group shared Reggie the Great Horned Owl with over 40 enraptured audience members during a presentation last weekend. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Nearly 100 people attended Guttenberg’s annual Eagle Watch & Cabin Fever Day, held in the Marina Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb. 13. An ice carving demonstration, chili cook off, and raptor presentation were the highlights of the day, supplemented by games and environmental education for children and adults. The event was organized by Guttenberg Development and Tourism (soon to be known as Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce) and co-sponsored by Divine Current Massage and Natural Gifts.

Wed
10
Feb

Beginner yoga wellness retreat

A free beginner yoga wellness retreat will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the top floor auditorium of the Guttenberg Municipal Building. The event is open to women and men of all ages.

Caroline Rosacker will lead a very basic, simple 30-minute yoga class, followed by an inspirational talk by speaker Kelly Roth. Her topic will be "Tapping into Your Natural Energy to Transform Your Life."

Participants should bring a yoga mat or beach towel, their own water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing.

Wed
10
Feb

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.

Wed
10
Feb

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.

Wed
10
Feb

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.

Wed
03
Feb

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.

Wed
03
Feb

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.

Wed
03
Feb

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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