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Deadline reminder for scholarships

The grade transcript deadline for receiving Dollars for Scholars scholarship money is Jan. 7, 2016.

The letters should include a grade transcript and a completed recipient form. The recipient form (CR Dollars for Scholars Recipient Form) can be found at http://www.claytonridge.dollarsforscholars.org under the Students and Parents link.

The letters must be postmarked on or before Jan. 7, 2016. Please address letters to:

Wed
30
Dec

New garbage contractor for city residential customers

By Shelia Tomkins

Effective Jan. 1, Guttenberg residents will see a change in the company that the city contracts to haul garbage. Kluesner Sanitation of Farley will begin collection residential waste, succeeding Waste Management of Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

The city council awarded the contract to Kluesner's in November after reviewing bids from other services, including the city's longtime waste hauler, Waste Management. In December, the city council lowered residential garbage rates by $1 a month, effective Jan. 1. 

Wed
30
Dec

GD&T membership banquet Jan. 11


Attending the 2015 annual GD&T membership banquet from left were Juanita Loven and Mayor Russ Loven, City Manager Mary Willett, and Mike and Brenda Landwehr, owners of Bootlegger's in Millville. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Development and Tourism will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, at the recently updated Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and presentations to follow. 

Wed
30
Dec

Active in Guttenberg A history of service for Order of the Eastern Star


Members of the Pearl Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Guttenberg celebrated their 120th anniversary in 2013. Seated from left are Joanne Finch, Borghilde Tuecke, Mary Ford, Barnabetta Cline, and Joan Walke; standing, Dennis Hanna, Jan Solomon, Gayle Hanna, Kay Becker, Jim Solomon, Cindy Moser, Susan Horstman, Wayne Thiese, and Janice Thiese. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series to highlight local groups and organizations that welcome members of the community and enhance our city’s culture. If you would like your group to be featured, please contact The Guttenberg Press.

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Wed
16
Dec

Barge company sues Pattison

A fire last year at Pattison Sand in Clayton has led to a lawsuit filed against the company by a neighboring company seeking $500,000 in damages for contamination related to the fire.

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa. The company claims that smoke and soot from a July 2014 mine fire tainted grain, salt, fertilizer and ag chemicals that the shipping company had in storage. Following the fire, Consolidated Grain and Barge says it suffered financial losses due to damage assessment and disrupted shipments. According to the suit, the company submitted an itemized claim for damages to Pattison but has not been reimbursed.

Wed
16
Dec

City council acts on electric ordinance, sets garbage rates

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 7, moved forward  on an amendment to the city's electrical ordinance, lowered residential garbage rates, purchased a truck and plow, and reviewed the city workers’ union initial proposal for the coming year.

Mayor Russ Loven presided with councilmembers Jane Parker, Dave Schlueter, Fred Schaub and Virginia Saeugling in attendance, along with City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Mike Schuster.

Wed
16
Dec

Guttenberg Industries new home


Enjoying their new office space, located in Garnavillo are Guttenberg Industries founders Pat and John Ertl, left, with son Jim Ertl (back), daughter Deb Moser, son Tom Ertl, and president David Kreul. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Industries, Inc. officially opened a new office in Garnavillo on Nov. 23, following the July groundbreaking on the 8,000 square foot structure. All departments are now located in Garnavillo, just a few steps from the 70,000 square foot factory.

Wed
16
Dec

Pattison rezoning request tabled for further research


Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven was among many area residents who urged further research into the economic and environmental effects of additional frac sand mines at last Tuesday's planning and zoning commission meeting. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Well over 60 people gathered in Elkader for a Clayton County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The commission heard comments from Pattison employees and concerned property owners over the potential rezoning of land along Great River Road from agricultural to heavy industrial for the purpose of underground mining, processing, storing and shipment of silica sand and its byproducts. 

Wed
09
Dec

Thoma makes court appearance

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Brandon James Thoma, 25, of Pella was in the Clayton County Courthouse in Elkader for a hearing for an initial appearance on the charge of attempt to commit murder.  Judge John Bauercamper informed Thoma, who has applied for a court-appointed attorney, that his request will be forwarded to the Dubuque Public Defender’s Office.

Wed
09
Dec

Assessment provides clear look at downtown Guttenberg issues


From left are Emily Moser, GD&T Director, Lisa Oetken, a consultant from Main Street in Mount Pleasant, city manager Mary Willett, and Jim Engle, consultant and director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center. Moser and Willett worked together to help coordinate the assessment with a team of consultants. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A team of consultants gave Guttenberg a three-day downtown assessment last week, involving tours of the city, interviews with business owners and community members, and a reimagining of several downtown buildings. Jim Engle, director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Lisa Oetken, Mount Pleasant Main Street Director, and Joe Lawniczak, design specialist with the Wisconsin Main Street program gave a public presentation on their findings and recommendations during the lunch hour on Thursday. 

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