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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. 

Wed
09
Dec

Clayton Ridge Drill Team earns state championship titles


Triple honors for Clayton Ridge Drill Team The Clayton Ridge Drill Team earned State Champion titles in Small School Prop and Small School Military, as well as the Judges Choice Award for its Prop routine at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team competition in Des Moines on Dec. 3. Front from left are Hailey Peterson, Kelly Hawkins and Noelle Hines; second row, Director Julie Rastetter, Taylor Palmer, Nicole Wahls, Calista Harbaugh, Ivy Aulwes, Nicole Schaefers and Natalie Domeyer; third row, Audi Zapf, Taylar Wiedner, Ashley Hawkins, Brianna Miller, Abrianna Moore, Chianne Behrend, Kaitlyn Kuehl-Berns and Assistant Director Sharon Keehner. (Photo courtesy of Candi Peterson)

The Clayton Ridge Drill Team returned home with three major state awards after competing on Dec. 3 at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team competition in Des Moines.

The team earned state championship titles in Small School Prop and Small School Military, as well as the Judges Choice Award for its prop routine. There were three Judges Choice Awards chosen that day out of 336 routines.

Wed
09
Dec

McElroy grants schools broadcasting equipment


"Our goal with putting any technology device into the hands of students is that they become “producers” and not just “consumers," said Superintendent Shane Wahls. "I am grateful to the staff that wrote these grants so that we can provide students with even more opportunities to develop their 21st century skills." Pictured using laptops are, from left, Alyssa Hefel, Marissa Meyers, and Amanda Auer. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge Middle and High School students will soon be broadcasting live from their classrooms thanks to a grant from the McElroy Foundation via Keystone Area Education Agency. Instructors Cheri Werges, Mindy Reimer, and Nicole Shaw worked on grant applications to provide both campuses with equipment including a videocamera, interview microphone kit, sound mixer, teleprompter, floodlights, green screen, and all the associated cables. 

Wed
02
Dec

Downtown assessment visit planned for Dec. 1-2-3

By Shelia Tomkins

A three-day visit by a team from the Iowa Downtown Resource Center is underway in Guttenberg. 

The visit began Dec. 1 and will conclude Thursday, Dec. 3, with a final public presentation from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. The presentation will also be taped and live on Channel 6 so those who are working but cannot attend can benefit from the suggestions and ideas.

Wed
02
Dec

Public invited to meet and greet city officials at Dec. 7 reception

The public is invited to a "meet and greet" of the outgoing, newly-elected and re-appointed members of the Guttenberg city council, park board and hospital board on Monday, Dec. 7, from 5-6 p.m. in the dining room of the Guttenberg Municipal Building. A swearing-in ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Outgoing city officials to be honored include council member Virginia Saeugling, park board member Austin Greve and hospital trustees Mary Eulberg and Penny Hansel.

Wed
02
Dec

Active in Guttenberg GMH Auxiliary gives generously


Hospital and clinic staff are regular customers at the GMH Auxiliary gift shop. The Auxiliary provides volunteers for the gift shop, as well as raising funds for community and hospital needs. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: As a Guttenberg native and a member of Guttenberg Development & Tourism, there’s nothing more exciting to me than someone who proclaims, “There’s nothing to do in Guttenberg!” Life here may not be fast-paced, but there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, meet great people, and enjoy living - and I'm always eager to pass that knowledge on. This story is one of a series planned 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. 

Wed
02
Dec

Creativity Center launches membership campaign


Students in the Creativity Center's after school art program used wool sweaters to make 'smittens,' learning a running stitch, a whip stitch, and how to sew on buttons. From left are scholarship students Mariah Werger, Ellie Davis and Mara Shannon. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

After finishing a five-year sustainability plan in June, local nonprofit Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center has embarked on its first formal membership campaign to help sustain the organization's operations. 

Wed
25
Nov

Corps extends navigation season due to warm weather

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is extending the navigation season on the Upper Mississippi River a few extra days due to the continued warmer weather.

The Corps is now scheduled to close Lock and Dam 9, near Lynxville, Wis., for winter maintenance Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. The lock was originally scheduled to close Dec. 7.

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