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Wed
13
Jul

Orphan Train stories to be told July 21


Colleen Krantz, who directed and co-produced the award-winning documentary West by Orphan Train, will share the film and answer questions about her research on July 21 at 7 p.m. in the Guttenberg Municipal Building. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Unbelievable yet true, there was a time in America’s not-so-distant past when hundreds of thousands of orphans were loaded onto trains and sent west ‘for picking.’ An overwhelming majority of these orphans ended up in the Midwest: Amanda and Ida May Fahr were chosen in Elkport, Henry Begley in Holy Cross, William Bender and Adelaide Irvan in New Vienna, Victor Hempstead in McGregor, a dozen more in Dyersville – and that’s just a start. 

Wed
13
Jul

Pool committee resumes meetings with new vigor


The Guttenberg pool continues to be a favorite spot for swimmers young and old in spite of its shortcomings — but the decades-old vessel is in need of serious upgrades. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg pool committee resumed meeting after a year-and-a-half hiatus on June 30 in the city council chambers. Members Al Ullerich, MJ Smith, Deb Moser and Molly Moser were in attendance, with Russ Loven opening the meeting by bringing the group up to date. Not present were committee members John Barron, Bec Knudtson, Mary Streich and Jane Parker.

Wed
06
Jul

Combat Veterans third annual ride this weekend


The Combat Veterans Chapter 39-3 gathered on June 25 in remembrance of Jim "Burley" Hansel of Guttenberg, who died in an accident earlier that day. Members were at this Memorial with Jim the day before he died. Hansel served as a door gunner on a helicopter in Vietnam. "Some of us  went back Saturday and toasted our fallen comrade," said Ed VanLennep. (Photo submitted)

The third annual Combat Veterans  Motorcycle Association benefit ride is set for July 8-9 and includes a weekend of camping in Elkport and a Saturday ride that includes stops at Moxie's and the Dam Bar in Guttenberg.

The two-day event features music, vendors, fireworks, games, food, prizes and more. Registration is from 5-9 p.m. Friday and 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Elkport Campground.  

Wed
06
Jul

City council takes no action following closed session

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council went into closed session at the end of a special city council meeting on June 27, citing the portion of Iowa code that allows for a closed session "when discussing strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent." The council took no action when returning to open session. 

Wed
06
Jul

Hearing on hazard mitigation plan


While the river may be Guttenberg's most beautiful feature, it's also our most dangerous. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

An updated Clayton County multi-jurisdictional multi-hazard mitigation plan is now available for public review and comment. Council members, city clerks, and mayors of cities within the county joined forces with the Clayton County Emergency Management Commission and Central, Clayton Ridge and MFL Mar-Mac school districts to draft the plan, which documents the county-wide hazard mitigation planning process and identifies relevant hazards, vulnerabilities and strategies the participating jurisdictions will use to decrease vulnerability and increase resiliency and sustainability.

Wed
06
Jul

Hospital board deals with challenging 2017 budget


GMH expects a budget shortfall in the 2017 fiscal year due to new government regulations on Medicare reimbursements. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The June meeting of the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital board was called to order at 5:30 p.m.  on Tuesday, June 28. Present were board members Doug Reimer, Janice Andregg, Bill Allyn, Karen Merrick, and Sue Osterhaus. 

Wed
29
Jun

Fatal accident in Millville Saturday

An accident on Saturday, June 25, in Millville claimed the life of Jimmy Hansel, 66, of Guttenberg.

According to the Iowa State Highway Patrol, Hansel was southbound on Highway 52 when he lost control of his 1996 Honda motorcycle while  attempting to avoid stopped traffic on the highway. He entered the west ditch, overturned and was ejected from his bike. According to official reports, Hansel was not wearing a helmet.

Hansel was transported to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Wed
29
Jun

Mine expansion study meeting July 7

The mine reserve expansion study group has completed its draft report of zoning recommendations for the land being considered for rezoning for Pattison Sand Company. 

The report is available online on Clayton County’s website or printed copies are available at the Auditor’s office. 

Wed
29
Jun

Fireworks and more Saturday, July 2

By Molly Moser

Classic Independence Day traditions will be honored at this year’s Stars and Stripes Celebration. The iconic summer event is scheduled to take place this Saturday, kicking off with the Farmer’s Market at 8 a.m. on the 400 block of South River Park Drive, and ending in the timeless custom of fireworks over the Mississippi River. The second annual Interact 5K Walk/Run will also be held that morning, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. at the gazebo in Ingleside Park.

Wed
29
Jun

Florence Eilers featured in parade as Super Senior


Flossie Eilers, 99, and her late husband Bud raised their family and earned a living in the Guttenberg/Garnavillo area. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Even after 99 years of life, Florence ‘Flossie’ Eilers is still having new experiences. On July 2, she’ll be featured as the Super Senior in Guttenberg’s Stars and Stripes Parade – her first time riding in a parade. Her sons, Jim Eilers of Montana and Ted Eilers of Guttenberg, will ride alongside her, while her son Dick Eilers of Guttenberg will march in the parade as a flag bearer.

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