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Wed
27
Jul

Hydrant painting winners announced


From left are third prize winners representing Fidelity Bank, Amanda Garlow and Abby White, and first prize winner Peggi Degnan with her dog, Theo. Not pictured is Rabecca Hennessey, second place winner. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Nearly 500 votes flooded in for this year’s summer sculpture project hosted by Umbrella Arts, an initiative of Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center. The group held its third annual event this summer, and it proved to be the most successful one yet.

Wed
27
Jul

Mine reserve expansion committee finalizes report


A small group of landowners, Pattison Sand employees, and community members attended Thursday night's meeting of the mine reserve expansion study committee. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A small group gathered at the Clayton County office building in Elkader for what was the final meeting of the mine reserve expansion study committee on July 21. All five committee members were present: Jack Knight, Tom Blake, Anne Osmundson, Mike Finnegan, and Roy Blair. 

Wed
20
Jul

City manager's employment unresolved after July 11 meeting

By Shelia Tomkins

The issue of City Manager Mary Willett's employment remained unresolved following a closed session at the regular monthly Guttenberg city council meeting on Monday, July 11.

Her employment has been discussed at two council meetings in June, and in both instances the council went into closed session. On June 27, the council voted 3-2 against offering her a 3-month extension of her employment agreement. 

Wed
20
Jul

Holocaust trip being planned for local high school students


Above, high school students recently visited Costa Rica with Spanish instructor Rhea Cano. A 2017 trip to Germany is being planned. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Nuremberg, Munich and Salzburg: These are the stops planned for a 2017 Holocaust trip now accepting reservations from Clayton Ridge High School students and their parents.

Louis Cook, instructor of American history, U.S. government, economics, and current events, is co-hosting the trip with American lit and freshman English instructor Valeria White and her husband, Dan. 

Wed
20
Jul

Peterson plans Eagle Scout project on Big Springs trail


Logan Peterson, son of Candi and Erikk Peterson, is the first in his family to progress to the rank of Life in Boy Scouts. He hopes to become an Eagle Scout with a trail project at Big Springs Nature Park this summer. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Logan Peterson doesn’t remember life before Boy Scouts. He started as a kindergartener, and at 17 is pursuing the highest rank: Eagle Scout.

Wed
13
Jul

A family legacy of giving back

Eight-year-old Mary Ellen Bridges of Lincolnton, N.C., recently visited the Guttenberg Public Library to deliver a gift from the heart — a group of children's books given in memory of her grandfather and great-grandparents.

Mary Ellen's ties to the Guttenberg community and the library go back several generations. She is the daughter of Shannon Rome Bridges and Steven Bridges, and the granddaughter of Jean Rome and the late Roy Rome, a Guttenberg native. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Elmer and Mary Ellen Rome, former Guttenberg residents.

Wed
13
Jul

Committee hears comments on mine expansion recommendations

 By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

A study committee that’s been looking at a zoning request that could expand mining activities in Clayton County presented a draft report of their recommendations Thursday night, July 7, at a public meeting in Elkader. 

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.  

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