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Wed
24
Jan

Business owner turns 80-years young


Longtime business owner Matt Esser, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 30, has owned and operated Esser's Clothing and Shoes for the past 57 years. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Jerome "Matt" Esser began his life in Savannah, Ill. on Dec. 29, 80 years ago. Esser and his late wife, Connie, have one son, Terry (Rachel) Esser, and one grandchild, Malachi, all of Waterloo. 

"My mother and aunts always told me I was born in a chicken coop," Esser began with a laugh.

Wed
24
Jan

Longtime resident gives back to her community


Janice Andregg has been volunteering in Guttenberg since her retirement in 2000. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Former Clayton Ridge social studies teacher Janice Andregg, 85, of Guttenberg has been volunteering in the community in many different ways since her retirement in 2000.

Planning and Zoning Board 

Wed
24
Jan

Trump wins Clayton Co. GOP caucus support

By  Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County Republicans preferred  Donald Trump by a wide margin at caucuses held on a sub-zero evening on Monday, Jan. 15.

The former president captured 428 votes, representing 63.8% of the total county votes. County-wide, there were 671 Republicans who caucused at sites throughout the county.

Wed
17
Jan

The Daily Grind opens


The Daily Grind owners Colten and Taylor Ratstetter are excited to be part of Guttenberg's growing business community. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

If you are looking for a place to sit and enjoy a warm beverage and a sweet treat with friends, or a quick grab-and-go coffee and pastry on your way to work, the new coffee shop, The Daily Grind, is open and ready to fill your cup.

The Daily Grind is located in the newly-constructed Allen Real Estate building on Hwy. 52 adjacent to Bender's grocery store, and is open Monday - Saturday from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Wed
17
Jan

Youth experience – Kids in the Kitchen fills need


Daisy Dickson (above) manages Kids in the Kitchen at the Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center in Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center, located at 214 South River Park Drive is home to Kids in the Kitchen, a welcome environment where culinary creativity meets youthful curiosity.  

Kitchen mission

Wed
17
Jan

Jamie Blume named new city manager

By Shelia Tomkins

Jamie Blume is Guttenberg's new city manager, following action taken by the city council at its monthly meeting on Jan. 8.

Blume has served as Assistant City Manager since 2016, and has been a city employee since 2008. She will fill the vacancy created when the council approved a resignation agreement with former City Manager Denise Schneider effective Oct. 27. (See story in Nov. 22 issue).

Wed
10
Jan

Volunteers make Christmas Just 4 Kids a success


The Monona Junior Feeders 4-H group gives Hershey bars decorated like a reindeer wearing a pair of warm winter gloves as antlers to each child attending Christmas Just 4 Kids. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Shepherd of the Hills Ministry in St. Olaf recently held its annual Christmas Just 4 Kids Project on Dec. 13-14. The event is a combined effort of many, including Toys for Tots – Dubuque, numerous area churches, businesses and individuals, Clayton County agencies and workers, along with many generous donors near and far.

Wed
10
Jan

Avian Connections at public library Jan. 17


Avian Connections Katie Isben and her education ambassadors will present two programs at the Guttenberg Public Library on Jan. 17. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Avian Connections of Prairie du Chien, Wis., is set to present two raptor programs at the Guttenberg Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. in the main library. "We are offering two time slots for this popular program, so everyone gets a chance to attend," said librarian Katey Simon. 

Founder Katie Isben

Wed
03
Jan

Osborne programming and giving opportunities


Above, Matt Schaffer enjoys an evening bike ride on the Pony Hollow Trail. The trail attracts visitors and new residents to the area while serving as a financial catalyst for Elkader and Clayton County. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Clayton County Conservation Board is pleased to announce its winter lineup of upcoming events and programs. 

Voyageurs Highway 1971, Thursday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Osborne Nature Center. Join Larry and Margaret Stone as they share their story of their canoe trip along the Voyageurs Highway in 1971, with Larry's beautiful photography and their memorable stories. 

Wed
03
Jan

GMHC employees gift $18,480 to Community Resource Center


Members of Team GMHC show their commitment to the community in Guttenberg's Stars & Stripes parade. From left are retired GMHC employee Rachel Fritz, Patricia Hoffmann, and Beth Mescher. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The following is the final installment of a six-part series devoted to the Community Resource Center Campaign. This week features the generosity of the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinic's employees. 

For the second time, employees of the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC) have generously set aside a portion of their earnings toward charitable projects that enhance the communities they serve. 

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