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Wed
03
Oct

Backwater to be inducted into MAMA Hall of Fame


Backwater will be inducted in the MAMA Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo. Playing in September at a car cruise dance at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg were, from left, Steve Dikkers, Scott Fischer, Ed Dvorak, Bruce Bryant and Mick Thein. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

  By Shelia Tomkins

The Backwater band of Guttenberg will be one of five bands inducted into the The Midwest All Music Association (MAMA) Hall of Fame at Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo on Saturday, Oct. 13. 

"Backwater is honored to be selected for this award," said member Bruce Bryant. "It is humbling achieving this by doing something we all love to do and would have done for free. Our thanks goes out to our family and our fans for their support throughout the years."

Wed
03
Oct

Blood drive set for this Friday

The community is invited to give back and help save lives by donating blood on Friday, Oct. 5, from 1-6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 203 Pearl Street, Guttenberg.

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteers. By donating blood, individuals can make a difference in the lives of patients in their community and throughout the nation.

Wed
26
Sep

Clayton Ridge School board news

The Clayton Ridge School board heard updates on the building project, received reports from administrators, and approved hirings and a resignation when members met in regular session on Sept. 13 at the high school library.

President John Heying called the meeting to order with members Christine Aulwes, Ellen Johnson, Kathy Ihde, Alicia Helle and Mike Finnegan on hand. 

An update on the current building project was given by three representatives from Estes Construction.

Wed
26
Sep

A busy season at the Lockmaster House Museum


Ray Black leads volunteers who welcome visitors to the Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum on the grounds of Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

The Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum, located on the grounds of Lock and Dam 10, each year attracts many visitors to Guttenberg to view displays and artifacts of river and community history.

The museum is operated by the Guttenberg Heritage Society, and this past year saw a change in leadership. Ray Black, chairman, now heads nearly a dozen volunteers who greet visitors, raise funds, create exhibits and accomplish other work that supports the museum's mission.

Wed
19
Sep

Clayton County takes on aging bridge problem


Thirty percent of Clayton County's bridges are deemed either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

An Aug. 14th headline on the front page of the Des Moines Register stated “Iowa infrastructure makes ‘worst’ list." The article noted that, according to the U. S. Department of Transportation, about 20 percent of Iowa’s 24,215 bridges are deemed “structurally deficient.”

Wed
19
Sep

City council revisits food truck ordinance, considers pool change

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on  Monday, Sept. 10, again discussed an ordinance concerning mobile food vendors, heard a design change request for the new pool bathhouse, and approved a raise for the city manager.

Wed
12
Sep

Farming heritage featured at Plagman Barn this weekend


The white barn is the cornerstone of the Plagman Barn Show Days complex that will be filled this weekend with demonstrations, exhibits, food and music. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

The Northeast Iowa Farm Antique Association's 37th annual Plagman Barn Show Days will be held Sept 14, 15, and 16. 

The Association is dedicated to the historical preservation, as well as the education of area youth, of the area's farm and home practices and techniques. 

Steam-powered engines, single-cylinder engines, and horse-powered equipment highlight the three-day fall show. Demonstrations are held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wed
12
Sep

Freedom Rock coming to Guttenberg

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Several months ago, an application was submitted and accepted, and Clayton County was approved as a site for a Freedom Rock. A small committee has been established and is in the early stages of planning. The Freedom Rock will be located in Guttenberg; however, it will be a Clayton County landmark.

Wed
12
Sep

River Park Cruisers ready to roll at show, cruise, dance


The lead car for this Saturday's cruise is a black 1990 Pontiac Trans Am owned by James and Michelle Fassbinder of Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins

Hundreds of classic cars will converge on downtown Guttenberg this Saturday morning, Sept. 15, for the start of the 21st annual River Park Cruisers car show, cruise and dance. 

The popular event is the culmination of months of planning by the Cruisers. The day begins early as volunteers close downtown streets in time for car registration that runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The first 200 cars to register will receive a dash plaque.

Wed
05
Sep

NICC president advocates for levy continuation on Sept. 11 ballot


Dr. Liang Chee Wee, president of Northeast Iowa Community College, recently spoke to the Guttenberg Rotary Club about the upcoming levy vote and about President Trump's visit to the college. At right is Karilyn McArthur, Guttenberg Rotary president. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

  By Shelia Tomkins

On Sept. 11, voters in the Northeast Iowa Community Collelge district will be asked to decide whether to continue the current tax levy for the school.

Dr. Liang Chee Wee, president of Northeast Iowa Community College, visited the Guttenberg Rotary Club in August to talk about the school's accomplishments and ask  voters to continue their support by "investing in people through us."

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