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Wed
23
Nov

Late night for CR school board

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors met in regular session on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Members in attendance were John Heying, Christine Aulwes, Michael Finnegan, Alicia Helle, Ellen Johnson, Jason Reimer and Kathy Ihde. 

FFA students attending the National FFA Convention reported on their recent trip to Indianapolis.

PLC members and administration reported on a PLC Institute they had recently attended in Des Moines.

Wed
23
Nov

No new restrictions placed on rezoned properties


Vic Vifian, who lives near the land newly rezoned for underground mining, spoke at Tuesday night's Board of Adjustments meeting. Many Pattison Sand employees attended in orange and also spoke. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Once again, a meeting on the topic of rezoning 700 acres of land along Great River Road from agricultural to heavy industrial drew dozens of stakeholders to a meeting at the Clayton County office building. It was standing room only on Tuesday, Nov. 15, while the Zoning Board of Adjustments conducted a public hearing as the final step in a year-long process of research, discussion, and controversy. 

Wed
23
Nov

Veteran's Angels sew quilts, form friendships, honor vets


The 14 vets who were present to receive their Quilts of Valor on Nov. 11 in Guttenberg, front from left, are Curtis Torrey, Dennis Parker, Terry Meyer, John Berns, Allan Berns, Lowell Moser, Donald Berns; back row, James Clinton, Roger Torrey, Jim Schlueter, Gary Hefel, Roger Klemp, Lee Moser and Lonnie Aulwes. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

They call themselves the Veteran’s Angels. Over the past three years, the group has dedicated all their free time to cutting, stitching, binding and ironing more than 175 Quilts of Valor for area veterans. 

The Veteran’s Angels are a local chapter of Quilts of Valor, a national grassroots community effort providing quilts stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts to veterans. Guttenberg residents Joyce Kopecky and Rosalie Kickbush started the group in January of 2013. “Little did we know what we signed on for,” chuckles Kopecky.

Wed
16
Nov

Clayton County election results

By Shelia Tomkins

A high voter turn-out in Clayton County saw more than 9,000 voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 8 general election to choose county, state and national leaders.

In the presidential race, Clayton County favored Donald Trump  with 5,309 votes over Hillary Clinton with 3,236. The Libertarian ticket tallied 384 votes, with a scattering  for eight other parties on the ballot.

Wed
16
Nov

City council hears hospital update, moves forward on cat licensing

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on Nov. 7, heard an update from a Guttenberg Municipal Hospital board member, moved forward on cat licensing, and hired an architectural firm to look at the condition of the municipal building. 

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, and Steve Friedlein through the agenda. Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume was also present.

Wed
16
Nov

Honoring vets crosses party lines


Area veterans gathered before a large flag and clapped in time as their fellow service members were each honored by the band playing Salute to America's Finest. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

While unrest continued across the country following the 2016 presidential election, students and community members of varying beliefs gathered in the Clayton Ridge school gymnasium to celebrate and honor veterans of the United States military. People stood as one, the band played as one, and hands found hearts while flags passed. 

Wed
16
Nov

Kwik Star to hold grand opening on Hwy 52, Nov. 17


A shiny new Kwik Star opened in Guttenberg on Thursday, Nov. 10. A grand opening with ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9-11 a.m. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg residents have watched with excitement as the former site of Guttenberg Industries has been transformed into a new gas station and convenience store over the past several months. Kwik Star will hold its grand opening in Guttenberg on Thursday, Nov. 17, after officially opening on Nov. 10. An open house on Nov. 17 will begin at 9 a.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. and the presentation of donations to at least two local organizations. The store will offer three weeks of grand opening specials, including free coffee, discounts on hot food and other commodities. 

Wed
09
Nov

Photos, information sought on park grotto


Research is underway into the history of this grotto located in the park in downtown Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Submitted by

Lee Johnston, Chairman

Guttenberg Historic 

Preservation Commission

Wed
09
Nov

Local veterans honored in D.C.


Navy veteran Glenn Berns and his daughter, Cheri Werges, of Garnavillo traveled to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight in October. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Garnavillo veteran Glenn Berns, 75, and Guttenberg veteran Floyd Westhoff, 82, traveled to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 18 as members of the Honor Flight. The nonprofit, which has 127 hubs in 41 states, is dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure by allowing them to visit, for free, their memorials in Washington, D.C.

Wed
09
Nov

Community comes together for John Kephart family


A women’s self defense class will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Guttenberg Karate Club to benefit the Kephart family after the loss of husband and father, John. Front from left are John’s daughter Kirisa, 15, middle row, daughter Samantha, 21, son Anthony, 11, and wife Amy; back row, daughters Crystal, 18, and Rachael, 27, with John. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“'How can we help?' should be our first thought when tragedy strikes one of our own. We can't change what has happened, but we can reach out so the family knows we care, and that they are not alone in their pain,” said Guttenberg Karate Club owner and instructor Nancy Trowbridge. 

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