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Wed
08
Sep

Disaster proclamation issued for Clayton County

Clayton County was one of five Northeast Iowa counties included in a disaster proclamation issued on Aug. 30 by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

The action came in response to severe weather that began Aug. 24 and continued through last week, bringing heavy rain, flooding and wind damage to the area. Other counties included in the proclamation were Allamakee, Chickasaw, Howard and Winneshiek.

Wed
01
Sep

Locals recruited for "Field of Dreams security team


Collin Arndt was awarded Yankee outfielder Aaron Judge's first home run ball while working security during the "Field of Dreams" MLB game. The Major League Baseball game was the first ever to be played in Iowa. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

On Aug. 12, a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees marked the first-ever Major League Baseball (MLB) game played in Iowa. The historical event was held at the famous "Field of Dreams" where the motion picture of the same name was filmed on the outskirts of Dyersville in 1989. A group of local men, who were hired as part of a security team, were fortunate enough to be part of the iconic event. Here are their stories.

Andy Reimer

Wed
01
Sep

KWWL weather observer keeps community informed


Rod McLane of Guttenberg, KWWL weather observer, uses a home ambient weather station to keeps his community informed of current and upcoming weather conditions. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Rod McLane, KWWL weather observer and longtime resident of Guttenberg, has always had a soft spot in his generous heart for his community. He was born in 1964 and is a graduate of St. Mary Immaculate Conception and Clayton Ridge School in Guttenberg. He has been employed in the area for most of his life, working at Ever's Jack and Jill, the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool, Ertl's in Dyersville and at the Stadium Bar and Grill, which he eventually owned and operated for 11½ years. 

Wed
01
Sep

2020 census data shows 6% decline in Clayton County

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County saw a 6% decrease in population between 2010 and 2020, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Clayton County's population stood at 17,043 in 2020, compared to 18,129 ten years ago. That figure reflects a national trend of shrinking population in rural areas. 

Wed
25
Aug

Community members recall "Field of Dreams"


Lois Goerdt, left, of Guttenberg drove her vehicle in the Field of Dreams final car scene. Bruce Bryant of Guttenberg was an extra during the book banning scene. (Photos submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

In 1989, Field of Dreams, an American sports fantasy drama film written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, adapted from W. P. Kinsella's 1982 novel Shoeless Joe, was filmed locally in northeast Iowa. The wildly–popular, feel-good movie starred Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster in his final film role. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

Wed
25
Aug

C.R. School District fills teaching positions


The Clayton Ridge School District has hired six new teachers for the 2021-22 School year. From left are Jonathan Klaes, Ashley Funk, Lexi Lindsay, Bridget Schaufenbueland and Ashley Hess. Not pictured is Leah Eulberg. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Students and teachers in the Clayton Ridge School District returned to class on Monday, Aug. 23. The school district has recently hired six new energetic teachers to add to their dedicated faculty. Three of the new recruits grew up in Guttenberg and graduated from Clayton Ridge, and three were born and raised in northeast Iowa. 

Ashley Hess

Wed
25
Aug

Welcome planned for New Jersey visitors

A meet and greet event for city officials from Guttenberg, N.J., will be held this Friday, Aug. 27, from 6-10 p.m. at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. Admission is free, and the band — Triple Threat — is a community favorite for all to enjoy dancing. Everyone is invited, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Wed
18
Aug

New library director eager to meet her community


Newly-hired library director Katey Simon of St. Olaf is looking forward to being of service to her community. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Public Library Board has hired Katey Simon of St. Olaf as the new library director. She will replace outgoing director Katie Beitzel.

Wed
18
Aug

U.S.S. Oklahoma sailor's remains laid to rest


Neal Kenneth Todd, U.S. Navy Fireman 1st Class, who lost his life on the USS Oklahoma during the attack at Pearl Harbor, was brought home to his final resting place on July 10, 2021. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Neal Kenneth Todd, U.S. Navy Fireman 1st Class, was born on Nov. 5, 1919 in Bemidji, Minn., to Robert B. and Irena (Secord) Todd. He died at the tender age of 22 while serving on the USS Oklahoma during the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His remains were recently returned to his family in Akeley, Minn., for proper burial with military honors. 

Wed
18
Aug

City council acts on cell tower request

By Shelia Tomkins

Mayor Bill Frommelt led the Guttenberg city council through a 30-item agenda at the regular monthly council meeting on Aug. 9. On hand for the meeting were council members Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling and Jane Parker, City Manager Denise Schneider and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Cell tower lease

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