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Wed
14
Sep

Royalty crowned, awards presented at annual Clayton County Pork Producers banquet


Front from left are 2015-2016 Little Miss Pigtail Amelya Weigand; 2016-2017 Pork Princess Macie Weigand; 2016-2017 Pork Queen Megan Glawe; 2016-2017 Little Miss Pigtail Emme Wikner and 2015-2016 Pork Queen Chaun'te Drahn. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

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Melissa Spielbauer-Combs

The annual Clayton County Pork Producers banquet was held Saturday, Sept. 10, at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader and featured the presentation of awards and the crowning of the new queen.

Wed
14
Sep

Family reunion of Olympic proportion


From left are the champions of the Elsinger family Olympic games representing their teams: Andrew Spickerman, silver, Cheryl Steadman, gold, and Steve Elsinger, bronze. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The festivities in Rio may have ended, but the Olympic spirit is still alive in one Guttenberg family. The Elsingers held their family reunion this summer with yet another unique, themed party that has come to characterize their gatherings. In attendance were Marge Elsinger of Guttenberg and her children, Gina Dahlstrom-Osburn, Steve Elsinger and Jody Dahlstrom of Guttenberg, Leslie Schmelzer and Angela Spickerman of Maquoketa, Renee Burns of Strawberry Point, Lonnie Dahlstrom of Dubuque, and Cheryl Steadman of Virgina, as well as honorary sibling Jenny Elsinger of Georgia and significant others, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Wed
14
Sep

Vet's Field will see new concession stand this fall


The concession stand at Vet’s Field in Guttenberg no longer serves its purpose for the youth league games played at the field. It will be replaced with volunteer labor in October. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In 1997, a used concession stand was pulled north from Dyersville to Veteran’s Field in Guttenberg. After almost two decades of use, the structure is in disrepair and no longer meets food safety standards – so a group of local volunteers have decided to take action.

Wed
07
Sep

Being Mortal discussion Sept. 13

A panel discussion on Dr. Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Happens in the End, will be held on  Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Eagle Ridge Independent and Assisted Living meeting room, 1329 Acre Street. Food will be provided.

The panel will consist of Dr. Andrew Smith, Pastor Penny Hansel, Nancy Heitman, BSN and Stephens Minister, Julie Fagner of Crossing Rivers Hospice, and Dr. Dan Mansfield, surgeon at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. 

Wed
07
Sep

School bus/motorcycle fatality on Great River Road Sept. 1

An accident involving a Clayton Ridge school bus and a motorcycle on the Great River Road north of Guttenberg on Thursday, Sept. 1, claimed the life of the motorcyclist, Ronald John Kephart, 50, of Garnavillo.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred as Kephart was travelling  south on the Great River Road on a 2010 Kawasaki and struck a school bus driven by Charlotte Scherer of Guttenberg that was turning west onto Lace Avenue from the Great River Road.

Wed
07
Sep

Clayton County Supervisors approve Pattison zoning request

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors approved the second reading and waived the third reading of an amendment to rezone property along the Great River Road at a meeting on Monday, Aug. 29.

Wed
07
Sep

Renovations underway on 1860s downtown limestone building


The exterior of the building at 316 S. 1st St. is nearly complete, having been freed of its stucco and tuckpointed by Kuempel Masonry. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

There are dozens of stone structures in Guttenberg, and one has just gotten a facelift. Andy Reimer, who grew up in a farmhouse built in 1912, has begun restoring the building at 316 S. 1st Street that formerly housed John’s TV Service. 

“There have been some surprises,” said Reimer of the renovations, “but the best surprise was the limestone.” One photograph (see inside) shows the building, labeled W. H. Scholz, with siding, and a 1910 photograph shows the building coated with the stucco that covered its exterior until June. 

Wed
31
Aug

Supervisors hold second hearing on Pattison rezoning request

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

More than 30 people attended an Aug. 22 public hearing to discuss a request from the Pattison Sand Company to rezone about 754 acres of land around its mining operation from A1 (agricultural) to M2 (heavy industrial) to mine underground.  

Wed
31
Aug

Growth of Guttenberg Industries


A new quality measuring unit replaced a 20-year-old manual measurer. The new unit is especially useful for parts in the automotive and medical industries, which have a low tolerance for error. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The last several years have been very eventful for family-owned Guttenberg Industries, Inc. After celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014 and relocating its corporate offices in 2015, Guttenberg Industries is preparing for expansion in 2016. Construction will begin to enlarge the manufacturing plant in Garnavillo this fall.

Wed
31
Aug

IVRS trains students to succeed in the workforce


From left are Brandi Reisdorf, IVRS Rehabilitation Associate, and Lisa Bergfeld, IVRS Vocational Counselor. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

An organization known as Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) has been working with Clayton Ridge staff and students to help prepare all youth, especially those with disabilities, for success after high school. IVRS focuses on job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities, workplace readiness training and self-advocacy instruction. 

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