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16
Aug

Guttenberg native on Hands of Love trip to Uganda


This group of students at Kiteezi enjoyed making crafts. After hearing the story of the disciples casting their nets as Jesus directed, the children made and decorated fish of their own. (Jenny Elsinger photo)

Jenny Elsinger shows pictures from home to a group of students at Kiteezi, during her June trip to Uganda. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Elsinger)

Guttenberg native Jenny Elsinger recently traveled to Africa with the organization Hands of Love USA  to volunteer at their schools in Uganda. This is what she had to say about her life changing trip:

“I’ve been aware of Hands of Love for awhile now because my nephew’s sister-in-law, Nora Charlesworth, is the director of the American fundraising division. She took her sister, Joanna Finch, on a mission trip to Uganda a few years ago, and I told them I would be interested in going along sometime if I could ever get it to work with my schedule.”

Wed
16
Aug

Council hires new city manager

By Shelia Tomkins

Following a closed session of the city council at its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 7, Denise Schneider accepted an offer for the city manager position. The position has been vacant since the departure of Mary Willett in July 2016.

Terms of Schneider's employment agreement provide for an annual salary of $63,000 for a three-year term with three-year renewal. The residency requirement was waived. She will begin her duties on Sept. 11.

Wed
16
Aug

Committee goes public with new pool design


The new 5,852 square foot steel reinforced, concrete pool vessel would be similar to current footprint and include a zero-depth entry for families with young children. (Image courtesy of Burbach Aquatics)

By Molly Moser

The Wave of the Future will make a splash in Guttenberg this week, as residents will receive literature in the mail about the Guttenberg pool project. Next week, Wave of the Future Campaign Cabinet volunteers will begin visiting their friends and neighbors to answer questions and invite people to help. The neighborhood outreach will include the rural service area as well as Garnavillo.

Wed
16
Aug

17th annual fly-in potluck Aug. 19


Families are invited to fly-in, float-in, or simply drive-in to the Aug. 19 event at Abel Island, hosted by island residents Gary and Marcia Fisher. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

For the 17th consecutive year, Abel Island will host its annual Fly-in, Float-in, Potluck and Barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.   

“This event is open to all airplanes, whether they are members of the Island Aviation Association, or not,” said organizer and island resident Gary Fisher. “This is one of the limited number of times where island members, as well as Guttenberg area residents, may invite their pilot friends to fly in and enjoy our island without being a full dues-paying aviation association member.”

Wed
09
Aug

Human trafficking exploits others for labor, sex


Mariana Vega, a human trafficking specialist with Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, spoke at the Guttenberg library on Aug. 3. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins 

"The faces of human trafficking are more common than you'd think," said Mariana Vaga, a human-trafficking specialist with Cedar Valley Friends of the Family who spoke at the Guttenberg library on Aug. 3 as part of her mission to raise public awareness of the crime.

Human trafficking victims can be found anywhere — from major metropolitan areas to small Iowa communities. The victims look like anyone — they can be male, female, all ages and all demographics. 

Wed
09
Aug

Two file for three school board seats

By Shelia Tomkins

Two candidates have filed for three open seats on the Clayton Ridge School board of directors.

Incumbents Mike Finnegan and Kathy Ihde are seeking re-election. The third seat, currently held by Jason Reimer, can be filled by voter write-in. 

Wed
09
Aug

Civic leaders needed to run for office

By Molly Moser

The seats of park board members Helene Kuempel, Shane Anderson and Jim Johnston; hospital board members Doug Reimer and Sue Osterhaus and city councilors Fred Schaub, Steve Friedlein and Virginia Saeugling, as well as the mayoral position, will be up for election this fall in Guttenberg, and the documents required to run for those offices are now available at the city office, the county office, and online. 

Wed
09
Aug

Wave of the Future campaign leaders are Merrick, Osterhaus


From left are Wave of the Future Campaign Cabinet co-chairs Dr. Bob Merrick and Dr. Jim Osterhaus, who will be leading the education and advocacy efforts for the new pool. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“When we moved to Guttenberg over three decades ago, Guttenberg Municipal Pool was a well-functioning institution. My kids and I were regular visitors there. Both boys learned to swim there and I have trained at the pool for several swimming events,” said Dr. Jim Osterhaus, a Guttenberg businessman who’s been named co-chair of the Wave of the Future campaign cabinet. 

Wed
26
Jul

More torrential rain, flooding hit southern Clayton County


The hot and humid weather last week spawned severe storms that rolled through Clayton County, again inundating the area with heavy rains. Above, a birds-eye view of Turkey River at Millville shows the extent of flooding caused by thunderstorms on July 21-22. At the left is the Highway 52 bridge spanning the Turkey River. The drone photo is courtesy of Stacey Schmelzer. On Wednesday, July 19, a severe storm spawned an EF1 tornado at McGregor and caused property damage elsewhere throughout the county. On Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, the clouds again opened up, dumping in excess of seven inches in the same areas that received approximately 10 inches on July 11-12. See more photos inside and visit The Guttenberg Press on Facebook. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins

Mother Nature delivered another one-two punch to Clayton County last week in the form of severe storms and torrential rains on Wednesday, July 19, and Friday, July 21.

The severe weather came on the heels of a storm system that delivered 10+ inches of rain in southern Clayton County on July 11-12.

Wed
26
Jul

Lyme disease strikes local teen


Whitetail deer are the main carriers of adult blacklegged ticks, which survive in humid environments as well as wooded and grassy areas. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

By Molly Moser

Though it isn’t routine, Dr. Jeff Hoffmann of Cornerstone Family Practice says he’s been seeing more cases of Lyme disease in his office. 

Spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease infects an estimated 300,000 people each year in the United States. Symptoms begin between three and 30 days after a bite, and 70 to 80 percent of people who’ve been infected will develop a rash. Fevers may also occur.

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