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Wed
10
Oct

Public art installation to be dedicated Saturday


Artist Victoria Reed, center, guides her walleye sculpture into position on Oct. 5, with help from city employees Steve Bahls, left, and Dan Pierce. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

"The Deepest Pattern,” a public art installation by Victoria Reed, will be dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in the park in the 500 block of South River Park Drive in Guttenberg.

Wed
10
Oct

Clayton County comprehensive plan draft available for public review

The public is invited to review a draft of the 2018 Clayton County Comprehensive Plan and offer feedback to planners.  

The plan provides information regarding housing, economic development, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, public facilities, land use and more, establishes a vision for the county, and identifies a set of goals and strategies to assist local officials as they make future decisions. 

Wed
03
Oct

Garnavillo businessman doesn't “balk” when it comes to giving


Garnavillo Mill owner Roger Balk is pictured with a wooden art piece made for him by the late Dean Priem. Roger shares his pride in school, community and country. (Press photo by Ellen Johnson)

Contributed by Ellen Johnson

When Clayton Ridge School was in the complicated process of moving grade levels to different campuses, Roger Balk, a 1976 graduate of Garnavillo High School, not only stepped up to the plate, but he did so without even being asked. 

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.

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