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Wed
16
Jun

County Genealogical Society seeks members


Clayton County Genealogical Society volunteer members encourage individuals to join their organization. From left are Diana Cherne-Kirby and Phyllis Noack-Owings. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In 1982, local historians who had been assisting the Clayton County Clerk of Court's office and Elkader Public Library with an increase in genealogy and local history requests, formed the Clayton County Genealogical Society (CCGS), a non-profit organization of volunteer members assisting individuals in beginning, developing and improving genealogical pursuits and endeavors through literary and educational means. The group met in local libraries, churches and other historical places, and the Elkader Public Library housed the materials for public access. 

Wed
16
Jun

Creativity Center offers Sunday brunches


The Guttenberg Art Gallery and Creativity Center will host "Farm to Table" Sunday brunches every other Sunday throughout the summer from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in their indoor gallery and outdoor courtyard. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

The Guttenberg Art Gallery and Creativity Center located at 214 South River Park Drive is hosting "Farm to Table" Sunday brunches every other Sunday throughout the summer from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in their indoor gallery and outdoor courtyard. Reservations are required due to limited seating. For additional information or to make a reservation Call 563-252-2787 or private message at www.facebook.com/artbytheriver or e-mail creativitycenterusers@gmail.com

Wed
16
Jun

Chamber plans for Stars & Stripes Day

Planning for the 2021 Stars & Stripes festivities is underway by the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce. The annual community celebration of our nation’s independence will be held on Saturday, July 3. 

Activities will be held in Ingleside Park north of Clayton Ridge School. "We will have a carnival this year, beanbag tournament, parade, and fireworks at dusk over the river," said Brandie Tomkins, Chamber director.

Wed
09
Jun

Municipal swimming pool opens for the season


Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool lifeguards ran through practice lifesaving drills under the direction of Kelly Erickson, off-site pool manager, on June 2. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool opened for the 2021 season on June 3. The pool has 25 full and part time employees and two volunteer staff members. "Al Ullerich and I serve as the adult volunteers," said volunteer Bec Knudtson. "City employee Jamie Blume serves as the main resource and all around right-hand woman for the pool staff out of the city office. Our certified pool operators are Dan Walke, Dan Pierce and Kylie Bolsinger, and they oversee the operations of the pool — in other words, they make sure the pool is up and running every day." 

Wed
09
Jun

"Guttenberg Rocks" promote kindness


The Guttenberg Library Foundation is sponsoring a "Guttenberg Rocks" summer challenge. Community members of all ages are invited to paint and embellish rocks with uplifting, hopeful messages and disperse them in appropriate places throughout Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Library Foundation is sponsoring a "Guttenberg Rocks" summer program, modeled after  the "Kindness Rock Project" originally initiated by Megan Murphy on Cape Cod in 2015. The viral trend, where individuals, commonly children, paint pebbles or stones and leave them for others to find and collect has spread to other countries all over the world.  

Wed
09
Jun

Blood drive is June 14

The American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive in Guttenberg at St. John's Lutheran Church, 203 Pearl Street, on Monday, June 14, from 1-5 p.m.

For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Donors can save up to 15 minutes when they donate by using RapidPass. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for more information.

Wed
02
Jun

C.R. Drill Team coach/mentor retires

By Caroline Rosacker

Dedicated State Champion Clayton Ridge Drill Team coach and mentor Julie Rastetter will retire after 39 years of leadership. "I was offered a COVID-19 retirement package from my position as a Media Processing Clerk at Keystone Area Education Agency," said Rastetter. "I was ready to retire from that position, but because my coaching position and job at Keystone are IPERS jobs, I would be required to leave my coaching position for four months, which would have put me returning in November, right before state competition. I will fulfill my contract until June 30." 

Wed
02
Jun

Fifth annual youth fishing clinic June 5

By Caroline Rosacker 

When you teach a child to fish, you help them unplug from technology, encourage feelings of self confidence, create opportunities for family bonding, and provide teachable moments about the Mississippi River's eco-system, fish species identification and conservation.  

Wed
02
Jun

Ribbon cutting June 6 at Lockmaster House

The Guttenberg Heritage Society and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will celebrate the reopening of the historic lockmaster house at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, June 6, at 3 p.m.

The event will be open to media and the public and will be broadcast on Facebook Live on the Guttenberg Heritage Society’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/guttheritage/.

Wed
26
May

Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum seeks funding


Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum volunteers are busy preparing for the museum's re-opening on May 30. The Army Corps of Engineers enlisted outside contractors to renovate the historic landmark this past year. From left are Ray Black, Karilyn McArthur and Ann Fariello. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

In 1938, two duplicate homes, built to house the lockmaster, assistant lockmaster and their families, were constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on property adjoining Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg. The Corps lifted the housing requirement in 1972, leaving duplicate lockmaster homes up and down the Mississippi River empty.  In Guttenberg, one of the matching structures was purchased and relocated, and the other was vacated in 1990. 

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