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Wed
28
Jul

Corps monitors low water on Upper Mississippi

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, continues to closely monitor water levels on the Upper Mississippi River as drought conditions continue across Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The low water is not affecting shipping conditions on the river and navigation continues.

"Low flow is exactly the conditions for which the locks were built," said Dan Fasching, St. Paul District water manager for the Upper Mississippi River. "The locks, combined with dredging efforts, are used to maintain navigable depths in the main channel."

Wed
21
Jul

Growing up in the 1930s in rural Clayton County


Merlin and Eunice Barry

By Caroline Rosacker

Eunice and Merlin Barry of rural Colesburg grew up in close proximity to one another on family farms in rural Clayton County. Eunice, 88, is the daughter of Cecil and Myrtle Hansel, and has one sister, Janette. Merlin, 91, is the son of Frank and Edith Barry and had one brother, Frank Jr. The couple has been married for 67 years. 

Wed
21
Jul

Police Chief position changes hands


Police Chief George Morteo is retiring after 29 years of service with the Guttenberg Police Department. He is pictured with his granddaughter, Maree, during a surprise visit to her school on grandparent's day. (Photo submitted)

Derek Chambers, a 12-year veteran of the Guttenberg Police Department, has been hired as the new police chief. Front from left are Rheagan, Victoria, and Olivia; back row are Tabitha, Derek and Beau. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Police Chief George Morteo is retiring after 29 years of dedicated service with the Guttenberg Police Department. A retirement celebration will be held in honor of Chief Morteo and welcoming in of newly-hired Chief Derek Chambers on Friday, July 23, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Guttenberg Municipal Building dining room. 

Wed
21
Jul

Lengthy meeting for city council

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, in a meeting that lasted nearly three hours, covered a varied agenda at its regular meeting on July 12.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led the council through the evening's agenda. 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.

Wed
14
Jul

Top Gun recognized for superior bodywork


Top Gun Collision Center of Garnavillo was recently recognized for their superior bodywork on a 1953 Maverick Sportster. The vehicle, owned by Tom Chandler of Elkader, earned Best of Show for an owner-restored vehicle at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Top Gun Collision Center, located at 607 South Main Street, Garnavillo, was recently recognized for their superior bodywork on a 1953 Maverick Sportster. 

Wed
14
Jul

Local dentist and world traveler retires


Jim Osterhaus, dentist, community volunteer and world traveler, retired in June after over 31 years of serving area patients. His retirement plans include spending more time with family and continuing to travel with his wife, Sue. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Jim Osterhaus, long-serving dentist and community volunteer, has officially hung up his drill and retired. "I practiced dentistry full-time for 31 years and part-time the last few years," he said. 

Unusual path to dentistry

Wed
14
Jul

Guttenberg addresses "nuisance” properties

By Shelia Tomkins

Being a property owner comes with both rights and responsibilities. When one person's use of their property interferes with their neighbors' enjoyment, health or safety, nuisance laws can be called into effect to deal with problems.

In legal terms, a nuisance is an activity or physical condition that results in annoyance, inconvenience, discomfort, or injury to another person or to the public. 

Wed
07
Jul

Visiting teacher offers classes


Sara Davis, photographer and yoga instructor, will offer outdoor yoga classes this summer on the platform above the south Marina Center in Guttenberg overlooking the Mississippi River. (Photo credit Susie Bryson and Courtney Atinsky)

"Body is the bow, asana is the arrow, and the soul is the target." - B.K.S. Iyengar 

Sara Davis, professional photographer and yoga instructor, is offering outdoor yoga classes in Guttenberg this summer. Davis is spending the summer in Guttenberg with her parents, Kim and Ken Davis. 

Yoga class offerings

Wed
07
Jul

"Never quit" — 2,400 miles in 34 days


Ricky Jensen of Guttenberg prepares to embark on his 2,400 mile journey from Santa Monica, Calif., to Chicago. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Retired Clayton Ridge School physical education teacher Ricky Jensen, of Guttenberg, recently rode his bicycle on Route 66 for 2,400 miles from Santa Monica, Calif., to Chicago in 34 days. 

Wed
30
Jun

Community members to be honored at Stars and Stripes parade


Matt Esser has been chosen as this year's Grand Marshal for the 2021 Stars and Stripes parade on Saturday, July 3. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

Beverly and Ray Black are this year's 2021 Stars and Stripes Super Seniors. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce has chosen long-serving community member Matt Esser to be the grand marshal and community transplants Ray and Beverly Black to represent this year's Super Seniors at the 2021 Stars and Stripes parade set to take place on Saturday, July 3, at 7 p.m. 

Grand Marshal Matt Esser

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