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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.

Wed
26
Jul

Hartig Drug now open for business in Guttenberg


Front from left are Hartig Drug's Guttenberg pharmacy technicians Jade Geuder and Jenny Abbott with pharmacist Theresa Eglseder; back row, Vice President John Meyer, owner Dick Hartig and President Keith Bibelhausen. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Hartig Drug opened its Guttenberg doors this month, hosting an open house for its neighbors at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Cornerstone Family Practice on Wednesday, July 19. Owner Dick Hartig, President Keith Bibelhausen and Vice President John Meyer were present to welcome GMH and Cornerstone staff to the new pharmacy, which is located in a former community meeting room in the hospital.

Wed
19
Jul

Loris E. Kickbush

Loris Ervin Kickbush, 82, died on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Guttenberg Care Center following a brief illness.

Visitation was Monday, July 17, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Wed
19
Jul

Jerry Handke

Jerry Handke, 73, of Guttenberg died with family by his side at home on Sunday, July 9, 2017. 

Visitation was Wednesday, July 12, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and one hour before services at the church. 

Funeral services were Thursday, July 13, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
19
Jul

Torrential rains wreak havoc in southern Clayton County

By Shelia Tomkins

A slow-moving line of thunderstorms passed through Clayton County on Tuesday evening, July 11, dumping torrential amounts of rain that led to flooding, evacuations, road closures, bridge wash-outs, rockslides and mudslides. More thunderstorms passing through the area on Wednesday added to the woes.

A disaster declaration has been issued for Clayton County residents affected by flooding.

Wed
19
Jul

Local nurse, area students lend a helping hand in Homacho


The children of Homacho are educated in crowded classrooms with no books, electricity, or running water, but they learn three languages, sing and laugh freely, and often care for their younger siblings. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

According to the World Health organization, 60 women and girls die during childbirth every single day in Ethiopia. A group of local Confirmation students were called to action for these women, packing 120 birthing kits for mothers in Homacho, Ethiopia.

Wed
19
Jul

Location still to be decided for public art project

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg was one of 15 towns chosen to participate in an Our Town grant from the National Endowment of the Arts awarded to Northeast Iowa RC&D, leading to the recent discussion of where to place a large sculpture within Guttenberg’s city parks. 

Wed
12
Jul

Additional info from pool committee

Note: Following a presentation by members of the Guttenberg Wave of the Future pool committee at the city council meeting on July 3, the committee passed along additional information addressing community concerns.

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The Pool Committee’s research over the last three years also looked at the following two questions.

1. Why can’t the current pool just be fixed?

Wed
12
Jul

Pool committee speaks to council

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, at its regular monthly meeting on July 3, heard a presentation from the swimming pool committee.

Mayor Russ Loven led council  members Steve Friedlein, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub and Austin Greve through the agenda. Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume was also in attendance.

Pool committee presentation

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