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05
Sep

A look at Guttenberg's municipal marina


Jim Zerbe, who manages the municipal marina south of Lock and Dam 10, believes the facility has had a positive economic impact on Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg Municipal Marina, located along the Mississippi River just south of Lock and Dam 10, has attracted boaters and visitors to the community since its dedication in 2011. 

Jim Zerbe, a seasonal city employee who has looked after the facility for the past five years, believes the marina is a great asset to the community and says its economic impact goes far beyond the rental fees collected.

Wed
22
Aug

Pool bonds are council topic

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on  Monday, Aug. 13, heard details on general obligation bond financing for the new pool, changed  park board seats from elected to appointed and heard a request to purchase vehicles from the Guttenberg Fire Department.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling and Jane Parker through the agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider was also on hand.

Wed
22
Aug

Monarchs find sanctuary with Guttenberg gardener


No, that's not a pin accenting Rosalie Kickbush's top, but a newly-hatched Monarch butterfly. The Guttenberg woman has been using a "nursery" box to protect the species as it transitions from egg to adult stage. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins 

It all began at a quilt retreat in Oelwein. Rosalie Kickbush of Guttenberg learned more than just new quilting skills, she also met a fellow quilter who arrived bearing boxes of caterpillars munching on milkweed leaves.

The woman explained how  the caterpillars would eventually emerge as Monarch butterflies after passing through the chrysalis (or pupa) stage. Meanwhile, she provided them a haven from predators and gave them a steady supply of leaves. 

Wed
22
Aug

Friedlein honored with Lifesaving with Valor award


Jeff Friedlein, right, was presented with the Governor's Lifesaving with Valor award at the Iowa State Fair. From left are Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan, Iowa State Patrol Colonel Jeff Ritzman, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. (Photo submitted)

  By Shelia Tomkins

A Guttenberg man received a Governor's Lifesaving with Valor Award for his actions at the scene of an accident in rural Clayton County in June 2017.

Jeff Friedlein was one of seven people recognized for lifesaving actions by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds in a ceremony held Aug. 9 at the Iowa State Fair. 

Wed
15
Aug

CR students to head back to school at new attendance centers

By Shelia Tomkins

Thursday, Aug. 23, will mark the beginning of the new school year — or the end of summer vacation, depending on your viewpoint — for the Clayton Ridge Community School District and St. Mary/ Immaculate Conception School.

Wed
15
Aug

State, federal agencies restore river habitat


At a program on July 30, Karen Osterkamp of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources gave an overview of federal and state efforts to restore and manage the Mississippi River. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins 

The Mississippi River that forms Guttenberg's east border is a complex and evolving system that changed dramatically with the coming of the lock and dam systems in the 1930s.

Wed
15
Aug

River expedition to raise funds for ShelterBox disaster relief


Erikk Elsea is paddling the length of the Mississippi River to raise funds for ShelterBox, a program that aids in domestic and international disaster relief. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins

A Florida man stopped in Guttenberg last week during a trip down the Mississippi River on a personal journey to raise funds and awareness for disaster relief.

Erik Elsea is solo-paddling the entire length of the river to raise money for ShelterBox USA. Elsea, former president of the Cape Coral Rotary Club, arrived in time to speak with Guttenberg Rotary members at their weekly Thursday meeting on Aug. 9.

Wed
08
Aug

Municipal pool closing ceremony set for Sunday evening, Aug. 19

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool will close with a splash on Sunday evening, Aug. 19, when the public is invited to a special closing ceremony to bid farewell to the aging structure prior to the start of the new pool construction.

Wed
08
Aug

Teen gaming focus of prevention effort


From left, Mary Boots and Genevieve Balajadia, addiction counselors from Dubuque, want the public to know about the connection between teen gaming and problem gambling. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins 

Two counselors who specialize in addictions recently visited Clayton County to spread the word about the connection between teen gaming and problem gambling.

Mary Boots, I.A.D.C., B.A., and Genevieve Balajadia, M.A.,  work out of the Substance Abuse Services Center in Dubuque and serve a 10-county area that includes Clayton County.

Wed
08
Aug

A working lunch at Guttenberg's hidden treasure


From left, Rotarians Karilyn McArthur, Gary Mick and Kim Gau clear low-hanging branches at Big Springs park along the Great River Road in north Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

  By Shelia Tomkins

A recent noon hour on a beautiful summer day found members of Guttenberg Rotary Club heading to the Big Springs park area for a true "working lunch." The park, located in the city limits along the Great River Road, has been a Rotary project for several years.

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