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Wed
23
Jan

Library director Sandra Barron retires after 24 years


The Clayton County Library Association said goodbye to Guttenberg library director Sandy Barron at their meeting on Jan. 9. They also welcomed new Guttenberg library director Katie Beitzel to the group. Front from left are Heidi Feuerhelm, Monona; Lisa Pope, Elkader; Cathy Shaw, Edgewood; Mary Fran Nikolai, Garnavillo; and Katie Beitzel, Guttenberg; back row, Patty Lincoln, Strawberry Point; Sandy Barron, Guttenberg; Michelle Petit, McGregor; and Becky Spielbauer, Volga. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg Public Library director Sandra Barron will retire after 24 years of service at the end of January. Here is what Barron had to say about her experience as the director.

How many years were you employed with the Guttenberg Public Library?

Wed
16
Jan

Blume makes CR wrestling history


Clayton Ridge wrestler Michaela Blume took first in her weight class at the Central High School invitational held Jan. 5 in Elkader. (Bev Hamann photo)

By Caroline Rosacker

In Jan. 5 at the varsity wrestling invitational held at Central Community School in Elkader, Michaela Blume, a sophomore at Clayton Ridge High School, made school history. 

Blume  is  the first female wrestler to win a tournament in her weight class in a male-dominated sport. 

Wed
16
Jan

CR Drill Team members journey to the Citrus Bowl


Clayton Ridge Drill Team members, from left, Brianna Miller, Grace Meier, Emily Schaefers, and Kaitlyn Kuehl-Berns performed as members of the All American Dance Team during the half-time show at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

This year, Clayton Ridge Drill team members Brianna Miller, Emily Schaefers, Kaitlyn Kuehl-Berns and Grace Meier were invited to participate in the half-time show at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

The competition for an invitation to the Citrus bowl starts in July at the Marching Auxiliary summer dance camp.

Wed
09
Jan

Moser musicians in Nashville


Steve, left, and Jesse Moser recently stepped into the stage lights at The Crossroads bar located on Broadway Street in Nashville. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Music has always been part of Steve Moser's life. He began playing the drums at the tender age of four, and he first stepped onto the stage with his father's band, The Sounds of Nashville, at age seven. 

Moser fondly remembers learning to play the guitar at his father's side. 

Wed
09
Jan

"Battle of the Brains" Trivia Night planned


Last year’s Rotary trivia challenge, above, was termed a big success. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25, at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Rotary Club is planning its second annual Trivia Night. The event will again be held at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club on Friday, Jan. 25. 

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner starting at 6 p.m. The dinner buffet will include: fried chicken, pork loin, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, tossed side salad, dinner rolls,  cheese cake, coffee and water.

Wed
09
Jan

County ready for winter weather

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

“We are doing pretty good this year,” said County Engineer Rafe Koopman, talking about the county’s preparations for winter weather.  “We got prepared for winter in September and October, despite the rain that we received.”

Wed
02
Jan

Couple builds energy-efficient home with future in mind


Chris Schoen and Laura Elsinger built a home near Garnavillo with attention to stewardship of the land and environment. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by 

Natasha Hegmann,

Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network

Archaelogists investigate hundreds of years into the past, but local archaeologists Laura Elsinger and Chris Schoen chose to envision generations into the future when building their dream home.

Wed
02
Jan

Kopecky's legendary lighted Christmas display


Each year the home of Joyce and Norman Kopecky, located at 919 North 2nd Street, lights up the community with holiday spirit. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

Each Christmas season the house of Norman and Joyce Kopecky, located at 919 North Second Street in Guttenberg, transforms into an array of magical Christmas delight. 

Kopecky has been decorating his home for the Christmas holidays for approximately 50 years. 

Wed
26
Dec

Swimming pool progress update


The concrete pour for the new swimming pool floor is complete. An unseasonably mild November and December has provided Portzen Construction Inc. the perfect weather conditions for completing this portion of the project. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg municipal swimming pool project is well underway and close to budget and schedule. 

A recent visit to the construction site and a meeting with Portzen Construction Superintendent Brian Vize provided an update on the project. 

Wed
26
Dec

Choir director Marlene McLane - a dedicated musician


The St. Mary's carolers dropped in to former choir director Marlene McLane's home to surprise her with a cheerful holiday performance. From left are Lois and Harry Bries, Carla Bolsinger, Diane Bieber, Marge Elsinger, Carol and John Hartmann, Wendy Shea and director Gina Dahlstrom-Osburn. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Let music touch your soul. This statement hung on the wall as a decorative embellishment in the comfortable living room of newly-retired choir director Marlene McLane of Guttenberg. 

Visiting with McLane at her kitchen table, surrounded by sparkling holiday cheer, she emotionally described her beloved experience as St. Mary's choir director. 

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