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Wed
31
May

City council mulls future of city manager position

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in special session on May 22, approved a budget amendment for the current fiscal year and discussed the future of the now-vacant city manager position.

On hand for the meeting were Mayor Russ Loven, Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume, and councilmembers Steve Friedlein, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub and Austin Greve.

City manager vacancy

Wed
17
May

River of Music series returns

Umbrella Arts leaders are pleased to announce sponsors for the 2017 River of Music season.  For the fourth consecutive summer, free concerts will be held in Ingleside Park on Friday evenings, 6-8 p.m., beginning June 2 and running through Aug. 11.

Wed
17
May

Farmers Market and Shop Hop

The Guttenberg Farmers Market opens for the season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. In conjunction, downtown merchants are holding a "Celebrating Spring Shop Hop" to encourage shopping local and to get people out and about for spring. 

"Visit local businesses for specials and sales on May 20! Enjoy the day with friends and family and support small business in Guttenberg," said Chamber Director Emily Sadewasser. 

Wed
17
May

Forestry mulching business clears unwanted brush, trees


Wille and his son, Sawyer, relocated to Guttenberg in 2015 after the death of Wille's wife, Lisa. Wille changed careers and started the new forestry mulching business, Wille Greenspace. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

A new Guttenberg business is springing to life as the weather warms. Wille Greenspace uses specialized mobile tracked equipment to grind unwanted underbrush, invasive species, and trees to mulch at ground level, evenly distributed on site. The new business can quickly and affordably clear ATV, UTV or equestrian trails, fence lines, shooting lanes and field perimeters, as well as improve forest stands and wildlife habitats. 

Wed
17
May

NEICAC celebrates community action month


NEICAC board members representing Clayton County, from left, are Wendy Shea and Kari Harbaugh. Not pictured is board member Ron McCartney. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In Clayton County, there are over 800 households and more than 2,000 people living below poverty level. More than a quarter of that population is under the age of 17. Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC), a private nonprofit, has been serving these members of Clayton County since 1968. NEICAC celebrates National Community Action Month in May by sharing its stories and successes. 

Wed
10
May

Memories of a tragic train and car collision seventy years ago

By Shelia Tomkins

When the sound of a train whistle pierces the air as it passes through Guttenberg, resident Barb Leitgen  often reflects on a childhood memory of a horrific car and train collision near St. Mary's Church in Guttenberg.

Leitgen vividly recalls the time, date and place of the accident. "I remember a train calling its whistle on Sunday, June 13, at quarter to ten, in 1946," she said. "I was in St. Mary's Church and we heard a terrible, terrible crash — crunching metal — during the service." 

Wed
10
May

Short agenda for city council

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at a short monthly meeting on May 10 heard a hospital update, granted requests from the Chamber of Commerce for summer events and made plans for a special meeting on May 22.

Mayor Russ Loven called the meeting to order with council members Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling and Steve Friedlein in attendance, along with Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
10
May

Paws on Your Heart donates to local vet clinic


Dr. Dave Connell, left, received a check from Cheryl Meyer on behalf of the Paws on Your Heart Endowment Fund as Mayor Russ Loven looked on. Loven welcomes donations to the City for care of feral animals. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer-Combs)

By Molly Moser

A new endowment fund supporting disadvantaged pets and their owners has decided to give its first payout to the Guttenberg Veterinary Clinic in light of the clinic’s charity work with local animals. The vet clinic, owned by Dr. David Connell, has long acted as a shelter by caring for homeless and mistreated dogs and cats.

Wed
10
May

Local producers enjoying spring Farm grows produce year-round


Vic and Kay Vifian grow produce all year round in their high tunnel greenhouse. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Vic and Kay Vifian have had a lifetime in education – he as a teacher in Garnavillo and she as a nurse leading Lamaze and breast feeding classes, as a school nurse, and eventually as the first coordinator for the Family Resource Center in Guttenberg. 

Wed
03
May

CCFF announces Greater Give Day on May 11

Submitted by Cheryl Meyer

Clayton County Foundation 

for the Future

The Clayton County Foundation for the Future (CCFF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD), has set Great Give Day for Thursday, May 11.

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