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19
Apr

Clayton County Supervisors pass off-road utility vehicle ordinance

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance that allows off-road utility vehicles to operate on county gravel roads, except level C roadways. A person can also operate a vehicle on a paved county road only so far as to reach a permissable county gravel road. The ordinance does not apply to all-terrain vehicles.

Wed
19
Apr

GMH employee retires after nearly 44 years


Marie Torrey retired on March 31 after nearly 44 years at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. (Photo submitted)

Intravenous fluids (IV’s) were given in small glass bottles. Water was sterilized by hospital staff in a distiller. Smoking was allowed in hospitals. This past month, the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital (GMH) community said “Farewell” and “Good luck” to one of its long-time employees, Marie Torrey, who remembers working around the traditional ways.

On June 7, 1972, Torrey began working in Central Supply and Laundry at GMH. Shortly after, she became the Materials Manager and has done that ever since. In her position, she was in charge of ordering and receiving materials, acting as a resource for department needs, and sometimes distributing materials around GMH departments. 

Wed
19
Apr

Honeywise show April 28, Elkader


Elkader native Sophia Landis, left, will tour with folk trio Honeywise on over 100 shows in 2017. Trevor Troupe, center, plays upright bass, and Jason Surratt, right, plays guitar. (Photo submitted)

An Elkader native who has performed solo acts in Guttenberg will tour the Midwest this year for over 100 shows with the band Honeywise. Sophia Landis and Honeywise are scheduled to perform at the Elkader Opera House on Friday, April 28, for her home crowd.

“I started piano when I began preschool as a three-year-old. At first I wanted to quit lessons because it was hard, but my parents wouldn't let me and said I would thank them later. Throughout my childhood my parents were extremely supportive and tried to give me as many opportunities as they could to learn more instruments and be involved with chorus, band, musical theater, and any other musical outlet that came my way,” Landis explained. 

Wed
19
Apr

Local projects funded by Clayton County Foundation


Clayton County Foundation for the Future awarded nearly $9,000 to 11 organizations in the county in support of various projects. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Three Guttenberg projects were funded by grants from the Clayton County Foundation for the Future (CCFF) during the annual grant celebration on Thursday, April 6. Representing Guttenberg organizations were Jamie Blume, City of Guttenberg; Sadie Hefel and Emily Sadewasser, Chamber of Commerce; and Molly Moser, Guttenberg Gallery & Creativity Center.

Wed
05
Apr

Clayton County Womenade hears quarterly update

Ten members of Clayton County Womenade heard a quarterly update when they met for a noon lunch in March at Kaffee 1858 in Guttenberg.

Womenade is a grassroots organization that gives monetary assistance to help others facing hardships. Referrals are made through established county agencies, family resources, schools and churches. 

Members reviewed a spread sheet with an anonymous listing of donations, expenditures and reasons for need. 

Wed
05
Apr

Supervisors okay Pattison lease

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors met Monday, March 27, and approved a lease agreement between the county and Pattison Sand for an underground sand mine on the county’s Great River Road right-of-way. Although 14 people attended the public hearing before the approval, there were no objections.

Wed
05
Apr

Build relationships, overcome fear, persist


Jake Harwick, whose goal is to become a professional fisherman, won a dance competition during Contartesi’s presentation and was given a copy of his best-selling book, In Spite of the Odds. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

His parents divorced when he was in the fifth grade, and he failed school that year. He was dyslexic and had attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. Things didn’t look good for young Richie Contartesi – until he wrote down the academic requirements for college football players. With a tangible goal, things started to happen a little differently for the young man.

Wed
05
Apr

Pollinators are the bees knees


Dr. Janette Simon shared her passion for pollinators at a recent Guttenberg Rotary Club meeting. Others interested in pollinator preservation may attend the free May 13 Music and Monarchs Festival in Elkader. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“We’re concerned about our monarchs, our honeybees, and the collapse of colonies – with good reason. One in every three bites of food we eat is because of a pollinator,” said Dr. Janette Simon during a presentation she gave at a recent Guttenberg Rotary Club meeting. 

Wed
29
Mar

Books sought for Library Foundation benefit sale

The Guttenberg Library Foundation is seeking books for its annual sale to be held in May.

Donations will be accepted from April 10 - May 1. Small donations (one or two bags) may be dropped off during regular hours at the Guttenberg Public Library. For larger donations, call Stephanie at 563-880-8332 or Tim at 563-229-1022 to make an appointment for delivery.

Wed
29
Mar

Clayton County Dairy Banquet April 7

The Clayton County Dairy Banquet will be held on Friday, April 7, at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader.

The banquet program includes the presentation of various awards including the county’s Distinguished Dairy Producer, Outstanding Young Dairy Producer, and Senior Dairy Producer awards.  Blue ribbon rosettes and plaques will be awarded to producers for a variety of herd and individual cow production levels. The Clayton County Dairy Princess, Little Miss Squirt and Junior Dairyman will be crowned. The meal begins  at 7 p.m. with the program scheduled for 8 p.m. 

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