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Wed
06
Sep

Business is steady at USC Guns


Brendan Walsh, right, and his wife, Mary, help a customer at USC Guns in Guttenberg. The new gun shop is located at 506 South River Park Drive, open Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Business has been steady since the United Sportsmen’s Company (USC) opened its Guttenberg storefront on May 15 selling handguns, rifles, shotguns, ammunition, magazines, optics, knives and accessories. 

“We specialize in custom made guns, scopes, reloading components, and ammunition. We also sell camouflage clothes and duck decoys,” said the Freeport, Ill., based business owner Brendan Walsh. “We buy estates, if somebody is retiring and selling all their guns and vintage collections.”

Wed
06
Sep

Getting to know Guttenberg's new city manager


Millville area resident Denise Schneider will begin her duties as city manager of Guttenberg on Monday, Sept. 11. The Schneider family, from left, are Abi Jostand, Brody Schneider, Taylor, Lori and Phillip Ludovissy, Ron and Denise Schneider. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Wed
30
Aug

Guttenbergers enjoy the Great American Eclipse


Allysa Sadewasser experienced the solar eclipse alongside her younger brothers and other youth at a park in Garnavillo. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg experienced almost 90 percent coverage of the sun during the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The partial eclipse began at 11:47 a.m. and reached its maximum at 1:12 p.m., ending at 2:35 p.m. Residents watched the event in a variety of ways, from live streams on the internet and pinhole cameras to gatherings with friends. 

Wed
30
Aug

Plans shared for school design


The replacement of the 1903 building will be a single-story commons area with an outdoor patio and seating overlooking the gym. (Image submitted)

The new commons building structure will allow more space for safe loading and unloading of buses in front of the school. (Image submitted)

Inside, the commons area will connect the high school, elementary and gymnasium without any steps and will contain an elevator serving the gym, commons and second floor of the high school. (Image submitted)

By Molly Moser

Superintendent Shane Wahls presented an update on school facility projects to parents and students in both Guttenberg and Garnavillo on Tuesday, Aug. 22, in preparation for the start of the new school year. Voters approved an increase in the PPEL levy in February, but because the school district opted to lower levy amounts for its management and cash reserve funds, the tax actually decreased by one-third of a cent to $10.92.

Wed
30
Aug

Sheriff's Office plans Labor Day traffic enforcement program

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau’s sTEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) project for this upcoming Labor Day weekend. 

Sheriff Michael Tschirgi would like to remind everyone to drive safely and be responsible this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Mon
28
Aug

St. Mary's Fall Festival dinner, raffles, fun

St. Mary's Fall Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 10, in Guttenberg. A self-serve broasted chicken and ham dinner will be served starting at 10:15 a.m. The festival features St. Mary's adult choir singing at 10 a.m. mass, a country store, live local bands throughout the day, a large silent auction, a raffle for a live steer, a kayak, bicycles and more, a sanctioned kiddie tractor pull, an obstacle course, a toddler bounce house and a petting zoo.

St. Mary's Fall Festival will be held rain or shine.

 
Wed
23
Aug

Free book for Vietnam veterans

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

A book concerning the Vietnam War is available to Clayton County Vietnam veterans at no cost. 

Wed
23
Aug

Guttenberg Industries donates to Wave of the Future

By Molly Moser

When the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool was built in 1974, another development was also taking place – the Ertl family was opening Guttenberg Industries. Having supported the local economy for the past four decades, the Ertl family and their company are going the extra lap for the Wave of the Future. They recently announced a $50,000 donation to the campaign for a new swimming pool in Guttenberg. 

Wed
23
Aug

School board candidates share district priorities


Michael Finnegan

Kathy Ihde

By Molly Moser

Two candidates have filed for three open seats on the Clayton Ridge School board of directors.Incumbents Mike Finnegan and Kathy Ihde are seeking re-election. The third seat, currently held by Jason Reimer, can be filled by voter write-in. 

Rural Guttenberg resident Michael Finnegan is up for re-election to the school board on Tuesday, Sept. 12. He has served two four-year terms for the Clayton Ridge School board of directors, and says the experience has been a fulfilling one. 

Wed
16
Aug

Guttenberg native on Hands of Love trip to Uganda


This group of students at Kiteezi enjoyed making crafts. After hearing the story of the disciples casting their nets as Jesus directed, the children made and decorated fish of their own. (Jenny Elsinger photo)

Jenny Elsinger shows pictures from home to a group of students at Kiteezi, during her June trip to Uganda. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Elsinger)

Guttenberg native Jenny Elsinger recently traveled to Africa with the organization Hands of Love USA  to volunteer at their schools in Uganda. This is what she had to say about her life changing trip:

“I’ve been aware of Hands of Love for awhile now because my nephew’s sister-in-law, Nora Charlesworth, is the director of the American fundraising division. She took her sister, Joanna Finch, on a mission trip to Uganda a few years ago, and I told them I would be interested in going along sometime if I could ever get it to work with my schedule.”

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