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20
Mar

Larsons' dream home includes a restored prairie/meadow


Summertime reveals the vibrant colors of the Larsons' prairie/meadow. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Minnesota natives Richard and Gail Larson spent several years  searching for a parcel of land to build their retirement dream home. 

Wed
20
Mar

Flooding woes in Clayton County

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County residents dealt with rapidly rising water on rivers and streams last week as warmer temperatures led to melting of the heavy snow cover.

Flood watches and warnings were issued throughout the state on Thursday and Friday, March 14-15. In Clayton County, National Weather Service and local emergency management officials monitored gauges on the Turkey River.

Wed
13
Mar

Cline and Schmelzer earn Eagle Scout status


Clayton Ridge students, from left, Beau Cline and Vincent Schmelzer have recently completed the process to become Eagle Scouts. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Two dedicated young men, seniors at Clayton Ridge High School, have reached the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program. 

Beau Cline, son of Darcy and Shane Cline, and Vincent "Vinny" Schmelzer, son of Erin and Mike Schmelzer, have earned this status.   

Wed
13
Mar

Brown family business continues with next generation


From left, Dave Brown and Forest Brown are ready to take this brand new Mustang convertible for a spin. Forest and his brother, David, are now owners of the Brown's Family of Dealerships. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

"Your hometown dealer no matter where your hometown may be." That's the motto of Brown's Family of Dealerships.  

The car dealership has locations in Guttenberg, Elkader, Dyersville and West Branch. Business partners and brothers, Forest and David Brown, have recently bought out their father's portion of the dealership in Guttenberg and are now partners of all four dealerships. 

Wed
13
Mar

Higher risk of major spring flood

By Shelia Tomkins

A much higher chance of major spring flooding along the Mississippi River and most of its tributaries across northeast Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota was predicted by the National Weather Service in  LaCrosse, Wis., on Thursday, March 7.

The report was the second of the season issued by the NWS, and showed an even higher risk than predicted in its first report, due to additional heavy snow upstream in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Wed
06
Mar

Guttenberg has a natural habitat for the American bald eagle


A pair of eagles, assumed to be mates, soak in the evening sunset along the Turkey River in Garber. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Driftless Area, known for its deeply carved river valleys and rolling hills, is the perfect habitatfor the American bald eagle. 

The multi-state region which includes portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois has become the nesting ground for our nation's symbol. The eagle, which was once nearly extinct, has found a home all throughout Iowa, seeing its greatest numbers returning to the skies of the Driftless Area. 

Wed
06
Mar

Local genealogist shares research tips


From left are Claus Biehl, Mayor of Neudorf-Bornstein, Germany, and Austin Greve of Guttenberg. Biehl is a third cousin of Greve's paternal grandfather. (Photo submitted by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

"Only who knows his past has a future." Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835)

Retracing  family ancestry has become a popular American pastime. Online search engines and the popular Iowa Public Television show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. have shone  favorable light on what used to be thought of as a dim topic.  

Wed
06
Mar

County budget hearing March 12

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Wed
27
Feb

Clayton County SART is a regional standard model


Members of Clayton County SART are, front from left, Zach Herrmann, Jen Radl, Shelby Flinn, Casey Sass, Brandi Lewin; back row, Lacy Jorgenson, Brandon Taylor, Kari Hoyheim, and Brent Ostrander. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Sexual violence is traumatic and can affect many aspects of a survivor's life. Concerns over safety, health, finances, family and work situations are all contributors to the after-effects of the assault. These challenges can lead to complicated personal and legal questions. Victims must navigate a maze of governmental and community agencies just to receive basic assistance after the violation. 

Wed
27
Feb

Procedures and options offered by Sexual Assault Response Team

By Caroline Rosacker

Every 98 seconds someone is sexually assaulted. One in two women, one in five men and one in two trans-identifying individuals experience some form of sexual violence. 

One in six women and one in 33 men experience a completed or attempted rape, and one in four girls and one in six young men are sexually abused before the age of 18. These statistics are staggering. 

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