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Wed
04
Sep

Community Memories... Rattlesnake strikes while hunting squirrels


The late Gene Tujetsch, who died in 2007, served in the Army during World War II, and was employed by the United States Post Office as Postmaster in Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

In an effort to preserve the history of Guttenberg and its surrounding rural community, The Guttenberg Press will periodically feature stories shared or submitted by readers. 

By Gene Tujestch

Submitted by Ann Fariello

This story begins in the year 1939, the year I graduated from high school. 

Wed
04
Sep

Community voices share stories about Mississippi River


Victoria Bradford-Styrbecki and her husband, Tom Styrbecki (at center), along with community members Morgan Tujetsch, Becky Hefel, Joe Ihm, Jamie Ludovissy, Kevin Hanson and members of the audience shared their experiences of living and working on the Mississippi River. The storytelling event was held on Saturday, Aug. 10. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Big Blue Sky and Relay of Voices provided the musical and theatrical entertainment for area residents on Saturday, Aug. 10. The event was held in Ingleside Park on the south marina overlook platform, in conjunction with the community's annual Celebrate Guttenberg event. The stage was set under a canopy of shade trees with blue skies overhead with the Mississippi River as a backdrop. 

Wed
04
Sep

School board moves forward on athletic trainer agreement

The Clayton Ridge Community School District board at its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 21  approved negotiation of an agreement with Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics for athletic trainer services.

The board made the decision following a presentation by Amy Sitzman and Sydney Pirillo from the hospital regarding the scope of services and costs. The board authorized Superintendent Shane Wahls to negotiate a contract with GMHC for an amount not to exceed $6,500 with preferred services to include all home varsity events, home junior varsity football games and one weekly visit. 

Wed
28
Aug

Sorensen completes Freedom Rock mural


The Clayton County Freedom Rock mural painting and anti-vandalism sealant is finished. A dedication ceremony will be held at a later date when the remainder of the project is complete. The Freedom Rock is located on the peninsula of Limbeck Pond along highway 52 in Guttenberg. (Press photos by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

An area veteran and a patriotic artist first came in contact with one another two years ago.

In the fall of 2015, area veteran Stan Blair of Guttenberg approached mural artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen inquiring about the placement of a Freedom Rock® in Clayton County. 

Wed
28
Aug

Joyce A. Backes

Joyce Amelia Backes, 82, of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Hillary Burns-Kite. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

Wed
28
Aug

10-year anniversary for church garden


St. Joseph's Church garden in Garnavillo is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. From left, Carol DeSotel and Carolyn Koopman, garden caretakers, stand surrounded by the beautiful lush and expansive garden. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. —  Luther Burbank

The above quote from horticulturist Luther Burbank is one of the first entries in the St. Joseph's garden scrapbook. The Catholic church and accompanying garden are located at 206 West Oak Street in Garnavillo. This year marks the 10-year anniversary for the lush garden oasis. 

Wed
28
Aug

Filing now open...City and school elections coming up

By Shelia Tomkins

This year Iowa residents will see a change in the timing of school board elections. Previously those elections were held in September; going forward school elections will coincide with municipal elections, which will take place this year on Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

Filing opened Aug. 26 for those seeking municipal or school board seats. The last date to file is Thursday, Sept. 19.

Wed
28
Aug

St. Paul food booth is a Clayton County Fair tradition


Parish members of St. Paul's Church, Garnavillo, have been serving up food at the Clayton County Fair since 1954. Volunteers include, from left, Art Scherf, Denise Wilke, Matt Wilke, Myrna Schmelzer, Charlotte Reimer, Kay Ihde, Bob Bente (back), Verdus Reimer (back), Connie Peterson, Vern Clefisch, Helen Borcherding, Nate Meier, and Brenda Meier. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 104 S. Adams Street, Garnavillo, has been proclaiming the gospel in the small rural community since 1853.

Wed
21
Aug

Guttenberg Rotary purchases new flags


The Guttenberg Rotary Club has recently purchased, stabilized and displayed 75 American flags along River Park Drive and sections of Guttenberg's downtown business district. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The United States flag, also referred to as Old Glory, The Star Spangled Banner or simply The Stars and Stripes, is a strong symbol of American identity and national pride. 

Wed
21
Aug

Colonel Karl D. Jansen visits Lock and Dam 10


Colonel Karl D. Jansen, right, the 66th commander and district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul district, toured Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg on July 31. Lock and Dam employee Kory Warrington, left, led the tour. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The origin of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District traces back to 1866. At that time, Congress authorized the Corps of Engineers to establish a four-foot navigation channel on the upper Mississippi River. Major Gouverneur K. Warren, acclaimed for his leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg, was assigned to establish the district and conduct preliminary surveys of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Warren opened the first district office in August of 1866. 

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