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Local author publishes first book with sequel on the way


Local author Jake Kaminski's law enforcement career created many travel opportunities across Eastern Europe. This photo was taken in Budapest while Kaminski was serving as a senior advisor assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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15
Jul

Chamber schedules some summer events but cancels GermanFest

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce board of directors met on July 8 for their monthly meeting to discuss the remaining Chamber events scheduled for this summer and fall. The board decided to proceed with some annual summer events, but cancelled what would have been the 30th annual GermanFest celebration.

Chamber Director Mandy Ludovissy issued the following statement explaining the board's decision:

Wed
15
Jul

Robert H. Fricke

Robert Henry Fricke, 84, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020, at the IOOF Home in Mason City.

Per his wishes, his body has been cremated and Robert’s family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City.

Wed
15
Jul

Lonnie Wright

Lonnie Wright, 68, of Colesburg, died Saturday, July 4, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center.

A private burial was held. Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Lonnie was born in Cedar Rapids on Feb. 8, 1952, the son of Orville and Augusta Wright. Lonnie lived in Wisconsin most of his life until moving to Iowa where he spent the last 28 years working in plastering with Lisa Johnson. He was a dog lover and was usually with his best friend Bear. 

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08
Jul

Elaine K. Hanson

Elaine K. Hanson, 79, of Flint, Mich., died Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Fostrian Court Assisted Living in Flushing, Mich., of natural causes.

She was born Dec. 14, 1940, the daughter of Albert Christian Frederick and Mildred Maxine (Pardee) Fisher of Garnavillo. Elaine graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1958, and from Iowa State University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.

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08
Jul

Leanna W. Burns

Leanna Walke Burns, 74, of Littleton, Colo., and formerly of Guttenberg passed away unexpectedly on June 16, 2020.

A celebration of life service was held in Littleton, Colo., on June 27.

Leanna was born April 2, 1946, to Harvey and Veronica (Frommelt) Walke in Guttenberg.

Wed
08
Jul

Residents promote Guttenberg’s assets in new video


Videographer Mark Whitmore of Twisted Pear Posts and Nathan Ripperger, freelance videographer and graphic designer, spent the day in Guttenberg gathering footage to create a promotional video clip. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Capturing all of Guttenberg's assets, organizing a schedule of events, rounding up willing participants, deciding on key areas of interest, and reducing the footage into one five-minute video is a daunting task.

Wed
08
Jul

Lockmaster House closed for repairs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is repairing its lockmaster house at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg. The Corps now leases the house to the Guttenberg Heritage Society to operate as the Lockmaster House Heritage Museum. The house is closed to the public and visitors during the rehabilitative work.

Corps officials awarded a contract to Aegean Construction Supply Corporation, from Shalimar, Fla., to complete the rehabilitative work. The contractors started work on the project in May and hope to finish by the end of fall. 

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01
Jul

Loven is on a mission to keep Guttenberg beautiful


Juanita Loven is on a mission to "Keep Guttenberg Beautiful." The 85-year-old spirited volunteer can be found pushing her cart of cleaning and weeding supplies in an effort to spruce up Guttenberg's historic downtown district. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

What makes one small town different from another? Over and over again you will find that it is the community's people — especially those who volunteer their time and talents.  

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01
Jul

Local couple paints Pioneer Rock Church


Above are before-and-after photos of one of the outbuildings located on the Pioneer Rock Church grounds. Barb and Dave Poggenklass recently spent two seasons repainting the interior and exterior of the historic church and its surrounding structures. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The "Pioneer Rock Church," or "Ceres Church," named by local residents, is centrally located between Guttenberg and Garnavillo along Highway 52. The historic landmark was formerly known as "St. Peter's German United Evangelical Lutheran Church." 

The church has a history that dates back to 1858, when residents of Ceres, formerly known as Independence, grew tired of their weekly journey by foot to attend services in Garnavillo. 

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