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Wed
22
Jul

$619,400 contract awarded for city sewer improvements

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council awarded a contract for  approximately $619,400 in sanitary sewer improvements when it met in regular session on Monday, July 13.

Municipal Pipe and Tool  of Hudson was  the low bidder with a base bid of $479,335 plus alternate options at $140,015 for a total of $ 619,440.90.  Mat Sauer of Veenstra-Kim, the engineering firm overseeing the project, told the council there were three bidders and all came in under estimates.

Wed
15
Jul

Root builds impressive replica of The United States Flag


A replica of the United States flag measuring 32 feet wide and 17 feet from top to bottom was designed by Ken Root of Esmann Island. The flag is made primarily from wood purchased from Meuser Lumber Co. and sturdy white plastic for the stripes donated by Koelker Plastics Inc. in Dyersville. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Esmann and Abel Island are home to a unique river community comprised of full and part-time residents. The peninsula is located just north of Guttenberg in scenic Pool 10 of the Mississippi River. The residents of this peaceful, hidden oasis recently gathered, under the direction of Ken Root, to assist with the construction of a large, impressive replica of the United States Flag. 

Wed
15
Jul

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

Wed
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
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. 

Wed
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.  

Wed
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. 

Wed
01
Jul

City to enforce ban on fireworks displays

By Shelia Tomkins

With many July Fourth community celebrations cancelled due to COVID 19, Iowa retailers have noticed an increase in  the purchase of fireworks by individuals. 

Guttenberg Police Chief George Morteo reminds residents that the department will be enforcing the city's ban on the use of consumer display fireworks.

Wed
24
Jun

Hansel authors first book: "Handstands on the Beach"


Retired Pastor Penny Hansel of Guttenberg recently wrote her autobiography titled Handstands on the Beach. She will likely self-publish her manuscript. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

As the saying goes – everyone has a story. Pastor Penny Hansel, now retired, is putting the finishing touches on her autobiography, Handstands on the Beach. The adventuresome, age-defying woman has worn many hats throughout the years and has never shied away from a challenge. Hansel commented, "I am retired for the fourth and final time!"  

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