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Wed
09
Jan

"Battle of the Brains" Trivia Night planned


Last year’s Rotary trivia challenge, above, was termed a big success. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25, at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Rotary Club is planning its second annual Trivia Night. The event will again be held at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club on Friday, Jan. 25. 

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner starting at 6 p.m. The dinner buffet will include: fried chicken, pork loin, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, tossed side salad, dinner rolls,  cheese cake, coffee and water.

Wed
09
Jan

County ready for winter weather

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

“We are doing pretty good this year,” said County Engineer Rafe Koopman, talking about the county’s preparations for winter weather.  “We got prepared for winter in September and October, despite the rain that we received.”

Wed
02
Jan

Couple builds energy-efficient home with future in mind


Chris Schoen and Laura Elsinger built a home near Garnavillo with attention to stewardship of the land and environment. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by 

Natasha Hegmann,

Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network

Archaelogists investigate hundreds of years into the past, but local archaeologists Laura Elsinger and Chris Schoen chose to envision generations into the future when building their dream home.

Wed
02
Jan

Kopecky's legendary lighted Christmas display


Each year the home of Joyce and Norman Kopecky, located at 919 North 2nd Street, lights up the community with holiday spirit. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

Each Christmas season the house of Norman and Joyce Kopecky, located at 919 North Second Street in Guttenberg, transforms into an array of magical Christmas delight. 

Kopecky has been decorating his home for the Christmas holidays for approximately 50 years. 

Wed
26
Dec

Swimming pool progress update


The concrete pour for the new swimming pool floor is complete. An unseasonably mild November and December has provided Portzen Construction Inc. the perfect weather conditions for completing this portion of the project. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg municipal swimming pool project is well underway and close to budget and schedule. 

A recent visit to the construction site and a meeting with Portzen Construction Superintendent Brian Vize provided an update on the project. 

Wed
26
Dec

Choir director Marlene McLane - a dedicated musician


The St. Mary's carolers dropped in to former choir director Marlene McLane's home to surprise her with a cheerful holiday performance. From left are Lois and Harry Bries, Carla Bolsinger, Diane Bieber, Marge Elsinger, Carol and John Hartmann, Wendy Shea and director Gina Dahlstrom-Osburn. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Let music touch your soul. This statement hung on the wall as a decorative embellishment in the comfortable living room of newly-retired choir director Marlene McLane of Guttenberg. 

Visiting with McLane at her kitchen table, surrounded by sparkling holiday cheer, she emotionally described her beloved experience as St. Mary's choir director. 

Wed
19
Dec

Trinity Chrismon tree tells the story of the Christian faith


From left, June Zhiss and Norma Thiese work on new Chrismons that will decorate a tree at Trinity Lutheran Church this holiday season. Each ornament has a symbolic meaning for Christians. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

History tells us that Christmas trees came into general popularity in Europe many centuries ago, when Christians adapted the pagan custom of decorating winter festivals with evergreens. It is speculated that Martin Luther was the first person to bring a tree into the house as part of  Christmas observances. In the 1800s, trees were mainly decorated with edible decorations.

Wed
19
Dec

Christmas memories of the young at heart


Residents from the Guttenberg Care Center and Eagle Ridge Assisted Living enjoyed a lively conversation sharing Christmas memories. Front from left are Rosella Dugan, Arletta Hankes and Don Wirkler; back row, John Youngblut, Gladys Georgeson and Donna Bodensteiner. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

A group of residents at the Guttenberg Care Center and Eagle Ridge Assisted Living recently gathered together for an impromptu conversation recalling Christmas memories.

Wed
19
Dec

Council okays library position, acts on food truck ordinance

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on  Monday, Dec. 10, approved a full-time director's position for the library, moved forward on the mobile food vendor ordinance, and took the first step in an ordinance that would address unsightly properties.

Wed
05
Dec

Chris Anderson: A new face in town


Local artist and sculptor Chris Anderson displays an example of one of his clam shell bonsai trees and a selection of pearl button jewelry he creates out of discarded shells and buttons he finds along the banks of the Missipppi River from the former Pearl Button Factory. His work is offered locally at Roots (the store is closing for the season after the Dec. 15-16 weekend). (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The historic pearl button factory industry is receiving new recognition, thanks to artist and sculptor Chris Anderson. 

Chris moved to Guttenberg from Muscatine in the fall of 2018 to assist his mother, Holly Anderson. 

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