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Wed
18
Jan

Friendly new faces at the Guttenberg Pharmacy


Owner and pharmacist Linda Nightingale is proud to introduce pharmacist Chad Vaske, who will be serving patients from the Guttenberg Pharmacy. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

By his third day in Guttenberg, pharmacist Chad Vaske had fielded the same question time and time again. “People are asking if they can transfer their prescriptions back here – and the answer to that is yes,” Vaske told The Press.

Wed
18
Jan

City council opens year with bridge project, wage increase

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council in its first meeting of the new year, heard updates on the Garber Road bridge replacement project, considered but did not pass the third reading of a proposed cat licensing ordinance and okayed a wage increase for union city employees.

Mayor Russ Loven called the meeting to order with council members Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Jane Parker and Virginia Saeugling present, along with Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
11
Jan

MAMA donates $5,000 to school


From left are Jerry Best and Al Huntzinger, board members of the Mid American Music Association, with a $5,000 check for the Clayton Ridge School music department. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Uniforms. Sheet music. Risers, instruments, and instrument repair; managing a school music program can be costly. That’s why the Mid American Music Association (MAMA) has decided to give a gift in the amount of $5,000 to the Clayton Ridge School District music programs. 

Wed
11
Jan

Continued from last week's issue City reports on comprehensive plan progress


Eight trains passing through Guttenberg daily, sometimes carrying hazardous materials, are one challenge presented to residents as well as the city government. (Press photo by Jayna Felder)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: In December 2013, after a year of collecting input from the community and extensive research, the city council approved a new comprehensive plan to guide the next 20-30 years of progress in Guttenberg. In a two-part story. The Press checks in with Mayor Russ Loven and Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce Director Emily Sadewasser about the third year of progress on the plan, and what’s to come in 2017. 

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Wed
04
Jan

Guttenberg Chamber plans annual membership meeting

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce will hold its membership banquet and annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, at PromiseLand Winery on the Great River Road south of Guttenberg.

The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program and meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m.

The dinner will be catered by Clayton Ridge Farm, and tickets can be purchased in advance at the Welcome Center. Reservations are due by Jan. 4 by calling the Welcome Center at 563-252-2323 or emailing guttenberg@alpinecom.net.

Wed
04
Jan

Best practices for recycling


Kluesner Sanitation representatives presented to seniors at the meal site on Dec. 22. From left are Sarah Ambrosy, operations manager; Randy Kramer, route manager; and Craig Kluesner, owner/president. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Representatives from Kluesner Sanitation gave a presentation at the senior meal site in Guttenberg on Thursday, Dec. 22. Owner and president Craig Kluesner, Operations Manager Sarah Ambrosy and Route Manager Randy Kramer shared recycling guidelines and services offered by the company, and questions from seniors.

Wed
04
Jan

Part one of a two-part series City reports on comprehensive plan progress


It will take many groups to accomplish the goals set out in Guttenberg's comprehensive plan. The River of Music concert series, organized by Umbrella Arts, is one way community culture goals are being met. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

In December 2013, after a year of collecting input from the community and extensive research, the city council approved a new comprehensive plan to guide the next 20-30 years of progress in Guttenberg. In a two-part story to be published Jan. 4 and 11, The Press checks in with Mayor Russ Loven and Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce Director Emily Sadewasser about the third year of progress on the plan, and what’s to come in 2017. 

Wed
21
Dec

Housing assessment presented


Sara Neuzil of UERPC presented the results of the Guttenberg portion of the countywide housing assessment. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A countywide housing needs assessment began in March as a partnership between UERPC, Workforce Housing Needs Program, Iowa Area Development Group, CCDG and Alliant Energy, Black Hills, and Alpine Communications. The results of that assessment were presented, specific to Guttenberg, by Sara Neuzil, a representative of the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC), Darla Kelchen of CCDG, and Susan Kozner of the Iowa Development Group, during an open house on Tuesday evening, Dec. 13. 

Wed
21
Dec

Mayor Loven speaks on absence of city manager


From left are Utilities Clerk Jessica Bittner, Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume and Administrative Assistant Deb Eulberg. Together with the mayor, the city office staff is keeping things running smoothly until a city manager is hired. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The City of Guttenberg has been without a city manager since July, when the council accepted the resignation of former city manager Mary Willett. In the months since, Mayor Russ Loven, Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume, and other city staff have stepped up to keep operations running smoothly.

Wed
21
Dec

Guttenberg lighting contest winners

Judging for the Christmas lighting contest sponsored by the City of Guttenberg and the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce took place the evening of Thursday, Dec. 15. Winners are as follows. Prizes will be in the form of credits on city utility bills.

Business

First place, $50 - Blooming Branches, 511 South First Street

Second place, $30 - Kuempel Hardware, 430 South River Park Drive

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