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Jan

Business owner turns 80-years young


Longtime business owner Matt Esser, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 30, has owned and operated Esser's Clothing and Shoes for the past 57 years. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Jerome "Matt" Esser began his life in Savannah, Ill. on Dec. 29, 80 years ago. Esser and his late wife, Connie, have one son, Terry (Rachel) Esser, and one grandchild, Malachi, all of Waterloo. 

"My mother and aunts always told me I was born in a chicken coop," Esser began with a laugh.

Wed
24
Jan

Longtime resident gives back to her community


Janice Andregg has been volunteering in Guttenberg since her retirement in 2000. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Former Clayton Ridge social studies teacher Janice Andregg, 85, of Guttenberg has been volunteering in the community in many different ways since her retirement in 2000.

Planning and Zoning Board 

Wed
24
Jan

Trump wins Clayton Co. GOP caucus support

By  Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County Republicans preferred  Donald Trump by a wide margin at caucuses held on a sub-zero evening on Monday, Jan. 15.

The former president captured 428 votes, representing 63.8% of the total county votes. County-wide, there were 671 Republicans who caucused at sites throughout the county.

Wed
17
Jan

Wayne A. Thiese

Wayne Allen Thiese, 90, of Guttenberg, passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. Funeral services will commence at 11 a.m., conducted by Pastor Mike Ashman. Burial will follow at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
17
Jan

Trudy R. Vogt

Trudy R. Vogt, 68, of Guttenberg completed her life journey on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, at Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg. 

Funeral services will commence at 11 a.m. with inurnment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Guttenberg. 

Wed
17
Jan

Duane H. Sobaski

Duane H. Sobaski, 70, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Washington, passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.

Duane requested cremation and a celebration of his life, with no tears. The celebration open house will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, from 1-4 p.m. at Copper Creek Ridge, 1182 Commercial Drive, Riverside. A second celebration of life will be held at the Guttenberg Golf Course at a date to be determined.

Wed
17
Jan

The Daily Grind opens


The Daily Grind owners Colten and Taylor Ratstetter are excited to be part of Guttenberg's growing business community. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

If you are looking for a place to sit and enjoy a warm beverage and a sweet treat with friends, or a quick grab-and-go coffee and pastry on your way to work, the new coffee shop, The Daily Grind, is open and ready to fill your cup.

The Daily Grind is located in the newly-constructed Allen Real Estate building on Hwy. 52 adjacent to Bender's grocery store, and is open Monday - Saturday from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Wed
17
Jan

Youth experience – Kids in the Kitchen fills need


Daisy Dickson (above) manages Kids in the Kitchen at the Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center in Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center, located at 214 South River Park Drive is home to Kids in the Kitchen, a welcome environment where culinary creativity meets youthful curiosity.  

Kitchen mission

Wed
17
Jan

Jamie Blume named new city manager

By Shelia Tomkins

Jamie Blume is Guttenberg's new city manager, following action taken by the city council at its monthly meeting on Jan. 8.

Blume has served as Assistant City Manager since 2016, and has been a city employee since 2008. She will fill the vacancy created when the council approved a resignation agreement with former City Manager Denise Schneider effective Oct. 27. (See story in Nov. 22 issue).

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10
Jan

Volunteers make Christmas Just 4 Kids a success


The Monona Junior Feeders 4-H group gives Hershey bars decorated like a reindeer wearing a pair of warm winter gloves as antlers to each child attending Christmas Just 4 Kids. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Shepherd of the Hills Ministry in St. Olaf recently held its annual Christmas Just 4 Kids Project on Dec. 13-14. The event is a combined effort of many, including Toys for Tots – Dubuque, numerous area churches, businesses and individuals, Clayton County agencies and workers, along with many generous donors near and far.

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