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Nov

Local historian recalls bustling business district


Otto Schultz had the first drug store in what is now Kramer Dentistry. The Burkharts eventually took over and put in a soda shop in the front and a pharmacy in the back. Joe Ihm (above) reports you were considered a nobody until you sat at the soda fountain and ordered a Cherry Coke. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In the past, Guttenberg had a very active business district that included a wide variety of stores offering goods and services. Local historian Joe Ihm recently recalled each business and its location on a walking tour of the community’s historic downtown district. His tour began at the corner of Pearl Street and River Park Drive traveling south. 

Wed
24
Nov

Jennings Winery serves "Wee Lil Sipper"


Jennings Winery, located east of Garber, is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine in a laid-back atmosphere surrounded by lush countryside on the proprietors' fourth generation farm. From left are Tina and Ed Jennings. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Jennings Winery – home of the "Wee Lil Sipper" —  is located on the outskirts of Garber in the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa at 33794 Jupiter Road. The laid-back location, on the family's fourth generation farm, provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy nature and sip fine wine. 

Wed
24
Nov

Shepherd of the Hills Ministry Christmas Just 4 Kids

Shepherd of the Hills Ministry is again sponsoring its annual Christmas Just 4 Kids Project. This 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.

The Holiday Shop will be stocked with NEW gifts of toys, games, books, puzzles, quilts, pajamas, etc. The response of donors and the children who receive these gifts is overwhelming. The families are overwhelmed with a sense of joy and delight in choosing items their children are in need of or want. 

Wed
17
Nov

Guttenberg Brewing Co. breaks ground


From left are Jonathan Klaes, Guttenberg Brewing Company owner Kathryn Klaes and general contractor Kevin Klaes digging the first ceremonial shovel of dirt at the brewery's groundbreaking event on Oct. 29. (Press photo by Michele VonHandorf)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Brewing Company held its groundbreaking ceremony at 530 South First Street in Guttenberg on Oct. 29. Mayor Bill Frommelt welcomed guests followed by remarks from Austin Coon, Guttenberg Economic and Industrial Development Commitee; Michelle Geuder, Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce; Andy Reimer, Foundation of Cornerstone Communities and Kathryn Klaes, Guttenberg Brewing Company owner. 

Wed
17
Nov

Nonagenarian looks back on nursing career


Naomi Kling (above) entered the Cadet Nurse Program in 1943. She enjoyed a 30-year career as a registered nurse at the former Community Memorial Hospital in Postville. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Naomi Klinge, who recently turned 96, was the youngest of three children born to Otto and Anna (Augusta) Siebrecht. She and her brother, Valmah, and sister, Alice, grew up on a general farm near Garnavillo. 

Farm life

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17
Nov

City council approves Bender property sale

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on Nov. 8, authorized the sale of property at the corner of Schiller Street and Highway 52, to Allen Rental Company, LLC, for $54,000. The action came on a 4-1 vote with councilmember Mick Pierce, who voted against the resolution, saying that he thought the price was "way too cheap."

Wed
10
Nov

Metal fabricator leaves inventive mark on N.E Iowa


Rodamaker's biggest challenge thus far was this four-level, open, single-center support staircase that was built and installed in a private residence. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Local metal artist Stan Rodamaker, proprietor of  S.R. Custom Metal Railing, has been in the business of bending and shaping metal into creative, decorative, functional structures since 2009 

"I worked on a few projects before 2009, received positive feedback, ran an ad, sent out some flyers, and did $20,000 dollars of work in three months! It's been non-stop ever since," said Rodamaker.  

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10
Nov

Painter sees N.E. Iowa through an artistic lens


Plein air artist Rabecca Hennessey has cultivated her outdoors painting skills throughout the years. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

"When I am in conversation with someone – I am engaged in what they are saying, but I am looking at the way the sun's light or the moon's glow accentuates the world around me, and more than likely thinking about my next painting," commented local artist Rabecca Jayne Hennessey of Guttenberg.  

Wed
10
Nov

Voters chose winners of city, school contests

By Shelia Tomkins

Unofficial results of the Nov. 2 general election have been released by the office of the Clayton County Commissioner of Elections. Following is a summary of winners in The Press readership area. 

SCHOOL ELECTIONS

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10
Nov

Local Veterans Day program

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg's traditional Veteran's Day program on Thursday, Nov. 11, will feature a shortened version again this year. It will repeat the format of last year's program which was modified due to the pandemic.

Dennis Hanna of the local American Legion Post, the organization that coordinates the event, said that although the traditional program at school will not be held, organizers want to honor all veterans with a brief acknowledgement of their service and sacrifice.

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