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Wed
09
Jun

Municipal swimming pool opens for the season


Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool lifeguards ran through practice lifesaving drills under the direction of Kelly Erickson, off-site pool manager, on June 2. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool opened for the 2021 season on June 3. The pool has 25 full and part time employees and two volunteer staff members. "Al Ullerich and I serve as the adult volunteers," said volunteer Bec Knudtson. "City employee Jamie Blume serves as the main resource and all around right-hand woman for the pool staff out of the city office. Our certified pool operators are Dan Walke, Dan Pierce and Kylie Bolsinger, and they oversee the operations of the pool — in other words, they make sure the pool is up and running every day." 

Wed
09
Jun

"Guttenberg Rocks" promote kindness


The Guttenberg Library Foundation is sponsoring a "Guttenberg Rocks" summer challenge. Community members of all ages are invited to paint and embellish rocks with uplifting, hopeful messages and disperse them in appropriate places throughout Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Library Foundation is sponsoring a "Guttenberg Rocks" summer program, modeled after  the "Kindness Rock Project" originally initiated by Megan Murphy on Cape Cod in 2015. The viral trend, where individuals, commonly children, paint pebbles or stones and leave them for others to find and collect has spread to other countries all over the world.  

Wed
09
Jun

Blood drive is June 14

The American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive in Guttenberg at St. John's Lutheran Church, 203 Pearl Street, on Monday, June 14, from 1-5 p.m.

For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Donors can save up to 15 minutes when they donate by using RapidPass. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for more information.

Wed
02
Jun

C.R. Drill Team coach/mentor retires

By Caroline Rosacker

Dedicated State Champion Clayton Ridge Drill Team coach and mentor Julie Rastetter will retire after 39 years of leadership. "I was offered a COVID-19 retirement package from my position as a Media Processing Clerk at Keystone Area Education Agency," said Rastetter. "I was ready to retire from that position, but because my coaching position and job at Keystone are IPERS jobs, I would be required to leave my coaching position for four months, which would have put me returning in November, right before state competition. I will fulfill my contract until June 30." 

Wed
02
Jun

Fifth annual youth fishing clinic June 5

By Caroline Rosacker 

When you teach a child to fish, you help them unplug from technology, encourage feelings of self confidence, create opportunities for family bonding, and provide teachable moments about the Mississippi River's eco-system, fish species identification and conservation.  

Wed
02
Jun

Ribbon cutting June 6 at Lockmaster House

The Guttenberg Heritage Society and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will celebrate the reopening of the historic lockmaster house at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, June 6, at 3 p.m.

The event will be open to media and the public and will be broadcast on Facebook Live on the Guttenberg Heritage Society’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/guttheritage/.

Wed
26
May

Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum seeks funding


Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum volunteers are busy preparing for the museum's re-opening on May 30. The Army Corps of Engineers enlisted outside contractors to renovate the historic landmark this past year. From left are Ray Black, Karilyn McArthur and Ann Fariello. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

In 1938, two duplicate homes, built to house the lockmaster, assistant lockmaster and their families, were constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on property adjoining Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg. The Corps lifted the housing requirement in 1972, leaving duplicate lockmaster homes up and down the Mississippi River empty.  In Guttenberg, one of the matching structures was purchased and relocated, and the other was vacated in 1990. 

Wed
26
May

"Reading Colors Your World" summer program theme


The Guttenberg Public Library children's summer program will be held outdoors in the north gazebo in Ingleside Park each Friday at 2 p.m. from June 14 - July 24. Above, Assistant Librarian Nancy Ruzicka created a colorful tissue paper butterfly in preparation for the summer program, "Reading Colors Your World," and Umbrella Art's "Choose Hope" theme. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Wed
26
May

Local Memorial Day tribute set for Monday

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg area residents will pay tribute to veterans both living and dead at the community's annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 31, at the Guttenberg Area Veterans Memorial in Ingleside Park. 

There will be no parade this year, and a shortened program is planned. All attendees are asked to space themselves and observe current COVID-19 protocols.

Wed
19
May

Paddlers pursue Guinness World Record


Paddlers attempting to set the Guinness World Record for fastest canoe trip down the Mississippi River entered Lock and Dam 10 on May 10. A support boat is accompanying the ultra-athletes, providing food, water and supplies. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg has seen many ambitious paddlers make their way down the Mississippi River. Most boaters map out several weeks to complete the journey. On the evening of Monday, May 10, paddlers Scott Miller, Joel Ford, Perry Whitaker and Adam Macht passed through Lock and Dam 10 attempting to set the Guinness World Record for fastest canoe trip down the Mississippi River. 

The following biographies were submitted by the team's media spokesperson.

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