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Wed
20
Jul

City council hears railroad webcam proposal

By Shelia Tomkins

At the regular monthly meeting on July 11, the Guttenberg city council worked through a shorter than usual agenda that included project updates, discussion on a railroad webcam, and a change in the minimum age to operate a golf cart.

Mayor Fred Schaub led council members Mandy Ludovissy, Austin Greve, Jane Parker, Steve Bahls and Michelle Geuder through the evening's agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider was also at the council table. 

Wed
13
Jul

Fond memories of growing up in Osterdock


Ivanelle Bolsinger fondly remembers her adventerous childhood growing up in Osterdock. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Ivanelle Bolsinger grew up in Osterdock with 12 siblings. Listed from oldest to youngest are Alvina, Ruth, Clyde, Arlene, Clark, Ila, Ivan, Harvey, Ivanelle, Marjorie, Loren and Velma. Her parents, Frank Daniel "Jack" Moser, and Maggie Augusta (Noack) Moser, had their hands full with their spirited children. 

Ivanelle, who celebrated her 91st birthday on May 28, recently sat down with The Press and recalled her adventurous life. 

Wed
13
Jul

Exercising her way to better health


Brandi Hoff of Guttenberg is dedicated to her personal wellness journey and greets each new day with a positive attitude and a big smile. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Making a commitment to take better care of yourself can feel overwhelming, especially for working mothers who often commute to their jobs. 

Brandi Hoff, who works in the imaging department at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, made the decision to regain her health following the birth of her son. 

Wed
13
Jul

Historic vinyl exhibition and gift shop


Music enthusiasts will take a step back in time at John's Historic Vinyl Attraction and Gift Shop opening July 15. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Vinyl collector and music aficionado John Hartig was part of the Abel Island community for 50 years, and has been a full-time resident of Guttenberg for the past eight years. 

Hartig has recently placed his collection of vinyl records on display for local residents and visitors to the community to enjoy.

Wed
13
Jul

Shepherd of the Hills back to school drive

Shepherd of the Hills in St. Olaf, a cooperative ministry of the Northeast Iowa Lutheran Synod, has announced its annual collection of back-to-school items for Clayton County children.

Remember the excitement of getting ready to head back to school as a child? Some children do not look forward to this time, as their family may not be able to purchase those “new” items.

Wed
06
Jul

Memories of the 1975 Championship Guttenberg Pirates football team


Teammates of the 1975 Championship Pirates football team on hand for the interview from left are, Tim Schmitt, Don Mackey, Dan Kuempel, Perry Moser, Dan Walke, John Finch and Ken Davis (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In 1975, the Guttenberg High School Pirates varsity football team, comprised of 22 dedicated, determined players, won the Mid-East Iowa Conference with nine wins and zero loses.

The Guttenberg Press recently sat down with several members of the championship team who reside in Guttenberg to reminisce about their successful football season. 

Wed
06
Jul

City awarded $440,000 for trail connection

By Shelia Tomkins

The City of Guttenberg was recently awarded a $440,000 grant from the Iowa Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

The money will be used for a trail connection between the north end of the levee river walk near Bussey Lake to Big Springs Park and the Mississippi River Trail.

Wed
29
Jun

Stars and Stripes parade honorees announced Grand Marshals are Andy and M.J. Smith


The Smiths have been chosen as Grand Marshals for the Stars and Stripes parade. From left are Andy, Winnie (the family dog) and M.J. Smith. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Dr. Andrew Smith and his wife, M.J., have been chosen as Grand Marshals for the 2022 Stars and Stripes parade set to take place on Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m. The couple has been living, working and volunteering in Guttenberg since 1983.  

The Smiths met at the University of Iowa when Andrew was a third year medical student. "I was working on my graduate degree in nutrition," remembered M.J. "We met on the bariatric surgery ward." 

Wed
29
Jun

Meet Pockey Weseman - Super Senior Grand Marshal


Delos "Pockey" Weseman (above) has donated hundreds of handcrafted checkerboards. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Longtime Guttenberg resident Delos “Pockey” Weseman, 98, has been chosen as this year's Stars and Stripes Super Senior Grand Marshal. He will take part in the parade on Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m.

Weseman served his country in the U.S. Navy,  was a past member of the Guttenberg city council, and American Legion 373 Commander twice. His late wife, Katherine, worked for the City of Guttenberg as Deputy City Clerk and Assistant City Manager for over 22 years.

Wed
29
Jun

River Living Center to celebrate 25-year anniversary


River Living Center will hold a 25-year anniversary celebration with ice cream and music on Friday, July 1. Seated front from left are Ruth Bird, Jane Elsinger and Dory Anderson; back row, Betty Hyde, Janet Lundt, Verda Mae Faust and Gloria Aulwes. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

As we age it may become necessary to seek out alternative living facilities. River Living Center, located at 831 Hwy. 52 in Guttenberg, allows tenants to experience quality independent living while providing help with daily living.  This little bit of assistance allows seniors to maintain their independence while getting help when they need it. 

Celebrating 25 years

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