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Wed
22
Dec

Tower Living ladies share holiday memories


Tower Living Center residents in Garnavillo enthusiastically shared beloved Christmas memories. From left are Nancy Gull, Betty Kregel and Bobbi Mohning. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Bobbi Mohning, age 83, Betty Kregel, age 98, and Nancy Gull, age 96, recently gathered in the cozy dining/living area at Tower Living Center in Garnavillo, their home away from home, and shared their delightful memories of Christmas past.  

How we met

Wed
22
Dec

Last meeting of 2021 for Guttenberg city council

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council covered a relatively brief agenda at the final monthly meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 13. The meeting marked the last regular meeting for Mayor Bill Frommelt and council members Mick Pierce, Virginia Saeugling and Fred Schaub (mayor-elect), whose terms expire at the end of the year. Also present were councilmembers Austin Greve and Jane Parker.

Project updates

Wed
15
Dec

New River Front Boutique and Downtown Nutrition


Brandie Tomkins, successful businesswoman and Guttenberg Chamber Director, has opened River Front Boutique, located at 316 S. River Park Drive. The boutique carries a large selection of women's, infant and toddler clothing. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg's historic downtown business district has recently added River Front Boutique and Downtown Nutrition, located at 316 S. River Park Drive, to its growing list of shopping destinations. 

River Front Boutique

Wed
15
Dec

Christmas display lights up north end


The home of Tiane and Jeremy Tews, located at 103 Washington and North First Street, is tastefully decorated inside and out for the upcoming Christmas holiday. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Tiane and Jeremy Tews, and their children, Joe and Claire, of Guttenberg are lighting up the north end of River Park Drive, sharing their love of all things Christmas in a fabulous, tastefully decorated holiday light display. 

Wed
15
Dec

Kassie Parker named Athlete of Year finalist

Loras College women's cross country junior Kassie Parker's achievements have continued to gain national recognition as the recent NCAA Division III National Champion has been selected as the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) DIII Honda Athlete of the Year Finalist for cross country.

Parker is a 2017 graduate of Clayton Ridge High School and is the daughter of Jane Parker of Guttenberg.

Wed
08
Dec

Memories of Guttenberg's business district: Part 2


Bruckners Tavern, currently Scherer Chiropractic, was located on the corner of First and Herder St. Ihm reports, "It was a popular spot and had a pool table." (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The following continues a feature story from the Nov. 24 issue of local historian Joe Ihm's recollections of the Guttenberg business district during his boyhood.

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Wed
08
Dec

Artist adds to iconic holiday window display


Kathleen Ratzlaff-Reed (above) of LeClaire created a long-lasting mural for the highly-admired, traditional Kuempel Hardware Christmas window exhibit. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Kuempel Hardware, located on the corner of River Park Drive and Herder Street in Guttenberg, has always had an eye-catching Christmas window display. Longtime employees Brenda Schaub, Kari Klaes, Carolyn Pierce and a host of helpers throughout the years have maintained the tradition. When the mainstay business changed hands, the decorative windows remained, but the new owner's wife, Lisa Finch, added an artistic twist. She created a collection of sturdy, life-size silhouettes of ice skaters and a horse-drawn sleigh. 

Wed
08
Dec

Guttenberg holiday lighting contest

By Shelia Tomkins

The annual Guttenberg holiday lighting contest is now underway. The event is sponsored by the City of Guttenberg and Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce. The contest is open to all utility customers of the City of Guttenberg, and winners will receive prizes in the form of a credit on their electric bills. 

Wed
01
Dec

Parker wins NCAA Division III National Championship


Former Clayton Ridge athlete Kassie Parker (above) won the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country National Championship at EP Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 20. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by Emily Adlfinger, Director of Athletic Communiations 

Loras College 

Wed
01
Dec

Author writes novel after relationship loss


The Guttenberg Public Library will hold a book signing event on Dec. 3 from 3-5 p.m. for Charlotte Smith's new novel "The Angel." From left are Dorothy Ehlts-Wille and her daughter, Charlotte Smith.(Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Charlotte Smith of Cedar Rapids has been authoring books since she was a teenager. She is connected locally as the daughter of Dorothy Ehlts-Wille of Guttenberg. The Guttenberg Public Library will host a book signing event for Smith showcasing her newest publication The Angel on Friday Dec. 3, from 3-5 p.m.

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