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Wed
14
Feb

Gary and Connie Backes ... Valentine's Day special: How we met


Gary and Connie Backes were married April 4, 1964 and will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this year. (Photo submitted)

Gary and Connie Backes were married April 4, 1964 in Connie's home church in Capron, Ill. Gary chose the date – 4-4-64 so he would never forget an anniversary. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Gary and Connie Backes will be married 60 years this upcoming April. "God willing and if the creek doesn't rise!" added Connie. 

The couple has two daughters, Sonja and Jeanie, and one married granddaughter who is expecting her first child the end of May. 

Wed
14
Feb

Steve and Denise Saunders ... Valentine's Day special: "How we met"


Denise and Steve Saunders attended their junior prom "Shangri-la," together, and in later years Denise wore the same dress for their 50th wedding anniversary photo. (Photo submitted)

Denise (left) and Steve Saunders stand in front of their 1967 Mustang and first apartment located in Clarksville, Tenn., outside of Ft. Campbell. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Steve and Denise Saunders, 76, of Garnavillo were born a day and a half apart. They could have been nursery mates, but Steve was born in Monroe, Wis., and Denise was born in Beloit, Wis.

"Our small hometown, Brodhead, Wis., had no hospital and our moms chose different ones," they began. 

Wed
07
Feb

Hoyheim named County Officer of the Year


Officer Kari Hoyheim, center, of the Guttenberg Police Department was named 2023 Officer of the Year by the Clayton County Law Enforcement Association (CCLEA). Members of the CCLEA board presented the award; from left are Tyler Bazyn, Brandon Taylor, Kari Hoyheim, Dylan Rumph, and Joe Zittergruen. (Photo submitted)

Officer Kari Hoyheim of the Guttenberg Police Department has been named 2023 Officer of the Year by the Clayton County Law Enforcement Association.

She was chosen for the honor at the Jan. 31 meeting of the Association. Four nominations were presented at the meeting, one of which was for Officer Hoyheim. She was then chosen for the honor by the board of the CCLEA. The Association is made up of local law enforcement members. 

Wed
07
Feb

Volunteers build beds for GMHC Family Resource Center


Guttenberg Knights of Columbus members Gerald Borman, Jim Schlueter, and Marv Althoff have found a way to help children in need through the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinic's Family Resource Center "Build a Bed" program. From left are Marv Althoff and Gerald Borman. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Knights of Columbus members Gerald Borman, Jim Schlueter, and Marv Althoff of Guttenberg have found a way to help children in need through the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinic's Family Resource Center. 

Wed
07
Feb

Mrs. Scott's sophomore flash fiction winners

Clayton Ridge High School English teacher Mrs. Michelle Scott assigned her sophomore students to compose flash fiction stories (100 words or less). The students chose the following three as their favorites to be published in The Guttenberg Press. 

Shell Shock

By Kaden Arneson

Wed
31
Jan

Heroism award for Guttenberg man


From left are Iowa Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, Governor Kim Reynolds, Caleb Crocker, Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens and Iowa State Patrol Chief Col. Nathan Funk. (Photo submitted)

Caleb Crocker of Guttenberg was recently presented with the Iowa Governor's Lifesaving Award for his actions during a fire at a residential group home in Guttenberg in December 2022.

On the evening of Dec. 1, 2022, Emergency Response Teams responded to a fire at a home owned by Imagine the Possibilities, Inc.

Wed
31
Jan

The Press asks local book lovers, "What are you currently reading?"

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Press reached out to area book enthusiasts and asked them, "What are you currently reading? The following answers were submitted by readers in the order they were received. 

Dean Schultz

Wed
24
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.

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