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Wed
08
Apr

The Press encourages support of local businesses


Guttenberg's business community is adapting to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to serve their customers in various ways. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

It is now more important than ever that area residents support their local businesses. Due to recent concerns over the spread of COVID-19 many area retailers and restaurants have had to re-think how they serve the public.  

On March 17, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan. 

Wed
08
Apr

Guttenberg Easter Egg Hunt COVID-19 style set for April 11

The City of Guttenberg is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt COVID-19 style on Saturday, April 11. 

"The eggs are filled! We are still looking for more families with children under the age of 12 to sign up for the Easter Egg Hunt COVID-19 style. Participants must be in the Guttenberg city limits. Volunteers will be hiding eggs in your yard for your children to hunt! You may see an Easter Bunny riding around as well! It will be a great chance to get the kids out of the house while practicing social distancing," say organizers. 

Wed
08
Apr

Community members share reflections on Covid-19 virus


On March 12 Jaderial Staebler of Guttenberg, right, along with 20 of her Wartburg College teammates, were informed that they would not be able to compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship Track and Field Meet due to concerns brought on by the Coronavirus. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Press recently reached out to women in the community and asked them to share their personal experiences during these unprecedented times of social distancing and fear of Covid-19.

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M.J. Smith

Wed
01
Apr

New procedure at city council special meeting


The Guttenberg city council met in special session on March 23 using virtual technology due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. There was a limit of 10 people allowed in the council chambers, and two council members communicated via video conference, as did several other meeting participants. Above, councilmember Virginia Saeugling appears on the screen. From left are councilmember Austin Greve, Mayor Bill Frommelt and City Manager Denise Schneider. The meeting was broadcast on Channel 6 and the public could participate online or by phone. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

A new electronic meeting procedure was implemented when the Guttenberg city council met in special session on Monday, March 23.

Wed
01
Apr

Giving opportunities for homebound residents


Lori Barry, a retired registered nurse with 35 years at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics, sews together a face mask for use at the hospital and clinic. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Neighbors Susi Nehls and M.J. Smith are teaming together via e-mail and coming up with innovative ways for community members who need to remain isolated in their homes but still have a desire to help the needs of our most vulnerable population. 

Wed
01
Apr

Stepping up to the "plate" in times of need


From left, Kathy Ender and Erin Schmelzer hand out grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals for students 18 years old and under. The free meals can be picked up Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the St. Mary Immaculate Conception school cafeteria in Guttenberg or at the Garnavillo Community Center. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Lending a hand to those in need is second nature to Valerie Heck-Cromer and her husband, Jason. The couple has moved back to the area to be closer to family after they retired from their respective Naval careers. Valerie retired as a First Class Petty Officer and Jason retired as a Master Chief. Valerie is the daughter of Margo and Vernon Heck of Guttenberg. 

Wed
25
Mar

Lydia Kann remembers life in Germany and Guttenberg


Lydia Kann recently celebrated her 90th birthday. A scrap of paper found in the pocket of a second hand woman's suit, from a clothing drive in Germany was just the beginning of her life-long journey as an Iowa farm wife. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Lydia Maria Martha Elise Marianne Hammer was born on Aug. 14, 1929, in Berlin, Germany to parents Walter and Marianne Hammer.  

Life in Germany

Wed
25
Mar

Gable speaks to Rotary about dementia caregiving


Author Dorothy Gable presented her program to Guttenberg Rotarians at their weekly meeting on Feb. 20. From left are Rotarian Kathy Lake, John Hartmann, Carol Hartmann, Ralph Gable and Dorothy Gable. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia can be a very rewarding and challenging experience. Dorothy Gable of Dubuque authored a book in 2018 titled Dementia Caregiving from a Biblical Perspective: Your Guide for the Journey. 

Gable presented her program on dementia caregiving to the Guttenberg Rotary Club at its weekly meeting on Feb. 20 at the Stadium Bar and Grill. 

Wed
25
Mar

Urgent need for blood drives to continue

By Caroline Rosacker

Donating blood is a vital way to help save lives. A single donation can provide different blood components that can help up to three different people. 

With the onset of recommended isolation measures due to coronavirus concerns, blood drive cancellations have grown at a concerning rate. As of March 18, approximately 4,500 Red Cross blood drives were cancelled across the country, resulting in roughly 150,000 fewer blood donations.  

Wed
18
Mar

Local hospital issues update on COVID-19

By Amy Speed

Director of Marketing & Development

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital

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