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01
Jul

Loven is on a mission to keep Guttenberg beautiful


Juanita Loven is on a mission to "Keep Guttenberg Beautiful." The 85-year-old spirited volunteer can be found pushing her cart of cleaning and weeding supplies in an effort to spruce up Guttenberg's historic downtown district. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

What makes one small town different from another? Over and over again you will find that it is the community's people — especially those who volunteer their time and talents.  

Wed
01
Jul

Local couple paints Pioneer Rock Church


Above are before-and-after photos of one of the outbuildings located on the Pioneer Rock Church grounds. Barb and Dave Poggenklass recently spent two seasons repainting the interior and exterior of the historic church and its surrounding structures. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The "Pioneer Rock Church," or "Ceres Church," named by local residents, is centrally located between Guttenberg and Garnavillo along Highway 52. The historic landmark was formerly known as "St. Peter's German United Evangelical Lutheran Church." 

The church has a history that dates back to 1858, when residents of Ceres, formerly known as Independence, grew tired of their weekly journey by foot to attend services in Garnavillo. 

Wed
01
Jul

City to enforce ban on fireworks displays

By Shelia Tomkins

With many July Fourth community celebrations cancelled due to COVID 19, Iowa retailers have noticed an increase in  the purchase of fireworks by individuals. 

Guttenberg Police Chief George Morteo reminds residents that the department will be enforcing the city's ban on the use of consumer display fireworks.

Wed
24
Jun

Hansel authors first book: "Handstands on the Beach"


Retired Pastor Penny Hansel of Guttenberg recently wrote her autobiography titled Handstands on the Beach. She will likely self-publish her manuscript. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

As the saying goes – everyone has a story. Pastor Penny Hansel, now retired, is putting the finishing touches on her autobiography, Handstands on the Beach. The adventuresome, age-defying woman has worn many hats throughout the years and has never shied away from a challenge. Hansel commented, "I am retired for the fourth and final time!"  

Wed
24
Jun

Allen Real Estate buys Rightway Realty


Nathan Trappe of Allen Real Estate Company has recently expanded his business with the purchase of Rightway Realty in Guttenberg. From left are Kinley, Nathan and Trinly Trappe. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Allen Real Estate Company of Monona has recently expanded its business with the purchase of Rightway Realty in Guttenberg. Nathan Trappe, real estate broker for Allen Real Estate, told The Press, "The late Gary Willman's father started Rightway Realty back in 1958. Gary eventually took over the business and made it into the successful brokerage firm it is today."

Wed
24
Jun

Superintendent gives update on plans

The following statement was issued last week by Clayton Ridge School Superintendent Shane Wahls:

"I want to update the public regarding the re-opening of school facilities and activities. Currently, baseball and softball seasons are underway with several guidelines to offer safety for players, coaches, and fans. 

Wed
17
Jun

Rare fossil discovered at Big Springs Nature Park


A rare Dasycladacian Green Algae fossil was discovered at Big Springs Nature Park by day hikers Scott and Ayla Boylen. Above, Phil Burgess of Prairie du Chien, Wis., a self-taught paleontologist/geologist, identified the 450 million year old fossil. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

A father-daughter hiking expedition at Big Springs Nature Park, located along the Great River Road just north of Guttenberg, has revealed a rare fossil find. "Big Springs,” as the locals prefer to call it, is a quiet, hidden natural treasure used by outdoor enthusiasts for day-hiking, picnicking, bird watching or peaceful meditation. 

Wed
17
Jun

Council tightens city leash law

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg city council members  updated city code regarding animals running at large when they met in regular session on Monday evening, May 11. 

At the council table were Mayor Bill Frommelt, City Manager Denise Schneider and councilmembers Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, and Virginia Saeugling. Councilmember Jane Parker participated via teleconference.

Wed
10
Jun

Guttenberg Library Foundation seeks donations


Friends of the Guttenberg Public Library Foundation are from left, Jackie Lee, Susan Leonhart, Carolyn Clefisch, Wendy Shea, Jim Schlueter and Katie Beitzel. Not pictured is Pat Krapfl. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Boston Public Library was the first large public library supported by taxes in the United States. It was established in 1848 and opened its doors to the public six years later in 1854. Public libraries are considered an essential component to an educated and literate society. 

Wed
10
Jun

Zerbe builds scale model steam engine


Jim Zerbe recently completed a working, scale-model steam engine, using rough steel, brass castings, bar stock and construction drawings for the project. He started working on the engine last September and finished this year in April. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

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