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Wed
19
Feb

Esser's Clothing...A cornerstone business for seventy-three years


Esser’s Clothing and Connie's Apparel carries a full line of brand name, high-quality men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories. From left are Hedda Wachendorf and owner Matt Esser. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Small town businesses are the cornerstone of a successful community. Esser's Clothing Store, located at  502 S. River Park Drive in Guttenberg, has been in the clothing business for the past 73 years. Proprietor Matt Esser purchased the business from his father in 1969. 

Esser's Clothing and Connie's Apparel

Wed
19
Feb

Exchange student shares Clayton Ridge experience


Clayton Ridge foriegn exchange student Ella Vihanto enjoys outdoor winter recreation in her home country of Finland. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Becoming a foreign exchange student is the perfect way to travel the world, meet new people, learn a new language and experience a different culture. 

Clayton Ridge High School exchange student Ella Vihanto of Sotkamo, Finland, is embracing all of the above during her yearlong hiatus from her educational studies in Finland. 

Wed
19
Feb

Council hears update on Schiller Street corridor

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 19 heard a engineer's update on the Schiller Street Corridor project and looked at a proposal to hire an community/economic development director.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led council members Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Austin Greve and Mick Pierce through the evening's agenda. Also at the council table were City Manager Denise Schneider and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
12
Feb

Tom Kuempel shares memories of growing up in the hardware business


Kuempel Hardware has served the community for more than a century. Tom Kuempel has recently sold the family business, but the hardware store's family name still remains in honor of the many years the anchor business has faithfully served the community. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Longtime respected businessman Tom Kuempel was born on Feb. 4, 1939, to Jack and Hildegarde (Lake) Kuempel. 

"I grew up and out in Guttenberg," the 81-year-old jokingly replied.

Wed
12
Feb

Farm Bureau expands services to include wealth management

By Caroline Rosacker

Farm Bureau Insurance has been serving Iowa Farmers for the past 81 years. The insurance company was founded in Des Moines in 1939 when the state Farm Bureau created the Iowa Farm Mutual Insurance Company in an effort to meet the unique liability needs of Iowa farmers. 

Wed
12
Feb

Iowa 2020 caucus results

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County residents joined others across the state on Monday, Feb. 3, as they met at caucus sites to support their favorite candidates for the upcoming presidential election in November.

Voters from approximately 1,700 Iowa precincts selected delegates to their respective county conventions. The 99 county conventions will then choose delegates for state party conventions, that will in turn designate delegates who will head to national conventions later this year.

Wed
05
Feb

Simon offers hypnosis for improved health


Katey Simon, Certified Consulting Hypnotist, is accepting new clients on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons. Her consultation space is located at Divine Current Massage, 508 S. River Park Dr. in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness where the subconscious level of the mind is in a state of hyper-suggestibility. Hypnotic suggestion creates a trance-like state in which an individual will experience a heightened level of focus and concentration. Hypnosis is done with the help of a hypnotist who uses verbal repetition and mental images to make the person feel calm, relaxed and more open to suggestions. 

Wed
05
Feb

Coach Wilde honored at gymnasium floor dedication


Duane Wilde, who began his coaching career in Guttenberg in the 1960s, was recently honored in Palmyra, Wis., during a dedication ceremony naming a newly-refinished gymnasium floor "The Duane Wilde Court." (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Former Guttenberg "Pirates" coach and mathematics teacher Duane Wilde was recently recognized for his ongoing commitment to high school athletics. A dedication ceremony was held at the Palmyra - Eagle Area School District High School in Palmyra, Wis. The school's recently-refurbished gymnasium floor now bears the name of the legendary coach. 

Wed
05
Feb

Corps monitors high water on Upper Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa as a result of historic flows this winter. 

The Corps urges the public to remain vigilant for river flooding. Cities from Winona, Minn., to Guttenberg, have an increased chance of localized flooding due to ice dams.  

Wed
29
Jan

Guttenberg Press "Senior Santa" program deemed a success


Thanks to generous donations from community members and grant money received from the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC), The Guttenberg Press "Senior Santa" program has had another successful year. From left are Melissa Spielbauer-Combs, Dan Meyer and Susi Nehls. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Christmas is a joyous time of year. People from all walks of life enjoy spending time with loved ones and opening gifts during the holiday season. Unfortunately, many of our community members age 65 and older do not have a special someone to celebrate with. 

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