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Wed
29
Jul

Mr. Rogers, barber/stylist, retires


Mr. Rogers, renowned barber and hairstylist, has officially retired. Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will not be a public retirement celebration. Congratulatory cards can be sent to Roger Zach at P.O. Box 517, Guttenberg IA 52052. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Renowned barber/stylist and master storyteller Roger Zach, AKA Mr. Rogers, is officially retired. The 82- year-old has stepped away from the barber chair and set down the scissors that he joyously and passionately used to make a living for most of his adult life. 

"It has not been an easy decision," said Zach, owner of Mr. Roger’s Hair Salon in Guttenberg, "but I finally decided to retire."

Wed
29
Jul

Bye-Bye Buggy for Kids' Kampus


Kids' Kampus recently received a grant from the Clayton County Foundation for the Future to purchase a six-seat "Bye-Bye Buggy." From left are Stanley Walke, Austen Brown and Jackson Meyer. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Quality childcare is important for the healthy development of children. Research has found that day care providers are an important component to the cognitive, language and social development of young children. They are also a source of consistent, emotional, supportive care, which is very beneficial to children and families.

Kids' Kampus

Wed
29
Jul

School announces plans for Aug. 24 return to classes

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton Ridge Community School has announced its plans for the return to classes on Aug. 24. 

"At this time we are planning to begin the school year with all students face-to-face," said Superintendent Shane Wahls in a letter to parents. "We will have a number of mitigation procedures in place."

Wed
22
Jul

Fusion Products meets high demand for personal protection shields


Fusion Products of Guttenberg created the personal protection shield that wraps around the circulation desk at the Guttenberg Public Library. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

A worldwide pandemic has caused many of us to pause, reflect, recreate and reinvent the way we live our personal lives. A volatile economy has caused business owners across the globe to get creative and find ways to market the pandemic or close their doors.  Fusion Products, a division of SignX Corporation, located in the Guttenberg Industrial Park at 111 North Hill Drive, has stepped forward to meet the ever-demanding pressures of doing business in these uncommon times. 

Wed
22
Jul

Cunningham chosen as State Auxiliary President


Robin Cunningham of Guttenberg was sworn in as Iowa State Auxiliary President for the Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) on June 20. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) is an international non-profit organization that unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality. It is on a mission to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

Wed
22
Jul

$619,400 contract awarded for city sewer improvements

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council awarded a contract for  approximately $619,400 in sanitary sewer improvements when it met in regular session on Monday, July 13.

Municipal Pipe and Tool  of Hudson was  the low bidder with a base bid of $479,335 plus alternate options at $140,015 for a total of $ 619,440.90.  Mat Sauer of Veenstra-Kim, the engineering firm overseeing the project, told the council there were three bidders and all came in under estimates.

Wed
15
Jul

Root builds impressive replica of The United States Flag


A replica of the United States flag measuring 32 feet wide and 17 feet from top to bottom was designed by Ken Root of Esmann Island. The flag is made primarily from wood purchased from Meuser Lumber Co. and sturdy white plastic for the stripes donated by Koelker Plastics Inc. in Dyersville. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Esmann and Abel Island are home to a unique river community comprised of full and part-time residents. The peninsula is located just north of Guttenberg in scenic Pool 10 of the Mississippi River. The residents of this peaceful, hidden oasis recently gathered, under the direction of Ken Root, to assist with the construction of a large, impressive replica of the United States Flag. 

Wed
15
Jul

Local author publishes first book with sequel on the way


Local author Jake Kaminski's law enforcement career created many travel opportunities across Eastern Europe. This photo was taken in Budapest while Kaminski was serving as a senior advisor assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wed
15
Jul

Chamber schedules some summer events but cancels GermanFest

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce board of directors met on July 8 for their monthly meeting to discuss the remaining Chamber events scheduled for this summer and fall. The board decided to proceed with some annual summer events, but cancelled what would have been the 30th annual GermanFest celebration.

Chamber Director Mandy Ludovissy issued the following statement explaining the board's decision:

Wed
08
Jul

Residents promote Guttenberg’s assets in new video


Videographer Mark Whitmore of Twisted Pear Posts and Nathan Ripperger, freelance videographer and graphic designer, spent the day in Guttenberg gathering footage to create a promotional video clip. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Capturing all of Guttenberg's assets, organizing a schedule of events, rounding up willing participants, deciding on key areas of interest, and reducing the footage into one five-minute video is a daunting task.

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