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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
15
Jul

Robert H. Fricke

Robert Henry Fricke, 84, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020, at the IOOF Home in Mason City.

Per his wishes, his body has been cremated and Robert’s family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City.

Wed
15
Jul

Lonnie Wright

Lonnie Wright, 68, of Colesburg, died Saturday, July 4, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center.

A private burial was held. Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Lonnie was born in Cedar Rapids on Feb. 8, 1952, the son of Orville and Augusta Wright. Lonnie lived in Wisconsin most of his life until moving to Iowa where he spent the last 28 years working in plastering with Lisa Johnson. He was a dog lover and was usually with his best friend Bear. 

Wed
08
Jul

Elaine K. Hanson

Elaine K. Hanson, 79, of Flint, Mich., died Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Fostrian Court Assisted Living in Flushing, Mich., of natural causes.

She was born Dec. 14, 1940, the daughter of Albert Christian Frederick and Mildred Maxine (Pardee) Fisher of Garnavillo. Elaine graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1958, and from Iowa State University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.

Wed
08
Jul

Leanna W. Burns

Leanna Walke Burns, 74, of Littleton, Colo., and formerly of Guttenberg passed away unexpectedly on June 16, 2020.

A celebration of life service was held in Littleton, Colo., on June 27.

Leanna was born April 2, 1946, to Harvey and Veronica (Frommelt) Walke in Guttenberg.

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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