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11
Apr

Getting to know the local government Elected officials maintain beauty of riverside parks


New landscaping around this restroom in Ingleside Park was completed in 2017, and this year the park board plans to renovate the restroom to make it handicap accessibile. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Five community members look after Guttenberg’s two miles of park bordering the mighty Mississippi. The parks are a hallmark of the city, serving as venues for community events, family gatherings, and places for exercise or rest and relaxation. 

Wed
11
Apr

Wave of the Future committee continues pool fundraising


Wave of the Future committee members accepted a pledge for $5,000 from Black Hills Energy last week. From left are Peg Thein, Dennis McNeal of Black Hills, MJ Smith, Molly Moser and Norma Thiese. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The Wave of the Future committee has continued its hard work and bi-weekly meetings following a successful bond referendum on March 6. Grant writing efforts have intensified now that community support has been secured, communication continues with potential in-kind donors for labor and materials, and community members have planned further fundraising events for the project. 

Wed
04
Apr

Clayton County Dairy Banquet April 6

The annual Clayton County Dairy banquet will be held on Friday, April 6, at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. Tickets will be available at the door. The banquet meal will be served at 7 p.m. with the program beginning at 8 p.m.

The banquet program includes the presentation of the county’s distinguished dairy producer, outstanding young dairy producer, and senior dairy producer awards.  

Wed
04
Apr

Library offers free online language-learning program


Guttenberg librarian Sandy Barron offered a Transparent Language introductory workshop on Thursday, March 22. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Public Library cardholders have access to a new, free resource from the State Library of Iowa and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Library members can choose from over 100 languages to study with an interactive online program called Transparent Language.

Wed
04
Apr

Opioid overdoses becoming common in GMH E.R.


Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, along with Robin Esmann, RN, and Joan Parker, RN, BSN, presented information about the nationwide opioid crisis and its local impacts last Tuesday evening. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, Robin Esmann, RN and Joan Parker, RN, BSN, presented to a small group at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital on Tuesday, March 27, about the nationwide opioid crisis. Iowa opioid prescription rates are less than many other states, yet are still at 73 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. 

Wed
28
Mar

Volunteers fight fires, fundraise


Guttenberg's firefighters must be prepared for any situation, so they practice situations like this car accident extrication training. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Molly Moser

The first step in fire protection for Guttenberg came in 1877, when the town council authorized the purchase of its first piece of fire equipment – a hand-operated pump with hose and fittings, purchased for a total of $380. On May 5, 1882, the Guttenberg Fire Department was officially created.

Wed
28
Mar

Getting to know local government Hospital board looks to hire two new physicians


Members of the volunteer GMHC board of trustees are entrusted with the health of Guttenberg's hospital, and in turn the health of the community as a whole. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The five-member board of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics is tasked with keeping the community’s most essential resource thriving. “The hospital is a major institution in the community and each board member sees that and wants to make sure that the institution is healthy and that the community is healthy,” said board chair Karen Merrick. “It’s a municipal hospital, and the people who run it have a real responsibility to the community as a whole.”

Wed
21
Mar

City council approves budget

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on March 12 approved the budget for the coming fiscal year, discussed railroad issues and heard a request for street improvements.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling, and Jane Parker through the evening's agenda; also on hand was city manager Denise Schneider.

Wed
21
Mar

Getting to know local government Historic preservation group reflects on 2017, sets 2018 goals


Historic preservation commission member Gary Goyette rescues wainscotting prior to demolition of a historic property located at the intersection of Schiller and First Street. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg’s historic preservation commission advocates for some 200 historic properties within the city limits, working to educate owners of those properties and completing its own projects to improve upon the appearance and preservation of the city.

Wed
21
Mar

Reed's Steakhouse & Grill New restaurant pairs fine dining with a fine view

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Angela Reed has spent nearly a lifetime working in the food industry, and she’s excited to open a new restaurant above the Dam Bar next month. Reed describes the atmosphere of Reed’s Steakhouse and Grill as upscale, yet family oriented. Her goals are excellence in food and service, consistency, and an emphasis on homemade foods.

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