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Wed
01
May

City awarded $344,640 grant for 5th St. truck route

By Shelia Tomkins

The City of Guttenberg has been awarded a $344,640 federal grant that will be used to change a truck route in north Guttenberg from Third Street to Fifth Street. The project is slated to begin in  fiscal year 2022-23.

The award came as the result of a successful grant application written by City Manager Denise Schneider. 

Wed
01
May

Vavra shines light on Mississippi River clamming history


Riverboat Captain and historian Robert C. Vavra is all smiles as he shares his love of the river while piloting his boat, "The Maiden Voyage," on the Upper Mississippi River. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Robert Vavra has always had a passion for the river. As a young lad growing up in Swisher, Vavra enjoyed spending his time outdoors in and along the banks of the Mississippi River, canoeing, swimming, and snake, frog and crawdad hunting. 

Wed
24
Apr

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month


The Parkinson's Awareness of Clayton County group presented a check to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital physical therapist Kim Franzen. The money was used to help offset the cost of Franzen's LSVT recertification. From left are Marlene Errthum, Kim Franzen and Janet Hefel. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month: Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms often start gradually, starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder will also cause stiffness or slowing of movement.

Wed
24
Apr

Bootleggers River Tavern, new look, name and menu


From left, Bootleggers Tavern by the River owners Nick and Jen Glenis and Jim Pfaffly, stand behind one of their living edge dining tables. Re-opening of the newly-renovated restaurant is scheduled for Friday, April 26. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Bootleggers River Tavern, located at 36835 Noble Road, just off Highway 52 in Millville, has been undergoing renovations and is getting ready to re-open following recent flood damage.

The new look will be unveiled on Friday, April 26, at 11 a.m. Singer, guitarist and songwriter Bruce Bryant, Carpe Diem, will provide the entertainment. 

Wed
24
Apr

Second river crest expected this week

By Shelia Tomkins

A second spring crest on the Mississippi River is expected this week and is predicted to top the one earlier this month at Guttenberg.

As of Monday morning, the U.S. Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wis., was predicting a crest of 20 feet at Guttenberg on Friday, April 26. That is approximately five inches higher than the  crest of 19.56 feet on April 5 this year.  

Wed
17
Apr

Fusion Products, a division of SignX Corporation


Mike and Brenda Landwehr stand next to a backlit display panel advertising Airstream travel trailers. Fusion Products, a division of SignX Corporation, is responsible for its sleek design. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The journey from successful business operatives to prosperous business owners has consisted of long hours, creative thinking, determination and financial acuity.  

President Mike Landwehr and his wife, Vice-President Brenda Moser Landwehr, of Guttenberg own Fusion Products, a division of SignX Corporation, located in the Guttenberg Industrial Park at 111 North Hill Drive.

Wed
17
Apr

Umbrella Arts prepares for busy summer season in Guttenberg


Umbrella Arts is a non-profit organization that complements, supports and expands on the arts in our community. From left, Gail Larson and Cheryl Meyer tend an information booth during last year’s Farmer's Market. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

Umbrella Arts (UA) members are gearing up for another busy season of advocating art along the banks of the Mississippi River in Guttenberg. 

Juanita Loven, spokesperson for the non-profit group, shared their upcoming Flower Fundraiser with The Press.

Wed
17
Apr

City council sets utility rates, solar energy policy

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on April 8 increased utility rates, responded to discussion on solar energy and set a public hearing on a budget amendment.

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

Wed
10
Apr

Guttenberg flood preparedness


The riverbank behind the public restroom in the 500 block of South River Park Drive in downtown Guttenberg saw significant erosion this spring. The damage will be assessed when the Mississippi River level goes down. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

Unusual weather events that have created an inordinate amount of rain and snowfall in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa placed Guttenberg at risk for an increase in flooding along the banks of the Mississippi River and its tributaries.  

Stephan Bahls, wastewater and flood control superintendent for the City of Guttenberg, met with The Press to discuss how the city prepares for the spring flood season. 

Wed
10
Apr

St. Mary alumnus Arnold Spielbauer donates scale-model canoe


St. Mary alumnus Vernon Heck holds a handcrafted 1/5-scale model canoe donated to the St. Mary's Heritage Room by school graduate Arnold Spielbauer. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

St. Mary's class of 1946 alumnus Arnold Spielbauer, who resides in Liberty, Ill., has been building full and small-scale canoes since 1972. His 46 years of experience has made him somewhat of an expert in his field.

Spielbauer  utilized his time and talent to create a 1/5-scale replica of a decorated ancient woods watercraft. He donated the work of art to the St. Mary's Heritage Room located in the former convent north of the school.   

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