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27
Jan

Readers share how they combat winter and practice "hygge"


The Hefel family enjoys an occasional, exhilarating "Wim Hof" lap around the house during the cold winter months. From right are Stella and Coos Hefel, and the family Labradoodle. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used to acknowledge a feeling or moment, alone or with friends, at home or out and about. It can be ordinary or extraordinary, and is often described as cozy, charming or special. It was originally a Norwegian term, but made its way into Danish culture in the 1800s,

Wed
27
Jan

COVID patient discharged from GMHC after 65 days

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC)  celebrated the discharge of COVID-19 patient Royce Hansel on Friday, Jan. 15, after 66 days in the patient care unit.

Royce tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Nov. 8, at GMHC. His symptoms worsened at home, causing his wife, Janan, to call GMHC COVID-19 line. It was determined that Royce be brought to the Emergency Department, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia due to active COVID-19. He was admitted on Nov. 12, 2020.

Wed
20
Jan

Augustin “Gus” G. Mormann

Augustin “Gus” Gregory Mormann, 31, of Colesburg, passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Select Specialty Hospital in Des Moines from complications from a motorcycle accident.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at St. Patrick Parish Center, Colesburg, with a scripture service at 6:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19 concerns, masks and social distancing are required at the visitation and funeral mass held in the parish center.

Wed
20
Jan

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson, 64, of Rochester, Minn., passed away Jan. 14, 2021, with loving family at her side. 

A memorial will be held at a later date.

Karen grew up on a farm and graduated high school in Guttenberg. She began her work career at the University of Iowa and most recently worked at HyVee Customer Service in Rochester. Karen loved her coworkers and friends at HyVee. She was truly overwhelmed and grateful for all of their love and support. 

Wed
20
Jan

Longtime employees reflect as hospital reaches 60 years


For the past 60 years GMHC has been a committed member of the Guttenberg community. The Critical Access Hospital is licensed to deliver acute, skilled, observation and hospice inpatient care. From left are Lisa Manson, Director of Ambulatory Services; Robin Esmann, RN, Director of Performance Excellence and Amy Speed, Director of Marketing and Development, and Foundation Director. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The history of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC) dates back to the mid-20th century, when doctors made house calls and cared for critically ill patients in their private hospitals. River View Hospital, located in the 400 block of South River Park Drive, was the community's first healthcare facility. Dr. C.R. Goddard founded it after World War II. He purchased the home and office from Dr. A.E. Beyer. In 1952, Dr. Goddard left the community, and the City purchased the hospital following a successful $45,000 bond issue vote. 

Wed
20
Jan

"Choose Hope" theme for art competition


The Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinic's patriotic display won first prize in the 2020 Umbrella Arts Summer Sculpture Contest. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.

Wed
20
Jan

City council hears project updates

By Shelia Tomkins

At its first monthly meeting of the new year on Jan. 11,  the Guttenberg city council heard updates on major projects and heard two funding requests from the Chamber of Commerce director. 

Mayor Bill Frommelt called the meeting to order with councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling, Jane Parker and Mick Pierce in attendance. Also on hand was City Manager Denise Schneider. 

Wed
13
Jan

Grace C. Dean

Grace C. (Klein) Dean, 94, of Dubuque, passed away at 1:56 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Hawkeye Care Center.

Visitation and funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque. 

Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Wed
13
Jan

Heitman Hill history and nature preserve project


The autumn foliage that surrounds Heitman Hill creates a spectacular view as motorists drop down into the Mississippi River Valley heading south toward Guttenberg. (Photo by Toni Boardman)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The steep hill heading north on the outskirts of Guttenberg, on the Great River Road, has been called  "Heitman Hill" for as long as anyone can remember. The narrow strip of pavement rests between a limestone bluff and a steep drop-off overlooking the backwaters of the Mississippi River. It offers walkers, runners and bicyclists a healthy challenge during the warm weather months and a driving challenge to motorists in the winter. 

Wed
13
Jan

Chamber of Commerce sponsors "Keepin' it Local"


Blooming Branches, located at 511 South First Street, is one of the Guttenberg merchants participating in the "Keepin' it Local" campaign. From left are Linda Ludovissy, Nancy Schroeder and Augie Petsche. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring "Keepin' it Local – eat, shop, win." Each week, through Jan. 31, two names will be drawn to receive Guttenberg Bucks for supporting local businesses. Entry slips can be found at participating local restaurants and retail stores. Participants must spend a minimum of $5 to receive an entry slip. 

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