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Wed
28
Apr

City-wide garage sales set for June this year

City-wide garage sales will be held in Guttenberg this year on Friday and Saturday, June 4-5.

Last year, due to pandemic concerns, the schedule broke with the traditional date of the first weekend in May and was held the first weekend in June. 

The event will be coordinated by The Guttenberg Press. Watch upcoming issues for information on placing an ad in the garage sale listing. The ads will appear in The Press and in The Trader. 

Wed
21
Apr

Sheep earn their keep on a steep slope


Lisa and John Finch of Guttenberg have been raising sheep on their property for the past 11 years as an eco-friendly way to keep invasive weeds, brush and small trees under control. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Small-scale agricultural practices continue to grow in popularity in the United States. Raising sheep, with their small stature and gentle nature, makes them especially suitable for homesteaders. 

Wed
21
Apr

Clayton County SART receives support


Tristan and Tricia Bacon, siblings and proprietors of "Bloody Run Wildlife Minerals." donated $1,250 to Clayton County Sexual Assault Reponse Team (SART). Front from left are Tricia and Tristan Bacocon; back row, Brandi Lewin, Victim Witness Coordinator and Sergeant Brent Ostrander. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Clayton County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is comprised of a victim witness coordinator, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, sexual assault nurse examiners and advocates. These individuals are the primary response to sexual assault. 

Wed
21
Apr

Police Chief announces summer retirement

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg Police Chief George Morteo announced plans to retire this summer when he spoke to the city council at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 12. "I think it is time that I retire," said the Chief, who has served the community for 29 years. "Effective July 23 I will be done."  The council made plans to advertise for the position with an application deadline of May 17 in order to allow time for hiring and training prior to the Chief's retirement.

Wed
14
Apr

Novelist publishes fourth book


Brian Spielbauer, who grew up in Guttenberg, has published his latest novel, "The Legacy of Faith." His previous publications are "The Tales of Lemuria" a three-book series that includes "The Demon's Chamber" "The Three Charms" and "The Child King." (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Brian Spielbauer, author of four successful novels with another one in the works, was born and raised in Guttenberg. He currently resides in Fayette, Mo., with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters, Sydney and Allie. He is employed as an agent at Endeavor Agency in Fayette. The sports enthusiast also coaches Fayette's high school basketball team and was a past college basketball coach and athletic director. He also has a passion for helping people attain new executive positions. "I like coaching and mentoring and hope to inspire more people to tell their stories through my writing," commented Spielbauer. 

Wed
14
Apr

The Final 19: The Dan Hefel POW Story


Specialist Daniel H. Hefel, who was a POW during the Vietnam War, will be featured in an independent film created by director Tim Breitbach to be presented at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival April 18 and April 20. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

An independent film: The Final 19: The Dan Hefel POW Story, directed by Tim Breitbach, will be presented at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival on April 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Julien Dubuque Hotel Ballroom and on April 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Civic Center in Dubuque. Since 2012 the film festival has been enriching the community and uniting cultures through the education and promotion of the arts through independent film.    

Wed
14
Apr

"Yard of the Month" program this summer

By Shelia Tomkins

The City of Guttenberg has announced a "Yard of the Month" program for city residents this coming season. The first round of nominations will be due May 17 with the award to be presented in June. 

The Yard of the Month is sponsored by the City in conjunction with the Umbrella Arts Committee. The purpose is to recognize residents who have improved or maintained their yard and whose yard has a positive aesthetic appeal.

Wed
07
Apr

Herbalist uses native plants for health


Adrian White, herbalist, freelance writer, and co-owner/operator of Jupiter Ridge Farms, promotes medicinal herbs and nutritious food as a foundation for increased health and wellness. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Wed
07
Apr

Living a van-tastic life on the open road


From left Molly Flack, Clayton Schaefer and their canine companion "Ophie" enjoy traveling across the United States in their transit van. Clayton spent ten months researching and transforming the van into a secure home on wheels. (Press photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Molly Falck was born and raised in Arlington. She grew up a few miles away from her boyfriend and traveling companion, Clayton Schaefer, when he and his parents were living in the area when Clayton was a young boy. The 23-year-old studied massage therapy in Anamosa, at Carlson College of Massage Therapy, and then worked at Hands in Harmony before traveling. She was a seasonal massage therapist in California and Colorado while living in her first van. 

Wed
07
Apr

County vaccine update and wait list information

The Iowa Governor’s Office announced that effective on Monday, April 5, all Iowans became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Depending on the vaccine manufacturer, individuals age 16 or older could be eligible. Pfizer is currently approved for use in those age 16 and older; while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for those over age 18. Previously eligible groups, including those over age 65 and those with high-risk health conditions, will remain vaccine eligible. 

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