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Wed
23
Dec

Historic limestone structure receives renovations


Renovation of two one-bedroom units are near completion on the third floor of the Kuempel Hardware building. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

A hardware store has occupied the stone building at the corner of South River Park Drive and Herder Street in downtown Guttenberg since its construction in 1856.  The historic, limestone structure was constructed by Charles Falkenheiner and Bro., and intended for both commercial and single-family dwelling. 

Wed
23
Dec

Council hears project updates, lowers garbage fees

By Shelia Tomkins

At its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 14,  the Guttenberg city council heard updates on major projects, reduced garbage fees, and gave the green light to a proposed pickleball court.

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 were City Manager Denise Schneider and City Attorney Michael Schuster. 

Wed
16
Dec

Historical round barn still stands after 106 years


In 1914 the late Louis Friedlein designed and built the impressive 72-foot circumference round barn that sets in the valley along Highway 52 just outside of Millville. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Wed
16
Dec

Shelter-in-place creates first-time author


First-time author Sheri White utilized her down time while sheltering in place and unwittingly started to compile information for her book, "100 Days of Staying the Hell Home in 2020 - #HashtagsofCovid19." (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Many Americans chose to shelter-in-place when the country began to shut down because of a worldwide pandemic. The coronavirus took over our lives, and finding things to occupy our time in the comfort of our homes became a daily challenge. At first, long overdue to-do lists were cheerfully tackled. When those lists were completed and the sense of accomplishment started to fade away, many of us wondered – what's next? 

Wed
16
Dec

COVID-19 update for Clayton County

By Shelia Tomkins

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Clayton County continues to affect residents and the local healthcare community, with long-term care facilities feeling a major impact from the pandemic.

As of Sunday, Dec. 13, the Iowa Department of Health reported four new cases in the county in the previous 24 hours for a total of 1,256 since the pandemic began. There have been 24 deaths in the county. Recovered cases number 879 and active cases stand at 353. 

Wed
09
Dec

Merry Christmas from Mitterteich, Germany


Karin Bahls, who grew up in Mitterteich, Germany still celebrates and enjoys many of the Christmas traditions she grew up with, including the Advent wreath, above, and linzer cookies. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Christmas customs and traditions may vary around the world, but most have a common theme. Karin Bahls, longtime Guttenberg resident, spent most of her childhood in Mitterteich, Germany. Karin graciously agreed to share her beloved childhood Christmas memories.  She began, "I, along with my mother, and older brother, Juergen arrived in Mitterteich in 1945 as German refugees from Oppeln. I was five years old and Juergen was a couple years older. My father was in World War I and II. My older brother, Harry, and older sister, Ulla, were also in the military – drafted by Hitler. They all survived World War II."

Wed
09
Dec

Duck hunters' paradise turns into "weather bomb"


From left L.W. Abel, Mick Abel and an unknown hunter pose following a successful pheasant hunt. The Abel brothers narrowly escaped the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940. (Photo courtesy or Loraine Zearly)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Armistice Day Blizzard took place in the Midwest region of the United States on Nov. 11 and 12 in 1940. The unexpected, fierce, early-season "panhandle hook" winter storm cut a thousand-mile-wide swath through the middle of the country from Kansas to Michigan. In its wake the storm dropped more than two feet of snow, burying vehicles and roadways beneath 20-foot drifts. 

Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940

Wed
09
Dec

Santa to visit Guttenberg on Sunday, Dec. 13

Santa will take time out from his busy holiday schedule to visit Guttenberg on Sunday, Dec. 13, starting at 12 noon. He will catch a ride on a Guttenberg fire truck and tour the streets of the community to wave at youngsters.

Prepackaged candy canes and forms for letters to write to Santa will be handed out. Completed letters can be dropped off at the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce office at the mailbox outside to be mailed to Santa.

Wed
02
Dec

Opportunities for charitable holiday giving


Sarah Meyer, GMHC Ambulatory Quality Manager, reminds co-workers, patients, and visitors to "Always be kind." (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The selfless, giving nature of Santa Claus is imprinted on our lives at a very early age. Our vision of a kind-hearted, jolly old soul who willingly gives gifts to individuals he has never met  plants the seeds of generosity that help us to become charitable adults. When we give thanks for all that we have, the true spirit of the holiday season awakens within us a desire to lend a helping hand to those in need. There is remarkable power in the act of generosity — for both the giver and receiver. It brings people together, helps us dissolve our differences, and acknowledges our shared humanity.

Wed
02
Dec

Rose-Maar Dairy honors Clayton Ridge Elementary


Rose-Maar Dairy of Garnavillo will hold a dairy presentation and giveaway to the teachers, staff, and students of Clayton Ridge Elementary School in Garnavillo on Friday, Dec. 4, as part of Dairy Cares, through Midwest Dairy. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Rose-Maar Dairy of Garnavillo will hold a dairy presentation and giveaway to the teachers, staff, and students of Clayton Ridge Elementary School in Garnavillo. The event is set to take place Friday, Dec. 4, and is part of Dairy Cares, through Midwest Dairy. "Also AMPI, the dairy cooperative we sell our milk to, will be giving away a free cheese stick to each person and a free pound of butter to each staff member," noted Anna Wilson, spokesperson for Rose-Maar Dairy.

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