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Wed
27
Jul

World record holder paddles into town


Dale Sanders, 87, and his team are paddling down the Mississippi River in an effort to recapture Sander's previous world record: the oldest person to paddle the Mississippi river, source to sea. From left are "Mississippi River Angels" Deanna and Dan Kuempel of Guttenberg, Dale "Grey Beard" Sanders, Matt Briggs and "Melody" and Dale Faust. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

On May 15, Dale "Grey Beard" Sanders, 87, of Bartlett, Tenn., began paddling at the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Lake Itasca, Minn. He will continue paddling in one continuous trip until he reaches the Gulf of Mexico, 12 miles beyond mile "zero" of the Missississippi River. 

Wed
27
Jul

Author to present “Prohibition in Iowa”


Iowa had statewide prohibition in 1916, four years before the national policy in 1920. Above, a young rebel hides her flask in her garter. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The 18th Amendment, which outlawed the manufacturing and selling of liquor, created a profitable, dangerous business opportunity for moonshiners and bootleggers on the other side of the law.

Three states – Iowa, Kansas and Maine — were ahead of the vountry on Prohibition.  In fact, Iowa had statewide prohibition in 1916, four years before the national policy in 1920.

Wed
20
Jul

Bryant shares musical talent for 50 years


Bruce Bryant has been performing as a paid musician for the past 50 years. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

In 1972, former Guttenberg and Clayton Ridge High School English teacher Bruce Bryant, of Guttenberg began his career as a paid musician and entertainer while attending high school in Cuba City, Wis. 

Wed
20
Jul

Shepherd of the Hills hires new coordinator


Heather Hageman of Farmersburg is the newly hired coordinator for Shepherd of the Hills. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Shepherd of the Hills Ministries, located at 100 West Hill St., in St. Olaf, is a conference and cooperative ministry effort of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations in the Northeast Iowa Synod. 

Wed
20
Jul

City council hears railroad webcam proposal

By Shelia Tomkins

At the regular monthly meeting on July 11, the Guttenberg city council worked through a shorter than usual agenda that included project updates, discussion on a railroad webcam, and a change in the minimum age to operate a golf cart.

Mayor Fred Schaub led council members Mandy Ludovissy, Austin Greve, Jane Parker, Steve Bahls and Michelle Geuder through the evening's agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider was also at the council table. 

Wed
13
Jul

Fond memories of growing up in Osterdock


Ivanelle Bolsinger fondly remembers her adventerous childhood growing up in Osterdock. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Ivanelle Bolsinger grew up in Osterdock with 12 siblings. Listed from oldest to youngest are Alvina, Ruth, Clyde, Arlene, Clark, Ila, Ivan, Harvey, Ivanelle, Marjorie, Loren and Velma. Her parents, Frank Daniel "Jack" Moser, and Maggie Augusta (Noack) Moser, had their hands full with their spirited children. 

Ivanelle, who celebrated her 91st birthday on May 28, recently sat down with The Press and recalled her adventurous life. 

Wed
13
Jul

Exercising her way to better health


Brandi Hoff of Guttenberg is dedicated to her personal wellness journey and greets each new day with a positive attitude and a big smile. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Making a commitment to take better care of yourself can feel overwhelming, especially for working mothers who often commute to their jobs. 

Brandi Hoff, who works in the imaging department at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, made the decision to regain her health following the birth of her son. 

Wed
13
Jul

Historic vinyl exhibition and gift shop


Music enthusiasts will take a step back in time at John's Historic Vinyl Attraction and Gift Shop opening July 15. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Vinyl collector and music aficionado John Hartig was part of the Abel Island community for 50 years, and has been a full-time resident of Guttenberg for the past eight years. 

Hartig has recently placed his collection of vinyl records on display for local residents and visitors to the community to enjoy.

Wed
13
Jul

Shepherd of the Hills back to school drive

Shepherd of the Hills in St. Olaf, a cooperative ministry of the Northeast Iowa Lutheran Synod, has announced its annual collection of back-to-school items for Clayton County children.

Remember the excitement of getting ready to head back to school as a child? Some children do not look forward to this time, as their family may not be able to purchase those “new” items.

Wed
06
Jul

Memories of the 1975 Championship Guttenberg Pirates football team


Teammates of the 1975 Championship Pirates football team on hand for the interview from left are, Tim Schmitt, Don Mackey, Dan Kuempel, Perry Moser, Dan Walke, John Finch and Ken Davis (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In 1975, the Guttenberg High School Pirates varsity football team, comprised of 22 dedicated, determined players, won the Mid-East Iowa Conference with nine wins and zero loses.

The Guttenberg Press recently sat down with several members of the championship team who reside in Guttenberg to reminisce about their successful football season. 

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