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23
Feb

Woodcarver Ron Kaiser


Ron Kaiser of rural Garnavillo uses a combination of knives and power tools to achieve a realistic appearance on his wildlife woodcarvings. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

To a wood carver each block of wood contains an endless number of possibilities. It is up to the artist to discover which one of these prospects will emerge. Setting an artistic vision free from a block of wood is liberating, and the creative force can have you hooked for life. 

"Whittling is just knife work. Wood carving involves a wider assortment of tools to create a desired outcome," says Ron Kaiser of rural Clayton County. 

Wed
23
Feb

Garnavillo artists featured at annual library art show


The Garnavillo Public Library will have local artwork on display throughout the month of February. Displaying their artistic offerings from left are Cathy McLane, Elaine Stocks and Sharon Schmelzer. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Each February the Garnavillo Public Library invites local artists living in and around the community to share their latest artistic endeavors. This year six artists — Denise Saunders, Cathy McLane, Elaine Stocks, Ron Kaiser, and Sharon and Mike Schmelzer — submitted their work to the annual display. "February is our favorite time of year because we get to enjoy all this local talent," says the library staff. 

Denise Saunders

Wed
23
Feb

Lengthy monthly meeting for Guttenberg city council

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on Feb. 14, covered a variety of topics in a session that lasted nearly four hours. Mayor Fred Schaub led council members Jane Parker, Steve Bahls, Michelle Geuder, Austin Greve and Mandy Ludovissy through the evening's agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider was also at the council table. 

Engineer report

Wed
16
Feb

Community members share favorite books


The winter months are the perfect time to delve into a good book. (File photo)

By Caroline Rosacker

Any time of year provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a good book. The winter months, with shorter days and challenging weather conditions, give avid readers an even better excuse to while away the hours in the pages of a good read. The Guttenberg Press reached out to area bookworms and requested they share their all-time favorite book – why – and the impact it had on their life. Submissions are listed in alphabetical order. 

Wed
16
Feb

45 years of flower delivery service


Augie Petsche is celebrating his 45th year delivering flowers. A reception will be held in his honor on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Blooming Branches, 511 S. First St., Guttenberg. (Press Photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Research indicates the presence of flowers growing in nature or delivered to your front door triggers joyful emotions, increases feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is generally believed. When a six-foot, eight-inch tall, spirited, happy-go-lucky gentleman, sometimes dressed in a tuxedo, delivers those flowers the experience has an even greater impact.  

Wed
16
Feb

Cornerstone Communities meet endowment challenge

The Foundation of Cornerstone Communities (FCC) has announced that it has officially met the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Small Town Dreams Initiative challenge to build the local endowment to $450,000.

Just nine months after the launch of the community campaign called “A Strong Tomorrow,” gifts, memorials and pledges totaling $225,000 were added to the quiet phase funds of $225,000 to meet the challenge grant goal of $450,000.

Wed
09
Feb

Sode's Perk Central opens for business


Beth and Matt Sadewasser of Guttenberg responded to community needs and expanded their business by opening up a coffee shop, Sode’s Perk Central. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Twice in 2021, the City of Guttenberg's Community Vitality team invited community members to provide input on what community projects they would like to see implemented in Guttenberg. More than 400 people responded to the survey that indicated a strong need for a local coffee shop.

Wed
09
Feb

River Town Family Dentistry donates to St. Mary School


Alicia Walke, DDS, River Town Family Dentistry, has donated $2,500 which will be used toward St. Mary's tuition, and $500 for home furnishings for a family in need. From left are Alicia Walke and St. Mary's administrative secretary Erin Schmelzer. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Alicia Walke, DDS, River Town Family Dentistry, recently donated $2,500 dollars to St. Mary Immaculate Conception School (SMIC) in Guttenberg. She was inspired to give back to the community that has graciously welcomed her. 

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09
Feb

Lock and Dam 10 annual navigation report

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, released its 2021 navigation statistics for the Upper Mississippi River in January.

The 2021 navigation season unofficially ended Nov. 28 after the Motor Vessel Jonathon Erickson departed St. Paul, Minn. The 2021 navigation season started March 19 when the Motor Vessel R. Clayton McWhorter locked through Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minn., en route to St. Paul.

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02
Feb

UA offers community music and more


Elected Umbrella Arts board members were voted in on Jan. 18. From left are Juanita Loven, Laura Manson, Matt Esser, Sherry Oliver and Ann Korezyk. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

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. 

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