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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

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. 

Wed
13
Jan

COVID-19 recovery for Guttenberg Care Center

Note: The following news release was submitted by ABCM Corporation and addresses the COVID-19 outbreak at the Guttenberg Care Center and the current recovery status.

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Wed
06
Jan

Pickleball courts approved by city council


A pickleball court, similar to the above photo, will be located just north of the softball field on the north side of the walking bridge next to the railroad tracks on the south side of Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg city officials and other community leaders have recognized the need to create opportunities for healthy living within our community. Studies have shown that physical activity can have a direct impact on our physical and mental health and well-being. Terry Moser, park board member, and his wife, Jane, grew up in Guttenberg. The couple has moved back to the area and is settling into retirement. They addressed city council members via video conferencing on Monday, Dec. 14, requesting approval for the installation of pickleball courts.

Wed
06
Jan

Elsinger reflects on childhood memories


Marge (Blaser) Elsinger was born in 1938 on a farmstead along the Wild Rice River in Western Minnesota. She grew up in a resourceful household and carried those lessons with her throughout her adult life. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Marge (Blaser) Elsinger was born in 1938 on a farmstead along the Wild Rice River in Western Minnesota. She is the middle child of 11 siblings born to Adolf and Laura Blaser. "Most of the children were delivered by my grandmother, Wilhelmina, who attended Omaha School of Midwifery in the late 1890s, after she had children of her own. That was pretty rare at the time," Marge shared. 

Resourceful family

Wed
30
Dec

World War II letters spark fond memories of Guttenberg


George Grant Thompson was sworn into service on Dec. 28, 1942, and went overseas in 1943, landing in England on June 1. He sent his first letter to The Press while stationed in Fort Belvoir, Va. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. – George S. Patton

Wed
30
Dec

COVID-19 vaccinations begin at GMHC


Dr. Michele Dikkers receives the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics. (Photo submitted)

Wednesday, Dec. 23, was a historic day at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics when vaccinations for COVID-19 began for the staff. The first dose went to Dr. Michele Dikkers, a physician at Cornerstone Family Practice and GMHC who also serves as the chair of the Clayton County Board of Health.

"I did it! I received my COVID-19 vaccine today, and it did not hurt," said Dr. Dikkers. "My Christmas gift for the year. I look forward to 2021 and the time when all of our patients have been vaccinated."

Wed
30
Dec

Donors needed for convalescent plasma

The country’s supply of COVID-19 convalescent plasma is depleting amid surging COVID-19 cases across the U.S. With convalescent plasma demand outpacing donations from individuals recovered from COVID-19 by more than 7,000 units in November, the availability of plasma to meet patient need is of increasing concern. Convalescent plasma is needed to ensure health care providers have all the treatment options available for patients battling COVID-19.

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