Guttenberg Press

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It was the best finish by a dam site for RAGBRAI XLII


RAGBRAI rolls to the finish line  Under a canopy of shade on Guttenberg's South River Park Drive, RAGBRAI cyclists from Dream Team head to the finish line at the south marina for the traditional wheel dip in the Mississippi River. An estimated 10,000 cyclists enjoyed pleasant temperatures and an overcast sky for the final leg of the journey from Independence to Guttenberg. For more RAGBRAI photos, see pages 10, 11 and 20 or visit The Guttenberg Press page and the Guttenberg RAGBRAI page on Facebook. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg lived up to its RAGBRAI slogan — Best Finish By A Dam Site — when thousands of cyclists rolled into the community Saturday to finish their ride across Iowa with a front tire dip in the Mississippi River.

Volunteers stirred early Saturday morning to prepare for the expected 20,000 visitors, half of them cyclists, scheduled to arrive that day. By 7:30 a.m. a few hardy cyclists, who began the day riding in the dark, showed up at the dip site at the Guttenberg south marina.

Wed
30
Jul

As one journey ends, another begins


The Great River Rumble, a group of over 150 canoe and kayakers, will arrive at Guttenberg's south marina just one week after thousands of RAGBRAI riders dipped their tires in the same waters. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Bicycles began rolling down River Park Drive by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, filling Guttenberg’s restaurants, streets, and parks with energy from thousands of visitors.  Those at the south marina celebrated victory and, in some cases, relief, while another group of travelers were just beginning their journey near the north docks.

The Great River Rumble, active since 1995 and headquartered in Dubuque, began a weeklong canoe and kayak trip on the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers on Sunday. Some spent Friday evening in Guttenberg, and many loaded their vessels onto trailers before heading north by automobile at noon on Saturday. The Rumblers began their river voyage in Prairie du Sac, Wis., on Sunday morning, and are expected to arrive in Guttenberg around noon this Saturday.

As if a 431-mile bike ride or a seven-day paddle down two major rivers isn’t challenge enough, some adventurers do both. “We often have a few who get on board with us after riding RAGBRAI,” said Rumble leader Rex Klein. With the bike ride ending in the same town where paddlers boarded shuttles to their start location, several cyclists went straight from pedals to oars. 

Anticipation of the journey ahead kept the paddlers calm and the north end of Guttenberg fairly quiet. Meanwhile, the mood on the city’s opposite end was one of simultaneous exuberance and reflection. Amidst live music, local food vendors, and cheerful socialization, riders were encouraged to share their stories in notebooks scattered around the community.

Wed
30
Jul

Polls open for "Best of Guttenberg"


Scenic views from local businesses are just one of the 10 categories voters can chxoose from in Best of Guttenberg, a new addition to Celebrate Guttenberg this year. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

An exciting new event is being held in conjunction with the sixth annual Celebrate Guttenberg, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9. For the first time ever, community members will be able to vote for their favorite burger, pie, and bloody Mary in Guttenberg. Organizers from the sponsoring organization, Guttenberg Development & Tourism, will award certificates – and bragging rights – to merchants who are voted “Best of Guttenberg.” 

Wed
23
Jul

Gary Parker

Gary "Duke" Parker, 79, of Guttenberg, passed away July 12, 2014, at the Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point.

Graveside services were July 17, at the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Gary was born May 25, 1935, to Charles "Art" and Flossie (Bush) Parker. He went to Guttenberg High School. Gary was a commercial fisherman. He made his home with his nephew Denny Parker for the last 15 years.

Wed
23
Jul

William H. Sheber

William H. Sheber, 71, of Guttenberg, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at his home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, at Guttenberg City Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.  Bill was born the son of Edward and Pauline (Spencer) Sheber on Jan. 20, 1943, in Guttenberg.

Wed
23
Jul

Karen L. Tucker

Karen Lee Tucker, 69, of Wellington, Fla., passed away suddenly on June 3, 2014.

Memorial services were held at Palms West Funeral Home, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., on June 14, 2014.

Karen was born in Omaha, Neb., on June 12, 1944, the daughter of the late Samuel and Olive Beth Hahne.

Wed
23
Jul

Claude R. Frommelt

Claude Robert Frommelt, 92, of Guttenberg, passed away July 17, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, July 27, at St. Mary’s Church in Guttenberg. A visitation at the church will start at 11:00 a.m.,  followed by a funeral mass at 11:30 a.m.

A private burial will take place at a later date.

Wed
23
Jul

Charles W. Zittergruen

Charles W. Zittergruen, 78, of Guttenberg, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Guttenberg.  

Funeral services were Monday, July 21, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Guttenberg. Visitation was before services at the church.

Charles William Zittergruen was born on March 11, 1936, to Arnold and Viola (Tomkins) Zittergruen in Guttenberg. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Wed
23
Jul

Curtis O. Kruse

Curtis O. Kruse, 73, of Calmar, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, Wis.

Private services were held at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Garnavillo.

Burial was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery in Garnavillo.

Curtis Otto Kruse was born the son of Alfred and Anita (Hakert) Kruse on March 2, 1941, near Garber. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport in 1941 and was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preston in 1954.

Wed
23
Jul

Bear sighting in Clayton County

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed tracks and scat left near Clayton County beehives came from a black bear.

A DNR wildlife depredation biologist responded to a report from a beekeeper south of Wadena, near the Clayton-Fayette county line, who had found his beehives torn up. The DNR found bear scat within 25 feet of the hives. 

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