Guttenberg Press

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Cause of Guttenberg fire, explosion remain unknown


 A June 10 explosion and fire damaged the house belonging to Susan Bartz, who was not home at the time. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

The cause of an explosion and fire last week at a Guttenberg residence remains unknown following an initial investigation, according to a news release from the Guttenberg Fire Department.

On Tuesday, June 10, at  6:23 p.m. the Guttenberg Fire Department was dispatched to 131 Garber Road in Guttenberg. The first fire personnel on the scene saw what appeared to have been an explosion in the two-story home. The fire department began an offensive fire attack in the structure to contain the fire.

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18
Jun

Prepare now for fun at Stars and Stripes Celebration


Watching parades and fireworks are Independence Day traditions. This year's Stars and Stripes Celebration in Guttenberg will feature traditional events alongside new entertainment for adults, children, and the whole family. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Stars and Stripes Celebration organizers are planning a full day of entertainment on Saturday, July 5. In addition to the parade, fireworks, food, and children’s games, community members are encouraged to participate in several new activities.

- A ‘Team Game-a-thon’ for all ages will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Businesses, organizations, and individuals are invited to pair up on teams of two for a friendly competition in the park. Three games make up the event: Gunny sack races, a beanbag toss, and water balloon volleyball. 

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18
Jun

A father's patriotic spirit remembered


The late Ben Krall of Charles City taught his family a love of music and a respect for their country. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

When Ben Krall graduated from high school in 1937, he was already reading everything he could find on Hitler’s conquest of Europe. Just three years later, Krall and 20 other young men from Charles City enlisted on a cold December night. When Ben passed away this spring, he was the only man of those twenty-one remaining.

Ben’s son, Tom Krall, is a staple of Clayton Ridge athletic programs and a familiar voice in the St. Mary’s church choir in Guttenberg. Tom remembers his father’s patriotism as one of the most important values he shared throughout his life. “He would never miss his yearly army reunions. He felt a pretty important tie with these guys, the 34th Red Bull Division, and he was actually the president of the national group for a couple of years,” said Tom. 

Ben spoke publicly about his experiences in World War II, visiting elementary schools, high schools, and nursing homes near his home in Charles City. He also put many of his stories down on paper. 

When he enlisted, Ben and the others from Charles City expected to be in and out in one year. It wasn’t meant to be. 

Wed
11
Jun

Sheila B. Bolsinger

Sheila Mae (Divis) Bolsinger, 73, of Colesburg, died peacefully Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation was before services at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 7, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colesburg, conducted by Rev. Stephen A. Lundgren. Lector was Carol Simons. Ushers were Les Simons and Leo Roling.  Placing of the pall was done by Robert Bolsinger, Jeffery Bolsinger, Dawn Martin, Jennifer Hambright and Jammie Martin. Giftbearers were Chase Martin, Ryan Martin and Mellyssa Boyd.

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Curtis D. Nuehring

Curtis Duanne Nuehring, 70, passed away May 28, 2014, at his home in Camden, Tenn.

A celebration of Curt’s life was Friday, June 6, at Farmersburg Community Center. He was interred at Swede Ridge Cemetery in Northeast Iowa.

Curtis was born on May 29, 1943, in Clayton County to Frederick and Vivian (Canoe) Nuehring.

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Karla J. Sellers

Karla Jo Jessen Sellers, 53, died peacefully of cancer Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 7, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton.

Inurnment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.

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11
Jun

Stars and Stripes parade invitation

Guttenberg Development and Tourism announces an open invitation for participants in this year's Stars and Stripes Parade. The theme is “Where the rubber meets the river,” and the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Children are encouraged to decorate bicycles and enter the mini-float division. GD&T will offer Guttenberg Dollars for winners in each category. The theme isn’t limited to bicycles, however, and participants are encouraged to think of clever ways to incorporate tires into their parade entries. One Guttenberg couple plans to ride their motorcycles in the parade. 

Wed
11
Jun

Guttenberg city council moves forward on ambulance financing

By Shelia Tomkins

At the regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 2, the Guttenberg city council heard discussion on the proposed golf cart ordinance and moved forward on ambulance financing. 

Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein, along with City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster were in attendance.

Golf cart ordinance

Kevin Mommer, a Guttenberg resident and Iowa State Trooper, addressed the council about the proposed golf cart ordinance. While he said that he supports such an ordinance, he expressed concern about the age restrictions. The proposed ordinance  says drivers must be 18 years of age; Iowa law allows for a drivers license at age 16. City Attorney Schuster said that cities can make laws that are more restrictive than state law. Discussion was held on the possibility of restricitng the city ordinance to age 19 and older. The local ordinance prohibits operation outside of city limits and restricts travel on Highway 52 except to cross it. The golf cart ordinance, which has passed two public readings, did not appear on the meeting agenda for a third and final reading. 

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11
Jun

Pool refurbishment project continues


Since it was built in 1974, Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool has provided fun in the sun to the city and its visitors. A nine-member committee is currently discussing pool refurbishment options. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Members of the committee for refurbishment of the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool met on Tuesday evening, June 3. Since the group began meeting in February, they have reviewed six concepts for potential site plans, working toward a plan that meets Guttenberg’s needs and budget.

Immediate concerns to be addressed include the malfunctioning wading pool, the deterioration of the main pool’s north wall, removal of trees and expansion of fenced in area to the north, and mechanical upgrades. Adding a zero-depth entry, slides, and other water features is also being discussed. 

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The fate of the food chain rests on winged shoulders


Female bees make up 95% of all the bees in a colony. Each fall, female bees drive the male bees from the hive and cluster together to keep warm. By flexing their wing muscles, the remaining females create enough friction to keep their cluster at a minimum of 85 degrees all winter long. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

One out of every three bites you take at the dinner table has been directly touched by a certain winged, striped, hairy individual. The other two-thirds of your food has been indirectly affected by the same creature: The honeybee.

“Without bees, you could figure there’d be a food war,” says local beekeeper Bill Johnson. “We’d have a lot of people starving,” adds Louise, his wife and partner in the family honey farm. 

Honeybees are not even native to North America, having been imported from Europe, so why are they so critical in the food chain? Prior to the importation of honeybees, moths, blackflies, butterflies, and hummingbirds took care of all the pollination necessary in the U.S – but since much of the plant life we depend on for food is also imported, bees are now a critical part of the ecosystem.

The Johnsons started with one hive in 1993. “We had just bought the farm, and we had apple trees that needed bees for pollination,” said Louise. That first endeavor was a failure – the bees didn’t survive the harsh Iowa winter. The next year, the Johnsons tried again with two hives, and by the end of this week, they’ll have 300 hives with at least 60,000 bees living in each. 

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