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Mar

Volunteers fight fires, fundraise


Guttenberg's firefighters must be prepared for any situation, so they practice situations like this car accident extrication training. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Molly Moser

The first step in fire protection for Guttenberg came in 1877, when the town council authorized the purchase of its first piece of fire equipment – a hand-operated pump with hose and fittings, purchased for a total of $380. On May 5, 1882, the Guttenberg Fire Department was officially created.

Wed
28
Mar

Getting to know local government Hospital board looks to hire two new physicians


Members of the volunteer GMHC board of trustees are entrusted with the health of Guttenberg's hospital, and in turn the health of the community as a whole. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The five-member board of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics is tasked with keeping the community’s most essential resource thriving. “The hospital is a major institution in the community and each board member sees that and wants to make sure that the institution is healthy and that the community is healthy,” said board chair Karen Merrick. “It’s a municipal hospital, and the people who run it have a real responsibility to the community as a whole.”

Wed
21
Mar

City council approves budget

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on March 12 approved the budget for the coming fiscal year, discussed railroad issues and heard a request for street improvements.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling, and Jane Parker through the evening's agenda; also on hand was city manager Denise Schneider.

Wed
21
Mar

Getting to know local government Historic preservation group reflects on 2017, sets 2018 goals


Historic preservation commission member Gary Goyette rescues wainscotting prior to demolition of a historic property located at the intersection of Schiller and First Street. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg’s historic preservation commission advocates for some 200 historic properties within the city limits, working to educate owners of those properties and completing its own projects to improve upon the appearance and preservation of the city.

Wed
21
Mar

Reed's Steakhouse & Grill New restaurant pairs fine dining with a fine view

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Angela Reed has spent nearly a lifetime working in the food industry, and she’s excited to open a new restaurant above the Dam Bar next month. Reed describes the atmosphere of Reed’s Steakhouse and Grill as upscale, yet family oriented. Her goals are excellence in food and service, consistency, and an emphasis on homemade foods.

Wed
21
Mar

Robert W. Carrier

Robert William Carrier, 80, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, March 11, 2018, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Saturday, March 17, Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Wed
21
Mar

Rosemary T. Matt

Rosemary Theresa Matt, 86, of Garnavillo, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg where the family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m., Monday, March 26. Scripture service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Wed
21
Mar

James A. Horstman

James Albert Horstman, 76, of Davenport, died Thursday, March 8, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Visitation was Monday, March 12, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 13, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Colesburg, conducted by Rev. John Haugen.

Wed
14
Mar

Swim pool bond issue passes


Supporters of the Wave of the Future campaign gathered on Tuesday night to celebrate the passing of a bond referendum. Votes were overwhelmingly in favor of funding a new swimming pool for Guttenberg. Front from left are Karilyn McArthur, Debbie Eulberg, Jessica Cline, Bec Knudtson, Deb Moser, Molly Moser, Ammi Hugo, Norma Thiese, Julie Rastetter, Luke Hoffman and Russ Loven; back row, Dr. Robert Merrick, Judy Puls, Al Ullerich, Paula Deutmeyer, MJ Smith and Austin Greve. (Photo submitted)

In a special election on March 6, Guttenberg voters approved a measure to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $2.8 million to help finance a new swimming pool.

Unofficial results as announced by Clayton County Auditor Jennifer Garms showed 300 votes in favor and 44 opposed, for 79% voter approval. Voter turn-out was low, at only 26% of all registered eligible voters.

Wed
14
Mar

Kuempel Hardware store sold to Meuser Lumber Company


Past, present and future Guttenberg businessmen John Finch, Tom Kuempel and Charles Finch commemorated the sale of Kuempel Hardware to Meuser Lumber with a photo. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Two Guttenberg businesses, each well over a century in age, have come together in Meuser Lumber Company’s March 1 purchase of Kuempel Hardware. The Press sat down with John Finch of Meuser Lumber and Tom Kuempel of Kuempel Hardware to talk about the past, present and future of the two companies. 

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