Guttenberg Press

Wed
06
Aug

Webster and Kann visit Offutt Air Show near Omaha


Neil Webster, Fred Kann, and thousands of others watch a Lucas Oil plane at the 2014 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show July 19 at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jeff W. Gates)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Neil Webster got an up-close view of some exceptionally dangerous flights at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., late last month. He and Fred Kann, a Navy vet who served in Vietnam, attended the 2014 air show with Webster on July 19 and 20. 

In one such flight, said Webster, “The pilot flew his plane upside down just off the runway to pick off a pennant hanging between two 15-foot poles, using the plane’s vertical tail.” Another pilot flew along the runway with wings perpendicular to the pavement, and yet another flew straight up into the sky for several thousand feet before continuing further upward with acrobatics. 

The show began with Navy Seals dropping in via parasails directly in front of the VIP tent where Webster and Kann were seated. “A short time ago I received an invitation from the Commander Colonel Guillot of the 55th Wing Offutt Air Force Base to attend the air show,” Webster said, explaining how he and Kann were placed in the Commander’s Tent. “I had served with the 97th support group to the 55th in England during WWII and had previously been invited to special activities from the 55th wing.”

Now 93 years old, Webster has been involved in radio and electronics since high school. He grew up in Waucoma and attended radio school in New Orleans. After receiving his license to operate a radio station, he began working at WGRM in Greenwood, Miss. In 1939, he was making only $12 a week – so he quit and joined the military. This decision brought him to Hawaii, where he was serving at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. 

Wed
30
Jul

Mildred M. Dettman

Mildred “Millie” Matilda Dettman, 92, of Luana, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 29, at St. John Lutheran Church, Luana, conducted by Rev. Harold McMillin.

Burial was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Luana.

Wed
30
Jul

Clayton County Fair under way this week

By Shelia Tomkins

The 160th annual Clayton County Fair is under way this week, featuring a line-up of family entertainment, agricultural exhibits, midway rides and delicious fair food.   The fairground are located at National, five miles north of Garnavillo. 

The event will officially open on Wednesday evening, July 30, with a 6:30 p.m. flag raising and crowning of the 2014 Fair Queen.  A free beef and pork barbecue meal, sponsored by the Clayton County Commodity Groups, will be served from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Wed
30
Jul

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.

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