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Sixteen-year-old black belt pursues performing arts education


Elayna Simon, left, thinks of her karate instructors Nancy and Jerry Trowbridge, right, as a second set of parents. She earned her black belt in April. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Sixteen-year-old Elayna Simon, daughter of Mike and Dr. Janette Simon of Guttenberg, recently took a three-hour test. “And that was just the physical part,” said Simon, who has been practicing Tang Soo Do since she was four years old. She earned her black belt in April after taking an oral exam, writing a 2000-word essay, sparring against two black belts simultaneously and completing a four-way board break. “I broke one with my hand, and then I broke one with my foot. Then I turned around and broke one with my hand again, and then the last one I broke two boards at the same time with a kick,” she told The Press. 

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01
Jun

Middle school integrates agriculture into classrooms


Kelly Jo Fleming, Jackson Patino and Brady Bernhard guided fellow students through tasting different cheeses after their classroom received a grant from IALF. The students preferred the Cheese n’Salami sample, and their least favorite was Swiss. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

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18
May

Robert E. Overbeck

Robert E. Overbeck, 61 of Tucson, Ariz., was called to heaven by the angels of God suddenly on May 3, 2016.

A memorial will be held in Guttenberg at a later date.

Bob was born Feb. 16, 1955, in Guttenberg. He was the son of Verni and Elizabeth “Betty” (Nieland) Overbeck. 

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18
May

St. Mary's graduating class of 100 years ago


Eighth grade graduates of the St. Mary's School in Guttenberg posed for a formal portrait 100 years ago. While the names of class members are known (see story), anyone who can match a face to a name is asked to contact Austin Greve, 563-880-3899. Stella Weber is second from the right in the back row, and Anna Jaeger Greve is seated third from the right. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins 

Turn back the clock 100 years and you would find that honoring young Guttenberg graduates who had successfully completed their years of study was an event that featured many traditions that are still in practice today.

Wed
18
May

Farmers Market opens this weekend

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg Farmers Market will open on Saturday, May 21, in the 400 block of downtown Guttenberg. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Enjoy shopping for homegrown produce, honey, plants, coffee, homemade baked goods, crafts, candles, and more. In addition to favorite offerings from familiar vendors, look for some new additions. Dave Poggenklass will provide music this Saturday, weather permitting.

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18
May

Umbrella Arts announces fire hydrant painting


Lori Wallace painted a sample fire hydrant at the corner of Highway 52 and Schiller to kick off the Umbrella Arts fire hydrant painting project. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

It started with bicycles. They began popping up all over town in the summer of 2014, before RAGBRAI ended in Guttenberg. The bikes were mounted on balconies and rooftops, appearing in shop windows and on sidewalks, incorporated into garden landscapes and even given cleverly sculpted riders of all sorts. In the end, over 50 re-imagined bicycles decorated the city of Guttenberg that summer. 

Wed
18
May

Cunningham recognized for character, academic performance


JT Cunningham received numerous awards this spring for his character and academic standing at the University of Dubuque. He's pictured here with wrestling coach Jon McGovern. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg native JT Cunningham, son of Jim and Sharon Cunningham, received the Wendt Character and Wendt Character Athlete of the Year awards from the University of Dubuque this spring. He also earned a place on the Academic Dean’s List, the UD Academic All Team Members, and the IIAC Academic All-Americans.

“The thing I’m most proud of is not his wrestling career – it’s his character,” said JT’s father Jim. 

Wed
11
May

Dental hygiene collection for Kenya

Helene Kuempel of Guttenberg will make her seventh and final trip to Kenya in June with Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Health Ministry, and her granddaughter Sydney Kuempel's will make her first medical mission trip.

Twelve medical team members from all over the USA will be working with Kenya Medical Officers (who have two years of medical training) to serve 2,000-3,000 people in remote villages for five to six long days. All medication and care is free of charge.

Wed
11
May

Short agenda for city council

By Shelia Tomkins

At its regular monthly meeting on May 2, the Guttenberg city council set a date to amend this year's budget, discussed the collective bargaining agreement and approved street closings for coming events.

Mayor Russ Loven led council members Steve Friedlein, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub and Austin Greve through the evening's agenda. Also present were City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

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11
May

Experts comment on airborne crystalline silica


Over 60 people attended last week’s meeting on air quality and the impact of silica sand on human health and the environment. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

There was standing room only at the April 28 meeting of the frac sand mining impact study group, where special guests Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy and David Osterberg of the University of Iowa presented findings on the effects of silica sand on air quality. Many Guttenberg residents attended the meeting, held in Elkader, alongside landowners and neighbors of the potential future underground mines.

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