Guttenberg Press

Wed
13
Aug

Trinity Lutheran welcomes new pastor and young family


Pastors attending Andrew Preus' ordination and installation were, front from left, Stephen Preus (Andrew's brother), Rolf Preus (Andrew's father), newly-ordained pastor Andrew Preus, Brian Saunders, president of the LCMS Iowa District East, Brian Thorson, and Dean Rothchild; second row, Robert Benson, Paul Nus, Jesse Cearlock, Kristian Kincaid, Leonard Aurich, David Andersen, Donald Krause, Anthony Dodgers, Mark Preus (brother of Andrew), Andrew Grey, Mark Brase, John Preus (brother of Andrew), Dale Glawatz, and Troy Pepperkorn. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Pastor Andrew Preus preached his first sermon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg on Sunday. He was ordained and installed at Trinity following the completion of his seminary education earlier this year. Though it was his first day on the job, he didn’t bat an eye. “This is what I love to do,” he told The Press prior to the sermon.

Preus (pronounced Pr-oice) and his wife, Leah, along with their children, three-year-old Jacob, 18-month-old Solveig, and a third due in September, moved to Guttenberg last month. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political theory from the University of Minnesota at Morris in 2009, then began studying for a Master’s of Divinity degree at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. That degree is required to be eligible for ordination, but Preus didn’t stop there. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in sacred theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Wed
06
Aug

Ronald D. Hinzman

Ronald D. Hinzman, 67, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.  

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 1, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque, conducted by Rev. Penny Thomsen of Hospice of Dubuque.

Burial was in Linwood Cemetery with military honors by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Wed
06
Aug

River of Music continues this Friday evening

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will feature The Sounds of Nashville this Friday, Aug. 8, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shelter in the park along the river north of the school.

The evening will feature classic and modern country favorites. Band members are Gene Hansel, Steve Moser, Bob Richards and Jim Klein. 

Wed
06
Aug

Clayton County receives communications money

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Clayton County Emergency Management Agency’s Joel Biggs has announced that the county has received a $279,208 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the federal government.  

“The grant will be used to improve the radio system in Garnavillo,” he said.  “There will also be $10,368 in local funds dedicated to the project.”

Wed
06
Aug

New bakery to hold grand opening


Patrick and Patricia Kennedy are the owners of River's Edge Bakery in Guttenberg. Patricia is new to the bakery business, but Patrick has been baking for 42 years. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Patricia and Patrick Kennedy have made some pretty big changes in the past three weeks. They relocated from their home in Chicago to Guttenberg, began setting up a new business on River Park Drive, and are scheduled to launch that business on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Technically speaking, they’re on vacation.

The Kennedys took three weeks vacation from their current jobs in Chicago and are set to ‘retire’ on Aug. 7 and 8, following the grand opening of River’s Edge Bakery. “For me to have a bakery, this is ideally perfect,” says Patricia, gesturing to the view outside the new shop’s window. 

Patrick began baking 42 years ago, when he asked for a job in a bakery while working there as a painter’s assistant. “I was making $20 a day and working 16 hour days for two years,” he recalls. Patrick has opened various bakeries over the years and has worked in many more.  He plans to begin baking at 10:00 p.m. each night and open up shop by 5:00 a.m. most days. 

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.

Pages

Subscribe to Guttenberg Press