Guttenberg Press

Wed
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Jul

July is prime season for seafood


Steve Hansel has over a decade of experience in the sea food industry. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

An evening walk around Guttenberg in mid-July brings all kinds of mouth-watering scents from backyard grills. Thanks to Steve Hansel of Deep Blue Seafood, located on Kestrel Avenue, premium wild caught shrimp, lobster tail, cod loins, and more are available to locals for grilling in landlocked Iowa.

Deep Blue Seafood, in business since 1998, also sells thousands of gallons of oysters each season. "We run to Texas all the time to pick up shrimp and oysters," says Hansel. He admits he went years without trying oysters, but now he enjoys them southern-style - grilled over an open fire and topped with sharp cheddar and hot sauce. 

"Everybody overcooks sea food," says Hansel with a good-natured grin. "It doesn't take very long to cook, and should be clear -to-white when finished." He cooks his own shrimp on the grill with garlic butter, a simple but delicious way to bring out its best flavors. 

Wed
23
Jul

RAGBRAI riders from coast to coast pedal across Iowa


After months of preparation by organizers and months of training by cyclists, RAGBRAI kicked off on Friday night as hundreds of riders and support crew enjoyed Guttenberg and camped alongside the Mississippi River. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Bike-hauling vehicles with plates from Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Colorado, New Jersey, Texas, New England, North Carolina, Vermont, Arkansas, Idaho, Alabama, and even Ontario filled RAGBRAI’s main parking lot in Guttenberg on Friday. Some joined the ride for the first time, and others have been cycling across Iowa for decades.

RAGBRAI rider Albrecht was relieved to arrive in Guttenberg after a two-day drive from Ontario. “Now my vacation starts,” he said, noting that the car ride was more daunting than the bike ride. 

Though driving from Canada to Iowa might be a greater task for some than pedaling coast-to-coast across the state, Orv Wood of Kansas City feels that RAGBRAI is more intimidating than climbing Mount Fuji. Wood was stationed in Japan while serving in the U.S. military and once climbed the mountain. As the Japanese proverb says, “A wise man will climb Mt. Fuji once, a fool will climb Mt. Fuji twice.” Some might say the same applies to RAGBRAI, but Wood returned to Iowa this year to make his fourth trek across the state. 

Wed
16
Jul

Curtis A. Noack

Curtis Allyn Noack, 73, of Guttenberg left us to be with Our Lord on the morning of July 11, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. 

Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 18, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Private family inurnment will be at Mt. Harmony Cemetery in Elkport.

Wed
16
Jul

Madonna L. Rademacher

Madonna Louise (Rolfes) Rademacher, 84, of Garnavillo, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Grandview Healthcare Center in Oelwein.

Visitation was Monday, July 14, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Garnavillo.

Wed
16
Jul

Michael W. Simon

Michael (Mike) W. Simon, 92, of Millville, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Sunday, July 13, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, July 14, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Guttenberg.

Wed
16
Jul

Royce Backes

Royce Backes, 80, of Garnavillo, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was Tuesday, July 1, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo.

Private family services will be at a later date.

Royce was born on Oct. 4, 1933, on the family farm north of Garnavillo to Ervin and Alvina (Nieman) Backes.

Wed
16
Jul

Raymond H. Handke Sr.

Raymond Herman Handke Sr., 88, of Guttenberg, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Wednesday, July  2, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.  

Funeral services were Thursday, July 3, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.

Interment was at the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
16
Jul

Frank Barry

Frank Barry, 90, of Millville, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Friday, July 4, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 5, at the United Methodist Church in Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Neil Hofer.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
16
Jul

RAGBRAI begins to roll this Friday!

By Shelia Tomkins

The first wave of participants in RAGBRAI XLII, the annual bike ride across Iowa sponsored by the Des Moines Register, are expected to arrive in Guttenberg this week in advance of their week-long ride from Rock Valley in western Iowa to Guttenberg.

Wed
16
Jul

Iowa's first crowdfunding website for the arts launched


Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center was one of three organizations selected for promotion in Iowa's first arts specific crowdfunding website. The nonprofit exists to provide an after school art program to area students three days a week. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

On June 20, Northeast Iowa RC&D announced the launch of Iowa’s first crowdfunding website for the arts. The website, www.IowaART.org, began accepting donations for three projects on July 1. Each project is requesting $5,000 and contributions may be tax deductible as a charitable donation. 

Guttenberg’s Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center applied for and was chosen as one of the projects that will benefit from the crowdfunding campaign. Projects for the site were selected through a competitive process by the Northeast Iowa Arts Funding Council, which is a multi-county group of volunteers that includes artists and community leaders. Their goal is to encourage, support and strengthen the arts in Northeast Iowa. 

Crowdfunding is the collection of financing from backers (the ‘crowd’) to fund an initiative. Today, this is most often accomplished using a web-based platform like Indiegogo, Kickstarter, or Go Fund Me. Crowdfunding is used in limitless ways, raising funds for nonprofits, start-ups, charities, and emergency causes. 

"The Creativity Center is thrilled and honored to have been chosen for this great opportunity. Myself, and all our volunteers and supporters are very excited to see what kinds of funds this will provide us!" said Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center director Cindy Olsen, who plans to designate funds raised through the crowdfunding campaign to long-term sustainability for the organization through the opening of the Artisan Café and Courtyard.

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