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18
Sep

Guttenberg selected for poetry reading on 48-state tour


Michael Czarnecki autographed copies of his published poems and shared stories with community members during his poetry reading last week. From left are Kathy Lake, Czarnecki, and Dr. Janette Simon. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Buffalo, N.Y., native Michael Czarnecki gave a reading of his poetry last week at the Riverside Grind in Guttenberg. Czarnecki is embarking on a "Poems Across America Tour," featuring one reading in each of the lower 48 states. The 14-week tour began in Maine on Aug. 13, and the final reading will be near his home in upstate New York on Nov. 17, his 63rd birthday. The reading in Guttenberg was his only stop in Iowa, and was the 16th engagement on his journey. 

Wed
18
Sep

City council hears presentations on fire truck replacement, pool rehab

 

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council heard updates and funding requests for several major upcoming needs when it met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 9.

Mayor Russ Loven, councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Ralph Livingston, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker, and Steve Friedlein, City Manager Barry Dykhuizen and City Attorney Michael Schuster were present.

Fire Department update

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11
Sep

David H. Homewood

 

David Henry Homewood, 64, of Luxemburg, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals.

Visitation was Friday, Sept. 6, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Funeral services followed the visitation, conducted by Pastor Tyler Strickfaden.

David was born Dec. 6, 1948, to Harold and Phyllis (Langerman) Homewood in Fayette.

Wed
11
Sep

City Manager accepts new position

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg City Manager Barry Dykhuizen will soon be leaving the community to accept a similar position in Illinois.

In a letter to the mayor and council dated Aug. 30, Dykhuizen informed city officials that he has accepted the administrator position in Morrison, Ill.           

Wed
11
Sep

Polka mass at St. Mary's Fall Festival

 

Singing praises to tunes such as Eidelweiss, The Happy Wanderer, and Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen, a polka mass featuring music by the Guttenberg German Band, led by Dennis Hanna, preceded the annual fall festival at St. Mary's Church in Guttenberg on Sunday, Sept. 8. The German Band will appear at Germanfest on Sept. 21, and will participate in an ecumenical German service at St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, Sept. 22. For more photos of St. Mary's Fall Festival, visit The Press on Facebook. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
11
Sep

Local women have centuries of knowledge to share


Borghie Tuecke celebrated a century of life in August. She was a school teacher, a florist, a mother and wife, and has been active in many organizations and clubs. (Photo submitted)

Agnes Schure celebrated her 101st birthday in July. She advises youth to live good, clean lives. (Photo submitted)

Blanche Kruse, 107, is pictured here with her birthday bouquet. She has many fond memories of her childhood in Osterdock. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

There must be something in the water. This summer, three local women celebrated their birthdays into the triple digits. Borghie Tuecke, 100, Agnes Schure, 101, and Blanche Kruse, 107, shared centuries of wisdom for this feature story.

Wed
11
Sep

Clayton Ridge graduate hired at Cornerstone Family Practice


Locals may recognize Amber Lewis, ARNP, a 2007 CRHS graduate who was recently hired at Cornerstone Family Practice. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

On Aug. 12, Amber Lewis, ARNP, arrived for her first day of work at Cornerstone Family Practice. Lewis graduated from Clayton Ridge High School in 2007 and received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Dubuque in 2010. She studied at Clarke College for her Master’s of Science, completing that program in 2012. 

Wed
04
Sep

Library's rare facsimile of Gutenberg Bible intrigues visitors from Germany


The children of Axel and Jennifer Mehnert of Germany pose with the book recently donated to the library by the Mehnert family. From left are Kian, Siana and Darien. (Photo submitted)

 

Klaus and Gesine Mehnert of Radolfzell, Germany, visited Guttenberg for a couple of weeks in the summer of 2010. They were travelling with their son Axel, his wife Jennifer and their three children, all of whom live in Reichenau, Germany.  Jennifer is the daughter of Jim and Lee Johnston of South River Park Drive, Guttenberg.

Klaus and Gesine were fascinated by the German settlement story of Guttenberg and particularly the possible naming tie to the Gutenberg Bible.  They visited the Gutenberg Bible copy in the Guttenberg Library and the replica press in city hall. 

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04
Sep

American Queen

 

Calm waters on the Mississippi River at Guttenberg reflected the beauty of the American Queen passenger boat as it glided serenely north on a journey from St. Louis to St. Paul. It is the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America. Photographer Steve Dikkers of Guttenberg captured the shot on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy of Steve Dikkers)

Wed
04
Sep

Safe in the Sanctuary Protecting children is top priority


Parents, leaders, and concerned community members attended last week’s program at St. John’s, where they learned ways to protect children from sexual abuse. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Pastor Shane Anderson and Youth Leader Kyle Jaeger, of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, hosted a public child abuse prevention program titled Safe in the Sanctuary: Learn Skills to Protect Your Kids last week. Pastor Darrel Gerrietts and Rev. Mark A. Anderson, assistants to the Bishop of the Northeast Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, led the presentation. 

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