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Sep

Plagman Barn improvements Show Days showcase dance floor, new bathrooms


Volunteer Larry Borcherding of Guttenberg helped saw cedar in 2014 at Plagman Barn Show Days. Cedar sawed at last year's Show Days was used in barn upgrades this summer. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

In February of 2013, Mel and Donna Christianson made an offer of $10,000 to the Northeast Iowa Farm Antique Association as seed money for an endowment fund. The Christiansons challenged the Association to match that amount in one year, and Fred and Ellen Phelps of Colesburg rose to the occasion. This year, for the first time, the organization began drawing interest on the endowment fund.

Wed
16
Sep

Les and Em's Drive-In reunion for staff and customers


Les and Em's Drive-In was owned and operated by Lester and Emma Aulwes from 1958 to 1978. A reunion for customers and employees is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20 at PromiseLand Winery in rural Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

In 1958, Guttenberg locals Emma and Lester Aulwes decided to buy a restaurant on Highway 52. For the next 20 years, they peeled pounds upon pounds of potatoes, made root beer floats, and sold burgers and fries as Les and Em’s Drive-In. 

Over the course of those two decades, the popular restaurant served hundreds, if not thousands, of customers and employed many young people from the area – including students who left school during the lunch hour to wait on customers. 

Wed
09
Sep

Donna Mae Spieler

Donna Mae Spieler, 81, died in the early morning hours on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 in Denver, Colo.

Her remains are to be cremated and returned to Guttenberg for burial.

Donna was born in Guttenberg on Dec. 20, 1933 and graduated from Guttenberg Public School with the class of 1951.

Wed
09
Sep

PromiseLand releases new wine


Pat and Cindy Wachendorf, owners of PromiseLand Winery in rural Guttenberg, will release a cabernet called Reminisce at Guttenberg's 25th annual GermanFest. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg’s own PromiseLand Winery will unveil a brand new wine at GermanFest during a special wine release ceremony. Readers may be familiar with PromiseLand’s Crazy Girl, Cabin Fever, First Crush, and other varieties of sweet, semi-sweet, and dry wines; however, this month PromiseLand will introduce something completely different.

Wed
09
Sep

Guttenberg commercial airing on major networks


In the co-op advertisement produced by OnMedia, Kevin and Rabecca Hennessey show viewers one example of all there is to do in Guttenberg. The commercial will air through November on major networks in northeast Iowa and parts of Wisconsin. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“People say all we do is farm,” says a young woman fishing on a set of docks. “They say there’s nothing to do here,” a couple kayaking tells the camera. “And all we grow is corn,” smiles a woman walking through grape vines with a glass of wine. “We’re in the right place to make memories,” say a group of campers enjoying a fire. “Come see our view in Guttenberg, Iowa,” a young family suggests, standing on the levee with the mighty Mississippi flowing past. 

Wed
02
Sep

Keith Thoma

Keith Thoma, 89, of Garnavillo, died Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 30, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 31, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Hillary Burns-Kite.

Inurnment was at the Garnavillo Community Cemetery with military honors.

Wed
02
Sep

Cecil Torrey

Cecil Torrey, 91, of Guttenberg, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Guttenberg Care Center.

Services were private.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home Guttenberg.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Cecil was the son of Fred and Esther (Miller) Torrey, born Jan. 17, 1924, near Millville.

Wed
02
Sep

Plan now for fall city-wide sales

Guttenberg's annual city-wide fall garage sales will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26. 

The Guttenberg Press will again serve as the sponsor of the event. The Sept. 23 issue of The Press will contain a page with all the garage sale ads grouped together. The ads will also appear in The Trader, an advertising publication with a circulation of more than 21,000. In addition, ads will appear on The Press website at www.guttenbergpress.com. See the ad in this week's issue for details on cost and ad deadline.

Wed
02
Sep

Loyce Dumke appointed Special Chief Deputy Auditor

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance journalist

The Clayton County Auditor Dennis Freitag has appointed Loyce Dumke of Edgewood as a Special Chief Deputy Auditor.  

On Aug. 24 the Clayton County Board of Supervisors authorized Freitag to appoint someone to the position.  Dumke will be in the position for 90 days.

Wed
02
Sep

Buechel Hill Trail improvements


Pictured at the future site of the new bench purchased by the Ingleside Club are, from left, Joe Ihm, Robyn and Dorothy Tangeman. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

When two storms hit the county hard last June, Clayton County was declared a disaster area. Buechel Hill Trail, which directly connects Bluff Street with Acre Street, was severely damaged by the storms – so when FEMA funds became available, the City of Guttenberg applied for funding for trail restoration under a Category G Trails Project. The trail had been badly washed out by the storms, making it a treacherous hike for walkers like Robyn and Dorothy Tangeman. 

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