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Fern M. Pensel

Fern Marie Pensel passed away Nov. 23, 2015, at the Guttenberg Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg.

Fern was born March 31, 1945, to Roberto and Anna (Lamphier) Hines in rural Strawberry Point. She graduated from American School. She married Carl Pensel on July 18, 1964, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg.

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Lorraine G. Smith

Lorraine G. Smith, 90, formerly of Maynard, died Nov. 14, 2015, at EagleCrest Assisted Living in Roseville, Minn.

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Downtown assessment visit planned for Dec. 1-2-3

By Shelia Tomkins

A three-day visit by a team from the Iowa Downtown Resource Center is underway in Guttenberg. 

The visit began Dec. 1 and will conclude Thursday, Dec. 3, with a final public presentation from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. The presentation will also be taped and live on Channel 6 so those who are working but cannot attend can benefit from the suggestions and ideas.

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Public invited to meet and greet city officials at Dec. 7 reception

The public is invited to a "meet and greet" of the outgoing, newly-elected and re-appointed members of the Guttenberg city council, park board and hospital board on Monday, Dec. 7, from 5-6 p.m. in the dining room of the Guttenberg Municipal Building. A swearing-in ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Outgoing city officials to be honored include council member Virginia Saeugling, park board member Austin Greve and hospital trustees Mary Eulberg and Penny Hansel.

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Active in Guttenberg GMH Auxiliary gives generously


Hospital and clinic staff are regular customers at the GMH Auxiliary gift shop. The Auxiliary provides volunteers for the gift shop, as well as raising funds for community and hospital needs. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: As a Guttenberg native and a member of Guttenberg Development & Tourism, there’s nothing more exciting to me than someone who proclaims, “There’s nothing to do in Guttenberg!” Life here may not be fast-paced, but there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, meet great people, and enjoy living - and I'm always eager to pass that knowledge on. This story is one of a series planned to highlight local groups and organizations that welcome members of the community and enhance our city’s culture. If you would like your group to be featured, please contact The Guttenberg Press. 

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Creativity Center launches membership campaign


Students in the Creativity Center's after school art program used wool sweaters to make 'smittens,' learning a running stitch, a whip stitch, and how to sew on buttons. From left are scholarship students Mariah Werger, Ellie Davis and Mara Shannon. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

After finishing a five-year sustainability plan in June, local nonprofit Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center has embarked on its first formal membership campaign to help sustain the organization's operations. 

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Corps extends navigation season due to warm weather

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is extending the navigation season on the Upper Mississippi River a few extra days due to the continued warmer weather.

The Corps is now scheduled to close Lock and Dam 9, near Lynxville, Wis., for winter maintenance Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. The lock was originally scheduled to close Dec. 7.

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Downtown assessment visit planned for Dec. 1-2-3

By Shelia Tomkins

A three-day visit by a team from the Iowa Downtown Resource Center is scheduled for  Dec. 1-2-3 in Guttenberg.

The team will complete an on-site study of Guttenberg's downtown district, including a public presentation. A written report will follow that will assist in future planning efforts.

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New lockmaster settles in at Lock and Dam 10


Lockmaster Sam Mathiowetz served nine years active duty in the U.S. Air Force and has been a member of the Army National Guard for over eight years. He took over as lockmaster at Lock and Dam #10 on June 28. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Lock and Dam #10 has a new lockmaster for the first time in well over a decade. When lockmaster Marvin Althoff retired after roughly 15 years, Sam Mathiowetz was hired as his replacement. Mathiowetz comes to Guttenberg from Lock and Dam #1 in Minneapolis, Minn., where he was hired in 2008 as an equipment repair site mechanic. 

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Memories of when Christmas came after Thanksgiving


Lois Goerdt was born in Guttenberg in 1935 and grew up during a time when all Christmas shopping was done locally and the tree wasn't trimmed until Christmas Eve. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Lifelong Guttenberg resident Lois Goerdt remembers a time when the tree wasn’t trimmed until Christmas Eve and all the Christmas gifts were purchased at local stores. 

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