Guttenberg Press

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30
Jul

Polls open for "Best of Guttenberg"


Scenic views from local businesses are just one of the 10 categories voters can chxoose from in Best of Guttenberg, a new addition to Celebrate Guttenberg this year. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

An exciting new event is being held in conjunction with the sixth annual Celebrate Guttenberg, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9. For the first time ever, community members will be able to vote for their favorite burger, pie, and bloody Mary in Guttenberg. Organizers from the sponsoring organization, Guttenberg Development & Tourism, will award certificates – and bragging rights – to merchants who are voted “Best of Guttenberg.” 

Wed
23
Jul

Gary Parker

Gary "Duke" Parker, 79, of Guttenberg, passed away July 12, 2014, at the Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point.

Graveside services were July 17, at the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Gary was born May 25, 1935, to Charles "Art" and Flossie (Bush) Parker. He went to Guttenberg High School. Gary was a commercial fisherman. He made his home with his nephew Denny Parker for the last 15 years.

Wed
23
Jul

William H. Sheber

William H. Sheber, 71, of Guttenberg, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at his home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, at Guttenberg City Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.  Bill was born the son of Edward and Pauline (Spencer) Sheber on Jan. 20, 1943, in Guttenberg.

Wed
23
Jul

Karen L. Tucker

Karen Lee Tucker, 69, of Wellington, Fla., passed away suddenly on June 3, 2014.

Memorial services were held at Palms West Funeral Home, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., on June 14, 2014.

Karen was born in Omaha, Neb., on June 12, 1944, the daughter of the late Samuel and Olive Beth Hahne.

Wed
23
Jul

Claude R. Frommelt

Claude Robert Frommelt, 92, of Guttenberg, passed away July 17, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, July 27, at St. Mary’s Church in Guttenberg. A visitation at the church will start at 11:00 a.m.,  followed by a funeral mass at 11:30 a.m.

A private burial will take place at a later date.

Wed
23
Jul

Charles W. Zittergruen

Charles W. Zittergruen, 78, of Guttenberg, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Guttenberg.  

Funeral services were Monday, July 21, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Guttenberg. Visitation was before services at the church.

Charles William Zittergruen was born on March 11, 1936, to Arnold and Viola (Tomkins) Zittergruen in Guttenberg. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Wed
23
Jul

Curtis O. Kruse

Curtis O. Kruse, 73, of Calmar, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, Wis.

Private services were held at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Garnavillo.

Burial was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery in Garnavillo.

Curtis Otto Kruse was born the son of Alfred and Anita (Hakert) Kruse on March 2, 1941, near Garber. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport in 1941 and was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preston in 1954.

Wed
23
Jul

Bear sighting in Clayton County

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed tracks and scat left near Clayton County beehives came from a black bear.

A DNR wildlife depredation biologist responded to a report from a beekeeper south of Wadena, near the Clayton-Fayette county line, who had found his beehives torn up. The DNR found bear scat within 25 feet of the hives. 

Wed
23
Jul

RAGBRAI committee pleased with parking weekend in Guttenberg

By Shelia Tomkins

Cyclists, cars, vans, buses, semis and their entourages arrived in Guttenberg this past weekend to park vehicles and catch buses to western Iowa to begin the week-long Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa on Sunday, July 20, at Rock Valley, a ride that will end this Saturday in Guttenberg.

The town buzzed with activity on Friday as hundreds of cars arrived to park in a designated area in south Guttenberg. Local volunteers were on hand during the day and evening to direct vehicles to parking spots, and returned with little sleep in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday to park those who were still coming in that morning.

Ingleside Park north of the school turned into a small city that evening, filled to capacity with colorful tents set up by overnight campers. The smell of burgers and brats wafted from the local Gridiron Club's food stand, and live music by Side Project provided a party atmosphere. Local volunteers in colorful t-shirts manned the beverage garden and answered questions at an information booth. Visitors had numerous choices for places to eat in Guttenberg, including a spaghetti supper at the school.

On Saturday morning, campers packed up their gear before loading onto charter buses for the trip to Rock Valley on the Missouri River. Semis, moving vans and other vehicles carrying bikes and gear joined the western caravan. Many local volunteers made positive comments on how litter-free the park was in the aftermath.

Many months of planning went into making the weekend run smoothly, and local committee members are terming it a big success. This week they will be assessing feedback to make sure next Saturday's finale goes as smoothly. The Press asked local RAGBRAI Co-Chair Nancy McClellan to summarize the challenges and successes of the past weekend, and this is her report.

Wed
23
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. 

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