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Sodes Bar and Grill will hold grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 8


Owen and Beth (Evers) Sadewasser have teamed up with other members of the Sadewasser family to open Sodes Bar and Grill. Beth's parents, Betty and Don Evers, owned the building when it became Doug's Steakhouse in 1961, and raised their children in the upstairs apartment. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg staple Doug’s Steakhouse is no longer. After over four decades of serving drinks and meals under the first name of local entrepreneur Doug Geuder, the restaurant is, believe it or not, going back to even deeper roots. 

A branch of the Sadewasser family opened Sodes Bar and Grill at 7 Schiller Street on Sunday, Oct. 26. “It started upstairs,” smiles Beth (Evers) Sadewasser. “I grew up there.” When Doug’s Steakhouse opened in 1961, Beth’s parents, Betty and Don Evers, owned the building and helped Doug Geuder through the bar’s early years. 

With the addition of eight new TVs and the NFL Sunday ticket, the atmosphere has returned to that of a sports bar. “We’re taking it back to what Doug made it – a party bar,” Sadewasser explains. “People would come in off the river and the place would be packed. It’s the kind of place where we’d like to hang out. It’s Sodes. It’s us.” 

The menu is laden with sports terminology: The burger blitz, sand wedge sandwiches, a little league menu, and home plate. Customers can order drinks from a list called ‘water boy,’ and a daily ‘play of the day’ will offer special items that aren’t on the menu. “The play of the day offers a new experience, and you’ll never know what it is unless you come in,” says Beth with a grin. 

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Nov

GMH board halts conversations with UnityPoint Health


With concerns from community members mounting and many questions remaining unanswered, the GMH board has decided to pause alignment discussions with UnityPoint Health. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

During their Oct. 28 meeting, the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Board announced its intention to pause alignment discussions with UnityPoint Health in order to address the concerns of hospital stakeholders. Board chair Penny Hansel read the following statement to those present: 

“The Board of Directors of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital is deeply committed to serving this community and making sure the hospital is positioned for a bright future in a changing healthcare environment. As part of our commitment, we have been working on a deeper affiliation with Finley Hospital and the health system it is a part of, UnityPoint Health, because we believe it's the best thing for the hospital in the long-term.

"We recognize – and understand – the need to have answers to the questions which employees, physicians and members of the community have raised before we can move forward. As a board, we have decided to pause our alignment discussions with UnityPoint Health – Dubuque for the time being so that we can continue to evaluate key issues important to our employees, physicians and community, as well as how we listen, communicate and address questions about this matter.  We are approaching this in a deliberate fashion and will take the time we need to get answers before moving forward with any agreement.

Wed
29
Oct

Celebrating 120 years of marriage in November


From left, Joyce and Lowell Siegele of McGregor and Juanita and Russell Loven of Guttenberg were married 60 years ago on the same date. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Have you ever wondered what 120 years of marriage would look like?  You will have the opportunity to help two couples — each married on the same day, 60 years ago — celebrate.

At Guttenberg’s 2013 Germanfest, while visiting and enjoying the music, Lowell and Joyce Siegele, McGregor, and Russ and Juanita Loven, Guttenberg, discovered they were married on the same date (Nov. 20, 1954).  Russ and Joyce also shared the same high school graduation day in Waukon in 1952.

Wed
29
Oct

Public invited to participate in the school facility design workshop

Submitted by

Allan Nelson, Superintendent

Clayton Ridge School District

The Clayton Ridge Community School District is inviting all community members to participate in a school facility design workshop on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25, starting at 8:00 a.m. and running past 6:00 p.m. each day.  Parents, students, school employees, community business members, and other patrons of the Clayton Ridge Community School District are invited to participate.

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29
Oct

Brown's Ford Celebrating 50 years in Guttenberg


In 1992, Dave Brown visited Las Vegas, Nev., to see the first Dodge Viper and meet designer Carol Shelby. Brown's lifelong passion for cars has led his business to 50 years of success in Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

In November of 1964, 24-year-old Dave Brown made his first car sale. “It was a 1964 Ford Fairlane station wagon, and it was brown. That was tough to sell,” Brown remembers. “I sold it to Joe Bauer from Buenie. He was my first customer.” 

Brown’s father had a successful career in civil engineering, but Brown found himself drawn to automobiles as a child. Born and raised in Chicago, 16-year-old Brown fibbed about his age to apply for a job as a line mechanic at Nicky Chevrolet. He worked from 4:30 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, maintaining a full-time job while receiving his high-school education. “I’d come home from school, throw my books on top of the fridge, and pick up my lunch bucket. My mom would make salami, bologna, peanut butter sandwiches, and sweet pickles because she knew I loved them. That was my supper, and the next day, same story,” Brown smiles. “I loved that job.”

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29
Oct

Paranormal explorer Curt Strutz in Guttenberg


The Friends of the Guttenberg Public Library Foundation sponsored a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 23, by paranormal explorer Curt Strutz, pictured here in front of the haunted Story Inn in Story, Ind. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Dozens gathered last Thursday evening to travel into the beyond with paranormal explorer Curt Strutz. Strutz resides in Milwaukee, Wis., and has traveled the country visiting abandoned hospitals, asylums, hotels, homes, and other places of suspected paranormal energy.

In the darkened third floor ballroom of the municipal building, Strutz set the scene for one of his earliest brushes with the beyond.  In an apartment he shared with his wife and young son, strange events led to the naming of one part of the home as the ‘creepy corner.’ In the creepy corner, lamps switched on and off of their own accord. The contents of a shelf bolted to the wall frequently leaped onto the floor, and photos taken of the corner showed orange orbs when developed. The voice of a singing stuffed dinosaur could be heard when no one was near enough to activate the toy.

“At 2:00 a.m. you’d hear Barney singing from the corner. That’s creepier than a ghost,” Strutz joked with his audience. His tales were peppered with jokes, and Strutz’s healthy sense of skepticism kept a light mood in the dark room. 

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Oct

Take a paranormal journey when "Visiting the Beyond" Oct. 23

Guest speaker Curt Strutz will present a program on "Visiting the Beyond" on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. His presentation is sponsored by Friends of the Guttenberg Public Library Foundation.

Strutz has visited haunted battlefields, deserted asylums, historic locations, and known haunted residences around the United States. He will take the audience there with his interactive PowerPoint presentation that includes all original photography, personal experiences, history, and haunted happenings. 

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22
Oct

Methodist Election Day meal Nov. 4

Roast beef and roast pork will be offered at the traditional Election Day meal served at the United Methodist Church, 200 South First Street, Guttenberg, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. 

Rounding out the menu will be mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages. 

Advance ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-10; prices will be $2 higher at the door. Children age 3 and under eat for free. Carry-outs are available by calling 252-2153.

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22
Oct

GD&T offers members new benefits


Guttenberg's Welcome Center, staffed by GD&T director Emily Moser, receives dozens of phone calls and emails each month from visitors and residents requesting information and recommendations, along with dozens more visitors walking in to ask questions about ways to enjoy Guttenberg's scenic beauty. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Development & Tourism will kickoff their 2015 membership drive at the Business After Five social hour to be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5:00 p.m. The event is open to both current members and those interested in learning more, and will be held at River Park Place. 

“In the last few months, our membership committee has been planning and updating membership features. We feel that our new features will be useful and advantageous for members,” said GD&T director Emily Moser. She and the membership committee will recommend a variety of new features for board approval at the Oct. 29 meeting, and hope to unveil the enhancements to both current and potential members at the social hour on Oct. 30. 

GD&T is made up of a seven-person board of active community members and an executive director. Current board members are Tom Augustyn, Andy Reimer, Sadie Hefel, Dwight Hughes, Molly Moser, Jane Thein, and Janette Simon.

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Oct

School board moves facility improvement plans forward


The 1903 school building poses numerous problems, including defects in its roof, ceilings, exterior, plumbing, and windows. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge School Board continues to plan for an improved learning environment at both the Guttenberg and Garnavillo campuses. During their Oct. 9 meeting, the Baker Group presented the board with a plan for the 1903 school building in Guttenberg. Brian Schwartz and Dave Jorgenson of the Baker Group, Tyler Riley of FEH Associates Inc., and Jarod Bartel of MODUS Engineering spoke of their proposal to work together to make school facilities safer and more efficient. 

“We’ve got a really good, solid professional team in place,” Schwartz told the board, expressing his passion for the project. “I really think this is an exciting opportunity for this facility – and there aren’t many architects that get to work on a school right next to the Mississippi.” 

The four-person, three-company professional team was put together by vote from the school board to produce a comprehensive report which will provide the district with a preliminary master plan, feasibility assessment of their facilities for projected future needs, updates and potential district changes, as well as bond referendum support. The information collected will provide a solid foundation to help the district to move forward with facility improvement projects. 

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