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Aug

VA medical care now closer to home


Dr. Andy Smith meets with local veteran Jim Hansel, who's enrolled in new VA programs provided through GMH and Cornerstone Family Practice. While still highly regulated by the VA, Smith says the programs are a step in the right direction. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Vietnam veteran Jim Hansel of Guttenberg is one of many area vets taking advantage of new medical programs offered locally by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Cornerstone Family Practice have recently been approved as providers of VA Choice and VA Blue Button, both programs designed to give veterans more convenient access to medical care.

Wed
12
Aug

Vickery joins Guttenberg as St. John's director of children, youth, and family ministry


John L. Vickery has begun work at St. John's Lutheran Church in Guttenberg as the new director of children, youth, and family ministries. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

On Sunday, Aug. 2, St. John’s Lutheran Church held an installation service for John Vickery, their new director of children, youth, and family ministries. Vickery is a native of Washington state with a background in music and youth ministry.

Vickery arrived in Guttenberg on Thursday, July 30, after making the four day journey from Washington in a moving truck with his car in tow. He sat down with The Press during his second day on the job.

Wed
05
Aug

Oil sheen near Guttenberg under investigation

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and two federal agencies are investigating the source of a sheen reported Tuesday afternoon, July 28, on the Mississippi River near Guttenberg.

DNR specialists and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist spent three hours on the river Tuesday afternoon tracking the sheen up the main channel of the Mississippi. The U.S. Coast Guard is also looking for the pollution source.

Wed
05
Aug

Enjoy the ride at the 2015 Clayton County Fair

By Shelia Tomkins

The Clayton County Fair, a family tradition for 161 years, opens this week at the fairgrounds in National, located east of Highway 52 five miles north of Garnavillo.

The fair board has planned a busy schedule from the opening on Wednesday, Aug. 5, to the concluding livestock auction on Monday, Aug. 10. 

Wed
05
Aug

Polls open for "Best of Guttenberg"

By Molly Moser

The second annual Best of Guttenberg competition is being held in conjunction with Celebrate the Mississippi River and Guttenberg, scheduled for Aug. 7-9. Community members will once again 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
05
Aug

Researching river history California artist travels Mississippi in shantyboat

By Molly Moser

A rustic recreated 1940s shantyboat, a daring river voyage, and a meticulous archive of river stories: All are part of a multi-year art and history project, A Secret History of American River People, that brought Santa Cruz artist Wes Modes to Guttenberg in late July. Modes set sail on the Mississippi River to collect the stories of people who live and work on the river from the deck of his homemade houseboat. 

Wed
29
Jul

Mississippi Mud Challenge slated for Aug. 8

By Molly Moser

A Mississippi Mud Challenge will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, in conjunction with Celebrate the River. Organizers will lead participants in a series of comical strength, balance, and agility tests resulting in the crowning of Miss Issippi and Mr. Mud. 

Wed
29
Jul

Celebrate the River and Guttenberg

"Celebrate the Mississippi River and Guttenberg" will premiere next weekend, Aug. 7-9, featuring a three-day schedule filled with music, visual arts, storytelling, and fun family events that relate to the community's river heritage. 

Join in the celebration by attending live music by Dave Barton and Cathy Para, as well as Bruce Bryant as Carpe Diem, throughout the weekend. 

Native American artifacts will be on display in the Welcome Center all weekend, as well as an exhibition of Mississippi masterpieces by local artists at Shepherd Gallery. 

Wed
29
Jul

Climb aboard for tours and fishing with 10 Dam Fish!


Captain Dennis Hartig has logged over 600 fishing hours in three years on his twenty-foot Tidewater Center Console and will use that knowledge to lead his passengers to fishing success. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

For many, life along the Mississippi is idyllic. Fishing, bird watching, and leisurely boat rides are a favorite pastime for vacationers and locals alike – but for those without their own boats, the river can seem inaccessible. Captain Dennis Hartig and his wife, Susan, of Guttenberg, have decided to channel their river experiences into a business that makes those very experiences available to all.

Wed
29
Jul

Local fundraisers to provide entertainment this weekend


Minneapolis band Jonah and the Whales will play at Lakeside Ballroom on Friday, July 31, as part of a fundraising effort for the Guttenberg swimming pool. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg area residents will have the opportunity to contribute to two fundraisers this weekend, with entertainment at Lakeside Ballroom on Friday, July 31, and an Alzheimer’s walk in the park on Saturday morning. 

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