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Wed
02
Oct

Painting in the sky

 

Guttenberg's water tower is undergoing maintenance work that includes exterior and interior painting and cleaning. Above, a crew from Utility Service Co. was on the scene Sept. 26  applying lettering atop a fresh coat of bright white paint. Other work includes the installation of a water circulator in the 150,000-gallon tank to improve water quality and prevent ice from forming inside the tank. The city recently entered into a 10-year $135,000 tower maintenance contract with USC that will help extend the life of the tower, built in 1986. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Roth)

Wed
25
Sep

Plagman Barn Show Days

 

Visitors to Plagman Barn Show Days this past weekend saw many exhibits and demonstrations from farm life in an earlier era. Above, a restored 1912 steam engine made an impressive sight. For more photos, see inside or visit The Guttenberg Press on Facebook. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer-Combs)

Wed
25
Sep

You Be the Judge beer and winemaking contest winners


Germanfest visitors tasted entries from commercial wineries and breweries, as well as offerings from amateur vintners and brewers. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

More than 150 Germanfest guests sampled blueberry rhubarb wine and Scottish Ale in a “peoples choice” competition that featured 23 local amateurs with five commercial wineries as well as Potosi Brewery. 

Guttenberg’s own PromiseLand Winery took first place in the commercial wine division with their new release of Cabin Fever. Second went to Eagles Landing Winery for Campfire Hootch. 

Wed
25
Sep

Guttenberg celebrates its German heritage

 

Live music, great food, brew, contests and more attracted a large crowd to  the 23rd annual Germanfest in downtown Guttenberg on Sept. 20-21. The Silbertaler Trio, from left, Tim Fees, Roland Peterman and Dr. Fred Isaak, were among the entertainers.  For more photos, see an inside page or visit The Guttenberg Press on Facebook. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
25
Sep

Signs of hope on river eco-cruises


Big Blue Sky Band entertained passengers aboard two eco cruises that departed from Guttenberg's marina last Sunday. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

The Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network (CAN), in partnership with Maiden Voyage Tours, hosted two free Mississippi River eco-cruises on Sept. 15. Local food producers offered samples of their products, and the Big Blue Sky Band provided musical entertainment. Brian Gibbs, Clayton County Naturalist and president of Clayton County CAN, welcomed passengers with a story of inspiration. 

Wed
18
Sep

Guttenberg celebrates its heritage at annual Germanfest this weekend


Welcome from Princess Heidi 2013 Princess Heidi (Katy Geuder) invites everyone to attend this year's Germanfest celebration this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg will celebrate its German heritage during its 23nd annual Germanfest celebration which begins Friday evening, Sept. 20, and continues throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 21. This year’s line-up of musical entertainment is exceptional from beginning to end.

Friday Night 

Wed
18
Sep

River Park Cruisers Best of Show

Chris Berns of Independence took home the Best of Show trophy from the River Park Cruisers Car Show held Sept. 14 in Guttenberg. Berns, a native of Guttenberg, won with his 1949 Chevrolet pickup truck. The award was presented at the dance that evening at Lakeside Ballroom by the award sponsor, Autotek. From left are  Jessica Biethahn, a German student living with the Bahls family, Sheryl Bahls, Chris Berns and Dave Bahls.  (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
18
Sep

Guttenberg selected for poetry reading on 48-state tour


Michael Czarnecki autographed copies of his published poems and shared stories with community members during his poetry reading last week. From left are Kathy Lake, Czarnecki, and Dr. Janette Simon. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Buffalo, N.Y., native Michael Czarnecki gave a reading of his poetry last week at the Riverside Grind in Guttenberg. Czarnecki is embarking on a "Poems Across America Tour," featuring one reading in each of the lower 48 states. The 14-week tour began in Maine on Aug. 13, and the final reading will be near his home in upstate New York on Nov. 17, his 63rd birthday. The reading in Guttenberg was his only stop in Iowa, and was the 16th engagement on his journey. 

Wed
18
Sep

City council hears presentations on fire truck replacement, pool rehab

 

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council heard updates and funding requests for several major upcoming needs when it met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 9.

Mayor Russ Loven, councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Ralph Livingston, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker, and Steve Friedlein, City Manager Barry Dykhuizen and City Attorney Michael Schuster were present.

Fire Department update

Wed
11
Sep

City Manager accepts new position

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg City Manager Barry Dykhuizen will soon be leaving the community to accept a similar position in Illinois.

In a letter to the mayor and council dated Aug. 30, Dykhuizen informed city officials that he has accepted the administrator position in Morrison, Ill.           

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