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Wed
16
Sep

River Park Cruisers ready to roll


The River Park Cruisers will hold their annual car show, cruise and dance this Saturday, Sept. 19, in Guttenberg. This year's lead car will be a 1970 Corvette, above, owned by Delbert and Marla Reimer of Elkader. For details about the event, see Page 3A. (Photo submitted)

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Bob and Donna Hinzman

It's that time of year again for the 18th annual River Park Cruisers Car Show, Cruise and Dance, to be held Saturday, Sept. 19.

The day begins with car registration from 9 a.m.-12 noon, followed by the car show from 12 noon to 2 p.m. You can come down and browse through the streets on River Park Drive and check out some of the beautiful classic cars while listening to some oldies but goodies music. 

Wed
16
Sep

Plagman Barn improvements Show Days showcase dance floor, new bathrooms


Volunteer Larry Borcherding of Guttenberg helped saw cedar in 2014 at Plagman Barn Show Days. Cedar sawed at last year's Show Days was used in barn upgrades this summer. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

In February of 2013, Mel and Donna Christianson made an offer of $10,000 to the Northeast Iowa Farm Antique Association as seed money for an endowment fund. The Christiansons challenged the Association to match that amount in one year, and Fred and Ellen Phelps of Colesburg rose to the occasion. This year, for the first time, the organization began drawing interest on the endowment fund.

Wed
16
Sep

Les and Em's Drive-In reunion for staff and customers


Les and Em's Drive-In was owned and operated by Lester and Emma Aulwes from 1958 to 1978. A reunion for customers and employees is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20 at PromiseLand Winery in rural Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

In 1958, Guttenberg locals Emma and Lester Aulwes decided to buy a restaurant on Highway 52. For the next 20 years, they peeled pounds upon pounds of potatoes, made root beer floats, and sold burgers and fries as Les and Em’s Drive-In. 

Over the course of those two decades, the popular restaurant served hundreds, if not thousands, of customers and employed many young people from the area – including students who left school during the lunch hour to wait on customers. 

Wed
09
Sep

PromiseLand releases new wine


Pat and Cindy Wachendorf, owners of PromiseLand Winery in rural Guttenberg, will release a cabernet called Reminisce at Guttenberg's 25th annual GermanFest. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg’s own PromiseLand Winery will unveil a brand new wine at GermanFest during a special wine release ceremony. Readers may be familiar with PromiseLand’s Crazy Girl, Cabin Fever, First Crush, and other varieties of sweet, semi-sweet, and dry wines; however, this month PromiseLand will introduce something completely different.

Wed
09
Sep

Guttenberg commercial airing on major networks


In the co-op advertisement produced by OnMedia, Kevin and Rabecca Hennessey show viewers one example of all there is to do in Guttenberg. The commercial will air through November on major networks in northeast Iowa and parts of Wisconsin. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“People say all we do is farm,” says a young woman fishing on a set of docks. “They say there’s nothing to do here,” a couple kayaking tells the camera. “And all we grow is corn,” smiles a woman walking through grape vines with a glass of wine. “We’re in the right place to make memories,” say a group of campers enjoying a fire. “Come see our view in Guttenberg, Iowa,” a young family suggests, standing on the levee with the mighty Mississippi flowing past. 

Wed
02
Sep

Plan now for fall city-wide sales

Guttenberg's annual city-wide fall garage sales will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26. 

The Guttenberg Press will again serve as the sponsor of the event. The Sept. 23 issue of The Press will contain a page with all the garage sale ads grouped together. The ads will also appear in The Trader, an advertising publication with a circulation of more than 21,000. In addition, ads will appear on The Press website at www.guttenbergpress.com. See the ad in this week's issue for details on cost and ad deadline.

Wed
02
Sep

Loyce Dumke appointed Special Chief Deputy Auditor

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance journalist

The Clayton County Auditor Dennis Freitag has appointed Loyce Dumke of Edgewood as a Special Chief Deputy Auditor.  

On Aug. 24 the Clayton County Board of Supervisors authorized Freitag to appoint someone to the position.  Dumke will be in the position for 90 days.

Wed
02
Sep

Buechel Hill Trail improvements


Pictured at the future site of the new bench purchased by the Ingleside Club are, from left, Joe Ihm, Robyn and Dorothy Tangeman. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

When two storms hit the county hard last June, Clayton County was declared a disaster area. Buechel Hill Trail, which directly connects Bluff Street with Acre Street, was severely damaged by the storms – so when FEMA funds became available, the City of Guttenberg applied for funding for trail restoration under a Category G Trails Project. The trail had been badly washed out by the storms, making it a treacherous hike for walkers like Robyn and Dorothy Tangeman. 

Wed
02
Sep

25th annual GermanFest schedule announced


The Silbertaler Trio will return to GermanFest this year, playing traditional Austrian music called Kammer Musik on Austrian Diatonic accordions, guitar, and harp. For a full schedule of events, visit www.guttenbergiowa.net. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Plans are being finalized for Guttenberg’s 25th, annual GermanFest celebration, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. With new committee members at the helm, participants can look forward to beloved traditions alongside new amusements. 

“In honor of the 25th anniversary of GermanFest, our committee has been hard at work planning some fresh activities, while continuing the spirit of the event,” says GD&T Director Emily Moser. “After many successful years, previous event organizers entrusted the festival to a group of capable volunteers, who are excited to take on the challenge.” 

Wed
26
Aug

Labor Day can collection for Youth Football League

By Bruce Thein

The Youth Football League will be conducting a can and bottle drive on Labor Day, Sept. 7. Youth League players are asking for the generous support of the community by setting out empty pop and beer cans on your doorstep for the players to pick up.   

Parents and players will be driving around the communities of Guttenberg and Garnavillo between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Labor Day to collect the bottles and cans. Trailers will also be set up for people to drop off cans in the parking lots of Guttenberg Industries and the old Double LL parking lot in Garnavillo. 

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