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28
Aug

River royalty passes by

One of the newest riverboats on the Mississippi River passed through Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg on Wednesday evening, Aug. 21, headed north to St. Paul. The Queen of the Mississippi was constructed in 2012 and has accommodations for 150 passengers. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

Wed
28
Aug

New ownership, new ideas at Guttenberg Marine and RV Center


Brooks Ante, left, is the new owner of Guttenberg Marine and RV Center. In addition to the sales and service his business offers, Ante has plans in the works for two Guiness Book of World Records events in the coming year – one on the water, and one community-wide. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Marine and RV Center is under new ownership, and owner Brooks Ante has made it his priority to bring more fun to the area with big, fast pontoon boats and items available for rent. He continues to carry both new and used Harris FloteBotes, and Forest River Sandpiper fifth wheels and destination trailers. 

Wed
28
Aug

Gamerdinger family discovers roots 70 generations deep


The Gamerdinger family Bible, dating from the 1800s, was given to Jim. He discovered it to be a scholar's Bible, and traced it back to a Gamerdinger who studied to be a Lutheran minister. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Like many couples, Jim and Mary Gamerdinger display photos of their children and grandchildren proudly on the walls of their Guttenberg home. With 12 children, 49 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, photographs overflow from the walls onto quilts and blankets, received as gifts from their many descendants. 

The Gamerdingers have been blessed with a large family, and their interest in learning about their heritage extends far up the family tree. To be precise, it stems 70 generations back – to roughly 500 B.C.  

Wed
21
Aug

Fire destroys rural Millville home


The David Bailey home in rural Millville was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The Guttenberg Fire Department was assisted at the scene by Holy Cross, New Vienna and Luxemburg firefighters. The cause remains under investigation. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

 

Submitted by Joe Zittergruen

GFD Captain

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 8:03 p.m. the Guttenberg Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 36052 Omega Road, Guttenberg. Before arrival the department was notified by the owner, David Bailey, that everyone was out of the structure. 

Wed
21
Aug

Four candidates file for three seats on Clayton Ridge board

 

By Shelia Tomkins

When voters in the Clayton Ridge School district go to the polls next month,  they will choose from four candidates vying for three vacancies.

Incumbents Michael Finnegan, Kathy Ihde and Mary Waterman have filed for re-election, along with Jason Reimer of Garnavillo.

The deadline for filing was Aug. 1. School board elections will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10. School board members are elected to serve four-year terms. 

Wed
21
Aug

Mississippi mayors sign memorandum


Mayor Russ Loven joined over 50 river mayors making efforts to work with the Mississippi River Commission to make the river's economy and ecology more sustainable. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven participated in a signing ceremony aboard the MV Mississippi at River's Edge Plaza in Dubuque on Aug. 13. The signing ceremony celebrated a memorandum of common purpose between the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) and the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI). Mayors from Dubuque and Clinton were also present to sign this memorandum on behalf of the MRCTI. 

Wed
21
Aug

Artist, author, ornithologist: Althea Sherman's legacy lives on


Jonathan Klaes constructed an artificial chimney for chimney swifts as a part of his journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout. He hopes to officially become an Eagle Scout by September. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

With sharp claws, they cling to walls. They feed on insects, and they nest in chimneys. Short, massive wing bones give them a flickering, bat-like pattern of flight, but they are not bats. These are chimney swifts, and community members throughout the area have gone to great lengths to observe and encourage their success.

In the summer of 2011, local youth Jonathan Klaes was approached by the Friends of the Sherman Swift Tower about building a nesting site for chimney swifts in Guttenberg. Klaes, now a high school junior, took on the project as part of his journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout. With help from his father, older brother, and the Boy Scouts, as well as Harold Krambeer from the Friends organization, Klaes built the 16-foot tower in four sections. 

Wed
14
Aug

Purple loosestrife poses serious threat to wildlife habitat


Purple loosestrife poses a major threat to wetland areas. DNR intern Crystal Krapfl, above, warns about these beautiful but detrimental plants. (Photo submitted)

By Crystal Krapfl

Invasive Species Intern

When you drive by the ponds along Highway 52 in Guttenberg, you may marvel at the beautiful dark purple flowers growing tall and aspiring for the sky. But in reality these picturesque plants are not picturesque for the environment at all. These plants go by the name of purple loosestrife and are actually considered an aquatic invasive species. 

Wed
14
Aug

Leap of faith landed with the gift of sight


Moments after landing her first skydive, Crystal Ellis (left) had her first face-to-face meeting with Misty Troester, mother of her corneal transplant donor. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

On April 28, 2000, a baby boy came into the world. As he grew, he developed a love of fire trucks, John Deere tractors, farm animals, and Todd, his family’s garbage man. The boy’s parents, Misty Troester and Paul Moser, would experience tremendous loss just five years later, when their energetic young son, Jarren, was accidentally run over by a fire truck while playing near the Guttenberg Fire Station. 

“On the night of the accident, we got a call from the eye bank about donating Jarren’s corneas,” recalls Troester, who is an organ donor herself. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that makes up the outermost layer of the eye. U.S. eye banks provide tissue for an average of over 59,000 corneal transplants a year.

Wed
14
Aug

Small-town grad makes big bang in the physics world


Dr. Frederick Borcherding, a 1967 GHS graduate, has been involved in some of the most important discoveries in physics in the past two decades. Fred and his wife, Rita, returned to Guttenberg this month to visit old friends. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In 1995, scientists at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., discovered a particle known as the top quark. It was a critical piece of the standard model physicists use to understand the basic laws and structure in nature. This breakthrough came as the result of two experiments known as DZero and CDF. Guttenberg native Dr. Frederick Borcherding was a member of the DZero team.

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