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Wed
20
Aug

Four longear sunfish confirmed in Iowa waters


The longear sunfish has been listed as a threatened species in Wisconsin since 1979. The thin, deep-bodied sunfish can be identified by its elongated opercular "ear flap." It is black olive to rusty brown, with ligher colored sides, breast and belly yellow to orange red. The back and sides of the fish can have specks of yellow, orange, emerald and blue. Breeding males are iridescent green above and bright orange below, with ventral fins rusty orange and pelvic fins blue black. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The potential discovery of a longear sunfish in Iowa’s waters made news last month, and now nationally known experts have agreed that the fish collected in July is indeed a longear sunfish. This is the first confirmed occurrence of the fish in Iowa in 80 years. 

DNR Fisheries Technicians Bernie Schonoff and Adam Thiese collected the longear sunfish this July at the Fairport Fisheries station. Once listed as common in bayous around Muscatine, the longear sunfish have been extirpated from the state for more than eight decades. They were last noted in Iowa in 1932. 

“The longear live in several states basically from New York south and then east along the Ohio River corridor and then down into Texas. They are fairly abundant in Missouri and they also occur in Minnesota,” Schonoff told The Press.

Wed
13
Aug

German Band to play this Friday at River of Music

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will feature the Guttenberg German Band this Friday, Aug. 15, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shelter in the park along the river north of the school.

The evening will feature favorite polkas, traditional German tunes and marches.

Wed
13
Aug

Local brewers plan for 9th annual You Be the Judge contest


An estimated 225 Germanfest guests tasted and voted for their favorite beverages in the 2013 You Be the Judge beer and wine contest. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Dr. Andrew Smith began experimenting with beer brewing with friends while he was in college. “At that point, it was still quasi-illegal – but we thought it was do-able. It kind of tasted like beer,” Smith laughs. In 1987, he was given a brew kit for Christmas and began creating his own beers using the Windswept label. “I purchased a recipe book and that opened my eyes to all the variety of beer. That’s what’s so interesting about beer,” he said. 

In 2007, Guttenberg’s Germanfest committee approached Smith about organizing a beer contest. He and his wife, M.J., sponsored the first contest for local beer and winemakers. In its early years the contest was a blind tasting of homemade beer and wine, where a panel of judges tasted and awarded ribbons and cash prizes donated by the Smiths. 

The event helped bring attention to the growing interest in microbrewing. “Beer is a very German thing. It seemed to fit; and then we have so many local people that dabble in winemaking. The original contest was a way to bring more people into the Germanfest,” Smith explained.

Wed
13
Aug

Council okays Police Chief contract

By Shelia Tomkins

On a split vote, the Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on Aug. 4, approved the annual employment agreement for Police Chief George Morteo.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein through the agenda. City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster were also on hand.

Wed
13
Aug

Trinity Lutheran welcomes new pastor and young family


Pastors attending Andrew Preus' ordination and installation were, front from left, Stephen Preus (Andrew's brother), Rolf Preus (Andrew's father), newly-ordained pastor Andrew Preus, Brian Saunders, president of the LCMS Iowa District East, Brian Thorson, and Dean Rothchild; second row, Robert Benson, Paul Nus, Jesse Cearlock, Kristian Kincaid, Leonard Aurich, David Andersen, Donald Krause, Anthony Dodgers, Mark Preus (brother of Andrew), Andrew Grey, Mark Brase, John Preus (brother of Andrew), Dale Glawatz, and Troy Pepperkorn. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Pastor Andrew Preus preached his first sermon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg on Sunday. He was ordained and installed at Trinity following the completion of his seminary education earlier this year. Though it was his first day on the job, he didn’t bat an eye. “This is what I love to do,” he told The Press prior to the sermon.

Preus (pronounced Pr-oice) and his wife, Leah, along with their children, three-year-old Jacob, 18-month-old Solveig, and a third due in September, moved to Guttenberg last month. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political theory from the University of Minnesota at Morris in 2009, then began studying for a Master’s of Divinity degree at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. That degree is required to be eligible for ordination, but Preus didn’t stop there. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in sacred theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Wed
06
Aug

River of Music continues this Friday evening

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will feature The Sounds of Nashville this Friday, Aug. 8, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shelter in the park along the river north of the school.

The evening will feature classic and modern country favorites. Band members are Gene Hansel, Steve Moser, Bob Richards and Jim Klein. 

Wed
06
Aug

Clayton County receives communications money

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Clayton County Emergency Management Agency’s Joel Biggs has announced that the county has received a $279,208 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the federal government.  

“The grant will be used to improve the radio system in Garnavillo,” he said.  “There will also be $10,368 in local funds dedicated to the project.”

Wed
06
Aug

New bakery to hold grand opening


Patrick and Patricia Kennedy are the owners of River's Edge Bakery in Guttenberg. Patricia is new to the bakery business, but Patrick has been baking for 42 years. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Patricia and Patrick Kennedy have made some pretty big changes in the past three weeks. They relocated from their home in Chicago to Guttenberg, began setting up a new business on River Park Drive, and are scheduled to launch that business on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Technically speaking, they’re on vacation.

The Kennedys took three weeks vacation from their current jobs in Chicago and are set to ‘retire’ on Aug. 7 and 8, following the grand opening of River’s Edge Bakery. “For me to have a bakery, this is ideally perfect,” says Patricia, gesturing to the view outside the new shop’s window. 

Patrick began baking 42 years ago, when he asked for a job in a bakery while working there as a painter’s assistant. “I was making $20 a day and working 16 hour days for two years,” he recalls. Patrick has opened various bakeries over the years and has worked in many more.  He plans to begin baking at 10:00 p.m. each night and open up shop by 5:00 a.m. most days. 

Wed
06
Aug

Webster and Kann visit Offutt Air Show near Omaha


Neil Webster, Fred Kann, and thousands of others watch a Lucas Oil plane at the 2014 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show July 19 at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jeff W. Gates)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Neil Webster got an up-close view of some exceptionally dangerous flights at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., late last month. He and Fred Kann, a Navy vet who served in Vietnam, attended the 2014 air show with Webster on July 19 and 20. 

In one such flight, said Webster, “The pilot flew his plane upside down just off the runway to pick off a pennant hanging between two 15-foot poles, using the plane’s vertical tail.” Another pilot flew along the runway with wings perpendicular to the pavement, and yet another flew straight up into the sky for several thousand feet before continuing further upward with acrobatics. 

The show began with Navy Seals dropping in via parasails directly in front of the VIP tent where Webster and Kann were seated. “A short time ago I received an invitation from the Commander Colonel Guillot of the 55th Wing Offutt Air Force Base to attend the air show,” Webster said, explaining how he and Kann were placed in the Commander’s Tent. “I had served with the 97th support group to the 55th in England during WWII and had previously been invited to special activities from the 55th wing.”

Now 93 years old, Webster has been involved in radio and electronics since high school. He grew up in Waucoma and attended radio school in New Orleans. After receiving his license to operate a radio station, he began working at WGRM in Greenwood, Miss. In 1939, he was making only $12 a week – so he quit and joined the military. This decision brought him to Hawaii, where he was serving at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. 

Wed
30
Jul

Clayton County Fair under way this week

By Shelia Tomkins

The 160th annual Clayton County Fair is under way this week, featuring a line-up of family entertainment, agricultural exhibits, midway rides and delicious fair food.   The fairground are located at National, five miles north of Garnavillo. 

The event will officially open on Wednesday evening, July 30, with a 6:30 p.m. flag raising and crowning of the 2014 Fair Queen.  A free beef and pork barbecue meal, sponsored by the Clayton County Commodity Groups, will be served from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

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