News

Wed
27
Aug

Open house at the Rathskeller scheduled for Sept. 20


The Rathskeller, a bar that served Guttenberg in the early 1970s, will be open for public viewing during the weekend of Germanfest. See next week's issue for more details. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, located at 214 S. River Park Drive, is planning an open house next door in the basement of the Gutenberg Haus from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, during Germanfest.

Many may remember the building as the Rathskeller Bar and Cafe, as it was known until it was closed in the early 1970's. The Rathskeller is housed in the Albertus Building, which is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. The familiar building is three stories of two-foot thick rock walls and massive oak crossbeams uniquely constructed by a German immigrant and his wife over a three-year period.

The Albertus family used locally abundant limestone, quarried by hand, and hand-cut oak beams to build one of Guttenberg's finest examples of German architecture. Old-world keystone construction was used throughout the building in windows, doors, and passageways, and in the two vaults in the cellar. Those vaults became the Rathskeller.

Rathskeller is a German word for a bar or restaurant in a basement. The late Doug and Jerri Geuder, who also operated Doug’s Steakhouse, opened the Rathskeller in Guttenberg in the early 1970s. Joe Moser ran the bar for the Geuders until 1975, when the establishment closed. 

Wed
20
Aug

Former Press employee stops for a visit


Former Guttenberg resident Gary Olson, now of Altamonte Springs, Fla., looks over the camera that was used to produce page negatives when he worked at The Press as a high school student more than 50 years ago. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

A recent visitor to The Guttenberg Press renewed old acquaintances when he stopped at  the place that launched his career in journalism and communications.

Gary Olson and his wife, Carol, of  Altamonte Springs, Fla., stopped in Guttenberg during their travels this summer. He made it a point to visit The Press office, still located in the same building where he worked during his school years in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1963.

"I started working at The Press in junior high, writing sports stories for Charlie Millham," he recalls. The young Olson also worked summers at The Press during his high school and college years.

Strolling through the office on his Aug. 6 visit here, Olson pointed out the room that he used for an office, as well as room that served as the office of "Mr. Millham."

Wed
20
Aug

Side Project 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 music by Side Project this Friday, Aug. 22, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shelter in the park along the river north of the school.

The group features classic rock and country music. Band members are Aaron and Angela Reed, John Collins, Tim Geuder and Derrick Livingston.

Wed
20
Aug

City informational meeting looks at hospital alignment

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg’s city council held conversations with officials from Waverly during an open informational meeting on Aug. 12. Lisa Bennett, CFO of Waverly Health Centers (WHC), Philip Jones, Waverly City Administrator, and Tim Kangas, mayor pro-tem in Waverly, explained the relationship between the City of Waverly and Waverly Health Centers and discussed the hospital’s reasons for declining multiple offers of alignment from larger entities. 

All city council members attended with the exception of Jane Parker. City Manager Mary Willett, along with Mayor Russ Loven, led the meeting. City Attorney Mike Schuster was also present. Less than a dozen Guttenberg residents attended, and GMH board members and administration were not in attendance. 

The meeting arose from a letter of intent delivered to City officials by GMH earlier this year regarding the hospital’s ongoing research into potential alignment with UnityPoint Health. 

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. 

Pages

Subscribe to News