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Wed
07
Jun

Council chooses asphalt for North Fifth Street project

The Guttenberg city council at a special meeting on May 18 decided to go with asphalt for the North Fifth Street project.

At the regular monthly meeting on May 8, the council had decided to accept the bid for concrete though it was higher than the asphalt bid. It was subsequently learned that the  Iowa Department of Transportation would not allow the contract to be awarded as voted on, saying it has to be awarded to the low bidder — which was for asphalt — or go back out for bid, which wouldn't happen until August.

Wed
31
May

New owners at Sodes Perk Central


Longtime employees Krystal Hyde (left) and Linda Hines took over Sodes Perk Central located at 7 Goethe Street on March 1. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Early this spring businesswoman and physician Beth Sadewasser approached two of her dedicated, longtime employees, Linda Hines, and Krystal Hyde of Guttenberg, and asked them if they would be interested in taking over Sodes Perk Central, the restaurant portion of Sadewasser's enterprise located at 7 Goethe St. 

Wed
31
May

Arts group celebrates 10-years


Umbrella Arts has accomplished many lofty goals and maintained a strong membership for the past ten years. Front from left are Myron Thiese, Sherry Oliver, Lee Johnston, Juanita Loven, Katherine Brown and Suzy Black; back row, Becky Shaffer, Ann Korczyk, Lori Kann, Karilyn McArthur, Gail Larson, Matt Esser, Diane Schilling, Julie Rastetter, Pat Burroughs, Tim Manson, Laura Manson, Richard Larson and Diane Thiese. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

On a cold evening on Jan. 24, 2014, an exploratory meeting was held at the home of Juanita and the late Russell Loven of Guttenberg. The mission of the organization was proposed to be an "umbrella," collaborative, cooperative, supportive arts organization to include the broader spectrum of the arts, not in competition with already established organizations and events, but to complement, support and expand on the arts in our community. 

Wed
24
May

50-year Jubilee of Priesthood Ordination

By Caroline Rosacker

Fr. Marvin Bries will celebrate his 50-year Jubilee of Priesthood Ordination and St. Mary's Catholic School's 169-year history at a western-themed celebration set for Sunday, June 4, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Guttenberg.

The celebration will begin with Mass at 10 a.m. with lunch following from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Brinkmann Hall.

Wed
24
May

Climate change exhibit in Dyersville May 26


The BUS-eum featuring two exhibits, "Hidden or Forbidden No More" and "Heartland's Future," will be at the James Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville on May 26. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

A weekend stay in Guttenberg at Hayden's Hideaway, a vacation rental owned by Andy Reimer of Garnavillo, created an opportunity for me to visit with three University of Erfurt students on a mission to raise awareness and promote action on climate change. 

Katharina Herz, of Bavaria, and Svea Benett and David Bernhardt of northern Germany, are participating in a whirlwind tour across the Midwest as part of an extra-curricular student project. 

Wed
24
May

Local Memorial Day tribute set for Monday

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg area residents will pay tribute to veterans both living and dead at the community's annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the Guttenberg Area Veterans Memorial in Ingleside Park. 

This year's observance will be similar to last year's — there will be no parade, but a short program is planned. 

Wed
17
May

Law Enforcement Victim Service Award


Sgt. Brent Ostrander was awarded the Law Enforcement Victim Service Award on April 26. From left are Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Duax and Sgt. Ostrander. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In a crowded room full of colleagues, proud family members, friends, and grateful victims/survivors Investigative Sergeant Brent W. Ostrander of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the Law Enforcement Victim Service Award at the county building located at 600 Gunder Road in Elkader on April 26. 

Awards ceremony

Wed
17
May

Foster care helps heal Iowa's kids


Four Oaks, a statewide children and family nonprofit, assisted Jane Parker in becoming a foster mother nearly 14 years ago. From left are Kassie Parker and her foster mother, Jane Parker. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

A welcoming foster care home, whether with a single parent or couple, offers a child the opportunity to develop healthy emotional attachments, gain trust, increase self-esteem and provide an opportunity to learn valuable life skills. A foster parent's most important role for the duration of the child's stay is to be that of a teacher and  mentor. 

Wed
17
May

City council hears concerns about geese

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on May 8, approved the plans for the North  Fifth Street improvement project, heard resident concerns about the geese population, and okayed the hiring of a new police officer.

Mayor Fred Schaub led councilmembers Michelle Geuder, Steve Bahls, Jane Parker, Austin Greve and Mandy Ludovissy through the agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider was also present. 

Wed
10
May

Fr. Bries to celebrate Golden Jubilee

By Caroline Rosacker

The Rev. Marvin J. Bries of Guttenberg will celebrate his 50-year Ordination and the official closing of St. Mary/Immaculate Conception School at a Mass and celebration on Sunday, June 4. 

"Everyone is invited to this special event, especially past students of St. Mary's school, and children of all ages," say  event organizers. 

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