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Wed
22
Mar

Friendship Farm poised for growing season


Friendship Flower Farm owner Holly Dickson (above) is a regular vendor at Guttenberg's Farmers Market. She also offers weekly and bi-weekly subscriptions and floral workshops. (Photo submitted)

Lisianthus are tender perennials that feature colorful bell-shaped flowers with flaring lobes that bloom on one or more upright stems. They closely resemble a rose but last longer in the vase. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

There is nothing quite like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers to brighten someone's day or add a colorful flair to your home. 

Friendship Flower Farm owner Holly Dickson of Guttenberg is entering her third growing season, cultivating chemical-free blooms grown locally on her husband's family farm in northeast Iowa.  

Wed
22
Mar

City council approves budget

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its monthly meeting on March 13 approved the budget for the coming fiscal year, purchased equipment for the public works department and heard project updates.

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 at the council table. 

Wed
15
Mar

River Town Family Dentistry ribbon cutting at new facility


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at River Town Family Dentistry on Feb. 23 to celebrate the completion of the newly-built facility. Front from left are Erica Rork, Dr. Alicia Walke, and Heather Berns; back row, Katie Krall, Eva Moore, Bella Moore, Amy Schaber, Staci Wessel and Rhonda Ungs. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at River Town Family Dentistry on Feb. 23, marking the official grand opening of Dr. Alicia Walke, DDS, and her dedicated staff's new 4000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art dental facility. 

Greater staff efficiency

Wed
15
Mar

Locksmith trades in his keys for retirement


Glenn O'Rourke, owner of Glenn's Lock and Key, is set to retire and would like to see an energetic young person take over his successful business. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Local locksmith Glenn O'Rourke was born and raised on the far south side of Chicago in Richton Park, IL. He graduated from Crete-Monee High School, which was recently demolished. An after school part-time job led the way to his career as a locksmith. 

Interesting job opportunity

Wed
15
Mar

Above normal Mississippi flood risk

The National Weather Service (NWS) on March 9 released its third and final outlook for flooding on the Upper Mississippi River this spring, and concludes that the overall risk for flooding is well above normal for the Mississippi River. 

The Mississippi tributaries across Northeast Iowa have near to below normal chances for flooding this spring, notes the report.  The greatest chances of flooding this spring are on the mainstem of the Mississippi River.

Wed
15
Mar

Editorial: Iowa bill seeks to remove public notices from newspapers

Some members of the Iowa Senate do not think that public notices published in newspapers remain relevant and necessary. A bill filed in the newly formed Technology Committee in March moved through committee in two days and then through the Ways & Means Committee in one day. 

Senate File 546 would result in removing a major component of government transparency. This legislation would require legal notices to be posted on a website controlled by the very government legal notices are designed to oversee and notices would not be required to published in a local newspaper.

Wed
08
Mar

Unique signage encourages travellers to think twice


Guttenberg Powersports & Marine owner John Cain (above) uses his portable outdoor sign to draw attention to his business. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg Power-sports & Marine, located at 31738 Highway 52, has a unique way of capturing the attention of travelers as they slow down and make their way into Guttenberg.

Business owner John Cain of Guttenberg enjoys greeting locals and visitors to the community with uplifting, thought-provoking and often humorous messages on his portable outdoor sign located on the right side of Highway 52 heading north. 

Wed
08
Mar

Dental hygienist retires after 45-year career


Joan Elenz of Dyersville has retired from her 45-year career as a dental assistant and hygienist. From left are River Town Family Dentistry owner Dr. Alicia Walke, Joan Elenz and Rhonda Ungs. (Photo submitted)

 By Caroline Rosacker

Is your glass half empty or half full? If you asked Joan Elenz, dental hygienist with River Town Family Dentistry, Guttenberg, her answer would definitely be half full. 

"Joan is always – always — in a good mood and has brought so much positivity to our dental practice throughout the years," said Rhonda Ungs, River Town Family Dentistry office manager/patient and treatment coordinator. 

Wed
08
Mar

Mississippi flood outlook predicts above normal risk

By Shelia Tomkins

With melting snow and the arrival of spring, Guttenberg residents have learned to keep an eye on river levels as the traditional spring crest on the Mississippi River approaches.

Wed
01
Mar

Riverman's illustrious career revisited


The Guttenberg National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium opened to the public in 1940. It was the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River, and the only one of its kind into the 1950’s. Above, one of the many school groups that went through the Guttenberg National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium in 1960. (Photo from the State Historical Society's collection of Eldon's papers)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Press would like to thank Vance Polton, IA-DNR Fisheries Management Technician of Lake Darling Fisheries Office/Fisheries Bureau, in Brighton, who has generously shared historical information he unearthed on Eldon Saeugling of Guttenberg while researching the history of fisheries management in Iowa. 

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