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09
Sep

St. John's/St. Paul parishes welcome new pastor


St. John's and St. Paul Lutheran Churches welcome Pastor Michael Ashman to their respective faith communities. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Gathering Christians need one another, but more importantly they need ordained ministers to lead the congregation from God’s Word. St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 203 Pearl Sreet, and St. Paul Lutheran Church at 214 South First Street,  in Guttenberg recently welcomed Pastor Michael Ashman to their respective faith communities. 

Pastor Michael Ashman

Wed
09
Sep

Guttenberg German Band concert set for Sept. 26

By Shelia Tomkins

This year would have marked the 30th anniversary of Guttenberg's GermanFest celebration. Due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce in July announced that this year's event is cancelled.

Wed
02
Sep

Yaddof hired as Community Vitality Director


Emily Yaddof was recently hired as Guttenberg's Community Vitality Director. She will work closely with an advisory team to develop and support businesses, encourage entrepreneurs, increase the tax base, and attract and retain young families. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Small communities across Iowa have been struggling to support themselves as rural populations continue to decline. It takes vision and a strong steering committee to build civic infrastructure, inspire local entrepreneurs, and grow and support existing local businesses. The City of Guttenberg has gathered a group of visionaries to address these issues.

Advisory committee

Wed
02
Sep

AM Painting for interior and exterior projects


Andrea Meyer of AM Painting is shown working on the second story of Chuck and Angela Lawson's home in Garnavillo. Meyer is fully insured and offers free estimates on interior and exterior painting and staining projects. (Photo submitted by Carol DeSotel)

By Caroline Rosacker

“Follow your passion — and if you don’t know what it is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.” — Oprah Winfrey. 

National Women's Small Business month is celebrated each year in October. During that time women are recognized for their supporting roles as small business leaders across the nation. 

Wed
02
Sep

Engineer hears council input on Schiller Street

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at a special meeting on Aug. 25 gave design guidance to an engineer from the firm overseeing the Schiller Street Corridor project. Steve Thompson of Veenstra and Kimm, Inc. was present to speak to the council about the scope of the project, a follow-up to a recorded presentation he made at the regular monthly meeting on Aug. 10. He noted that the local Great Places Committee and Umbrella Arts group have also reviewed the project and given input.

Wed
26
Aug

Guttenberg library copes with COVID-19


The library meeting room is set up as a disinfecting zone. When library materials are returned, staff washes them with a special disinfectant and then props them up for 48 hours before placing them back on the shelf for public use. Above is Katie Beitzel, Guttenberg Public Library Director. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

  Iowa’s public library accreditation program has been in place since 1986. The State Library documents the condition of public library service in Iowa by requiring public libraries to submit accreditation reports. The Guttenberg Public Library was recently accredited for 2020-2023.

Wed
26
Aug

Author speaks out about domestic violence


Kate Klaver, a pseudonym, and survivor of domestic abuse, has written about her trauma in her recent autobiography, “Portrayed Crazy: A Memoir of Spousal Abuse.” (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV), is a common problem in the United States. It is estimated that 10 million individuals (including intimate partner, child and elder abuse) are experiencing some kind of mistreatment each year. A stark uptick in IPV, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has recently received national and global attention. Current estimates from the United Nations Population Fund cited three months of quarantine, as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, will result in a 20 percent increase in domestic violence with a prediction of 15 million additional cases in upcoming months.

Wed
26
Aug

Cornerstone Family Practice develops long-term plan

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, Cornerstone Family Practice Clinic in Guttenberg will see both well patients and ill patients, with a separate designated clinic space for patients not feeling well.

The current process of drive-thru screening was a temporary response to COVID-19. With the safety of all patients and the community a top priority, a long-term plan has been developed to screen patients with symptoms of influenza, strep, RSV, COVID-19, etc. in the Guttenberg clinic. The Guttenberg clinic space will look different, with added barriers and additional protection of staff, to ensure the safety of both well and ill patients.

Wed
19
Aug

Darwin Duwe playground equipment fundraiser


The new playground equipment at the Darwin Duwe Field will be ADA compliant and include climbing equipment, slides and a handicap accessible, ground level activity panel. A poured-in-place rubber safety surface will be installed under the new equipment. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Darwin Duwe 1959-1982

The late Darwin Duwe of Guttenberg was an avid baseball player and fan. He was a member of the Guttenberg Jaycees and dedicated his time to Little League. Darwin was employed with Mid-America Transportation Corp. as a deckhand on the Ann King when he slipped off the barge and drowned in January 1982. He was 22 years old. 

Wed
19
Aug

Golden Knights to perform at Athletic Complex


The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce is hosting the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. sharp! The free event is set to take place at Stephen D. Shannon Memorial Athletic Complex located west of the Marina Road in north Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce is hosting the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. sharp! The event is set to take place at Stephen D. Shannon Memorial Athletic Complex located west of the Marina Road in north Guttenberg. There is no admission fee for the performance, and everyone is welcome. Those in attendance are asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. 

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