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Wed
26
Dec

Swimming pool progress update


The concrete pour for the new swimming pool floor is complete. An unseasonably mild November and December has provided Portzen Construction Inc. the perfect weather conditions for completing this portion of the project. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg municipal swimming pool project is well underway and close to budget and schedule. 

A recent visit to the construction site and a meeting with Portzen Construction Superintendent Brian Vize provided an update on the project. 

Wed
26
Dec

Choir director Marlene McLane - a dedicated musician


The St. Mary's carolers dropped in to former choir director Marlene McLane's home to surprise her with a cheerful holiday performance. From left are Lois and Harry Bries, Carla Bolsinger, Diane Bieber, Marge Elsinger, Carol and John Hartmann, Wendy Shea and director Gina Dahlstrom-Osburn. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Let music touch your soul. This statement hung on the wall as a decorative embellishment in the comfortable living room of newly-retired choir director Marlene McLane of Guttenberg. 

Visiting with McLane at her kitchen table, surrounded by sparkling holiday cheer, she emotionally described her beloved experience as St. Mary's choir director. 

Wed
19
Dec

Trinity Chrismon tree tells the story of the Christian faith


From left, June Zhiss and Norma Thiese work on new Chrismons that will decorate a tree at Trinity Lutheran Church this holiday season. Each ornament has a symbolic meaning for Christians. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

History tells us that Christmas trees came into general popularity in Europe many centuries ago, when Christians adapted the pagan custom of decorating winter festivals with evergreens. It is speculated that Martin Luther was the first person to bring a tree into the house as part of  Christmas observances. In the 1800s, trees were mainly decorated with edible decorations.

Wed
19
Dec

Christmas memories of the young at heart


Residents from the Guttenberg Care Center and Eagle Ridge Assisted Living enjoyed a lively conversation sharing Christmas memories. Front from left are Rosella Dugan, Arletta Hankes and Don Wirkler; back row, John Youngblut, Gladys Georgeson and Donna Bodensteiner. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

A group of residents at the Guttenberg Care Center and Eagle Ridge Assisted Living recently gathered together for an impromptu conversation recalling Christmas memories.

Wed
19
Dec

Council okays library position, acts on food truck ordinance

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on  Monday, Dec. 10, approved a full-time director's position for the library, moved forward on the mobile food vendor ordinance, and took the first step in an ordinance that would address unsightly properties.

Wed
05
Dec

Chris Anderson: A new face in town


Local artist and sculptor Chris Anderson displays an example of one of his clam shell bonsai trees and a selection of pearl button jewelry he creates out of discarded shells and buttons he finds along the banks of the Missipppi River from the former Pearl Button Factory. His work is offered locally at Roots (the store is closing for the season after the Dec. 15-16 weekend). (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The historic pearl button factory industry is receiving new recognition, thanks to artist and sculptor Chris Anderson. 

Chris moved to Guttenberg from Muscatine in the fall of 2018 to assist his mother, Holly Anderson. 

Wed
05
Dec

5C Coalition awarded grant to prevent youth substance abuse

The Clayton County Community Collaboration Council (5C Coalition) has received a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol.  

The DFC program, created by the DFC Act of 1997 is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use and is directed by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). 

Wed
05
Dec

The journey of Clayton County's Freedom Rock


A Freedom Rock arrived in Guttenberg on Nov. 21 and was placed at Limbeck (Horseshoe) Pond. It will be painted with a patriotic scene in July 2019. Freedom Rock committee members are, from left, Stan Blair, Jim Eglseder, Bob Moser, Dick Eilers, and Carson Palmer; not pictured are Nancy McClellan and Wendy Kuhse. See story below. (Photo courtesy of Nancy McClellan)

This six-ton boulder was carefully lifted off C.J. Moyna's flatbed truck using a crane operated by employees of Winegar Works Marina. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

An area veteran and a patriotic artist first came in contact with one another two years ago.  

In the fall of 2015, area veteran Stan Blair of Guttenberg approached artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen inquiring about the placement of a Freedom Rock® in Clayton County. 

Wed
28
Nov

Lights and water pilot program in Guttenberg saves energy

In early November, the City of Guttenberg, the Clayton County Energy District (CCED), and local landlords Isaac Eulberg and Gary Willman completed their lights and water direct install kick-off project. 

Consistent with the energy district’s value “to build community by keeping energy local, clean and fair,” the goal of the project was to lower energy costs for a targeted group of low-to-moderate income (LMI) households while helping the city achieve more efficient, cleaner energy use.  

Wed
28
Nov

Mobile Food Pantry distributes monthly in Guttenberg at St. John's

By Caroline Rosacker

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. ­—Matthew 25:35

On the third Saturday of each month throughout the year and the second Saturday during the months of November and December, a spirited group of volunteers gathers together to provide muscle and a welcoming embrace to people in our area counties. 

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