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04
Apr

Opioid overdoses becoming common in GMH E.R.


Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, along with Robin Esmann, RN, and Joan Parker, RN, BSN, presented information about the nationwide opioid crisis and its local impacts last Tuesday evening. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, Robin Esmann, RN and Joan Parker, RN, BSN, presented to a small group at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital on Tuesday, March 27, about the nationwide opioid crisis. Iowa opioid prescription rates are less than many other states, yet are still at 73 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. 

Wed
28
Mar

Volunteers fight fires, fundraise


Guttenberg's firefighters must be prepared for any situation, so they practice situations like this car accident extrication training. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Molly Moser

The first step in fire protection for Guttenberg came in 1877, when the town council authorized the purchase of its first piece of fire equipment – a hand-operated pump with hose and fittings, purchased for a total of $380. On May 5, 1882, the Guttenberg Fire Department was officially created.

Wed
28
Mar

Getting to know local government Hospital board looks to hire two new physicians


Members of the volunteer GMHC board of trustees are entrusted with the health of Guttenberg's hospital, and in turn the health of the community as a whole. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The five-member board of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics is tasked with keeping the community’s most essential resource thriving. “The hospital is a major institution in the community and each board member sees that and wants to make sure that the institution is healthy and that the community is healthy,” said board chair Karen Merrick. “It’s a municipal hospital, and the people who run it have a real responsibility to the community as a whole.”

Wed
21
Mar

City council approves budget

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on March 12 approved the budget for the coming fiscal year, discussed railroad issues and heard a request for street improvements.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling, and Jane Parker through the evening's agenda; also on hand was city manager Denise Schneider.

Wed
21
Mar

Getting to know local government Historic preservation group reflects on 2017, sets 2018 goals


Historic preservation commission member Gary Goyette rescues wainscotting prior to demolition of a historic property located at the intersection of Schiller and First Street. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg’s historic preservation commission advocates for some 200 historic properties within the city limits, working to educate owners of those properties and completing its own projects to improve upon the appearance and preservation of the city.

Wed
21
Mar

Reed's Steakhouse & Grill New restaurant pairs fine dining with a fine view

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Angela Reed has spent nearly a lifetime working in the food industry, and she’s excited to open a new restaurant above the Dam Bar next month. Reed describes the atmosphere of Reed’s Steakhouse and Grill as upscale, yet family oriented. Her goals are excellence in food and service, consistency, and an emphasis on homemade foods.

Wed
14
Mar

Swim pool bond issue passes


Supporters of the Wave of the Future campaign gathered on Tuesday night to celebrate the passing of a bond referendum. Votes were overwhelmingly in favor of funding a new swimming pool for Guttenberg. Front from left are Karilyn McArthur, Debbie Eulberg, Jessica Cline, Bec Knudtson, Deb Moser, Molly Moser, Ammi Hugo, Norma Thiese, Julie Rastetter, Luke Hoffman and Russ Loven; back row, Dr. Robert Merrick, Judy Puls, Al Ullerich, Paula Deutmeyer, MJ Smith and Austin Greve. (Photo submitted)

In a special election on March 6, Guttenberg voters approved a measure to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $2.8 million to help finance a new swimming pool.

Unofficial results as announced by Clayton County Auditor Jennifer Garms showed 300 votes in favor and 44 opposed, for 79% voter approval. Voter turn-out was low, at only 26% of all registered eligible voters.

Wed
14
Mar

Kuempel Hardware store sold to Meuser Lumber Company


Past, present and future Guttenberg businessmen John Finch, Tom Kuempel and Charles Finch commemorated the sale of Kuempel Hardware to Meuser Lumber with a photo. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Two Guttenberg businesses, each well over a century in age, have come together in Meuser Lumber Company’s March 1 purchase of Kuempel Hardware. The Press sat down with John Finch of Meuser Lumber and Tom Kuempel of Kuempel Hardware to talk about the past, present and future of the two companies. 

Wed
14
Mar

Getting to know local government Long-term safety planning is a city priority


Fire, EMS and police keep residents safe on a day-to-day basis, while three additional groups oversee long-term safety planning. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg police department, fire department and EMS manage the day-to-day safety and emergency needs of residents, but there are three additional groups that oversee long-term protection planning in case of natural disasters, safety training for city employees, and 911 communications. 

Wed
07
Mar

Proposed city budget calls for slight drop in property tax levy

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 12, on the annual  budget for the coming fiscal year. For the third consecutive year, the new budget calls for a small decrease in the city's tax levy rate. The budget anticipates approximate expenditures of $11.6 million. 

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