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Wed
19
Aug

Local empathic medium describes her personal spiritual journey


Kelly Roth is a wife and mother of two, a veteran hairstylist, and an empathic medium with the ability to relay messages from the spiritual world. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Angels, healing stones, solar flares, spiritual beings, and Guttenberg resident Kelly Roth: What do all these things have in common? “Energy. Everyone is a big ball of energy,” says Roth, who describes herself as an empathic medium. “I feel the emotional energy of other people and of spaces.” 

Wed
12
Aug

River of Music concludes this Friday with Uncle Sam's Band

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will come to an end this Friday, Aug. 14, with a performance by Uncle Sam's Band. 

The local group will feature sounds of the Fifties, Sixties and beyond from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shell in the park along the river north of the school near China Street. 

Concert goers should bring their own lawn chair or blanket and are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and coolers and enjoy dinner or snacks during the concert. Wine and beer are allowed. However, glass bottles are not permitted. 

Wed
12
Aug

City council amends golf cart ordinance

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its monthly meeting on Aug. 3 amended the city's golf cart ordinance that was passed last year. The action came in response to discussion at the previous month's meeting regarding reports of irresponsible behavior involving the carts.

The new wording specifies that all occupants of a golf cart must be in a seated position at all times, and that no one may be standing on the vehicle or sitting on another passenger while the vehicle is in operation.  

Wed
12
Aug

VA medical care now closer to home


Dr. Andy Smith meets with local veteran Jim Hansel, who's enrolled in new VA programs provided through GMH and Cornerstone Family Practice. While still highly regulated by the VA, Smith says the programs are a step in the right direction. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Vietnam veteran Jim Hansel of Guttenberg is one of many area vets taking advantage of new medical programs offered locally by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Cornerstone Family Practice have recently been approved as providers of VA Choice and VA Blue Button, both programs designed to give veterans more convenient access to medical care.

Wed
12
Aug

Vickery joins Guttenberg as St. John's director of children, youth, and family ministry


John L. Vickery has begun work at St. John's Lutheran Church in Guttenberg as the new director of children, youth, and family ministries. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

On Sunday, Aug. 2, St. John’s Lutheran Church held an installation service for John Vickery, their new director of children, youth, and family ministries. Vickery is a native of Washington state with a background in music and youth ministry.

Vickery arrived in Guttenberg on Thursday, July 30, after making the four day journey from Washington in a moving truck with his car in tow. He sat down with The Press during his second day on the job.

Wed
05
Aug

Oil sheen near Guttenberg under investigation

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and two federal agencies are investigating the source of a sheen reported Tuesday afternoon, July 28, on the Mississippi River near Guttenberg.

DNR specialists and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist spent three hours on the river Tuesday afternoon tracking the sheen up the main channel of the Mississippi. The U.S. Coast Guard is also looking for the pollution source.

Wed
05
Aug

Enjoy the ride at the 2015 Clayton County Fair

By Shelia Tomkins

The Clayton County Fair, a family tradition for 161 years, opens this week at the fairgrounds in National, located east of Highway 52 five miles north of Garnavillo.

The fair board has planned a busy schedule from the opening on Wednesday, Aug. 5, to the concluding livestock auction on Monday, Aug. 10. 

Wed
05
Aug

Polls open for "Best of Guttenberg"

By Molly Moser

The second annual Best of Guttenberg competition is being held in conjunction with Celebrate the Mississippi River and Guttenberg, scheduled for Aug. 7-9. Community members will once again be able to vote for their favorite burger, pie, and Bloody Mary in Guttenberg. Organizers from the sponsoring organization, Guttenberg Development & Tourism, will award certificates – and bragging rights – to merchants who are voted “Best of Guttenberg.” 

Wed
05
Aug

Researching river history California artist travels Mississippi in shantyboat

By Molly Moser

A rustic recreated 1940s shantyboat, a daring river voyage, and a meticulous archive of river stories: All are part of a multi-year art and history project, A Secret History of American River People, that brought Santa Cruz artist Wes Modes to Guttenberg in late July. Modes set sail on the Mississippi River to collect the stories of people who live and work on the river from the deck of his homemade houseboat. 

Wed
29
Jul

Mississippi Mud Challenge slated for Aug. 8

By Molly Moser

A Mississippi Mud Challenge will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, in conjunction with Celebrate the River. Organizers will lead participants in a series of comical strength, balance, and agility tests resulting in the crowning of Miss Issippi and Mr. Mud. 

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