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Guttenberg's oldest business saved as owner retires

GUTTENBERG, Iowa (AP) – For years, Guttenberg resident Tom Kuempel feared his retirement also would mean the end of his multi-generational family business.

Kuempel had owned the downtown hardware business, Kuempel Hardware, since he returned from serving in the U.S. Army in 1963. The store had called Guttenberg home since 1900, making it the oldest business in the city.

“We are one of the few major businesses left in town, and we draw people in from quite a ways away,&#82…
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