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Wed
09
Jan

"Battle of the Brains" Trivia Night planned


Last year’s Rotary trivia challenge, above, was termed a big success. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25, at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Rotary Club is planning its second annual Trivia Night. The event will again be held at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club on Friday, Jan. 25. 

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner starting at 6 p.m. The dinner buffet will include: fried chicken, pork loin, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, tossed side salad, dinner rolls,  cheese cake, coffee and water.

Wed
09
Jan

County ready for winter weather

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

“We are doing pretty good this year,” said County Engineer Rafe Koopman, talking about the county’s preparations for winter weather.  “We got prepared for winter in September and October, despite the rain that we received.”

Wed
02
Jan

Couple builds energy-efficient home with future in mind


Chris Schoen and Laura Elsinger built a home near Garnavillo with attention to stewardship of the land and environment. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by 

Natasha Hegmann,

Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network

Archaelogists investigate hundreds of years into the past, but local archaeologists Laura Elsinger and Chris Schoen chose to envision generations into the future when building their dream home.

Wed
02
Jan

Kopecky's legendary lighted Christmas display


Each year the home of Joyce and Norman Kopecky, located at 919 North 2nd Street, lights up the community with holiday spirit. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

Each Christmas season the house of Norman and Joyce Kopecky, located at 919 North Second Street in Guttenberg, transforms into an array of magical Christmas delight. 

Kopecky has been decorating his home for the Christmas holidays for approximately 50 years. 

Wed
02
Jan

Verdus L. Patzner

Verdus L. Patzner, 92, of Dubuque died Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center. 

Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 2, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Dubuque, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial, conducted by Rev. Steve Rosonke.

Entombment was at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum. 

Wed
02
Jan

Harland G. Grunder Jr.

Harland G. Grunder Jr., 77, of Clayton, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

A celebration of life was held Friday, Dec. 27, at the Garnavillo Community Center.

Harland was born on Aug. 16, 1941, in Muscatine, the son of Harland Sr. and Anita (Hartman) Grunder.

Wed
26
Dec

Herbert Simons

Herbert Simons, 81, of Colesburg, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg. 

Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Interment was at Brown Cemetery, Colesburg.

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.

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