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Ronald B. Lewis

Ronald Bryan Lewis, 65, of Altoona, passed away peacefully after a courageous and brave battle with cancer on July 24, 2019, at Iowa Methodist Hospital.

Visitation was Sunday, July 28, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona.

A celebration of life service was held Monday, July 29, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona.

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31
Jul

C.B. “Chuck” Siebrecht

Cheryl “Chuck” Bruce Siebrecht, 75, died July 22, 2019, at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines. He was a lifelong resident of Garnavillo and had recently moved to Altoona.

The son of Valmah and Magdelen (Thiese) Siebrecht, he was born July 23, 1943, at the family farm in rural St. Olaf. Following graduation in 1961 from Garnavillo Community School, Chuck joined the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1964. After proudly serving his country, he returned home to Clayton County, where he owned and operated a real estate and insurance business for several decades. 

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31
Jul

Alfred R. Dugan

Alfred Richard Dugan, 87, of Garber, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

Visitation was Sunday, July 28, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Graveside services were Monday, July 29, at Hansel Cemetery, rural Garber.

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31
Jul

James M. Connolly

James M. Connolly, 61, of Delhi, and formerly of Guttenberg and Cascade, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Delhi.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at the funeral home.

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31
Jul

Marguerite E. Rentschler

Marguerite Ellen Rentschler, 97, of Hiawatha, died Sunday July 21, 2019. 

Funeral services were July 29, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids.

Marguerite was born May 23, 1922, in Guttenberg, the daughter of Elmer and Bertha (Staebler) Harbaugh. Marguerite married Laverl Rentschler at Millville on Feb. 14, 1942. 

Wed
24
Jul

Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival scheduled for July 26 - 28


Dr. Michele Dikkers and Steve Dikkers took the stage at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg on Friday, June 28, as part of the River of Music series. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

In the 1600s people from Ireland, Scotland, and England migrated to America and brought with them the basic music styles that are considered to be the roots of bluegrass music. 

As the colonists began to settle in the Appalachians, they wrote songs depicting their day-to-day life in the hill country.  The songs reflected life on the farm in the remote areas they inhabited. The music was referred to as country music, mountain music or bluegrass. 

Wed
24
Jul

Clayton Ridge school board news

The Clayton Ridge School District board of directors met in an afternoon session on July 11 at the high school library in Guttenberg.

Vice-president Christine Aulwes called the meeting to order with board members Mike Finnegan, Kathy Ihde, Ellen Johnson and Alicia Helle in attendance, along with Superintendent Shane Wahls and board secretary Dave Schlueter.

Wed
24
Jul

Guttenberg swimming pool dedication and open house


Wave of the Future becomes a reality The dedication and grand opening of the new Guttenberg Swimming Pool was held Wednesday, July 17, and marked the culmination of many years of planning and fund-raising by the Wave of the Future committee. The event featured remarks by Mayor Bill Frommelt, right, as well as by other speakers. See story below. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

An open house dedication and grand opening was held on Wednesday, July 17, for the newly-built Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool. The event was held at the pool by invitation from 3-5 p.m. for funders and major donors to tour the new facility and enjoy a private swim. A public dedication was held at 5 p.m. followed by a free open swim until 8 p.m. Refreshments were served at the landmark event.  

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17
Jul

Wayne D. Guyer

Wayne David Guyer, 72, husband of Lynn, passed away on July 9, 2019, at his home in the country near Terrytown, Ga.

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17
Jul

Mary Ann McGuine

Mary Ann McGuine Leibold, 69, of Peosta, formerly of Guttenberg, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C.

She was born Sept. 2, 1949, to Ken and Anna McGuine. Mary graduated from St. Mary’s High School, and then graduated from Area One in Calmar. She worked at Divine Word College and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Phoenix, Ariz.

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