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09
Aug

Human trafficking exploits others for labor, sex


Mariana Vega, a human trafficking specialist with Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, spoke at the Guttenberg library on Aug. 3. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins 

"The faces of human trafficking are more common than you'd think," said Mariana Vaga, a human-trafficking specialist with Cedar Valley Friends of the Family who spoke at the Guttenberg library on Aug. 3 as part of her mission to raise public awareness of the crime.

Human trafficking victims can be found anywhere — from major metropolitan areas to small Iowa communities. The victims look like anyone — they can be male, female, all ages and all demographics. 

Wed
09
Aug

Two file for three school board seats

By Shelia Tomkins

Two candidates have filed for three open seats on the Clayton Ridge School board of directors.

Incumbents Mike Finnegan and Kathy Ihde are seeking re-election. The third seat, currently held by Jason Reimer, can be filled by voter write-in. 

Wed
09
Aug

Civic leaders needed to run for office

By Molly Moser

The seats of park board members Helene Kuempel, Shane Anderson and Jim Johnston; hospital board members Doug Reimer and Sue Osterhaus and city councilors Fred Schaub, Steve Friedlein and Virginia Saeugling, as well as the mayoral position, will be up for election this fall in Guttenberg, and the documents required to run for those offices are now available at the city office, the county office, and online. 

Wed
09
Aug

Wave of the Future campaign leaders are Merrick, Osterhaus


From left are Wave of the Future Campaign Cabinet co-chairs Dr. Bob Merrick and Dr. Jim Osterhaus, who will be leading the education and advocacy efforts for the new pool. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“When we moved to Guttenberg over three decades ago, Guttenberg Municipal Pool was a well-functioning institution. My kids and I were regular visitors there. Both boys learned to swim there and I have trained at the pool for several swimming events,” said Dr. Jim Osterhaus, a Guttenberg businessman who’s been named co-chair of the Wave of the Future campaign cabinet. 

Wed
02
Aug

Kenneth F. Schmerbach

Kenneth F. “Kenny” Schmerbach, 82, of Guttenberg passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 27, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque, conducted by Deacon John Stierman. Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Wed
26
Jul

Jan Miller

Jan Miller, a.k.a. “Big Bopper,” “Dumplin,” “Lenny,” died July 17, 2017. He was born in Colesburg on April 2, 1940, to Harold and Jeanne Miller. His parents-in-law were George and Clara Wertz. Jan is survived and forever loved by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn and sons, Brent and daughter-in-law, Nicole; Douglas and daughter-in-law, Laura; and Christopher and daughter-in-law, Beth; grandchildren, Camry, Adilynn, Callie, McKenna, and Caris who adored their “Grampy” as much as he adored them; siblings, Karen, Richard and sister-in-law, Judy, David and sister-in-law, Stephanie, Carol and brother-in-law, Mike, and Trudy and brother-in-law, Jay, will deeply miss their brother who is now resting peacefully with his siblings Kent, Douglas, and Steven.

Wed
26
Jul

Charles E. Hansel

Charles "Chuck" Edward Hansel, 69, of Roscoe, Ill., passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2017.

Memorial service will be Thursday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Roscoe United Methodist Church.

Chuck was born in Guttenberg on Dec. 17, 1947, to Theodore Roosevelt and Rita (Miller) Hansel. Chuck received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loras College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois. On July 15, 1972, Chuck married Mary Lynn "Lynn" Larson in Guttenberg. Chuck served as a counselor at Singer Mental Health Center for 33 years. 

Wed
26
Jul

Miles E. Prchal

Miles Edward Prchal, 74, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Guttenberg Care Center surrounded by family.

A celebration of Miles’ life will be held at the Guttenberg Marina Center Aug. 26, between 3-6 p.m.

Miles was born on Jan. 3, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Michael and Helen Prchal.

Wed
26
Jul

More torrential rain, flooding hit southern Clayton County


The hot and humid weather last week spawned severe storms that rolled through Clayton County, again inundating the area with heavy rains. Above, a birds-eye view of Turkey River at Millville shows the extent of flooding caused by thunderstorms on July 21-22. At the left is the Highway 52 bridge spanning the Turkey River. The drone photo is courtesy of Stacey Schmelzer. On Wednesday, July 19, a severe storm spawned an EF1 tornado at McGregor and caused property damage elsewhere throughout the county. On Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, the clouds again opened up, dumping in excess of seven inches in the same areas that received approximately 10 inches on July 11-12. See more photos inside and visit The Guttenberg Press on Facebook. (Photo submitted)

By Shelia Tomkins

Mother Nature delivered another one-two punch to Clayton County last week in the form of severe storms and torrential rains on Wednesday, July 19, and Friday, July 21.

The severe weather came on the heels of a storm system that delivered 10+ inches of rain in southern Clayton County on July 11-12.

Wed
26
Jul

Lyme disease strikes local teen


Whitetail deer are the main carriers of adult blacklegged ticks, which survive in humid environments as well as wooded and grassy areas. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

By Molly Moser

Though it isn’t routine, Dr. Jeff Hoffmann of Cornerstone Family Practice says he’s been seeing more cases of Lyme disease in his office. 

Spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease infects an estimated 300,000 people each year in the United States. Symptoms begin between three and 30 days after a bite, and 70 to 80 percent of people who’ve been infected will develop a rash. Fevers may also occur.

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