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Aug

Guttenberg Industries donates to Wave of the Future

By Molly Moser

When the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool was built in 1974, another development was also taking place – the Ertl family was opening Guttenberg Industries. Having supported the local economy for the past four decades, the Ertl family and their company are going the extra lap for the Wave of the Future. They recently announced a $50,000 donation to the campaign for a new swimming pool in Guttenberg. 

Wed
23
Aug

School board candidates share district priorities


Michael Finnegan

Kathy Ihde

By Molly Moser

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. 

Rural Guttenberg resident Michael Finnegan is up for re-election to the school board on Tuesday, Sept. 12. He has served two four-year terms for the Clayton Ridge School board of directors, and says the experience has been a fulfilling one. 

Wed
23
Aug

Verna Mae Steffen

Verna Mae Steffen, 92, of Luxemburg, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 11, at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville and before services at the funeral home.

Wed
23
Aug

Larry L. Purman

Larry LaVern Purman, 72, of Elkader, died suddenly Sunday, July 23, 2017, at home in Elkader.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 27, at Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport, conducted by Rev. Margret Yackel-Juleen. Visitation was before services at the church.

Inurnment was at Hansel Cemetery, Garber.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Elkader was in charge of arrangements.

Wed
23
Aug

Louis Matt III

Louis Matt III, 91, of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo.

Wed
16
Aug

Merl O. Meyer

Merl Owen Meyer, 55, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 11, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Richard G. Gaul.

Interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Wed
16
Aug

Marian Hohensee

Marian Hohensee, 86, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday Aug. 8, 2017, at Cottage Grove Place.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 12, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Pastor Michael Erickson. Visitation was on Friday, Aug. 11, and before service on Saturday at the church.

Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wed
16
Aug

Guttenberg native on Hands of Love trip to Uganda


This group of students at Kiteezi enjoyed making crafts. After hearing the story of the disciples casting their nets as Jesus directed, the children made and decorated fish of their own. (Jenny Elsinger photo)

Jenny Elsinger shows pictures from home to a group of students at Kiteezi, during her June trip to Uganda. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Elsinger)

Guttenberg native Jenny Elsinger recently traveled to Africa with the organization Hands of Love USA  to volunteer at their schools in Uganda. This is what she had to say about her life changing trip:

“I’ve been aware of Hands of Love for awhile now because my nephew’s sister-in-law, Nora Charlesworth, is the director of the American fundraising division. She took her sister, Joanna Finch, on a mission trip to Uganda a few years ago, and I told them I would be interested in going along sometime if I could ever get it to work with my schedule.”

Wed
16
Aug

Council hires new city manager

By Shelia Tomkins

Following a closed session of the city council at its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 7, Denise Schneider accepted an offer for the city manager position. The position has been vacant since the departure of Mary Willett in July 2016.

Terms of Schneider's employment agreement provide for an annual salary of $63,000 for a three-year term with three-year renewal. The residency requirement was waived. She will begin her duties on Sept. 11.

Wed
16
Aug

Committee goes public with new pool design


The new 5,852 square foot steel reinforced, concrete pool vessel would be similar to current footprint and include a zero-depth entry for families with young children. (Image courtesy of Burbach Aquatics)

By Molly Moser

The Wave of the Future will make a splash in Guttenberg this week, as residents will receive literature in the mail about the Guttenberg pool project. Next week, Wave of the Future Campaign Cabinet volunteers will begin visiting their friends and neighbors to answer questions and invite people to help. The neighborhood outreach will include the rural service area as well as Garnavillo.

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