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Feb

Henry “Bill” Billert, Jr.

Henry “Bill” Billert, Jr., 86, formerly of Rockford, Ill., passed away on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024.

Memorial services were on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Alpine Lutheran Church, Rockford.

Wed
21
Feb

FFA – the future of agriculture since 1928


Above, Clayton Ridge High School Agriculture teacher and Tri-Star FFA leader Jenna Beitz encourages her students to participate in FFA. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. The youth organization transforms lives and prepares its members for leadership roles, personal growth and career success through hands-on agricultural education experiences. 

Jenna Beitz

Wed
21
Feb

Elephant finds new home and purpose


A sturdy strap was placed around the elephant's midsection as it was gently lifted up in the air using a forklift and carefully guided across the sidewalk and escorted down the street to its new home at the Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center. (Press photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg Gallery & Creativity Center Director Cindy Olsen of Guttenberg has been a champion for wildlife rescue since she was a little girl – especially elephants.

Wed
21
Feb

Council moves forward on electric rates, water system improvements

By Shelia Tomkins

Electric rates, a major water system improvement, and library legislation were among the topics discussed at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Guttenberg city council.

Mayor Fred Schaub led council members Mandy Ludovissy, Austin Greve, Jane Parker, Steve Bahls and Michelle Geuder through the two-hour meeting. City Manager Jamie Blume was also at the council table.

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14
Feb

Robert “Bob” D. Brown

Robert “Bob” Dean Brown passed away peacefully at home on his beloved farm on Feb. 5, 2024.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colesburg, conducted by Rev. Philip Agyei and Deacon Paul Dolan. Visitation was before services at the parish center.

Burial was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Greeley.

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14
Feb

Gary and Connie Backes ... Valentine's Day special: How we met


Gary and Connie Backes were married April 4, 1964 and will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this year. (Photo submitted)

Gary and Connie Backes were married April 4, 1964 in Connie's home church in Capron, Ill. Gary chose the date – 4-4-64 so he would never forget an anniversary. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Gary and Connie Backes will be married 60 years this upcoming April. "God willing and if the creek doesn't rise!" added Connie. 

The couple has two daughters, Sonja and Jeanie, and one married granddaughter who is expecting her first child the end of May. 

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14
Feb

Steve and Denise Saunders ... Valentine's Day special: "How we met"


Denise and Steve Saunders attended their junior prom "Shangri-la," together, and in later years Denise wore the same dress for their 50th wedding anniversary photo. (Photo submitted)

Denise (left) and Steve Saunders stand in front of their 1967 Mustang and first apartment located in Clarksville, Tenn., outside of Ft. Campbell. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Steve and Denise Saunders, 76, of Garnavillo were born a day and a half apart. They could have been nursery mates, but Steve was born in Monroe, Wis., and Denise was born in Beloit, Wis.

"Our small hometown, Brodhead, Wis., had no hospital and our moms chose different ones," they began. 

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07
Feb

Mary Ann F. Oviatt

Mary Ann Fern Oviatt, 91, of Washington, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at the Washington County Hospital following a short illness.

Celebration of life services will be held Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington, Iowa. Private family interment will take place at a later date. 

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07
Feb

Alice A. De Sotel

Alice A. De Sotel, 102, of New Vienna passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Saturday, Feb. 3, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. Funeral services followed at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, conducted by Rev. Gabriel Mensah.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

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07
Feb

Hoyheim named County Officer of the Year


Officer Kari Hoyheim, center, of the Guttenberg Police Department was named 2023 Officer of the Year by the Clayton County Law Enforcement Association (CCLEA). Members of the CCLEA board presented the award; from left are Tyler Bazyn, Brandon Taylor, Kari Hoyheim, Dylan Rumph, and Joe Zittergruen. (Photo submitted)

Officer Kari Hoyheim of the Guttenberg Police Department has been named 2023 Officer of the Year by the Clayton County Law Enforcement Association.

She was chosen for the honor at the Jan. 31 meeting of the Association. Four nominations were presented at the meeting, one of which was for Officer Hoyheim. She was then chosen for the honor by the board of the CCLEA. The Association is made up of local law enforcement members. 

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