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Yvonne G. Borman

Yvonne Gladys Borman, 81, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 30, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Michael Ashman. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

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Dec

Memories of Guttenberg's business district: Part 2


Bruckners Tavern, currently Scherer Chiropractic, was located on the corner of First and Herder St. Ihm reports, "It was a popular spot and had a pool table." (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The following continues a feature story from the Nov. 24 issue of local historian Joe Ihm's recollections of the Guttenberg business district during his boyhood.

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Dec

Artist adds to iconic holiday window display


Kathleen Ratzlaff-Reed (above) of LeClaire created a long-lasting mural for the highly-admired, traditional Kuempel Hardware Christmas window exhibit. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Kuempel Hardware, located on the corner of River Park Drive and Herder Street in Guttenberg, has always had an eye-catching Christmas window display. Longtime employees Brenda Schaub, Kari Klaes, Carolyn Pierce and a host of helpers throughout the years have maintained the tradition. When the mainstay business changed hands, the decorative windows remained, but the new owner's wife, Lisa Finch, added an artistic twist. She created a collection of sturdy, life-size silhouettes of ice skaters and a horse-drawn sleigh. 

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Guttenberg holiday lighting contest

By Shelia Tomkins

The annual Guttenberg holiday lighting contest is now underway. The event is sponsored by the City of Guttenberg and Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce. The contest is open to all utility customers of the City of Guttenberg, and winners will receive prizes in the form of a credit on their electric bills. 

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Dec

Mary E. Tujetsch

Mary E. Tujetsch, 100, of Guttenberg, passed away on Nov. 21, 2021, at Guttenberg Care Center with family beside her.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

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Dec

Curtis H. Schroeder

Curtis Henry Schroeder, 73, of Guttenberg, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Iowa City VA Health Care System in Iowa City.

Visitation was Monday, Nov. 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Michael Ashman.

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01
Dec

Parker wins NCAA Division III National Championship


Former Clayton Ridge athlete Kassie Parker (above) won the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country National Championship at EP Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 20. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by Emily Adlfinger, Director of Athletic Communiations 

Loras College 

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01
Dec

Author writes novel after relationship loss


The Guttenberg Public Library will hold a book signing event on Dec. 3 from 3-5 p.m. for Charlotte Smith's new novel "The Angel." From left are Dorothy Ehlts-Wille and her daughter, Charlotte Smith.(Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Charlotte Smith of Cedar Rapids has been authoring books since she was a teenager. She is connected locally as the daughter of Dorothy Ehlts-Wille of Guttenberg. The Guttenberg Public Library will host a book signing event for Smith showcasing her newest publication The Angel on Friday Dec. 3, from 3-5 p.m.

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Dec

Finley appointed to NICC Distrct 5 board of trustees

Three new members recently joined the board of trustees of Northeast Iowa Community College. Two were elected by voters—  Kent Nelson of District 4 and Gary McAndrew of District 6. The Board appointed the third new member, John Finley, to fill the District 5 vacancy at its Nov. 15 meeting. 

The Clayton Ridge School District forms part of District 5. Finley was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former board chair Ken Reimer’s retirement. 

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Local historian recalls bustling business district


Otto Schultz had the first drug store in what is now Kramer Dentistry. The Burkharts eventually took over and put in a soda shop in the front and a pharmacy in the back. Joe Ihm (above) reports you were considered a nobody until you sat at the soda fountain and ordered a Cherry Coke. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In the past, Guttenberg had a very active business district that included a wide variety of stores offering goods and services. Local historian Joe Ihm recently recalled each business and its location on a walking tour of the community’s historic downtown district. His tour began at the corner of Pearl Street and River Park Drive traveling south. 

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