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Brad O. Schmelzer

Brad O. Schmelzer passed away Nov. 17, 2014, at his residence in Smyrna, Tenn.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Bradley Otto Schmelzer was born May 12, 1963, in Douglas, Ariz., to Donald and Jeanette (Bahls) Schmelzer. He was raised in Elkader and Guttenberg, where he developed his lifelong passion for the Green Bay Packers.

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James D. Mann

James David Mann, 71, of Guttenberg, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 14, at Clifton Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Earlville.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 15, at the funeral home.

Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Coggon.

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Dec

Deadline reminder for scholarships

The grade transcript deadline for receiving Dollars for Scholars scholarship money is Jan. 7, 2015.

The letters should include a grade transcript and a completed recipient form. The recipient form (CR Dollars for Scholars Recipient Form) can be found at http://www.claytonridge.dollarsforscholars.org under the Students and Parents link.

The letters must be postmarked on or before Jan. 7, 2015. Please address letters to:

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Dec

School board discusses financing

A special school board work session was held on Thursday, Dec. 11, and called to order by Vice-President Janice Andregg at 5:15 p.m. Board members present were Andregg, Christine Aulwes, Jeff Hoffmann, Mike Finnegan, John Heying and Jason Reimer. Also in attendance were Allan Nelson, David Schlueter, Kris Einck, Shane Wahls, Mary Seifert and Matthew Gillaspie.

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Dec

City makes planning for train derailment a top priority


With trains becoming longer and potentially hauling increased amounts of crude oil, city officials are enhancing the existing disaster management plan to include derailment-specific training and actions. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Molly Moser

In response to the July 2008 derailment just outside of Guttenberg, the Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railroad) agreed last week to pay $625,000 to settle a civil complaint filed by the state of Iowa and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Four diesel locomotives that derailed were submerged in the river for days, leaking over 4,000 gallons of diesel oil and other petroleum products. The leak caused floating slicks of oil across a 10-mile stretch of Bluff Slough.

"This settlement covers just a portion of the losses," said DNR Fisheries Biologist Karen Osterkamp, who estimates that recreational and ecological losses are much higher. Turtles, mudpuppies, water birds, mussels, and fish were impacted immediately, and the long term effect of the petroleum still in the sediment remains unknown. The settlement is expected to go into effect after a 30-day comment period, at which point dollars would be used for Mississippi restoration.

In May of this year, another accident involving the railroad and a single vehicle caused all but two of Guttenberg’s 13 railroad crossings to be blocked by train cars for an extended period of time. “At the same time, the Marina Road was closed because of high waters –  so there was only one crossing open at the far south end of town,” said Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven. “If there was a derailment affecting the same amount of the town we would have many challenges, especially if it were some type of volatile material.”

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Dec

Washington professor writes on paddle pilgrimage


Ashley Hess snapped this photo of her father, John, with Dr. David Ellingson (right), whose book Paddle Pilgrim recounts his experiences with the people and places along the entirety of the Mississippi River. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Many have made the journey. They get their feet wet in the headwaters at Lake Itasca, and then paddle stroke after stroke, day after day, all the way to New Orleans. For professor and Lutheran minister Dr. David Ellingson, it was a journey of two million strokes over 65 days. 

A few thousand strokes in, Ellingson’s kayak cleared turbulent waters below Lock and Dam 10 and was welcomed ashore by two people on the small sandy beach that is Guttenberg’s shanty neighborhood.

“It was a Saturday afternoon. My daughter Ashley and I were down at the shanties with a little fire, sitting around in lawn chairs listening to music,” recalls Guttenberg city councilman John Hess. They invited Ellingson to pull his kayak up on the beach and started to chat. 

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Helen M. Bolsinger

Helen Mae Bolsinger, 83, of Colesburg, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Patrick Cemetery, Colesburg.

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Dec

Opal Strohmeyer

Opal Anderegg Strohmeyer passed away on Dec. 3, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in Sun City, Ariz.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

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Dec

Shari A. Harbaugh

Shari Ann Harbaugh, 24, of Edgewood, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Guttenberg.

Visitation was Saturday, Dec. 6, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Shari shared her birthdate with her father, of Aug. 14, 1990, being born in Guttenberg to Jeff Harbaugh and Betty Belden.

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Dec

John C. Rathe, M.D.

John C. Rathe, M.D., 83, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at his residence in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at the First Congregational Church, Moline, Ill.

Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Guttenberg City Cemetery, Guttenberg. A light lunch and reception to celebrate John's life will immediately follow at the Rathe home, 106 Abel Dr., until 4:00 p.m. 

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