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Curtis A. Noack

Curtis Allyn Noack, 73, of Guttenberg left us to be with Our Lord on the morning of July 11, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. 

Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 18, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Private family inurnment will be at Mt. Harmony Cemetery in Elkport.

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Madonna L. Rademacher

Madonna Louise (Rolfes) Rademacher, 84, of Garnavillo, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Grandview Healthcare Center in Oelwein.

Visitation was Monday, July 14, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Garnavillo.

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Michael W. Simon

Michael (Mike) W. Simon, 92, of Millville, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Sunday, July 13, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, July 14, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Guttenberg.

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Royce Backes

Royce Backes, 80, of Garnavillo, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was Tuesday, July 1, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo.

Private family services will be at a later date.

Royce was born on Oct. 4, 1933, on the family farm north of Garnavillo to Ervin and Alvina (Nieman) Backes.

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Raymond H. Handke Sr.

Raymond Herman Handke Sr., 88, of Guttenberg, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Wednesday, July  2, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.  

Funeral services were Thursday, July 3, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.

Interment was at the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

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Frank Barry

Frank Barry, 90, of Millville, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Friday, July 4, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 5, at the United Methodist Church in Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Neil Hofer.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

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RAGBRAI begins to roll this Friday!

By Shelia Tomkins

The first wave of participants in RAGBRAI XLII, the annual bike ride across Iowa sponsored by the Des Moines Register, are expected to arrive in Guttenberg this week in advance of their week-long ride from Rock Valley in western Iowa to Guttenberg.

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Iowa's first crowdfunding website for the arts launched


Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center was one of three organizations selected for promotion in Iowa's first arts specific crowdfunding website. The nonprofit exists to provide an after school art program to area students three days a week. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

On June 20, Northeast Iowa RC&D announced the launch of Iowa’s first crowdfunding website for the arts. The website, www.IowaART.org, began accepting donations for three projects on July 1. Each project is requesting $5,000 and contributions may be tax deductible as a charitable donation. 

Guttenberg’s Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center applied for and was chosen as one of the projects that will benefit from the crowdfunding campaign. Projects for the site were selected through a competitive process by the Northeast Iowa Arts Funding Council, which is a multi-county group of volunteers that includes artists and community leaders. Their goal is to encourage, support and strengthen the arts in Northeast Iowa. 

Crowdfunding is the collection of financing from backers (the ‘crowd’) to fund an initiative. Today, this is most often accomplished using a web-based platform like Indiegogo, Kickstarter, or Go Fund Me. Crowdfunding is used in limitless ways, raising funds for nonprofits, start-ups, charities, and emergency causes. 

"The Creativity Center is thrilled and honored to have been chosen for this great opportunity. Myself, and all our volunteers and supporters are very excited to see what kinds of funds this will provide us!" said Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center director Cindy Olsen, who plans to designate funds raised through the crowdfunding campaign to long-term sustainability for the organization through the opening of the Artisan Café and Courtyard.

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Police Chief's actions questioned

By Shelia Tomkins

During his monthly report to the Guttenberg city council on July 7, Police Chief George Morteo was questioned about the ethics of posting bond for a friend who had been charged by the city. 

Council member Virginia Saeugling asked the chief if he had indeed bailed out a person arrested by a GPD officer. When he replied in the affirmative, Saeugling questioned whether that represented a conflict of interest.

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Tara Fall: Overcoming obstacles through optimism


Without Fall saying it, one would never realize what her brain, body, and spirit have been through. She shared conversations about travel, the Spanish language, and small-town life versus life in the city with her audience before beginning an inspirational presentation about the life-altering obstacles she’s had to overcome. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“I knew at that moment nothing would ever be the same again. How could it?” said inspirational speaker Tara Fall, to a captive audience at the Guttenberg Public Library last Tuesday evening. Fall is author of the new book BrainStorming: Functional Lessons from a Dysfunctional Brain, and she speaks publicly about her experiences with seizures, brain surgery, stroke, and memory loss.

  In the midst of brain surgery meant to cure her epileptic seizures, Fall awoke first to the sound of a bone saw opening her skull. Doctors put her deeper into a sleep-state, but she awoke again later to the sound of a retractor releasing her brain and the feeling of what she thought was an oncoming seizure. It wasn’t.

When she awoke from surgery, Fall couldn’t speak or hear, she was 98% blind, and she was paralyzed on the left side. As she regained her hearing doctors told her she’d had a stroke. At what might have seemed an all-time low, Fall rejoiced. She still had her memories, and she retained a remarkable optimism that has come to define her journey.

Prior to her brain surgery, Fall’s seizures had become more and more life-threatening. One night, a seizure occurred while she slept. When she woke in a hospital in Iowa City, she had lost the past 18 months of memory. She didn’t recognize her children or recall their births, and that’s when brain surgery became imminent. “I knew that surgeons were either going to take a piece of my brain, or the seizures were going to take my life.”

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