Guttenberg Press

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Lilith J. Kickbush

Lilith J. Kickbush, 102, of Guttenberg died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood after a long and blessed life.                                                                                   

Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 7, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 8, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

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13
Aug

Robert F. Hyde

Robert F.  “Bob” Hyde, 71, of Guttenberg, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at his home.

Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 9, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

A committal service followed at the Ceres Cemetery where military rites were performed.

Bob was born the son of Dale and Anita (Lundt) Hyde on Sept. 10, 1942.

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Aug

Gregory E. Stickfort

Gregory Eugene Stickfort, 67, of Garnavillo, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 7, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, conduted by Rev. Hillary Burns-Kite.

Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

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13
Aug

German Band to play this Friday at River of Music

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will feature the Guttenberg German Band this Friday, Aug. 15, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shelter in the park along the river north of the school.

The evening will feature favorite polkas, traditional German tunes and marches.

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13
Aug

Local brewers plan for 9th annual You Be the Judge contest


An estimated 225 Germanfest guests tasted and voted for their favorite beverages in the 2013 You Be the Judge beer and wine contest. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Dr. Andrew Smith began experimenting with beer brewing with friends while he was in college. “At that point, it was still quasi-illegal – but we thought it was do-able. It kind of tasted like beer,” Smith laughs. In 1987, he was given a brew kit for Christmas and began creating his own beers using the Windswept label. “I purchased a recipe book and that opened my eyes to all the variety of beer. That’s what’s so interesting about beer,” he said. 

In 2007, Guttenberg’s Germanfest committee approached Smith about organizing a beer contest. He and his wife, M.J., sponsored the first contest for local beer and winemakers. In its early years the contest was a blind tasting of homemade beer and wine, where a panel of judges tasted and awarded ribbons and cash prizes donated by the Smiths. 

The event helped bring attention to the growing interest in microbrewing. “Beer is a very German thing. It seemed to fit; and then we have so many local people that dabble in winemaking. The original contest was a way to bring more people into the Germanfest,” Smith explained.

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13
Aug

Council okays Police Chief contract

By Shelia Tomkins

On a split vote, the Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on Aug. 4, approved the annual employment agreement for Police Chief George Morteo.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein through the agenda. City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster were also on hand.

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13
Aug

Trinity Lutheran welcomes new pastor and young family


Pastors attending Andrew Preus' ordination and installation were, front from left, Stephen Preus (Andrew's brother), Rolf Preus (Andrew's father), newly-ordained pastor Andrew Preus, Brian Saunders, president of the LCMS Iowa District East, Brian Thorson, and Dean Rothchild; second row, Robert Benson, Paul Nus, Jesse Cearlock, Kristian Kincaid, Leonard Aurich, David Andersen, Donald Krause, Anthony Dodgers, Mark Preus (brother of Andrew), Andrew Grey, Mark Brase, John Preus (brother of Andrew), Dale Glawatz, and Troy Pepperkorn. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Pastor Andrew Preus preached his first sermon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg on Sunday. He was ordained and installed at Trinity following the completion of his seminary education earlier this year. Though it was his first day on the job, he didn’t bat an eye. “This is what I love to do,” he told The Press prior to the sermon.

Preus (pronounced Pr-oice) and his wife, Leah, along with their children, three-year-old Jacob, 18-month-old Solveig, and a third due in September, moved to Guttenberg last month. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political theory from the University of Minnesota at Morris in 2009, then began studying for a Master’s of Divinity degree at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. That degree is required to be eligible for ordination, but Preus didn’t stop there. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in sacred theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. 

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06
Aug

Ronald D. Hinzman

Ronald D. Hinzman, 67, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.  

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 1, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque, conducted by Rev. Penny Thomsen of Hospice of Dubuque.

Burial was in Linwood Cemetery with military honors by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

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06
Aug

River of Music continues this Friday evening

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will feature The Sounds of Nashville this Friday, Aug. 8, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shelter in the park along the river north of the school.

The evening will feature classic and modern country favorites. Band members are Gene Hansel, Steve Moser, Bob Richards and Jim Klein. 

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06
Aug

Clayton County receives communications money

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

Clayton County Emergency Management Agency’s Joel Biggs has announced that the county has received a $279,208 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the federal government.  

“The grant will be used to improve the radio system in Garnavillo,” he said.  “There will also be $10,368 in local funds dedicated to the project.”

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