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Vera A.E. Utterback

Vera A.E. Utterback, 97, of Bartlett, Ill., died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Victory Center of Bartlett in Bartlett, Ill.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 13, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Tom Farley.

Interment was at the Friedlein Cemetery, Millville.

She was born on July 19, 1917, the third of five children to John and Odessa Troester.

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Veterans Day presentation of Quilts of Valor

   The presentation of Quilts of Valor was one of the highlights of the community Veterans Day program held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg.

The Guttenberg Veteran Angels group  honored members of our greatest generation who lived a simpler life, went to war when called and came home to continue their everyday life, with the memories that those of us at home will never know about.  "To them, it was just what had to be done to keep our country free.  May their Quilt of Valor be healing and comforting when they need it and a continual reminder that we honor and thank them for their service and sacrifices," said a quilt organizer.

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Twelve Days of Christmas coming

Guttenberg shoppers and diners will have the chance to participate in a new promotion this season, Twelve Days of Christmas, sponsored by Guttenberg Development & Tourism.   

The contest will begin during the traditional merchants' Christmas open house on Sunday, Nov. 30.  

During the 12 Days of Christmas Contest, a special object (to be announced in next week's issue)  will be hidden in a different participating GD&T business each day for twelve days. Participating businsesses must be a current member of GD&T. Shoppers who find the object can enter their names in a drawing for a chance to win that day’s prize. 

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Meyer writes on country schools, snakes, and farm life


Patricia Meyer, of Guttenberg, took the photo chosen for the cover of A Living History of Northeast Iowa: Country Schools and Classic Cars. A story she wrote, called "Blacksnakes and the Outhouse Playhouse," was also selected for publication in the book. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Patricia (Hinzman) Meyer was surprised to find that not only had a story from her childhood been selected for publication in A Living History of Northeast Iowa: Country Schools and Classic Cars, but a photo she’d taken in the 1950’s would be printed on the book’s cover. 

Meyer was born in 1939, the first of ten children. She attended three public schools and three country schools before starting high school in Garnavillo. On the last day of school one year in the 1950s, Meyer snapped a photograph with her mother’s camera. The image shows her father’s black Plymouth parked in front of the country school she attended for three months near Plagman Barn. Sixty years later, the photo became the perfect image for the cover of the 2014 Classic Cars and Country Schools book.

Each year in February, the Hinzman family moved to a new farm to begin working the land. Meyer and her siblings started a new school in March and had to learn a new set of books to pass the end-of-year exams. “It was kind of scary because country schools had different books than city schools. I was scared I wasn’t going to pass eighth grade, but I made it,” she recalls. 

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Community invited to school facility design workshops


High school TAG students, from left, Tania Lopez, Terry Hefel, Brandon Wahls, and Alex Rose, will be guiding tours of the 1903 building and providing facts from the building's past and projections for its future. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge School Board invites all members of the community to bring their ideas to a public workshop and open house planned for Nov. 24-25.  During the workshop, community members are encouraged to express their suggestions for use of the 1903 building space. These suggestions will be incorporated into several versions of plans to be sketched by professional planners and posted for all to see. Refreshments will be served and students will provide guided tours of the building throughout the day.

“Comments are invited on each plan over the two-day process.  Therefore, I advise participants to revisit the workshop during presentations at 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. each day for additional input.  In some cases, participants may take a straw vote on each plan as proposed,” Superintendent Allan Nelson told The Press.

The professional planners will have a base plan known as the ‘footprint.’ The planners will overlay the footprint with vellum paper and sketch the design elements as proposed by workshop participants.  The final sketch will be assigned a letter and posted for public comment. “Repeat visits are recommended to see and comment on plans as they are developed,” said Nelson. “All of the plans will be discussed during the final presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 25.”

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Nov

Norrine M. Thein

Norrine Marion Thein, 88, passed away in the presence of her three loving sons on Nov. 3, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 6, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

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Esther A. Welsh

Esther Augusta Welsh, 100, of Hiawatha, formerly of Graham, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Hiawatha Care Center.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 10, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.

Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Colesburg.

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Roger A. Halvorson

Roger A. Halvorson, 80, of Marquette (formerly of Monona), died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at his home.

Visitation was Friday, Nov. 7, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, conducted by Rev. Erika Kielstrup.

Interment was at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Monona, with military honors.

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Guttenberg hospital board statement on alignment discussions

  Submitted by 

Board of Directors

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital

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City council hears physician comments on hospital alignment

By Shelia Tomkins

    The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 5 heard a presentation by a Guttenberg physician who gave an update on municipal hospital alignment plans and urged the community to become involved with the decision-making process.

Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, a physician with Cornerstone Family Practice, prefaced his remarks by telling the  council he was speaking as a representative of local physicians and not as a representative of the hospital.

Dr. Hoffmann read portions of a statement that was presented by the physicians to the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Board on Oct. 28. He told the council of the board's subsequent public statement on plans to  pause alignment discussions with UnityPoint Health (see story  in the Nov. 5 issue), and expressed appreciation for the board's efforts in trying to do what is best for the community. "The hospital board has done an excellent job," he said.

He told the council that local physicians feel it is important to maintain the hospital as a municipal entity. "As physicians, we feel the need to remain locally owned and operated," Dr. Hoffmann said.

He expressed concern over the future of local healthcare if the Guttenberg hospital becomes aligned with a  large corporate entity, citing physician retention rates and recruitment, among other factors. 

In today's healthcare climate, Dr. Hoffmann said affiliation with   others is necessary in order to be a critical access hospital. "You need to be affiliated.... it is just the degree of alignment that we are concerned about," he said. "We feel strongly that any alignment needs to retain municipal status," he added. He asked that different alignment models be studied.

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