Guttenberg Press

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Edgewood woman dies in crash

Shari Harbaugh, 24, of Edgewood died following a single-vehicle crash in rural Clayton County west of Guttenberg on Sunday, Nov. 30.

According to a report from the  Iowa State Patrol, the crash is believed to have happened about 11:00 p.m. on Garber Road southeast of Lynx Avenue.

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City council acts on settlements, moves forward on cluster mailboxes

By Shelia Tomkins

    The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 1 passed the first reading of an ordinance requiring cluster mailboxes in the city, settled two long-standing lawsuits against the city, and heard a presentation from the county emergency management director.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmenbers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, and Jane Parker through the evening’s agenda. City Attorney Mike Schuster and City Manager Mary Willett were also on hand.

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Hines cousins travel to Dubai, U.A.E.


Sydney Hines, left, and her cousin Noelle visited the 163rd floor of the Burj Khalifa during their trip to Dubai in September. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Cousins Noelle Hines (17), and Sydney Hines (16), embarked on a 13-hour journey from Chicago, Ill., to Dubai in September. Noelle, who is the daughter of Michelle and Travis Geuder and John Hines, was making her second trip to the United Arab Emirates, where her Aunt Marcia and Uncle John O’Neill have lived for the last four years. Sydney, daughter of Cathy and Stan Hines, was leaving the U.S. for the first time. 

The girls stayed with the O’Neills for eight days, filling the time by indoor skiing and skydiving, going on a desert safari, and making their way to the top of the Burj Khalifa – the tallest manmade structure in the world. Khalifa Tower stands 2,722 feet at the top of its spire. It holds records for the most floors (163), the highest occupied floor at 1,198 feet, and the world’s highest and longest elevator installation. An observation deck on the 148th floor of the tower is the highest in the world at 1800 feet, and records are also held by individuals climbing the building and those parachuting from the top.

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High school students join Food and Fitness Initiative


CRHS Food and Fitness Initiative members Alyssa Hefel, left, and Alexis Schramel, demonstrate techniques for safely and efficiently cutting sweet potatoes and garlic. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Students at Clayton Ridge High School have formed a Food & Fitness group to help improve the health and wellness of their school and the community at large. Members of the small group will gain knowledge and skills in a variety of areas related to good nutrition, local food systems, and active living, plus processes involved in policy advocacy – and then will communicate their goals and aspirations as they educate fellow students, younger students, school staff, and community members about good nutrition, local food systems, and active living. 

At their first meeting in November, group members expressed interest in learning to cook healthy foods. So at last week's meeting, Foodcorps volunteer Katrina Underwood led students in preparing sweet potato fries. “Sweet potatoes are less starchy and more nutricious than regular potatoes,” Underwood told students. “And we’re going to bake them, which is healthier than frying them.” Students also practiced safely using kitchen knives.

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Join the Community Christmas Chorus for Christmas Eve service

Local vocalists are invited to join the Guttenberg Community Christmas Chorus for its annual presentation of sacred Christmas music this Christmas Eve at St. John's Lutheran Church., 203 Pearl Street, Guttenberg. 

Rehearsals will be on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. and again on Dec. 24, at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s. 

The Chorus will perform on Christmas Eve at the 10:00 p.m. candlelight service at St. John’s.

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Holiday Train here Saturday, Dec. 6

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg will be among the stops of this year's Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, scheduled to arrive here on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 6, at 1:30 p.m. The train will stop at the Schiller Street crossing for a musical show on the east side of the railroad tracks.

The purpose of the Holiday Train is to bring holiday cheer and raise awareness for food pantries and shelves across Canada and the Midwest United States. The brightly decorated train glows with thousands of brilliant lights as it collects food and money to benefit those in need during the holiday season.  

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Film premiere honors Christmas, community and family


Amateur filmmaker Liz Smith, left, graduated from Luther in 2011 with Majors in Art and Political Science and a minor in Africana Studies. She’s currently working on a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in Urban Studies and will graduate in the spring of 2015. Smith’s filmmaking partner, Kari Houghtaling, grew up in Duluth, Minn., and studied Communication at Luther College. She now resides in Milwaukee, Wis. Visit www.abodesolo.com to watch a trailer of their soon-to-premiere film. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

During a three-day weekend last winter, two college friends filmed a full-length reinterpretation of the 1990 holiday classic, Home Alone. Liz Smith, a 2007 CRHS graduate, invited her close friend Kari Houghtaling, of Milwaukee, Wis., to Guttenberg to create a film they call Abode Solo. Smith has been editing the film for nearly a year, and a premiere is scheduled in Guttenberg on Friday, Dec. 19. 

“Liz and I knew each other all four years of college at Luther, but we became best friends during senior year of college – which was when we discovered our mutual love of Home Alone,” Houghtaling explained. “Last year, Liz and I were both in the Midwest over the holidays, and she suggested that I come to Guttenberg for an extended weekend to film a remake. I didn't know how serious she was until she sent me part of a script (transcribed from the original film).” 

The two filmmakers played the majority of characters in the story, and they used St. John’s Lutheran Church, Benders, and Lindsanator’s Liquor as shooting locations. They took various street shots and filmed numerous scenes at the Smith home on Lorenz Lane, and did just one scene at the Milwaukee airport. 

“Filming the movie in different Guttenberg locations was really special because it gave me a great sense of how friendly, welcoming, and supportive the town is, and how important relationships are in the community,” Houghtaling reflected. “We would just ask to use a space (usually at the last minute) and people were so helpful and accommodating.”

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Emphasis on central entry point, auditorium, athletic facilities School facility workshops collect community visions


An estimated 150 members of the community participated over the course of the two-day facility design workshops on Nov. 24 and 25. Participants placed stickers on their favorite designs following twice-daily presentations. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Though their thoughts on construction of a new facility were varied, community members spoke out strongly in favor of acting immediately to correct problems in the 1903 school building in Guttenberg. “Everybody agrees, the old building has to come down,” school board member Mike Finnegan told The Press following the final facility design presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 25. 

A two-day workshop led by the Baker Group gave community members the opportunity to voice their concerns about the current school facilities and to imagine what the school could look like as a facility that truly meets the needs of students and staff. 

Students, staff and community members alike rallied for a central point of entry on the Guttenberg campus, improved athletic facilities, and an auditorium. 

“What school doesn’t hold concerts in their school?” asked choir director and girls’ volleyball coach Adam Radcliffe. “An auditorium could be used for concerts, assemblies and award ceremonies, plays, sports banquets – it could be a rain location for movies or music in the park, and we could even bring in bands.”

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Duane A. Barnhart

My name is Duane Allen Barnhart and this is my story.

On Feb. 25, 1936, I was born on our family farm near Osterdock, to my parents Clifford and Bertha (Knockleby) Barnhart. I joined my siblings Arthur (Norma), Paul (Wilma) and Donna (Laverne Aude).  Later we had a baby brother, Donald Dean, who died at birth.

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Bernita McMillin

Bernita McMillin, 87, of Garnavillo, formerly of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Bruce L. Hanson.

Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

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