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Rebekah S. Spear

Rebekah Sue (Whitten) Spear died on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at the Guttenburg Care Center from injuries sustained in a fall.

Visitation was Wednesday, July 20, at Parrott and Wood Chapel of Memories, Waterloo.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 21, at the funeral home.

Burial was at Garden of Memories, Waterloo.

Wed
27
Jul

Train derailment near Clayton

A rock slide north of Clayton on Saturday morning, July 23,  caused the derailment of a Canadian Pacific train when the engineer was unable to stop in time before hitting the debris.

The lead locomotive and 12 empty cars left the tracks. There were no injuries, and no liquids or hazardous materials were in the cars that derailed.

CP crews were dispatched to the scene and worked throughout the rest of the day and night to open the tracks. Trains were back in operation by Sunday morning.

Wed
27
Jul

Council accepts Willett's resignation

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council accepted the resignation of City Manager Mary Willett at a special meeting held Monday, July 18. 

The unanimous vote came after Mayor Russ Loven noted that discussion on the status of her employment has been ongoing and that he was ready to recommend that the council accept her resignation.

Wed
27
Jul

Hydrant painting winners announced


From left are third prize winners representing Fidelity Bank, Amanda Garlow and Abby White, and first prize winner Peggi Degnan with her dog, Theo. Not pictured is Rabecca Hennessey, second place winner. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Nearly 500 votes flooded in for this year’s summer sculpture project hosted by Umbrella Arts, an initiative of Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center. The group held its third annual event this summer, and it proved to be the most successful one yet.

Wed
27
Jul

Mine reserve expansion committee finalizes report


A small group of landowners, Pattison Sand employees, and community members attended Thursday night's meeting of the mine reserve expansion study committee. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A small group gathered at the Clayton County office building in Elkader for what was the final meeting of the mine reserve expansion study committee on July 21. All five committee members were present: Jack Knight, Tom Blake, Anne Osmundson, Mike Finnegan, and Roy Blair. 

Wed
20
Jul

Ronald Meyer

Ronald Meyer, 82, of Osterdock, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Visitation was Sunday, July 17, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, July 18, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Gary Hatcher.

Interment was at Bethel Cemetery, Osterdock.

Wed
20
Jul

City manager's employment unresolved after July 11 meeting

By Shelia Tomkins

The issue of City Manager Mary Willett's employment remained unresolved following a closed session at the regular monthly Guttenberg city council meeting on Monday, July 11.

Her employment has been discussed at two council meetings in June, and in both instances the council went into closed session. On June 27, the council voted 3-2 against offering her a 3-month extension of her employment agreement. 

Wed
20
Jul

Holocaust trip being planned for local high school students


Above, high school students recently visited Costa Rica with Spanish instructor Rhea Cano. A 2017 trip to Germany is being planned. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Nuremberg, Munich and Salzburg: These are the stops planned for a 2017 Holocaust trip now accepting reservations from Clayton Ridge High School students and their parents.

Louis Cook, instructor of American history, U.S. government, economics, and current events, is co-hosting the trip with American lit and freshman English instructor Valeria White and her husband, Dan. 

Wed
20
Jul

Peterson plans Eagle Scout project on Big Springs trail


Logan Peterson, son of Candi and Erikk Peterson, is the first in his family to progress to the rank of Life in Boy Scouts. He hopes to become an Eagle Scout with a trail project at Big Springs Nature Park this summer. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Logan Peterson doesn’t remember life before Boy Scouts. He started as a kindergartener, and at 17 is pursuing the highest rank: Eagle Scout.

Wed
13
Jul

John L. Kruse

John L. Kruse, 62, of Garber, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016. 

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, July 8, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.

Interment will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

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