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New Guttenberg banners

Connie Backes and Austin Greve display the new banners that will soon go up in Guttenberg, replacing the banners that welcomed RAGBRAI bicyclists in 2014. The 38 new banners  will welcome visitors traveling along the highway and in the business district. The attractive new banners were purchased at a cost of approximately $3,300 by the local RAGBRAI committee, using remaining funds from that event. Greve and Backes were part of the original committee, which still meets periodically. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 
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Premier college choir to perform at St. John's


The Grand View University Choir of Des Moines will present a concert at St. John's Lutheran Church in Guttenberg this Saturday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. (Photo submitted)

The Grand View University Choir from Des Moines will perform at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. as part of its ten-day 2016 spring tour through Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.  

The tour program is structured around key elements of Christian worship:  Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. Each cluster of pieces throughout the program expands on these ancient texts through the fresh choral sounds of composers such as Andrea Ramsey, Ola Gjeilo, James Fritschel, Knut Nystedt, Jean Berger, David Cherwien, and others. 

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City council approves budget

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on March 7 approved the budget for the coming fiscal year, moved forward on a utility rate increase and bought a new boiler for the municipal building.

Mayor Russ Loven led council members Steve Friedlein, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub and Austin Greve through the agenda. City Attorney Mike Schuster and City Manager Mary Willett were also at the council table.

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Mar

Active in Guttenberg: Clayton Ridge Music Boosters


The newly-formed show choir shows off their new uniforms purchased by the booster club. Seated are Levi Berns and Jade Geuder, standing from left are Elayna Simon and Audrey Helle. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series to highlight local groups and organizations that welcome members of the community and enhance our city’s culture. If you would like your group to be featured, please contact The Guttenberg Press. 

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Mar

Ruby M. Matt

Ruby Mary Matt, 81, of Des Moines, formerly of Garnavillo, died Friday, March 4, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center West Lakes in West Des Moines.

Visitation was Sunday, March 6, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, March 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

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Jaleen L. Fassbinder

Jaleen Lillian (Geuder) Smock Fassbinder passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

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

Funeral services were Saturday, March 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Mt. Harmony Cemetery, Elkport.

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Mar

Donald R. Kann

Donald Robert Kann, 90, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Funeral services were Friday, March 4, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg. Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Interment was at Kann-St. Michael Cemetery, rural Guttenberg.

Don was born the fifth child of Gregory and Anna (Miller) Kann, Jan. 12, 1926, on the family farm near Guttenberg.

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09
Mar

Rock and Roll on the River April 9 at Lakeside Ballroom

By Shelia Tomkins

Tickets are now on sale for the Rock and Roll on the River Show to be held Saturday, April 9, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. The evening will feature music from the golden era of rock and roll.

This year's headliners are the Midwest Rock N Soul Revue  featuring a soup performance by Maurice Walker-Jules and an Elvis tribute by Eddie Simpson; local favorites Backwater and special guest Carl Thompson.

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09
Mar

Being Mortal is book discussion topic set for April 26


Dr. Andrew Smith will be a member of the panel discussion on April 26 on the book Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gwande. Books are now available at the Guttenberg Public Library and from other sources. (Photo submitted)

A timely book discussion and panel discussion is happening in Guttenberg. Dr. Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Happens in the End, is available to the public for reading in preparation for a panel discussion of the book on  Tuesday, April 26, at Eagle Ridge Independent and Assisted Living in Guttenberg, at a time to be announced at a later date.  

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Mar

Railroad to close crossings at Pryam and Herder Streets


Canadian Pacific Railroad plans to close Guttenberg crossings at Herder and Pryam Streets in exchange for 2016 maintenance on the Schiller Street crossing. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg city officials announced last week that two railroad crossings are scheduled for closure in 2016. Pryam Street, on the north side of the city near a lot owned by Kann Manufacturing, and Herder Street, which runs between St. Mary School and Kuempel True Value, will no longer be through streets from River Park Drive to Highway 52. 

“The crossings for closure are chosen from a list that Canadian Pacific Railroad would like to close,” said City Manager Mary Willett.  

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