Guttenberg Press

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Oct

Municipal election day is Nov. 5

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to elect municipal leaders. (Look for candidate interviews elsewhere in this issue.) 

Absentee ballots are available at the County Auditor's office, or by sending a completed request form to the Auditor's office. Forms are available for downloading at www.claytoncountyia.gov or by calling 563-245-1106. Votes can also be cast in person at the Auditor's Office prior to Nov. 5.

Wed
30
Oct

Carol A. Errthum

 

Carol A. Errthum, 67, of North Buena Vista died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at her home.

Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.

Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 24, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries. Lector was Barb Hess and giftbearers were Molly and Wyatt Errthum, Logan, Dylan and Owen Ludovissy. Eucharistic ministers were LaVonne Brimeyer and Sherry Klein. Music was provided by Bev Ploessl and the Immaculate Conception Choir. Pallbearers were Molly and Wyatt Errthum, Logan, Dylan and Owen Ludovissy.

Wed
23
Oct

Violet A. Bischoff

 

Violet Alice Bischoff, 96, a resident at Walter Schmidt Assisted Living in Prairie du Chien, Wis., died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.

A private family service will take place at a later date.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wis., were in charge of arrangements. 

Wed
23
Oct

Benny McGuirk

 

Benny “Binnie” L. McGuirk, Sr., 69, of Guttenberg and formerly of Davenport, Durant and Moscow, Iowa, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2013, at the Guttenberg Care Center from stroke related complications.

Private services are being handled by Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville.

Binnie was born Sept. 20, 1944, in Webster County, Mo., the son of Jimmie “Wendell”  and Bessie “Pauline” (Stroud) McGuirk. He attended Linwood School between Davenport and Buffalo. He married Delrose Heald in 1965. They later divorced. He then married Rose Teachau. They also divorced.

Wed
23
Oct

A chat with Mrs. Lincoln

 

Actress Laura Keyes of Schaumberg, Ill., visits with Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven following her performance at the Guttenberg Public Library's open house on Saturday, Oct. 12. All seats were filled for her entertaining presentation of "Mrs. Lincoln: The First 'First ' Lady." Her appearance was sponsored by Friends of the Guttenberg Library Foundation.  (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
23
Oct

Bus trip veers off course due to snowstorm and shutdown


Vernon Heck and his wife Margo (not pictured) enjoyed their trip to the Badlands even after the national parks closed and the snow began to fall. (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

A record-breaking snowstorm dumped four feet of snow on Deadwood, S.D., early this month. The storm left Guttenberg residents Margo and Vernon Heck and Anthony and Lucy Schissel stranded for days without power in their Deadwood hotel room.

On Sept. 29, they joined a 35-person bus tour on a 7-day trip headed for Mount Rushmore.  “We got to see the Corn Palace, in Mitchell, S.D., and the Rosebud Casino,” Margo told The Press. On the second day, the group toured the South Dakota Air and Space Museum, stopped at the infamous Wall Drug, and visited Badlands National Park – just one day before the two-week federal government shutdown. 

“That night we were told that we couldn’t go to Mount Rushmore the next day,” said Margo. Oct. 1 marked the first day of the shutdown, and the tour group passed by Mount Rushmore but couldn’t get close or take photographs. “The federal park rangers – that they laid off, so we couldn’t see it – were still there to keep us from seeing it, putting up barriers. That made some of us upset,” Margo explained. 

Wed
23
Oct

National Bullying Prevention Month


October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Clayton Ridge fourth graders (from left) Colin Backes, Madison Meyer, and Mara Pierce share posters their class made in support of the school's anti-bullying campaign. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

She pulls a blue envelope from her pocket. It is postmarked and addressed to her office, but the return address has been left blank. The envelope arrived carrying a white sheet of computer paper, folded into a chunky square.

“I opened it up and I read it. It said that everybody is talking about me, and it was making fun of my body,” said a Guttenberg woman, recounting this painful experience. The anonymous letter targeted her weight, clothing, and hair, and repeatedly hinted that she was the topic of negative conversations among her adult peers.

An adult target is not the first thing that comes to mind when one hears the word ‘bullying’; however, the scenario is not uncommon. The workplace, with its power struggles and conflicts between coworkers, is all too often the backdrop for adult bullying. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), workplace bullying is “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms: verbal abuse; offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating; and work interference (sabotage) which prevents work from getting done.” 

Wed
23
Oct

Fields of gold signal harvest time

 

The golden sun of summer has evolved into fields of corn that are now ready for the harvest in Clayton County.  Above, a farmer near Colesburg joins in the autumn ritual of reaping what was sown. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

Wed
16
Oct

Eleanor K. Cook

 

Eleanor K. (Hefel) Cook, 92, of Dubuque, and formerly of Sherrill, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Luther Manor, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Hoffmann-Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at Ss. Peter and Paul  Catholic Church, Sherrill, conducted by Msgr. Stanley Hayek.

Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sherrill.

Wed
16
Oct

Alan D. Werger

 

Alan Deane “Al” Werger, 60, of Monona, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at his home in Monona.

Visitation was Monday, Oct. 14, at the Leonard – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 15, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, conducted by The Rev. Erika Kielstrup.

Burial was in the Monona Cemetery, Monona.

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