Guttenberg Press

Wed
11
Dec

City council moves forward on Acre Street renovation project

 

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular meeting on Dec. 2 gave the green light to IIW Engineers to proceed with plans for the Acre Street renovation project set for 2014.

With bids for the  second phase of the city's federally-mandated levee accreditation program coming it at a lower-than-budgeted cost, it was noted that there would be room in the budget to  tackle the major Acre Street project. Jim Bousley of IIW Engineers asked the council for direction in drawing up plans. It was the council's consensus to go with a 26-ft. street width, and to seek bids for both asphalt and concrete surfaces.  Bids could be let for the project as early as February or March, said Bousley.

Mayor Russ Loven led the meeting with Assistant City Manager Julie Zittergruen and City Attorney Michael Schuster in attendance. It was the last regular monthly meeting for councilman Ralph Livingston, whose term expires at the end of the year. Filling out the table were council members Virginia Saeugling, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein.

Wed
04
Dec

Upper Mississippi navigation season draws to close


The Wisconsin, a vessel from the Marquette Transportation fleet, headed south through Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg on Nov. 30. The local lock will remain open until the river freezes over. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, locked the last tow of the season for the St. Paul, Minn., area on Nov. 27.

The Motor Vessel Ginger Griffin New locked through Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minn., with two barges. Traditionally, the last tow heading south of Lock and Dam 2 has marked the unofficial end of the navigation season for the St. Paul District.

The navigation season started April 9 when the Motor Vessel Roberta Tabor broke through the ice in Lake Pepin en route to St. Paul. Minn. The Motor Vessel Show Me State was the last tow of the 2012 season, and she locked through Nov. 28. 

Wed
04
Dec

All I want for Christmas is . . .

 

Santa Claus listened to Christmas wishes from area youngsters during his stop in Guttenberg on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 1, arriving on a fire truck at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. Paxton Ehrhardt, 4, and his brother, Connor, 6, sons of Paul and Bridget Ehrhardt of Guttenberg, were more than happy to give Santa some gift ideas. Hank Werger and Kaylyn LeGrand portrayed the North Pole visitors. For more photos from Sunday's Santa Workshop and Merchants Open House, visit The Guttenberg Press on Facebook. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

Wed
04
Dec

Cochlear implants bring sound to Garnavillo child


Luke Sadewasser is adjusting well to the cochlear implants he received in July, which have allowed him to hear for the first time. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Nineteen-month old Lucas Sadewasser giggles and grins, blowing raspberries and babbling as he plays on the floor with big brother Kyle. “This is new for him. He just started making a lot more noises in the past couple of months,” says mom Amy (Howard) Sadewasser, of rural Garnavillo.

A lot has changed for Lucas since July, when he received cochlear implants at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “It’s not a major surgery, but we were pretty nervous,” Amy explains. She and her husband, Noah, were able to take their son home immediately following the three-hour procedure. 

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that partially restores hearing for people who have severe hearing loss and don't benefit from hearing aids. The implant consists of an external processor, which sits behind the ear; and a second portion, a receiver, that is surgically placed under the skin. 

Wed
04
Dec

'56 Volkswagen gets new lease on life


Each of Donald Wille's 11 children contributed to the four-year project of restoring his 1956 Volkswagen, purchased brand new in Germany. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

In June of 1956, Donald Wille brought home a rather large souvenir from Heidelberg, Germany, where he served in the U.S. Army. 

Four months earlier, Wille purchased a brand new Volkswagen for $1,200. He had saved up six weeks of leave time, and during those six weeks he put 6,500 miles on the car. Accompanied by several friends, Wille and the VW toured Switzerland, Holland, Italy, and Germany.

“We had a very good time in all the countries we visited,” Wille recollected. He still keeps in touch with the men who accompanied him on those trips. While traveling, he and his friends (never more than one at a time) camped or slept in the car. They put its spare tire on the ground to use as a seat, and hunched over, peering into its side mirrors, to get a clean shave. 

Wed
27
Nov

It's beginning to look a lot like you-know-what

 

Mother Nature swept through the area on Nov. 25, issuing a snowy-white reminder that Christmas is but four weeks away. Monday morning commuters had to cope with approximately two inches of snow, accompanied by blowing winds and below-normal temperatures. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
27
Nov

Local merchants plan Christmas open house this Sunday afternoon

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg merchants will kick-off the holiday season with their traditional open house on Sunday, Dec. 1. For details on Christmas specials and store hours, see Section B of this week's issue.

Santa arrives at noon

Santa will arrive at the Guttenberg Municipal Building on a fire truck at 12:00 noon. He will be available to listen to holiday wishes from youngsters until 4:00 p.m. 

Wed
27
Nov

St. Mary's student performs with DYSE


Mara Shannon was selected to play in the DSYE's fall concert series. The third grader says music is important "because you can go to orchestras and be in a concert, and it's fun!" (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) opened its 2013 – 2014 concert season at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center on Sunday, Nov. 17. The DSYE is comprised of three training ensembles: Dubuque Youth String Ensemble, Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, and Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Mara Shannon, age eight, was selected to play with the String Ensemble following a live audition. Mara told her violin instructor, Katie Sigwarth, that she’d like to perform with the DYSE. “My mom said, ‘Are you sure about it? Are you ready for it? You have to do lots of practicing!’ I was like, yes!” Mara told The Press. 

The String Ensemble is an introductory honors ensemble for young string players with at least one year of ensemble experience or equivalent ability. The group performs various levels of string orchestra literature from the standard middle school repertoire. 

Wed
27
Nov

Swab a cheek, save a life during marrow drive Nov. 27


Help the Larsson family find a match for their son, Lukas, at Wednesday's bone marrow donor drives in Guttenberg. Lukas, 16, is pictured left, with his brother Max, 22, father Anders, mother Dena (Boardman), brother Axel, 18, and twin brother Oliver. (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

There are 12 million bone marrow donors in the national registry, but none so far have proved a match for 16-year-old Lukas Larsson, son of Anders and Dena (Boardman) Larsson.

Lukas was diagnosed with pediatric myelofibrosis, a blood disease so rare that only 50 cases have been documented worldwide. “Lukas does not have leukemia or cancer, and that’s the great news,” says mom Dena. A bone marrow transplant will cure her son, but until then, Lukas requires blood transfusions every two weeks – and probably more often as the disease progresses. 

Dena, the daughter of Rose Boardman and the late Joe Boardman, graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1978. She and her husband, Anders, met in Colorado. They got married and spent 12 years living in Sweden, where their four sons, Max (22), Axel (18), and twins Lukas and Oliver were born. Since 2002, the family has lived in Colorado. 

Before their son’s diagnosis, Dena and Anders remained blissfully uneducated on the topic of bone marrow transplants. “He’s never been sick,” says Dena. “He was born a healthy eight-pound twin, only one week early.” Since discovering Lukas’s illness, the family has accomplished something extraordinary.

Wed
27
Nov

Terry Walters

 

Terry Walters, 65, of Earlville passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at his home.

Visitation was Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Clifton-Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Earlville and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 21, at the United Parish Church in Earlville, conducted by Pastor Jill Mack. 

Burial was at the Brown Cemetery, Colesburg.

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