Guttenberg Press

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Ione O. Reinitz

Ione Opal (Meyer) Reinitz passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 13, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before service at church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 14, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

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22
Jan

Publisher seeks stories from local old-timers

Hometown Memories Publishing Company intends to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.

Karen Garvey, Senior Editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local old-timers to share their memories for a living history book.  She invites anyone over age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in Northeast Iowa to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book.  The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them.

To encourage participation, Garvey is offering a $250 award for the most appealing story.  There will also be three $100 runner-up awards and a cash award for best picture.

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22
Jan

Identity theft: Could it happen to you?


"Banks and credit card companies are being a lot more diligent about letting you know if something odd comes up," Cindy Thompson, of ISU Outreach and Extension, told a captive audience at Guttenberg Public Library. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

An epidemic of security breaches in recent weeks have left up to 110 million Target customers, shoppers at Nieman Marcus, and three other U.S. retailers’ consumers at risk for identity theft.  

“Chaos,” and “nightmare,” are two words participants used to describe identity theft last week at Guttenberg Public Library. Cindy Thompson, Family Life/Family Finance Program Specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach, gave a presentation on the topic to a room filled with concerned citizens.  

“I had a credit card hacked within the last month,” admitted one local woman, who asked to remain anonymous. A credit card she uses to purchase e-books came up with a balance nearly 40 times her normal monthly usage. Her credit card company noticed the discrepancy and called to question her. “I felt fortunate that they called me, but it’s scary,” she said. “How do hackers get that information?” She and her husband will probably never know the answer to that question. 

In addition to the stress of resolving identity theft, says Thompson, “There is an emotional side to identity theft that goes unspoken. People think, ‘What did I do wrong?’ They become untrusting.”

Wed
22
Jan

School board moves forward with middle school renovations

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors held a special meeting on Jan. 9 to hear presentations from Garland Roofing Company, Baker Group, and Modus Engineering regarding conditions in the middle school building.

Dennis Martin from the Garland Roofing Company was present to answer questions regarding roof replacement at the middle school above the multi-purpose room and shop areas. This project would then complete the re-roofing of the middle school building.

The board decided to move forward with the roofing project, requesting bids for the replacement of both roofs.

Wed
22
Jan

Adams is contestant in statewide business competition


Adams needs your help to win My People App-rentice: Des Moines, a competition which will jumpstart the launch of his product, the Arctic Stick. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Garnavillo resident Brandon Adams is in the middle of the adventure of a lifetime. He’s just won a video contest as part of a competition known as My People App-rentice: Des Moines, and he needs your help to continue being successful.

In early December, Adams filmed an informational video with plans to set up an online fundraising campaign for his invention, the Arctic Stick. Arctic Stick is a product that fits inside plastic beverage bottles to keep them cool. Any liquid can be frozen inside the Arctic Stick, then dropped into a drink for a flavor burst. 

Just one week after the video was filmed, Adams discovered My People App-rentice. “I signed up, and am one of 50 people in the state of Iowa that got picked,” he told The Press. Friends and fans voted for Adams’ unique video, in which he described his day-to-day life as it revolves around selling real estate, ice, and working on the Arctic Stick. “I won that video because yes, it was creative, but through social media I got my contacts to give me the most ‘likes,’” said Adams.

Wed
15
Jan

Harlan Schlueter

Harlan Schlueter, 69, passed away due to cancer, on Jan. 3, 2014, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.

Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Gillette Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 9, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Gillette, Wyo.

Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Wed
15
Jan

Norma Stoeffler

Norma Stoeffler, 83, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Guttenberg Care Center.

A private inurnment service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Norma was born on March 21, 1930, in Guttenberg, the daughter of Harry and Hilda (Fassbinder) Stoeffler.

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Ice fishing tourney here Jan. 18

An ice fishing tournament will be held at Bussey Lake, Guttenberg on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event is being co-sponsored by Guttenberg Development & Tourism and Murray's Outdoor Store.

There will be prizes for the biggest bluegill, crappie and perch, as well as a price for the most overall  panfish weighed-in. Prizes will include four $100 gift certificates from Murray's and four children's fishing kits from Murray (children under 12 are eligible).

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15
Jan

Family Resource Center open house Jan. 22 at new location


The Family Resource Center, a branch of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, invite the public to an open house at their new location at 514 S. River Park Dr. on Jan. 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Family Resource Center will host an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at their new location, 514 S. River Park Drive, Guttenberg. This branch of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital is a hub for a variety of agencies and programs that are difficult to reach in many rural communities, and their new location allows them to provide more to the community than ever before.

The Family Resource Center was previously located in a building just two blocks north of the new location, in an office coordinator Kari Harbaugh calls “compact.” Within the small rooms, agencies had difficulty meeting with families of more than two or three. “We have space for that now,” she smiles.

The large front windows in the new location allow natural light to brighten the entire space. Tall ceilings and white walls create a feeling of freshness, and the wood flooring layered with soft, colorful rugs make the room feel like home. “The whole environment is very, very inviting, warm, and comfortable,” said Harbaugh. “Whether someone is coming to drop off a donation, attend a group, or receive services, it’s pleasing to everyone.”

The Resource Center’s old location was not handicap accessible, and Harbaugh can recall numerous incidents when first-time clients with wheelchairs simply had to wait outside. Parking was shut down daily while school busses accessed the street, making it even more difficult to enter. “It just wasn’t acceptable,” said Harbaugh.

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15
Jan

City council hears update on economic prospects

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, in its first meeting of the new year, heard an update on efforts to attract and expand business in the community.

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein through the evening's short agenda. Assistant City Manager Julie Zittergruen was also in attendance.

GEIDC report

Mary Beth Theis, director of Guttenberg Economic and Industrial Development Commission (GEIDC), spoke to the council about three prospects for local development. 

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