Guttenberg Press

Wed
27
Nov

Henry Kann Jr

 

Henry Kann Jr., 86, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg, Rev. Marvin Bries officiating.

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

Wed
27
Nov

Eldon R. Swisher

 

Eldon R. Swisher, 88, of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Friday, Nov. 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Garnavillo.

Wed
27
Nov

Beverly R. Dubbels

 

Beverly Ruth (McKinney) Dubbels, 83, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Wed
27
Nov

Gerri L. Moser

 

Gerri Lynn Moser was born in Guttenberg on Sept. 20, 1963, to Clark and Janet Moser. She was the fourth child in a family of six, she was mother to two, and she cared deeply for her numerous four-legged companions. Gerri was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s American Lutheran Church. She graduated from Guttenberg High School with the class of 1982 and received a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. She lived with passion for the present, with hope for the future, and with deep love of all living things. 

Wed
20
Nov

Galen Moser benefit is set for Saturday at Lakeside Ballroom


Galen Moser with great-grandson Peyton Lacy. (Photo submitted)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

A benefit for Galen Moser of Guttenberg will be held this Saturday, Nov. 23, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg.

Moser, 66, was diagnosed in September with cancer. Proceeds from the event will go toward meeting medical costs not covered by insurance and other expenses.

Wed
20
Nov

Each drop in the bucket creates waves of the future


In the pool with gloves and coats are, from left, Bill Ertl, Jim Ertl, and Deb Moser, of Guttenberg Industries, Inc., presenting the first donation to The Wave of the Future. Accepting the donation are interim city manager Julie Zittergruen and recreation board member Bec Knudtson. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

‘The Wave of the Future’ fund-raising campaign for the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool kicked off last week with a donation from Guttenberg Industries, Inc. A minimum of $300,000 will be required to begin refurbishment of the 40-year-old pool by the end of the next swimming season. If all goes according to plan, swimmers will be enjoying the pool’s facelift by the beginning of the 2015 season.

Burbach Aquatics of Platteville conducted two studies, one on construction of a new pool and one on refurbishing the current structure. “According to their recommendation, we have to do something now, in the next year or two, or it’s going to be too far gone to refurbish,” said Bec Knudtson, who represents the recreation board and is highly involved with pool operations. 

A new pool is estimated to cost $2-3 million. With refurbishment, the current swimming pool is expected to last 15-20 years more. 

Wed
20
Nov

Zumba: Dancing for fun and fitness


Grace Heitman, left, and Brenda Leliefeld have been participating in Zumba for just over a year. They started co-teaching a high-energy class in October. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

In keeping with a trend that has swept across 140,000 locations in 185 countries, a pair of Guttenberg women have begun teaching a Zumba exercise class. Zumba fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness experience.

Grace Heitman and Brenda Leliefeld were introduced to Zumba through a class taught in Guttenberg by Melanie Gast. Gast taught for nearly a year before moving out of town. “We didn’t want to lose it, so we went to training in LaCrosse,” said Leliefeld. 

At the end of September, the dancing duo traveled across state lines to learn about writing routines, teaching good form, and basic wellness. “It was a full day of very intense training,” said Heitman. She estimated 50 to 60 students received the training that day.

Wed
20
Nov

Mary Willett chosen as city manager


Mary Willett will begin Jan. 2 as Guttenberg City Manager. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Mary Willett of Phillips, Wis., has accepted the Guttenberg city manager position, following a two-day candidate selection process held here Nov. 15-16.

A special meeting was set for Monday, Nov. 18, (after Press deadline) to formalize the action. Willett will begin work Jan 2.

The city manager's post was left vacant in October following the resignation of Barry Dykhuizen, who left to accept a similar position in Illinois. 

Wed
13
Nov

Council gives green light to fire vehicle purchase

 

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council moved forward with plans to purchase a new vehicle for the Guttenberg Fire Department when it met in regular session on Nov. 5.

Mayor Russ Loven presided with council members Virginia Saeugling, Ralph Livingston, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein in attendance.  Assistant  City Manager Julie Zittergruen and City Attorney Mike Schuster were also at the council table.

Representatives from the fire department have been in attendance at previous council meetings to discuss the need for a new vehicle. At the October meeting, GFD representatives estimated the approximate cost of a pumper/tanker at $377,000, and the matter was tabled pending review of financing options. The GFD Association has $30,000 toward the purchase. 

At Monday's meeting, discussion continued on financing, and the council set a maximum of $350,000 towards the purchase. A final decision on the means of financing will be made after the city  determines  costs for another major project, levee accreditation.

Wed
13
Nov

Millville to disband by year's end


At the time of the 2010 census, there were 30 people, 12 households, and nine families residing in Millville. The population has since dwindled to 21, according to Mayor Larry Wilson. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

One of Guttenberg’s closest neighbors, the city of Millville, will soon cease to exist. Millville’s city council has voted to dissolve the city, and the process is well underway. Millville mayor Larry Wilson expects to be unincorporated by the end of the year. 

“You don’t even think we have a city council, because you drive through in four seconds,” said the Mayor last week. Incorporated in 1967, Millville spans three-quarters of a mile along Highway 52. Its population is 21.

Citizens were invited to speak their concerns at a public meeting before the council made a final vote to disband. Wilson says the decision was met with no opposition. “When we had the open meeting, four or five people showed up. The only question was about garbage pickup.”  

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