Guttenberg Press

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Aug

Leap of faith landed with the gift of sight


Moments after landing her first skydive, Crystal Ellis (left) had her first face-to-face meeting with Misty Troester, mother of her corneal transplant donor. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

On April 28, 2000, a baby boy came into the world. As he grew, he developed a love of fire trucks, John Deere tractors, farm animals, and Todd, his family’s garbage man. The boy’s parents, Misty Troester and Paul Moser, would experience tremendous loss just five years later, when their energetic young son, Jarren, was accidentally run over by a fire truck while playing near the Guttenberg Fire Station. 

“On the night of the accident, we got a call from the eye bank about donating Jarren’s corneas,” recalls Troester, who is an organ donor herself. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that makes up the outermost layer of the eye. U.S. eye banks provide tissue for an average of over 59,000 corneal transplants a year.

Wed
14
Aug

Small-town grad makes big bang in the physics world


Dr. Frederick Borcherding, a 1967 GHS graduate, has been involved in some of the most important discoveries in physics in the past two decades. Fred and his wife, Rita, returned to Guttenberg this month to visit old friends. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In 1995, scientists at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., discovered a particle known as the top quark. It was a critical piece of the standard model physicists use to understand the basic laws and structure in nature. This breakthrough came as the result of two experiments known as DZero and CDF. Guttenberg native Dr. Frederick Borcherding was a member of the DZero team.

Wed
14
Aug

Acre Street, hotel, new hires on city council agenda

By Shelia Tomkins

At its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 5, the Guttenberg city council heard an engineer's estimates on proposed Acre Street improvements, listened to an update on talks for a new hotel in the community and approved the hiring of two reserve police officers. 

Mayor Russ Loven led council members Virginia Saeugling, Ralph Livingston, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein through the evening's agenda. City Manager Barry Dykhuizen and City Attorney Michael Schuster were also on hand.

Mon
12
Aug

James Schmelzer

James Schmelzer passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Richard G. Gaul.

Interment was at the Garnavillo Community Cemetery in Garnavillo.

Jim was born on March 13, 1937, on the Schmelzer family farm near Garnavillo, the son of Albert and Alvina (Felder) Schmelzer.

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12
Aug

Michael "Mick" Jaquette

Michael “Mick” Jaquette, 68, of Albert Lea, Minn., passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at his home from MM/bone marrow cancer.  

Visitation was Monday, Aug. 12, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour before service at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 13, at St. Theodore’s Catholic Church, conducted by Father Timothy Reker and Deacon Mike Ellis.

Burial will be at a later date in Guttenberg.

Mon
12
Aug

Eunice DeSotel

Eunice (Alt) DeSotel, 95, recently of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Guttenberg, died Thursday, Aug.  8, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Garnavillo.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery in Guttenberg.

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

Eunice was born on April 1, 1918, in Clayton Township to Albert and Kate (Meyer) Alt.

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12
Aug

Guy Meskimen

Guy Meskimen passed away Sunday Aug. 4, 2013, at his home in Guttenberg.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Thursday, Aug, 8, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Inurnment was at the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
07
Aug

2013-2014 Fair Queen

Wednesday, July 31, the 2013-14 Clayton County Fair Queen was crowned. Front from left, 2012-13 Fair Queen Rachel Moser, 2013-14 Fair Queen Amanda Meyers, 2013-14 1st Alternate Queen Kaitlin Orr, 2012-13 Alternate Queen Meghan Orr; back row, queen candidates Jennifer Koons, Courtney Putz and Darci Eberhardt. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

Wed
07
Aug

Celebrate Guttenberg by shopping locally

 

By Shelia Tomkins

As the community enjoys Saturday's weekend activities that are part of Celebrate Guttenberg, local merchants ask that residents consider the benefits of shopping locally.

When consumers spend at locall businesses, there is a direct benefit to the Guttenberg economy. A successful local business is more likely to purchase local supplies and hire local service providers. Dollars spent in the community have an increased potential of staying here.

Wed
07
Aug

A new face in town: Dr. Nathan Shaw


The community welcomes Dr. Nathan Shaw, who will live and work in Guttenberg during the month of August. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

“When I think about who I want to be as a doctor, I want to be able to help anyone, anytime,” says Dr. Nathan Shaw, who began a rotation in Guttenberg last week. Dr. Shaw is a 2011 graduate of the University of Iowa Medical School and is completing his third and final year of residency in the Genesis Quad Cities Medicine Residency program. 

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