Guttenberg Press

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Clair H. “Corny” Cornwell

Clair H. “Corny” Cornwell, 79, of Greeley, died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 19, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 20, at United Methodist Church in Greeley, conducted by Pastor Paddy Druhl.

Interment was at Grant View Cemetery, Greeley. Casketbearers were Mike Cornwell, Dan Cornwell, Donnie Nelson, Mark Nelson, Bruce Nelson and Jim Gallager.

Wed
21
Jan

Opal Y. Kriesler

Opal Y.  Kriesler, 87, of Cedartown, Ga., formerly of Colesburg, died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Cedartown, Ga.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Colesburg United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will follow the visitation at the church, conducted by Pastor Joan Thomas.

Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Colesburg.

Wed
21
Jan

Betty R. Moser

Betty Ruth (Troester) Moser, 87, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 15, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 16, at the United Methodist Church, Guttenberg, conducted  by Rev. Mike Jackson. 

Interment was at Bethel Cemetery, rural Colesburg.

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21
Jan

Suzanne Stoeffler

Suzanne Stoeffler, 66, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 12, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, and before services at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.  

Interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Wed
21
Jan

New clubhouse underway at Guttenberg golf course


This drawing by Alex Finch depicts the new clubhouse at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. (Photo submitted)

Work is progressing on the new clubhouse. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by Joe Heitman

The Guttenberg Golf and Country Club is building a new clubhouse. 

The Golf Course was founded in 1964 by purchasing the Larry Duwe farm north of Guttenberg on Highway 52. The Duwe farm house was converted to the existing clubhouse.   Over the past 50 years the clubhouse has hosted countless wedding receptions, anniversary parties and many social and golf events.

Wed
21
Jan

Clayton Ridge board to act Jan. 21 on proposed facility plan

Submitted by Allan Nelson

Clayton Ridge Superintendent

The Clayton Ridge School Board met on Jan. 14 to review and discuss school facility plans with professional planner Brian Schwartz from the Baker Group.  The Baker Group has held two full-day community school facility planning meetings and attended three board meetings since late November.  

Wed
21
Jan

Guttenberg farmers honored for heroic water rescue


Jeff Lincoln, left, discovered Tiffany Mueller's truck under a bridge on Kiln Road. He and Scott Cherne, right, received Lifesaver Awards on Jan. 9 from the Iowa State Patrol for rescuing Mueller from the submerged truck. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

When 28-year-old Tiffany Mueller’s truck flipped off a bridge on Kiln Road and fell 12 feet into icy waters, she became trapped in the front seat, upside down, at the mercy of the creek that rushed in through a broken window.  

The Elkader vet tech was on her way to deliver vaccines at the Scott Cherne farm near Osterdock on Nov. 25, and was looking forward to it. “I jumped at the opportunity to make the delivery, because I’ve always had a lot of fun doing cattle work at the Cherne farm,” Mueller admitted. 

When she didn’t arrive as expected, farmhand Jeff Lincoln went out to look for her. As he crossed the bridge he felt something wasn’t right. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw Mueller’s tracks. Knowing he’d be unable to move the submerged truck on his own, he left to call 911 and get help from Cherne. 

State Trooper Jon Stickney read Mueller’s traumatic account of that day during a ceremony to honor her heroes on Jan. 9. “The coldness of the water took my breath away. I immediately struggled, trying to unbuckle my seatbelt. With the cab quickly submerged, I pushed myself to the passenger side in search of air. The cab was now completely filled with water and darkness and I began to panic, thinking I was going to drown.” 

Wed
21
Jan

A look at the past and future at GD&T annual meeting


GD&T board members are, from left, President Tom Augustyn, Sadie Hefel, Janette Simon, Director Emily Moser, Molly Moser, newly elected Kevin Hennessey, and Jane Thein. Not pictured is Dr. Nathan Shaw. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“It was a whirlwind of a year,” said Guttenberg Development & Tourism President Tom Augustyn as he welcomed members and guests to the annual membership meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, at PromiseLand Winery. 

The evening began with an hour of socializing, followed by a top-notch meal served by Clayton Ridge Farm. When the time came to hold board elections, it appeared that the whirlwind would continue. Members were expecting to fill one opening in the board left by Andrew Reimer until long-time board member Dwight Hughes surprised those in attendance by announcing his resignation in favor of the two candidates on the ballot. “It’s been a fantastic ride,” said Hughes, who has forged partnerships between GD&T and the Pride of Cassville Car Ferry organization, as well as with IRRMA members who bring The Rock the River Road Show Dance, which brings over 400 visitors to the city each year. 

On the ballot were Kevin Hennessey and Dr. Nathan Shaw. Hennessey participated regularly in community projects for three decades while raising his children, and as the co-owner of Guttenberg’s Thrivent Financial, he said, “We have a heart and desire to serve this community.” Hennessey’s wife, Rabecca, was recently appointed to Guttenberg Economic & Industrial Development Corporation.

Wed
14
Jan

Ruth E. Combs

Ruth Elaine (Smith) Combs, 96, of Edgewood, formerly of rural Garber, passed from this life on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

Private family funeral services will be held at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, conducted by Pastor Pam Reinig.

A private family burial will occur at Bethel Cemetery, rural Osterdock.

Ruth was born April 6, 1918, in North Dakota, the daughter of Ray V. and Mary (LouVay) Smith.  

Wed
14
Jan

Planning underway to celebrate the river and Guttenberg in Aug.

As the weather is cold and the snow deep, it may seem premature to start making plans for Aug. 7-9.The impetus of a “Celebrate the Mississippi River” event came from Mayor Russ Loven who has participated in a number of Mississippi River Mayors' Conferences.   The Mayors' conference agendas always include encouragement for river towns to celebrate the river with music, the arts, food, fun and education.     

Mayor Loven, Emily Moser (GD&T) and Juanita Loven have been working on a preliminary schedule of events which was unveiled at the annual Guttenberg Development & Tourism meeting on Jan. 12.

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