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Robert N. LeGrand

Robert N. “Buck” LeGrand, 75, of Sunset Park Place in Dubuque and formerly of Holy Cross, died peacefully with his family at his side, Thursday, June 12, 2014, the same day his wife died just six years ago, at Sunset Park Place, Dubuque. 

Visitation was Sunday, June 15, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross.

Funeral services were Monday, June 16, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Jose Comparan.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

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Etha G. Blank

Etha Geraldine “Gerry” Blank, 83, of Guttenberg passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the River Living Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

A memorial service was Saturday, June 14, at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel in Prairie du Chien, Wis., conducted by Rev. Pat Malanaphy.  

Gerry was born Nov. 27, 1930, in Chariton, the daughter of Clint and Stella (Steele) Foster.  

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Meet Taylor Schaefers, Press intern


Taylor Schaefers is the summer intern at The Press. Look for her at area events and around town. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Taylor Schaefers is the summer intern at The Guttenberg Press. She just completed her junior year at Clayton Ridge High School, where she participated in track, basketball, Interact, Spanish Club, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club.

Readers may recognize Taylor from recent Press coverage of state track events and as a varsity starter on the Clayton Ridge High School girls basketball team.

Taylor is looking forward to her senior year in high school, and following graduation she plans to  pursue studies at an area college, as yet undecided.

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Cause of Guttenberg fire, explosion remain unknown


 A June 10 explosion and fire damaged the house belonging to Susan Bartz, who was not home at the time. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

The cause of an explosion and fire last week at a Guttenberg residence remains unknown following an initial investigation, according to a news release from the Guttenberg Fire Department.

On Tuesday, June 10, at  6:23 p.m. the Guttenberg Fire Department was dispatched to 131 Garber Road in Guttenberg. The first fire personnel on the scene saw what appeared to have been an explosion in the two-story home. The fire department began an offensive fire attack in the structure to contain the fire.

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Prepare now for fun at Stars and Stripes Celebration


Watching parades and fireworks are Independence Day traditions. This year's Stars and Stripes Celebration in Guttenberg will feature traditional events alongside new entertainment for adults, children, and the whole family. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Stars and Stripes Celebration organizers are planning a full day of entertainment on Saturday, July 5. In addition to the parade, fireworks, food, and children’s games, community members are encouraged to participate in several new activities.

- A ‘Team Game-a-thon’ for all ages will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Businesses, organizations, and individuals are invited to pair up on teams of two for a friendly competition in the park. Three games make up the event: Gunny sack races, a beanbag toss, and water balloon volleyball. 

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A father's patriotic spirit remembered


The late Ben Krall of Charles City taught his family a love of music and a respect for their country. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

When Ben Krall graduated from high school in 1937, he was already reading everything he could find on Hitler’s conquest of Europe. Just three years later, Krall and 20 other young men from Charles City enlisted on a cold December night. When Ben passed away this spring, he was the only man of those twenty-one remaining.

Ben’s son, Tom Krall, is a staple of Clayton Ridge athletic programs and a familiar voice in the St. Mary’s church choir in Guttenberg. Tom remembers his father’s patriotism as one of the most important values he shared throughout his life. “He would never miss his yearly army reunions. He felt a pretty important tie with these guys, the 34th Red Bull Division, and he was actually the president of the national group for a couple of years,” said Tom. 

Ben spoke publicly about his experiences in World War II, visiting elementary schools, high schools, and nursing homes near his home in Charles City. He also put many of his stories down on paper. 

When he enlisted, Ben and the others from Charles City expected to be in and out in one year. It wasn’t meant to be. 

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Sheila B. Bolsinger

Sheila Mae (Divis) Bolsinger, 73, of Colesburg, died peacefully Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation was before services at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 7, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colesburg, conducted by Rev. Stephen A. Lundgren. Lector was Carol Simons. Ushers were Les Simons and Leo Roling.  Placing of the pall was done by Robert Bolsinger, Jeffery Bolsinger, Dawn Martin, Jennifer Hambright and Jammie Martin. Giftbearers were Chase Martin, Ryan Martin and Mellyssa Boyd.

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Curtis D. Nuehring

Curtis Duanne Nuehring, 70, passed away May 28, 2014, at his home in Camden, Tenn.

A celebration of Curt’s life was Friday, June 6, at Farmersburg Community Center. He was interred at Swede Ridge Cemetery in Northeast Iowa.

Curtis was born on May 29, 1943, in Clayton County to Frederick and Vivian (Canoe) Nuehring.

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Karla J. Sellers

Karla Jo Jessen Sellers, 53, died peacefully of cancer Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 7, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton.

Inurnment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.

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Stars and Stripes parade invitation

Guttenberg Development and Tourism announces an open invitation for participants in this year's Stars and Stripes Parade. The theme is “Where the rubber meets the river,” and the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Children are encouraged to decorate bicycles and enter the mini-float division. GD&T will offer Guttenberg Dollars for winners in each category. The theme isn’t limited to bicycles, however, and participants are encouraged to think of clever ways to incorporate tires into their parade entries. One Guttenberg couple plans to ride their motorcycles in the parade. 

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