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Jeanette M. Berns

Our mother, Jeanette M. Berns of Guttenberg, died on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home. Mom had physical ailments over the years, but at 95 she passed away very peacefully.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10:00 a.m. with services to follow at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Guttenberg.

Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Garnavillo.

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04
Feb

Ruben Schnurstein

Ruben Schnurstein, 98, of Ionia passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the Manor Care in Waterloo.

Visitation was Friday, Jan. 30, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 31, at St. John United Church of Christ, Siegel, conducted by Pastor Eugene Walther.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

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04
Feb

Lyle Morarend

Lyle Morarend, 90, of Guttenberg, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Guttenberg Care Center.

Lyle was born the son of Arno and Clara (Friedlein) Morarend, June 3, 1924, near Osterdock.

Lyle received his education locally, served his country in the United States Army during WWII and worked for the Wright Trees Service and Meuser Lumber Co. for many years.  Lyle enjoyed fishing and spending winters in Texas.

Wed
28
Jan

Board approves a facility plan for public consideration

Submitted by Allan Nelson

Clayton Ridge Superintendent

The Clayton Ridge School Board held a public forum and special board meeting on Jan. 21.  The public forum began with presentations from Superintendent Allan Nelson, Business Manager Dave Schlueter and Brian Schwartz representing the Baker Group from Des Moines.  

Wed
28
Jan

Three Guttenberg men face felony counterfeiting charges

Three Guttenberg men were arrested last week on charges of forgery for counterfeit currency.

Ryan Joseph Murphy, 31, Levi Michael Wilker, 24, and Justice D.J. Krambeer, 20, all face two counts each of forgery for counterfeit bills, a Class D felony.

The arrests came after police say they were passing fake currency at businesses in the Dyersville area. A Dyersville police officer who responded to a call from a local business determined that the vehicle involved in the incident was from Clayton County.

Wed
28
Jan

CR elementary hosts student teacher


Morgan Hassman will spend nine weeks student teaching in Kathy Connelly's third grade classroom, helping students like Mariha Harbaugh, pictured above. "I'm really enjoying it," Hassman told The Press. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Morgan Hassman began her first term of student teaching in January, when she entered Kathy Connelly’s third grade classroom at Clayton Ridge Elementary. “The kids here are just great,” she told The Press. “I enjoy actually getting to see real life in the classroom, instead of just hearing about it.”

Although she’s just begun transitioning from learning lessons to leading them, Connelly says Hassman has a wealth of teaching tricks up her sleeve. Connelly has been guiding students at Clayton Ridge (previously Guttenberg Elementary) since 1977. In spite of her nearly 40 years of experience, Connelly volunteered to host a student teacher so that she could collect new ideas. Hassman has proved to be just what she was looking for. 

“On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Morgan introduced the kids to some MLK-themed educational hip-hop songs she found on a website her professor told her about,” Connelly said, explaining one of the many ways Hassman has infused the classroom with unique discoveries for both the students and their teachers. 

Wed
28
Jan

While others close, Guttenberg Press remains strong


Two thirds of residents in small communities across the country read local newspapers at least once a week. Jeff Shireman reads The Guttenberg Press while drinking his morning coffee. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Two weekly newspapers in Iowa closed last month after more than 130 years of local coverage. The Walnut Bureau in Walnut and the Danish Villages Voice in Elk Horn both released their final editions on Christmas Eve. Both papers were managed by Cornflower, LLC.

Chris Mudge, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, said small Iowa newspapers tend to consolidate instead of close. She did not consider the closings the beginning of a trend. "It depends on the vibrancy of the community," she said. "But community newspapers have done well."

In an era of decline for major metropolitan print media, rural journalism is still thriving. While the Walnut Bureau and the Danish Villages Voice cited decreasing subscriptions and advertising for their closures, experts say small-town papers continue to succeed because internet competition doesn’t exist for the kind of coverage local newspapers provide.  Even for a generation of online readers, there’s only one place to find your hometown news – and that’s your hometown newspaper. 

Wed
21
Jan

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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