Guttenberg Press

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Film premiere honors Christmas, community and family


Amateur filmmaker Liz Smith, left, graduated from Luther in 2011 with Majors in Art and Political Science and a minor in Africana Studies. She’s currently working on a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in Urban Studies and will graduate in the spring of 2015. Smith’s filmmaking partner, Kari Houghtaling, grew up in Duluth, Minn., and studied Communication at Luther College. She now resides in Milwaukee, Wis. Visit www.abodesolo.com to watch a trailer of their soon-to-premiere film. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

During a three-day weekend last winter, two college friends filmed a full-length reinterpretation of the 1990 holiday classic, Home Alone. Liz Smith, a 2007 CRHS graduate, invited her close friend Kari Houghtaling, of Milwaukee, Wis., to Guttenberg to create a film they call Abode Solo. Smith has been editing the film for nearly a year, and a premiere is scheduled in Guttenberg on Friday, Dec. 19. 

“Liz and I knew each other all four years of college at Luther, but we became best friends during senior year of college – which was when we discovered our mutual love of Home Alone,” Houghtaling explained. “Last year, Liz and I were both in the Midwest over the holidays, and she suggested that I come to Guttenberg for an extended weekend to film a remake. I didn't know how serious she was until she sent me part of a script (transcribed from the original film).” 

The two filmmakers played the majority of characters in the story, and they used St. John’s Lutheran Church, Benders, and Lindsanator’s Liquor as shooting locations. They took various street shots and filmed numerous scenes at the Smith home on Lorenz Lane, and did just one scene at the Milwaukee airport. 

“Filming the movie in different Guttenberg locations was really special because it gave me a great sense of how friendly, welcoming, and supportive the town is, and how important relationships are in the community,” Houghtaling reflected. “We would just ask to use a space (usually at the last minute) and people were so helpful and accommodating.”

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Emphasis on central entry point, auditorium, athletic facilities School facility workshops collect community visions


An estimated 150 members of the community participated over the course of the two-day facility design workshops on Nov. 24 and 25. Participants placed stickers on their favorite designs following twice-daily presentations. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Though their thoughts on construction of a new facility were varied, community members spoke out strongly in favor of acting immediately to correct problems in the 1903 school building in Guttenberg. “Everybody agrees, the old building has to come down,” school board member Mike Finnegan told The Press following the final facility design presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 25. 

A two-day workshop led by the Baker Group gave community members the opportunity to voice their concerns about the current school facilities and to imagine what the school could look like as a facility that truly meets the needs of students and staff. 

Students, staff and community members alike rallied for a central point of entry on the Guttenberg campus, improved athletic facilities, and an auditorium. 

“What school doesn’t hold concerts in their school?” asked choir director and girls’ volleyball coach Adam Radcliffe. “An auditorium could be used for concerts, assemblies and award ceremonies, plays, sports banquets – it could be a rain location for movies or music in the park, and we could even bring in bands.”

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Dec

Duane A. Barnhart

My name is Duane Allen Barnhart and this is my story.

On Feb. 25, 1936, I was born on our family farm near Osterdock, to my parents Clifford and Bertha (Knockleby) Barnhart. I joined my siblings Arthur (Norma), Paul (Wilma) and Donna (Laverne Aude).  Later we had a baby brother, Donald Dean, who died at birth.

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Bernita McMillin

Bernita McMillin, 87, of Garnavillo, formerly of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Bruce L. Hanson.

Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

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Alphonse John Miller

Alphonse John Miller, 77, of Glendale, Ariz., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 17, 2014, after a long illness of cancer.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 24, at Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Burial was at Resthaven Park Cemetery.

Alphonse was born May 7, 1937, to Alphonse and Viola (Scheller) Miller.

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Lester R. Hefel

Lester R. Hefel, 71, of Holy Cross, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation was Friday, Nov. 21, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 22, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries. 

Interment was at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista.

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Raymond Charles Hinzman

Raymond Charles Hinzman, 61, of Guttenberg, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Dubuque.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 21, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson. 

Interment was at Ceres Cemetery, Guttenberg.

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Kathryn “Kay” Eckart Degnan

Kathryn “Kay” Eckart Degnan, 99, of Guttenberg, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center. 

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery, Guttenberg.

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Clifford A. Klinge

Clifford A. Klinge passed away peacefully in the afternoon on Nov. 20, 2014.  Naomi was with him.

Services will be held at a later date and internment will be in the Garnavillo cemetery.

Cliff was born on Aug. 29, 1925, to Elmer and Alma (Lenth) Klinge on the family farm between Farmersburg and National. He was a typical farm boy and rode his pony to the Pioneer School. He later attended the Farmersburg school and then transferred to the Monona school so he could play baseball.  His major interests were sports, fishing, hunting, travel, euchre and horses, which he maintained his entire life.

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Guttenberg lighting contest for residences, businesses

By Shelia Tomkins

Untangle your Christmas lights, track down the extension cords and come up with an eye-catching idea for your holiday lighting display this year. Then make plans to enter the annual holiday lighting contest coordinated by Guttenberg Development & Tourism.

The contest is open to all utility customers of the City of Guttenberg; winners will receive prizes in the form of a credit on their electric bills. 

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