Guttenberg Press

Wed
23
Apr

Fredlake shares love of travel with coworkers and lifelong friends


Marilyn Fredlake, left, and Toni Schmelzer enjoyed a seven-day Hawaiian cruise aboard the Norwegian Pride of America. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Marilyn came up to me one day at the office and asked, ‘If you could go anywhere, where would you go?’ Thinking it was just a simple question, I said Hawaii.” Toni Schmelzer, who works with Marilyn Fredlake at Brown’s Sales and Leasing in Guttenberg, didn’t know she was signing up for two weeks of tropical adventures.  

Schmelzer thought her long-time friend was teasing when she invited her on a Hawaiian vacation. “Oh my goodness. It took months. I had to hand her a ticket before she really believed she was going,” recalls Fredlake. 

The two women boarded a plane headed for the Honolulu Airport on Oahu. It was Schmelzer’s first flight, the first of many more ‘firsts’ she’d experience in the days to come. When the plane reached its destination, she set her eyes on the ocean for the first time in her life. She enjoyed her first bite of lobster, learned to barter on the streets of Waikiki, and boarded a cruise ship for the first time.

Wed
23
Apr

Council reviews zoning matters

By Shelia Tomkins

Discussion on the powers and duties of the city planning and zoning commission and zoning board of adjustment highlighted a special city council meeting on Monday, April 14. 

Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Steve Friedlein and Jane Parker, City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Mike Schuster were in attendance.

Members of the P & Z board — Dan Parker, Howard Hubbell, Don Herkes, Jim Eglseder, Janette Hansel, Steve Dikkers and J.J. Rochford — were present as City Attorney Michael Schuster reviewed the  purpose and history of zoning regulations. "The idea is to balance the needs of individuals with the welfare of society as a whole," he said.

In the 1970s Guttenberg prepared a comprehensive plan that included its first zoning ordinances.  The city's Planning and Zoning board serves in an advisory capacity, making recommendations to the council. The Zoning Board of Adjustment is a stand-alone quasi-judicial body that hears appeals and grants variances. Schuster explained the relationships between the P &Z board, the Board of Adjustment and the city council. Discussion was also held on what the city's zoning ordinance specifies about building garages on contiguous lots.

Wed
23
Apr

Clara M. Ludvik

Clara May (Weber) Ludvik, 64, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at her home in Guttenberg.

Visitation was before services at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Graveside services were Tuesday, April 15, at the Guttenberg City Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Harold McMillin.

Clara was born on Nov. 22, 1949, in Guttenberg to Tracy and Corrine (Barry) Weber.

Wed
23
Apr

Jo-Ann J. Behnken

Jo-Ann Joyce Behnken, 81, of Colesburg, died on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation was Monday, April 21, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood and one hour before the services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 22, at United Methodist Church in Colesburg, conducted by Pastor Allen Craft.

Interment was at Brown Cemetery, Colesburg.

Wed
16
Apr

Food vendors needed for RAGBRAI

The RAGBRAI Committee is still in need of food vendors for Saturday, July 26. Nearly 20,000 visitors are expected here that day.

If you have a club, organization or business that has a need for a fundraiser, consider becoming a food vendor for RAGBRAI. The deadline to register is May 15.

Following is general information for food vendors. More detailed information is available from Linda Benskin at 252-2020 or 252-3538, or Jane Augustyn at 252-3820 or 252-1938.

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Wed
16
Apr

Money matters occupy council

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on April 7, took the first step in increasing water and sewer rates, heard a request to replace an ambulance,  accepted responsibility for maintenance of a park restroom, listened to a RAGBRAI update,  and moved forward on funding for the Acre Street project.

Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Steve Friedlein and Jane Parker, City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Mike Schuster were in attendance.

Water, sewer increases

The council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will increase water and sewer rates each $1 per month. Before final passage, the ordinance must be approved at a second and third public reading. Upon final approval, the new base rate will be $24.25 for water and $24.50 for sewer. 

"The revenues for the utilities are not keeping up with expenses," City Manager Willett told The Press. "The council is looking to examine the revenues and expenditures and evaluate the rates every year, instead of having large rate increases."

Wed
16
Apr

Following the garbage truck: Where does our trash go?

By Molly Moser

As the world around us comes back to life, we once again dedicate a day to celebrating and protecting its splendor. Though we might be better served by observing Earth Day every day, this year marks 44 since the day many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, capitalized on directing the energy of the anti-war protest movement, and bringing attention to environmental concerns.

Collecting litter is a typical way to honor Earth Day, and Guttenberg is offering several special collections on April 26. The Guttenberg Police Department will sponsor its annual prescription drug drop-off that Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the alley behind the Municipal Building. A shred-a-thon, for secure disposal of sensitive documents, will be held that day thanks to Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol. In conjunction with these events, the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital is sponsoring a sharps disposal at the site.  

The GMH Auxiliary recently heard a presentation from Todd Kuhse, a representative of Waste Management (WM), who spoke in detail about what happens to Guttenberg’s trash and recycling after it’s been picked up by the company. 

Waste Management states that Guttenberg's trash is sent to the Winneshiek County Landfill, located between Frankville and Decorah. Yard waste ends up in a compost site in Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
16
Apr

Local children start business, fundraise to foster friendship


Clayton Ridge fourth graders are selling handmade bracelets to raise money for a buddy bench. Front from left are participants Mark Mommer, Brodie Wahls, Boston Pierce, Mara Pierce, Chloe Freeman, Destiny Kemp, Callie Freeman, and Sierra Sheber; back row, Maddie Radabaugh, Madison Meyer, Emma Roth, Jillian Leliefeld, Payton Nuehring, Emma Kulper, JayLyn Moore, Emily Zimmer, Danyel Rieck, Lily Kann, Ms. Geuder and Aaron Taake. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge fourth grade is abuzz with excitement about a new piece of equipment for the playground – but it’s not a slide, a swing, or a merry-go-round. It’s a bench.

Fourth graders in Mr. Robert Sweers and Ms. Karen Geuder’s classes have been using looms to make bracelets, which they sell to raise money for a buddy bench. The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. “When someone doesn’t have anybody to play with on the playground, then they go sit on the bench and someone knows they need somebody to play with,” says fourth grader Payton Nuehring. 

Many of the students received looms for Christmas, and bracelet making quickly became a favorite pastime. Chloe Freeman asked her teacher, Ms. Geuder, if it would be possible to sell the bracelets and use the proceeds for an act of kindness. After talking with principal Shane Wahls and brainstorming possibilities, the students decided to fundraise for a buddy bench.

The students have raised over $400 since opening for business on April 1. They set up shop every morning, making colorful rubber band bracelets and selling them to other students before school. Many students give up their free time to make bracelets at home and during recess. They research new patterns and techniques online or in books, and each new design spreads like wildfire through the classroom as students teach each other. Even Ms. Geuder has a loom. “She’s getting good at it!” smiles fourth grader Emma Roth.

Wed
09
Apr

Teresa Ryan

Teresa Ryan, formerly of Guttenberg, passed away in her sleep in San Diego, Cailf., on April 1, 2014.

Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at St. Mary's Church, Guttenberg. Memorial services will follow at 10:00 a.m.

She is survived by her mother, Carol; her sisters and brother, Sandra (John) Stieghner, Denise (Steve) Silkworth, Michele (Martin) Behrend, Michael Ryan, Karen (Robin Miller) Ryan, Maureen (Bob Luger) Ryan and many nieces and nephews.

Wed
09
Apr

Kathleen C. Habel

Kathleen C. Habel, 87, of North Buena Vista, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

Visitation was Friday, April 4, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross and before services at North Buena Vista Hall.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 5, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

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