Guttenberg Press

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Kay J. Ries

Kay Jo Ann (Walters) Ries, 77, of Guttenberg, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at her home surrounded by her children.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Memorial services were Monday, May 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Inurnment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Guttenberg.

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Duane A. Gage

Duane A. "Shorty" Gage, 86, of Guttenberg, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was one hour before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Thursday, May 29, at the Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader.

Inurnment was at the East Side Cemetery, Elkader. Military Rites were conducted by the Lemka-Stendel American Legion Post #106.

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Valene Lau

In Loving memory of Mom, we submit a summary of her life. She was born in her maternal grandmother’s home in Guttenberg on Oct. 2, 1934. She grew up on the family farm near Clayton Center.  After graduating Valedictorian of her 1952 Garnavillo High School class she moved to Dubuque to attend business school, but her favorite memory of that time was working in the music store. She loved music, especially Ray Price and Roy Clark. She was pursued and courted by Keith H. Lau.  Their relationship began after a brief encounter in high school when, while she was walking through his class, he noted out loud that she was the prettiest girl he had ever seen. Her baby blue eyes just sparkled with life and more than a bit of mischief.

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Verdean L. Dietrich

Verdean Lyndall Dietrich, 70, of Garnavillo died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg.

Visitation was Sunday, June 1, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the Garnavillo School Gymnasium.

Funeral services were Monday, June 2, at the Garnavillo School Gymnasium, conducted by Rev. Bruce L. Hanson.

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E-waste collection this Saturday at Guttenberg hospital parking lot

An e-waste collection will take place on Saturday, June 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the parking lot at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

E-waste stands for electronic waste. It is important to dispose of it properly because it does not break down when thrown in a landfill.

Items will be accepted free of charge with one exception­— a $10 fee for "old school" computer monitors.

The site will NOT accept large electronics such as refrigerators, stove, air conditioners, etc.

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River of Music kicks off this Friday with Triple Threat

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will feature music by Triple Threat this Friday, June 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shelter in the park along the river north of the school.

Triple Threat features vocals, acoustic and electric guitar music by Steve Moser, Scott Fischer and Jesse Moser. 

Concert goers should bring their own lawn chair or blanket and are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and coolers and enjoy dinner or snacks during the concert. Wine and beer are allowed. However, glass beer bottles are not permitted. 

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St. Mary's/Immaculate Conception welcomes new principal


Expanding the school garden is one of the many ambitions of new St. Mary's principal Joanne Hedemann. She planted potatoes with second graders last week, and hopes to serve some of the student-grown vegetables in school lunches. Pictured from left are Principal Hedemann, Isabella Rausch, Jennifer Rodenberg, Leah Cosley, Marilyn Morales, Koree Rausch, Luke Harwick, Nik Miller, and Tristum Earl. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“All of my experience has been in preparation to be here at St. Mary’s,” says Joanne Hedemann. She does indeed have a variety of unique experiences to inform her role as the new principal of St. Mary’s/Immaculate Conception. After leading for three years, current principal Steve Cornelius will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Hedemann retired last summer after serving a decade as a principal and a dozen years as an early childhood educator throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. “This is a breath of fresh air,” she says, referring to the decision to relocate as a sort of homecoming. “I feel like I’m with family.” Hedemann and her husband raised their four children on a farm at the intersection of Highways 52 and 18, and she substitute taught in Garnavillo for seven years. She is indeed with family, as two of her grandchildren attend St. Mary’s and her daughter, Erin Schmelzer, is employed as the school secretary.

“The Board of Education selected Joanne because she will bring a wealth of education and experience with her to St. Mary's. Her experience in the classroom and on the administrative level placed her above the other candidates,” said school board chair Julie Rastetter. “The board felt very strongly about the direction that she would like to take St. Mary's in many areas, such as curriculum, literacy, faith, discipline and leadership for the staff.”

Leadership is a concept Hedemann feels passionate about. With a background in professional development and nearly a decade of experience as a teacher’s union president, Hedemann is a natural leader and thus empowers those around her, both students and teachers, to take charge of their own paths.

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Rumblers plan for river excursion to end here Aug. 2


From left are Rumblers Allen Miller of Millwaukee, Wis., Jim Mason of Onalaska, Wis., Mark Williams of St. Louis, Mo., Milan Rogers of Kansas City, Mo., Dan Ertz of Burlington, and Rex Klein of Dubuque, having just landed at Guttenberg's south marina. Not pictured are road crew members and paddlers Val Lloyd of Carver, Minn., Larry Jatho of Reedsburg, Wis., and Jim Meyer of the Quad Cities. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A rainbow of brightly colored canoes and kayaks paddled up the flooded boat ramps at Guttenberg’s south marina on Friday afternoon. The sound of their vessels scraping bottom was accompanied by cheers of, “We did it!” and “Done, done, done!” 

After a 30-mile day of paddling on the Mississippi River, core members of the group known as Great River Rumble were delighted to complete the trial run for a weeklong canoe and kayak trip scheduled to end in Guttenberg on Saturday, Aug. 2. 

The Great River Rumble, active since 1995 and headquartered in Dubuque, will begin this year’s journey on the Wisconsin River out of Prairie du Sac.  

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Train hits car at Herder Street

A Canadian Pacific train struck an SUV vehicle on Thursday morning, May 22, in Guttenberg, sending the driver to the hospital.

The accident occurred at approximately 9:00 a.m. at the Herder Street crossing just north of St. Mary's Church. According to unofficial reports, the driver  drove across the tracks as the crossing arms were descending, and then jumped out of the vehicle as the train approached.

The train remained stopped on the tracks for several hours while the accident was investigated, blocking a majority of Guttenberg's railroad crossings.

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St. Mary's alumni banquet June 7

Anyone who attended St. Mary’s School in Guttenberg is invited to attend St. Mary’s/Immaculate Conception School's "Generations of Faith" alumni banquet on Saturday, June 7, at St. Mary’s Brinkmann Hall in Guttenberg. 

The Heritage Room will open at 4:00 p.m. Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m., followed by a social hour at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are $10.

Classes to be honored are: 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. 

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