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Wed
27
Nov

It's beginning to look a lot like you-know-what

 

Mother Nature swept through the area on Nov. 25, issuing a snowy-white reminder that Christmas is but four weeks away. Monday morning commuters had to cope with approximately two inches of snow, accompanied by blowing winds and below-normal temperatures. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
27
Nov

Local merchants plan Christmas open house this Sunday afternoon

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg merchants will kick-off the holiday season with their traditional open house on Sunday, Dec. 1. For details on Christmas specials and store hours, see Section B of this week's issue.

Santa arrives at noon

Santa will arrive at the Guttenberg Municipal Building on a fire truck at 12:00 noon. He will be available to listen to holiday wishes from youngsters until 4:00 p.m. 

Wed
27
Nov

St. Mary's student performs with DYSE


Mara Shannon was selected to play in the DSYE's fall concert series. The third grader says music is important "because you can go to orchestras and be in a concert, and it's fun!" (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) opened its 2013 – 2014 concert season at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center on Sunday, Nov. 17. The DSYE is comprised of three training ensembles: Dubuque Youth String Ensemble, Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, and Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Mara Shannon, age eight, was selected to play with the String Ensemble following a live audition. Mara told her violin instructor, Katie Sigwarth, that she’d like to perform with the DYSE. “My mom said, ‘Are you sure about it? Are you ready for it? You have to do lots of practicing!’ I was like, yes!” Mara told The Press. 

The String Ensemble is an introductory honors ensemble for young string players with at least one year of ensemble experience or equivalent ability. The group performs various levels of string orchestra literature from the standard middle school repertoire. 

Wed
27
Nov

Swab a cheek, save a life during marrow drive Nov. 27


Help the Larsson family find a match for their son, Lukas, at Wednesday's bone marrow donor drives in Guttenberg. Lukas, 16, is pictured left, with his brother Max, 22, father Anders, mother Dena (Boardman), brother Axel, 18, and twin brother Oliver. (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

There are 12 million bone marrow donors in the national registry, but none so far have proved a match for 16-year-old Lukas Larsson, son of Anders and Dena (Boardman) Larsson.

Lukas was diagnosed with pediatric myelofibrosis, a blood disease so rare that only 50 cases have been documented worldwide. “Lukas does not have leukemia or cancer, and that’s the great news,” says mom Dena. A bone marrow transplant will cure her son, but until then, Lukas requires blood transfusions every two weeks – and probably more often as the disease progresses. 

Dena, the daughter of Rose Boardman and the late Joe Boardman, graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1978. She and her husband, Anders, met in Colorado. They got married and spent 12 years living in Sweden, where their four sons, Max (22), Axel (18), and twins Lukas and Oliver were born. Since 2002, the family has lived in Colorado. 

Before their son’s diagnosis, Dena and Anders remained blissfully uneducated on the topic of bone marrow transplants. “He’s never been sick,” says Dena. “He was born a healthy eight-pound twin, only one week early.” Since discovering Lukas’s illness, the family has accomplished something extraordinary.

Wed
20
Nov

Galen Moser benefit is set for Saturday at Lakeside Ballroom


Galen Moser with great-grandson Peyton Lacy. (Photo submitted)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

A benefit for Galen Moser of Guttenberg will be held this Saturday, Nov. 23, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg.

Moser, 66, was diagnosed in September with cancer. Proceeds from the event will go toward meeting medical costs not covered by insurance and other expenses.

Wed
20
Nov

Each drop in the bucket creates waves of the future


In the pool with gloves and coats are, from left, Bill Ertl, Jim Ertl, and Deb Moser, of Guttenberg Industries, Inc., presenting the first donation to The Wave of the Future. Accepting the donation are interim city manager Julie Zittergruen and recreation board member Bec Knudtson. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

‘The Wave of the Future’ fund-raising campaign for the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool kicked off last week with a donation from Guttenberg Industries, Inc. A minimum of $300,000 will be required to begin refurbishment of the 40-year-old pool by the end of the next swimming season. If all goes according to plan, swimmers will be enjoying the pool’s facelift by the beginning of the 2015 season.

Burbach Aquatics of Platteville conducted two studies, one on construction of a new pool and one on refurbishing the current structure. “According to their recommendation, we have to do something now, in the next year or two, or it’s going to be too far gone to refurbish,” said Bec Knudtson, who represents the recreation board and is highly involved with pool operations. 

A new pool is estimated to cost $2-3 million. With refurbishment, the current swimming pool is expected to last 15-20 years more. 

Wed
20
Nov

Zumba: Dancing for fun and fitness


Grace Heitman, left, and Brenda Leliefeld have been participating in Zumba for just over a year. They started co-teaching a high-energy class in October. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

In keeping with a trend that has swept across 140,000 locations in 185 countries, a pair of Guttenberg women have begun teaching a Zumba exercise class. Zumba fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness experience.

Grace Heitman and Brenda Leliefeld were introduced to Zumba through a class taught in Guttenberg by Melanie Gast. Gast taught for nearly a year before moving out of town. “We didn’t want to lose it, so we went to training in LaCrosse,” said Leliefeld. 

At the end of September, the dancing duo traveled across state lines to learn about writing routines, teaching good form, and basic wellness. “It was a full day of very intense training,” said Heitman. She estimated 50 to 60 students received the training that day.

Wed
20
Nov

Mary Willett chosen as city manager


Mary Willett will begin Jan. 2 as Guttenberg City Manager. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Mary Willett of Phillips, Wis., has accepted the Guttenberg city manager position, following a two-day candidate selection process held here Nov. 15-16.

A special meeting was set for Monday, Nov. 18, (after Press deadline) to formalize the action. Willett will begin work Jan 2.

The city manager's post was left vacant in October following the resignation of Barry Dykhuizen, who left to accept a similar position in Illinois. 

Wed
13
Nov

Council gives green light to fire vehicle purchase

 

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council moved forward with plans to purchase a new vehicle for the Guttenberg Fire Department when it met in regular session on Nov. 5.

Mayor Russ Loven presided with council members Virginia Saeugling, Ralph Livingston, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein in attendance.  Assistant  City Manager Julie Zittergruen and City Attorney Mike Schuster were also at the council table.

Representatives from the fire department have been in attendance at previous council meetings to discuss the need for a new vehicle. At the October meeting, GFD representatives estimated the approximate cost of a pumper/tanker at $377,000, and the matter was tabled pending review of financing options. The GFD Association has $30,000 toward the purchase. 

At Monday's meeting, discussion continued on financing, and the council set a maximum of $350,000 towards the purchase. A final decision on the means of financing will be made after the city  determines  costs for another major project, levee accreditation.

Wed
13
Nov

Millville to disband by year's end


At the time of the 2010 census, there were 30 people, 12 households, and nine families residing in Millville. The population has since dwindled to 21, according to Mayor Larry Wilson. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

One of Guttenberg’s closest neighbors, the city of Millville, will soon cease to exist. Millville’s city council has voted to dissolve the city, and the process is well underway. Millville mayor Larry Wilson expects to be unincorporated by the end of the year. 

“You don’t even think we have a city council, because you drive through in four seconds,” said the Mayor last week. Incorporated in 1967, Millville spans three-quarters of a mile along Highway 52. Its population is 21.

Citizens were invited to speak their concerns at a public meeting before the council made a final vote to disband. Wilson says the decision was met with no opposition. “When we had the open meeting, four or five people showed up. The only question was about garbage pickup.”  

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