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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.”  

Wed
13
Nov

The World War II flight diary of Veryl H. Duwe


Veryl H. Duwe flew 32 missions in a B-24 Liberator during WW II. The B-24 had higher top speed, greater range and heavier bomb load than the B-17. Duwe is buried in the Guttenberg City Cemetery. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

 

By Melissa Spielbauer Combs

Veryl Duwe was a resident of rural Osterdock. He and his twin brother, Vernon, were born in Guttenberg on March 13, 1918, to Chris and Elizabeth (Schoper) Duwe. They were baptized May 20, 1918, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, and attended Guttenberg High School. 

Veryl served with Squadron 233 of the Army Air Corps during World War II. Veryl was a First Lieutenant and as a pilot flew missions over various places, including Germany. He flew a B-24 Liberator, an American heavy bomber. 

Veryl was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal of Valor. He died at his home near Osterdock on July 13, 1994. At that time he was survived by his twin brother, Vernon and family of Weeping Water, Neb., and cousins. It is possible that Vernon is still alive. He would be age 95. Vernon also was in the service. Veryl is buried beside his parents in the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

This past summer Elmer Radabaugh of Osterdock, a friend of Veryl’s, was willing to give me copies of his flight diary. There seems to be just a few who have saved important pieces of this history to share with others, some of whom might take freedom for granted. I am glad that Elmer shared it with me and The Press readers.

As the nation marks the anniversary of Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor at this time of year, it is important that Veryl Duwe is remembered.

Wed
13
Nov

Low voter turn-out, numerous write-in winners for city elections

 

By Shelia Tomkins

City elections were held statewide on Tuesday, Nov. 5, but garnered minimal interest in Clayton County due to many uncontested races, resulting in low voter turn-out and numerous seats filled by write-in votes.

The following election summaries for communities in The Press readership area are based on unofficial results. Clayton County Commissioner of Elections Dennis Freitag said the official canvass of votes will take place on Nov. 12 (after Press deadline). Any changes will be reported in next week's issue.

Guttenberg

Guttenberg voter turn-out was  19.44% of all registered voters. Incumbent Russell Loven, the lone candidate for mayor, was returned to office with 219 votes.

  Council candidates for three open seats, all running unopposed, were elected: incumbent Steve Friedlein with 215 votes, incumbent  David Schlueter with 212 votes and Fred Schaub with 228 votes.

Elected to the two vacancies on the hospital board  were Susan Osterhaus with 231 votes and  Douglas Reimer with 213 votes.

The park board had two vacancies (one for a six-year term and the other to fill the remainder of an  unexpired term) with no candidates filing for seats. Austin Greve was the write-in winner for both seats, with 52 write-ins for the 6-year term and 15 for the unexpired term. 

Election Commissioner Freitag explained that Greve can accept the position of his choice, and if so, must therefore decline the other. The second place write-in for the seat Greve declines will then be declared the winner of that term. 

Wed
06
Nov

Buy a Light for Honor Flight: Fundraising for veterans


Though her father, a WWII veteran, did not get to make an Honor Flight during his lifetime, Roxy Knockel and Riverview Café are supporting the cause. Readers can participate in this fundraiser by purchasing a light from the strand pictured. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Riverview Café is supporting America’s veterans with an ongoing fundraiser for Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque. “Buy a Light for Honor Flight,” allows participating businesses to give away a cash prize to one lucky winner and simultaneously raise money for a noble cause.

Wed
06
Nov

Java Queen is "docked" in Guttenberg


Molly Moser works on a mural of the mythical Java Queen riverboat at Riverside Grind in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

A colorful new mural in downtown Guttenberg celebrates the community's riverboat heritage. Located on the north interior wall of The Riverside Grind, artist Molly Moser recently completed  a painting of a mythical sternwheeler dubbed The Java Queen.

The project had its genesis in a suggestion made by a coffee shop patron to owner Cheryll Shireman, who then approached Molly with the idea.

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