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Feb

Getting to know local government Library board has crucial duties


The library board is responsible for staffing, collections, finances, building maintenance, and ensuring the library is a welcoming place for all audiences. Book signings, informational presentations, and youth events like toddler time, above, are part of that plan. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Now home to 17,473 catalogued materials, the Guttenberg Public Library began as a shelf in a 1925 Guttenberg pharmacy. It was officially chartered as the Guttenberg Public Library by the City of Guttenberg in 1936, and moved to a room in the Guttenberg Municipal Building. In 1989, the current building was completed at the corner of 2nd Street and Schiller Street. Today, there are 2,401 library cardholders, and 1,597 people attended 86 library programs during the 2016-17 fiscal year. 

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28
Feb

Mercy Health Network seeks to replicate GMH Family Resource Center statewide


Kari Harbaugh, coordinator of the GMH Family Resource Center, spoke with Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Norris when he visited the hospital in February. Harbaugh feels strongly that her role at the FRC is to help people help themselves. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

In 2017, Guttenberg Municipal Hospital’s Family Resource Center assisted 83 families with food, 198 families with clothing, and 42 families with children at Christmas. Infant items such as strollers, car seats, and beds were given to 19 families, and household or hygiene products were provided 161 times over the course of the year. All this and more were done under the coordination of Kari Harbaugh with help from 23 adult volunteers and 15 student volunteers, who gave a total of 1,251 hours of their time. 

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28
Feb

Joyce Hedemann

Joyce Hedemann, 90, of Monona died Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader.

Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, and before services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Living Faith United Methodist Church, Giard, conducted by Rev. Deb Parkison.

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28
Feb

Adella C. Hoeger

Adella C. Hoeger died on Feb. 23, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg, following a brief illness.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 26, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo.

Wed
28
Feb

David W. Rolston

David Wayne Rolston, 75, of Bluffton, Ind., passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 2018, at Markle Health and Rehabilitation. 

Visitation was Saturday, Feb. 24, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bluffton, followed by a memorial service conducted by Pastor Jeremy Russell. 

Goodwin – Cale and Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton was in charge of arrangements.

Wed
21
Feb

Getting to know local government Boards address housing shortage


Home efficiency and safety repairs are the focus of CDBG funds. (Press photo)

By Molly Moser

In a recent interview with Pat McTaggart, Clayton County Supervisors Gary Bowden and Ron McCartney both point to a shortage of appropriate housing as one of the largest struggles the county faces. City Manager Denise Schneider serves on two housing-related boards aiming to address those very challenges in Guttenberg, and she sat down with The Press to explain the various acronyms, audiences, and purposes of the two.

Wed
21
Feb

Wahls explains 2018-19 grade realignment plan


Students in pre-K through fifth grade will attend school at the Garnavillo campus starting this fall. Grades six to 12 will take classes in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Big changes are coming to the Clayton Ridge School District. By the fall of this year, elementary and middle school students will completely swap campuses. 

Wed
21
Feb

City signs contract with new electric power provider

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 12 signed a contract with a new wholesale electric power provider, raised current electric rates, okayed improvements on DeKalb Street in conjunction with Casey's expansion, and heard a request from a new business. 

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14
Feb

Raymond L. Meyer

Raymond L. Meyer, 73, died Feb. 4, 2018.

Services will be private at a later date.

Raymond was born Nov. 27, 1944, to Charles and Helen Meyer. He attended Guttenberg Community School and served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965. He was a welder at John Deere for 30 years.

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Feb

Dorothy C. Lutz

Dorothy Clare Lutz, 99, a resident of the Guttenberg Care Center and formerly of Vinton, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, following an extended illness.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Dorothy Baum was born April 24, 1918, in rural Benton County to Dewey and Ethel (Donley) Baum. She was united in marriage to Marion G. Lutz on May 14, 1938. They farmed north of Keystone for many years.

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