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17
Apr

Wayne A. Amann

Wayne Arthur Amann, 82, of Hesperia, Mich., formerly of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from complications of pneumonia.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, April 13, in White Cloud, Mich.

Wayne was born May 12, 1936, to Arthur and Margaret Amann. He attended and graduated from Garnavillo High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the Air Force.

Wed
10
Apr

Guttenberg flood preparedness


The riverbank behind the public restroom in the 500 block of South River Park Drive in downtown Guttenberg saw significant erosion this spring. The damage will be assessed when the Mississippi River level goes down. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

Unusual weather events that have created an inordinate amount of rain and snowfall in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa placed Guttenberg at risk for an increase in flooding along the banks of the Mississippi River and its tributaries.  

Stephan Bahls, wastewater and flood control superintendent for the City of Guttenberg, met with The Press to discuss how the city prepares for the spring flood season. 

Wed
10
Apr

St. Mary alumnus Arnold Spielbauer donates scale-model canoe


St. Mary alumnus Vernon Heck holds a handcrafted 1/5-scale model canoe donated to the St. Mary's Heritage Room by school graduate Arnold Spielbauer. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

St. Mary's class of 1946 alumnus Arnold Spielbauer, who resides in Liberty, Ill., has been building full and small-scale canoes since 1972. His 46 years of experience has made him somewhat of an expert in his field.

Spielbauer  utilized his time and talent to create a 1/5-scale replica of a decorated ancient woods watercraft. He donated the work of art to the St. Mary's Heritage Room located in the former convent north of the school.   

Wed
10
Apr

Saunders shares Vietnam experience then and now


The Saunders family stands on the same rock on former Landing Zone Santana that he and two surviving close buddies stood upon in May 1967. From left are Abigail Mack, Elisa Rollins, Denise Saunders, Steve Saunders and Amanda Osborne. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

”What I reveal here has been on my silent screen since 1967, rerunning behind my eyes in virtual reality. I kept it close. Few would understand. Compared to my civilian life, this scene is a stray intrusive oddity, yet it has backlit that life. Each day my mind wanders to it. Once you see war it plays endlessly.” April, 2016

Wed
10
Apr

Marvin "Marv" L. Pedretti

Marvin "Marv" Levi Pedretti, 88, of Guttenberg, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

Funeral services were Friday, April 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Wed
10
Apr

Joseph “Joe” Helle Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Helle Jr., 74, of Cedar Rapids, died surrounded by his children, on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Private services were held at Brosh Chapel, Cedar Rapids.

Joe was born to Joseph Sr. and Ardella (Riesberg) on Dec. 6, 1944, in Dyersville. 

Wed
03
Apr

Rotary President McArthur visits Guttenberg, New Jersey


Karilyn McArthur stands in the downtown district of Guttenberg, N.J. The business district has a similar feel to our downtown area with its "mom and pop" storefronts. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Our "sister city," Guttenberg, N.J., is a small rectangle in Hudson County. The community, also named after Johann Gutenberg, is four blocks wide and 10 blocks in length covering approximately 150 acres of land with a steep terrain. 

The community has a population of approximately 11,700. It has been described as a place so tiny that every person, big or small,  is confined to a studio-sized apartment. It is the most crowded municipality in the United States. 

Wed
03
Apr

CR golf standout signs letter of intent


Clayton Ridge women's prep golfer Courtney Olson signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, March 26, at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Clayton Ridge women's prep golf notable Courtney Olson, daughter of Janet and Jeff "Ole" Olson of Guttenberg, has signed a letter of intent to continue her golf career at the University of Dubuque. The event took place at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club on March 26.  Olson, a senior at Clayton Ridge, plans to major in business while attending the university. 

Wed
27
Mar

Esther E. Goering

Esther Elizabeth Goering, 92, of Cedar Falls, died March 9, 2019.

There will be no visitation or services. Esther requested that her body be cremated and no memorial be established.

She was born in Edgewood, daughter of Elizabeth (Hoyer) and Walter Jewell. She married Wayne Goering Nov. 29, 1949. He died July 23, 1991.

Wed
27
Mar

Parker's Oskaloosa team wins title


The Oskaloosa Indians won the Iowa High School division 3A basketball championship March 8. Oskaloosa head boys basketball coach and athletic director Ryan Parker proudly accepts the hard-earned trophy. Front from left are Taylen, Ryan, Haylee, Brady and Renee Parker. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

A Guttenberg High School alumnus and Oskaloosa High School head basketball coach and athletic director reached the top this year. 

Ryan Parker and his high school team won the Iowa High School Division 3A basketball championship on March 8 in Des Moines before a crowd of 12,000 cheering fans at the Wells Fargo Arena. 

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