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Marilyn “Mitz” J. Svestka

Marilyn “Mitz” J. Svestka, 76, of Garnavillo passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at the Guttenberg Care Center with her family by her side.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 26, at Morris Funeral Home in Garnavillo and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 27, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Garnavillo.

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Betty J. Geuder

Betty Jane Geuder, 81, of Guttenberg passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 23, at Morris Funeral Home in Guttenberg and Saturday before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, conducted by Pastor Brent Keller.

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Rotary Trivia Night to benefit Buechel Hill Trail


Guttenberg Rotary Club is sponsoring a trivia night at the Guttenberg Golf Course club house on March 15. Proceeds from the event will be used for the group's Buechel Hill Trail improvements project. From left are Dennis McNeal, Mary Waterman, Tim Ahlers, Jean Green and Jake Lessard. In the background is the Rotary Christmas star. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Rotary Club is planning a Trivia Night with proceeds going towards their Buechel Hill Trail improvements project.

Trivia Night

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Clayton Co. Conservation 2023 annual report


The Clayton County Conservation Board manages 1,401 acres which includes seven campgrounds that accommodated over 2,732 campers in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Clayton County Conservation)

By Caroline Rosacker

Clayton County Conservation is on a mission to promote the health and general welfare of the people, to model and encourage preservation, conservation, education and recreation through responsible use and appreciation of our natural resources and cultural heritage. 

The following information is a summary of all the great accomplishments staff, volunteers and monetary donations towards beneficial projects have accomplished in 2023.

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Henry “Bill” Billert, Jr.

Henry “Bill” Billert, Jr., 86, formerly of Rockford, Ill., passed away on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024.

Memorial services were on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Alpine Lutheran Church, Rockford.

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FFA – the future of agriculture since 1928


Above, Clayton Ridge High School Agriculture teacher and Tri-Star FFA leader Jenna Beitz encourages her students to participate in FFA. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. The youth organization transforms lives and prepares its members for leadership roles, personal growth and career success through hands-on agricultural education experiences. 

Jenna Beitz

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Elephant finds new home and purpose


A sturdy strap was placed around the elephant's midsection as it was gently lifted up in the air using a forklift and carefully guided across the sidewalk and escorted down the street to its new home at the Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center. (Press photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg Gallery & Creativity Center Director Cindy Olsen of Guttenberg has been a champion for wildlife rescue since she was a little girl – especially elephants.

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Council moves forward on electric rates, water system improvements

By Shelia Tomkins

Electric rates, a major water system improvement, and library legislation were among the topics discussed at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Guttenberg city council.

Mayor Fred Schaub led council members Mandy Ludovissy, Austin Greve, Jane Parker, Steve Bahls and Michelle Geuder through the two-hour meeting. City Manager Jamie Blume was also at the council table.

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Robert “Bob” D. Brown

Robert “Bob” Dean Brown passed away peacefully at home on his beloved farm on Feb. 5, 2024.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colesburg, conducted by Rev. Philip Agyei and Deacon Paul Dolan. Visitation was before services at the parish center.

Burial was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Greeley.

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Gary and Connie Backes ... Valentine's Day special: How we met


Gary and Connie Backes were married April 4, 1964 and will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this year. (Photo submitted)

Gary and Connie Backes were married April 4, 1964 in Connie's home church in Capron, Ill. Gary chose the date – 4-4-64 so he would never forget an anniversary. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Gary and Connie Backes will be married 60 years this upcoming April. "God willing and if the creek doesn't rise!" added Connie. 

The couple has two daughters, Sonja and Jeanie, and one married granddaughter who is expecting her first child the end of May. 

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