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Accident claims life of Elkport man

An Elkport man died after the car he was riding in went out of control and crashed this weekend.

Zachary Lee, 22, of Elkport died Sunday, March 29, following a single vehicle crash on Glacier Road north of 395th Street in Clayton County.

He was a passenger in a 2006 Pontiac driven by Kyle Sear, 20, of Garber, who was injured in the crash.

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Regional art show to be held in Guttenberg on April 11


Gail Larson, coordinator of the Region 3 Iowa Artists Show, is a member of the Clayton County Artists, who have their own show each summer in Guttenberg. Larson and many other Clayton County Artists will be submitting work for the upcoming regional show. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton County Artists are hosting this year’s Region 3 Iowa Artists Show in Guttenberg on Saturday, April 11. The show will be held on the third floor of the Municipal Building and is open to the public from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Coordinator Gail Larson expects about 35 artists (fourteen of which are from Clayton County) to exhibit up to three works each.

Local artists Pat Peck, Carol Hartmann, Bev Hamann, Sue Bolsinger, Harry Gresham, Verna Lenth, Heather Meyer, Larson, and others are expected to have work in the exhibition. All the work to be exhibited has been created within the past two years and has never before been shown in Iowa Artists regional or state shows, so viewers can expect to see pieces they’ve not yet encountered.

Guttenberg artist Pat Peck plans to bring three oil paintings depicting scenes from her travels. One image shows a hill town in Italy built on the outcropping of a volcano known as Overito. The second is a painting of Gallway Bay in Ireland, and the third features a group of children watching a man shear a sheep. “With a competition like that, it really inspires you to do your best and find unusual things,” Peck told The Press.

“This year the judge at the show will be David Prehm, noted watercolorist and book illustrator,” said Larson. Prehm will select one piece from each 10 exhibited in Guttenberg for a first, second and third place ribbon, as well as a number of honorable mentions at his discretion. Blue ribbon winners from the regional shows go to the state show, which will be May 2 in Cedar Falls. 

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Community celebrates Merrick's 44 years of service


Dr. Merrick and his wife, Karen, celebrated with dozens of community members during a reception hosted by Guttenberg Municipal Hospital on Friday, March 27. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Dr. Robert Merrick retires this month after 44 years of practice as a physician in Guttenberg. “Dr. Merrick has been a model physician,” says long-time coworker Dr. Andy Smith, who admires Merrick’s longevity, compassion, and dedication to the community.

Merrick and his wife, Karen, raised their three children, Kate, Emily, and Paul, in Guttenberg after Dr. Downey hired Merrick in 1971. “No one wanted to hire me because they thought I’d be drafted,” Merrick explained. “Dr. Downey said he’d take me as long as he could have me. I never got drafted.”

Over the course of his career in Guttenberg, Merrick mentored many medical students. In 2008 he was awarded Medical Educator of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. The award is given annually to recognize quality in family practice education to a member of the Academy involved in teaching at a student level, resident level or in the continuing education of family physicians. “He's been very involved in education and self-education, and continues to read and learn. He wanted to be the best doctor he could be, and he certainly is,” said Smith.

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Agnes P. Schure

Agnes Patricia Schure, 102, of Guttenberg, died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 25, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg.

Interment will be at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

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Terrance Theis

Terrance Leo Theis, 71, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 1:16 p.m. at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis., of a sudden illness.

Visitation was Monday, March 23, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo. Military rites followed the visitation.

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Winifred F. "Winnie" Fassbinder

Winifred F. "Winnie" Fassbinder, 84, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, March 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

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Marie Lowell

Marie Lowell, 85, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Monday, March 16, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 17, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was Wednesday, March 18, at the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

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Designer Erin Tepper featured at Omaha Fashion Week


Erin Tepper, a 2011 graduate of Clayton Ridge High School, stands at center between eight models who debuted her clothing designs during Omaha Fashion Week in March. Tepper is a senior apparel design student at ISU and has interned in New York City at The Row, Jill Stuart, and Tory Burch. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Let me show you the fabric,” says Erin Tepper, a 2011 Clayton Ridge graduate who is about to finish school at Iowa State University with a degree in apparel design. She pulls a coppery brown garment from her bag. “The fabric is what started it all.”

It’s easy to see why. Reversible sequins, each held in place by a single stitch, cover the cloth like scales. From a distance the fabric appears distressed, soft, and even slightly furry. When it’s close enough to touch, that’s exactly what you feel compelled to do – flip the sequins back and forth, revealing a light side and a dark side that create organic, ever-changing patterns. 

Tepper purchased three-and-a-half yards of this fabric while interning in New York City. The unique find inspired eight outfits that debuted on the runway during Omaha Fashion Week (OFW), March 10-15. 

“Despite what many people on the coasts might expect, fashion in the Midwest is strong,” commented OFW producer Brook Hudson. “There is a very real possibility Omaha can claim to be a leading fashion hub in the Midwest.”

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Recommendations from city audit

Steven Clausen, a partner with Dietz, Donald & Company, Certified Public Accountants, recently released a routine agreed-upon  procedures report on the City of Guttenberg for July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. 

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LaVerna M. Rutledge

LaVerna Mae Rutledge, 97, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 10, at the United Methodist Church, in Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Mike Jackson.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

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