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Wed
25
Aug

C.R. School District fills teaching positions


The Clayton Ridge School District has hired six new teachers for the 2021-22 School year. From left are Jonathan Klaes, Ashley Funk, Lexi Lindsay, Bridget Schaufenbueland and Ashley Hess. Not pictured is Leah Eulberg. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Students and teachers in the Clayton Ridge School District returned to class on Monday, Aug. 23. The school district has recently hired six new energetic teachers to add to their dedicated faculty. Three of the new recruits grew up in Guttenberg and graduated from Clayton Ridge, and three were born and raised in northeast Iowa. 

Ashley Hess

Wed
25
Aug

Welcome planned for New Jersey visitors

A meet and greet event for city officials from Guttenberg, N.J., will be held this Friday, Aug. 27, from 6-10 p.m. at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. Admission is free, and the band — Triple Threat — is a community favorite for all to enjoy dancing. Everyone is invited, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Wed
18
Aug

Laura A. Wille

Laura Ann Wille, 81, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in her home. 

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

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. John Moser. 

Wed
18
Aug

Leon J. Meester

Leon John Meester, 66, of Holland, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Abels Funeral and Cremation Service, Engelkes Chapel in Grundy Center.

Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 12, at the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church in rural Holland (Fern).

Wed
18
Aug

New library director eager to meet her community


Newly-hired library director Katey Simon of St. Olaf is looking forward to being of service to her community. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Public Library Board has hired Katey Simon of St. Olaf as the new library director. She will replace outgoing director Katie Beitzel.

Wed
18
Aug

U.S.S. Oklahoma sailor's remains laid to rest


Neal Kenneth Todd, U.S. Navy Fireman 1st Class, who lost his life on the USS Oklahoma during the attack at Pearl Harbor, was brought home to his final resting place on July 10, 2021. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Neal Kenneth Todd, U.S. Navy Fireman 1st Class, was born on Nov. 5, 1919 in Bemidji, Minn., to Robert B. and Irena (Secord) Todd. He died at the tender age of 22 while serving on the USS Oklahoma during the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His remains were recently returned to his family in Akeley, Minn., for proper burial with military honors. 

Wed
18
Aug

City council acts on cell tower request

By Shelia Tomkins

Mayor Bill Frommelt led the Guttenberg city council through a 30-item agenda at the regular monthly council meeting on Aug. 9. On hand for the meeting were council members Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling and Jane Parker, City Manager Denise Schneider and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Cell tower lease

Wed
11
Aug

Roger Zach

 was born to Wesley and Emma (Zobeck) Zach on Feb. 3, 1938, in Cedar Rapids and walked off the stage for the final time on Aug. 2, 2021. He signed off on his well-lived life with a smile on his face and laughter in his belly. The doctors and nurses didn’t know that they were in for the final show that included lots of entertainment, comedy, and one-liners until his departure. Roger was proud to say he got to live a good life doing what he loved. 

Wed
11
Aug

Divine Current Wellness Center grand opening


From left, Hannah Whetston and Sadie Hefel strike a pose to welcome everyone to the grand opening of Divine Current Wellness center in downtown Guttenberg on Aug. 21-22. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Divine Current Wellness Center, located at 531 S. First St. in Guttenberg is set to hold its grand opening celebration on Saturday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Open space incubates visionaries

Wed
11
Aug

Duwe field & playground nears completion


The new playground equipment at the Darwin Duwe Ball Field & Playground is ADA compliant and includes climbing equipment, slides and three handicap accessible, ground-level activity panels. A poured-in-place rubber safety surface was installed under the new equipment. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The late Darwin Duwe (1959-1982) of Guttenberg was an avid baseball player and fan. He was a member of the Guttenberg Jaycees and dedicated his time to Little League. Darwin was employed with Mid America Transportation Corp. as a deckhand on the Ann King when he slipped off the barge and drowned in January 1982. He was 22 years old. 

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