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Elsinger reflects on childhood memories


Marge (Blaser) Elsinger was born in 1938 on a farmstead along the Wild Rice River in Western Minnesota. She grew up in a resourceful household and carried those lessons with her throughout her adult life. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Marge (Blaser) Elsinger was born in 1938 on a farmstead along the Wild Rice River in Western Minnesota. She is the middle child of 11 siblings born to Adolf and Laura Blaser. "Most of the children were delivered by my grandmother, Wilhelmina, who attended Omaha School of Midwifery in the late 1890s, after she had children of her own. That was pretty rare at the time," Marge shared. 

Resourceful family

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Joanne M. Clark

On Dec. 20, 2020, Joanne “Joannie” Marguerite (Spang) Clark was taken from us to receive her reward.

Per her wishes there will be no services.

Joanne was born June 28, 1951, in Oelwein to John and Marguerite Spang of Strawberry Point. She attended Strawberry Point school system and graduated from Starmont High School in 1969. “The fun class.”

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World War II letters spark fond memories of Guttenberg


George Grant Thompson was sworn into service on Dec. 28, 1942, and went overseas in 1943, landing in England on June 1. He sent his first letter to The Press while stationed in Fort Belvoir, Va. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. – George S. Patton

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Dec

COVID-19 vaccinations begin at GMHC


Dr. Michele Dikkers receives the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics. (Photo submitted)

Wednesday, Dec. 23, was a historic day at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics when vaccinations for COVID-19 began for the staff. The first dose went to Dr. Michele Dikkers, a physician at Cornerstone Family Practice and GMHC who also serves as the chair of the Clayton County Board of Health.

"I did it! I received my COVID-19 vaccine today, and it did not hurt," said Dr. Dikkers. "My Christmas gift for the year. I look forward to 2021 and the time when all of our patients have been vaccinated."

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Donors needed for convalescent plasma

The country’s supply of COVID-19 convalescent plasma is depleting amid surging COVID-19 cases across the U.S. With convalescent plasma demand outpacing donations from individuals recovered from COVID-19 by more than 7,000 units in November, the availability of plasma to meet patient need is of increasing concern. Convalescent plasma is needed to ensure health care providers have all the treatment options available for patients battling COVID-19.

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Dec

Darlene Akers

Darlene Akers passed away at the Guttenberg Care Center on Dec. 16, 2020.

Private family graveside services were held.

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

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23
Dec

Lee “Tony” Schissel

Lee “Tony” Schissel, 88, of Guttenberg, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at home surrounded by his loved ones in Guttenberg. 

Private family services and interment will be later when all family can be present.

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

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Helen E. Ruroden

Helen Eleane Ruroden, 74, of Monona, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Monday, Dec. 14, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Monona.

Private family funeral services and burial were held.

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Dec

Kluesner distributes new recycling bins


Kluesner Sanitation, LLC has recently distributed new recycling bins to residents whose services are billed through the City of Guttenberg. The new vessels offer community members a larger container with a lid. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

Kluesner Sanitation, LLC has recently distributed new recycling bins to residents whose services are billed through the City of Guttenberg. The new vessels offer community members a larger container with a lid. This updated version will hold more recyclables and keep paper products dry and securely contained in the bin on rainy, windy days. 

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Dec

Historic limestone structure receives renovations


Renovation of two one-bedroom units are near completion on the third floor of the Kuempel Hardware building. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

A hardware store has occupied the stone building at the corner of South River Park Drive and Herder Street in downtown Guttenberg since its construction in 1856.  The historic, limestone structure was constructed by Charles Falkenheiner and Bro., and intended for both commercial and single-family dwelling. 

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