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Wed
01
Apr

New procedure at city council special meeting


The Guttenberg city council met in special session on March 23 using virtual technology due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. There was a limit of 10 people allowed in the council chambers, and two council members communicated via video conference, as did several other meeting participants. Above, councilmember Virginia Saeugling appears on the screen. From left are councilmember Austin Greve, Mayor Bill Frommelt and City Manager Denise Schneider. The meeting was broadcast on Channel 6 and the public could participate online or by phone. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

A new electronic meeting procedure was implemented when the Guttenberg city council met in special session on Monday, March 23.

Wed
01
Apr

Giving opportunities for homebound residents


Lori Barry, a retired registered nurse with 35 years at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics, sews together a face mask for use at the hospital and clinic. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Neighbors Susi Nehls and M.J. Smith are teaming together via e-mail and coming up with innovative ways for community members who need to remain isolated in their homes but still have a desire to help the needs of our most vulnerable population. 

Wed
01
Apr

Stepping up to the "plate" in times of need


From left, Kathy Ender and Erin Schmelzer hand out grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals for students 18 years old and under. The free meals can be picked up Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the St. Mary Immaculate Conception school cafeteria in Guttenberg or at the Garnavillo Community Center. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Lending a hand to those in need is second nature to Valerie Heck-Cromer and her husband, Jason. The couple has moved back to the area to be closer to family after they retired from their respective Naval careers. Valerie retired as a First Class Petty Officer and Jason retired as a Master Chief. Valerie is the daughter of Margo and Vernon Heck of Guttenberg. 

Wed
01
Apr

Owen Harbaugh

Owen Harbaugh, 72, of Guttenberg, died Thursday, March 26, 2020, at home surrounded by his family.

A memorial service planned for a future date will be announced.

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

Wed
01
Apr

Clark E. Frommelt

Clark Edward Frommelt, 81, of Dubuque, died Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Manor Care Center in Dubuque.

A private family graveside service was held. The family plans to hold a public memorial at a later date.

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

Wed
01
Apr

Frederick H. Thein

Frederick H. Thein, 91, of Rockton, Ill., passed away on March 19, 2020 at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis.

Per his request, there will be no visitation or services.

Cremation rites to be accorded and inurnment to take place in Cedar Memorial Park Mausoleum, Cedar Rapids. 

Wed
01
Apr

Betty L. Billmeyer

Betty Lou Billmeyer, 73, of Colesburg, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dyersville.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood assisted the family.

Wed
25
Mar

Lydia Kann remembers life in Germany and Guttenberg


Lydia Kann recently celebrated her 90th birthday. A scrap of paper found in the pocket of a second hand woman's suit, from a clothing drive in Germany was just the beginning of her life-long journey as an Iowa farm wife. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Lydia Maria Martha Elise Marianne Hammer was born on Aug. 14, 1929, in Berlin, Germany to parents Walter and Marianne Hammer.  

Life in Germany

Wed
25
Mar

Gable speaks to Rotary about dementia caregiving


Author Dorothy Gable presented her program to Guttenberg Rotarians at their weekly meeting on Feb. 20. From left are Rotarian Kathy Lake, John Hartmann, Carol Hartmann, Ralph Gable and Dorothy Gable. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia can be a very rewarding and challenging experience. Dorothy Gable of Dubuque authored a book in 2018 titled Dementia Caregiving from a Biblical Perspective: Your Guide for the Journey. 

Gable presented her program on dementia caregiving to the Guttenberg Rotary Club at its weekly meeting on Feb. 20 at the Stadium Bar and Grill. 

Wed
25
Mar

Urgent need for blood drives to continue

By Caroline Rosacker

Donating blood is a vital way to help save lives. A single donation can provide different blood components that can help up to three different people. 

With the onset of recommended isolation measures due to coronavirus concerns, blood drive cancellations have grown at a concerning rate. As of March 18, approximately 4,500 Red Cross blood drives were cancelled across the country, resulting in roughly 150,000 fewer blood donations.  

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