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31
Jul

Marguerite E. Rentschler

Marguerite Ellen Rentschler, 97, of Hiawatha, died Sunday July 21, 2019. 

Funeral services were July 29, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids.

Marguerite was born May 23, 1922, in Guttenberg, the daughter of Elmer and Bertha (Staebler) Harbaugh. Marguerite married Laverl Rentschler at Millville on Feb. 14, 1942. 

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24
Jul

Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival scheduled for July 26 - 28


Dr. Michele Dikkers and Steve Dikkers took the stage at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg on Friday, June 28, as part of the River of Music series. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

In the 1600s people from Ireland, Scotland, and England migrated to America and brought with them the basic music styles that are considered to be the roots of bluegrass music. 

As the colonists began to settle in the Appalachians, they wrote songs depicting their day-to-day life in the hill country.  The songs reflected life on the farm in the remote areas they inhabited. The music was referred to as country music, mountain music or bluegrass. 

Wed
24
Jul

Clayton Ridge school board news

The Clayton Ridge School District board of directors met in an afternoon session on July 11 at the high school library in Guttenberg.

Vice-president Christine Aulwes called the meeting to order with board members Mike Finnegan, Kathy Ihde, Ellen Johnson and Alicia Helle in attendance, along with Superintendent Shane Wahls and board secretary Dave Schlueter.

Wed
24
Jul

Guttenberg swimming pool dedication and open house


Wave of the Future becomes a reality The dedication and grand opening of the new Guttenberg Swimming Pool was held Wednesday, July 17, and marked the culmination of many years of planning and fund-raising by the Wave of the Future committee. The event featured remarks by Mayor Bill Frommelt, right, as well as by other speakers. See story below. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

An open house dedication and grand opening was held on Wednesday, July 17, for the newly-built Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool. The event was held at the pool by invitation from 3-5 p.m. for funders and major donors to tour the new facility and enjoy a private swim. A public dedication was held at 5 p.m. followed by a free open swim until 8 p.m. Refreshments were served at the landmark event.  

Wed
17
Jul

Wayne D. Guyer

Wayne David Guyer, 72, husband of Lynn, passed away on July 9, 2019, at his home in the country near Terrytown, Ga.

Wed
17
Jul

Mary Ann McGuine

Mary Ann McGuine Leibold, 69, of Peosta, formerly of Guttenberg, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C.

She was born Sept. 2, 1949, to Ken and Anna McGuine. Mary graduated from St. Mary’s High School, and then graduated from Area One in Calmar. She worked at Divine Word College and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Phoenix, Ariz.

Wed
17
Jul

Rose M. Welsh

Rose Marie (Hunemuller) Welsh, 79, of Trenton, Mo., formerly of Guttenberg, died Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows Living Center in Dubuque.

Memorial services were Friday July 5, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Guttenberg. Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Inurnment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Wed
17
Jul

Fresh blueberries available in Littleport


Blueberry Hill proprietor Keith Ashline is surrounded by his chemical-free blueberry bushes. The bushes are loaded with berries and ready to be picked. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

July is National Blueberry Month. Blueberries, often marketed as a super food, are an excellent source of vitamins, beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants. They are naturally low in calories and thought to regulate blood sugar levels and aid in heart and brain health. The berries' pleasant, sweet taste makes them perfect for snacking, baking, and preserve making.  

The tasty treats are native to North America but are also grown commercially across America and Europe. 

Wed
17
Jul

Giant Steps program to be presented at library on July 25


Stop in and visit the Guttenberg Public Library's space shuttle and attend the "Giant Steps" program on Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held in the main library and is part of the library's summer reading program. From left are Ethan and Lindi Mueller. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. 

Wed
17
Jul

City council topics include food trucks, geese, golf carts

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on July 8 revisited the food truck issue, discussed the geese population and aired complaints about golf carts and ATVs.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led councilmembers Mick Pierce, Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Virginia Saeugling and Jane Parker through the evening's agenda. Also present at the council table were City Manager Denise Schneider and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

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