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Shari Harbaugh memorial pool tournament March 21


The Shari Harbaugh Memorial Kings & Queens Pool Tournament celebrates the life of the late Shari Harbaugh, pictured here at right during a pool tournament with her uncle Jesse Harbaugh and her cousin Keisha Harbaugh. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Dan Ganahl met the late Shari Harbaugh of Edgewood during pool league. They had been friends for just over a year when she was killed in a tragic car accident on Dec. 1, 2014. Ganahl decided to organize a pool tournament in her honor. “She deserves a big happy celebration,” he said. “A lot of people knew her and she was one of those people that will be remembered.”

The Shari Harbaugh Memorial Kings & Queens Pool Tournament is planned for Saturday, March 21, hosted by both Moxies Tap and the Dam Bar in Guttenberg. “I had some high expectations, and this event has definitely exceeded those,” Ganahl told The Press. At print, there are 52 couples signed up for the tournament. Moxies will be bringing in an extra pool table to accommodate the tournament, and 14 other businesses have also signed up as event sponsors.

Over 30 envelopes stuffed with gift cards from area businesses will be raffled off during the tournament on March 21. Prizes like a roadside car kit, pool stick and cue, manicure/pedicure, and more have also been donated for the raffle. Danny and Andy Schroeder have donated a whole hog to the raffle, and two winners will each receive one half of the hog. A 50th anniversary Ruger 10/22 stainless steel rifle was also donated as a raffle prize. 

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Talent show contestants entertain crowd with singing, dancing


From left are this year's talent show winners, Autumn Kivi, 15, of Prairie du Chien, Crystal Ball, 15, of Dyersville, and Alex Simon, 17, of Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

G&G Living Centers, in partnership with GD&T, hosted their annual talent show on Sunday in the municipal building’s third floor ballroom. Six acts graced the stage before a large crowd of families, friends, and community members. 

First place in the show was awarded to Autumn Kivi, 15, of Prairie Du Chein. Kivi took second place at last year’s competition for her charismatic rendition of “At Last,” the 1960s hit made popular by Etta Games. This year, Kivi returned with “Cry Me a River” by Ella Fitzgerald. Kivi began singing at the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon when she was four. Her experience showed as she entertained the audience with her emotion, eye contact, and confident, fluid vocals. 

Seventeen-year-old Alex Simon opened the talent show with the reading of a poem titled, “My Little Italian Mother.” Simon earned second place for the poetry, which described his mother, Janette, in her transition from “invisibly mighty” to a woman who holds a PhD. The last line of the poem read, “She said she did it for me.”

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Mar

City council approves budget

By Shelia Tomkins

The city budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015,  was approved at the March 2 meeting of the Guttenberg city council. 

For the coming fiscal year, revenues are estimated at $23,065,834 and expenditures at $23,124,206. As per state requirements, the city budget includes the budget for Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. The hospital portion makes up almost 70% of the city budget for the coming fiscal year. The hospital budget predicts revenues and expenditures at $16,443,000 each. The estimated total tax levy per $1,000 valuation on regular property is 15.11220, reflecting a minor decrease from this year's levy of 15.11400. 

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Steve Friedlein, Jane Parker, Dave Schlueter, Fred Schaub and Virginia Saeugling through the agenda. City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster were also present.

Water rate increase

The council approved the second reading of an ordinance that will increase water, sewer and storm sewer rates. A recent audit report recommended an increase in customer water and sewer rates in order to cover operating costs. Proposed is a base rate increase of $1 for water, $2 for sewer and $.50 for storm sewer. The ordinance also provides for a minimum monthly billing even if service is disconnected. 

City manager salary increase

City Manager Mary Willett has been on the job for a year now, and in accordance with her employment agreement a one-year review was recently completed. "We have had some really big challenges, and she's stepped up to the plate," said the Mayor of her evaluation. He noted that major city issues in the past year included comprehensive planning, the change of electricity providers, strategic planning, Acre Street renovation, frozen water pipes, municipal hospital plans, the Garber Road bridge, major capital expenditures, levee accreditation, the RAGBRAI visit last summer, Canadian Pacific Railroad concerns, as well as financing and budgeting. 

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Eunice D. Marting

Eunice D. Marting died at her home in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 5, 2015.

Visitation and viewing will be from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, at Spirit of the Desert Lutheran Church.

Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.

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John R. Lewin

John Robert Lewin, 62, of Guttenberg, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Tuesday, March 3, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Interment was at Ceres Cemetery, rural Guttenberg.

John was born on Jan. 21, 1953, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Delorres (Moser) Lewin.

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Harold "Red" Neal

Harold "Red" Neal, 84, of Guttenberg and of Cocoa Beach, Fla., entered into eternal peace surrounded by his family on Feb. 26, 2015.

Visitation will be Friday, March 6, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, Dubuque and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 7, at the funeral home, conducted by Deacon John Stierman.

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Alan F. Moser

Alan F. Moser, 50, of Clarence, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Clarence Nursing Home.

Visitation was held on Tuesday March 3, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at North Cedar Middle School in Clarence.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the North Cedar Middle School in Clarence, conducted by Pastor Lynn Butterbrodt.

Another visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Guttenberg.

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Beatrice I. Johansen

Beatrice (Bea) Ilene Johansen, 80, of Aplington, formally of Littleton, died at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, from complications of pneumonia.  

Bea was a giving woman right up until the end; she donated her body to the University of Iowa. Because of this no services are planned at this time.

Bea was born the daughter of Frank and Beula (Manson) Wilcox on Sept. 7, 1934, in Arlington. Bea received her education in Arlington.    

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Calling for river essays, stories, songs, poetry for summer event

Essays, stories, songs, and poems about the Mississippi River are being sought for inclusion in “Celebrate the River & Guttenberg” weekend  events set for Aug. 7-9.  

The impetus for this event came from Mayor Russ Loven who has participated in a number of Mississippi River Mayors' Conferences.  The conference agendas always included encouragement for river towns to celebrate the river with music, the arts, food, fun and education.  

Mayor Loven, Emily Moser of Guttenberg Development & Tourism and Juanita Loven have been working on a preliminary schedule of events.  

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City officials at Legislative Day

Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven and City Manager Mary Willett attended the Iowa League of Cities Legislative Day on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Des Moines.

The morning included an economic development workshop at Embassy Suites. The mayor and city manager had the opportunity to hear from state agencies, law firms and League staff on topics such as Economic Development, Tax Increment Financing laws and practices, and changes to the state economic funding mechanisms. 

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