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16
Aug

17th annual fly-in potluck Aug. 19


Families are invited to fly-in, float-in, or simply drive-in to the Aug. 19 event at Abel Island, hosted by island residents Gary and Marcia Fisher. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

For the 17th consecutive year, Abel Island will host its annual Fly-in, Float-in, Potluck and Barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.   

“This event is open to all airplanes, whether they are members of the Island Aviation Association, or not,” said organizer and island resident Gary Fisher. “This is one of the limited number of times where island members, as well as Guttenberg area residents, may invite their pilot friends to fly in and enjoy our island without being a full dues-paying aviation association member.”

Wed
09
Aug

Jill Peterson

Jill Lynn (Kolker) Peterson was brought into this world on Aug. 12, 1962, by Jay and Joann Kolker. She was raised in Dubuque, graduating from Hempstead High in 1980. Jill married Rick Peterson on Oct. 6, 1984, and they lived their lives together throughout Texas, Minnesota, and Illinois. In 1986, they welcomed their daughter, Brittany, to the family, and in 1994, their son, Garrett, joined. Jill spent almost twenty-two years working for State Farm and was preparing for retirement.

Wed
09
Aug

Human trafficking exploits others for labor, sex


Mariana Vega, a human trafficking specialist with Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, spoke at the Guttenberg library on Aug. 3. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins 

"The faces of human trafficking are more common than you'd think," said Mariana Vaga, a human-trafficking specialist with Cedar Valley Friends of the Family who spoke at the Guttenberg library on Aug. 3 as part of her mission to raise public awareness of the crime.

Human trafficking victims can be found anywhere — from major metropolitan areas to small Iowa communities. The victims look like anyone — they can be male, female, all ages and all demographics. 

Wed
09
Aug

Two file for three school board seats

By Shelia Tomkins

Two candidates have filed for three open seats on the Clayton Ridge School board of directors.

Incumbents Mike Finnegan and Kathy Ihde are seeking re-election. The third seat, currently held by Jason Reimer, can be filled by voter write-in. 

Wed
09
Aug

Civic leaders needed to run for office

By Molly Moser

The seats of park board members Helene Kuempel, Shane Anderson and Jim Johnston; hospital board members Doug Reimer and Sue Osterhaus and city councilors Fred Schaub, Steve Friedlein and Virginia Saeugling, as well as the mayoral position, will be up for election this fall in Guttenberg, and the documents required to run for those offices are now available at the city office, the county office, and online. 

Wed
09
Aug

Wave of the Future campaign leaders are Merrick, Osterhaus


From left are Wave of the Future Campaign Cabinet co-chairs Dr. Bob Merrick and Dr. Jim Osterhaus, who will be leading the education and advocacy efforts for the new pool. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“When we moved to Guttenberg over three decades ago, Guttenberg Municipal Pool was a well-functioning institution. My kids and I were regular visitors there. Both boys learned to swim there and I have trained at the pool for several swimming events,” said Dr. Jim Osterhaus, a Guttenberg businessman who’s been named co-chair of the Wave of the Future campaign cabinet. 

Wed
02
Aug

Kenneth F. Schmerbach

Kenneth F. “Kenny” Schmerbach, 82, of Guttenberg passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 27, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque, conducted by Deacon John Stierman. Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Wed
26
Jul

Jan Miller

Jan Miller, a.k.a. “Big Bopper,” “Dumplin,” “Lenny,” died July 17, 2017. He was born in Colesburg on April 2, 1940, to Harold and Jeanne Miller. His parents-in-law were George and Clara Wertz. Jan is survived and forever loved by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn and sons, Brent and daughter-in-law, Nicole; Douglas and daughter-in-law, Laura; and Christopher and daughter-in-law, Beth; grandchildren, Camry, Adilynn, Callie, McKenna, and Caris who adored their “Grampy” as much as he adored them; siblings, Karen, Richard and sister-in-law, Judy, David and sister-in-law, Stephanie, Carol and brother-in-law, Mike, and Trudy and brother-in-law, Jay, will deeply miss their brother who is now resting peacefully with his siblings Kent, Douglas, and Steven.

Wed
26
Jul

Charles E. Hansel

Charles "Chuck" Edward Hansel, 69, of Roscoe, Ill., passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2017.

Memorial service will be Thursday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Roscoe United Methodist Church.

Chuck was born in Guttenberg on Dec. 17, 1947, to Theodore Roosevelt and Rita (Miller) Hansel. Chuck received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loras College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois. On July 15, 1972, Chuck married Mary Lynn "Lynn" Larson in Guttenberg. Chuck served as a counselor at Singer Mental Health Center for 33 years. 

Wed
26
Jul

Miles E. Prchal

Miles Edward Prchal, 74, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Guttenberg Care Center surrounded by family.

A celebration of Miles’ life will be held at the Guttenberg Marina Center Aug. 26, between 3-6 p.m.

Miles was born on Jan. 3, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Michael and Helen Prchal.

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