Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs made his mark on Mount Vernon. Many in town made their mark on him, too. Wirfs and his mother, Sarah, took The Gazette on a tour of his hometown, revisiting scenes around what essentially is the one square mile where he grew up. This story is a little about what can hold you back. This is mostly about what moves you forward.

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Mary Bries


Mary Jean (Berns) Bries, 72, of Elkader, formerly of Garnavillo, passed away peacefully died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. As was her wish, she died in her own home surrounded by her children. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at St. Joseph's Church in Garnavillo. Mary's children will be present to receive visitors from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the St. Joseph's Church Hall.
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