February 2018

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Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission turns 20

Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission turns 20

 

 

The Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission turns two decades old this year.

To show its appreciation for all who have volunteered their time to the organization, the commission will be hosting a luncheon starting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Fayette County Historical Center in West Union.

While lunch is being served, Steve Story, Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission founding member, will give a brief presentation on what all the volunteers’ hard work has accomplished.

Story noted that pioneer cemetery commissions didn’t exist in Iowa until the Iowa Legislature passed the Pioneer Cemetery Law in 1996. This allowed County Board of Supervisors to set up pioneer cemetery commissions to oversee and improve the pioneer cemeteries in a county. This wasn't required of the counties, but something each individual county could decide to enact itself.

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Feb

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28
Feb

Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission turns 20

Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commision turns 20

 

 

The Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission turns two decades old this year.

To show its appreciation for all who have volunteered their time to the organization, the commission will be hosting a luncheon starting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Fayette County Historical Center in West Union.

While lunch is being served, Steve Story, Fayette County Pioneer Cemetery Commission founding member, will give a brief presentation on what all the volunteers’ hard work has accomplished.

Story noted that pioneer cemetery commissions didn’t exist in Iowa until the Iowa Legislature passed the Pioneer Cemetery Law in 1996. This allowed County Board of Supervisors to set up pioneer cemetery commissions to oversee and improve the pioneer cemeteries in a county. This wasn't required of the counties, but something each individual county could decide to enact itself.

Wed
28
Feb

NICC's JD TECH program goes 'Platinum'

 

Duane Bouska (right), John Deere TECH program instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College, trains students for employment as technicians for John Deere dealerships. Pictured is student Danielle Christopher of Bluffton, a 2016 graduate of the program. (submitted photo)

 

NICC's JD TECH program goes 'Platinum'

 

 

 

The John Deere TECH program at Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Calmar campus has earned a Platinum College of Tomorrow score from John Deere.

The program at NICC prepares students for work as service technicians at John Deere implement dealerships throughout Iowa and the Midwest. One of the program’s most unique features is its close partnership with John Deere, which virtually ensures that qualified students will have a technician position with the company after graduation.

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Feb

South Winn goes no-tech to hi-tech with Makerspace

 

At South Winneshiek, teachers and staff have found a way to make learning fun through a unique concept called Makerspace. Participating in the latest activity at the local elementary school are (clockwise from left) Ella Theis, instructor Sandra Lien, Raymond Lienau, Tucker Wagner (hidden), Ashton Batterson, Karstyn Lukes, and Addison Timp. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

South Winn goes no-tech to hi-tech with Makerspace

 

 

 

Teachers and staff at South Winneshiek are always searching for new and creative ways to make learning fun.

“Makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring, and sharing that uses high-tech to no-tech tools,” said Sandra Lien, South Winn Makerspace instructor and library associate. 

Makerspaces around the country can use a variety of equipment, including 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, soldering irons, and even sewing machines. The unique learning classes, however, do not need to include all or any of these machines.

“If you have cardboard, Legos, and art supplies, you’re in business!” added Lien. “It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a Makerspace.”

Since being implemented in 2015 at South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School in Ossian, Makerspace has become quite popular among students. 

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28
Feb

Richard Yauslin

Richard Yauslin

 

 

Richard Laverne Yauslin, 72, of Elgin, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at his home in Elgin.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at West Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont, Iowa, with Pastor Phillp Olson as officiant. 

Inurnment will be at God’s Acres Cemetery in Clermont at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Clermont. There will also be a one-hour visitation before services at the church on Sunday.

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Feb

'A special feeling' for 3x champ Blockhus

 

At the 2018 State Wrestling Tournament, New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestler Michael Blockhus won his third career state title. The young grappler, who is the son of Valley High School alum Travis Blockhus and wife Melissa, is not satisfied with his resume as he intends to continue his wrestling career at the University of Northern Iowa next year. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'A special feeling' for 3x champ Blockhus

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Each year, a handful of high school wrestlers across the state of Iowa earn the right to stand atop the podium inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and have first-place medals draped over their necks. 

For New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestler Michael Blockhus, the son of Travis (Valley alum) and Melissa Blockhus, this year marked the third time he achieved that feat after he won the 138 pound Class 2A title at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament.

“It really is a special feeling to win three and be considered amongst the ranks of some of the best to come out of the state,” said Blockhus less than a week after winning the title and less than 24 hours after being named the Class 2A Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year. 

“It was an honor and one of the coolest things that I have ever done to be recognized by the likes of Dan Gable, Mark Ironside, Brent Metcalf, and some of the other Iowa greats.”

For Blockhus, the journey toward becoming only one of a select few high school wrestlers in the state to win at least three titles is one that began long before his high school career started.

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Feb

2000 Valley grad works up corporate ladder at John Deere

 

 Beth Hunsberger is pictured with the 2-millionth tractor produced by John Deere. In 2008, she started working for the company and is now a manager of customer experience for the company. 

 

2000 Valley grad works up corporate ladder at John Deere

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Life hasn’t changed much for Elgin native Beth Hunsberger.

Growing up on a farm just outside Elgin, where her parents, Pat and the late Ben Hunsberger, raised cattle, pigs, corn, soybeans and hay, she now resides on her own acreage in Earlham, which is approximately 35 minutes west of Des Moines. 

Trading in farm chores for taking care of her large garden, Hunsberger still enjoys waking up to the quiet tranquility that country living has to offer. 

While her living situation hasn't changed much, she has swapped her farmer’s coveralls for a business suit as manager of customer experience at John Deere. 

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Feb

Lorraine Sieck

Lorraine Sieck

 

Lorraine L. Sieck, 86, of Maynard, Iowa, died on Sunday evening, February 25, 2018 at Maple Crest Assisted Living in Fayette with her family by her side.

 

Funeral Service:  10:30 A.M. Friday, March 2, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Maynard with Pastor Dennis Frank officiating.

Visitation:  4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Maynard and for one hour before services at the church on Friday.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery, Fayette, Iowa.

A Memorial Fund has been established.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

 

 

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Feb

Milton M. Jones

Milton M. Jones

 

 

Milton Monroe Jones passed at Hillcrest Living on Friday, February 23, 2018, in Sumner, Iowa, at the age of 81.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Hawkeye with Mona Christie, Lay Servant officiating.  Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery, rural Hawkeye.  Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 2nd at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

 

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