September 2018

Fri
28
Sep

Alpine Customer Appreciation

Wed
26
Sep

Warrior XC runs well at Anamosa

 

Senior cross country runner Melissa Ward competes at a recent South Winn cross country meet. Ward and the Warriors finished eighth at Saturday’s Anamosa Invitational. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warrior XC runs well at Anamosa

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winn cross country was initially scheduled to compete at Independence Saturday; however, the meet was cancelled and the Warriors added the Anamosa Invitational to their schedule instead.

In a meet that included mostly Class 2A and bigger competition, the South Winn girls placed eighth and were led by senior Olivia Massman in 21st (22:42.1).

Wed
26
Sep

SW volleyball competes at Decorah

 

South Winn senior Ellie Loesch returns a serve during recent Warrior volleyball action. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW volleyball competes at Decorah

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winn volleyball squad competed in tournament action Saturday in Decorah, going 0-2 with losses to Decorah and Jesup.

In the first match of the day, the Warriors fell by a score of 2-1 (21-11, 18-21, and 12-15) to the Vikings and 2-0 (15-25 and 22-25) to the J-Hawks. Individual statistics were not available at press time.

Wed
26
Sep

SW and WV go to the wire

 

South Winn junior Jaron Todd contributed to the Warrior ground and air game Friday night during Friday night’s 15-12 loss to Wapsie Valley. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW and WV go to the wire

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winn football team took to the road Friday night for a nondistrict game against fellow Class A team Wapsie Valley.

In a battle between two Warrior teams, the rival Warriors struck first on a 39-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

South Winn quarterback Jacob Herold got the red and white on the board in the second quarter as he connected with junior Noah Tieskoetter for a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Wed
26
Sep

42nd Annual Rendezvous this weekend

 

Tomahawks will be flying, among many other fun family activities, at the 42nd Annual Fort Atkinson Rendezvous this weekend. At last year’s festival, young Jedrek Beckman of Cedar Rapids takes aim at his target at the historic fort grounds. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

42nd Annual Rendezvous this weekend

 

 

 

The 42nd Annual Fort Atkinson Rendezvous will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29–30, at the historic grounds in Fort Atkinson.

On Saturday, the fun and activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m., while on Sunday, the entertainment will be held between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

There is no admission charge, and parking is free. 

Wed
26
Sep

James Fossan

James Fossan

 

 

James Edward Fossan passed away on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Duke University Hospital after a short illness. He was 56 years of age.  

He was a resident of Faith Homes in Durham, N.C., where he was affectionately known as “Gramps” to fellow residents and staff.  

He was a faithful member of Peace Church, attending services there for at least 10 years. 

James is survived by his father, Ernest Fossan of Texas; his maternal uncle and aunt, Millard and LaVonne Nelson of Decorah, Iowa; cousins Ann Rowland, Linda Martin, Mark Nelson and Laurie Biedermann, all of Iowa; numerous second cousins; and many brothers and sisters in Christ at Peace Church.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Nelson Fossan, and his brother, Thomas Fossan.

A celebration of James’s life in Christ was held Saturday, Sept. 22, at Peace Church, Durham, N.C. 

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Wed
26
Sep

The backbone of the U.S. government

 

Chris and Jennifer Swenson and their two children, Arthur, 5, and Ellie, 9, are enjoying themselves at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Swenson has worked for the Foreign Agriculture Service in the Legislative Affairs Office at the United States Department of Agriculture since June 2008. Before that, he worked for several Congressmen, including Greg Ganske and Jim Nussle. Submitted photos

 

The backbone of the U.S. government

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Chris Swenson is one of many people that make up the backbone of the United States government. 

While the President and Congress are the face of our nation, it is people like Chris Swenson — through his job with the United States Department of Agriculture — that help keep the government running on a daily basis. 

Born and raised on a farm north of Clermont, Swenson has spent his adult life in service to the American people. A political science major at Iowa State University, he initially interned with former Iowa Congressman Greg Ganske. 

“I grew up always interested in politics and current events,” the son of Bob and June Swenson said. “Starting out as a freshman at ISU, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life, but that is why working with Ganske was so great. It gave me an idea of the kind of work I wanted to do. I also really liked the city, which is why I chose to move back here (Washington, D.C.).”

Wed
26
Sep

Experience the family fun at Montauk Fall Festival

 

Hannah Frederick, site coordinator for the Montauk Historic Site in Clermont, invites the public to a fall festival at Montauk from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Pumpkin painting, apple cider, snacks, historic lawn games, and hay rides will all be part of the fun.

 

Experience the family fun at Montauk Fall Festival

 

 

By Haley Brase
hbrase@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Celebrate fall at the Montauk Historic Site in Clermont Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29. The fun will include pumpkin painting, apple cider, snacks, historic lawn games, and hay rides to explore the expansive land. At 2 p.m., a program in the apple orchard will feature Bremer County Iowa State University Extension coordinator Ron Lenth, who is going to explain how to care for apple trees and how to maintain them.

Fall being Montauk site coordinator Hannah Frederick’s favorite season, she wanted to plan a relaxed fall event for families. The pumpkin decorating will be in the carriage house, which has been redone for special events. In addition to the outdoor festivities, the mansion will be open for tours.

Built in 1874, Montauk was originally the home of Iowa’s 12th governor, William Larrabee, and his wife, Anna. The couple had seven children; the last living child continued to reside in the house until her passing in 1965. She was 96 years old.

“After she passed away, her nieces and nephews started an organization that turned the house into a museum,” Frederick explained. “They operated it, and then the State of Iowa took it over in 1976.”

The property is home to a barn, a carriage house, a shop, the wood shed, an ice house, an outdoor laundry building, the pump house, corn cribs, a chicken coop, a small apple orchard, walking trails and another house meant for the caretaker.

Wed
26
Sep

Gaedes give horses second life at P&S Thoroughbreds

 

With the help of their children, Elizabeth Meyer (right) and Blaze Gaede (not pictured), Perry and Stacey Gaede raise Thoroughbred horses as a hobby through their company, P&S Thoroughbreds, LLC in rural Fayette. The family currently owns 27 horses, which includes 24 on the homestead, one in Kentucky, one in Maryland, and another on Perry’s brother’s farm in rural Plainfield. 

 

Gaedes give horses second life at P&S Thoroughbreds

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Horses have been a part of Perry and Stacey Gaede’s lives for as long as they can remember. 

Growing up in the Quad Cities, Stacey began riding quarter horses when she was 4 years old. She was involved in 4-H and showed horses at county and state fairs, as well as American Quarter Horse Association accredited shows. 

Perry, on the other hand, grew up helping his parents raise Thoroughbreds on the family farm in Tripoli. Originally, his parents raised workhorses to help with chores around the farm that are now completed by tractors and combines. Because his parents liked horses so much, they transitioned into raising Thoroughbreads when tractors started to take over the work duty of horses in the 1950s. 

Wed
26
Sep

Blue Devils fall to Kee

Blue Devils fall to Kee

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

West Central took on district opponent Kee on Friday night, falling 36-6.

The Blue Devils kept the contest close through the first quarter as the Kee Hawks were the only team to find the end zone and held an 8-0 lead after 12 minutes.

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