January 2019

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The Centre can beat winter

 

The Great Race America Training Centre between Elgin and the Valley Middle School is a cavernous (84’x240’) fabric-covered building that can host a wide variety of athletic and social events. The weight machine is on the right and the basketball court and one of the two backboards is on the left. In the background is the artificial turf that can host soccer and football, as well as other track events, baseball/softball-batting cages, and even the potential to practice golf swings. The building can also host parties like wedding receptions and graduation parties. The outside grounds have a picnic area, flower beds and a full cross country course. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

The Centre can beat winter

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

With the onset of winter, many athletes in spring, summer, and fall sports are idle. However, a few are busy honing their skills at The Centre outside of Elgin. The complex features a picnic area, a full cross country course, flower gardens, and a massive (84’x240’) fabric covered building called the Great Race America Training Centre (GRATC). 

The complex uses the British spelling of center because, as president of the board of Trustees Lowell Lyngaas explained, “Sometimes I like to be a little different.”

With a little twist of the anagram, people who use the facility a lot refer to it as “The RAT Centre.”

“What do you call someone who spends countless hours in the gym?” Asked Lyngaas. “They’re called gym rats. So kids who use our facility a lot, we nickname, G-RATS,” laughed the former teacher/coach who built state powerhouses with the girls’ cross country and track programs at Valley.

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Jan

Koch's service trip changes her perspective on culture

 

fter graduating from Iowa State University in December 2018, Hawkeye native Kayleigh Koch (far left) went on a service trip to Zanzibar with the organization GIVE Volunteers. She left on Dec. 16 and returned 14 days laster on Dec. 30. She said the experience was eye opening and helped change her perspective on culture and diversity. Submitted photo

 

Koch's service trip changes her perspective on culture

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Growing up in the small town of Hawkeye instilled a sense of service in Kayleigh Koch. 

Her first memory of participating in community service was helping to build Hauth Park in Hawkeye. That helped impart a willingness to help others when needed. During her time at North Fayette, and then North Fayette Valley, Koch was an active member of her community lending a hand whenever possible. She tried to get involved in service projects at Iowa State University, but the larger college had less opportunities readily available. 

“In college, I didn’t get quite as many opportunities to volunteer, and I felt like I was really missing out,” Koch said. 

It wasn’t until she discovered a poster for an informational meeting for the group GIVE Volunteers that she found the service opportunity for which she had been searching. 

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Jan

Meet the new Hawkeye Fire Chief

 

The Hawkeye Community Fire Department recently announced the appointment of George Streeter as Chief. Streeter has been a member of the local volunteer department for 26 years. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Meet the new Hawkeye Fire Chief

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Hawkeye Community Fire Department has a new Chief, as 26-year veteran George Streeter has assumed the role as of Monday, Jan. 7.

“I am really looking forward to doing my part to keep both the department and the community safe,” said Streeter, who first joined the local volunteer fire department in 1992.

Throughout his career, Streeter has held several titles, including Second Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, and Assistant Jaws Captain.

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Jan

Special committee appointed for House District 55 contested election

Special committee appointed for House District 55 contested election

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It could be a while before the saga in the Iowa House District 55 race between incumbent Republican Michael Bergan and Democratic challenger Kayla Koether is solved. 

 

Five members of the Iowa House have been appointed to serve on the House’s Contested Election Committee. Those five members are Republicans Steven Holt, Jon Jacobsen, and Matt Windschitl and Democrats Brian Meyer and Mary Wolfe. 

 

On Friday, Dec. 21, Kayla Koether filed to contest the election results of Iowa House District 55 with the Iowa House of Representatives.

 

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Lillian Hansel

Lillian Hansel

 

 

Lillian A. “Lil” Hansel, 93, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa.

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Sandra Lau

Sandra Lau

 

 

Sandra K. Lau, 58, of Fayette, died Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Memorial Mass was held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette. Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 10th, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette and for one hour preceding the Mass on Friday at the church. There was a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

 

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Mary Richmond

Mary Richmond

 

 

Mary Richmond, 89, of Hawkeye, Iowa, died Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Buchanan County Hospital, Independence, Iowa.

Mary was born December 21, 1929 at Hawkeye to Frank J.A. and Alona (Korupp) Huber.  She graduated from Hawkeye High School, Mount Mercy Junior College, Upper Iowa University, and the University of Iowa with a Master of Arts degree in Music.

She taught at Bethel (one-room school), Hawkeye, Alpha, West Union, and Chariton public schools, and was Assistant Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Upper Iowa University.

Mary met her spouse at Hawkeye, Iowa. George and Mary were married in 1949 at St. Anthony’s Smallest Church near Festina, Iowa. They lived in Hawkeye, Fayette, and Chariton communities in Iowa. After retirement, they returned to Hawkeye, Iowa.

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Sarah Teague

Sarah Teague

 

 

 

Sarah Teague, 37, of Westgate, Iowa, died Friday morning, January 11, 2019 at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer, with her family at her side.

Celebration of Life Service: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 19, 2019 in the upper level of the Maynard Community Hall in Maynard with Pastor Jeffrey Hanson officiating.

Visitation: 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Maynard Community Hall in Maynard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to her family.

The Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard is assisting the family.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

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Leo Sutter

Leo Sutter

 

 

Leo F Sutter passed away peacefully in his sleep at Hallmar Care Center at Mercy Medical Center on Saturday January 12, 2019.

Leo was born January 11, 1920 on a farm near Elgin, Iowa to Dan and Hulda Frederich Sutter. He attended Elgin Schools and enlisted in the US Army Infantry at the start of WWII.  Leo served in North Africa and Italy where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.  At the end of the war he returned home and married the former Violet Koch at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Eldorado, Iowa on October 11 1945. They were married 60 years until Vi's passing in 2006.

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NFV bowlers sweep Oelwein

NFV bowlers sweep Oelwein

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

NFV had a busy weekend with a regular meet and a tournament in Waterloo.

The highlight came Friday in Oelwein as the TigerHawks swept the Huskies at Viper Lanes.

The girls won their first game of the season, edging their hosts by seven pins, 1493-1486. 

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