March 2019

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Warrior track compete at Luther Indoor

Warrior track compete at Luther Indoor

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek boys’ and girls’ track team competed at the Decorah Invitational, held indoors Saturday at Luther College in Decorah.

The Warrior girls were led by returning double State medal winner Ellie Loesch with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash (27.08) and a runner-up finish in the 55-meter dash (7.61). Loesch’s 200-meter dash time ranks No. 3 all-time in South Winneshiek history.

“Our kids turned in another great effort at Luther on Saturday. This time of year, we are just looking to see the kids get out and compete, and that’s exactly what they did,” said coach Kevin Kearney. “They went in and put themselves toward the fron of their heats and turned in a lot of excellent performances.”

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David H and Judy Larson

David H. and Judy Larson

 

 

David H and Judy Larson are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  Their children would like everyone to join us on Sunday, March 31st from 1-4 at the Ossian Lutheran Church, Ossian, IA to help them celebrate.  No gifts please.  Your presence is enough.

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SOO Green transmission line coming through area

SOO Green transmission line coming through area

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Direct Connect Development Company (DC DevCO) recently announced the SOO Green Renewable Rail project, which is a 349-mile-long high-voltage direct current transmission line that will run underground along the Canadian Pacific railroad line.

Once completed, SOO Green will run from Mason City to the Chicago, Ill., area, including a route that passes through Ossian and Calmar.

SOO Green is the first to take its construction underground and to adopt the rail co-location model used in building America’s fiber optic system. The project’s construction methods will limit impacts to the environment by boring under sensitive habitat, limiting the impact on birds and other endangered species. Building SOO Green underground and utilizing an existing railroad right of way will also limit impacts to neighboring landowners.

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Clermont Council addresses vicious dog issue

Clermont Council addresses vicious dog issue

 

 

Vicki Rowland
Contributing Writer

 

 

The Clermont Council met on Monday, March 18, 2019, and heard from citizens about a dog bite incident.  Lori Kohls sent a letter to the Council members and was on hand to speak and answer questions regarding the incident that occurred on March 7, 2019.

 

According to Kohls, Sebastian Wander, 11, rang her doorbell and explained that his dog, Ariel, got away from him when he was walking the dog.  He wanted her assistance in retrieving his dog.  Lori reached down to pick up her small Yorkie, Belle, when Wander’s dog bolted from the side of the porch and grabbed her little dog by its back and neck and began shaking it violently.  In addition, the attacking dog bit Kohls on the left hand.

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Fying the skies with Margie Halverson Sommers

 

As a little girl, Margie Halverson (front, center) dreamed of traveling the open skies.  When the 1976 Valley graduate decided to pursue that dream when she took a course in Airline and Travel Careers at the Spencer School of Business in Spencer Iowa, she had no idea how far it would actually take her.  From Europe to Japan, the Wadena native has seen it all.  She has also made friendships with a number of her flight-crew coworkers as they fly from one end of the world to the other.  

 

Flying the skies with Margie Halverson Sommers

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“When I was very young I wanted to be a beautician,” smiled 1976 Valley graduate Margie Halverson Sommers.  “Really, what little girls didn’t want to do hair when they grew up?” 

While young Margie thought of beauty school when she was a little girl, it wasn’t long before that dream went to the wayside and she began dreaming of the open skies and exploring the world.

“My parents would return home from business trips and tell us about their travels and the nice stewardeses on board,” the Wadena native recalled.  

“Then came Mary Tyler Moore!  I absolutely adored her independence!” she exclaimed with a laugh.  “Between that and the stories my parents shared, I decided I wanted to live in Minneapolis and work for the airlines!” 

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Voting changes discussed at final legislative town hall meeting

 

 Numerous area residents attended the final Farm Bureau Legislative Town Hall meeting of the year on Saturday, March 16, in Arlington. Representatives attending the meeting were Bruce Bearinger, Iowa House District 64; Craig Johnson, Iowa Senate District 32; Michael Bergan, Iowa House District 55; Anne Osmundson, Iowa House District 56; and Michael Breitbach, Iowa Senate District 28.  

 

Voting changes discussed at final legislative town hall meeting

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Fayette, Buchanan, and Clayton County Farm Bureaus hosted their last legislative town hall meeting of the year on Saturday, March 16, at the Arlington Community Event Center in Arlington. 

Representatives attending the meeting were Bruce Bearinger, Iowa House District 64; Craig Johnson, Iowa Senate District 32; Michael Bergan, Iowa House District 55; Anne Osmundson, Iowa House District 56; and Michael Breitbach, Iowa Senate District 28. The conversation at the town hall meeting was dominated by two topics: voting and solar energy. This article will concentrate on the time change and early voting discussion, with the article next week concentrating on closing satellite-voting locations in state-owned buildings. The following week will have an article on the discussion surrounding solar energy. 

A constituent in attendance asked the representatives about making changes to early voting, and closing voting booths an hour earlier. 

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Conley Meyer

Conley Meyer

 

 

Conley David Meyer, 78, of West Union, Iowa passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. He was born May 20, 1940 to William and Charlotte (Hanson) Meyer in rural Winneshiek County, Iowa. Conley was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado, Iowa. He attended West Union Schools.

Conley was united in marriage with Vickie Popenhagen on May 28, 1961. Two children were born to this union. He farmed his entire life in the West Union area until his retirement in 2010. Conley enjoyed playing cards, going to the races and fishing. His greatest joy was spending time with family and grandchildren. Conley was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be missed dearly by those closest.

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Roger Erickson

Roger Erickson

 

 

Roger Erickson, 79, of Wadena, Iowa died Monday, March 11, 2019 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa.  Leigh Roger, son of Johnny and TeoLena (Olson) Erickson was born May 23, 1939 in Elkader, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  Roger attended Wadena School and graduated in 1957.  After graduation he attended one year of business school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then came home and farmed with his dad.

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Girls' track steady at Waverly

Girls' track steady at Waverly

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The NFV girls vied with over 35 other teams at the indoor track meet hosted by Waverly College in Waverly on Tuesday, March 12.

There were teams from all five classes across northeast Iowa, even from Ames. With every team allowed two runners in an event, there were 65-70 contestants in some events.

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O'Hare paces boys' track

 

O'Hare paces boys' track

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Caleb O’Hare was the highest placer for the TigerHawks, at the indoor track meet Tuesday, March 12, at Wartburg College in Waverly. The senior finished fifth in the 3200; he was also 10th in the 1600.

Over 35 teams participated from across eastern Iowa. With each school allowed to have a pair of participants in every event except relays, there were as many as 70 competitors in a given event.

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