July 2021

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28
Jul

La Verne Koester

LaVerne Koester

 

Our beloved mother, LaVerne June Koester, went home to heaven to be with God on July 15, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.

LaVerne was born July 8, 1934, in Waukon, Iowa, to August and Martha Snitker. She was the youngest of eight children. LaVerne lived on the farm with her parents and siblings. She graduated from high school and went on to work in Cedar Rapids as a secretary for 3 years. 

She met her husband Donald at Matter’s at the Ballroom in Decorah, Iowa, and they were married August 19, 1956. LaVerne dedicated her life to being on the farm with Donald and their four children: Connie, Larry, Cheryl and Brad.

When the children were grown, she also worked at Gundersen Palmer Hospital in the dietary department where she made many friends and enjoyed the people she worked with very much.

Wed
28
Jul

Holy Name Catholic Church to celebrate 150th Anniversary Sunday

The Holy Name Catholic Church 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee members are (l-r) Bonnie Patrick, LeRoy and Marcia Soppe, Barb and Mike Heins, Don and Donna Baumler, Laurie Thompson, Judy Roach, and Jane Marshall. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Holy Name Catholic Church to celebrate 150th Anniversary Sunday

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Holy Name Parish built the first Catholic Church in West Union in 1870.

This Sunday, Aug. 1, the church’s 150th Anniversary is being observed. Although last year was the official anniversary year, the celebration was postponed until this year due to the Covid – 19 pandemic.

This Sunday, Archbishop Michael Jackels from Dubuque will be the mass celebrant, at 10 a.m. Mass will be followed by a free-will luncheon starting at 11a.m.

Wed
28
Jul

The 2021 Fayette County Fair is definitely 'one for the record books'

As the Fayette County Fair came to a close Saturday evening, most attendee’s will agree that the 168th Fayette County Fair is ‘one for the record books’! People turned out in droves to attend the 4H/FFA & Open Class Shows. Early attendance numbers include 1,300 through the line for the sweet corn feed, 1,400 for the races, 3,000 people filled the grandstand for the bus races, 2,000 for the demo derby and a whopping 4,100 individuals packed the grandstand and track area for Saturday’s Gary Allan and Sara Evans concert. (Jason Rubin / JMR Images photos)

 

The 2021 Fayette County Fair is definitely 'one for the record books'

 

When people start talking about great comebacks, it almost a foregone conclusion that this year’s Fayette County Fair will come to mind.

Last year, it was just an accomplishment to have a fair at all, considering the State and the Nation were in full-blown pandemic mode. The Fayette County Fair Board was determined they would have a fair of some type, even if it meant following a strict regimen of guidelines and restrictions, and the fair did come off.

With the pandemic in their rearview mirror, the fair board pulled out all of the stops on this one, and it appears to have paid off. People turned out in droves each day of the fair either to attend all of the community activities, see the livestock shows, look at the 4-H/FFA projects, see the entries in all of the open categories, attend the nightly entertainment, sample all of the different foods, see all of the new accommodations, talk to a queen, ride free carnival rides and more.

Wed
21
Jul

SW falls, 4-2, to Kee in District finals

South Winn senior Ethan Luzum pitched his final game in a Warrior uniform Saturday (Photo by Marie Conway)

 

SW falls, 4-2 to Kee in District finals

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

A great season for the South Winneshiek baseball team came to an end Saturday night in New Albin as the Warriors fell to a tough Kee High team, 4-2, in the District final.

The Kee Hawks scored the first runs of the game in this highly anticipated matchup as they went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

Wed
21
Jul

Elias Zweisamer

Elias Zweibahmer

 

Elias Zweibahmer, age 99, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Accura Healthcare in Cresco, Iowa.

Elias Arnold Zweibahmer was born at home on July 6, 1922 to Clem J and Walburga (Huinker) Zweibahmer in rural Calmar.  He attended St. Aloysius School in Calmar through the eighth grade.  In later years, he worked as a hired hand for many families in the area.  During that time he met the love of his life, Dorothy Rothmeyer.  

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1944.  He trained as an infantry soldier, and soon found himself in the jungles of the Philippines, carrying a rocket launcher, known as a bazooka.  He was discharged in 1946 and returned to the Ossian area.

Wed
21
Jul

Winneshiek County Fair royalty

The 2021-22 Winneshiek County Fair royalty is Queen Holly Schmitt (left) and Princess Kalissa Schmelzer. Be sure to check out next week’s Ossian Bee for more photos and 4-H/FFA show results. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winneshiek County Fair royalty

 
 
Wed
21
Jul

Challenge filed to County Supervisor appointment

Challenge filed to County Supervisor appointment

 

 

The Winneshiek County Democrats have filed a petition to call for a special election to challenge recently appointed Winneshiek County Supervisor Gary Rustad on the County Board of Supervisors. Melissa O’Rourke has expressed interest in running for the office when the special election is held.

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