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Wed
17
Apr

Iowa Farm Bureau leaders visit D.C.

 

Nearly fifty Iowa Farm Bureau leaders from across the state, including (l-r) Carson Brincks, of Ossian; Mark Buskohl of Grundy Center, Mary Brincks of Ossian, Cassie Hackman of New Hampton; Brian Haeflinger of Elma; and Randy Brincks of Ossian, visited Washington, D.C., recently to discuss critical farm issues during the annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation national policy trip. (submitted photo)

 

Iowa Farm Bureau leaders visit D.C.

 

 

 

Forty-seven Iowa Farm Bureau leaders from across the state visited Washington, D.C. recently to discuss critical farm issues and their impact with their elected officials during the annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) national policy trip.  The Iowa farmers shared their concerns about the lack of progress in trade disputes, resulting in low commodity prices and continued economic hardship in rural communities.  Members from southwest Iowa also shared the impacts of flooding on their farms, which has eclipsed the damage from the 2011 flood, and urged lawmakers to support disaster relief aid.     

The Farm Bureau members met with Iowa’s U.S. House and Senate members as well as top U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff, including Deputy Secretary Steve Censky and former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, who now serves as USDA under secretary for farm production and conservation.  

The Farm Bureau county leaders shared accounts of tapping into retirement savings, taking off-the-farm-jobs, and even family members being forced to step away from farming all together due to low commodity prices resulting from tariffs and shrinking demand for ethanol.  

Wed
17
Apr

Area Easter egg hunts

Area Easter egg hunts

With Easter only a few days away, the time for fun and exciting Easter egg hunts has arrived. 

 

Details for local Easter celebrations are as follows:

Ossian

Children in second grade and under are invited to the Ossian Crown Club’s annual Easter egg hunt at Ossian Senior Hospice.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The Easter Bunny will be on hand as well.

Bring your cameras and your smiles!

Calmar

The Calmar Community Club Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 20, for children ages 0-10. The Easter Bunny will be available starting at 11:15 a.m. with all activities scheduled to take place at the South Winneshiek Athletic Complex in Calmar.

There will be three different age groups with nearly 1,600 eggs available for the hunt.

Wed
17
Apr

SW E/MS to host Community Open House

 

SW E/MS to host Community Open House

South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle School will host a Community Open House from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the school in Ossian (208 E. Brooks Street).

 

All community members are welcome to join South Winneshiek teachers and staff for the evening to tour the facility, meet staff, and see some of the great things that South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle School has to offer its students/

Highlights for the night is as follows:

Wed
17
Apr

Loftsgards open Old Hickory Building sales location in Clermont

 

Roger (pictured) and Joni Loftsgard have started a new business in Clermont R&J Loftsgard Old Hickory Shed will be selling Old Hickory Buildings along Highway 18 in Clermont.  Chris DeBack photo 

 

Loftsgards open Old Hickory Building sales location in Clermont

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

You may have noticed some new buildings sitting across the street from Casey’s General Store as you round the corner on Highway 18 in Clermont. 

Those buildings for sale are Roger and Joni Loftsgard’s newest endeavor. The couple, calling their new business venture R&J Loftsgard Old Hickory Sheds, is selling sheds from the company Old Hickory Buildings. 

Wed
17
Apr

Fundraising underway for FC Freedom Rock

 

John and Sharon Orr display the quilt that will be given away during a donation drawing to benefit the Fayette County Freedom Rock located on Water Street in Fayette. People can earn a donation ticket to enter the drawing by donating $100 or more. There are only 50 tickets available.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Fundraising underway for FC Freedom Rock

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette County Freedom Rock is scheduled to be painted during the summer of 2020.

“It is a tribute to our military personnel and an opportunity to promote tourism because there will be freedom rock tours that will develop,” said Sharon Orr, who is helping spearhead the fundraising with her husband John. “There will be people who go from county to county to see those Freedom Rocks up close and personal. They are pretty inspiring and awesome.”

Located on Water Street in the Open Air Market in Fayette, fundraising is underway now that the rock has been placed. The goal is to raise $12,000 to cover the painting of the rock, a special sealant, and the development of the site surrounding the rock including landscaping. 

Wed
17
Apr

Easter fun for area kids

Easter fun for area kids

 

 

On Saturday, April 20, Easter Fun will be available for the area children. The following towns, times, place to meet and the sponsors are listed following:

Clermont: 9:30 a.m. at the Clermont City park, sponsored by Clermont Community Club and AgFarm Toys/Iowa Diecast Toys is sponsoring a golden egg for each age group.

Elgin: 9-10:30 a.m. at the Elgin City park, sponsored by the Elgin Community Betterment Club.

Hawkeye: 10 a.m. at the Park sponsored by the Windsor Spark-Plug 4-H Club and the Hawkeye Business Association.

Ossian: 1 p.m. at the Senior Hospice Center, sponsored by the Ossian Crown Club.

Wadena: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Wadena Public Library, sponsored by the Wadena Betterment Club and Wadena Public Library.

Wed
17
Apr

Heaven Boutique Winery to open May 1

 

Lisa (Halvorson) and Carlton Goodwin (l-r) will open Heaven Boutique Winery on Wednesday, May 1. At first, the winery will only sell bottles of wine that have been mostly imported from different wineries on the western part of Iowa. The couple is waiting on their license from the federal government to start making their own wine. 

 

Heaven Boutique Winery to open May 1

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Heaven Boutique Winery is the area’s newest attraction. 

Located off Ivy Road in rural Fayette, the winery will officially open its doors to the public on Wednesday, May 1.

Owned by Lisa (Halvorson) and Carlton Goodwin, the couple decided on the name Heaven Boutique Winery because the location is a little slice of heaven. Lisa is the daughter of former state representative Roger Halverson, who started Eagles Landing B&B and Winery in Marquette with his wife Connie. 

The 600-vine vineyard that the Goodwins will be growing their grapes on was established in 1999 by Roger and Connie Halverson for Eagles Landing. However, Lisa’s connection to the land goes back further than that as her grandparents once farmed it. 

Wed
17
Apr

NF grad crosses the finish line!

 

Zach Schmit, a 2002 North Fayette graduate, gets a big hug from girlfriend, Chelsi Baker after his run in the Boston Marathon Monday morning.  Since adding it to his bucket list five years ago, Schmit has trained tirelessly to participate in the prestigious race.  (submitted photo) 

 

NF grad crosses the finish line!

 

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

For North Fayette graduate, Zach Schmit, running has always been a part of his life.  Whether it be running with his fellow North Fayette Hawk’s on track and field team of which he was a member throughout middle school and high school; or running plays with his college football team at Coe college, little will slow the young man down.

“My bread and butter race in Junior High and High School was the 800m run,” said the 2002 North Fayette graduate.  “I didn’t run track in college, although in hindsight, maybe I should have and would have enjoyed it!”

While he didn’t participate in the organized track team during his college days, Schmit didn’t slow down his pace as he kept running, even if it was just for fun.  

Tue
16
Apr

Sierra Fox's Letter of Resignation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday, April 15, the West Union City Council approved the resignation of West Union police officer Sierra Fox. In her letter of resignation, Fox claims she was "forced" to resign after complaining about West Union Police Chief Paul Becthold's treatment of her. Her letter of resignation and other documents provided to The Fayette County Union by Fox’s lawyer can be read at the following link.

Wed
10
Apr

TVEA hosts annual Red Cross Blood Mobile

 

First time donor and Turkey Valley student Isabelle Langreck (left) receives encouragement from fellow donor and student aid Katlyn Baumler. (submitted photo)

 

TVEA hosts annual Red Cross Blood Mobile

 

 

 

Turkey Valley staff, students, and community members supported the call for blood donations again this year as 110 pints were collected at the Turkey Valley Education Association’s (TVEA) annual Red Cross Blood Mobile on Wednesday, April 3.

Even with multiple extracurricular activities going on, the Turkey Valley student body joined forces to prepare for the many generous community donors who continue to be heroes each day as they give blood to support others in times of need.

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