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Mayor Beckman addresses pandemic on local level

Ossian Mayor, Bryan Beckman

 

Mayor Beckman addresses pandemic on local level

On Sunday evening, Mayor Bryan Beckman released the following statement in regard to the COVID-19 outbreak:

I wanted to give everyone an update on what is going on in Ossian in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City Clerk’s office will remain open for business behind a locked door. Utility bill payments and other paperwork can be placed in the mail slot located on the City Clerk’s office door. If you need to contact the City Clerk, you can do so by calling (563) 532-8939 or by emailing ossianclerk@acegroup.cc.

The Community Center meeting room will not be available to use for meetings or events until further notice.

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25
Mar

Winn. Medical Center offers updates

In order to keep patients and staff safe, anyone entering Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, for an appointment or to visit, must answer screening questions. (submitted photo)

 

Winn. Medical Center offers updates

 

Effective Monday, Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) in Decorah is now deferring all elective care (care that can wait until later without putting you at risk).

This includes elective surgeries, procedures, and office visits. Semi-urgent, urgent, and emergency care will continue in clinic and hospital settings. This deferment is in alignment with Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Health System.

If you have an appointment already scheduled, WMC staff will be contact you to reschedule, if necessary. 

WMC will also be further limiting visitors. The new guidelines are as follows:

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25
Mar

Governor's changes affect car licenses and sales, property taxes

Governor's changs affect car licenses and sales, property taxes

 

The Fayette County Treasurer’s Office is recommending vehicle registrations and property taxes be paid through the mail, online at www.iowatreasurers.org or left in the drop box located outside the courthouse on the parking lot side.

The governor has temporarily extended payment deadlines as noted below, which discusses driver’s licenses, vehicle titles, registrations, license plates, and the March installment of property taxes.

DRIVER’S LICENSE HOLDERS

• If you have a driver’s license that has an expiration date of Jan. 16, 2020, or later, you do not have to renew your license at this time. It will remain valid for driving purposes until the declared disaster has ended.

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25
Mar

UIU to host virtual ceremony

UIU to host virtual ceremony

 

After much discussion with Upper Iowa University (UIU) leadership and a review of various options, UIU President William R. Duffy II announced today the decision to transition the May 9, 2020, traditional commencement ceremony at UIU's Fayette, Iowa, Campus to a virtual-only event.

"I understand an in-person ceremony is preferred, but I also have no doubt that everyone would agree that the health, safety and welfare of our students, visitors and employees drive this decision," Duffy said. "To provide the graduates their much-deserved recognition, UIU is making arrangements to continue to celebrate this momentous occasion virtually."

The revised schedule of virtual ceremonies is as follows:

9 a.m. - Military Locations

11 a.m. - School of Business and Professional Studies

1 p.m. - School of Arts and Sciences

3 p.m. - Andres School of Education

Wed
25
Mar

NFV board meets to discuss pay during unprecedented nationwide school shutdown

 

The North Fayette Valley school board met for a special meeting on Wednesday, March 18 at the North Fayette Valley high school.  Just three days into the statewide school shut down, the members voted to continue paying hourly employees during the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

NFV board meets to discuss pay during unprecedented nationwide school shutdown

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The North Fayette Valley school board met for a special session in the high school cafeteria on Wednesday, March 18.  

The meeting was scheduled for the purpose of discussing a variety of topics surrounded by the district’s cancelation of classes in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are all in uncharted waters here,” said North Fayette Valley superintendent, Duane Willhite at the start of the meeting.  “We want to make sure everyone, our kids, our families, our faculty and staff, are safe. “ 

With the guidelines for safe social distancing already in place, the school board, many attended the meeting remotely, via Zoom, and school nurse, Stephanie Wagner, was on-hand to screen those who attended in person.  

“We were asked to monitor the temperatures of each person who comes through the door, and keep a log of visitors,” said Wagner, adding that the log was intended to keep the meeting to the recommended number of attendees, no more than ten, a guideline set by the Iowa Department of Public Health.  “Once we have 10 people logged in, we can’t let anymore in until someone leaves.” 

First item on the agenda was approving the calendar change to account for the 30-day school closure experienced statewide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“This will take us right up to April 13,” noted Willhite.  “It is one of the days we had calendared in for Easter break, but it’s a perfect time to start back up.” 

The board approved the change, setting the return date at April 13, should returning to the classroom be recommended at the end of the 30 days.

“Of course, this is all new to everyone, and if it is recommended we stay closed beyond this initial 30 days, we will have to reevaluate at that time,” said Willhite.  

Next, the school board addressed paying school employees during the shut down.

“Our certified staff are working on professional development opportunities during this time, and are keeping in regular contact with their students,” noted Willhite.  “We anticipate enough work to last through this shutdown to continue paying them as planned during this layoff.” 

The board then addressed hourly employees, and whether or not those paid hourly by the district will be receiving regular pay during the shutdown.  

“We are in uncharted territory here,” said NFV school board member, Eileen Schlawin.  “People are scared and we need to be there for them, not take away their income.” 

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25
Mar

County buildings CLOSED to public

All County buildings in Fayette County area closed to the public effective this week.

 

County buildings CLOSED to public

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors met on Friday afternoon, March 20, to approve a disaster declaration for the County and to declare the County buildings closed to the public effective Monday, March 23.

This action was taken in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

“Our goal is to protect the citizens and employees of Fayette County. Our employees will continue to perform essential county services by appointment,” was the message released by the County, Friday afternoon.

County Auditor Lori Moellers said the doors of the courthouse are locked.

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25
Mar

School is out for now, but that doesn't mean students have to go hungry

North Fayette Valley School Lunch personnel (l-r) Tina Berg, Sheila Noska, and Gloria Wagner were helping deliver sack lunches Monday, March 23, at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Schools out for now, but that doesn't mean students have to go hungry

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Schools out for now, but that doesn’t mean students have to go hungry.

The North Fayette Valley School District has put an emergency feeding plan into place.

The Contagious Novel Coronavirus Emergency Feeding Plan is being conducted by the NFV Schools Nutritional Food Service as an extension of the summer feeding program  to serve student lunches during the COVID – 19 shutdown.

A series of drop points have been established where sack lunches are available for any student under the age of 18, with an optional breakfast snack for the following morning.

Delivery locations and times include:

West Union – Bethel Presbyterian Church, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the north door, parking lot.

Fayette – Fayette Elementary, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m., multi-purpose room.

Hawkeye – Hawkeye Public Library, 12:15 to 12:30 p.m., lobby

Clermont – Opera House, 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Elgin – Downtown Bandstand Park, 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, south door.

Wadena – gas station parking lot, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

On Monday, March 23, the first day for the program, breakfast for the next day included cereal, a muffin, juice and milk. The lunch items included a turkey sandwich, chips, mixed veggies, a cookie, an apple and milk.

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25
Mar

Fayette County has first confirmed COVID - 19 case

Fayette County has first confirmed COVID - 19 case

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Fayette County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home.

“While this is Fayette County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Fayette County Public Health Director Jess Wegner.

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital Public Information Officer Jamie Hoey said Monday, March 23, there were no updates on the positive case.  “And, it is just the one single positive in Fayette County,” she pointed out. The person’s condition was not released, or where the person was from in Fayette County.

She said in the wake of the one confirmed case, she continues to stress the importance of:

Calling in before just coming in if symptomatic, washing hands, social distancing and staying home when sick.

 She said testing is being done if the IDPH guidelines are met.

In regards to supplies, “We are fine currently and have enough staff and supplies but are continually asking for more,” she responded.

She is telling  people to go to IDPH, CDC or https://www.gundersenhealth.org/covid19/ if they want more information.

 Currently, no visitors are allowed for Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics hospital patients or clinic appointments. However, one visitor is allowed for OB or pediatric patients. Visitors must be ages 12 and older. All patients and visitors will be screened (including temperatures) prior to entering the building. 

“As always, do not visit if sick. Some exceptions may apply on a case-by-case basis,” Hoey said.

In some of the harder hit areas of the U.S., there has been reports of projected shortages of hospital beds.

“Currently, we have enough beds open and with current status, Gundersen Palmer isn’t worried about bed availability at this time,” Hoey related.

Wed
18
Mar

Fayette Co. Courthouse open to restricted access

Fayette Co. Courthouse open to restricted access

 

The Fayette County Courthouse will be open to restricted access ONLY effective noon today (March 18, 2020). The east door will remain unlocked, while all others will be locked and secured. Anyone entering the courthouse will be asked to fill out a questionnaire upon arrival. All offices will be open, however there will only be limited staff available. The public is asked to explore other options, such as payments online or via mail before visiting the courthouse.

Wed
18
Mar

Winneshiek Co. sheriff, auditor and treasurer to seek re-election

 

Winneshiek County sheriff, auditor, and treasurer to seek re-election

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

Three Winneshiek County elected officials have announced their intentions to seek re-election at the upcoming 2020 election.

Current Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx, Auditor Ben Steines, and Treasurer Brenda Kreitzer have all filed their nomination papers, which are due at the Winneshiek County Auditor’s office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

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