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Fri
17
Jan

TAKO event cancelled

TAKO event cancelled

 

Due to impending weather conditions the Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) event scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18 in West Union has been cancelled.

 

Wed
15
Jan

Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah First Baby of 2020

Lillian Hensley was the first baby born in the new year at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. She was born at 7:25 p.m. on Jan. 5, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. Lillian is the daughter of Matt and Katie Hensley of Waucoma. (submitted photo)

 

Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah - First Baby of 2020

 

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jan

Baby Boom in St. Lucas

Families in Saint Lucas hold their children at a gathering on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Allison Wong/KCRG)

 

Baby Boom in Lucas

 

Courtesy of KCRG)

St. Lucas, with a population of roughly 150 people, is experiencing a baby boom.

In the last 10 years, many young families have settled down in this quiet community.

“We recently had 19 babies born in the last year and a half or so, from August 2018 through October 2019,” resident Courtney Schott explained. “Then we’ve had a couple more families announce recently that they’re expecting again.

Schott has two kids herself; the Gage family added baby Sutton about six months ago; there are four boys in the Hackman family; John and Joann Svendsen have a son who is almost four and a little girl who is 16 months old; the list of growing families really goes on and on.

“The town has completely changed from, you know, a bunch of retired people a bunch of young families, so it’s pretty cool," Eric Dietzenbach, a Saint Lucas resident, said.

People say there are many reasons for the boom. Some residents have lived in Saint Lucas their whole lives and started families. Other moved away for college or a job, and then decided to come back.

Wed
15
Jan

Water Advisory Lifted

The City of West Union has declared at 12:15 pm on Wednesday the 15th that the results are in and the Water is OK!!! Boil Advisory is lifted.

 

Wed
15
Jan

January 2020 named Mentoring Month in Fayette County

On Monday, January 13, the Fayette County Supervisors declared January 2020 to be National Mentoring month.  Pictured are (front l-r) Fayette County Supervisor Janine Tellin, Chase Miller, Tammy Moser, Jaycee Lopez, Haley Voshell, NFVCC Youth Development Coordinator Josi Baker, Randy Wiedenhoff, Fayette County Supervisor Marty Stanbrough, (back) Ann Dibble, Holly Gibbs, NFVCC Mentoring Coordinator, Jen Stolka, and NFVCC Coalition Director, Stacie Schroeder.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

January 2020 named Mentoring Month in Fayette County

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It’s official! January 2020 has officially been declared Mentoring Month in Fayette County.

“Our program works hard to promote the well-being and the health of the youth within the North Fayette Valley School district,” said Jen Stolka, coordinator of the North Fayette Valley Community Coalition (NFVCC) mentoring program.  “Through the program we develop well-rounded leaders through community involvement and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.” 

The program pairs students within the North Fayette Valley school system with adult mentors striving to connect youth with caring adults who can help them aspire, achieve, and develop to their fullest potential.

“We have a great group right now,” smiled Stolka.  “Some of the pairs have been together for ten years now!” 

One such pair is mentor, Randy Wiedenhoff and his mentee, Chase Miller.

“When I first got this guy, he was about four-feet tall,” laughed Wiedenhoff of Miller who now surpasses that height by more than a little.  “He’s taller than me now!” 

Wed
15
Jan

NFV board discusses denied donation to wrestling program

NFB board discusses denied donation to wrestling program

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The North Fayette Valley school board met for its regular meeting on Monday, January 13.

During the meeting, members of the Tigerhawk Wrestling Club (THWC) addressed the board concerning the denial of a $12,000 wrestling mat donation for the NFV wrestling program from the THWC.

“In the beginning we were approached by members of the booster club with the idea,” noted THWC president Chris Lundgren.  “The idea in the beginning was to split the cost fifty-fifty with the booster club to get the best product we could.” 

“All the other sports have updated Tigerhawk facilities and gear,” noted Casey McDermott, also a member of the THWC.  

“Wrestling is the only sport still using North Fayette and Valley equipment,” agreed Lundgren.  “We were in a position to help update that and we wanted to help.” 

Lundgren went on to say that with the initial fifty-fifty proposal in mind, the THWC began pricing options for an updated mat.    

“We found a great deal on one of the new light-weight mats with a company that would design it for us, with the logo and everything with a $2,000 discount,” Lundgren continued.  “All we had to do was pick it up in Minnesota.” 

Lundgren went on to explain that during this process, they were working with the NFV wrestling coach and soon found out that the mat was being turned down by the high school.

Wed
15
Jan

County libraries ask for help staying viable

Fayette Library Director Annette Butikofer (right), representing the Fayette County Library Association, addresses the county supervisors, asking for more monetary support in next year’s budget. Also pictured are (l-r) Supervisors Jeanine Tellin and Janell Bradley, and Auditor Lori Moellers. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

County libraries ask for help staying viable

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Libraries are still being used on a regular basis and are filling an important niche in small town living.

That was the message that the members of the Fayette County Association of Libraries conveyed to the Board of Supervisors at a recent regular board meeting.

Director of the Fayette Library Annette Butikofer was the spokesperson for the group that included librarians from Maynard, Arlington, Clermont, West Union and Oelwein, besides Fayette. A total of 11 libraries are members of the group.

According to Butikofer, cost for libraries keep rising, from as low as 5 percent to as much as 29 percent.

“Kids are still having to have a safe place they can go to. Unfortunately many of them are asking us ‘Why don’t you have all the programs we have at school,” she related.

She pointed out that it isn’t just youth that use the libraries on a regular basis. She said libraries are important to adults in the communities as well.

Wed
15
Jan

Plans for Prairie View to downsize

Plans are in the works to down-size Prairie View into a 16-bed facility. Currently the facility has a 50-bed capacity. It is located about five miles south of West Union. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Plans for Prairie View to downsize

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Fayette County Supervisors heard plans about reducing the number of beds at Prairie view Residential Facility recently from County Social Services representative Bob Lincoln.

Lincoln said there is a commitment on CSS’s part to downsize the facility which currently brings in residents from all across the state.

“This is a real challenge for the local hospital and law enforcement,” Lincoln told the Board.

He proposed getting the number of beds down to 16. There are 50 available beds at the facility at this time.

Wed
15
Jan

2019 Citizen of the Year Fayette County Fair Board

For over sixty years The Fayette County Union has had the pleasure to name West Union's Citizen of the Year. This year's special award will be given to the 2019 Fayette County Fair Board at the community banquet held on Saturday, January 25. Fair Board members include (l-r) Eric Albert, Brian Boess, Keith Koch, Katlyn Lehs, Jerem White, Andy Bilden, Shawn Alber, Justin Steinlage, Kevin Converse, Matt Egan,  Jason Decker, and Mike Darnall. (File photo)

 

2019 Citizen of the Year Fayette County Fair Board

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

“It’s really neat that people are appreciative of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

That was the reaction from Fayette County Fair Board President Kevin Converse of Hawkeye, when he found out that the fair board was named “2019 Citizen of the Year” by the Fayette County Union.

The members of the Fair Board will be honored along with the other Community Awards recipients at the West Union Events Center, Saturday, Jan. 25. The event is sponsored by the West Union Chamber to honor volunteers who have made an impact on the community.

Other Fair Board members include Keith Koch, Hawkeye; Justin Steinlage, West Union; Matt Egan, Sumner; Shawn Alber, Fayette; Eric Albert, Randalia; Mike Darnall, West Union; Andy Bilden, Oelwein; Brian Boess, Hawkeye; Jason Decker, Westgate; Katlyn Lehs, Fayette; and Jerem White, West Union.

Wed
08
Jan

Beckman eager to begin term as mayor

On Jan. 1, longtime Ossian resident Bryan Beckman officially began his first term as mayor of his hometown. Beckman has lived in Winneshiek County his entire life and moved to town in 2003. In 2016, he was elected to the Ossian City Council where he served a four-year term. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Beckman eager to begin term as mayor

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

When the new year began on January 1, a new mayoral era in the City of Ossian began. Lifelong local Bryan Beckman won the job in the Nov., 2019, election and will replace previous mayor Bill Green.

“I want to thank all of the people who voted for me and made this possible,” said Beckman, a 2004 graduate of South Winneshiek and DeSales School alum. “I look forward to beginning my responsibilities and serving the community.”

Beckman, who is an assistant collection manager at Radius Global Solutions in Decorah, has lived in the Ossian area for his entire life. He was raised on a farm near Ossian before moving to town in 2003. His family roots are also planted deeply in the community with generations having been in town since the 1800’s.

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