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Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery name unveiled

 

At a special ceremony Wednesday, June 13, the Decorah Fish Hatchery was renamed Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery in honor of retired DNR director Chuck Gipp. On hand for the ceremony was (l-r) Chuck, daughter Allison, and wife Ranae. (submitted photo)

 

Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery name unveiled

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Natural Resources Commission voted on May 16 to rename the DNR’s Decorah Fish Hatchery after retired director Chuck Gipp. 

The renamed Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery was officially unveiled at a public ceremony at the fish hatchery on Wednesday, June 13, in Decorah.

"The Natural Resource Commissioners are pleased to name the Decorah Fish Hatchery the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery to recognize and honor Chuck for his many years of public service to Iowans and for his terrific leadership in protecting Iowa's natural resources," stated Margo Underwood, Chair of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.

Wed
20
Jun

Winneshiek Co. fair time is fast approaching

Fair time is fast approaching

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

With fewer than three weeks left until the start of the 2018 Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah, it’s time to start getting ready for another fun and exciting event.

The action kicks off on Tuesday, July 10, with the first of five full days jam-packed with fun and entertainment for people of all ages running through Saturday, July 14.

Buttons for the fair are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the gate (ages 6 and under are free) and are good for admittance to all five Grandstand events.

Wed
20
Jun

Agate Road bridge closed for replacement

 

Clayton County will be closing this bridge on Agate Road between April and Bixby avenues starting today (Wednesday, June 20), weather permitting. The 78-year-old bridge is going to be replaced with a brand-new, 110-foot concrete bridge. Agate Road is a blacktop that runs between Elgin and Gunder.  (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Agate Road bridge closed for replacement

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Starting today (Wednesday, June 20), weather permitting, Clayton County will be closing a portion of Agate Road between April and Bixby avenues for the replacement of a bridge. 

Depending on weather, the project is slated to last two to three months. Agate Road runs from Elgin to Gunder. The posted detour will take travelers on Canoe Road from Elgin to Clermont and then Apple Road to Gunder. 

“We do know that any time we do a project like this, it is an inconvenience for the people who use the roads, so we appreciate their patience with us. Hopefully, we can maintain the local roads sufficiently enough, and it doesn’t cause too many problems for the people trying to get around the project,” said Rafe Koopman, Clayton County Engineer.  

The 78-year-old bridge has been deteriorating over the last decade. For the last five years, posted weight limits have allowed for semi trucks to pass over the bridge, one at a time. 

Wed
20
Jun

2018 Fayette County Fair is one month away

2018 Fayette County Fair is one month away

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The 2018 Fayette County Fair is right around the corner! The Fayette County Fair Board started making final preparations at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 12. 

The Fair Board announced that it has sold out of VIP tickets for the Collin Raye and Sammy Kershaw concert on Saturday, July 28. Track and Grandstand tickets are still available for $40 and $30, respectively.

There will be mutton bustin’ and calf scrambles during the Tuff-n-Nuff Miniature Rodeo on Thursday, July 26. The rodeo is open to any local child willing to participate. To sign your child up, please call Johnny Hopkins, Tuff-n-Nuff Miniature Rodeo president, at (515) 571-6922. 

Gay Bowden, special activities coordinator, noted that the Dance Pavilion is almost fully booked for the Fair. Highlights of what’s going on in the Dance Pavilion include the annual breakfast honoring veterans at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics’ Annual Health Fair will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The Clover Kids will hold a graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, followed by the 4-H Achievement Auction at 3 p.m. All times are subject to change. More details on Dance Pavilion events will be announced at a later date. 

Wed
20
Jun

Fayette PD getting body cams

Fayette PD getting body cams

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

At Monday night’s Fayette City Council meeting, a unanimous vote was passed to move ahead with the purchase of body-worn cameras for the Fayette Police Department.

“Currently, we have no form of digital evidence collection, which makes it difficult to get convictions in a lot of cases,” cited Police Chief Benjamin Davis. “This addition will be a great way to protect our officers, the City, and our citizens.”

Wed
20
Jun

Miss Hawkeye crowned

 

 

Megan Chapman (left) was named 2018 Miss Hawkeye. She is pictured with the young lady who proceded her, 2017 Miss Hawkeye Chloe Kime.

 

Miss Hawkeye crowned

Wed
20
Jun

New preliminary floodplain maps available

 

Ken Bouma, DNR NFIP specialist, presents the new preliminary flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) to officials from different municipalities in Fayette County on Thursday, June 14. A meeting was held for the general public later that evening. Chris DeBack photo

 

New preliminary floodplain maps available

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently held meetings to present new floodplain maps to the general public.

The two groups held a meeting for community officials in Fayette County in the afternoon on Thursday, June 14. Later that evening, they held a second meeting for the general public. The purpose of the meeting was to make the public aware that new preliminary floodplain maps are available for viewing online at www.iowafloodmaps.org. 

Wed
20
Jun

Ihde to be crowned Miss West Union

Karlee Ihde

 

Ihde to be crowned Miss West Union

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Karlee Ihde, 17-year-old daughter of Michael and Amy Ihde, is the sole candidate for 2018 Miss West Union.

Sponsored by McJ’s Embroidery, she will be crowned at 7 p.m. at the West Union Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, at the West Union Recreation Complex. 

Wed
20
Jun

Catering enterprise leads to new dining station

 

Antoine “Twan” Jenkins, chef and owner of BLACCGHST (Black Ghost) BBQ and West Union’s newest restaurant, The Station, on Highway 150 South prepares some meats seasoned with his own BLACCGHST seasonings and rubs.  The one-of-a-kind spice blends will be sold at the new restaurant, which is slated to open July 4. 

 

Catering enterprise leads to new dining station

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It started as a hobby, cooking and grilling for friends during warm summer nights.  But soon Antoine “Twan” Jenkins, chef and owner of BLACCGHST (Black Ghost) BBQ and West Union’s newest restaurant, The Station which is located on Highway 150 South in West Union, realized he had found his calling in doing what he loves.

“I had always loved cooking, and experimenting with flavors and recipes,” the Cedar Rapids native explained.  “I developed my own seasonings years ago when I was just cooking for myself or my friends. People seemed to like what I came up with!”

Always on call to grill up his specialty brisket and smoked barbeque for friends and family at backyard barbeques or birthday parties, Jenkins knew he enjoyed cooking, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that it even occurred to him to make it into a business.

Wed
20
Jun

FCBOA revokes wind turbine building permits

 

Three wind turbines located a half-mile east of Fairbank will have to be taken down after the Fayette County Board of Adjustment revoked the turbines’ building permits. Based on a ruling by District Court Judge John Bauercamper, Optimum Renewables, the owner of the wind turbines, has to stop wind-generation operations by the end of June and has 180 days to find a contractor and take down the turbines at its own expense. Each turbine is estimated to cost $150,000 to take down. Submitted Photo

 

FCBOA revokes wind turbine building permits

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Fayette County Board of Adjustments (BOA) voted not to grant a variance and to revoke building permits for three wind turbines owned by Optimum Renewables, LLC in Fairbank.

This saga began in 2015 when Fayette County zoning officials granted Optimum Renewables building permits to build three new wind turbines within a half-mile of a subdivision on the east side of Fairbank. 

The issue centers around a 1973 Fayette County zoning ordinance, which didn’t feature specific language to govern modern-day wind turbines. Optimum Renewables was issued an allowable-use permit because Jim Burns of Decorah, an attorney Fayette County uses for zoning issues, agreed that the parameters of the project fell in line with the County’s rules and regulations for electric power transmission. He further agreed that the project didn’t require a special-use permit issued by the Board of Adjustment. 

Several Fairbank residents argued during a Nov. 2, 2015, Fayette County Supervisors meeting that it isn’t transmission because the source comes from a ind turbine and that the attorney interpreted the zoning issue parameters incorrectly. They sued Fayette County and the wind turbine developer. 

Optimum Renewables was allowed to continue with construction of the wind turbines despite pending litigation because its attorneys understood the risk. The three turbines were built for approximately $11 million. 

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