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01
Dec

Home tours featured at DeSales Magic of Christmas

Home tours featured at DeSales Magic of Christmas

 

 

Tickets are now on sale for the 2021 Magic of Christmas at the Silver Springs Golf and Country Club on Dec. 3 – 5. The home tours, a unique feature of The Magic of Christmas, are being decorated for the holiday season. The home tours are Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the home tours. 

A raffle will be part of the weekend activities. Raffle items include holiday decorations, a Christmas canvas print, a holiday angel statue and many more items.  Tickets for a special raffle item, a handmade queen-size quilt designed and sewn by Margaret Elsbernd, will be on sale prior to and throughout the event.

Wed
01
Dec

Christmas in Calmar is Thursday

Christmas in Calmar is Thursday

 

 

Christmas in Calmar is back for 2021! This year’s celebration will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in downtown Calmar.

Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be under the tent (be sure to bring your cameras). A live nativity by local CFSR students will also be on display in the window at Gundersen Clinic.

Wed
01
Dec

Santa Claus is coming to Ossian!

Santa Claus is coming to Ossian!

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 4, when Santa Claus will be coming to Ossian! He will be arriving at Wild Woods Event Center at 11 a.m. and will be there until 1 p.m.

The appearance is part of the Craft/Vendor Show at the event center, which will feature 15 different vendors. The event will begin at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Local Boy Scouts will be serving lunch as well.

 
Wed
01
Dec

Messiah will celebrate 80 years in WU; long-time singer reflects on her experience

Carol Jensen has been participating in West Union’s Messiah program since 1979. This year marks the 80th year of the production. (Submitted photo)

 

Messiah will celebrate 80 years in WU; long-time singer reflects on her experience

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapes.com

 

In 1941, school teachers Janet Bierce and Jean Foley were discussing how West Union’s adult community was missing cultural advantages. Mrs. D. L. (Marie) Wood was new to the community when she was approached with the idea of creating a chorus that would enhance, not encroach upon, the religious atmosphere of Christmas. To make it a truly community affair, it was felt that the chorus shouldn’t be held under the auspices of the school, nor should it be confined to any particular church.

Now, 80 years later, Handel’s “Messiah” is still being performed during the holiday season in West Union.

Wed
01
Dec

Ungerer barn becomes a showcase for 120 years of memories

 

This crew and other family members have been spending most weekends the past year creating a gathering place for their extended family – not only on holidays but at other times as well. The project actually began a year ago September, in 2020. In front, from left: Marty Ungerer, Russ Kocher, Annagene Ungerer, Ryan and DeAnn Loeb, and Tyler Loeb. In back, are Marty Ungerer and his daughter, Tiffany Ungerer.

 

Ungerer barn becomes a showcase for 120 years of memories

 

By Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

On Easter Sunday 2021, Dale Ungerer left this earthly world. Yet the family he left behind continues to feel his presence as they work together on a project that would have him grinning ear to ear if he could see it now.

They’ve dubbed the project, “Ungerer Centennial Barn of Memories,” and that title couldn’t be more fitting.

Wed
24
Nov

Schultz family creates lasting legacy through Walden pond donation

The Schultz family (l-r) Wendy Schultz, Jim and Sharon Schultz, Rebecca and Michael Perez. (submitted photo)

 

 

Schultz family creates lasting legacy through Walden Pond donation

 

 

The Schultz Family—James (Jim) and Sharon Schultz and their daughters Wendy Schultz and Rebecca and her husband Michael Perez—have donated their family property in rural Castalia to the Winneshiek County Conservation Board.

The 133-acre property will be known as “Walden Pond: Roy and Genevieve Schultz Memorial Outdoor Discovery Area” and includes a 5-acre pond; several miles of hiking trails; a walnut, oak, and maple “sugar bush” woodland; and restrooms and an enclosed picnic shelter for classroom spaces.

Wed
24
Nov

Upper Iowa Speedway sold to Ag Society

Upper Iowa Speedway is a ¼-mill dirt race track located in Decorah. The track was recently sold to the Winneshiek County Ag Society, which will operate the facility going forward with a 10-member group. (submitted photo)

 

Upper Iowa Speedway sold to Ag Society

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

On Tuesday (Nov. 16), Upper Iowa Speedway announced that it had sold all assets and equipment to the Winneshiek County Ag Society. The track, which is a ¼-mile dirt semi-banked racetrack, is situated in downtown Decorah and features five weekly classes of racing (USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks, USRA Tuners, and 600 Mod-Lites). 

Wed
24
Nov

County plans to sell former Prairie Vie property

County plans to sell former Prairie View property

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors have started the initial steps to sell the building and grounds that was once known as Prairie View, a county-owned care facility.

The facility north of Fayette is now being operated by a private entity, Inspiring Lives. They plan on buying the building and grounds and have already paid the County $5,000 in earnest money to initiate the sale.

Wed
24
Nov

Accident 'thankfully' alerts Elgin man to fast growing cancer

Brian Thomas is wearing and holding the Optune device he uses to help stop cancer from reoccurring in his brain. He tries to wear the device as much as he can and now wears it 95 percent of the time. (Jack Swanson photo) 

 

 

Accident 'thankfully' alerts Elgin man to fast gowing cancer

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Who would think that someone would be thankful for a car crash that could have killed them?

For Brian Thomas, if it hadn’t been for an accident that could have ended his life, he might not ever have found out until it was too late, that he had a cancerous, fast growing,  potentially deadly brain tumor.

Wed
17
Nov

Hopp joins Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office

The newest Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Logan Hopp (right) was recently sworn into his new role by Judge Richard Stochl. Hopp, a New Hampton native, has served as a member of the Decorah Police Department since 2018. (submitted photo)

 

Hopp joins Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office

 

 

 

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office recently hired Deputy Logan Hopp. 

Logan comes to the sheriff’s office as an experienced, certified law enforcement officer. He grew up in New Hampton and graduated from New Hampton High School in 2012. Hopp attended Upper Iowa University, where he wrestled and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice.   

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