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A unique first year

When Carina Crookston, M.D. joined the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran team in January, 2020, she had no idea how much the world was about to change as the COVID19 global pandemic was just around the corner.  Working tirelessly with Gundersen staff such as Laurie Miller (right) the local doctor was able to work through the unusual times.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

A unique first year

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“Our Gundersen goal is to enrich lives; and I've seen this in action over the past year both with staff and with our patients,” said Carina Crookston, M.D.  

“My nurses and rooming staff are the best, our lab techs decorate and adorn their masks with lights to help create smiles, our hospital lunch ladies make awesome salads,” Crookston continued with a smile.  “I'm thrilled to be delivering babies with such caring and competent OB (obstetrics) staff!” 

When Dr. Crookston started her position at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran in West Union just over a year ago, she had no idea that her life, the life of her loved ones, and the entire world would change so drastically – altering everything so completely, just a few short months after her arrival.  

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It's all the 'RAGE' at Bristol!

West Union’s Justin O’Brien gets his car ready for action at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Over the course of the past few months, the track has been transformed from a ½-mile asphalt speedway into a dirt track. (photo by Landon Briggs)

 

It's all the 'RAGE' at Bristol!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“It was an opportunity that we might not ever get again,” said West Union racer Justin O’Brien, who competed at the Bristol Dirt Nationals earlier this month. “We had been thinking about going out since they announced the race and then finally decided a few months ago to actually do it. It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

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16+ become eligible for Covid-19 vaccine April 5

16+ become eligible for Covid-19 vaccine, April 5

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

Fayette County Public Health representative Jamie Hoey doesn’t foresee a huge rush for the Covid-19 vaccine once everyone over 16 years old, become eligible to get it.

“From a local public health stance, we may receive more calls, but do not intend on having another community clinic for this population as we feel our Fayette County partners have an excellent process for the community, including 16+. There are many individuals who want it but there are also a great deal who do not. At this time, we have not had much of an increase in calls due to Gov. Reynold’s 16+ guidance starting next month,” she reported.

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Winneshiek County Public Health offering vaccine to those age 40-64

Winneshiek County Public Health offering vaccine to those age 40-64

 

Now through April 5, Winneshiek County Public Health  has opened vaccine distribution to persons aged 40-64 years with chronic health conditions.

Those 40-64 years of age with chronic health conditions without a primary medical provider or pharmacy, can call 563-382-4662 to set up an appointment.

Due to continued limited vaccine distribution received in Winneshiek County, Public Health will continue to focus on the completion of the 65 year and older groups along with all the remaining Phase 1b Tier groups which includes emergency personnel, firefighters, teachers, and others. Winneshiek County continues to receive 300 first time doses a week.

Those 65-years-old and older can call 563-382-4662 to have your name added to the list.

Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah is currently receiving 100 prime (first dose) and 100 booster doses each week.

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Ossian Crown Club hosts annual Easter Egg Hunt

Ossian Crown Club hosts annual Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

Children, second grade and under, are invited to the Ossian Crown Club’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at St. Teresa of Calcutta playground on Saturday, April 3, at 10 a.m. 

The Easter Bunny will be there.  

Those attending are encouraged to bring cameras, Easter basket and an umbrella if needed, this will be held,  rain or shine.  

 
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Bino Burger named one of Iowa's best

It’s no secret around town that the Bino Burger at Bambino’s in Ossian is one of the best burgers around. Now, however, the entire state is learning just how tasty it is as the Bino Burger was named one of the top 10 burgers in the Iowa Beef Best Burger contest. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Bino Burger named one of Iowa's best

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The secret is out! Bambino’s in Ossian has one of the best burgers in the state as the bar and restaurant’s Bino Burger was recently announced as a top 10 selection in Iowa’s Best Burger Contest.

“To tell you the truth, there’s nothing flashy or extra special about it. It’s just a good burger,” said Sue Lienau, who along with husband Ron have owned and operated the downtown Ossian business for 39 years. “I would describe the burger as an over 1/3-pound, hand-pattied chunk of beef with a slice of American cheddar and Swiss cheese on top.”

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Supervisors hear complaints on road rock damaging tires

Supervisors hear complains on road rocks damaging tires

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

Several citizens along with the West Union Post Master Sheila Soppe attended the Fayette County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, March 22, to express their concerns about rock that is being applied to several county gravel roads.

According to those present, a lot the rock is larger than one-inch in diameter and is causing damage to tires.

“A lot of my carriers have had multiple flat tires because the rocks are sharp. They also say it’s very rolly and feels like they are driving on ice,” she told the Board.

She mentioned that one of the problem areas was on 240th Street where the flat tires occurred, and that a door actually came off of a vehicle because the pins that held it on, were shook out.

Kaleena Langreck, one of the mail carriers, was present and said her back window actually popped off her vehicle. “I’m just waiting for something else to break,” she said.

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Accept $6 million dollar bid for NICC's Max Clark Hall renovations

A revamped main entrance to Max Clark Hall on Northeast Iowa Community College’s Calmar campus is one of many upgrades coming to the facility. Originally built in 1971, Max Clark Hall will see a $6 million-plus renovation over the coming months with an anticipated completion date of Feb. 28, 2022. (submitted photo)

 

Accept $6 million dollar bid for NICC's Max Clark Hall renovations

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Big changes are coming to the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) campus in Calmar as the local college’s Board of Trustees approved the recommended bid for renovations to Max Clark Hall. The building, which is one of the first buildings seen on the campus when driving past on Highway 150 or when entering the college grounds, is the home to accredited NICC nursing program as well as several other of the school’s programs.

The renovation project will include an updated main entrance to the building, classrooms, offices, restrooms, and a six-bed nursing student training lab that will include additional classrooms for health programming.

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Miss Elgin 2021

Kenlin Schmitt was crowned as Miss Elgin on Tuesday, March 16.  Schmitt, the daughter of Chris and Vanessa Schmitt, is currently a junior at North Fayette Valley High School. Miss Elgin is sponsored by the Elgin Community Betterment Club.

 

Miss Elgin 2021

 

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'Partners' getting the vaccine out in Fayette County

 

'Partners' getting the vaccine out in Fayette County

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“The vaccine process is going very well in Fayette County.”

That’s according to Fayette County Public Health spokesperson Jamie Hoey.

“In alignment with the Governor’s announcement, those aged 16+ are eligible starting in April, as long as vaccine is available; however, pharmacies and providers will continue to prioritize those at risk,” she added.

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