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22
Jul

South Winneshiek School registration all online

South Winneshiek School registration all online

 

Due to COVID-19 South Winneshiek School District will be holding registration completely online this year. 

Online registration will open Wednesday, July 29, and remain open through Aug. 5. Registration information will be sent by email Friday, July 24.  

Online registration instructions will be sent by email the morning of July 29.  If you have questions or need support, contact the District office at (563) 562-3269.

 

Wed
22
Jul

Watermelon Days postponed until 2021

Watermelon Days postponed until 2021

 

The Fayette Watermelon Days committee has announced that “after careful consideration” they decided to postpone this year's event until 2021. 

“With the rise of Covid-19, we feel we would not be able to host a celebration in a fashion that would keep everyone safe,” said a news release from the Committee.

“We hope to see you all next year on Sept. 10,11, and 12. It is our hope that when we meet again in 2021 we will be Covid-19 free and we will have a celebration of a lifetime providing as many free events as we can,” the news release said.

 

Wed
22
Jul

NFV to host registration Aug. 3 and 4

NFV to host registration Aug. 3 and 4

 

North Fayette Valley will host school registration Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 3 and 4.

Families can register at the North Fayette Valley high school from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, August 3 and then at the middle school from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. 

Parents may also register their students online at www.nfvschools.com starting on Monday, July 27.

Intake conferences for kindergarten through eighth grades will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 20 and Monday, August 24.   These conferences can be scheduled online via the online conference scheduler.  If you cannot access the online tool, please call your student’s school office and request a time.  

High School Back-to-School Night will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. Ninth-grade Jump Start will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Aug. 24. 

Wed
22
Jul

Fair Board looking forward to a 'great' safe fair

Saturday - Randy Houser

 

Fair Board looking forward to a 'great' safe fair!

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Fair Board President Kevin Converse said now that Fayette County Fair is actually up and running, he’s expecting a great fair.

According to Converse the plan the Board has put in place to keep people safe from the threat of Covid – 19 is one that has had  a lot of thought and planning gone into it. So much so that it has met with approval from the State Department of Public Health.

“Our updated mitigation plan did receive approval from the Iowa Department of Health. We are excited about the Fair this week and hope people review our mitigation plan and follow its guidelines if they choose to come to the fair,” Converse explained.

Fri
17
Jul

Clermont Community Club postpones BBQ in the park

Clermont Community Club postpones BBQ in the park

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

In a statement released to the public, Clermont Community Club announced they would be postponing the annual BBQ in the Park event. 

Fri
17
Jul

Clermont Community Club postpones BBQ in the park

Clermont Community Club postpones BBQ in the park

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

In a statement released to the public, Clermont Community Club announced they would be postponing the annual BBQ in the Park event. 

“After seeing the Fayette County Health Advisory this afternoon, out of an abundance of caution we have decided to postpone our annual BBQ in the Park event,” a spokesperson said in the statement.  “We had safety protocols planned to minimize exposure, but given the recent rise in cases we do not want to risk spreading the virus if people are asymptomatic.” 

The statement went on to say that the club intends to monitor the situation going forward, in the hopes that the event can be rescheduled in the fall. 

Wed
15
Jul

South Winneshiek Schools 'Return to Learn' plans being made

South Winneshiek Schools 'Return to Learn' plans being made

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

South Winneshiek Superintendent Kris Eink said he will announce his plan for “return to learn” at next school board meeting, Aug. 10.

Eink told the School Board Monday night, July 13, at the regular monthly meeting, that school districts were not required to have an actual plan in place but they were required to make sure certain assurances will be in place when school starts in the fall.

“We do have a plan but it’s a comprehensive one. I hope to bring it before the Board in August,” Eink said.

Wed
15
Jul

Ossian's 2020 Summer Performances at the Pavilion begin tonight

Ossian's 2020 Summer Performances a the Pavilion begin tonight

 

 

The 2020 Summer Performances at the Pavilion is set to begin tonight, Wednesday, July 15 with an 8 p.m. screening of the iconic film, Field of Dreams. Nathan Moonen Law Office will sponsor this event. 

The annual summer series events will all be held at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion in Carey's Park.  

The events are all free of charge. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. The events include six movies and three live performances.

Each event is sponsored by a local business, while the City of Ossian, the Ossian Crown Club and Casey’s General Store in Ossian bring the summer series to the public. 

Wed
15
Jul

Winneshiek County has first COVID-10 related death

Winneshiek County has first COVID-19 related death

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

The Winneshiek County Department of Public Health announced Monday, July 13, the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. The individual was over the age of 80 and had underlying health issues.

“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Winneshiek County Public Health Director Krista VandenBrink. “Winneshiek County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”

Wed
15
Jul

Kriener faces deadly infection; almost ready to head home

Zak Kriener faced a deadly infection and multiple resulting surgeries over the last few weeks. After a long journey, Kriener is eager to return home and begin his rehabilitation.  (submitted photo) 

 

Kriener faces deadly infection; almost ready to head home

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

I realized it was serious once they put the lights on the ambulance,” Zak Kriener remembered of the moment he was being transported to Gundersen Lutheran in LaCrosse, Wisconsin after the West Union medical team found he was suffering a massive infection. “The paramedics helped to keep me at ease and calm. They made the trip more relaxing and less worrisome.” 

It started out as a nagging pain in his lower back, a pain that quickly became something much more severe. 

“It started with severe back pain on Tuesday June 23rd,” Kriener recalled, adding that he also had a smaller pain he attributed to a skin irritation such as an ingrown hair in the same region. 

“I didn’t think my back pain and the ingrown hair pain were related,” he explained.  

“As the week progressed, I thought it could be mono just by how tired I was. I was sleeping 16 plus hours and still exhausted,” Kriener continued. “I tried to ignore the pain for a few days, and went to the chiropractor thinking I was out of alignment. This trip helped slightly with the back pain, but that small pain continued to worsen and spread.”

By Friday, June 26, Zak had developed a slight fever along with some chills.  Concerned, he and his girlfriend, Libby Manning, ventured out to the local Gundersen Palmer Lutheran clinic in West Union.  

“As more symptoms appeared, like the chills and slight fever, we thought it could be a kidney infection because my back pain was in the same area as my left kidney,” said Zak. 

Eventually, the pain was so bad; Kriener decided the emergency room was his only other option. 

“I struggled to sit, walk, and even stand up at that point,” he remembered.  “I debated on waiting and going to the clinic again on the following Monday, but assumed it would be better to go to the ER that night.” 

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