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02
Oct

Ossian FB receives $9,500 in grants

The Ossian Fire Department received a pair of grants this spring which totaled $9,500, including a $2,500 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Communities organization. Pictured accepting the check are (l-r) Sadie Burroughs, Lenny Imoehl, Dale Beckman, Alan Schmitt, Denis Holien, Art Uhlenhake, and Cody Grant. (submitted photo)

 

Ossian FD receives $9,500 in grants

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Ossian Fire Department recently received a pair of grants that totaled $9,500 and will be used to help purchase new turnout gear. The grants came from two different entities, as the Winneshiek County Communiy Foundation gave $7,000 and America’s Farmers Grow Communities gave $2,500.

“To outfit a firefighter, it costs approximately $2,600 fro boots, pants, a coat, and helmet,” said Denis Holien, Ossian Fire Chief. “These have to be replaced every 15 years, so it is very important to have generous grants like this to help us stay up to date.”

Wed
02
Oct

NFV celebrates Homecoming Week, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Members of the 2019 North Fayette Valley “Making Our School Home” homecoming court are (back l-r) Seth Meyer, Joel Grimes, Trey Darnall, Zander Britt, Brennan Imoehl, (front l-r) Payten Lehmann, Pauline Clark, Gina Gibson, Lexi Ruroden, and Claire Halverson. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

NFV celebrates Homecoming Week, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

The students at North Fayette Valley High School are making their school “Home” this week as they celebrate Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 5. 

The North Fayette Valley Student Council members have planned a number of fun activities to help make their school “Home” and get the student body excited for Homecoming Week. 

“I have never been so excited for the week. We have lots of exciting things going on here at the high school,” said NFV senior, Cassi Moss of this week’s festivities.  “I hope you all have fun this week and thank you for supporting the NFV district. “ 

Wed
02
Oct

2nd Annual WU BrewBQ this Saturday

West Union City administrator, Nick McIntyre and West Union Mayor Adam Keller are ready for the second annual BREWBQ festivities that will begin this Saturday morning. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

2nd Annual WU BrewBQ this Saturday

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

With the forecast calling for sunny and a high of 58 degrees on Saturday, October 5, it will be a perfect day for all area craft beer, chili, and barbecue lovers to come on down to the second annual West Union BREWBQ! 

The second annual event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown West Union. 

“It will be a great event to top off homecoming week,” smiled West Union Deputy City Clerk and BREWBQ Committee member. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, we even have some new events this year!” 

The event started last year, as city officials were looking to begin an annual town-wide event.  With the growing popularity of microbreweries mixed with a good old-fashioned chili and BBQ cook-off, the BREWBQ was born.

“It is a great way for people to come down and take part in the cooking competitions while enjoying some of the local brews,” said Johansen.  “Plus, this year we have been working with the North Fayette Valley Student Council to incorporate a homecoming grand march into the festivities.” 

With a number of family friendly activities planned for the day, the West Union BREWBQ Committee says all are welcome to participate throughout the day, from BBQ and chili samples, live music and so much more.

“A $5 wristband gets you all the samplings you want throughout the day,” said Johansen.  “We will also have T&T BBQ there during the event.” 

So far, there are six barbequers registered and 13 chili entries.  

The event kicks off at 7 a.m. as the BBQ set up begins.  By 9 a.m., a variety of locally donated meats will be handed out to the BBQ cookers.  

Chili contestants will set up at 11 a.m.

The beer garden will open at 11 a.m.  The judging of the Chili Cook-Off will be held at noon. The beer garden will serve as a tour of northeast Iowa brewery tour with many local flavors on tap along with traditional domestic beers such as Busch Light and Bud Light, among others. 

Not Jupiter and other guests will provide live music for the event.  A number of children’s activities, including bounce houses, will be available, as well. 

New this year is a Golf Cart Rodeo.  This rodeo will consist of two person teams where one contestant drives blindfolded while the other provides the direction.  

“It should be a fun event to watch,” laughed Johansen.  

There will be a beanbag tournament at 2 p.m. followed by a NFV Homecoming Grand March on the plaza at 4 p.m.

“Many of the local businesses will be providing dinner specials for NFV students who will be attending the homecoming dance,” noted Johansen.  “It will be a fun way for the kids to get dinner before they head up to the school.” 

Spots are still available in the Chili Cook-Off. Those interested have until Friday, Oct. 4, to preregister for the cook-off by calling West Union City Hall at (563) 422-3908. There will be a $25 entry fee. Contestants must bring the chili fully prepared and ready to serve, with the necessary utensils, the public. The committee will provide bowls, spoons, and sampling cups. It is also advised that signage be brought to denote to the public how spicy the chili is. 

 

 

Wed
02
Oct

Heartbreaking: WU Rec Center vandalized

It was a heartbreaking discovery for West Union residents this weekend as the damage done by vandals to the trail light posts at the West Union Rec Center was discovered Saturday morning.  The posts not only serve to light the public trails, but also serve as outlets to supply energy park-goers as well as the annual Festival of Lights display headed by volunteers such as Judy Roach (right).  While discouraged by this act of vandalism, many West Union residents like Chris Bemiss (left) were happy to step in and help in anyway they could. In addition to a family donation, Bemiss assisted in setting up a Go Fund Me page for fundraising efforts to not only replace the broken trail lights, but to also install a security system in the public park.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Heartbreaking: WU Rec Center vandalized

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“Why would someone do this,” was all Judy Roach, one of the organizers and volunteers for the West Union Rec Center’s annual Festival of Lights, could say when she first heard about recent vandalism to the community park.  

“It is really unbelievable to me that someone could do something like this to such a wonderful place,” she continued of the damage.  “This is a place that is run by volunteers that so many people benefit from.  It just boggles my mind that anyone would try and ruin it.” 

On Saturday, September 28, the West Union Police Department took a call from a citizen reporting damage to light fixtures along the trail at the West Union Rec Center.

“As far as we can gather, the damage happened between 7 p.m. Friday, September 27 and 10:41 a.m. Saturday, September 28,” noted West Union deputy Jesse Stanbrough of the vandalism.  “We are still looking to get an estimate for the damage.” 

Along the rec centers winding trails are multiple light fixtures that sit close to the ground, along with illuminating the path of the popular trail, each of these fixtures provides electrical outlets to the park.  These outlets are central to the annual Festival of Lights display.  

“We plug in some of the displays directly to the lights and others we string cords to connect,” said Roach.  “Without these lights, we can’t get any of our displays up and running.” 

Wed
25
Sep

Check out Rendezvous Days in Fort Atkinson

Visitors both young and old will have the opportunity to learn about Fort Atikinson at this year’s 43rd Annual Fort Atkinson Rendezvous this weekend. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Check out Rendezvous Days in Fort Atkinson

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Fort Atkinson will be the place to be this weekend as the 43rd Annual Fort Atkinson Rendezvous will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28–29, at the historic grounds in town.

On Saturday, day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m., while on Sunday, the entertainment will be held between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

There is no admission charge, and parking is free. 

Wed
25
Sep

Several election races to watch in Winneshiek Co.

Several election races to watch in Winneshiek Co.

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

With the deadline to file paperwork for City and School coming and passing on Thursday, there looks to be several races to watch across Winneshiek County for the upcoming City/School election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Several of those contested races will occur in Ossian and one on the South Winneshiek school board.

In Ossian, both current councilperson Bryan Beckman and former mayor Chuck Covell will vie for the mayoral seat, while four individuals will vie for three open vacancies on the council.

Incumbent candidates Dan Langreck and Sue Lienau are among the four running, as are Graham Goltz and Rodney Hemesath.

Wed
25
Sep

Elgin Betterment develops ideas for the future

Elgin Betterment develops ideas for the future

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

 

The Elgin Community Betterment Club recently had a “visioning meeting.” Also attending was Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism Director Mallory Hanson.

Feedback on many aspects of the town and community in general was gathered from those in attendance.

Wed
25
Sep

Reierson nominated for nation's top teaching award

North Fayette Valley middle school science teacher, Carol Reierson helps some students work through a hands on experiment in her classroom.  Reierson was recently named a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an honor she was nominated for last year.  Reierson was recognized for her unique classroom approach using a heuristic approach in her classroom, creating increased student involvement. (submitted photo)  

 

Reierson nominated for nation's top teaching award

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“It was a life-changer, and an absolute honor,” beamed North Fayette Valley middle school science teacher Carol Reierson of her recent Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching nomination.  “I truly love every second of what I do, and to be recognized like this is beyond anything I could have imagined!” 

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honors for kindergarten through 12th grade educators of math and science.

More than 5.000 teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions have been recognized since Congress created the program in 1983. 

Reierson, a 36-year teaching veteran has always had a passion for science, as well as teaching.

“I knew very early on that this is what I wanted to do,” she said with a smile.  “I went to college for teaching middle school science.  Once I was done, I learned very quickly that those jobs were hard to find.” 

Wed
25
Sep

Upper Iowa University to celebrate 'Tie Dye & Tailfeathers'

From left) Caitlin Schauer, an Upper Iowa University senior software engineering major from Waseca, Minnesota, and Marissa Lynn McAuliffe, a junior business administration major from Dubuque, Iowa, were among the Peacocks participating in the Tuesday, September 10, tie dying event at UIU's Fayette Campus. The participating students were preparing for the upcoming Tie Dye & Tailfeathers Homecoming celebration, which kicks off Thursday, October 3.

 

Upper Iowa University to celebrate 'Tie Dye & Tailfeathers'

 

 

 

Upper Iowa University (UIU) is summoning all those with Peacock spirit to attend the Tie Dye & Tailfeathers Homecoming celebration Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6. Among the alumni anticipating the start of the festivities are grand marshals Al '56 and Jan '64 (Mork) Seabrooke. The Elgin, Iowa, residents will lead the Homecoming parade, which is scheduled to begin at noon Saturday, October 5.

Wed
25
Sep

There will be race for Mayor in upcoming WU City election

There will be race for mayor in upcoming city election

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

West Union Mayor Adam Keller will be facing a challenger in this year’s election, Nov. 5. Lester Hope has also filed for the Mayor’s seat.

Candidates had to file by Sept. 19.

In the Council race, one At-large seat will be determined, along with the 2ndWard and 3rdWard seats. 

There are two challengers running against incumbent Kennon Gumm. They are Linda Croal and Ann Hutchens.

Seeking re-election to the Ward 2 seat will be Cam Granger while Andrew Smith will be seeking re-election to the Ward 3 seat.

Voting will be at the Courthouse Assembly Room, 114 N. Vine St.

The following are the candidates for the towns in our coverage area:

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