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Wed
03
Apr

WC hosts unique instructional technology for students

 

Last week, West Central rented the Hawkeye Community College STEM Trailer to enhance its students learning. Oliver Cushion uses a stylus to manipulate a 3D model of a heart on a zSpace computer, which was one of several different kinds of technologies that the trailer offers the students.  Chris DeBack photo

 

WC hosts unique instructional technology for students

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Technology can be a great vehicle for student learning at any level of education. 

It can excite students, and motivate them to want to learn more about a subject. Last week, West Central took advantage of that extrinsic motivation when it used the Hawkeye Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Trailer to teach some lessons. 

“[Steve] Milder, our guidance counselor, was at a conference at Hawkeye Community College, and they were saying that they had this available for schools to use,” said Julie George, WC science teacher, who helped with trailer along with Matthew Molumby, WC instructional coach. “So, he brought back some information, and we took it to the WC Booster Club, and they agreed to pay for it.”

Every grade, Pre-K through high school, got to complete a lesson in the trailer.

Wed
03
Apr

Good Samaritan fine after accident trapped him under a car

Danny Rosburg

 

Good Samaritan fine after accident trapped him under a car

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Danny Rosburg of rural Fayette is doing fine after he was struck and pinned under a car on Saturday, March 9, not far from his house. 

Darrell and Carol Cushion were traveling south on G Avenue when they lost control of their vehicle and entered the west ditch. The Cushions are good friends with Rosburg and called their friend to help them out because he didn’t live very far from where they got their car stuck. 

“It was slushy and icy,” Rosburg recalled about the road conditions. “There was a terrible ice patch, and I think what happened was there was a enough slush that it pulled [the Cushions] into the ditch. When Darrell turned his wheels it made a grove in the slush.”

Rosburg drove his tractor and a skid loader out into the field, and brought a shovel along to dig the Cushions’ 1998 Cadillac out enough so that it could be driven through the field and back onto the road. 

Wed
03
Apr

Bruening addresses gravel roads with Supervisors

Bruening addresses gravel roads with Supervisors

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

At their regular meeting on Monday, April 1, the Fayette County Supervisors met with two representatives from Bruening Rock Products of Decorah. Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz was also in attendance for the meeting. 

Dennis Kleve spoke on behalf of Bruening Rock Products and was responding to the article “Fayette County considers seeking restitution against Bruening Rock Products” that was published in last week’s paper. He said that Bruenings was contacted about damage to N and Neon avenues and 10th Street on Tuesday morning, March 26, and the company provided rock for the roads. Kleve noted that Bruenings was hauling rock for a project in Littleton. 

“We were hauling rock to down by Wapsi River down by Littleton,” Kleve said. “We had to have that in there, we couldn't wait the extra three days because they were restoring a creek bank and wanted it done before the flood came.” 

Wed
03
Apr

Ruroden first Iowan to be given NTP designation

 

West Union native Zachary Ruroden is the first Iowan to earn the National Title Professionals designation from the American Land Title Association. The 2000 North Fayette graduate owns Fritcher Abstract Company in Storm Lake and G.T. Murphy Abstract Company in New Hampton. He got his start in the business when he was hired at Fayette County Abstract Company when he was 15 years old.  Submitted photo

 

Ruroden first Iowan to be given NTP designation

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

A West Union native was the first Iowan to receive one of the highest honors from the American Land Title Association (ALTA).  

Zachary Ruroden recently earned the National Title Professional (NTP) designation from ALTA; only 97 other land title professionals across the United States have received this designation. He is also a member of the Iowa Land Title Association. 

“The designation recognizes land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience, and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property,” read a press release from ALTA. 

Wed
03
Apr

Divas and Dining is Friday, April 12

 

The West Union Chamber — A Main Street Communities annual Divas and Dining celebration will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the West Union Event Center. Guest Speaker This year’s theme is “Ladies Night Out — Cheers to 10 Years!” Jessica Goltz of Monona, author of “Living Grounded,” will speak about burnout and how to overcome it using the mind, body, and spirit.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Divas and Dining is Friday, April 12

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Ladies, grab some friends and get ready for a fun night of shopping, wine tasting, and entertainment at the 10th annual Divas and Dining.

“Ladies’ Night Out — Cheers to 10 Years” is the theme for this year’s West Union Chamber — A Main Street Communities annual Divas and Dining celebration. It will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the West Union Event Center in West Union. 

Thu
28
Mar

SWMS to present 'Around the World in Eight Plays'

 

Members of the cast for South Winneshiek Middle School’s presentation of “Around the World in Eight Plays,” includes (front, l-r) Karstyn Lukes, Tucker Wagner, Jordan Peterson, Madison Foley, Abe Conway, Trinity Boyle, Paige Jaster, Quinn Huinker; (back) Caylie Adam, Rachel Meyer, Hunter Wagner, Abby Wagner, Max Moonen, Annie Ondrashek, Kendra Elsbernd, Hannah Pahl. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SWMS to present 'Around the World in Eight Plays'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

South Winneshiek Middle School will present its spring play, “Around the World in Eight Plays,” Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31.

The play, written by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello, includes eight short plays from around the world, including from South Africa, Japan, and India.

Performances will be held at the South Winneshiek High School auditorium in Calmar with showtimes at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Thu
28
Mar

Adam to put on Clover Dash 5K

Chance Adam, a freshman at South Winn High School, raises awareness for the life-saving benefits of organ donation.

 

Adam to put on Clover Dash 5K

 

 

 

Did you know that there are currently over 117,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving organ transplant?  One donor can save up to 8 lives. 

On April 27, Chance Adam, a member of the Prairie Shooting Stars 4-H Club and the Winneshiek 4-H County Council, will be hosting the Clover Dash 5K for Organ Donation Awareness in Decorah. 

Chance's devotion for running and passion about organ donation awareness following the death of his father in 2015, are the driving force behind this event. 

Thu
28
Mar

Grassley visits local WU businesses on 99-county tour

 

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (left) speaks with Jon Biedermann, Fehr Graham engineer, about the geothermal system that was installed in West Union. Grassley was visiting West Union on Tuesday, March 19, for his Fayette County stop on his annual 99-county-tour.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Grassley visits local WU businesses on 99-county tour

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley visited West Union on Tuesday, March 19, for his Fayette County visit on his annual 99-county tour. 

Traditionally, Grassley just does a hour-long question and answer session with constituents. This year, Sandy Klosterman, West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community director, invited Grassley to visit some local businesses while he was in town. Grassley stopped at Unionland Feed & Food Market, Woodland Eye Clinic, and Bank 1st before he finished with a half-hour question and answer session at the West Union Community Library. 

While all of those businesses are located in the downtown district, Klosterman did ask that Grassley visit some of the businesses that aren’t downtown. However, for safety precautions, because he is third in line for the presidency and has increased security compared to when he has visited in the past, it was noted that he would only visit a few downtown locations on foot. 

Thu
28
Mar

Schott walks to raise money for MS

 

Mary Schott (center) of Elgin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on April 1, 2016. This year, she is participating in the Walk MS in Cedar Falls on Saturday, April 27, to raise money for groundbreaking research and to help others with MS. She won’t be doing the walk alone as she will be joined by friends and family to form Team Elgin. The team include (l-r) Lexi Moser, Tina Anderson, Bailey Moser, Schott, Cindy Torkelson, Tammy Moser, and Jeanne Kruckenberg. Not pictured are Madison Imoehl, Kay Schmitt, Lexi Frieden, and Brenda Olson. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Schott walks to raise money for MS

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It was no April Fools joke when Mary Schott of Elgin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) on April 1, 2016.

Three years later, Schott is gearing up to participate in the 2019 Walk MS in Cedar Falls to raise money to drive groundbreaking research and help those affected by MS.  

MS is a disease where a person’s immune system attacks and eats away at the protective covering surrounding a nerve. In Schott’s case, it is affecting her ability to see out of her right eye.

“I went completely blind in my right eye, due to optic neuritis, which was when it was discovered that I had MS,” said Schott. “It was like a bad April Fools joke when the diagnosis came down.

“The best way I have seen it described is it’s like an electrical cord and the outside coating of the cord is being attacked and the electrical current gets shorted out,” The Elgin resident added. “Information going to and from the bain gets delayed or doesn’t cross correctly, which causes all the other symptoms you have.” 

Thu
28
Mar

Providing a 'spark' to future nurses

 

In 2014, Maple Crest in Fayette started a unique CNA (certified nursing assistant) program to help those interested in the healthcare field get a start while also benefiting its own staffing crisis. Among those involved with the program include (l-r) Megan Hanson, office manager; Samantha Jones, licensed practical nurse; Nancy Lyons, director of nursing; Jamie Fredrick, registered nurse; and Janet Degenford, administrator. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Providing a 'spark' to future nurses

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Like virtually every healthcare facility across the country, Maple Crest in Fayette has suffered from a staffing crisis over recent years. In 2014, the local facility took a first-of-it’s-kind step to help combat that crisis while also helping individuals interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

“We were looking for a way to get people (staff) in here, so we partnered with NICC (Northeast Iowa Community College) and developed a CNA (certified nursing aid) program that would help give future healthcare workers a little spark to get them going in the field,” explained Megan Hanson, office manager at Maple Crest. “Today, these types of programs are common at most nursing homes, but we were the first to do it in the area.”

The unique program helps anyone from the community who is interested in the healthcare or nursing field get a start by helping cover the costs associated with taking classes and obtaining the proper equipment.

“The program is open to anyone. All they have to do is come into our facility and talk with one of us,” continued Hanson. “The process begins with an application, followed by an interview and then a job shadow. If we feel that an individual meets the requirements that we are looking for, we move ahead with the class.”

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