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Thu
31
Jan

Wheelchair can't hold UIU's Hawes back from uphill success

 

A native of Waukon, Markus Hawes is the Upper Iowa University Tutor Center manager. in 2011, five days after graduating from high school Haws broke his C7 vertebrae diving into home plate during a baseball practice. He was paralyzed from the waste down, but that hasn’t stopped Hawes from going on to have a successful career.

 

Wheelchair can't hold UIU's Hawes back from uphill success

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Markus Hawes is an incredible young man. That much is evident when you first meet the Upper Iowa University Tutor Center manager who is a paraplegic. 

It’s definitely his upbeat and persevering attitude, despite an unfortunate accident that changed his life almost eight years ago, that makes him stand out. 

In 2011, five days after graduating from Waukon High School, Hawes was at baseball practice when he got himself into a pickle between third base and home plate. Trying to avoid being tagged, he dove for home, collided with the team’s catcher, and broke his C7 vertebrae. Life was never the same after that moment. 

“I was taken by ambulance to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon and then airlifted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.,” Hawes recalled. “After the accident, I spent six weeks at Mayo, where I pushed hard in physical therapy so I could get home. I was released on July 1, and I spent the rest of the summer at my parent’s house.”

Wed
30
Jan

Wind chill expected to hit below negative 50 today

 

As the sun rises over NFV High School Tuesday morning, the once bustling campus is dead silent thanks to bitterly cold temperatures closing the school through at least Wednesday. With wind chill values expected to reach below negative 50 degrees at points on Tuesday and Wednesday, northeast Iowa residents are encouraged to stay indoors. With temperatures that low, exposed skin can become frostbitten within five minutes.  LeAnn Larson Photo

 

Wind chill expected to hit below negative 50 today

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

There may not be a word that exists to describe how cold it is going to get today (Wednesday, Jan. 30).

 

Wed
30
Jan

Engineer moves forward with plans to build new county shop

Engineer moves forward with plans to build new county shop

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Fayette County is continuing to move forward with building a new Secondary Roads Maintenance Facility. 

At their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, the Fayette County Supervisors were told by Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz that he had put $2.3 million in next fiscal year’s budget to build a of a new county shop. 

Fantz is currently working on securing an architect to come up with a drawing of the building before he can provide actual dollar figures on what the new shop will cost. However, after the meeting he said he has $2.9 million to complete the project without raising taxes or sacrificing projects currently scheduled. That $2.9 million comes from savings that Fantz has been able to capture by looking at the way his department was doing business and making changes.

Wed
23
Jan

SW preschool registration

SW preschool registration

 

Preschool and Kindergarten registration for South Winneshiek Community School District will be open Monday, Jan. 28, through Friday, Feb. 1.

 

To reserve a spot, call (563) 562-9365 or email tiwagner@swinn.k12.ua.us.

 
Wed
23
Jan

Keeping the streets clear and safe

 

With over 63 years of combined service as City of Ossian maintenance workers, Don DiLaura (left) and Brian Zweibohmer are geared up and ready to clean the streets for the next snowfall. The two begin their mornings as early as 3 a.m. when significant snowfall affects the area as the two-man crew aims to have the streets and sidewalks clear and safe by the time the rest of the town wakes up. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Keeping the steets clear and safe

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The chore of shoveling snow is nothing new to most Iowans. While the majority of individuals have to clear snow from their sidewalks and driveways, which can take anywhere from minutes to hours, there are two individuals in Ossian who are responsible for keeping the streets free and clear of snow and ice.

With over 63 years of combined service between the two, Ossian maintenance workers Don DiLaura and Brian Zweibohmer take on the routine task of running the City’s snowplow, loader, and dump truck whenever required.

“We don’t have a set amount of snow that we need before we go out, it’s generally more of a judgment call,” said DiLaura. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be snow either; If there is freezing rain or ice, we have to go out and sand the intersections.”

Wed
23
Jan

Dibbles find friendship with mentee

 

Jay and Ann Dibble (l-r) of Clermont were pointed in the direction of mentoring a youth in the community after looking into the process to become foster parents several years ago. The couple has been paired with Emma Wilker (right) of Elgin since April 2016. The group enjoys baking cookies and playing board games together. They also go see movies and explore Fayette County in the summer. Chris DeBack photos

 

Dibbles find friendship with mentee

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

When Ann and Jay Dibble retired from farming near Postville and moved into Clermont the couple was looking for something to occupy their time.

The Dibbles first thought of becoming Foster parents but after checking into the process were pointed in the direction of mentoring. 

“My niece was a mentor, and she had brought her mentee to out farm when we lived out by Postville. We came down here and semi-retired and had some time on our hands so we checked into fostering; however, it was suggested to us to mentor.”

The couple checked in with NFV Mentoring, liked the opportunity it presented, and have been paired with Emma Wilker, daughter of Crystal Wilker of Elgin, since April of 2016. 

“Emma was a little shy when we first started hanging out, but she has warmed up to us over the years, we are friends now,” Ann said. “If she has problems, I am here for her to talk with. She is like an extra grandchild for me. We just enjoy each others company.”

Wed
23
Jan

T's Brick City Spa to host grant event

 

Looking forward to seeing you at T’s Brick City Spa’s Grand Event are the following staff members (front, l-r) Sara Hougen, Jessica Billmeyer, Owner – Tanya Tysland, Whitney Guyer, Mary Hemesath. Back (l-r) Lisa Carey, Charlotte Tysland, Merry Stover and Carol Swenson. Not pictured is Angie Cooper. Stop by during their Grand Event on Sunday, Feb. 3 and learn more about the special services they provide.

 

T's Brick City Spa to host grant event

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

 

T’s Brick City Spa in downtown Clermont will be hosting a Grand Event on Sunday, February 3, 2019, from noon to 3 p.m.  Owner Tanya Tysland is excited to introduce her staff and the services they provide to enable clients to relax and rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Tysland says her goal is to “Bring big city luxuries to a small town and to allow people to pamper themselves at affordable prices.”

 

Wed
23
Jan

Ohrt's build perfect camping adventure

 

Colleen and Dwight Ohrt of West Union recently purchased the Little Turkey Campground in Waucoma and should be open to the public in April weather permitting.  Submitted photo

 

Ohrt's build perfect camping adventure

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

            “It’s a little piece of beautiful nature in the middle of our area,” said Colleen Ohrt of the Little Turkey Campground in Waucoma.  “A perfect place to relax and call your ‘home away from home!’”

            Last fall, Colleen and her husband, Dwight, were on the hunt for the perfect campground near the West Union area.

            “We have always been big campers.  When we lived in Oregon we were out backpacking the pacific trail on any given weekend.  When we came back to West Union, camping for many years in Guttenberg,” explained Colleen.

“Camping has always been something we both loved, and while we loved it in the Gutternburg area, we decided to start looking for something a little smaller,” continued the self-proclaimed nature lover. “We loved being on the water, but the Mississippi was a bit big for us.  We aren’t big boat people. We’re the type to spend our weekends kayaking or sitting along the beaches.”

It was last November when the couple found their perfect spot to settle on their weekends away from home during the camping season.

“It was perfect for us,” Colleen beamed as she remembered her first view of the long standing area campground.  

“And, as it turned out, it was actually for sale,” she continued with a laugh.  “Dwight and I had never really discussed running a campground before, but as soon as this opportunity fell into our laps, we knew it was an opportunity just made for us!”

Wed
23
Jan

Local woman tumbling into small business success

 

Jeanine Wurzer of Hawkeye has always been a crafty person. The Protivin native’s newest business venture, Modern Farmhouse Crafts, certainly gives her a chance to be creative as she designs and personalizes tumblers.

 

Local woman tumbling into small business success

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

There is no denying that Jeanine Wurzer of Hawkeye definitely harbors a love for anything crafty.  

“I’m always drawn to a variety of things,” said Wurzer with a smile. “The idea of finding something fun to do and then adding my own ideas or creativity to it has been interesting to me!” 

It was this love of creativity that drew the Protivin native to her newest business venture, designing and creating personalized tumblers.

Wed
23
Jan

Fayette Council makes some "smart" decisions

Fayette Council makes some "smart" decisions

 

 

Vicki Rowland
Contributing Writer

 

 

The Fayette City Council held the first reading of Proposed Ordinance 501 at their regular meeting on Monday, January 21, 2019. Ordinance 501 deals with changes in the city water/sewer rates to accommodate the upcoming new monthly billings. One bit of controversy was over the safety of the new radio transmitted “smart” meters.   Patti Nefzger made a motion that it be mandatory that all citizens have the new radio transmitted “smart” meters on their property.  Nancy Wulfekuhle spoke for individuals having the option to continue with their old meters with the understanding that they would have to pay an extra administrative fee to defray the costs of employees having to physically read the meters and calculate the bills. The motion carried 4 to 1, with Wulfekuhle casting the nay vote. 

Other new proposals in the ordinance are a minimum monthly bill of $18.44 to meet the current system needs. Also a $10.00 monthly Water and Sewer Infrastructure /Administration Fee will be billed to go into a reserve fund for future repair and replacement needs. The second reading of Ordinance 501 will take place at the next Council meeting.

Jeremy Mueller came to the Council with a preliminary proposal to develop a ten acre field he owns on the top of a hill northeast of the Volga River bridge on Highway 150 for a housing development.  Mueller told the Council that he has been meeting with DOT officials to discuss feasibility of accessing the property from Highway 150, and that they had been very positive about working with the City.  Jon Biederman volunteered to walk the property with Mueller and sketch a concept drawing.

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