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15
Jul

West Union looking for help naming new recreational area

West Union city administrator Nick McIntyre, and West Union city clerk, Amie Johansen survey the golf course recently purchased by the city.  The plan, going forward, is to use the land to develop walking trails connecting the city of West Union to Echo Valley Park, a campground area, as well as bring the sport of golf back to West Union.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

West Union looking for help naming new recreational area

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

When the city of West Union saw the opportunity to purchase the local golf course for an amazing price, city officials knew it was a deal they did not want to pass up. 

“The trails were the main idea behind all of this,” said West Union city administrator, Nick McIntyre of the decision to purchase the local attraction.  

“Our goal is not to make money out here, necessarily,” McIntyre continued as he took a look around the sprawling greens of the course that sits just to the west of Echo Valley Park.  “We want to draw people to the community, to bring people to the area so they can visit the wonderful businesses we have in town.” 

Additionally, the city is looking for some help naming its new purchase.  

Wed
15
Jul

Clermont's BBQ in the Park Monday, July 20

Clermont's BBQ in the Park Monday, July 20

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The 5th Annual Clermont BBQ in the Park is Monday, July 20, with events starting at 4:30 p.m. Rain Date will be Tuesday, July 21.

New additions to the BBQ in the Park this year are the Giant Barrel Pong and Miniature Golf. The Giant Barrel Pong was  played at the Elgin Homecoming last year; this year it is coming to Clermont. There will be two sets of the pong barrels for team competition.

Food will be served starting at 4:30 p.m., and will once again be a free will donation. This year the Clermont Community Club members will serve up all food to minimize contact.  We will have Maidrites, brats and hot dogs, along with chips, ice cream and lemonade.

Returning Events:

- Music by Steve Schroeder from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

- Raffle 

Wed
15
Jul

Eye Clinic closes due to COVID-19 concerns

Eye Clinic closes due to COVID-19 concerns

 

 

West Union’s Woodland Eye Clinic will be closed until July 22nd due to a potential CoVID-19 exposure to staff. 

“With the help of the Fayette County Public Health Department investigation it was deemed that NO patients or members of the public were exposed,” the clinic announced on it’s Facebook page last week.  

“Your health and safety is our top priority and our safety measures we have in place helped to keep the risk of exposure away from any patients,” said Dr. Joshua Woodland. “Our West Union office will be closed for 2 weeks for cleaning and monitoring our staff out of an abundance of caution.” 

The Dyersville and Elkader offices remain open and ready to serve customers as safely as possible.

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jul

First State Bank in Fayette to change hands

First State Bank, Fayette

 

First State Bank  in Fayette to change hands

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

First State Bank in Fayette will be under new ownership once a preliminary agreement is reached between them and Northeast Security Bank, Sumner.

NSB recently announced their intentions to acquire FSB in Fayette and Sumner.

Independence Bancshares, Inc., Independence, the holding company for Northeast Security Bank, Sumner, and PSB Corporation, Wellsburg, the bank holding company for First State Bank, Sumner, have executed a Letter of Intent that provides the terms and conditions of Northeast Security Bank’s intended acquisition of First State Bank. 

Wed
15
Jul

167th fair starts next Tuesday!

167th Fair starts next Tuesday! Plans in place to keep people safe?

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“The Fair Board has put in a lot of time and effort along with many, many volunteers and are excited to showcase the best of Fayette County. We are excited about the upcoming week.”

That’s what Fayette County Fair Board President Kevin Converse had to say leading into the Fair that will be Tuesday, July 21 through Saturday, July 25.

He went on to reassure the public that the Board is doing everything they can to try and keep the fair a safe environment in dealing with the Covid – 19 pandemic.

Wed
08
Jul

It will be 'Show and Go' for 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors this year in Winn. Co.

Katelyn Kleiboer (left) showed the Supreme Champion Gelding and Brendan Lovstuen (right) had the Reseve Champion Gleding during the 2019 Winneshiek County Fair Horse Show. (file photo)

 

It will be 'Show and Go' for 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors this year in Winneshiek Co.

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“Everything is moving forward with the 4-H and FFA shows,” said Becky Winkler, President of the Winneshiek County Ag Association. 

That is in spite of the fact that there will be no Winneshiek County Fair this year.

The schedule for the 4-H and FFA shows is as follows and the shows are not open to the public. They are scheduled at different times but the times are not being announced to prevent any large gatherings of people. They are all a show and go event.

Wed
08
Jul

Our northeast Iowa

There was a visual treat in the sky July 4 with a full moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse. Photographer This is what Native Americans call the Buck Moon, named because it is the season that deer begin to regrow their antlers. A penumbral lunar eclipse is when the moon moves through the earth’s shadow; unfortunately the effect was very slight this year, and not obvious to most viewers. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

our Northeast Iowa

 
Wed
08
Jul

Covid cases rise

Covid cases rise

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

The “huge” uptick in Covid -19 cases in Fayette County in recent days is something that people need to be aware of and work at trying to keep those numbers down.

That’s what Jamie Hoey, marketing manager for Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, which oversees Fayette County Public Health, recently announced after there were a reported 16 news cases in one 24-hour period on July 4. As of Tuesday, July 7, there was a reported 51 positive cases in Fayette County.

“That’s a 28 percent increase,” she said. “Public health is seeing this increase related to family and social gatherings, both inside and outside.”

She also said there has been more testing in recent weeks, which also can drive up numbers. Of the 1,895 individuals tested, 1,842 tests were negative.

Wed
08
Jul

Carnival still a question mark for County Fair

Carnival still a question mark for County Fair

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The carnival for the Fayette County Fair, July 21- 25, is still questionable.

Although the Fair Board is planning for the carnival, Board President Kevin Converse said the carnival provider is checking on their insurance and what it would cost to be set up this year in Fayette County.

Converse said he is waiting for them to call him later this week to let him know what they are going able to do.

He said there also plans to meet with Extension representatives to discuss letting show animals stay longer at the fair. He said there have been several families who have been wanting to be able to do this. 

Current plans call for the animals being removed from the fairgrounds following the show they are in.

 
Wed
08
Jul

July 31 marks 50th anniversary for Wadena rock festival

“Barney” G. W. Bond was 21 when the Wadena Rock Festival took place in his hometown. He is shown here with a copy of book “The Wadena Rock Festival: From Courtrooms to Cornfields.” Barney was at the festival for all three days. (Jack Swanson photos)

 

July 31 marks 50th anniversary for Wadena rock festival

 

 

“Barney” G.W. Bond was a 21-year-old bank cashier living in small town Iowa. What he was about to experience for the next three days was something that would almost define the rest of his life and make a lasting impact on almost everyone he knew, and the town where he grew up.

Today, 50 years later, Bond is still telling the story of the Wadena Rock Festival. It’s a story he never grows tired of telling and one that you can tell by talking to him, he’d like to re-live again and again.

This year will mark the 50-year anniversary of the 1970 three-day concert that sort of rocked the world. Sure it wasn’t as big as Woodstock (only an estimated 50,000 compared to 400,000 people), but it tried to be, with the same message of a mass gathering in the name of music, love and peace, with a lot of recreational drugs thrown in for good measure. Unlike Woodstock, the Wadena Rock Festival was being held in basically the middle of nowhere, outside of a town of about 300 people at the most. 

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