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Tue
09
Jul

Caeden deBruin: A kind on a mission

 

Caeden deBruin: A kind on a mission

Becky Walz
News Editor

 

It isn’t every day that a 7-year-old child gives up Christmas and birthday presents in order for his family to send money to help other children and families in Third-World countries to build huts, schools, care centers, and dig wells. 

But that is exactly what Caeden deBruin, son of Jen (Swenson) and Dylan deBruin of Urbandale, and Damon Swenson, son of Matt and Tyra Swenson of Vinton, have requested now for two years.

Next month Caeden will be experiencing the life of the children of Uganda, specifically a boy named Paul, whom Caeden sponsors for $34 per month. At age 7, he will be the youngest child to travel with the Hope Chest organization for a two-week visit.

Tue
09
Jul

Streetscape Grand Opening Thursday

 

Streetscape Grand Opening Thursday

The Green Pilot Streetscape grand opening celebration is reaching the  fast lane. The Thursday, July 11, schedule is as follows:

  1 p.m. – Longtime radio personality/ag reporter Ken Root will broadcast from the courthouse gazebo, and walking tours of the downtown project will be offered.

3 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting and short program, with refreshments and a performance by the Just for Kix dancers to follow.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Music by Fusion at the Civic Plaza.

Former West Union councilman Dean Pedersen will serve as the emcee during the festivities.

All events will take place at the new downtown Civic Plaza at the corners of Elm and Vine streets.  In the case of inclement weather, the short program will be moved inside the Holy Name Parish Center.

Tue
09
Jul

‘Deeply Connected’ to the future

 

CUTLINE: The community will celebrate the grand opening of the community’s Green Pilot Streetscape Project in downtown West Union on Thursday, July 11. Walking tours will begin at 1p.m. with a short program to follow at 3 p.m. (Mike Van Sickle photo)

 

 

 

‘Deeply Connected’ to the future

WU Green Pilot celebration Thursday

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor
and Amber Hovey
Union news writer

Wed
03
Jul

Make some waves this July 4th

CUTLINE: Head brewer Mike Saboe (l) and manager and assistant brewer Bob Slack of Toppling Goliath in Decorah pose next to the Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The barrels are being used to age some of the microbrewery’s rarer beers and are being housed in Toppling Goliath’s new, larger brewery in Decorah. (Photo by Amber Hovey)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brunch, Toppling style

By: Amber Hovey
Contributing Writer

 

 

It started out to be a beautiful, sunny day, perfect for Toppling Goliath's release of its newest beer, Kentucky Brunch.

Behind the day's events were owner Clark Lewey, manager and assistant brewer Bob Slack, and head brewer Mike Saboe, the latter two being West Union natives.

By the time Saboe and Slack rolled in at 9 a.m., there were a couple hundred people at the event, said Slack.

Wed
03
Jul

Make some waves this July 4th

 

Make some waves this July 4th

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

With a break in the clouds, organizers for this year’s July 4th celebration in West Union are planning for all participants to enjoy waves of fun during the festivities at the West Union Recreation Complex and Aquatic Center.

The annual water carnival officially gets underway at 1 p.m. and continues until 4 p.m.  

The schedule of events include diving contests (biggest/smallest splash, coolest/wackiest dive), duck races, sidewalk chalk, wacky relays, a handstand contest, ring toss, bobbing for apples, a water balloon fight, limbo contest, penny find, fastest down the slide, and diving for a brick.

Plans are for a new activity at the local aquatic center to begin every 15-20 minutes. Prizes will be give away throughout the afternoon.

Wed
03
Jul

Guest broadcaster returns to his ‘roots

CUTLINE: Longtime radio broadcaster Ken Root (left) was recently provided a tour of the West Union Green Pilot Streetscape Project by Tex Heyer (middle) and Jim Boelman. Root will be broadcasting from the courthouse gazebo during the Thursday, July 11, Streetscape grand opening celebration. (Mike Van Sickle photo) 

 

 

Guest broadcaster returns to his ‘roots’

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

Popular radio personality Ken Root will make his return to West Union while joining its residents in celebrating the Green Pilot Streetscape Grand Opening Thursday, July 11. 

Root will tape his broadcast from the courthouse gazebo beginning at 1 p.m. Plans are for the “Rural Iowa Economic Development” presentation to air the next day on the broadcaster’s Agribusiness/Money Matters report.

 In kicking off the day’s activities, the  special broadcast will coincide with the downtown walking tours.

Wed
03
Jul

Notice to proceed with Center Street Project approved

 

Notice to proceed with Center Street Project approved

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

The Elgin City Council approved a Notice to Proceed on the Center Street Project at its meeting on Monday night, July 1. 

The council unanimously approved the motion to approve the Notice to Proceed (NTP), which is contingent upon signatures and a review of the contract documents by all parties involved. The NTP designates Oct. 15 as a date for substantial completion of the project, which generally means that the project has been completed to the point where the structure can be used for its intended purpose. The date for final completion of the project was listed as Nov. 15 in the NTP. Once the contractor has reviewed and signed the NTP, work on the project may begin immediately.

Wed
03
Jul

A “Wheelin’ and Squealin’” celebration at the Fair

 

A “Wheelin’ and Squealin’” celebration at the Fair

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

 

The Fayette County Fair is celebrating “160 Years of Wheelin’ and Squealin’” in 2013. 

From the daily 4-H/FFA/open livestock shows and Wednesday evening rodeo/calf scramble to the opening night stock races, Thursday evening Mud Bog, and the closing night’s bus races and Hell Drivers stunt show, children of all ages will have plenty of reason to “wheel” onto the fairgrounds in West Union July 23-27.

Hot laps for the stock car races at Fayette County Speedway will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, with the racing action (regular points night) to follow.

Heartland Rodeo will showcase all of the traditional rodeo action beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. The grandstand entertainment will also feature a calf scramble.

Wed
03
Jul

New ideas for Pavo Blue

CUTLINE: Shelley O'Brien, the new manager at Pavo Blue, hopes to make the Fayette coffee and gift shop a destination spot for everyone. O'Brien will officially start as manager on July 1st.

 

 

 

 

New ideas for Pavo Blue

Shelley O’Brien of West Union has been a hairdresser for more than 30 years and runs a salon out of her home, but now she is trying something new.

O’Brien is training to be the new manager for Pavo Blue, coffee and gift shop in Fayette, which she will take over on July 1.

“Something about it appealed to me,” explained O’Brien. “I have always been in customer service, and I truly love working with people and getting to know them.”

O’Brien, one of six children, grew up on a farm in Greene.

She met her husband, Wayne, there, and the couple moved to West Union approximately 19 years ago.

The couple has two grown sons and one daughter.

Wed
03
Jul

New Fayette police chief sworn in

 

 

CUTLINE: Brad Gardner (back center) took the oath of office as the city's new police chief after being approved by the Fayette City Council Monday night. Administering the oath is Mayor Bill Dohrmann. Also pictured are Gardner's wife, Cristy (seated), holding A.J., and other children Devon, 10, and Bella, 13. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

 

 

 

New Fayette police chief sworn in

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

The City of Fayette has a new police chief. 

Brad Gardner, 44, comes to Fayette from the Waukee Police Department, where he was second-shift supervisor.

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