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Nationally Registered Historic Places of Clermont: Senator Henderson statue

Erected in 1903, the historic Henderson statue depicts David B. Henderson who once served Iowa's 3rd congressional district in the U.S. House, and later served as the house speaker.  (submitted photo) 

 

Nationally Registered Historic Places of Clermont: Senator Henderson statue

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The David B. Henderson statue was erected by Gov William Larrabee, designed by New York City sculpture John Massey Rhind, and cast by the Henry Bonnard Bronze Company of New York. 

Standing nearly 7 feet 6 inches high, the Henderson statue which originally stood in the center of Mill Street, was dedicated June, 1903 during a reunion of the 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment to which Henderson had belonged. 

Born in Scotland, Henderson emigrated to the United States with his parents to Illinois in 1846. His family soon moved to a farm near Clermont, in the latter 1800’s. Henderson attended school in Clermont, and later Upper Iowa University (UIU) in Fayette.

Wed
11
Sep

Irrigation water rates won't go up in Fayette

Irrigation water rates won't go up in Fayette

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

A potential ordinance to double the City of Fayette’s irrigation water costs was left on the table at the last city council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 3, following discussion by one resident who felt he was being singled out by the proposed increase.

At the previous council meeting it had been purposed that the rates be doubled from the regular rate of irrigation water at $15 for the first 150 cubic feet, to $30. At that time the council approved going ahead with the proposal with the option to change the rates to what they agreed would be appropriate.

Roy and Jean Karlson were at the meeting and expressed their concern about the water rates and told the council they felt they were already paying more than enough.

Wed
11
Sep

Knox Financial Services opening in West Union

Jason and Amber Knox are excited about the recent opening of Knox Financial Services, LLC at 309 Hwy. 150 N., West Union. They look forward to serving their West Union area clients at their new location, but will continue to divide their time between their two offices in Decorah ad West Union. (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Knox Financial Services opening in West Union

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“We are very excited to be here in West Union,” smiled Jason Knox of Knox Financial Services of opening a new office right here in West Union.  “It’s been something that has been on our minds for some time and once we found this perfect space, we knew it was time to finally get it going!” 

Since 2016, Knox and his wife, Amber have been serving the area through their Decorah office, a business they are proud to keep expanding.

“Decorah is a good fit for our business, but obviously Amber and I have an interest in developing a presence here in West Union too,” said Knox.  “I’m excited to say we are officially open for business at the new offices!” 

Wed
11
Sep

NFV Supt. announces he will retire after this year

Duane Willhite, NFV Superintendent

 

NFV Supt. announces he will retire after this year

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

North Fayette Valley Superintendent Duane Willhite announced at the School Board meeting Monday night, Sept. 9, that this would be his last year at the school.

Willhite said he would be retiring as of June 30, 2020. He has been with the NFV District for the last 10 years.

He was a teacher for 14 years and a school administrator for 25 years in six different school districts.

Wed
11
Sep

Some opposition flairs up at meeting explaining $5 million bond for road repair

Some opposition flairs up at meeting explaining $5 million bond for road repair

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

There was only a handful of people who attended a special presentation by Fayette County explaining why the board of supervisors and the county engineer believe a $5 million bond is needed for future road repairs, but one of those people objected strongly to the plan.

The informational meeting was held at the Opera House in Fayette Thursday night, Sept. 5. The Supervisors and Engineer Joel Fantz gave a presentation that included a handout sheet with photos of road conditions and several graphs and tables outlining where tax dollars are going to today and how they have been spent in the past. 

Some of the information showed projected tax rates if the $5 million bond would be approved.

“Why do you want to borrow money and have to pay interest,” asked Tim O’Brien or rural Fayette, suggesting that taxes be increased to pay for the road repairs instead of borrowing the money.

“We can’t raise taxes that much that fast,” replied Fantz

Wed
04
Sep

#Landon Strong

Landon Hageman’s most recent procedure (Aug. 22) was just one of many that the 2-year-old has undergone so far in his young life. Hageman has experienced health issues since he was born, but was only recently diagnosed with congenital central lymphatic absence of the pelvis/abdomen. The case is the only one known in the world by Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s largest hospitals. (submitted photo)

 

#Landon Strong

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Muhammad Ali, Chuck Liddell, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Georges St. Pierre – they are all known as some of the best fighters to grace the earth. While they are certainly some of the best to ever step foot in a ring or octagon, allow me to introduce you to one fighter who perhaps has more fight than all of them combined – young Landon Hageman of rural West Union.

From the moment Landon, now 2-years-old, first came into this world, he has faced an up hill battle. After battling health issues throughout his entire life, Hageman was finally diagnosed with a series of conditions, including congenital central lymphatic absence of the pelvis/abdomen, congenital lymphedema, pulmonary lymphangiectasia, intestinal lymphangiectasie, protein losing entropathym and several others. The combination of conditions is so rare, that Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has never heard of such a case.

“It is all just as scary as it sounds,” explained Landon’s mother, Liz (Koester). “There is no where for lymph fluid to go and nothing is regulating his lymphatics in the center of his body. Mayo reached out to Boston and CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) as they found Landon to be an interesting case. One thing that I’ve been told is that you don’t want to become an interesting case at Mayo.”

Wed
04
Sep

Clermont holds eight historic landmarks

Nestled within the valley along the Turkey River and surrounded by stunning northeast Iowa hills, Clermont earned its unique nickname from the bricks that were made from the area’s native clay in the local brickyard many years ago. Many of Clermont’s homes and businesses are made from these impressive bricks, thus Clermont’s nickname, “Brick City.” 

 

Clermont holds eight historic landmarks

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Known as the “Brick City,” Clermont remains one of northeast Iowa’s most historic towns.  Established in 1856, and first incorporated as a town on August 16, 1875, the picturesque northeast Iowa town boasts a rich and remarkable history.  

Nestled within the valley along the Turkey River, surrounded by the extraordinary hills of northeast Iowa, Clermont earned its unique nickname from the bricks that were made from the area’s native clay in the local brickyard for well over 75 years.  

Many of the homes and businesses throughout the picturesque Fayette County town were made from these impressive bricks, creating a literal city made of bricks as nearly every building along the town’s main street boasts a brick facade.

Wed
04
Sep

Ice age fossil discovered along the Turkey

Known for their ridges, this mammoth tooth measures at almost exactly 14 inches long.  The biggest wooly mammoth tooth discovered to date measures at 15 inches.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Ice age fossil discovered along the Turkey

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It was just like any normal day for Elgin native Jeff Miller as he set off floating on the water, looking for interesting finds.

“I was just kayaking on the river, looking for fossils and agates,” Miller said sort of nonchalantly as he sat at the bank of the Turkey River preparing his fishing pole.  “I am always looking around for something, mostly agates.” 

While there were no agates for the outdoor enthusiast to find that day, what he did discover is something beyond anything he could have imagined.

“I glanced over and I saw all the lines and ridges,” he said.  “I got closer to it, thinking it looked like a rib cage or something.” 

Wed
04
Sep

More for everyone: Watermelon Days 2019

The 2019 Fayette Watermelon Days Committee members are (front, l-r) Rick Hofmeyer, Bill Thom, (back) Melissa Fagle, Sarah Sieck and chairperson Linda Tenney. Not pictured are Kris McGrane, Lean Sayer and Lloyd Carnicle. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

More for everyone: Watermelon Days 2019

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Fayette Watermelon Days Committee has reported that because of increased sponsorship, more free games and activities are going to be part of the event running Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6 through 8.

“We have had an amazing response to our new sponsorship program. So many local businesses have supported us. Some are new and many are businesses that have supported us for years. Because of this we are were able to provide even more games and activities for free. We are having a free carnival ride (the tea cups), inflatables, mini golf, barrel rides, face painting, and a balloon artist on Saturday, but we were able to expand and add more entertainment on Friday night along with barrel rides and balloon artist,” said committee chair Linda Tenney.

 Tenney also announced they will be serving watermelon at the Friday night dinner at 5 p.m., in addition to serving more on Saturday. 

“We have run out of watermelon so quickly in the past we wanted to add more,” she pointed out.

Wed
04
Sep

Euphoria wins Open 4 Business contest

Nick and Jacey Yost with the trophy they received for winning the Main Street Iowa Open 4 Business Contest. They are the owners of Euphoria Coffee in West Union.

 

Euphoria wins Open 4 Business contest

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Nick and Jacey Yost were Euphoric about winning the Main Street Iowa Open 4 Business Contest and receiving the $20,000 grant. (Sorry, just had to do it.)

They are the owners of Euphoria Coffee in West Union and bested four other finalists in a “pitch” contest held Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Iowa Downtown Conference in Dubuque.

“We spent most of the day getting ready. We always thought we had a chance. When you work that hard at something you feel you always have a chance, but I wouldn’t have wanted to be one of the judges,” Nick related.

This was the final round of the contest that started in May with a field of 22 applicants.

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