News

Wed
08
May

Ossian city council

Ossian city council

 

 

Ossian city council

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The Ossian City Council met Monday evening, beginning talks with a decision to perform maintenance to the inside of the water tower.

It was voted unanimously to approve a decision to allow for a company to sandblast and re-paint the inside of the tube portion of the tower at a cost of $16,000.

Also on the agenda, the council discussed regulations in regard to off-road utility vehicles within the City’s corporate limits.

Wed
08
May

A day in the life of a med-surg nurse

 

Chelsey Durnan of Clermont has found her true calling as a nurse. A medical-surgical nurse at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah and graduate of Northeast Iowa Community College’s nursing program, Durnan has practiced since 2015. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

A day in the life of a med-surg nurse

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

It’s a tireless job that often goes thankless – but it’s a job that Clermont’s Chelsey Durnan wouldn’t trade for anything.

“I first started out going to school for athletic training,” said Durnan, a 2008 graduate of Valley. “As I went on, I decided that it wasn’t what I wanted, so I made the change to nursing and never looked back.”

Durnan went on to receive her degree from Northeast Iowa Community College, one of the most reputable schools for nursing in the Midwest, and began her professional nursing career at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Wed
08
May

A family affair; Schneider and Hart team up as a teaching duo

 

Zetta Hart has been teaching at the Valley Elementary School for over 30-years.  While she has enjoyed all of her time at the school, she has found one of her favorite teaching partners in her daughter, Alayna who followed in her footsteps to become a teacher at the same school.  The mother-daughter duo currently both teach kindergarten at the northeast Iowa school.  

 

A family affair; Schneider and Hart team up as a teaching duo

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

For Valley Elementary kindergarten teachers Alayna Schneider and Zetta Hart, everyday is a family affair.  The two teachers share almost everything as they work to intertwine their lesson plans as best they can.  The two energetic women even share a closet that connects their brightly decorated classrooms.  

While it is clear the two primary school teachers have a lot in common, the biggest connection of all lies on an even deeper level as 12-year teaching veteran Alayna, has learned from the best: her mother, and 30-year teaching veteran, Zetta Hart.

“I feel blessed that I get to go to work everyday and work along side my mom!” Schneider exclaimed of her teaching partner.  “I remember coming to school with her when I was younger and just loving to sit in her classroom.  Even then, I thought if I could be half the teacher she was, I’d be doing something right!” 

Wed
08
May

Becker ready for new challenge as NP

 

Jennifer Becker, Gundersen Palmer Home Health nurses manager, listens Diane Pischke heart to demonstrate some of the duties of a home health nurse. 

 

Becker ready for new challenge as NP

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse.

A great nurse is someone who has compassion, a sense of humor, good listening skills, and good people skills, among many other traits. It takes an exceptional person to care for another person when they are at their most vulnerable. 

Residents of the North Fayette Valley school district are blessed to have an amazing group of compassionate nurses caring for them on any given day at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics. One such nurse is Jennifer Becker, Gundersen Palmer Home Health nurses manager, who recently earned her nurse practitioner (NP) license.

A native of Westgate, Becker was inspired to become a nurse by her mother, who was an RN at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner for a number of years. 

Wed
08
May

Citizens ask WU council why Becthold isn't on administrative leave

 

Gary Fox, former WU police officer Sierra Fox’s father, addresses the West Union City Council during citizens’ comments on Monday, May 6. Fox called the city officials “tyrants.” Chris DeBack photo

 

Citizens ask WU council why Becthold isn't on administrative leave

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

At its regular meeting on Monday, May 6, several area citizens questioned the West Union City Council on why West Union Police Chief Paul Becthold hasn't been placed on administrative leave. 

During a citizens’ comments section of the agenda, Kari Hackley, along with several other citizens were given three minutes per person to speak to the council, which is standard operating procedure for the City of West Union. 

Wed
08
May

A tremendous gift; Little Cora is a big superhero

 

Little Cora Sobolik suffered heart failure that lead to unrecoverable brain damage after a short illness last month.  Cora passed away on Easter Sunday.  While she may have left the world too quickly, the little girl left a big mark as the tiny superhero went on to save the lives of three people through organ donation.  

 

A tremendous gift; Little Cora is a big superhero

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

She was a girl with wild hair; a spunky personality to match, and a smile for anyone. 

“She was just a great person,” Meagan Sobolik said softly of her late daughter, 22-month old Coralynn (Cora).  “She was so much fun; a sassy personality.”

To look at pictures of little Cora Sobolik, daughter of Paul and Meagan in New Hampton, the first thing that stands out  is her contagious smile, followed by her big, bright eyes. 

Always on the go, laughing, playing, looking up to her older sister, nine-year-old Maycee, and big brother, four-year-old Oliver, little Cora was a bright spot in anyone’s day.

“She was a truly amazing person,” Meagan said of her youngest child. 

Wed
08
May

First Mother's Day

 

 

After struggling with infertility for a number of years, young couple Angelia and Scott Walvatne were beyond excited when they found out they were expecting their son, Lennox Hayden.  

 

First Mother's Day; it's been worth the wait for Walvatne!

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“It took us awhile to finally meet him, but now that he’s here, it feels like he was always a part of our lives,” smiled new mother Angelia Walvatne of her nearly 10-month old son, Lennox.  

“There were times I was ready to give up,” the young mom continued, as she looked down at her son, nestled in her arms as he gazed up at her, chubby little hands softly stroking her long blonde hair.  “I know now the path we took was the path that was meant to be, the one that lead us to him.” 

When Angelia and her husband, Scott Walvatne, from Hawkeye, first met just over 10 years ago, they knew almost immediately that they were meant to be.

Tue
07
May

Gundersen exploring merger with Marshfield Clinic Health System

Gundersen exploring merger with Marshfield Clinic Health System

 

Gundersen Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System are discussing how the two organizations might come together to collectively enhance the level of care across Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeastern Minnesota.

 

Wed
01
May

Meet South Winn's Purple Cord recipients

 

South Winneshiek seniors who will be recognized by the Purple Cord Program at their commencement ceremony on May 19, include (l-r) Mia French, Helen Neuzil, Gracie Schmitt, Zeanna Phillips, and Jerrett Euans. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Meet South Winn's Purple Cord recipients

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The South Winneshiek High School Class of 2019 will feature five students who have earned a purple cord for their volunteer efforts.

The Purple Cord Award is a distinguished graduation award available to South Winneshiek students who volunteer for a total of at least 160 service hours. Students Jerrett Euans (Calmar), Mia French (Calmar), Helen Neuzil (Calmar), Zeanna Phillips (Spillville), and Gracie Schmitt (Spillville) will be recognized at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony, which will be held Wednesday at the high school in Calmar, and again at the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, in Calmar.

Wed
01
May

'Pawfection' Lembke enjoys work as a pet groomer

 

When McKenna Lempke graduated from North Fayette Valley in 2015 she had her eyes set on becoming a veterinarian. She learned pretty quickly at Iowa State University that becoming a vet just wasn’t for her and decided to go to pet grooming school at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. She graduated in May 2018 and hopes to open up her own shop some day.  Submitted photos

 

'Pawfection' Lembke enjoys work as a pet groomer

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Today (May 1) is National Skilled Trades Day. 

While there are plenty of skilled trades that come to mind such as electrician, plumber, and welder; one that you might not think of is pet groomer. 

Just like humans, some pets need frequent haircuts. A newcomer to the pet-grooming industry is Elgin native McKenna Lembke, who has been grooming pets for approximately a year. Lembke didn’t graduate from North Fayette Valley High School in 2015 with the intentions of becoming a pet groomer. She attended Iowa State University with the hopes of becoming a veterinarian. For some college students like Lembke it doesn’t take long to learn that they have chosen the wrong profession. 

“I originally wanted to be a vet, but it didn’t take me very long to figure out that isn’t what I want to do,” she noted. “In our careers’ classes, where the school talked about what kind of career we could go into with an animal science degree, none of them were really something that I was passionate about. I just didn’t think I should continue in animal science.”

While searching her soul for her new career path, Lembke stumbled upon pet grooming.

“I had no experience whatsoever, and I don’t know why all of a sudden I thought of pet grooming,” Lembke recalled. “It was just something that I had mentioned to my mom, and she was like, ‘Oh, yeah. Kirkwood has a good program for that, and I told you when you were in high school to check it out but you didn’t listen to me.’ Moms are always right. 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News
Comment Here