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01
May

Tattoo collaboration coming to Decorah

 

Brock Swenson, owner of Brock’s Tattoo in Decorah, displays his recently unveiled artwork for the newest Toppling Goliath beer, Valkyrie Strike. The limited-edition beer, which was created in collaboration with the local tattoo shop, TG, and Vesterheim Norwegian, will be released on May 18. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Tattoo collaboration coming to Decorah

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

It’s a unique collaboration that combines the work of three local Decorah companies. Well-known local identities Brock’s Tattoo, Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum have come together to create several special events that promote the art of tattooing.

Brock Swenson, a Clermont native and longtime Decorah business owner (Brock’s Tattoo), has teamed up with Decorah’s Toppling Goliath Brewing Company to create a unique, limited-edition beer, Valkyrie Strike. Swenson, who is a world-renowned tattoo artist that has won countless awards in the industry, completed the artwork for the beer’s label.

The beer will officially be released at a special event at the Toppling Goliath taproom on Saturday, May 18.

Also teaming up with Swenson is Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, which will unveil a tattoo-themed exhibit, called Tattoo: Identity through Ink, on June 1.

Wed
01
May

Wesgtate Fire begins own ambulance service

Westgate Fire begins own ambulance service

 

 

Deb Kunkle
Contributing Writer

 

Small town fire departments and their emergency medical services (EMS) play a huge role in keeping rural areas safe. The crews are made up of neighbors, friends, and relatives, who are all volunteers that step up to the challenges of responding to critical events.

 

 

For two years, Westgate has had an ambulance service that was previously operated with supervision from Sumner Ambulance. Since March 15 of this year, the volunteer operation has been its own transport service.

 

“We’re kind of out in the middle of nowhere,” Westgate Fire Department Assistant Crew Chief Scott Schuldt said, talking about Westgate’s geographic location. “Any major towns or hospitals are not close by so having a fully-equipped ambulance with trained personnel is crucial to this area.”

Wed
01
May

WC to perform 'You Can't Beat The House' on May 10-11

 

West Central High School will present “You Can’t Beat the House” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, in the West Central Auditorium. Participating in the play this spring are (front, l-r) Marlee Squires, Rosita Hepperle, Rachel Walenceus, Cooper Ingels, Taylor Hepperle, and Tyler Buzynski; (back) Elizabeth Hepperle, Mikaela Kime, Hailey Weidermann, director Matthew Molumby, Cortney Rohde, Dawson Wirtz, and Ayrrian Harsen.

 

WC to perform 'You Can't Beat The House' on May 10-11

 

 

Jesusa Christians
Contributing Writer

 

 

The West Central High School spring play, “You Can’t Beat the House” is sure to evoke plenty of laughs from the audience when it is performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, in the West Central auditorium.

 

The characters are a mix of odd-balls — sketchy burglars, real estate agents, cops and a medium named Madame Zenobia.

 

As the storyline unravels; two minor league burglars meet their match when they decide to break into a house and, to their surprise, it turns out to be for sale. As a couple shows up to look at the house the burglars are left with no choice but to do a juggling act as they pretend to be real estate agents, until the real ones show up and things get even more ridiculous.

 

West Central drama students get to perform in fall and spring performances.

 

“The reason why I continue putting on a fall musical and spring season play is because of the students,” said Matthew Molumby, the director for spring and fall plays for the past 10 years.

“I’ve seen many students through the years try their hand at drama and get hooked. The communication and interpretation skills learned on stage are priceless.”

Wed
01
May

UIU alumna to deliver May 4 commencement address

Lisa Richards

 

 

 

UIU alumna to deliver May 4 commencement address

 

An Upper Iowa University (UIU) alumna and champion in the field of hearing healthcare will deliver the commencement address during the University’s graduation ceremonies at Harms-Eischeid Stadium in Fayette, Iowa, on Saturday, May 4.

A native of Fosston, Minnesota, Lisa (Maanum) Richards ‘93 currently serves as chief experience officer for Starkey Hearing Technologies in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. As part of her duties, Richards provides strategic direction for a team of over 140 members.  Highly energized and focused on cross-departmental process improvement, she coaches and develops team members, and ensures that teams across the organization deliver exceptional customer experiences that create customers for life.

Wed
01
May

Infant Immunization Awareness saves lives

 

Geralyn Zuercher, M.D. performs a well-baby check up on an infant at Gundersen Lutheran in West Union.  It is recommended by the Department of Public health that children under the age of two adhere to a regular vaccination schedule.  (submitted photo) 

 

Infant Immunization Awareness saves lives

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

As we recognize National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), Saturday, April 27 through Saturday, May 4th, Northeast Iowa is facing two confirmed cases of measles.  

The cases are related, with the second confirmed case identified as being in close contact with the initial measles patient.  

“These cases of measles are due to international travel where the disease is spreading,” noted Jessica Wegner, Gundersen Palmer Community Health Coordinator.

Both patients were put, voluntarily, under a public health confinement order in the home to prevent further exposures.   The Iowa Department of Public Health says there is no current threat to the general public.  

Wed
01
May

Justin Heins new NFV head football coach - pending board approval tonight

Justin Heins new NFV head football coach -

pending board approval tonight

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

According to the official agenda of the NFV School Board, one of the items of tonight’s (Wednesday, May 1) meeting will be the hiring of Justin Heins as the new head football coach.

  In anticipation, the Union is running a brief resume of Heins’ athletic background. If the contract is approved, the Union will run a story next week on the new coach’s plans for the program, coaching philosophy and so on.

Fri
26
Apr

#reverserett; Woods takes a stroll towards a cure

Liam Woods was diagnosed with Somatic Mosaicism MECP2 Deletion, otherwise known as Rett Syndrome, at the age of six in 2015. Rett syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder becoming apparent after 6-18 months of early normal development. Liam, pictured here with his support dog, Sarge, will be well represented at the third annual 3rd Annual Iowa Strollathon, a fundraiser for Rett Syndrome research at Kinzler Construction in Ankeny on Saturday May 4th from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.  (submitted photo) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
24
Apr

Bakewell approaching 40 years as Ossian City Clerk

 

For nearly 40 years, Ossian’s Joyce Bakewell has worked in her hometown as the City Clerk. The multifaceted role for city clerks in communities similar to the size of Ossian includes many different specialties and responsibilities, making her position vital to the success and betterment of the town. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Bakewell approaching 40 years as Ossian City Clerk

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

While much of what she does on a regular basis goes unnoticed to the majority of the public, the work done by Ossian City Clerk Joyce Bakewell on a daily basis is vital to the functionality of the community. In honor of the upcoming Municipal Clerks Week, which is Sunday, May 5, through Saturday, May 11, this article provides a closer look at the responsibilities and duties of Ossian’s longtime City Clerk.

“I began working for the City of Ossian on August 1, 1079,” said Bakewell, who grew up in Ossian and worked as a city clerk in Urbana for one year prior to returning home. “It isn’t really a job that you can go to school for, although I do have a business administration degree from Luther.”

When Bakewell assumed the duties of clerk from previous city clerk of 21 years Irvin Fosaaen, it was somewhat of a crash course for her.

Wed
24
Apr

'Experience perfection' with Xpedition Archery

 

Curt Headington of Decorah is one of the key leaders of Xpedition Archery in Decorah. The bow manufacturing company is owned by Mark Heck of New Jersey and along with vice president of operations Headington, is led by executive vice president Chris Cobbett of Maine. All three are avid bow hunters and bring unique and important experiences to the team. (Rizen Media photo)

 

'Experience perfection' with Xpedition Archery

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The sports of archery and bow hunting have evolved a lot since the days of Robin Hood. While the concept of shooting an arrow is a fairly simple one, the amount of research and technology that goes into giving the shooter the smoothest and fastest experience possible is one that many could not imagine.

Enter Xpedition Archery; a Decorah-based company that produces some of the highest quality of bows in the industry.

“Xpedition is actually about seven years old,” explained Curt Headington, a Decorah native and the company’s vice president of operations. “It was originally founded by Applied Engineering in Yankton, S.D., which is a notable name in the aerospace industry.”

Wed
24
Apr

Does office manager Knight help the "Sun rise"?

 

Debra Knight is employed with Federal Hybrids, Inc., and the Sunrise Group, Inc., in Elgin where she serves as office manager. 

 

Does office manager Knight help the "Sun rise"?

 

 

Vicki Rowland
Contributing Writer

 

 

Debra Knight is the office manager for the two business enterprises of Tim and Kathy Butikofer and family. 

One is Federal Hybrids, Inc., which markets seed corn, soybean and alfalfa seed products to about 25 distributors throughout the Midwest. The second is The Sunrise Group, Inc., which leases dairy cows to farmers in 48 states. Both businesses are located in the same building in Elgin where Deb has worked since 1999.

As office manager, Deb does considerable writing. She is responsible for coordinating and writing parts of the annual Federal Hybrids seed guide. She helps create the dairy cow lease documents for farmers to sign when leasing cows, and assists with contracts for Federal Hybrids. There are letters to compose for both entities, and important paperwork to file appropriately. She also files milk assignments to the creamery, insurance documents to the insurance company, and the UCC’s to the various Secretary of State offices.

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