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06
Mar

'Telling a story' through his lens

 

A lifelong dirt track racing fan, Decorah’s Tyler Rinken has emerged into one of the best dirt track racing photographers in the business. While the local photographer/graphic designer/videographer spends many of his nights traveling the country at some of the biggest dirt racing events in the world, he also makes it a point to attend many local weekly events at Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah) and Fayette County Speedway (West Union) every summer. (Todd Boyd photo)

 

'Telling a story' through his lens

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For 27-year-old Decorah photographer and dirt track racing enthusiast Tyler Rinken, it all began in the summer of 2014.

“The main reason I actually got into racing photography was because I didn’t want to pay the $25 pit pass fee to get into the races every weekend,” laughed the talented young artist. “I had zero experience when I first started and actually borrowed a camera from one of my professors at Luther (College).”

From there, everything started to take off for Rinken, who is now one of the best racing photographers around. The Decorah man has built his photography, graphic design, and videography business – Tyler Rinken Productions – into a well-known company throughout the world of motorsports.

Wed
06
Mar

Old man winter makes life challenging for law enforcement

 

Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy Shad Roys was one of many law enforcement officers in Fayette County putting their lives on the line to protect the traveling public during blizzard conditions on Sunday, Feb. 24. In a 24-hour span the Fayette County 911-dispatch center took 85 calls for a vehicle in the ditch or accidents. Chris DeBack photo

 

Old man winter makes life challenging for law enforcement

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Old man winter has reared his ugly head this winter causing many school cancellations, event postponements, and unsafe travel conditions. 

Despite the cities, county, and state’s best efforts, there have been times this winter where highways and county roads have had to be closed due to large snowdrifts across the asphalt. While many stay home in the comfort of their warm homes, law enforcement and, to a lesser degree, other first responders have to bear the brunt of winter.

When Mother Nature brought blizzard conditions to northeast Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 24, it was law enforcement officers like Shad Roys of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office that had to bear the responsibility of helping keep the traveling public safe. It was a busy Sunday shift for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy with approximately 85 calls for cars in the ditch or accidents reported that day. Roys commented that it was some of the worst winter weather he had ever witnessed during his 21-year career in law enforcement. 

Wed
06
Mar

$100,000 richer after scratch-off win

 

After a particularly slow day selling scratch tickets at the Casey’s General Store in Clermont, Casey’s employee Henrietta De la Rosa decided to try her luck after her shift when she purchased one of the Iowa Lottery’s “Spectacular Riches” scratch game tickets.  Much to Henrietta’s surprise, the ticket was one of eight large prizes and the Clermont resident won $100,000.  

 

$100,000 richer after scratch-off win

 

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“We hadn’t sold any tickets that particular day, and I thought ‘why not just grab one?’” said Henrietta de la Rosa said of her decision to purchase one of the Iowa Lottery’s “Spectacular Riches” scratch game tickets a couple weeks ago.  

“I started scratching, and couldn’t believe my eyes,” the Clermont woman recalled of the moment she first realized she had a winning ticket. “I thought it said I had won a thousand dollars and that just seemed unreal!” 

But little did the grandmother realize, it was about to get even more unreal, as she figured out what she had actually won in the game.

Wed
06
Mar

A look back at the '94 NF girls' basketball team

 

The 1994 North Fayette Hawks girls’ basketball team became the first team in school history to qualify for the State Basketball Tournament. Members of the team, which qualified 25 years ago, included (front, l-r) cheerleaders Nicki White, Kara Burkhart, Carla Shippy, Stephanie Martin, Rochelle Fleshner, Chrissy Lewis; (middle) Heather Hemesath, Wendy Einck, Stacie Schroeder, Laurie Soppe, Jenni Brekke, Diane Schmitt, Meleena Henderson; (back) Kris Scott, Nancy Riley, Susan Miller, Brandi Woodson, Dawn Bushkofsky, Danielle Orr, Jenny Haupt, Stephanie Eberhard, and Cheryl Gade. (submitted photo)

 

A look back at the '94 NF girls' basketball team

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

March 9, 1994, will go down as one of the most famous dates in North Fayette High School athletics history. 

The date marked the school’s first and only Girls’ State Basketball appearance as the team capped a 17-6 season with an appearance at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines.

“It was a game that no one expected us to win,” said the team’s head coach Cheryl Gade 25 years later, referring to her team’s 38-31 win over Mason City Newman to advance to State. “The game was played at Charles City and it was a super intense atmosphere. In fact, I just watched a replay of the game last night.”

Wed
06
Mar

Pheasants' resurgence

 

The Fayette County Pheasants Forever Board of Directors would like to remind people to get their tickets for the 34th Annual Fayette County Pheasants Forever Banquet starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the West Union Event Center in West Union. Tickets can be purchased from one of the following board members (from, l-r) Brett Whitcher; Larry Glass; Rod Marlatt, president; Kortney Pleggenkuhle; Billie Winters; and Jesse Wegner; (back) Mallory Hanson; Evan Strahm; George Schaefers, treasurer; Blake Gamm, habitat chairman; and Eric Boehm; Not pictured are Allison Boehm, Leon Deutsch, Jesse Pleggenkuhle, and Allie Rath. Chris DeBack photo

 

Pheasants' resurgency

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The 34th Annual Fayette County Pheasants Forever Banquet is just around the corner on Saturday, March 16, at the West Union Event Center in West Union. 

Fayette County Pheasants Forever had another successful year. In 2018, the conservation group had $216,760 in habitat expenditures, which was good enough for fourth in the nation. The previous two years, the organization was first in the nation when it came to habitat expenditures. Its nesting-cover program incorporated 1,726 acres, which was good enough for fourth in the nation, as well. 

Wed
27
Feb

AcenTek bringing fiber optics to Clermont and Ossian

AcenTek bringing fiber optics to Clermont and Ossian

 

 

AcenTek is investing in the communities of Clermont and Ossian and businesses and residents stand to benefit. 

 

The provider of Internet, voice, and video services for the area is replacing their copper facility within the city limits with fiber optic cabling. This upgrade to fiber will provide much faster Internet speeds, starting at 200Mbps and going up to 1Gig. This upgrade will include 432 homes and businesses in the town of Clermont  and 463 homes and businesses in Ossian. 

 

While faster Internet speed is the biggest, most obvious benefit of a community being upgraded to fiber, it is not the only one. A fiber connection is more reliable than copper so customers can expect far less disruptions to AcenTek services during storms. In addition, a community that offers future residents (and potential businesses) connectivity to fiber optics is more attractive, encouraging their relocating to the area. 

Wed
27
Feb

Foxwell completes Indoor Ironman Challenge

 

Mary Foxwell of rural Elgin runs in place in the pool at the Northeast Iowa Wellness Center in Postville to complete the running portion of the Indoor Ironman Challenge. She does this because walking on a treadmill causes her back pain.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Foxwell completes Indoor Ironman Challenge

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Ironman Triathlon is a grueling race that has contestants swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run 26.2 miles in that order without stopping. 

This endurance race tests even the most physically fit men and women. While Mary Foxwell of rural Elgin won’t be participating in an Ironman Triathlon anytime soon, she is the latest to complete the Indoor Ironman Challenge at the Northeast Iowa Wellness Center in Postville. What makes Foxwell’s accomplishment unique is her uphill battle with back issues that she has had to overcome to reach this point. 

Foxwell’s back issues started approximately 12 years ago when she was living in Monona. She was on the Monona ambulance crew and had just gotten home from a call. While she was taking a shower she slipped.

Wed
27
Feb

Bringing big city amenities to small town Iowa

 

T’s Brick City Pub is set to open on Saturday, March 2, in Clermont. The new craft beer pub is owned by Tanya Tysland (right) and managed by Whitney Guyer (left). It will feature craft beer and wine from a number of Iowa breweries including the popular Toppling Goliath in Decorah, SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo, and Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Bringing big city amenities to small town Iowa

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

T’s Brick City Pub will be bringing Clermont some of Iowa’s finest craft brews and wine.

Owner Tanya Tysland wants to make Clermont a tourist attraction, and noted that having a craft brew pub is just one more business to help make that happen. She stayed with the “Brick City” theme of her other business, T’s Brick City Spa, because she likes the history surrounding Clermont’s nickname, “The Brick City.” 

“We are trying to make Clermont a tourist town, and it is easy for people to remember to come to the Brick City,” she said. “Traveling throughout the U.S. and seven different countries, having a place with good craft beer on tap and some good wines is something that people look for in a tourist town.”

Opening on Saturday, March 2, those visiting the local craft brew pub will find six beers on tap, all from Iowa brewing companies including Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Millstream Brewing Company in Amana, Backpocket Brewing in Coralville, Singlespeed Brewing in Waterloo, Exile Brewing Company in Des Moines, and ReUnion Brewery in Coralville.

Wed
27
Feb

NFV proposes school makeup dates

NFV proposes school makeup dates

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

Mother nature hasn’t been kind to northeast Iowa this winter, which has led to a large amount of snow days in many school districts. 

In fact, including Monday, Feb. 25, North Fayette Valley has had 12 snow days, which accounts for approximately 88.75 hours of school missed. Remember, the NFV school calendar is based on hours of school not days of school. With only 44.2 extra hours built into the calendar as a buffer to winter weather, NFV students are going to have to make up for missed time. 

Wed
27
Feb

Roof collapse displaces WU residents

 

When Lisa Eberhart was about to head back to work after having lunch at home, she discovered her clock and slid off the wall. Upon further investigation she noticed a crack in the wall, a bowed out window, and insulation that had fallen out, along with the fact that her home’s roof had collapsed due to heavy snow.  (Zak Kriener Photo)

 

Roof collapse displaces WU residents

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Heavy snow caused a roof to collapse on Friday morning, Feb. 22, at 101 Carpenter Street in West Union.

Lisa Eberhart came home for lunch and just before she was going to go back to work, she noticed that her clock had slid off the wall. This is when she discovered that something wasn’t quite right with her home. 

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