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Wed
27
Jan

A stroll in the moonlight at Gilbertson; Full Moon outdoor walk this Friday

The public is invited to the Gilbertson campground on Friday, January 29th  for a self-guided, one-mile illuminated walk along the Turkey River and woods.  Much of the path will be lighted for those who are looking for a well-lit stroll in the moonlight. 

 

A stroll in the moonlight at Gilbertson; Full Moon Outdoor walk this Friday

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

“This will be the first event of its kind at Gilbertson and we are hopeful to hold more outdoor night walks in the future,” smiled Gilbertson Campground naturalist, Brian Gibbs of the upcoming Full Moon Outdoor walk along the Turkey River Friday evening.  

“I know we all get a little bit of cabin fever this time of the year,” Gibbs continued of the January 29 event.  “So I thought hosting a full moon walk that featured some bright colorful lights would be a good way to reenergize peoples spirits!” 

Wed
27
Jan

Daughter continues 'Chick' business started by her parents in the '60s

Therese Slack is shown with a photo of her parents, H. L. and Josephine Heying. They started the business in the 1960s.

 

Daughter continues 'Chick' business started by her parents in the '60s

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

On Dec. 31, 2020, the keys to the former Heying Firms, Inc. building were turned over to Therese (Heying) Slack, now sole owner of the complex, with her purchase of the building which houses a hatchery and rental properties.  A landmark on the edge of West Union, the building has gone through many transitions since it was built in the 1960’s. 

Wed
27
Jan

Sara Evans opens for Gary Allan at the Fayette County Fair!

Gary Allan

 

Sara Evans opens for Gary Allan at the Fayette County Fair!

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

It looks like a night of country is in store for Fayette County Fair fans this summer, when an evening filled with music will greet fairgoers in the grandstand on Saturday, July 24.

The Fair Board just announced that the headliner will be Gary Allan. Opening for Allan will be Sarah Evans and the Cory Farley Band will kick off the night of music starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Wed
20
Jan

SW preschool and kindergarten registration

 

SW preschool and kindergarten registration

 

Preschool and Kindergarten registration for the South Winneshiek Community School District has been set for the week of Monday, January 25th until Friday, January 29th. Parents may register anytime during the week. Registration may be accomplished by emailing tiwagner@swinn.k12.ia.us.  Please include your child’s name, birth date, and parent contact information. Initial contact with the school is for the purpose of enrollment counts and receiving and filling out the necessary registration materials.

Wed
20
Jan

The COVID effect on a local redemption center

Pat Nervig, owner of Main Street Liquor and Redemption Center in Calmar, stands next to a portion of his can inventory at his local business. Nervig has seen the number of customers coming through his doors, as well as the number of cans and bottles that his business processes, both double through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

The COVID effect on a local redemption center

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on many facets of the economy. One industry that has been affected by it has been within the recycling and can redemption business.

“I’ve been impacted pretty significantly throughout the past 10 months,” said Pat Nervig, owner of Main Street Liquor and Redemption Center in Calmar, which was established in 2014. “There are only two redemption centers in Winneshiek County and maybe five in all of northeast Iowa. Since the pandemic began, I have seen the number of customers that come through my door double since I opened back up in June.”

Wed
20
Jan

New partnership benefits perspective employees and local businesses

A young student gets to experience what it’s like to be at the helm of a piece of heavy construction equipment through a virtual reality simulator. The simulator is used as part of the Northeast Iowa Community College Construction Equipment Operator Earn and Learn course, which is offered in partnership with Reilly Construction in Ossian and JB Holland Construction in Decorah. (submitted photo)

 

New partnership benefits perspective employees and local businesses

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

It’s a unique partnership between a pair established of local construction companies and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) that will provide endless benefits and opportunities for all involved.

“We feel that the new Construction Equipment Operator Earn and Learn program here at NICC is something that greatly benefits both students and those interested in following a career in that line of work, as well as the businesses that have partnered with us to help create this opportunity,” said Wendy Mihm-Herold, vice president of business and community solutions at NICC. “Reilly Construction (Ossian) and JB Holland (Decorah) have both been influential in getting this program up and running and have helped develop the curriculum for these courses to give students a learning experience that will get them where they need to be to be successful.”

Wed
20
Jan

Weber is new Wadena mayor

Weber is new Wadena mayor

 

Randy Weber has become the new mayor of Wadena.

When elected Mayor Jarod Kent recently left office because of moving out of town, Weber, the Mayor Pro-tem, took over Kent’s duties.

Weber has been on the Wadena City Council for the last 15 years. He has been a Wadena resident since 1991. He and his wife, Annette, a teacher at Valley Elementary School, they have two sons; Jordan and Ethan.

Randy is self-employed doing all types of electrical work and construction. 

Wed
20
Jan

Elgin Public Library re-opens for growing options

Elgin Public Library re-opens for browing options

 

The Elgin Public Library is now open for patrons to browse and check-out materials during regular business hours. 

In order to safely re-open the doors to the community, library visitors are asked to use the park-side foyer door upon entering and exiting.  Visitors are asked to use hand-sanitizer when entering, and all visitors are asked to wear a mask while in the building.  An adult must accompany children under the age of 12.  

A 30-minute time limit to each visit will be enforced, however, those hoping to have more time utilizing the library’s free-wifi can contact library director, Lisa Leuck to schedule an appointment.  The library will have two computer stations open, this will help aid in social distancing.  

The Elgin Public Library will also continue to offer their easy-pick-up service through the foyer for those still looking to borrow materials contact free.   

 

Wed
20
Jan

West Union assisted living centers get first round of vaccine

Copper Creek Senior Living Administrator Matthew Marsala encouraged everyone’s participation in getting the Covid-19 vaccination recently.

 

West Union assisted living centers get first round of vaccine

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The two assisted living homes in West Union got the first rounds of the Covid-19 vaccinations last week.

At Stoney Brook Village, the vaccinations were given Saturday, Jan. 16. According to Administrator Kathryn Moser, the majority of residents and staff received the vaccine.

Wed
20
Jan

Capital improvement project in the works at WU Recreation Complex

It’s snow covered now, but as soon as spring arrives the West Union Recreation Complex will spring to life with lots of activities going on. Recreation Foundation President Norm Einck recently announced a new improvement project in the works that will include paved trails going up both sides of the main entrance, along with extra parking. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Capital improvement project in the works at WU Recreation Complex

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“All access to all facilities.”

That is the push behind the new project that the West Union Recreation Foundation is about to embark on.

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