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05
Jun

Franzen's Case 830 featured

Arlin Franzen of rural Ossian proudly sits on his 1961 Case 830 tractor, which will be the featured tractor for the 27th annual Castalia Tractor Day parade on June 9. Sitting on the hood of the classic tractor is an Ertl 50th Anniversary toy tractor that was modeled off Franzen’s tractor in 2010. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Franzen's Case 830 featured

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The annual Castalia Tractor Day parade is one of the most well attended parades in northeast Iowa. This year, leading the 27th annual parade celebration will be the featured 1961 Case 830 tractor owned by Arlin Franzen of rural Ossian.

“My dad (Pete) bought the tractor new in 1964 and we used it for just about everything on the farm,” explained Franzen. “We used it for custom work, chopping, planting – just about everything. It was one of our main tractors on the farm.”

Franzen, one of 13 children in his family, went on to say that he and almost all of his siblings learned to drive a tractor on this particular piece of machinery.

Wed
05
Jun

Expect delays this summer during Highway 18 project

Expect delays this summer during Highway 18 project

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Iowa Department of Transportation's Highway 18 Project from Clermont to Postville officially got underway two weeks ago with surveying and vibration monitoring taking place.  

It could be awhile before we see actual paving get underway on the road, there is plenty of other work to be done in the meantime. 

IDOT provided the City of Clermont with a road map of how construction of the project should play out over the summer and into the fall. According to the roadmap the project was officially slated to start on May 20 and should end by Oct. 25 barring any delays due to weather. The following is a brief summary of when certain parts of the project are slated to begin, but are always subject to change. 

Wed
05
Jun

Monroe says goodbye to 39-year career with JD

Following a career that included 39 years of service as a salesman, Castalia’s Roger Monroe officially retired from Clermont Implement (a Bodensteiner Implement Company) on his 70th birthday, May 3. Throughout his sales career, which began at Schmitt Implement in Fort Atkinson, Monroe has seen a lot of changes in the farm equipment industry. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Monroe says goodbye to 39-year career with JD

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

When it comes to knowledge of John Deere tractors and equipment, most would be hard-pressed to find someone more knowledgeable than Castalia’s Roger Monroe. That’s because Monroe just recently hung up the hat on a long 39-year career as a salesman in the industry.

“I’ve always loved being around the machinery and helping area farmers,” said Monroe, a 1967 graduate of South Winneshiek. “Working in this line is sort of like an addiction. You get wrapped up in learning all of the technology of the years and trying to know everything that there is to know.”

For Monroe, finding a job as a John Deere salesman isn’t something that he had ever planned. In fact, he spent nearly a decade farming with his father and brother after high school.

Wed
05
Jun

TRRC Trail expansion officially open to the public

Rod Marlatt (left), Fayette County Conservation executive director, and Mallory Hanson,Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) executive director, are pleased to announce that the TRRC Trail Expansion from Elgin to Gilbertson Park is now open. There will be a grand-opening ceremony held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29, during Elgin Homecoming at the new bike trail bridge. Chris DeBack photo

 

TRRC Trail expansion officially open to the public

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The expansion of the Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) Trail from Elgin to Gilbertson Park is officially open for bike riders to enjoy.

Fayette County Conservation took down the barricades blocking access to the bridge just before Memorial Day. Elgin residents and those enjoying the campground at Gilbertson got plenty of use out of the new trail over the holiday weekend. 

Wed
05
Jun

Huckins retires after years of bringing Spanish alive for her students

Retiring West Central high school teacher Ronda Huckins goes over the diary of Anne Frank with the students in eighth-grade literature and language class. Hacking also teaches English as a Second Language at the elementary school and Spanish at the high school.

 

Huckins retires after years of bringing Spanish alive for her students

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Teaching isn’t an easy profession. 

Whether it's dealing with 20 young boys and girls at the elementary level or navigating the complexities that make up a teenager in the 21st century, there’s a lot of work involved when it comes to being a teacher. Every student is unique, and it can be hard enough teaching one subject to a bunch of unique individuals that are all the same age on a given day. 

If that’s tough, it might be near impossible to teach the whole gamut of K-12 students on a daily basis. Yet, West Central’s Ronda Huckin’s, who retired at the end of the school year, made the impossible possible everyday when she taught English as a Second Language to elementary students, eighth-grade literature and language, and high school Spanish.  

Wed
05
Jun

Meyer adds a Vintage flair to downtown WU

Nancy Meyer’s new shop, Vintage on Vine is nestled right in the heart of downtown West Union. Open Tuesday’s through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday’s 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., the unique shop offers something for everyone from antiques, furniture, iron work items and unique pieces of art. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Meyer adds a Vintage flair to downtown WU

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“This is the sort of thing we have always loved,” smiled Nancy Meyer of her newest business venture, Vintage on Vine in West Union.  “When this space was opening up a few months ago, the thought of coming in and starting a store crossed my mind, and I decided to take the leap!” 

The shop, which sits nestled in the heart of downtown West Union offers a wide variety of gifts and décor.

“We have so many things and all are made or repurposed locally,” said Meyer.  “From furniture, trunks, wall hangings, yard décor to baked goods we will be selling in the coming weeks.  It’s all unique to the area.” 

  Meyer, the daughter of Pam and Steve Rogers of Sumner, is no stranger to the ‘vintage’ world as she and her mother, Pam, have long been working on projects together.

Wed
05
Jun

Hovden wins 700th game

Hall of Fame coach Dan Hovden directs the outfield during the game Tuesday, May 28, against Postville when the TigerHawk baseball team gave its head coach the 700th win of his illustrious career. He ranks 22nd all-time in state history and is currently sixth among active baseball coaches.

 

Hovden wins 700th game

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

When the NFV baseball team beat Postville, 14-4, by scoring five runs with two outs in the fifth inning, Tuesday, May 28, it gave head coach Dan Hovden his 700th career victory. 

The win makes his career record 700-342; 62 of the wins came during his five years coaching at Mount Ayr. 

Hovden’s win total makes him 22ndall-time in the history of baseball in Iowa, and sixth among active coaches.

Wed
05
Jun

Supervisors sign economic development contract with RC&D

Supervisors sign economic development contract with RC&D

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

At their regular meeting on Monday, June 3, the Fayette County Supervisors approved a contract with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) for economic development and tourism in the county. The contract is effective July 1.

Earlier this year, the Supervisors notified Fayette County Economic Development (FCED) that they were pulling their funding from the 501c3 and looking to go in a new direction. FCED had an agreement with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission to provide staffing for FCED. 

Wed
29
May

Renewable energy showcased during Reynolds' visit

 

Jon Biederman (left), Fehr Graham Engineering, and Dick Woodward (right) speak to Iowa governor Kim Reynolds about the Streetscape and Upper Housing Story projects that were completed in the last decade.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Renewable energy showcased during Reynolds' visit

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Renewable energy showcased during Reynolds visit

 

Chris DeBack

 

A day after signing the Empower Rural Iowa Act, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds made a stop in West Union and visited with a couple local businesses. 

Wed
29
May

4th Annual Logan's Hope 5K

 

The Manderfield family of rural Waucoma, including (l-r) Don, Logan, and Lindsey, pictured at last year’s Logan’s Hope 5K in Decorah. This year’s event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, and aims to raise money for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. (submitted photo)

 

4th Annual Logan's Hope 5K

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The fourth annual Logan’s Hope 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in Decorah. 

The annual event, put on by rural Waucoma’s Logan Manderfield and his family, aims to raise money for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research. 

Last year, the event raised over $20,000 for the cause and the Manderfields, including father Don and mother Lyndsey, are hoping to surpass that mark.

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