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Wed
21
Aug

Superintendent outlines changes for upcoming school year

Seven new teachers will greet the students at North Fayette Valley Schools this fall. They are (front, l-r) Jenny Lee, West Union and Fayette Elementary PE teacher; Abigail Korenchan, West Union Elementary Music teacher; Erica Gronowski, Middle School Special Education teacher at Valley; (back) Leah Sayer, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Valley Campus; Jenna Beatty, Middle School Math teacher; Tricia Anderson, Preschool teacher; David Riemer, High School Social Studies teacher.

 

Superintendent outlines changes for upcoming school year

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

North Fayette Valley Superintendent Duane Willhite said there will be two big changes for the school district in the upcoming school year. One will be evident from the get-go and the other is one that will develop throughout the school year.

The biggest change that goes into effect as soon as the new school year starts will be the new location for the Downtown Academy.

“The Downtown Academy, which is our program for emotionally disabled high school students, will be in the former AEA building right next to the public library.  Keystone AEA has moved into the basement of the library and they deeded the building to us for $1.  This move gives us more space than we had in the back of the Abbe Center and will provide for multiple learning strategies due to the expanded space,” Willhite pointed out.

He said the building will have group study rooms, and individualized instruction and quiet spaces for students who need to work in a more solitary environment.  “There will be a small kitchen where students can meet casually with teachers, eat their breakfasts and lunches and basically get away from the classroom occasionally.  Since most of these students spend a big part of their day with on-line curriculum there is a need for study breaks and physical movement in order to maintain focus,” he explained.

Wed
21
Aug

Fayette County Assessor resigns

Ali Manson

 

Fayette County Assessor resigns

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County Assessor Ali Manson submitted her resignation at the Fayette County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, Aug. 19.

Manson said her last day would be Sept. 30. She said she has found a new position as the assistant director at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce in Manchester, where she lives. The Fayette County Conference Board will need to meet to officially accept Manson’s resignation. The Conference board is made up of the Fayette County Board of Supervisors, and representatives from each of the county’s communities and school districts.

Wed
21
Aug

Fayette County Assessor resigns

Ali Manson

 

Fayette County Assessor resigns

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County Assessor Ali Manson submitted her resignation at the Fayette County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, Aug. 19.

Manson said her last day would be Sept. 30. She said she has found a new position as the assistant director at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce in Manchester, where she lives. The Fayette County Conference Board will need to meet to officially accept Manson’s resignation. The Conference board is made up of the Fayette County Board of Supervisors, and representatives from each of the county’s communities and school districts.

Wed
14
Aug

Schmitt looking forward to duties as SWEF director

Sara Schmitt (center) will serve as the South Winneshiek Education Foundation (SWEF) director beginning this fall. The family-oriented individual is pictured alongside her husband and children, including (clockwise from top right) husband Greg, Holly, Autumn, Harrison, Adam (holding Amara), Henry, Hanna, and Abraham. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Schmitt looking forward to duties as SWEF director

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Joining the South Winneshiek Community School District staff this fall will be new SW Education Foundation (SWEF) director Sara Schmitt. The local mother of eight has previously served in the district as the Warrior football and basketball cheer advisor since 2017 and will take on a new role beginning this school year.

“I am looking forward to working with the SWEF committee and our teachers on upcoming events,” said Schmitt. “I am also excited to meet many students and parents in the upcoming year!”

The South Winneshiek Education Foundation first began in 2018 and was created to build an environment and offer opportunities to students that will help to develop the skills necessary to become responsible, lifelong learners within the school and community.

Wed
14
Aug

Family will kick it forward with kickball tournament benefit

Kort Steffens in the hospital after suffering serious injuries to his arm and hand in a UTV accident.

 

Family will kick it forward with kickball tournament benefit

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

A local family wants to “kick it forward” in an attempt to make sure that families that are going through some of the painful, emotional wrenching and financial stressful situations they went through, get the same help they did.

In June of 2018, 7-year-old Kort Steffens of Festina was involved in an UTV accident that caused serious soft tissue damage to his arm and hand as well as a fractured radius. He spent 18 days at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minn., fighting an infection and underwent six surgeries restoring his nerves and tendons.

Now after months of physical therapy, most of the function of his hand has been restored.  Throughout this time friends, family and the community gathered together to support Kort’s family with a “Kickin It For Kort” kickball tournament benefit and another gift that his family will never forget.

Wed
14
Aug

Celebrating a milestone: Happy Birthday Kassidy!

 

Kassidy Lenhart has faced many challenges in her young life.  While her multiple surgeries and developmental delays are a part of her daily life, she has always kept a smile on her face while she stayed busy with multiple activities, including competing in the area Special Olympics events, even receiving many medals for her success in the competitions.  

 

Celebrating a milestone: Happy Birthday Kassidy!

 

By Meagan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Last Saturday, members of the Lenhart and Lenth families gathered at the home of Eldon and Carol Lenth for an incredible celebration.  Kassidy Lenhart was celebrating a milestone – her 18th birthday.

While any young person finds this milestone to be an exciting one, for Kassidy it is especially significant as during her first few years of life, no one was entirely sure the spirited young woman would live past her first few years.

“She has always not only defied the odds, but she has kept a smile while doing it,” said Kassidy’s mother Larene Lenhart of her daughter’s journey.  “We knew she was strong from day one, but she had a lot of battles over the years.” 

In August 2001, Larene Lenhart was nearly 34 weeks pregnant with her daughter Kassidy when something of concern struck the young mother.

“Up until then, everything seemed to be going smoothly,” the Elgin woman.  “All of a sudden I realized I hadn’t felt her move in awhile.” 

Realizing that the lack of movement could be related to any number of things, Larene decided to keep a close eye on what was happening as she followed her daily routines.

“I knew that sometimes when you are at that point in a pregnancy, movement can slow down the bigger the baby gets,” she remembered.  “It just wasn’t normal for that pregnancy though.” 

Larene, who worked at the Gundersen Lutheran clinic, mentioned her concerns at work that day.

“We decided to hook up the Doppler to listen for a heartbeat just to make sure everything was ok,” she said.  “At that point in time, everything registered just fine.  We found a heartbeat and it was right where it was supposed to be.” 

Despite the reassuring Doppler results, Larene just couldn’t shake her concerns.

Wed
14
Aug

Work to continue until November on Highway 18

Installing new cement sidewalks and ramps in Clermont is part of the Highway 18 repair and repaving project by the Iowa DOT.

 

Work to continue until November on Highway 18

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Regular commuters from Clermont to Postville on Highway 18 shouldn’t expect to see an end to their wait times anytime soon.

Iowa DOT resident construction engineer Ron Loecher said the repaving and widening project would probably be going on until sometime in November.

“Right now we’re right on schedule. We’re doing some safety work putting in pipe extensions and putting in fill along the shoulders to create a slope between the road and the shoulder. This will give motorists a easier chance to recover if they happen to go off the paving,” Loecher explained.

He also said the project includes widening the shoulder with four feet of asphalt along the edges. 

Wed
14
Aug

Randalia Methodist Church celebrating 125th Anniversary

Randalia United Methodist Church is celebrating the 125th year of their church building and their 98th Annual Homecoming, Sunday, Aug. 25. Congregation members include (front, l-r) Sheila Johnson, Ron Ahrens, Norm Klink, Richard Bishop, Eldon and Shirley Rose, Pat Custer, Marlene Mayo, (back) Geri Winkie, Pastor Julie Ahrens, Audrey Hofer, Shirley Bunn, Bonnie Bishop, Glenda Campbell, Cheryl and Roger Arthur, Marj Bunn, and Fred and Arlene Klatt.

 

Randalia Methodist Church celebrating 125th Anniversary

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The congregation of the Randalia United Methodist Church is celebrating the 125th year of their church building and their 98th Annual Homecoming, Sunday, Aug. 25.

Past members and friends are invited to attend the special Sunday service.

Pastor Julie Ahrens will conduct the morning service at 11 a.m. Rev. Steve Pohlman, who served at Randalia from 1965 to 1969, will share the message.

Special music will be shared during the service. Those attending will be invited to sing in the choir and practice will be held during the coffee hour.

Coffee will be served at 10 a.m. and the worship service will be held at 11 a.m. The potluck will follow the morning service. A short program will be shared in the afternoon.

Wed
14
Aug

Local cook is a national recipe contest winner

Zach Wulfekuhle, manager at Fayette’s DT’s Pub and Primetime Pizza in Fayette recently found out his original recipe for Bourbon Chicken and Waffle Sliders was a winner in the Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest, hosted by General Mills Foodservice. Wulfekuhle will go on to compete in the grand prize contest later this month. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Local cook is a national recipe contest winner

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“I’ve been cooking since I was young,” smiled Zach Wulfekuhle as he leaned against the counter of DT’s Pub and Primetime Pizza in Fayette.  

“I’ve had a hand in what comes out of the kitchen here, since about 16,” he continued.  “Pretty much since I was legally allowed to be cooking!” 

Never one to really call himself a ‘foodie,’ Wulfekuhle, who manages and cook’s at the local establishment that is owned by his parents, Nancy and Tim of Fayette, decided to take a leap with his kitchen-centered talent earlier this year as he entered the Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest, hosted by General Mills Foodservice.  

“I had always enjoyed cooking, but I never took it too seriously, until I started watching the Food Channel with my girlfriend,” Wulfekuhle laughed, referring to his longtime girlfriend, Clarissa’s fascination with the popular channel.  “She’s a Food Network addict, so on any given day we’d be watching something that channel!” 

While Wulfekuhle never doubted the tastiness and creativity of his recipe entry, Bourbon Chicken and Waffle Sliders, he was shocked to hear that he had been awarded top recipe winner for the north central region of the contest.  

“I knew it was good, but I guess I didn’t anticipate it to do this well! ” the 2008 North Fayette graduate exclaimed with a grin.  

Wed
14
Aug

Ready to patrol; Hanson joins the WUPD

 

Colten Hanson is the West Union Police Departments newest patrol officer.  The Hawkeye Community College graduate will officially begin his duties as a West Union officer on Monday, August 19. Hanson says that he is excited to serve the community.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

Ready to patrol; Hanson joins the WUPD

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Union Police Department is preparing to welcome a new face as Colten Hanson steps in as the city’s newest full-time patrol officer.

“I’m excited to serving this community now, and for many years to come,” Hanson said with a smile.  “Since I decided to go into law enforcement, I’ve known wanted to be part of a small community like West Union.” 

Hanson, a 2017 New Hampton High School graduate, comes to the department with a degree in Police Science from Hawkeye Community College.

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