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Sep

Gaedes give horses second life at P&S Thoroughbreds

 

With the help of their children, Elizabeth Meyer (right) and Blaze Gaede (not pictured), Perry and Stacey Gaede raise Thoroughbred horses as a hobby through their company, P&S Thoroughbreds, LLC in rural Fayette. The family currently owns 27 horses, which includes 24 on the homestead, one in Kentucky, one in Maryland, and another on Perry’s brother’s farm in rural Plainfield. 

 

Gaedes give horses second life at P&S Thoroughbreds

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Horses have been a part of Perry and Stacey Gaede’s lives for as long as they can remember. 

Growing up in the Quad Cities, Stacey began riding quarter horses when she was 4 years old. She was involved in 4-H and showed horses at county and state fairs, as well as American Quarter Horse Association accredited shows. 

Perry, on the other hand, grew up helping his parents raise Thoroughbreds on the family farm in Tripoli. Originally, his parents raised workhorses to help with chores around the farm that are now completed by tractors and combines. Because his parents liked horses so much, they transitioned into raising Thoroughbreads when tractors started to take over the work duty of horses in the 1950s. 

Wed
26
Sep

WC bolsters relationship with UIU through classroom collaboration

 

West Central students in Diane Boltz’s third-grade class get a treat every Monday when 12 education majors from Upper Iowa University help teach a science lesson. Here, two UIU students are discussing the life cycle of a plant with Mrs. Boltz’s third-grade students.  Submitted photo

 

WC bolsters relationship with UIU through classroom collaboration

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

There’s no substitution for real-world experience when it comes to training the teachers of tomorrow.

Classroom instruction can only go so far for an education major that can’t be gleaned from actual time in a classroom. A number of Upper Iowa University students are getting that real-world experience through a partnership with West Central Elementary. 

Every Monday through the first quarter, 12 UIU students of Barb Ehlers, UIU associate professor of education, will head over to West Central to teach a science lesson with Diane Boltz’s third-grade class. It gives these students first-hand experience in not only creating a lesson with the Next Generation Science Standards that were introduced in 2015, but also in implementing the lesson with elementary students. 

Wed
26
Sep

Parking lot project part of $1.6 million spent on courthouse improvements

 

The Fayette County Supervisors (front, center, l-r) Jeanine Tellin, Darrel Dolf, and Janell Bradley hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with courthouse employees to officially open the new Fayette County Courthouse parking lot on Monday morning, Sept. 24. The $569,566.05 project was completed by Wicks Construction of Decorah. 

 

Parking lot project part of $1.6 million spent on courthouse improvements

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Fayette County Courthouse parking lot is officially open.

Before their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, the Fayette County Supervisors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with employees from the courthouse to officially open the courthouse parking lot. 

The $569,566.05 project completed by Wicks Construction of Decorah is just part of approximately $1.6 million the Supervisors have spent on improvements to the courthouse over the last few years. The other projects completed, with approximate costs, include tuckpointing the building ($118,000), new windows and fixing the courthouse dome ($550,000), and installing geothermal heating and cooling ($400,000) throughout the building. 

Wed
26
Sep

Jacobsen runs for another term as treasurer

 

Longtime Fayette County Treasurer Kyle Jacobsen is once again running for the position.  Jacobsen was first elected to the office in 1998 and is eager to continue serving the county in the coming years.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Jacobsen runs for another term as treasurer

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

For nearly 20 years, those visiting the local Fayette County Treasurer’s Office have encountered a familiar face in Kyle Jacobsen, the county’s current treasurer.

“I decided to run for the first time in 1998, not too far from the actual election,” the longtime treasurer recalled.  

“There were a few concerns I had with how things were being done at the time,” he explained.  “After months of concern, it occurred to me that maybe I should do something about it.  So, I decided to run for treasurer.” 

Wed
19
Sep

NICC bond levy continuation approved

 

NICC bond levy continuation approved

 

 

Voters in the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) district gave their approval for the continuation of a $39 million bond levy in a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Unofficially, the measure was approved with 84.16 percent votes. Following the official canvas, the results will be certified by the county boards of supervisors.

Wed
19
Sep

Church takes a unique journey, preserving a piece of history

 

Valleyview Wesleyan Church now occupies its new home at Heritage Farm Park in Clermont.  The church will remain functional and can be rented out for weddings or other events. (Jerry Blue photo)

 

Church takes a unique journey, preserving a piece of history

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

A longstanding piece of West Union history took a unique journey last week when the nearly-150 year-old Valleyview Wesleyan Church was moved from its original home on Franklin Street to its new spot at Heritage Farm Park in Clermont.

“This church is such a valuable piece of the past,” park volunteer Arnold Guyer said of the little white church.

“It means so much to so many people,” he continued.  “If we didn’t go through with moving it, the other option would have been demolition.  We didn’t want that to happen.”  

Wed
19
Sep

State turns down UIU Recreation Center project grant request

 

Bridgett Madden, an Upper Iowa University senior majoring in mortuary science and a member of the track team, pauses during a workout Thursday at the UIU Recreation Center. The surface of the indoor track at her fingertips is slated to be replaced with one competitive runners can use spikes on. Deb Kunkle photo

 

State turns down UIU Recreation Center project grant request

 

 

Chris Baldus
Contributing Writer

 

 

As arrangements are being made to begin some of the upgrades planned at the Upper Iowa University Recreation Center, a state board's denial of a $230,000 grant request could force changes in the project that also involves improvements at a 1920s-era pool.

 

The Enhance Iowa Board announced $1.026 million in Community Attraction and Tourism grant awards on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to three of the projects reviewed alongside the UIU application. The funding will go toward a library expansion in Carroll, a youth sports complex in Schleswig, and a YMCA in Washington.

Wed
19
Sep

'Music on the Move' through opera houses

 

Bonnie Bishop, volunteer for the Fayette County Tourism Council, will be the guide for the ‘Music on the Move’ bus tour to three historic sites, including Oelwein Coliseum, Clermont Opera House and Fayette Opera House (pictured) in Fayette County on Sunday, Sept. 23. Call Carrie Davis or stop in at the West Union Chamber of Commerce to sign up for the tour.

 

'Music on the Move' through opera houses

 

 

By Haley Brase
hbrase@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

A fun afternoon of listening to music, learning about local historic sites and eating delicious food will be offered by the Fayette County Tourism Council from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. The council will offer a bus tour to the Oelwein Coliseum, Clermont Opera House and Fayette Opera House.

“Historically, they’ve done self-guided tours where you’d go to a site, and they’d give you a card to go to the next site, so you don’t know where you’re going or where you’ll end up until you get there,” said Carrie Davis, Tourism Council Director. “This is the first year the Tourism Council has done a bus tour.”

Wed
19
Sep

NF grad Iowa MS PE Teacher of the Year

 

Tara (Armel) Stemsrud

 

NF grad Iowa MS PE Teacher of the Year

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Tara (Armel) Stemsrud doesn’t run a typical physical education (PE) class. 

The PE teacher at Meredith Middle School in Des Moines doesn’t teach units on football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, or kickball, among others, in her classroom. Instead, she instructs students in sports like cricket and Australian-rules rugby to expose them to new experiences, through the use of an inquiry- and concept-based educational philosophy. 

It’s her different approach to getting kids active that garnered her the 2018 Iowa Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year award from the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 

“It was a surprise,” said Stemsrud. “I knew I had been nominated for the award in July, but from there it was a waiting game.”

For Stemsrud, teaching PE was never a consideration when she graduated from North Fayette High School in 2001. 

Wed
19
Sep

2018 fair turns profit

2018 fair turns profit

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Fayette County Fair Board announced that the 2018 Fayette County Fair turned a profit of approximately $10,500. However, that number includes a down payment of $2,500 for Hairball, which will be the headline event of the 2019 Fayette County Fair. 

“Overall, it was a great fair,” said Justin Steinlage, Fayette County Fair Board treasurer. “It was a lot of fun, the carnival was great, the concert was great, and it was just a great atmosphere all week.”

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