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St. Lucas native completes God's call

 

Father Jim Goerend (left) was ordained on Saturday, May 25, at Cathedral of St. Raphael in Dubuque by Archbishop Hanus. 

 

St. Lucas native completes God's call

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

St. Lucas native Jim Goerend was ordained as a priest on Saturday, May 25, in Dubuque. 

For Goerend, it has been a 33-year road trip to priesthood that includes a few detours along the way. 

After graduating from Turkey Valley in 1986, Goerend attended Loras College in Dubuque, and was in the seminary for a year and a half. When he didn’t know if that was for him, Goerend left the college and moved to Texas. 

Wed
29
May

Homewood's honored as 2019 Fun Day's Grand Marshals

 

While the 2019 Hawkeye Fun Days Grand Marshals, Jerry and Diane Homewood have officially lived in Waterloo since their marriage in 1961, they have called their Hawkeye cabin their second home since its construction in 1982.  Jerry and a friend built the cabin, which sits on the farm where Jerry grew up in rural Hawkeye.  Always involved in community events, the Homewoods started and funded the annual Hawkeye Fun Day Tractor Ride, one of the annual events most popular attractions a decade ago.  (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Homewood's honored as 2019 Fun Day's Grand Marshals

 

By Meagan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

For just over a decade now, Hawkeye Fun Day’s attendees have enjoyed a crowd favorite: the annual Tractor Ride.  An annual event that would not have been possible without the help of this year’s Hawkeye Fun Day’s Grand Marshals, Jerry and Diane Homewood.

“They have done so much to contribute to one of the people’s favorite events,” said Wayne Schroeder of the couple and their dedication to the annual ride.  “Hawkeye Fun Day’s is a big community event, and Jerry and Diane made it a little bit more exciting with the tractor ride!” 

Born and raised on a farm just outside the Hawkeye town limits, Jerry, son of Jim and Elva Homewood, has built his weekday home with wife Diane in Waterloo, but the couple are just as likely to be found in their rural Hawkeye cabin as they are to be found in their Waterloo home.

Wed
29
May

Care, relationships drive new Gundersen Palmer Lutheran CEO

Patrice Kuennen

 

Care, relationships drive new Gundersen Palmer Lutheran CEO

 

 

 

 

Patrice Kuennen understands the power of positive relationships.

“Our patients’ needs and our community’s health drives everything we do,” the new chief executive officer (CEO) at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics shares. “Listening to our neighbors, caring for them and supporting them creates a healthier community for everyone.” 

Kuennen, a Waucoma native, has been with Gundersen Palmer Lutheran since 2012, most recently serving as chief nursing officer, a role she will continue until a replacement is hired.

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

 

 

 

 

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. 

Reynolds started her tour at the West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community’s office before heading over to Euphoria Coffee’s new location on Elm Street, in the former Iowa Food Hub building. While the location is currently under construction, Nick Yost, Euphoria Coffee owner, did have a sample of his coffee for the governor to taste. He also gave her a bag of coffee to take back with her to Des Moines. 

Wed
29
May

WU continues to seek answers to pavers' issues

 

Brad Punke, UniLock territory manager, met with city officials (second from left, l-r) Nick McIntyre, city administrator; Adam Keller, mayor; and Kennon Gumm, city councilman, about the high-failure rate of pavers in the downtown district of West Union.  Chris DeBack photo

 

WU continues to seek answers to pavers' issues

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The City of West Union met with representatives from Unilock and Culvers on Thursday, May 23, to continue discussions about why pavers are failing in West Union’s downtown district. 

Adam Keller, mayor; Kennon Gumm, city councilman; Nick McIntyre, city administrator; and Jon Biederman, Fehr Graham Engineering, walked around South Vine Street by Biederman’s office and Elm Street by Winers with Brad Punke, Unilock territory manager; and Nick Jensen, Culver’s Lawn and Landscaping project manager, to show them the extent to which the pavers continue to fail. 

During the short tour, Punke was able to take pictures of the failing pavers. McIntyre noted to him that they used to host a lot of tours of the Streetscape project, but that the City has started turning tours away because of the conditions of the pavers. 

“It’s like this all over,” McIntyre said to Punke as they looked at some Pavers on Elm Street. “We are seeing a higher-failure rate and that’s why we wanted to have another conversation.”

Wed
22
May

South Winn band earns Division I rating

 

Members of the South Winneshiek band, which earned its second Division I rating in the past 50 years at the recent Large Group Festival, includes (front, l-r) Emmaleigh Ohrt, Leah Cullen, Tonya Schirmer, Scarlett Gansen, Mackenszie Schirmer; (second row) Celia Neuzil, Montanah Zweibohmer, Ashley Elsbernd, Brandon Frana, Hannah Franzen, Luke Knutson, Jillianne Wangsness; (third row) Jason Kuhn, Collin Hageman, Quentin Hageman, Ethan Maldonado, Isaiah Barness, Martin Hostman, Luke Davis; (back row) Brady Jaster, Isaiah Kruckman, Kyle Kuhn, Shaun Klimesh, and Jace Nahl. Missing from photo is Eryn Sabelka, Emma Houdek, Mariah Durham, Vanessa Hageman, and Logan Humpal. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

South Winn band earns Division I rating

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winneshiek High School band is doing big things!

At the 2019 Large Group Festival, held this spring at West Central in Maynard, the Warrior concert band earned a Division I rating and the highest scores that it has received since instructor Nathan Miller took over a decade ago.

“This is a very neat thing for our program,” said Miller. “In 2016, the band got its first Division I rating in over 50 years, so to do that twice in such a short period of time is a really great accomplishment. It is pretty hard to do!”

Wed
22
May

Salute to Service

Salute to Service

 

 

 

The Ossian Memorial Day parade will be held through downtown Ossian, weather permitting, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27.

The route will begin at the Ossian City Park and travel past Ossian Senior Hospice, and then down Main Street to the post office. It will then proceed back to Wild Woods Event Center.

Following the parade, at approximately 11 a.m., a Memorial Day program will be held at Wild Woods Event Center.

Any veteran who would like to march or ride in the parade should meet at the City Park at 10:15 a.m. Cars, bikes, motorcycles, horses, and walkers are all welcome to join the parade.

Wed
22
May

Clermont Depot open house

Clermont Depot (photo by LeAnn Larson)

 

 

Clermont Depot open house

 

 

The Clermont Depot will host an open house on Monday, May 27, immediately following Memorial Day ceremonies in Clermont. 

 

Members of the public will be able to see the work that was done to stabilize the structure of the building and walk through the interior until 1 p.m. that day. Railroad memorabilia that was donated by the late Richard and Bev Hinsenbrock will also be on display inside the depot. 

Wed
22
May

Clermont prepares for IDOT project

Clermont prepares for IDOT project

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

 

   The Clermont City Council discussed preparations for an upcoming Iowa Department of Transportation project at its meeting on Monday night. The project, which will widen and rehabilitate the pavement on US Highway 18, is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 28, in Clermont.
   Councilmember Roger Craig attended a recent IDOT meeting and shared information with the council regarding the project.
   “Skyline Construction will be here in town on May 28 to begin setting up and preparing to do some concrete work. One of the things that they will be looking for is a place to store their equipment somewhere along the highway during the project,” explained Craig.

Wed
22
May

Weidemann to earn a mortuary science degree

 

Hailey Weidemann is set to graduate from West Central High School, with 22 of her other classmates, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the WC High School gym in Maynard. 

 

Weidemann to earn a mortuary science degree

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The 23 students in the West Central Class of 2019 will walk across the stage one final time as a Blue Devil as they receive their diplomas at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the WC gymnasium. 

After the ceremony, those 23 students will share some hugs as they spend a final moment together as a class. The students in the Class of 2019 will go their separate ways with some heading off to college and others heading into the workforce. 

One student in particular, Hailey Weidemann, has chosen an interesting field of study to enter into, which is mortuary science. Weidemann graduates on Friday not only with her high school diploma, but an Associates of Arts degree from Northeast Iowa Community College. This fall, she will attend Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny to complete the next chapter in her life. 

While it isn’t a field that is widely promoted to youth in the area, Weidemann chose mortuary science because it offers her the chance to help people during some of their most vulnerable moments, which is after losing a loved-one. 

“I have known for a while that whatever career path I took I wanted it to be one where I got to help people,” said the daughter of Tobey and Joelene Weidemann of Fayette. “With mortuary science, I feel like I can help a lot of people because it’s a difficult process losing a loved one.”

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