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Sep

Meyer appointed

Meyer appointed

The South Winneshiek school board announced the appointment of new board member Corey Meyer during last week’s Sept. 5 meeting. Meyer will complete the term of former District 2 boardmember Jenny Johnson, whose resignation was formally accepted on Wednesday night, Sept. 5, as well.

 

Meyer will remain on the school board through 2019, when the next board election is held.

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12
Sep

Homecoming 2018 'Decades of Winning Tradition' at South Winn

 

South Winneshiek’s 2018 Homecoming court includes (front, l-r) King candidates Brekin Tigges, Levi Lukes, Tayton Bullerman, and Cole Klimesh; (back) Queen candidates Melissa Ward, Ellie Loesch, Sierra Breitsprecher, and Abby Manning. The King and Queen will be announced at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the South Winneshiek football field. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Homecoming 2018 'Decades of Winning Tradition' at South Winn

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

South Winneshiek’s 2018 Homecoming is this week!

This year’s theme is “Decades of Winning Tradition” and will be celebrated throughout the week of Sept. 10 - 14, with a hallway decorating competition set to kick things off Friday, Sept. 7.

Dress-up days for this year’s celebration are as follows:

• Monday – The Age-Old Question: Mathletes or Athletes;

• Tuesday – Not-So-Trendy (tacky clothes);

• Wednesday – Class Distinction (freshmen – ‘80s; sophomores – ‘70s; juniors – ‘90s; seniors – ‘60s);  

• Thursday – Wind of Change (tropical);

• Friday – Spirit Day!

Homecoming Day activities on Friday, Sept. 14, will include Ag Olympics and parade float decorating in the morning, followed by a pep rally at 12:35 p.m. and the King/Queen Coronation at 1:30 p.m. at the football field.

The Homecoming parade will be held at 2 p.m. through downtown Calmar.

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12
Sep

Pleasant Valley Sports Club celebration should be a ball

Pleasant Valley Sports Club in Clermont is celebrating its 25th anniversary from Monday, Sept. 17-Saturday, Sept. 22. The club is offering free green fees Monday-Friday, Sept. 17-21. On Saturday, Sept. 22, there will be a two-person, best shot tournament; the 27-hole event will feature eight-inch cups. Registration is $60 per team, plus skins and flag games. 

 

Pleasant Valley Sports Club celebration should be a ball!

 

 

By Haley Brase
hbrase@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Pleasant Valley Sports Club in Clermont is offering free green fees Monday-Friday, Sept. 17-21. On Saturday, Sept. 22, there is a two-person, best shot tournament; the 27-hole event will feature eight-inch cups. Registration is $60 per team, plus skins and flag games.

Through the entire week, beer meal deals will be available for $5, which include a sandwich, chips and a beer of your choice. Nonalcoholic meal deals are also offered for $3.50; those include a sandwich, chips and a nonalcoholic beverage. In addition to the meal deals, the Sports Club will be offering $2 beers, six-packs for $10, and discounted nonalcoholic drinks, candy and food.

The idea of a golf course began in 1991. The land was bought through Guyer Realty by Keith Hanson and Steve Baker under the Hanker Company. At the time, Arnold Guyer was selling real estate and thought the land would be “a heck of a good-looking golf course.” When the Hanker Company bought the land, Guyer volunteered to help get the course started.

As the course was being built, there were unexpected delays.

Wed
12
Sep

Freedom Rock rolls into Fayette

 

Jason Kuehl, Swales Precast and Crane employee, gets instruction from John Orr on the exact position the large boulder, which will be the Fayette County Freedom Rock, should sit on the concrete pad. It took Swales Precast and Crane approximately 30 minutes to move the boulder from a trailer to the concrete pad and then stand the rock up on its base. Croell Redi-Mix donated the material, and Jerry Paul donated the labor to create the concrete pad. The large boulder and transportation to the Open-Air Market was donated by C.J. Moyna of Elkader.  (Chris DeBack photos)

 

Freedom Rock rolls into Fayette

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

The Fayette County Freedom Rock has arrived.

 

That is, the large boulder that will become the Freedom Rock, once artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II paints it, arrived at its memorial location in the Open-Air Market in Fayette on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

John and Sharon Orr of Fayette are spearheading the campaign that has brought the Freedom Rock to Fayette. 

Wed
12
Sep

Hawkeye council sets date for K&K eviction

 

Two posts mark very separate spots next to one of K&K Gardens’ hoop houses.  The one in the background marks where a recent land survey determined where the business’s property ended, while the one in front represents where the property line would be drawn if the Hawkeye City Council had voted to vacate the land and decided instead to sell or lease the land to the local business. (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Hawkeye council sets date for K&K eviction

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The Hawkeye City Council met for its regular meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 4.  

During the meeting, the council considered a second reading of Ordinance No. 281, which calls for the City to vacate South Street, an action which would ultimately allow for the sale of the land to the surrounding property owners currently sitting on the portions owned by the City.  

The ordinance was first drafted during an Aug. 14 special meeting, at which the council ultimately agreed to consider selling the land at $7,050 per acre, with the idea of giving each current occupant first dibs on the purchase.  

However, nothing was made official during the Aug. 14 special meeting, and the ordinance was scheduled to receive initial approval or denial at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

During last week’s meeting, the council denied the proposal for the City to vacate the land and put parcels up for sale with a 3-2 vote against the proposal.

With the vacation of the land option off the table, the council then moved on to address further action and whether to propose a possible lease agreement to K&K Gardens of Hawkeye.  The lease agreement would allow one of the business’s longstanding hoop buildings to remain where it is.   The council could also vote on evicting K&K Gardens from the land parcel, requiring the business owners to remove their building from the spot altogether.

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12
Sep

It's all about the soil

 

Every year, the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes a farmer in Fayette County who has worked hard to preserve the soil health of his or her crop ground. The 2018 Conservation District winners were Howard Farms and the Patricia Smith Family Trust. The group received their award at the 2018 Fayette County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in August. In attendance for the award ceremony were (l-r) Brenda Howard, Roger Howard, Patricia Smith, Mark Howard, and Doris Howard.  submitted photo

 

It's all about the soil

 

 

 

 

Soil health is an important component to the success of any farm. 

Without at least fair soil, health crops won’t grow effectively and yields will suffer, which ultimately leads to a decrease in revenue. 

Every year, the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes a farmer in Fayette County who has worked hard to preserve the pristine nature of his or her crop ground. The 2018 Conservation District winners were Howard Farms Company, owned and operated by Roger and Mark Howard, and the Patricia Smith Family Trust. They were presented the award in July. 

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12
Sep

WU Council purchases vacant lot for pocket park

 

 This vacant lot between McJ’s Embroidery and Iowa Food Hub on East Elm Street will be the location of West Union’s newest park. The West Union City Council approved the purchase of the lot from current owner Norm Einck for the creation of a pocket park to beautify the lot. The lot will still be for sale to a potential business.  Chris DeBack photo

 

WU Council purchases vacant lot for pocket park

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the West Union City Council met with Jessica Wegner, West Union Pocket Park Committee (WUPPC) member, to discuss the purchase of the empty lot between McJ’s Embroidery and Iowa Food Hub on East Elm Street for a pocket park. 

The lot, which is currently owned by Norm Einck, was one of two lots downtown targeted for beautification and green space creation. The other was the former lot of Gus and Tony’s Town House Café on North Vine Street. 

Wegner noted to the council that green space creation is a part of the “Feel Better” component of WU’s Healthy Hometown Master Plan. It also fits with the 5-2-1-0 messaging for which West Union will be receiving funding. 

“The vision is the beautification of a vacant lot to create an outdoor gathering space to enjoy eating outdoors, spend time socializing with others, and engage community members in the concept of outdoor placemaking,” said Wegner. “One of the objectives [of the ‘Feel Better’ component of Healthy Hometown] is to establish two additional placemaking spaces [in West Union]. This could potentially be one of those locations. There are two other locations in the works at this point that would involve a local business and then the school district. This would be a great approach for the City to take.”

Wed
12
Sep

Wolverton runs for Fayette County Treasurer

 

Tammy Wolverton has recently decided to run for Fayette County Treasurer.  Wolverton, who holds degree in international accounting from Iowa State, has always been interested in finances and numbers.  She is currently serving as treasurer for the North Fayette Valley Athletic Booster Club.   (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Wolverton runs for Fayette County Treasurer

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

            “I am ready for a change,” beamed Tammy Wolverton of her recent decision to run for Fayette County Treasurer.  

“One of the things that I would focus on, if elected, is trying to be more customer oriented,” Wolverton continued as she sorted through a variety of concession-stand goodies at the North Fayette Valley high school concession stand, preparing for the weekend’s home football game. “The treasurers office is one of the most visited departments by the taxpayers.  Because of that, it should have a strong customer service oriented outlook.”

            The decision to run for the public post wasn’t one the Holstein Iowa native has taken lightly. 

            “It was a big decision,” she said thoughtfully, as she jotted some inventory notes on one of the many spreadsheets she keeps of the concession stand items.  “It took some thought when it came to committing to this.  I know I can do a great job for Fayette County. I’m a numbers person, that’s for sure!”

            Wolverton, who graduated with an accounting degree from Iowa State, has always had an interest in working with budgets and inventory.

Wed
05
Sep

Lensings proud to be part of five great generations

 

With Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 9, Fort Atkinson couple Earl and Cindy Lensing have a lot to be proud of, including five generations of their family and 10 grandchildren. Making up the five generations are (l-r) great-grandfather Tim Deeny, great-grandparents Earl and Cindy Lensing, dad Nick Kulish, mom Karson Deeny (holding Ryan), grandparents Danielle and Chris Tuttle, and great-great-grandmother Lois Rausch. (submitted photo)

 

Lensings proud to be part of five great generations

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Countless proud grandpas and grandmas will celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 9. For Fort Atkinson couple Earl and Cindy Lensing, every day is like Grandparents Day as the couple recently became great-grandparents for the first time and are a proud part of five living generations of their family.

“Growing up, I was an only child. I never dreamt of having six children of my own and now having five great generations in our family,” said Cindy, the second generation behind her mother and neighbor, Lois Rausch. “This is actually the second time that I have been part of five generations.”

Cindy’s grandmother, Gladys Martin, with Lois Rausch, Cindy’s daughter Danielle Tuttle, and granddaughter Karson Deeny made up the first five-generation group back in 1995.

Although Martin died in 1997, the second version of five living generations came about this spring when Karson and Nick Kulish of Calmar welcomed son Ryan into the world on May 10.

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05
Sep

NICC aims to extend bond levy in Sept. 11 vote

NICC aims to extend bond levy in Sept. 11 vote

 

 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is looking for voter support to continue with the college’s 28.8-cent bond and interest fund levy rate in a Tuesday, Sept. 11, special election.

The college’s $39 million bond levy measure is not a new tax, but rather a continuation of the current bond and interest fund levy rate. This means that for a homeowner with an assessed valuation of $150,000 on their property would pay $1.89 per month, or approximately $23 per year, if the measure passes.

NICC’s first bond levy of $35 million passed in December 2007 with a supermajority of voters’ support in the district.

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