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Wed
22
May

Area Memorial Day Services set

 

Area American Legions will be honoring the brave men and women, who lost their lives in service to our country, with Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 27. American Legion Post 15 of West Union marches for veterans at the West Union Cemetery during last year’s Memorial Day service. (Union file photo)

 

Area Memorial Day Services set

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

As America prepares to remember and honor its fallen military heroes on Memorial Day, area Legion posts invite the public to join them in their upcoming services and related activities.

WEST UNION 

Military services will be conducted by American Legion Post 15 and members of the North Fayette Valley band on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The Rt. Rev. Terry Landsgaard will be the speaker at each of the sites.

Wed
22
May

NFV Graduation 2019

 

North Fayette Valley seniors Ava Hutchinson and Katelyn Tyler (l-r) walk hand-in-hand into Sunday evening’s baccalaureate at the First Baptist church in Elgin.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

NFV Graduation 2019

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

And man I don't know where the time goes

But it sure goes fast just like that” – Kenny Chesney “Young”

 

The NFV High School gym will be packed to the brim at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, as 69 seniors from the NFV Class of 2019 receive their high school diplomas.

The Class of 2019 has chosen black, Columbia blue, and silver as its class colors; a white carnation accented by the class colors with glitter is the class flower; the class song is “Young” by Kenny Chesney; and the class motto is “Our lives are before us, our pasts are behind us, but our memories are forever with us.”

Tue
21
May

Fox files lawsuit against City of West Union

By Chris DeBack

Former West Union police officer Sierra Fox is suing the City of West Union in Fayette County District Court for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, and retaliation. She is asking for a jury trial.

She has also named West Union police chief Paul Becthold and West Union City Administrator Nick McIntyre as defendants. 

 

Fox’s attorney, Katie Ervin Carlson, submitted the formal petition to Fayette County District Court today (Tuesday, May 21). The petition lays out the same information that has been reported in previous stories. 

 

Fri
17
May

Gundersen Palmer un-veils new outdoor lobby

Chris DeBack

 

Area residents have a new place to hangout while they wait for their name to be called at the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran West Union Clinic.

Gundersen Palmer’s new outdoor lobby will be the perfect place for clinic goers, hospital patients, hospice patients, or patients’ family members to enjoy some sun this summer while at the local hospital. It is located just on the backside of the glass vestibule that connects the hospital and clinic.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the outdoor lobby will take place at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, May 11, before the start of the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics “Fun” Walk/Run 5K in West Union.

Wed
15
May

SWHS Class of '19 to graduate Sunday

SWHS Class of '19 to graduate Sunday

 

 

 

South Winneshiek High School’s Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2019 will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the high school gymnasium in Calmar.

Wed
15
May

Hy-Vee coming to Decorah

Hy-Vee coming to Decorah

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

At Decorah’s most recent city council meeting, Monday, May 6, council members unanimously approved a development agreement that will assist with the renovation of the former Quillin’s for a brand-new Hy-Vee grocery store.

The agreement states that Ridge Development Company out of Cedar Rapids will receive TIF (tax increment finance) rebates from the city for up to $425,000 for the renovations if Hy-Vee agrees to sign a 10-year lease for the property.

There is no current timeline available for when the new Hy-Vee store will open.

 

 
Wed
15
May

One last sermon

 

After 47 years in Baptist ministry, 45 as a full-time pastor, First Baptist Church Pastor Lee Boleyn will retire in June. He has enjoyed leading the church he grew up in, which he took over in 2002 after 22 years of service as an Air Force Chaplain. 

 

One last sermon

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Pastor Lee Boleyn has given a lot of sermons during his 47 years in the Baptist ministry. 

This May, he’ll be preparing his final sermon as he retires from the church he grew up in - First Baptist Church in Elgin. 

Born to the late Raymond and Lois Boleyn of Elgin in 1949, Boleyn felt a calling to serve God from an early age. It was his time growing up in First Baptist Church, the same church his wife, Diane, attended every Sunday, that helped define that calling. However, that calling took a back seat for a short while. 

Wed
15
May

Clermont Depot Restoration

 

Mary and Steve Follett (front, l-r) have been instrumental in restoring the Clermont Depot with help from Rod Marlatt (back) and the Clermont Historical Society. The Depot will have an open house on Monday, May 27, following Memorial Day services in Clermont.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Clermont Depot restoration

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

For over a century, the Clermont Depot along Highway 18 has stood as a welcome sign to the many people that travel to and through Clermont everyday. 

From its time as a working train depot until it was closed in 1958 to today, for many it is the first thing they see to let them know they have arrived in Clermont. Two of those people were Mary and Steve Follett of Minneapolis, Minn.

“We would come down here to visit family with the kids and every time we would come down the hill our kids knew we were in Clermont when they saw the train depot, park, and church,” Mary Follett said. “It is like a welcome sign for Clermont, and something my family always admired as there aren’t very many train depots still around.” 

As the Folletts watched the depot continue to deteriorate over the years, a passion for saving it began to well up inside. One day Mary, finally fed up with watching it rot away, decided to write a letter to Viafield, who owned the depot at the time, asking for their help in saving it. 

Wed
15
May

Get ready to play at the Volga River Recreation Area!

 

The Friends of the Volga River Recreation Area recently purchased and installed two new playground sets at the Volga River Recreation Area. The organization was started 10 years ago, and one of its first goals was to fundraise the money to buy these two playground sets, which are located at the campground by the lake and the equestrian campground. Rick Trotter and Brad Pleggenkuhle and among the members of the Friends group that helped make this possible. Chris DeBack photos

 

Get ready to play at the Volga River Recreation Area!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

People camping at the Volga River Recreation Area this summer will have two new playground sets to enjoy.

Friends of the Volga River Recreation Area purchased two identical playground sets with funds it raised over the last five years. One of the sets is located in the campground up by Volga Lake while the other is located at the equestrian campground.

The playground sets feature a slide, swings, benches and a climbing feature. With the help of approximately 15 volunteers, including Eric Boehm bringing his skid-loader, the playgrounds were installed on Friday-Saturday, May 10-11. 

Wed
15
May

A new view for Woodland Eye Clinic

 

After spending a lot of hours painting and remodeling its new spot, the Woodland Eye Clinic in West Union recently opened the doors to its new home at 104 N. Walnut Street in West Union, just above its former location.  Pictured (l-r) Linzey Hubbell, Tina Deeny, Dr. Joshua Woodland, Karen Yauslin, and Kris Vansickle.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

A new view for Woodland Eye Clinic

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“We shut our doors Friday evening and spent the weekend moving everything upstairs,” laughed Joshua Woodland, OD of how his West Union practice made the transition to its newly remodeled home at 104 N. Walnut St. in West Union earlier this month.

“We had the same amount of space in our downstairs offices that we have up here, but upstairs here is such a better space,” continued Woodland.  “There were no windows at the other location.  Up here, we have windows making it so much more open, airy and comfortable!” 

It was a project that began slowly overtime, when the Woodland Eye Clinic of West Union decided to take advantage of the office space that had recently opened up just above the West Union offices. 

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