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28
Nov

Bergan wins District 55 after recount

Bergan wins District 55 after recount

 

Chris DeBack

cdeback@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, the Winneshiek County Supervisors certified the canvass of the recount of Winneshiek County votes in Iowa House District 55 at a special meeting. 

 

After a recount also took place in Clayton County, Michael Bergan is still the winner of the election. He defeated Democrat Kayla Koether unofficially, 6,924-6,915, who had called for a recount in those two counties but didn’t call for a recount in Fayette County. The results will remain unofficial until the state certifies the election on Monday, Dec. 3.

Wed
28
Nov

PIVO Brewery and Blepta Studios celebrate one year

 

Craig and Sara Nuezil, owners of PIVO Brewery and Blepta Studios in Calmar, celebrated the owners’ one-year anniversary last week. The Neuzils have been overwhelmed with the community’s support through its first year of operation and look forward to many new things in the coming year and beyond. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

PIVO Brewery and Blepta Studios celebrate one year

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

PIVO Brewery in Calmar, which first opened its doors along with upstairs business Blepta Studios on Nov. 22, 2017, has quickly become one of the most popular microbreweries in the entire state. Owned and operated by Calmar’s own Craig and Sara Nuezil, the local brewery ranked in the top 20 out of the 92 licensed Iowa breweries in the state with regard to volume of beer produced in 2018 – a stellar statistic for a business that just celebrated its first-year anniversary.

“The most satisfying part of having our business opening during the past year has been seeing so many of our friends and neighbors enjoying what we’ve built,” stated Craig, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force. “We wanted to create a welcoming community gathering spot, and I think we’ve accomplished that goal.”

Throughout the first year in business, the microbrewery has brewed and sold approximately 50 different flavors of beers, including its 25 standard beers and many other experimental beers.

Wed
28
Nov

'Magic of Christmas' home tours

 

Mary Quandahl (back) and great-niece Kinley Huinker, one of her decorating helpers, proudly show off the holiday décor in the entryway of Quandahl’s MQ Bed and Breakfast in Ossian. The festive home will be on display this weekend for the annual “Magic of Christmas” event. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Magic of Christmas' home tours

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

At this year’s “Magic of Christmas” in Ossian, MQ B&B, owned by Quentin and Mary Quandahl, will be one of several homes on display during the featured home tours. The spacious bed and breakfast, which is also the home of the Quandahls, features two floors and many rooms decorated with holiday spirit, which will be on display for the public this weekend.

“We decided to purchase the house last year with the intentions of turning it into a bed and breakfast,” explained Mary, who has been attending the “Magic of Christmas” tours for the last five years. “Quentin and I were asked to be a part of the ‘Magic of Christmas’ last year, but we still had a lot to do. So we are happy to be one of the featured homes this year!”

The process of transforming the bed and breakfast into a winter wonderland is one for which that Mary enlisted the help of her niece, Wendy Huinker, and 6-year-old great-niece, Kinley.

Wed
28
Nov

UTVs to be permitted in Winneshiek Co.

UTVs to be permitted in Winneshiek Co.

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

As of Jan. 1, 2019, Winneshiek County UTV (utility terrain vehicle) owners will be able to operate on county secondary roads, thanks to a 3-2 vote by the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors on Monday, Nov. 19.

Earlier this year, Winneshiek County residents Adam Thornton and Jeremy Bjerke presented a petition signed by more than 1,500 county residents asking for an ordinance to allow ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) and UTVs to operate on county roads.

Wed
28
Nov

Kylie's Loops of Love

 

Kylie Oakland of rural Elgin displays an example of the type of blanket she plans to make and donate through her new organization, Kylie’s Loops of Love. She uses what is called Loopity Loops yarn, which doesn’t require hooks or needles to put together to form a blanket.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Kylie's Loops of Love

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

The holiday season is a time for giving, and Kylie Oakland of Elgin is in the giving spirit.

 

She recently started Kylie’s Loops of Love, and plans to donate blankets she makes from Loopity Loops yarn.

“At United Methodist Church in West Union, we recently made lap-sized quilts and donated them to hospice,” Oakland said. “I got the idea of making them myself and donating them to Ronald McDonald Houses, women’s and children’s shelters, and nursing homes.” 

While she got the idea from church, her passion for giving back runs much deeper. Her younger brother, Jonathan, has been in and out of hospitals, so Kylie has witnessed firsthand the power of a donation. 

Wed
28
Nov

Montauk to welcome guests at Holiday Open House

 

Montauk Historic Site coordinator Hannah Frederick will welcome visitors on the grand staircase adorned with festive garland during the annual Montauk Holiday Open House this weekend, Dec 1-2 from noon-4 p.m. (photo by Megan Molseed) 

 

Montauk to welcome guests at Holiday Open House

 

 

 

Celebrate the season as Gov. William Larrabee's 1874 Montauk historical site welcomes visitors to its annual Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, in Clermont.

“The open house is usually just held on Sunday, but this year we are expanding to also include Saturday,” said Hannah Frederick, Montauk Historic Site Coordinator.  “I decided to open it up for both days because there is so much going on once December hits that I wanted to give people more of a chance to come check out the event!” 

This year, Frederick decided to go a little more traditional with the decorations and has adorned the historic mansion with beautiful Victorian-era decorations.  

Wed
28
Nov

Schroeder to head new community program

 

The North Fayette Valley Community Coalition has received funding through a Drug-Free Community (DFC) grant to start a new program focusing on substance abuse prevention throughout the North Fayette Valley school district.  Stacie Schroeder (right) will be heading the program as the DFC coordinator, and Teresa Burrack will serve as the programs Youth Initiative coordinator.  (photo by Megan Molseed) 

 

Schroeder to head new community program

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The North Fayette Valley Community Coalition (NFVCC) has received a Drug-Free Community (DFC) grant.  With this new funding, NFVCC has been able to create a new program that will work as a prevention partnership to reduce youth substance abuse in Fayette County.

“With this grant, we will be able to not only identify what needs we have in our area, but also build in a goal and networking opportunities to provide a safer and healthier community through prevention programs,” said Stacie Schroeder, the newly appointed DFC coordinator.  “Our role will be to work to address substance abuse concerns through direct programs, as well as partner with a number of agencies and community groups to connect resources.” 

“We have already started putting the initial steps into place,” added Teresa Burrack, who will serve as the Youth Initiative coordinator for the program.  

Wed
28
Nov

Ingels learns about German consumers on international trip

 

Chad Ingels (second from left) of rural Randalia is pictured with four other Iowans who were a part of the German-American Chamber of Commerce trip to Germany. The group is pictured in front of the building that houses EuroTier, the world's largest livestock-based trade show. It features 2,600 exhibitors and expects approximately 150,000 visitors each year. (submitted photo)

 

Ingels learns about German consumers on international trip

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Chad Ingels recently joined the German-American Chamber of Commerce on a diplomatic trip to Germany to learn about German agriculture. 

He was joined by four other people from Iowa on the trip — an Iowa Farm Bureau state staff member, a Iowa Farm Bureau state board director and two other farmers — as well as others from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nebraska. The trip took place Nov. 10 – Nov. 17.

Wed
28
Nov

President Duffy's leadership defines UIU's success

 

In 2013, William Duffy became president of Upper Iowa University and was immediately met with a significant deficit. UIU overcame that challenge and produced a balanced budget within three years. It’s been his leadership that has helped push UIU in a positive direction with a bright future ahead of it.  Chris DeBack photo

 

President Duffy's leadership defines UIU's success

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It has been five years since William Duffy was named the 21st president of Upper Iowa University. 

Those five years have been rife with challenges, which have ultimately made the university stronger today and put it in a better position for the future. This year, UIU saw an increase in enrollment on its Fayette campus that is coupled with healthy enrollments in its online programs and at its numerous external locations. 

Duffy’s leadership has helped guide UIU to a stable financial situation, increased academic oversight as well as greater internal and external compliance. However, President Duffy will be the first to admit that his staff should be given more credit and receive greater praise than him. He also said his wife, Sharon, has been highly involved over the last five years. 

Wed
28
Nov

American Legion national vice commander visits West Union post

 

West Union American Legion Post 15 hosts Steve Sweet (front, center), American Legion Midwest Region national vice commander, for a visit on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Sweet gave a short introductory speech before taking questions from the local Legion members gathered to meet with him. Attending the event were (front, l-r) Jerry Debben, National Executive Committee member; Steve Sweet; Jay Scott Moline, Iowa state commander; and Tom Grapes, Legion member; (back) Tom Swan, Iowa state membership chairman; Dennis Soppe, Alternate National Executive Committee member; Dan Boberg, commander of Iowa’s Fourth District; Jim Dahl, Legion member; and Don Bright, Legion member. Chris DeBack photos

 

American Legion national vice commander visits West Union post

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Steve Sweet, American Legion Midwest Region national vice commander, visited West Union American Legion Post 15 on Wednesday morning, Nov. 14.

Sweet was visiting Legion posts across the state of Iowa last week as part of the state’s annual membership drive to have Legionnaires renew their membership, as well as recruit new members. He flew into Des Moines at the beginning of the week and had stayed the previous night in Osage before making his first stop for the day in West Union. He was headed to Dubuque next. 

“We go to different posts and talk to the members to see if they have any problems that the national organization can help them with,” Sweet said. “We are also giving the post information on how to increase its membership and retain the membership is has.”

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