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A gift beyond measure; Martin sees the benefits of organ donation

 

Karen Martin was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease when she was a young adult.  As a result of her condition, Martin was facing potential blindness.  Thanks to organ donation, Martin was able to regain her sight when she received  corneal transplants, three total to date.  

 

A gift beyond measure; Martin sees the benefits of organ donation

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

In 2018, organ donation saved the lives of over 36,500 people including the 6,900 organ and tissue donations from living donors. 

“Organ and tissue donation is a gift that saves and heals thousands of lives each year,” Natalie Oakes, Professional Outreach Coordinator at the Iowa Donor Network.  

“It offers a second chance at life, a chance to move forward for the recipient as well as provides comfort and solace to the families of donors as their loved ones leave a lasting legacy of healing,” Oakes explained.  “Every 10 minutes, a new person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list and an average of 20 people die each day while waiting for a donor.  It is a gift beyond measure.” 

While one of the greatest accomplishments of modern medicine and saving lives around the world, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplant. 

There are currently over 113 thousand people on the national organ waiting list, 605 in Iowa.  

“One donor can save up to eight lives through donation, as well as save and heal more than 200 people through tissue donation,” said Oakes.  “So far this year, we have been able to help 27 people through organ donation and 78 through tissue donation.  That’s just the first three months of 2019.” 

“The gift you receive through donation is truly immeasurable,” said Karen Martin of Fayette who has been on the receiving end of corneal transplants three times now.  “Vision is so important, and I would be blind without the transplants.  I feel truly blessed.” 

Wed
03
Apr

Juicy IPA released at PIVO

 

Celebrating the release of PIVO Brewery’s new beer, Lavendar Fields Juicy IPA, are (l-r) Lavender Fields Inn owners Jeff and Barb Briza and PIVO Brewery owners Sara and Craig Neuzil. (Jennifer Olsen photo)

 

Juicy IPA released at PIVO

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

A collaborative effort between a pair of Calmar businesses resulted in the creation of a brand-new beer.

Lavendar Fields Juicy IPA, which was created by Lavender Fields Inn Bed and Breakfast owners Jeff and Barb Briza, is a citrus-forward India Pale Ale. The new brew was created by local brewers Craig and Sara Neuzil, the owners of PIVO Brewery.

The beer was officially released Friday afternoon with a special party at PIVO Brewery.

Wed
03
Apr

Gundersen debuts new helicopter in Decorah

 

Gundersen AIR staff, including (l-r) Shauna Schilling, flight nurse, and Ben Pfile, paramedic, stand next to the new medical helicopter, which is based in Decorah. The EC145 e-lite helicopter serves an area that includes a 150-mile radius of La Crosse, Wisc. (submitted photo)

 

Gundersen debuts new helicopter in Decorah

 

 

 

Gundersen Health System’s new emergency medical helicopter officially took flight last week.

The Gundersen AIR craft, which features the latest technology to increase patient and crew safety, will live in a new hangar at the Decorah Municipal Airport.

“Basing a helicopter in Decorah helps us to better serve our service area in Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota by shortening response times and improving patient outcomes,” says Stephanie Hill, program director of Gundersen AIR.

Gundersen AIR has stationed a helicopter in a rented space at the Decorah Municipal Airport since June 2016. Gundersen AIR leaders partnered with the City of Decorah and Decorah Municipal Airport Commission to construct the new permanent hangar that opened March 4.

Wed
03
Apr

Kenny Staff excited for his next baseball adventure

 

 

Kenny Staff excited for his next baseball adventure

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Play ball!

 

Kenny Staff excited for his next baseball adventure

 

Chris DeBack

 

Baseball has been Kenny Staff’s favorite sport for as long as he can remember. 

Growing up in Elgin in the 1950s, Staff recalls all the sandlot games he played with his friends. 

“I was always the last guy chosen when we played baseball in the summertime,” he said. “We would have about five or six guys on each team so we would play half the field. We made up our own rules, like if you hit the ball to right field it was a foul ball if you were a right handed hitter. Another rule would be the pitcher was like the first basemen. So, if you hit a ground ball to third and the third basemen through the ball to the pitcher before you reached first base you were out. We also used imaginary runners when we needed to.”

While he wasn’t good enough to see much action in high school, Staff enjoyed being on Valley’s varsity baseball team. The first time even ever stepped inside a major league ballpark was at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

Wed
03
Apr

Could Dotzy's have the best burger in Iowa?

 

Dotzy’s Restaurant and Saloon has been named a finalist in the 10th annual Best Burger Contest. Sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Dotzy’s and owner Michael Ellison have the chance to be named the best burger in Iowa.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Could Dotzy's have the best burger in Iowa?

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The people of Iowa have spoken, and Dotzy’s Restaurant and Saloon is a finalist in the 10th annual Best Burger contest.

Sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Dotzy’s is in the running to be named the best burger in Iowa.
“That’s a pretty big accomplishment and it’s part of what I set out to do,” said Michael Ellison, Dotzy’s owner. 

Wed
03
Apr

WC hosts unique instructional technology for students

 

Last week, West Central rented the Hawkeye Community College STEM Trailer to enhance its students learning. Oliver Cushion uses a stylus to manipulate a 3D model of a heart on a zSpace computer, which was one of several different kinds of technologies that the trailer offers the students.  Chris DeBack photo

 

WC hosts unique instructional technology for students

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Technology can be a great vehicle for student learning at any level of education. 

It can excite students, and motivate them to want to learn more about a subject. Last week, West Central took advantage of that extrinsic motivation when it used the Hawkeye Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Trailer to teach some lessons. 

“[Steve] Milder, our guidance counselor, was at a conference at Hawkeye Community College, and they were saying that they had this available for schools to use,” said Julie George, WC science teacher, who helped with trailer along with Matthew Molumby, WC instructional coach. “So, he brought back some information, and we took it to the WC Booster Club, and they agreed to pay for it.”

Every grade, Pre-K through high school, got to complete a lesson in the trailer.

Wed
03
Apr

Good Samaritan fine after accident trapped him under a car

Danny Rosburg

 

Good Samaritan fine after accident trapped him under a car

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Danny Rosburg of rural Fayette is doing fine after he was struck and pinned under a car on Saturday, March 9, not far from his house. 

Darrell and Carol Cushion were traveling south on G Avenue when they lost control of their vehicle and entered the west ditch. The Cushions are good friends with Rosburg and called their friend to help them out because he didn’t live very far from where they got their car stuck. 

“It was slushy and icy,” Rosburg recalled about the road conditions. “There was a terrible ice patch, and I think what happened was there was a enough slush that it pulled [the Cushions] into the ditch. When Darrell turned his wheels it made a grove in the slush.”

Rosburg drove his tractor and a skid loader out into the field, and brought a shovel along to dig the Cushions’ 1998 Cadillac out enough so that it could be driven through the field and back onto the road. 

Wed
03
Apr

Bruening addresses gravel roads with Supervisors

Bruening addresses gravel roads with Supervisors

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

At their regular meeting on Monday, April 1, the Fayette County Supervisors met with two representatives from Bruening Rock Products of Decorah. Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz was also in attendance for the meeting. 

Dennis Kleve spoke on behalf of Bruening Rock Products and was responding to the article “Fayette County considers seeking restitution against Bruening Rock Products” that was published in last week’s paper. He said that Bruenings was contacted about damage to N and Neon avenues and 10th Street on Tuesday morning, March 26, and the company provided rock for the roads. Kleve noted that Bruenings was hauling rock for a project in Littleton. 

“We were hauling rock to down by Wapsi River down by Littleton,” Kleve said. “We had to have that in there, we couldn't wait the extra three days because they were restoring a creek bank and wanted it done before the flood came.” 

Wed
03
Apr

Ruroden first Iowan to be given NTP designation

 

West Union native Zachary Ruroden is the first Iowan to earn the National Title Professionals designation from the American Land Title Association. The 2000 North Fayette graduate owns Fritcher Abstract Company in Storm Lake and G.T. Murphy Abstract Company in New Hampton. He got his start in the business when he was hired at Fayette County Abstract Company when he was 15 years old.  Submitted photo

 

Ruroden first Iowan to be given NTP designation

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

A West Union native was the first Iowan to receive one of the highest honors from the American Land Title Association (ALTA).  

Zachary Ruroden recently earned the National Title Professional (NTP) designation from ALTA; only 97 other land title professionals across the United States have received this designation. He is also a member of the Iowa Land Title Association. 

“The designation recognizes land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience, and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property,” read a press release from ALTA. 

Wed
03
Apr

Divas and Dining is Friday, April 12

 

The West Union Chamber — A Main Street Communities annual Divas and Dining celebration will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the West Union Event Center. Guest Speaker This year’s theme is “Ladies Night Out — Cheers to 10 Years!” Jessica Goltz of Monona, author of “Living Grounded,” will speak about burnout and how to overcome it using the mind, body, and spirit.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Divas and Dining is Friday, April 12

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Ladies, grab some friends and get ready for a fun night of shopping, wine tasting, and entertainment at the 10th annual Divas and Dining.

“Ladies’ Night Out — Cheers to 10 Years” is the theme for this year’s West Union Chamber — A Main Street Communities annual Divas and Dining celebration. It will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the West Union Event Center in West Union. 

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