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Wed
06
Jan

West Union Chamber welcomes new Director

Lisa Davis

 

West Union Chamber welcomes new Director

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“I feel like I found my niche when I moved to northeast Iowa,” smiled West Union Chamber/Main Street Executive Economic Director, Lisa Davis.  

“I have lived in the Midwest most of my life,” Davis continued.  “It is full of big-hearted communities with so much to offer!” 

Davis, who is entering her sixth year as owner and operator of her Clermont business, the Green Door, says she is excited about the opportunity to work with area businesses and the community.  

Wed
06
Jan

Our NE Iowa

The Fayette County Courthouse became a winter wonderland as it was perfect conditions for rime ice to coat everything in a beautiful blanket of luminous white. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Our Northeast Iowa

 

 

Wed
06
Jan

Fayette County EMS, pharmacists, Maple Crest get the Covid 19 - vaccine

Maple Crest Campus resident Rose Hanson said she was thrilled to receive her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

 

Fayette County EMS, pharmacists, Maple Crest get the Covid - 19 vaccine

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Covid – 19 vaccinations are slowly but surely getting done in Fayette County. Most recently, County EMS members and pharmacists got the vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 31, and Maple Crest Manor in Fayette was one of the first nursing homes to get the vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

“EMS active members are finally getting there vaccine.  The hope is that in the next two weeks law enforcement and firemen will receive theirs,” said Fayette County Emergency Management Director Lisa Roberts.

Wed
30
Dec

NICC president Liang Chee Wee stepping down

Dr. Liang Chee Wee

 

NICC president Liang Chee Wee stepping down

 

 

Last week, Ken Reimer, D.V.M, chair of Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Board of Trustees, announced that Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., will step down as president of the College effective June 30, 2022.

“For the past 10 years, Dr. Wee’s servant leadership has helped Northeast Iowa Community College become a force in the district, engaging in educational and training opportunities for students, businesses and economic development. District-wide and statewide, Dr. Wee is well known, respected, intelligent and hard working. Under Dr. Wee’s guidance, NICC is more agile and resilient in our fast-changing environment. His staff is well-prepared and positioned for continued growth now and into the future. He has the trust of all who associate with him,” said Reimer.

Wed
30
Dec

WMC staff begins receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Winneshiek Medical Center nurses at the Ossian Clinic, including Diane Henning, received the first COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, Dec. 22. A total of 400 doses were delivered last week and administration throughout Mayo Health System facilities throughout the county began immediately. (submitted photo)

 

WMC staff begins receiving COVID-19 vaccine

 

 

The first shipment of 400 COVID-19 vaccine doses (Moderna) was delivered to Winneshiek Medical Center on the afternoon on Tuesday, December 22.  Vaccination of staff began immediately, and Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physicians Kevin Locke, M.D., and Andy Goodner, M.D., were among the first front line staff to be vaccinated. Front line staff include those who provide direct patient care or support direct patient. 

“I am excited that we now can start vaccinating to begin to end what has been a long, exhausting and heartbreaking pandemic,” said Dr. Goodner. “My thanks go out to our front line nurses and aids who have borne the brunt of the work in caring for our community through this pandemic.  They are priceless and help is now on the way.”

Wed
30
Dec

Looking back on 2020

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds made an announcement that would shock us all.  The governor’s announcement declared the suspension of all public school classes throughout the state of Iowa for 30 days.  The NFV district, and many others in the area, worked hard to implement remote instruction in the following days, unsure as to what would be coming next.  Eventually, Reynolds made the announcement that school buildings would remain closed for the rest of the school year. 

 

Looking back on 2020

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Wed
30
Dec

Covid-19 vaccinations for medical staff in Fayette Co. completed this week

Covid-19 vaccinations for medical staff in Fayette Co. completed this week

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

EMS crews in Fayette County are next on the list to get the Covid -19 vaccine.

That’s according to Fayette County Public Health Director Jes Wegner. She said earlier this week she was trying to get rosters from the crew chiefs so she could plan an upcoming vaccination session. 

“I’m planning a drive-up clinic this week, similar to what we did for the flu vaccinations,” Wegner explained. She pointed out that precise planning is crucial to the vaccination process because once she “spikes” a vial of the Moderna vaccine, she has a six-hour window to administer the 10-11 doses the vial contains.

Wegner said public health nurses were the first to begin getting the vaccine last week. “They got it first because they will be the ones giving the vaccine to others,” Wegner explained. She added that staff at both hospitals in the County, Mercy One in Oelwein and Gundersen Palmer Lutheran in West Union, will be “working through” getting their medical staff vaccinated this week, with the majority having been done on Monday, Dec. 28.

Wed
23
Dec

Sisters with Ossian roots write book on COVID and cancer

The eight Holthaus sisters gathered in Colorado in April, 2018, after learning of Mary Jo’s diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. It was the last time all eight sisters were together. They are (l-r) Lisa, Ruth, Zita, Leonice, Ann, Mary Jo, Aileen and Danita. (Submitted photo)

 

Sisters with Ossian roots write book on COVID and cancer

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Hope.

It’s what one of the author’s of a new book is ‘hoping’ readers get after reading it.

The book, “April…in Pieces: Seven Sisters Writing on COVID and Cancer,” just hit shelves and was written by seven sisters who grew up on a farm near Ossian.

Wed
23
Dec

Fort Atkinson receives Water Quality project grant

 

Fort Atkinson receives Water Quality project grant

 

Governor Reynolds announced on Friday that the cities of Dakota City, Early, Fontanelle, Fort Atkinson, Janesville, Ladora, Lone Tree, Melcher-Dallas, Preston, Runnells and Russell have been awarded a total of $2 million in grants to advance water quality projects. The funding is made available through the Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Program, which was created as a part of Senate File 512, the first legislation signed into law by Governor Reynolds in January 2018. 

Wed
23
Dec

'The best feel good, full circle feelings ever'

After reuniting in April, 2018, with the son that they gave up for adoption over 30 years ago, Randy and Dawn Lukes were able to bring their children to Alabama to meet their biological brother, Wilson for the very first time. Spending time together at the beach on the trip are (front, l-r) Dawn, Karstyn, and Randy Lukes; (back) Jackson and Levi Lukes, and Wilson (submitted photo)

 

'The best feel good, full circle feelings ever'

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

What’s truly meant to be will always find a way. That’s the way Randy and Dawn Lukes look at their story, which has recently come full circle.

In 2018, the high school sweethearts from northeast Iowa were able to complete that circle when they were able to reunite with their son, Wilson, after circumstances led to them giving him up for adoption over 30 years ago.

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