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05
May

SW Class of 2021 Commencement details

SW Class of 2021 Commencement details

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Class of 2021 Commencement details

By Zakary Kriener

South Winneshiek superintendent Kris Einck confirmed last week that the Class of 2021 will have a traditional graduation ceremony this year.

The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the high school baseball field in Calmar. If weather does not allow for an outdoor ceremony, it will be held in the gymnasium.

Einck noted that everyone is invited to attend, as there will be no limited attendance. Masks will not be required if the ceremony is held outdoors, but will be required if it is moved indoors.

The Class of 2021 commencement ceremony speakers will be Madison Kriener, Class President; and Celia Neuzil, Valedictorian.

 

Wed
05
May

Bino Burger wins!!

 

On Monday morning, Ron and Sue Lienau – owners of Bamino’s in Ossian – were presented with a plaque for having the Best Burger in Iowa! The Bino Burger was named as a Top 10 Burger in Iowa in March and emerged as the best after the Iowa Beef Industry Council- and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association-sponsored contest secretly judged all of the finalists over the month of April. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Bingo Burger wins!!

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

The results are in and the Bino Burger reigns supreme as Iowa’s Best Burger!

“We were pretty surprised when we found out that we won,” said Sue Lienau, who along with husband Ron has owned and operated Bambino’s in downtown Ossian for nearly 40 years. “We found out a week ago and had to keep it a secret until Monday, but it didn’t really all set in until they showed up and presented us with the plaque.”

Wed
05
May

West Union receives $100K grant towards 64-acre property trail plans

West Union receives $100K grant towards 64-acre property trail plans

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The West Union city council met for its regular meeting on Monday, May 3, however, the biggest news for the evening came in an announcement made once the meeting was adjourned when Rod Marlatt, director of Fayette County Conservation announced that the city has been awarded a $100,000 Wellmark Foundation Grant. 

Wed
05
May

Mom of three ready to celebrate Mother's Day!

The Rose family are all smiles as they sit below their 'HOME' decor sign as a family of five. Allison and Nick are eager to celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday with their oldest son, Judd, and twin boys, Ridge and Kip.

 

Mom of three ready to celebrate Mother's Day!

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“Being pregnant with twins is high risk, but being pregnant with Mono/Di (monochorionic/diamniotic) twins is even more high risk,” said Allison Rose of her pregnancy with her now eight-month old twin boys, Kip and Ridge.  

“They had their own sacs, but shared a placenta,” Rose explained adding that this condition led to regular check-ups to watch out for a syndrome called TTS (twin to twin transfusion syndrome) which is when one baby gets more nutrients than the other. 

“Fortunately, we did not encounter that,” said Rose.  “Although, Baby B ended up being SIUGR (selective intrauterine growth restriction) and was measuring a bit smaller than Baby A.” 

When Allison and her husband, Nick found out they were expecting their twin boys, they were excited to add to their growing family.

Wed
28
Apr

SW presents '2020: A Year in Review'

Members of South Winneshiek’s musical, an original production called 2020: A Year In Review, include (front, l-r) Autumn Schmitt, Kalissa Schmelzer, Abe Conway, Hannah Franzen, Annie Ondrashek, Anna Dietzenbach; (back) Tonya Schirmer, Holly Schmitt, Quinn Kruckman, Brandon Frana, JT Monroe, Ethan Maldonado, and Max Moonen. Missing from the photo is Emma Houdek. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW presents '2020: A Year In Review'

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

This weekend, South Winneshiek High School is proud to announce that it will host its spring musical, 2020: A Year in Review.

“We chose to do a revue (this year), which is a selection of songs from various shows that are often set to a theme,” explained Ethan Adams, who co-directed the musical with Meghan Herold. “The theme for our show is the year 2020. There are many factors to consider when putting together a production and we were concerned that with all of the uncertainties we may be faced with due to the pandemic. Creating an original show seemed to be our best option.”

Wed
28
Apr

Sawyer Brown coming to 2021 Fair!

Country music band Sawyer Brown will headline the Friday night (July 16) Grandstand entertainment at the Winneshiek County Fair this year. (submitted photo)

 

Sawyer Brown coming to 2021 Fair!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

There has been a change to the 2021 Winneshiek County Fair entertainment as the Fair Board announced last week that Sawyer Brown will now be the Friday (July 16) night Grandstand featured show.

Sawyer Brown will replace the previously announced act, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, as the popular country music band makes its return to Decorah for the first time since 2015.

Wed
28
Apr

Master Gardeners seeking donations for Floral Hall shelves

The Master Gardeners of Fayette County are excited to raise funds so they can start installing shelves for displays in the Fayette County Fairgrounds historical Floral Hall building. Pictured are (front l-r) Sue Updegraff, Sally Boie, Gail Hackman, Christine Harvey, (back) Glen Boie, Mary Kalb, Sue Kuennen, Sue Stevens, Cheryl Melchert and Carol Holtz. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Master Gardeners seeking donations for Floral Hall shelves

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“The goal is to bring the inside of the Floral Hall back to the original,” smiled Fayette County Master Gardener, Sue Keunnen.  

“Right now there is nothing to place displays on during the fair, and we want to raise enough money to bring display shelves back to the Floral Hall,” she continued.  “Display shelves that are even better than ever!” 

The Master Gardeners of Fayette County are looking to raise funds to help fund this project.  

Wed
28
Apr

Adding SPARK creativity to the West Union Elementary

North Fayette Valley SPARK students (l-r) Tyler Menne, Claire Britt, Leo Phan, and Emerson Ward show off tires donated by Baumler Implements for the natural playground they are installing at the West Union Elementary.  Not pictured: John Moellers.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Adding SPARK creativity to the West Union Elementary

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The North Fayette Valley West Union Elementary will soon be seeing a “spark” of ingenuity added to its newest playground as NFV SPARK students begin building a natural playground to go along with the center’s all inclusive play space that was installed earlier this school year. 

“This project was proposed by the NFV PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) community,” said NFV SPARK student Claire Britt.  

Wed
28
Apr

Former NFV grad Mia Gibson elected State FFA President

 

Former NFV grad Mia Gibson elected State FFA President

 

By Alyssa Bohr, NFV FFA Reporter

Former North Fayette Valley FFA Chapter President Mia Gibson was elected to be the State FFA President for the 2021-2022 year, at the State convention in Des Moines, Sunday, April 18.

She had just ended her service as the State secretary for the current school year. She is the first person in the history of the NFV Chapter to serve as the State president.

Wed
21
Apr

A special welcome home parade for Lewis

Last weekend was a big one for the Lechtenberg family as they celebrated the final radiation treatment for 4-year-old Lewis (held) with a parade. Lewis was able to ride in the first part of the parade inside the cab of an Ossian Fire Department fire truck. Lewis was joined by (l-r) sister Brinley, mom Karla, brother William (carrier), sister Eloise, and dad Justin. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

A special welcome home parade for Lewis

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It was a big week for 4-year-old Lewis Lechtenberg of Calmar. After a long battle with a rare form of brain cancer, the young warrior was able to ring the victory bell at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Friday which signified the completion of his final round of radiation.

“In July of 2018, Lewis was diagnosed with a rare, cancerous brain tumor at the age of 18 months,” explained Lewis’ parents, Justin and Karla of Calmar. “After routine appointments, he was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of his cancer on February 5 (2021).”

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