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Wed
14
Apr

75 years of sparkling service

When Jill Heins was growing up, one of her favorite things to do was admire the sparkling jewelry at her grandfather Mark’s St. Lucas jewelry store.  Now, 75 years later, Heins is running the show while her own daughter, six-year-old Lynston, finds the same joy in admiring the jewelry.  

 

75 years of sparkling service

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“It’s exciting,” beamed Jill Heins, owner and operator of Marks Jewelry in St. Lucas.  “It means a lot that we have been a part of the community and the surrounding areas for 75 years, and we are looking forward to many more!” 

When Jill’s grandfather, Mark Mihm, had a dream of opening the jewelry store in his hometown of St. Lucas in 1946, it is clear he knew that the small-town atmosphere would be valuable for the local business. 

“We have grown with families,” Jill smiled.  “I’ve watched little girls grow up. From receiving their first communion jewelry, to birth stones jewelry, to engagement rings, to mothers rings,” she said.  “The meaning, and the jewelry is always timeless, and valuable.”

Wed
07
Apr

Be a part of the Warrior wall!

Be a part of the Warrior wall!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek Education Foundation announced its newest fundraising effort as it will sell personalized blocks to be placed near the gymnasium/auditorium entrance on the west side of the high school building in Calmar.

Money raised from the project will go toward funding future educational opportunities for all South Winneshiek students.

There are three different donation options, which include a 12x12” block that features the South Winn cross spear or Warrior head for $150, a 6x12” block that features the South Winn spear for $100, or a 6x6” option that features a “SW” logo or feather for $50. Each option can be customized to include a business or family name, or be in memory of a loved one.

Wed
07
Apr

Waucoma Fire Department upgrades extrication equipment

The Waucoma volunteer fire department recently upgraded its rescue equipment as it acquired two new battery-powered spreaders and a battery-powered cutter. Members of the local fire department were able to practice with the new equipment for the first time at a recent training session. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Waucoma Fire Department upgrades extrication equipment

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Waucoma Fire Department recently acquired a set of new rescue equipment that will allow its volunteers to work quicker and more efficiently in emergency situations.

“When we’re on a call, whether it’s a fire or rescue, time is critical,” said Jim Franzen, Waucoma fire fighter and head of the fundraising effort for the new battery-powered spreaders and cutter equipment. “Before adding this equipment, we used a hydraulic spreader and cutter, which was not as dependable. We would have trouble with the hoses at times and we had to have the truck close enough for the hoses to reach. With the battery-powered equipment, we can go anywhere.”

Wed
07
Apr

Search warrant discovers two pounds of meth

Last week, a search warrant in Ossian led to the seizure of approximately two pounds of methamphetamine, which is worth over $24,000. The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office arrested 63-year-old Fred Louis Makaanapuokahomelani Pa of Ossian as a result of the warrant. (submitted photo)

 

 

Search warrant discovers two pounds of meth

 

On Monday, April 1, Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant at the residence of 306 E. Main Street in Ossian. The warrant, which was the result of a lengthy investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, led authorities to discover approximately two pounds of methamphetamine. The narcotics, which carry an approximate street value of approximately $24,720, was subsequently seized.

Fred Louis Makaanapuokahomelani Pa, 63, of Ossian was arrested and charged with controlled substance violation, a Class B felony; failure to affix a drug stamp, a Class D felony; and felony gathering where controlled substances are used.

Wed
07
Apr

Winneshiek Co. Dairy banquet set for April 10

Winneshiek Co. Dairy banquet set for April 10

 

 

The 58th annual Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet will be held Saturday, April 10, at the Festina Community Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The meal will include pork loin, beef brisket, red potatoes with parsley, honey-glazed carrots, strawberry fluff, brownies and ice cream. 

Wed
07
Apr

NFV offers dual credits allowing students no-cost college courses

North Fayette Valley instructor Kelli Kovarik holds a conference with NFV senior Kailee Ginger. Kovarik and other instructors at the local high school help their students achieve the most that they can, including providing dual-credit courses that will count as college credits upon graduation.

 

NFV offers dual credits, allowing students no-cost college courses

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“I have spent hours on email or on the phone with advisors from NICC and SDSU to make sure the classes Abby takes are transferable and a good match to her goals,” said Amy Boehm, mother of North Fayette Valley senior, and future South Dakota State University (SDSU) student, Abby Boehm.  

“The biggest message is that parents need to get involved if they or the kids want to take college courses,” Boehm added.  “Find out what they are looking to study in college if possible and compare those requirements to those available through NICC.” 

Wed
07
Apr

County set to take over Oelwein Communications Center

County set to take over Oelwein Communications Center

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County is planning to take over the operations of the Oelwein emergency communications center, it’s just a question of when and how, it’s going to be funded.

Oelwein representatives approached the Fayette County Board of Supervisors again on Monday, April 5, to discuss how the process is going to happen.

Oelwein City Administrator Dylan Mulfinger pointed out that revenue to operate the center has to be raised somehow.

Wed
07
Apr

Public Health Week: a time to reflect on a year like no other

Fayette County Public Health Coordinator Jes Wagner (center) along with fellow Public Health personnel Julie Creery (left) and Jamie Hoey, all helped with the first Covid – 19 vaccination clinic held at the University of Upper Iowa campus in Fayette. There have several of the clinics there since. (Photo submitted)

 

Public Health Week: a time to reflect on a year like no other

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Public Health across the nation has seen a year that will never be forgotten in the annals of health and world history. The institution has never been put to the test before like it was this year as it worked to help the spread of a pandemic that has killed millions.

This week is National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health.

Wed
31
Mar

WCCF awards over $110,000 throughout county

 

WCCF awards over $110,000 throughout county

 

 

The Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF) has granted $111,201.83 to 26 projects of organizations serving Winneshiek County through its 2021 grant cycle.

“The Winneshiek County Community Foundation Governing Committee extends our gratitude to the nonprofit organizations for sharing their work and projects through the 2021 round of grant applications,” said Marcia McKelvey, chair of the WCCF governing committee.

Wed
31
Mar

Winneshiek County Cattlemen Royalty

The Winneshiek County Cattlemen’s Association announced its 2021 royalty on Tuesday evening, March 23. Pictured are (l-r) Mylee Hageman (Little Miss Cowgirl), Natalie Holthaus (Little Miss Cowgirl), Brooks Courtney (Little Mr. Cowhand), Allysen Smith (Little Miss Cowgirl), and Shayla Smith (Beef Queen). (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winneshiek County Cattlemen Royalty

 

 

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