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Wed
20
Jan

Capital improvement project in the works at WU Recreation Complex

It’s snow covered now, but as soon as spring arrives the West Union Recreation Complex will spring to life with lots of activities going on. Recreation Foundation President Norm Einck recently announced a new improvement project in the works that will include paved trails going up both sides of the main entrance, along with extra parking. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Capital improvement project in the works at WU Recreation Complex

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“All access to all facilities.”

That is the push behind the new project that the West Union Recreation Foundation is about to embark on.

Wed
13
Jan

Six area fire departments respond to rural blaze

The Decorah Fire Department’s aerial truck was one of many area emergency response resources utilized at a house fire on Tuesday, Jan. 5, in rural Winneshiek County. The Calmar Fire Department got the initial call at approximately 2:30 p.m. that day and was soon after joined by the Fort Atkinson, Ossian, Decorah, West Union, and St. Lucas fire departments. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Six area fire departments respond to rural blaze

 

 

A total of six area fire departments responded to a house fire on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 5, in rural Festina.

According to Sean Snyder, Winneshiek County Emergency Management coordinator, the initial call was paged to the Calmar Fire Department at approximately 2:30 p.m. The Ossian, Fort Atkinson, and Decorah departments were paged shortly after with the West Union and St. Lucas departments being called in later for manpower and to help provide water on the scene.

Wed
13
Jan

SW E/MS to return to five-day schedule

The South Winneshiek school board appointed Craig Nuezil as the newest member of the board during Monday evening’s meeting in Ossian. Nuezil fills a vacancy left by Corey Meyer, who resigned from the board due to a conflict of interest. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW E/MS to return to five-day schedule

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board met Monday evening in Ossian with discussions highlighted by the district’s Return to Learn plan.

After hearing from concerned parents of students within the district, superintendent Kris Einck made a recommendation for elementary/middle school students to return to spending five days per week in the classroom. Under the district’s previous plan, students were only in the classroom Mondays through Thursdays.

Einck noted that the governor’s decision to allow full capacity at sporting events, along with South Winn’s mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 gave him confidence that students would not be at risk by spending an additional day in the classroom. He also noted that he understands that having Fridays off has been a tax on families as they have had to find alternative daycare.

Wed
13
Jan

First Baby of 2021 at Winneshiek Medical Center

Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah announced last week that baby boy Marcus Wesley Back was the first-born baby of the new year at the facility. He was born on Saturday, Jan. 2, weighing 9 pounds and measuring 21 inches. He is the son of Lauren and Samuel Back of Harmony, Minn., and joins his older brother. (submitted photo)

 

First baby of 2021 at Winneshiek Medical Center

Wed
13
Jan

'Take It Back'

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher recently announced that a new “Take It Back” prescription drug drop off box is now located near the entrance to the Fayette County Law Enforcement Center in West Union. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

'Take it Back

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher has made it easier than ever to dispose of expired or no longer in use prescription drugs.

A new “Take Back” drop off box is now located right outside the door at the Fayette County Law Enforcement Center in West Union’s Industrial Park. It is available 24-7 for disposal of drugs that people are trying to dispose of.

“Before people had to come inside to drop off the drugs for disposal. Now they can just drive up, get out of their car and drop it off. This works a lot better, especially in this time of Covid,” Fisher pointed out.

Wed
13
Jan

Clermont's Renew Beauty & Wax Studio ready to make appointments

Jessica Billmeyer is excited to make the finishing touches to her business as she begins taking appointments.  The business, Renew Beauty & Wax Studio, offers a variety of services such as facials, back facials, derma planning and microdermabrassion, lash extensions, lash lifts, full face and body waxing, traditional and airbrush makeup and spray tans. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Clermont's Renew Beauty & Wax Studio ready to take appointments

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“I’m looking forward to seeing all of our hard work that we’ve put into the building pay off,” smiled the area’s newest business owner, Jessica Billmeyer of her newly opened salon, Renew Beauty & Wax Studio. 

For Billmeyer, the journey to open her Clermont salon has been a long one, one that would take her down a variety of paths before she found her perfect spot, right on Clermont’s main street. 

“I got into makeup when my daughter, Nalla, got sick a few years ago,” said Billmeyer of how she first got into the field that would eventually lead her towards owning her own business.  

“I had to stay home to take care of her, and a friend of mine got me involved in a makeup company,” she explained.  “Eventually, I thought I could keep going with that and went to school to become an esthetician not long after that.” 

While Billmeyer knew early on that she would eventually want to open her own salon and studio, she had no idea that she would be making such a move during a global pandemic. 

Wed
13
Jan

Gundersen Palmer welcomes first baby of 2021

Liam Marroquin Rodriquez was the first baby born at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics in 2021. Liam and his parents, (l-r) Soledad and Edwin Marroquin Rodriquez received a number of gifts from local businesses for the distinguished honor. (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Gundersen Palmer welcomes first baby of 2021 

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

Liam Arroquin Rodriquez, son of Soledad and Edwin Rodriquez Marroquin, Postville, was given the title of the first baby born at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics (GLPHC) in 2021 when his parents welcomed him into the world late last week. 

Liam was born a happy and healthy baby at 1:40 a.m. on Friday, January 8, weighing 6 pounds and 4 ½ ounces and measuring 19.25 inches long.

Wed
06
Jan

Record year at Holiday Lights

The 2020 Holiday Lights display in Decorah brought in a record number of visitors this season with 6,565 vehicles. (submitted photo)

 

Record year at Holiday Lights

 

 

Helping Services for Youth & Families thanks all of the volunteers, sponsors, and visitors that made Holiday Lights’ 16th season a record year. Holiday Lights continues to be a wonderful community event that also serves as Helping Services for Youth & Families’ most important fundraiser. Helping Services for Youth & Families is a nonprofit organization with programs such as Domestic Abuse Advocacy, Family Education & Support, Substance Abuse Prevention, & Youth Mentoring. Helping Services has a team of 23 staff and a volunteer-run Board of Directors working to promote healthier and safer families and youth residing throughout eight counties in Northeast Iowa. 

Wed
06
Jan

WMC, Mayo Health Clinic announce new chief medical officer

Dr. Thomas Marquardt

 

WMC, Mayor Health Clinic announce new chief medical officer

 

 

Last week, Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health System leaders announced that Thomas Marquardt, D.P.M., has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Medical Officer of Winneshiek Medical Center.

Dr. Marquardt has been serving in the interim chief medical officer role since September of 2019 after the previous chief medical officer, Robert Flinchbaugh, D.O., returned to his medical practice.  

Wed
06
Jan

COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be administered

Ossian EMT and South Winneshiek school nurse Brandi Hemesath (left) was one of many area volunteer EMTs to receive the COVID-19 vaccination last week at the Ossian Fire Department. The shot is being administered by Krista Vanden Brink, RN and administrator for Winneshiek County Public Health. (submitted photo)

 

COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be administered

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

According to Krista Vanden Brink, administrator for Winneshiek County Public Health, over 500 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given to healthcare workers in the county.

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