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Wed
08
Jul

It will be 'Show and Go' for 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors this year in Winn. Co.

Katelyn Kleiboer (left) showed the Supreme Champion Gelding and Brendan Lovstuen (right) had the Reseve Champion Gleding during the 2019 Winneshiek County Fair Horse Show. (file photo)

 

It will be 'Show and Go' for 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors this year in Winneshiek Co.

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“Everything is moving forward with the 4-H and FFA shows,” said Becky Winkler, President of the Winneshiek County Ag Association. 

That is in spite of the fact that there will be no Winneshiek County Fair this year.

The schedule for the 4-H and FFA shows is as follows and the shows are not open to the public. They are scheduled at different times but the times are not being announced to prevent any large gatherings of people. They are all a show and go event.

Wed
08
Jul

Our northeast Iowa

There was a visual treat in the sky July 4 with a full moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse. Photographer This is what Native Americans call the Buck Moon, named because it is the season that deer begin to regrow their antlers. A penumbral lunar eclipse is when the moon moves through the earth’s shadow; unfortunately the effect was very slight this year, and not obvious to most viewers. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

our Northeast Iowa

 
Wed
08
Jul

Covid cases rise

Covid cases rise

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

The “huge” uptick in Covid -19 cases in Fayette County in recent days is something that people need to be aware of and work at trying to keep those numbers down.

That’s what Jamie Hoey, marketing manager for Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, which oversees Fayette County Public Health, recently announced after there were a reported 16 news cases in one 24-hour period on July 4. As of Tuesday, July 7, there was a reported 51 positive cases in Fayette County.

“That’s a 28 percent increase,” she said. “Public health is seeing this increase related to family and social gatherings, both inside and outside.”

She also said there has been more testing in recent weeks, which also can drive up numbers. Of the 1,895 individuals tested, 1,842 tests were negative.

Wed
08
Jul

Carnival still a question mark for County Fair

Carnival still a question mark for County Fair

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The carnival for the Fayette County Fair, July 21- 25, is still questionable.

Although the Fair Board is planning for the carnival, Board President Kevin Converse said the carnival provider is checking on their insurance and what it would cost to be set up this year in Fayette County.

Converse said he is waiting for them to call him later this week to let him know what they are going able to do.

He said there also plans to meet with Extension representatives to discuss letting show animals stay longer at the fair. He said there have been several families who have been wanting to be able to do this. 

Current plans call for the animals being removed from the fairgrounds following the show they are in.

 
Wed
08
Jul

July 31 marks 50th anniversary for Wadena rock festival

“Barney” G. W. Bond was 21 when the Wadena Rock Festival took place in his hometown. He is shown here with a copy of book “The Wadena Rock Festival: From Courtrooms to Cornfields.” Barney was at the festival for all three days. (Jack Swanson photos)

 

July 31 marks 50th anniversary for Wadena rock festival

 

 

“Barney” G.W. Bond was a 21-year-old bank cashier living in small town Iowa. What he was about to experience for the next three days was something that would almost define the rest of his life and make a lasting impact on almost everyone he knew, and the town where he grew up.

Today, 50 years later, Bond is still telling the story of the Wadena Rock Festival. It’s a story he never grows tired of telling and one that you can tell by talking to him, he’d like to re-live again and again.

This year will mark the 50-year anniversary of the 1970 three-day concert that sort of rocked the world. Sure it wasn’t as big as Woodstock (only an estimated 50,000 compared to 400,000 people), but it tried to be, with the same message of a mass gathering in the name of music, love and peace, with a lot of recreational drugs thrown in for good measure. Unlike Woodstock, the Wadena Rock Festival was being held in basically the middle of nowhere, outside of a town of about 300 people at the most. 

Wed
01
Jul

The Calmar Swimming Pool is now open

The Calmar Pool is now open, however there are certain safety practices in place that swimmers are asked to observe in order to use the pool. (Submitted photo)

 

The Calmar Swimming Pool is now open

 

“Because we have added safety measures to take, this year our hours are altered,” said management.

The pool’s hours are as follows:

Open swim at 1 - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. sanitizing

Open swim 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

4:45 - 5:15 p.m. sanitizing

Open swim 5:15 - 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday hours:

Open swim 1 - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. sanitize

Open swim 3:15 – 6 p.m.

Lap Swim

Monday – Friday, 9 to 10 a.m.

Pool staff also said that, “During times of sanitizing you will need to remove your belongings from the deck and bathrooms, and stand outside the fence. The guard house window will be closed.

Other health and safety measures will also be observed.

Wed
01
Jul

"Pete the Cat" starts the Story Walk in downtown Ossian

 

 

"Pete the Cat" starts the Story Walk in downtown Ossian

 

Blooms On Main is sponsoring the first of several community story walks in the downtown Ossian area on Thursday, July 2.  The first of these story walks will feature the storybook character "Pete the Cat".  A story walk is usually held along a specific area of a town.  Children and their families go along the walk reading pages from the story at selected locations.   The purpose of the story walk is to encourage reading, get children outside, and provide a great learning experience for children and their family members and to have fun!

The story walk will begin at the corner of Mary Street and Main Street, across from the Ossian Post Office, and end up at the Ossian Community Center.  Balloons will mark the storybook route.  Pages of the story are in the flowerpots along Main Street. Children are encouraged to stop at each flowerpot and read the story of "Pete the Cat Goes Camping".  Pete the Cat will be along the route from 10:00-11:30 a.m. morning on Thursday, July 3.  Bring your camera and your love for reading and have a wonderful morning.  The story walk will remain up throughout the Fourth of July weekend. 

Wed
01
Jul

"Pete the Cat" starts the Story Walk in downtown Ossian

The first story walk will take place in downtown Ossian. The purpose of the walk is to encourage reading, getting children outside and to provide a fun learning experience. The children of Justin and Brittany Heins of West Union are having fun with "Pete the Cat".

 

"Pete the Cat" starts the Story Walk in downtown Ossian

 

Blooms On Main is sponsoring the first of several community story walks in the downtown Ossian area on Thursday, July 2.  The first of these story walks will feature the storybook character "Pete the Cat".  A story walk is usually held along a specific area of a town.  Children and their families go along the walk reading pages from the story at selected locations.   The purpose of the story walk is to encourage reading, get children outside, and provide a great learning experience for children and their family members and to have fun!

The story walk will begin at the corner of Mary Street and Main Street, across from the Ossian Post Office, and end up at the Ossian Community Center.  Balloons will mark the storybook route.  Pages of the story are in the flowerpots along Main Street. Children are encouraged to stop at each flowerpot and read the story of "Pete the Cat Goes Camping".  Pete the Cat will be along the route from 10:00-11:30 a.m. morning on Thursday, July 3.  Bring your camera and your love for reading and have a wonderful morning.  The story walk will remain up throughout the Fourth of July weekend. 

Wed
01
Jul

Elgin bridge gets lit for walkers, bikers

The Elgin Bridge is illuminated on the horizon by the new lights that line the walking/bike trail that is part of the bridge. (Submitted photos)

 

Elgin bridge gets lit for walkers, bikers

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Let there be light!

And now there is on the Turkey River Bridge at Elgin.

The lights were recently installed on the walking path that is part of the bridge and also part of the walking/bike trail from Clermont to Elgin.

The walking/bike path addition to the bridge was completed at the end of 2019.

“Lighting the path on the bridge was always in the backs of our minds,” said Fayette County Conservation Director Rod Marlatt, who, along with the Conservation Board, helped spearhead the project.

He said funds that were left over from the actual construction of the walkway were later used for the lighting project. Funds came from a $216,000 grant from Iowa Great Places and a $100,000 REAP grant.

Wed
01
Jul

Arrest made in two-year-old hit and run that killed a 14-year-old from Maynard

April Estling is interviewed by media at the Second Annual Kaiden Estling Memorial Ride, Saturday, June 27, at Maynard. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Arrest made in two-year-old hit and run that killed a 14-year-old from Maynard

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

April Estling knew that Saturday, June 27, was going to be a memorable one for her and her family. It was going to be the second memorial ride for her 14-year-old son, Kaiden, and was only one day before the second anniversary of his death, July 28, 2019. 

Kaiden was killed by a hit and run driver while he was riding his moped home to Maynard from Fayette on Highway 150. He was about three miles outside of Fayette when the accident occurred. April said she had been looking for her son when she got the call about 10:30 p.m., that her son had been found. She traveled to the scene where rescue personnel had tried to save him but were unsuccessful. He died there with no clues left behind on who could have been responsible. The person who had hit him with their vehicle had not stopped to help him or even call for help.

That person, whoever it was, had been on April’s mind almost every day for the last two years, almost every day she thought about her son and how he died.

Now, as the day approached for a ride where people would be gathered to celebrate the memory of her son and the next day that would mark the second year of his death, April braced herself for the pain she knew she was going to feel, and for the demeanor she would need to make the family and friends attending feel recovery was possible, but all the while wishing she still had answers.

It was that state of mind that she was starting to enter when she got a phone call.

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